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Faithful Living & Pineapple Right Side Up Cake…Muffins

Romans 10:17 (easy)

So then, people must hear the message before they can trust God. And people hear that message when someone tells them about Christ.

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We’re onto our 3rd day of living by faith, and we’re looking at the next 2 examples of people who chose to do just that. So, let’s get right into, yes?

  1. Samuel – From a young age, we get to witness Samuel’s walk with the Lord. In 1 Samuel 3, we can read the story of when God first calls out to Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:19 says, “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up.” At some point during Samuel’s lifetime, the Philistines attack his people, and for awhile, they’re winning. Over 35,000 men were lost during their battle with the Philistines. And they stole the Lord’s Box of Agreement, which held the tablets that Moses put in the place that the Lord made His agreement with the Israelites when He freed them from Egypt. Nearly 20 years later, the Philistines returned to attack the Israelites again. But this time, Samuel was leading. He decided to do things differently, and he approached the attack with faith instead of fight. The Philistines came closer and closer, and Samuel continued to pray and offer a sacrifice to the Lord. And at the very last moment, God came through. “The Philistines came closer and closer to fight the Israelites while Samuel offered the sacrifice. But then, the Lord caused a loud clap of thunder to hit near the Philistines. The thunder scared the Philistines, and they became confused, so the Israelites defeated them in battle.” 1 Samuel 7:10 ERV
  2. David – David’s story is sprinkled throughout a lot of the Old Testament, but his first major act of faith is what started it all (at least, from the readers perspective). He wasn’t supposed to go into battle, he wasn’t even a soldier. He had no training, no equipment, and no business being on the front lines of the army that day when the Philistines were attacking the Israelites (again). They sent in their strongest warrior, Goliath. And David was only there to deliver a box of donuts (probably more like homemade bread, but I think we can all use this time to think about donuts) to his brothers who were in the army. But he hears Goliath talking smack about God, and he won’t stand for it. He was taken to see Saul, the king, where he announced his capabilities to fight the Philistine giant. Saul first tries to discourage him, then tries to help him by providing armor. But David doesn’t need any of it, because he knows that he has God on his side. He picks up a few stones and carried his trusty sling with him. You probably know how this ends, but it’s getting so good, let’s keep going. David picks up his “weapons” and with one perfect shot, he strikes Goliath square in the head, killing him right away. While it seems that David didn’t even explore the possibility of God not helping him, let’s take a quick look, so that we can gather the full scope of how much He needed God’s help to succeed, and survive. An untrained shepherd boy approached a giant man who spent his whole life fighting, without any protection, and with no real weapons. And he won. Well, that was quick… “Today the Lord will let me defeat you. I will kill you. I will cut off your head and feed your body to the birds and wild animals. And we will do the same thing to all the other Philistines too. Then all the world will know there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46 ERV

We’re more than halfway through our faith-heroes for the week, so don’t forget to come back for the last 4 examples over the next 2 days!

Write

Think of a time that your actions were determined by your faith instead of logic, or worldly thoughts. What happened? What was the outcome? Does this example in your own life encourage you to continue living by faith?

Pray

Spend time giving thanks for a God that allows us to build our own faith through the examples and stories He provides.

Pineapple Right Side Up Cake..Muffins

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 12 Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 overly ripe, mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener
  • 1 small pineapple (or 1 can of pineapple slices)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • 12 maraschino cherries (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mash bananas until texture is smooth
  3. Add granulated sweetener, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract and mix just until combined
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix well
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until smooth, slowly adding the water and raisins
  6. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and place 1 pineapple ring at the bottom of each muffin
  7. Pour batter over the top of each pineapple slice, about 2/3 of the way full
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top and a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  9. Spray whipped cream, sprinkle shredded coconut, and a place 1 maraschino cherry on the top of each muffin (optional)
  10. Serve immediately
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