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To promote health and provide dining pleasure by helping you prepare foods using quality ingredients with methods that maximize nutritional value.

 



OUR STANDARDS
Choose fresh whole foods over preserved, processed & refined, whole grains in place of refined flours,  unrefined sweeteners as honey in place of refined sugars, unprocessed oils as olive oil in place of processed.

 


OUR MISSION 
To present a Creator/creation model linking clues from everyday eating and drinking to the invisible and eternal.

 



OUR WORK
Provide nutritional quality & variety in taste tested  whole foods recipes using convenient preparation methods that control costs and allow for allergy alternatives and special health needs.

 



OUR METHOD

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OUR MODELS
Peter's mother-in-law. 
The Bible, Mark 1:30

The women from Galilee. 
The Bible, Matthew 27:55

Jesus. The Bible, John 6

Stephan's food service crew.
       The Bible, Acts 6






OUR QUOTE

"The universe's Intelligent  Designer has not left you  clueless as to his existence  and his concern for humans. He causes rain to fall on crops yielding plenty of food that satiates your stomach and fills your heart with joy." 
  The Bible, Acts 14:17

 



OUR PERSUASION
The food we serve lasts for today. The food Jesus serves lasts forever. 
  The Bible, John 6

 



OUR VISION
That every person with an appetite for the truth have opportunity to RSVP to the invitation to the Great Cosmic Wedding Banquet.
  The Bible, Revelation 19:9

 

Food Body Mind Spirit
  There is no universal agreement
about the relationship of the human spirit and the human body to food. Some view food as a combination of chemicals that fuels the biological body. Others treat food as a spiritual nourishment that enhances or degrades the human spirit.

   This article takes a long look back to the ancient Biblical narratives to observe the human redemption story (the interactions with humans of the Hebrew God called Yahweh in the Old Testament and the Theos in the Greek language of the New Testament). We'll discover that it differs remarkably from current popular thought on how the body, food, and spirit connect.

   In the Genesis account of  creation the Creator declares to the first couple:

 I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.                                 
                                        Genesis 1:29

Everything that moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
                                          Genesis 9:3

    After companionship (remember Adam was lonely for a help-mate) food was the first gift to mankind from the Personal, Communicating, Transcendent Creator. The God of Genesis relates to Adam and Eve as a person who carries on conversations in a language they understand. They view him as the Creator, a separate and distinct entity from everything he has created. Just as a work of art is not confused with the artist himself, so God is not a pear, an ocean, a sun, or nature even though they reflect his glory and power. He is transcendent, a being existing apart from and beyond his creation.

    The Creator, however, does not remain hidden. He becomes very visible in human form appearing as the long anticipated Messiah in a world dominated by Roman rule. In John 1 Jesus is called the Word, the Logos, identifying him as the original creator. Later Jesus demonstrates creative powers by providing a meal for thousands.

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.                       John 6:11  NIV

He also demonstrated his power and authority over the elements during a storm on the Sea of Galilee as his disciples observe:

            "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
                                        Mark 4:41 NIV

Not The God of Secular Humanism

   The philosophies behind popular culture stand in opposition to the Biblical perspective. The best known proponents of secular or atheistic humanism have been intellectuals with the Humanist Manifesto  as their credo and with universities and colleges as their institutions of influence from the time of the Scopes Trial until the present. The universe of secular humanism is impersonal. There is no communication from a non-existent creator. Humankind is just one more animal appearing by chance in the evolutionary chain. Carl Sagan, the late Cornell University physicist, put it this way on "Cosmos," the popular public television show seen by more than 500 million world wide, "The cosmos is all there was, all there is, and all there ever shall be."

    At one time this philosophy seemed to be infused by an optimism, particularly in the era of the 1950's, that with enough time for research and exploration humankind could tap the power of the atom, reach the stars, plumb the microscopic depths, cure every disease, solve every human social and political problem.

    By the latter part of the 20th century the Vietnam war, the inadequacy of the Great Society, Chernobyl, and the rise in the diseases of cancer, heart disease, and AIDS have become bitter lessons.

    When it comes to food the irony is that just at the time nutritional scientists were identifying vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids--essential nutrients that support life--technologists were perfecting refining processes to separate them from foods or to reconstitute them in synthetic forms. Refined white flour, subsequently "enriched," and homogenized milk are examples of the first, and margarine, a hydrogenated fat produced from a spin-off of the technology that produced TNT, is an example of the latter. All this was motivated by profit for the seller and convenience for the buyer, and without regard for the design of the Creator. Thus, the age of boxed mixes and prepackaged foods brought new freedom in the kitchen and profits to food packaging industries. Secular humanism, therefore, made man his own god, imitating but not succeeding in replacing the Original Creator's food supply.

