Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stevia and Scripture Context (pt 3)...

Last year, I sowed some stevia seeds
a few weeks later, they were up and running

two seeds successfully germinated

and as they grew, I re-potted them into larger containers

and then, the stevia plants began to flower...
I left the flowers come to seed and disperse into the soil

and those seeds germinated and came up, looking for sunshine 

and I got more excited to see more stevia coming up...
because you see...
I love to use stevia to sweeten the day with

and stevia is a great way to sweeten as a substitute for processed sugars
go to the stevia plant to read more about this sweet perennial 

I pruned back my stevia plants and harvested the leaves and stems

and now the new little plants have the room and light to grow more sweetness...
for a later harvest

in the meanwhile...
the leaves I harvested are in the process of drying

once they are dried...
I will grind the leaves into a powder and store in a glass jar in a cool dark spot
that should keep for a few weeks...
but, I don't think it will stay around that long
we'll be using the stevia powder fast enough

continuing on with R. C. Sproul's excerpt from his book, "Knowing Scripture"...
this will be the last part of his explanation of words with multiple meanings in the Bible
part 1 and part 2 can be read in those posts

"How does Paul use the word in Romans 3? Here, there is no dispute. Paul is clearly speaking about justification in the ultimate theological sense.
What about James? If we examine the context of James, we will see that he is dealing with a different question from Paul. James says in 2:14, "What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?" James is raising a question of what kind of faith is necessary for salvation. He is saying that true faith brings forth works. A faith without works he calls a dead faith, a faith that is not genuine. The point is that people can say they have faith when in fact they have no faith. The claim to faith is vindicated or justified when it is manifested by the fruit of faith, namely, works. Abraham is justified or vindicated in our sight by his fruit. In a sense, Abraham's claim to justification is justified by his works. The Reformers understood that when they stated the formula, "Justification is by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone."
from "Knowing Scripture" ch. 4 by R. C. Sproul

of course, there is so much more than what I've given you...
but wanted to give you a small inkling of the importance of understanding how to read Scripture...
and know what the words mean in the light of context

if you are interested in reading the whole book (125 pages)...
you can go to to the store link on their page

May your day or night be sweetened with the grace of God.


  1. I thought stevia was a chemical sweetener.
    A lot of times, with an annual plant. After they flower, they die. In the Caribbean, sometimes it's important to cut the flowers off so the plant won't die.
    So I've heard.

  2. I actually use liquid stevia drops in my morning coffee. Oh, just one eesny-little drop will do:)
    Love it & better than sugar.
    I got it from:

    It was fun watching the growth of your stevia picture by picture:)

  3. Wonderful that you had such luck with your Stevia plant!

  4. I planted some last year, but none germinated. :-{

  5. Beautiful plants and beautiful truths about Scripture Jean. And may your day (or night) also be sweetened by God's presence sister.

  6. I grow Stevia, but I haven't tried using it as a sweetener yet. I'm excited now to harvest some! I enjoyed what you wrote about faith and works--gives me a lot to think about.

  7. I've heard of Stevia~ I would love to grow some of that myself!
    I enjoyed the study once more~ very clear and easy to understand!

  8. Stevia! You are always growing and harvesting things that are so alien to me. I use stevia but I don't think people grow it here... I could be wrong...

    Grace to you, Debbie