“Taste and See” blanks & extra resources

“Taste and See” fill-in-the-blanks & extra resources

Here are the words for the fill-in-the-blanks in our “Taste and See” women’s Bible study with Margaret Feinberg (via DVDs). You are welcome to join us any time for this study @ 10:00am – noon on Friday mornings!

Week 1 – You’re Invited to the Table, part 1 – September 6th, 2019

Homework: Video Discussion #1-4 (p. 18-19) AND pages 22-29

Quotes from Chapter 1 – “An Invitation to a Culinary Adventure”

“Whoosh – the air around us rearranged, and with it, our attitudes”

“Home is not the building you live in; home is wherever you are understood.” (Christian Morgenstern)

“Together we had enjoyed the gift of food, the gift of togetherness, the gift of presence.”

“God had been intentional in each gathering. He used these encounters to uncover a deep need and satiate a deep hunger.”

“. . . from that moment on, we are perpetually hungry.”

“I began to suspect that food was created not just to satiate our bellies as we gather around the table but to create a place where God could meet us and fill our hearts.”

“God also rains down quail on the Israelites . . . To translate the scene into classic Forrest Gump terms – you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There are quail kabobs, quail creole, quail gumbo. Pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple quail, lemon quail, coconut quail, pepper quail, quail soup, quail stew, quail salad, quail and potatoes, quail burgers, quail sandwiches.”

“. . . the Israelites are tempted to lose heart and give up hope, but God promises he is cooking up something delectable for them and uses mealtime for their spiritual formation.”

“Through food, the Israelites will break free from their unhealthy upbringing.”

“Through food, the Israelites will grow in dependence on and trust in God.”

“Through food, the Israelites will discover new ways to think and talk about God.”

“Through food, the Israelites will experience the goodness of God together.”

“. . . a blessing awaits whenever we carve out an appointed time to gather together and become fully present with God and one another. When we hold hands and give thanks and remember those who planted, harvested, and prepared the meal, we reconnect with ourselves and each other as humans made in the image of God.”

“Around the table . . . we recognize our need for someone to look us in the eye and truly see us, for someone to lean in and listen to us, for someone to nod and acknowledge that we’re not alone.”

“The psalmist invites: ‘Taste and see that the LORD is good.’ Through these two sensory expressions, we are invited to become more attentive to God and the everyday aromatic, savory, and tactile expressions of his love.”

“In hunger and fullness, may we draw closer to the one who fashioned us.”

“Let us taste and see God’s goodness together. Let us follow our hunger and see what’s cooking.”

Week 2 – You’re Invited to the Table, part 2 – September 13th, 2019

Homework: Video Discussion #5-7 (p. 19-21) AND pages 29-35

Quotes from Chapter 2 – “A Flaky Filet of Fish”

“. . . from a heavenly vantage point, God always sees what we cannot.”

“When we relinquish control, we become free to fix our eyes on God.”

“Jesus wants to show up in our lives – here, now, today.”

“. . . make space for the adventure God has preplanned all along.”

“. . . accepting our powerlessness is a sacred discipline.”

“When I relinquished, God flooded in and made himself known.”

“He longs to display his power and might in our lives, but he won’t kick us off the throne if we’re committed to wearing the crown of control.”

“Christ . . . wants us to awaken to all the places God unleashes mightiness – in our past and present, so we can look forward to a faith-filled future.”

“But if you stop looking to Jesus as your powerhouse, you may start thinking God is overlooking you, ignoring you, or worse yet, punishing you. If you close your eyes too long to God’s presence, you may convince yourself that somehow God has rejected you, or worse, has abandoned you altogether. You’ll grow deaf to the One who calls from the shore, the One who wants to fill your nets with the impossible and unimaginable.”

“. . . the fish reminds us to live on high alert for the power of Christ to invade our daily lives in something as basic and everyday as our food.”

Week 3 – Delighting in the Sweetness of Fruitfulness, part 1 – September 20th, 2019

Homework: Video Discussion #1-4 (p. 41-42) AND pages 44-49

Quotes from Chapter 3 – “A Plate of Sweet and Succulent Figs”

“I never imagined the bonding that could happen as we explored backyards and parks gleaning unpicked fruit.”

“When Jesus enters Jerusalem for Passover, people line the streets welcoming him with boughs of date palms. The fruit of these trees symbolizes victory over death.”

“. . . ‘the apple of my eye’ comes from the Bible, which describes God’s delight and devotion to his people as well as our delight and devotion to God’s instruction.”

“I’d heard the finest pastry chefs’ most innovative desserts don’t stand a chance against a perfectly ripe fig. Now I understand why. Not only does the fruit taste scrumptious, but each fig contains more potassium than a banana, more fiber than a prune, and more calcium than a glass of milk.”

“The Hebrew word for harvesting figs, oreh, means ‘light of dawn.'”

“. . . figs themselves appear monochromatic. They change color only in the few days they ripen. If a person doesn’t pay attention and study the ripening of figs, the harvest can be missed. No wonder Jesus uses figs as a metaphor to look closely and pay attention for his return and everyday presence.”