Not The God of Cosmic Humanism

   Secular humanism failed to address human spirituality (in fact it denied its existence)--the heart or the soul of humankind. A vacuum, even a spiritual vacuum, begs to be filled. Thus, the Beattles' Nowhere Man  got lost in a sea of holes and the Fab Four trekked eastward to sit at the feet of a guru. Timothy Leary persuaded a generation to tune out of conventionality and tune in to LSD, the flower children of the late 60's and the 70's putted their VW combies to Haight Ashbury1 in tie-dyed longhaired hippy garb to join in communal bliss, the Age of Aquarius was ushered in. A generation sought a reality beyond the world of things tripping out with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds  and Puff, The Magic Dragon  with disguised lyrics celebrating LSD and Marijuana, posturing with the discipline of Yoga, dabbling in the occult, bringing about a revolution of attitudes and values creating a great gulf between them and their parents.

    We call it the New Age philosophy or cosmic humanism. While atheistic (secular) humanism denies human spirituality, cosmic humanism affirms it. Everything is spiritual. You are god. I am god. Welcome to super spirituality! This "god," however, is neither transcendent (All is god. God is all.) or personal. Spokespersons for the new age thought (e.g. actress Shirley McClaine of Out On A Limb  fame) emanate primarily from pop culture, not the ivy covered halls of universities.

    Cosmic Humanism has ushered in whole new attitudes toward the environment, animals, trees, history, business, religiosity, and especially, food. For example, Laurel's Kitchen. the bible of health food cookery reveals interesting insights between attitudes toward spiritual matters and preparing food. In the introduction Laurel says:

   A mantram, very simply, is a name of the Lord, hallowed by thousands of people who have repeated it. People have used some form of mantrum in almost all the great religious traditions. "Jesus, Jesus" is a mantram.; "Rama, Rama" is Ghandi's mantram. It seems paradoxical, but repeating the mantram has a way of keeping you planted firmly in the right here and right now, concentrated and calm. Not only that, but it helps you to remember all the whole time that you aren't just slapping together a meal; you're preparing food for the Lord in those you love.

   The "name of the Lord," "Jesus" and "Lord" language sounds spiritual, but it is hardly biblical. First, anyone who has seen Charlton Heston approach the burning bush or come down from Mt. Siani in The Ten Commandments  would know that the God of the Bible doesn't need anyone to make his name "hallowed." This God is a self-hallowing being. Lesser gods are self-contaminating. Furthermore, Jesus warned his followers about the meaninglessness and ineffectuality of repetitious words in prayers:

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans for they think they will be heard because of their many words.         
                                       Matthew 6:7

   The Wheel of Mandela keeps going round and round. Jesus taught his disciples to directly address a living, personal God with "aba father," the believing response of a child. Finally, Laurel reveals the physical location of her god with "you're preparing food for the Lord in those you love (emphasis ours.)" Her lord is the god of the human spirit not the indwelling Holy Spirit of the Bible.

    An atheistic humanist could take his vitamins and count calories, but a cosmic humanist counts the spiritual value of food. For example, a Hare Krishna cookbook classifies good and bad foods according to categories that defy any known nutritional system. In addition, food properly prepared must be presented to a portrait of Krishna and blessed before serving. If this sounds like idol worship, it is.

    The God of the New Age is Mother Nature--all in all, including you and me. Thus cosmic humanism has elevated God's gift of food to the spiritual heights of salvation, magnifying its value to mega proportions.

The Personal, Transcendent God

The Gift
   Secular humanism has stripped food of its nourishing value. Cosmic humanism looks to it for self-purification. What is the Creator's real design for food? Paul of Tarsus, a very Jewish Jesus follower found himself in the uncomfortable position of being mobbed, much as movie icons are pursued by the paparazzi, about to be mistakenly worshiped as a Greek god. Instead of giving an acceptance speech as he is being presented with an "Oscar," he attempted to redirect the attention of the crowd to the real Creator.

   He reasons with cause and effect logic to explain the Creator's purpose.

