For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3
We’ve been studying Romans in Wednesday night youth group for quite some time now, and guys, that is some good stuff- if ever you are looking for some good Jesus, Romans is where it’s at.
Last night’s segment was particularly inspiring, and it was something I think everyone should be reminded of all the time. The Bible has a lot to say about selfishness and humility (In fact, I talked about it last week!), and I think that’s a testament to show us just how important it is to give all the glory to God and God alone.
When Michael was explaining this verse to us, he brought to light something that I had never really considered to be selfishness: thinking poorly of yourself. It makes total sense because someone who always downs himself is just as self-centered as someone who is always building himself up.
Rather, we should thinking of ourselves with “sober judgement,” or with an upright view- we are not as good as we think we are, but we’re not as bad either. We shouldn’t be hating others or ourselves based on what we have or don’t have, but we should be building each other up healthily and spreading His word- that’s what we were created to do, right?
I am super, super excited to share this recipe with you today. I’d say I’m proud, but that completely eliminates the purpose of the upper half of this post, so without further ado…
Gruyere Rosemary Beer Bread
I know you’re thinking, “What is it with this chick and rosemary in her bread?”
My answer to that? “It’s just good.”
Like, it’s-been-five-days-and-I’ve-pretty-much-eaten-the-entire-loaf-all-by-myself good.
But if rosemary (or gruyere) isn’t your thing, I’m sure you could leave it out.
I’d just be half as delicious.
serves 12; slightly adapted from Girl Versus Dough
3 cups all-purpose flour (mmm, refined flour)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 can/bottle (12 ounces) beer
1 scant cup gruyere cheese
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons butter/light butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add beer, and stir until combined. Fold in gruyere and rosemary.
3. Pour batter into pan, and top with melted butter for an unbelievable crust.
4. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Gruyere cheese is my absolute favorite (get the applewood smoked kind!), followed closely behind by feta. This bread is so good toasted- mmm. I think I’ll be making this for the rest of my life.
And, obviously, I’ve had lots of practice opening beer bottles.
Who knew you used the other end?
Have a great day, and stay safe in this nasty weather!