“Have you ever noticed that when you expect one thing, your attentiveness dulls to everything else?”

“Sometimes large changes in scenes go unnoticed either because of our preconceived notions or our focus on some other detail – so much so that we can miss them altogether.”

“The long-awaited Messiah has spent three years walking among them. He restores people such as Zacchaeus, heals those born blind, fulfills prophecy right and left; yet many people miss the cultivating, nurturing, life-giving work of the Savior because he isn’t who they expected a Messiah to be.”

“If we aren’t on the lookout, we could easily miss our harvest. We become so laser-focused on one desired outcome, we become blind to the many ways God is working all around us.”

“The fig tree alludes to God’s ongoing provision by way of its slow ripening and multiple crops. The fig leaves speak of God’s tender care as some of the coolest shade to be found in Israel. The fruit speaks of God’s sweetness through its delicious, nourishing sustenance.”

“Just as the fig tree is out of season, so too the season of the temple has passed. This will no longer be the place where the ritual system of forgiveness takes place. A new season has arrived with Christ the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate authority, the ultimate temple. Jesus destroys the fig tree, much like he ‘tears down’ the temple, so followers can see him more clearly and reorient their expectations toward true satisfaction in him.”

“Sometimes we’re tempted to find that satisfaction somewhere, anywhere, other than in Christ. When we do, we find ourselves disillusioned, disappointed, and, worse, the fruit of the Spirit doesn’t mature in us.”

“Like the image of people living contentedly under their own fig trees, our deepest hungers find their ultimate satisfaction when abiding in Christ.”

“Spiritual fruit is the result of being rooted in relationship with Christ. Any fruit – including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – provides evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit. As we ground ourselves in God, he plants and weeds, nourishes and fertilizes, prunes and harvests. The yield of our fruitfulness are the qualities that make us look more like him.”

“In our most abundant moments, we live our lives like ‘the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly, simply, and unaffectedly.’ These are the times when our branches are bowing low and our baskets are bountiful, and we feel satisfied.”

“But not all season or harvests burst with abundance. Sometimes, like the fig, we enter a difficult season.”

“If we’re only looking for the bright blossoms, the big harvest, the banner season, then we’ll miss so much of the work God is doing each and every day, in each and every season – even the difficult ones.”

“God isn’t waiting for one particular season in the distant future to yield fruitfulness in our lives. He’s working throughout every season and every harvesting cycle.”

“Christ’s vision for us: that we will continue to yield the fruit of Christlikeness and find our satisfaction in him long after gray hairs sprout and crow’s feet nestle near our eyes.”

“And when we see Jesus face-to-face, we will continue to bear an abundant crop with each harvest better than the last. God is infinite, and so we will never stop discovering new aspects of his marvelous character and we will never stop growing in our praise and adoration and joy in him.”

“God invites us to find our satisfaction in him, in the fruit he’s yielding in us week after week, season after season, in quantities we never thought possible and in layers of jammy flavors we’ve never known before.”

Week 4 – Delighting in the Sweetness of Fruitfulness, part 2 – September 27th, 2019

Homework: Video Discussion #5-7 (p. 42-43) AND pages 49-54

Quotes from Chapter 4 – “A Loaf of Bread Just Out of the Oven”

“. . . Jesus’s warning to beware the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. This isn’t a cautionary advisement against an outside contaminant. Rather, Jesus says, the same leaven that’s in them is already in you. Our real enemy isn’t what we see in others but what rises within us.”

“The boy gives the barley loaves, and they represent the hard work, sacrifice, and gifts of the entire family. Together, the boy’s family has nurtured and invested in those grains. The communal act is inherent in the planting and cultivating and harvesting and kneading and baking and sacrificing. This communal nature stands in stark contrast to how many of us live today.”

“More and more, we procure food alone and eat alone.”

“Before his departure, Jesus instructs, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.'”

“Christ comes to earth in the presence of the Father and the Spirit. He doesn’t come alone, and the bread he calls us to eat is not meant to be consumed alone. He invites us to partake in the fullness of the Father, Son, Spirit, and community of the saints.”

“We are created to live life around a table in the taking and breaking, giving and sharing, knowing and being known. Bread welcomes us into the community for which our souls were made.”

“The people we invite into our kitchen help make our house a home. As we bake, we share our stories, our laughter, our lives. In the process we nourish each other in the ways of Christ. We partake of the life-giving generosity of heaven here on earth.”

“As the bread of life, Jesus, the One who saves and sustains us in the wilderness, the center of our fellowship, the One our lives depend on, says, ‘Whoever eats this bread will live forever.’ That’s the table Christ sets for every eater.”

Week 5 – Chewing on the Bread of Life, part 1 – October 4th, 2019

Homework: Video Discussion #1-4 (p. 59-60) AND pages 62-69

Week 6 – Chewing on the Bread of Life, part 2 – October 11th, 2019

Homework: Video Discussion #5-7 (p. 60-61) AND pages 69-74

to be continued . . .

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