    We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn away from these worthless things [Greek and Roman deities] to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has show kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.    Acts 14:15-17

    Note the progression of revelation from God to man in the Apostle Paul's speech: God gives you rain from heaven. The rain causes the crops to grow. The crops produce a variety of foods (in their seasons). This variety of foods ends up on your table. When you eat it, your hearts are filled with joy. What motivated God? To show his kindness. To fill their hearts with joy. But why? For a testimony of himself--his existence, his power, and his character as the Personal, Communicating, Transcendent Creator.

    Now observe the logical progression of God's revelation: We experience pleasure. The satisfaction came from eating a meal. Where did the food come from? It came from the crops grown on the farms. What enabled the crops to grow? The rain. Where did the rain come from? Above, beyond the human sphere. Conclusion: there must be an Ultimate Cause beyond these causes. As we seek the Ultimate Cause of our existence we find clues in Creation. This is called Natural Revelation. It is affirmed by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans.

...since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20

    Therefore, God's first gift of food to mankind was the evidence pointing to who He really is, leaving us without excuse for not seeking and finding Him. The food on our table is meant to arouse our interest, to get our attention, to call us to our human responsibility to honor and worship the Source Creator.

The Management Mandate

 
   Let us go to the next step in the food connection to the redemption story with the next event in Genesis.

Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over...every living creature... Genesis 1:28

    We call this the Management Mandate. Humankind has certainly increased in numbers, all 5 billion of us, but we have not always succeeded in subduing and ruling. The tiniest of creatures, viruses, can still kill us by the thousands. Managing the earth's resources is a God-given mandate. We see a New Testament illustration of this in Jesus' instructions to his disciples at the feeding of the thousands.

"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets . . .   
                                     John 6:12, 13

    Leftovers at Jesus' feeding not only demonstrated the wonderful excess of his creative powers but also provisions for the disciples' families. Imagine Peter's mother-in-law's expression when he brought the basket of food scraps home!

    God has created and provided food resources for us. It is our responsibility to prepare the soil, plant, cultivate, harvest, store, and prepare the food in such a way that it will bring pleasure. The Bible has a few food lists and a recipe or two (you would find Ezekiel's bread quite unpalatable--current commercial bread labels to the the contrary), but it is not a cookbook. Recipes and menus are a human responsibility. Thus, the management mandate translates into concern for the hidden value of food--nutrition, into a consciousness of cost control, and the allocation of time to tasks. The much praised women of Proverbs 31 certainly possessed giftedness in home and business management skills. The management mandate, rightly executed, reflects the character and nature of God in its purpose:

He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate--bringing forth food from the earth; wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to sustain his heart.                       Psalm 104:14-15

    All is not well, however. The problem all humans experience (distancing from the Creator) begins with a Biblical story focusing on food.

The Human Declaration of Independence

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food...she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
                                     Genesis 3:6

    Isn't it remarkable that the first recorded expression of human autonomous action involved the misuse of the food? It wasn't just an accident that Eve served the wrong menu. She served the forbidden fruit as the physical expression of what was going on in her mind, spirit, and emotions. "We can become like gods knowing good and evil" she rationalized at the serpent's suggestion while her husband stood by silently agreeing with her. Today the consequences of that act of independence are evident everywhere in the environment as well as in the human heart. Isn't it remarkable, too, that infants display some of their first acts of independence and willfulness against parents by throwing food in their parent's faces?

    The rebellion did not dissipate with the first human generation. It intensified in the second. Again food, the offerings to the Creator, became the focus of the physical expression of obedience and disobedience.

In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry and his face was downcast.
                                         Genesis 4:3-5

   Cain didn't just misread the menu. If that had been so, he would have responded to the warning. The sin links were set in motion--from the  independent spirit, the disobedient challenge, then jealousy, rage, finally murder. Ultimately his attitude toward the Creator was expressed in his action against his brother.

    Like Cain the New Age Cosmic Humanists are rebels, too. But they go a step further. They are invariably vegetarian, and they abhor both Abel and his offering. Not only do they believe that they should avoid killing animals. They believe that meat pollutes the human body and spirit while fruits and vegetables purify them. In their super spirituality they turn the ancient Patriarchal and Mosaic sacrificial system on its head. The meat eaters become the unforgiven sinners and the vegetarians become the sanctified saints.

    New Agers, especially those who have taken up the cause for animal rights are adamant about this. For example, we've question people who've expressed more empathy for the cubs of the female mountain lion that stalked and killed a young woman jogger near Bishop, California than for her surviving children. The funds raised for the care of the lion's kittens (she was destroyed) came in multiples of that collected for the children. In fact we heard a young mother at a La Leche convention say that the jogger got what she deserved. I Timothy  is instructive at this point.

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the world of God and prayer.         I Timothy 4:1-4

    We have deviated far the Creator's design for humans.

The Divine Declaration of Dependence

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna...to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD...You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
                              Deuteronomy 8:3, 17

    As the neophyte Israeli nation approaches the promised land, Moses carefully reviews the purpose of their dessert wandering experience and the significance of the manna. The manna came from God's hand dropped on them out of the sky. Free food. Nevertheless, they tired of it as Keith Green's song Manna Bread  expressed so well "...manna burgers, manna bagels..." The same old stuff-- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This attitude of ungratefulness and lack of trust in the Provider reaped them 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. They would learn dependence the hard way.

    In the Garden of Eden the Creator did not simply offer the first couple food. It was followed by communication and communion. Likewise, the I AM God of Moses did not stop with the manna. The ten commandments followed and a lot more. Man is more than a body and must receive food for the soul as well as the body to understand the Creator's purpose. God's Word reveals his design for all relationships--spiritual, personal, and social. Thus, man does not live by bread alone. Our daily bread is only the first step. While it meets a temporal need, it demonstrates man's need for a relationship with the Creator. This brings us to the ultimate connection between food, our daily bread, and the final step in the redemption story.

The Ultimate Gift--Jesus, The Lamb of God, the Bread of Life

Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
                                       John 1:19

    Under the Mosaic system God expressed justice and mercy at the same time by providing the animal sacrifices. The death of a lamb was offered in man's place. This system was insufficient, however, because it could not establish an eternal fellowship between man and God. These sacrifices had to be repeated. God had made plans for a once and for all final sacrifice. That sacrifice would be his own Son, Jesus, the God-Man.


    I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty...I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever.
                                            John 6:35, 51

    Jesus made this astounding claim in the context of an incredible feast which he hosted for over 5000 people. After a day in the country absorbing hours of his teaching, they were hungry. There were no readily available supermarkets. Jesus was not inclined to send them home on empty stomachs. The disciples found a small boy with a lunch of 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread. Jesus took it, broke it, gave the Father thanks for it, and gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. They had all they wanted to eat. In fact the disciples collected twelve baskets of leftovers!

    This indeed was fast food service! In response, the people sought to make Jesus a king (Burgerking?) Who wouldn't cling to a leader who could provide food so readily without apparent effort! Was Jesus concerned with their physical needs? Yes, Indeed! But if all they thought about was having their stomach's filled, they missed the main point of his compassionate and miraculous provision.

    Those who were perplexed, though curious enough to stick with Jesus, did eventually hear the answer as to what he was really about. His point was that the instant meal was just the beginning of what he had to offer. There was a lot more to come.   

     What Jesus meant when he said "I am the bread of life" reveals its own meaning. We have heard the expression, "You are what you eat." We say this because we know that our flesh and blood bodies are nourished, energized, and sustained by food. The food we eat actually becomes a part of our physical make up as it is digested and processed to energize and make new cells in every part of our body. Jesus is inviting people to participate in this kind of relationship with him--one in which he himself becomes our very life (we are to "eat" him). He becomes the center of our devotion, of our strength, of our character, of our purpose, of our life-calling, of our productivity, the meaning of life, and the focus of our ultimate eternal destiny.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.
                              2 Corinthians 5:17-19

    Food, then, is indeed given to us by God to nourish, sustain, and delight us. It also is an ever present reminder that there is more to life than just filling stomachs. Our minds and spirits crave for more meaning. Satisfaction is experience when we live in an intimate relationship to God because of Jesus Christ, the living bread from heaven. This is an enduring life that will never end. In right relationship to God everything else in life is meant to take its proper place for our health, joy, and usefulness for the glory of God--our self-concept, our relationships with others, our relationship to things, and yes, our right relationship to food. The link between the natural and the supernatural has come full circle.

         Rich Gregg
1 We did, indeed, visit Haight Ashbury in August of 1969 when were invited by a hitchhiking couple and their large dog fresh from Woodstock to their third floor loft. Little did we anticipate its counter cultural significance at the time. See Woodstock  (Reporter Elliot Tiber said, "Woodstock has become an instant adjective denoting youthful hedonism and 60's excess.") 

 

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