Il Cibo è Amore – Food is Love. Growing up in a very large and very Italian family, this was our creed. We were poor by American standards for sure, but there was always fantastic food to eat! Soups, casseroles, stews, meats, and of course, pasta! Whenever anyone showed up at our home, whether expected or unexpected, a feast was put before them. Friends and extended family knew Sunday was spaghetti and meatballs day. Every Sunday morning, my mother would fry dozens and dozens of homemade meatballs to put into her “gravy” (Real Italians call spaghetti sauce gravy), while we begged for a few to eat for breakfast. It seemed my mom was always cooking something! But the incredible thing is, she never acted like it was an imposition. She showed people her love through the food she served them; and felt their love was returned by their enjoying what she prepared.
What I learned growing up in this crazy, loud, delicious environment was the importance of showing people that they are special; making a fuss over someone by serving them a wonderful meal is showing love to them. I have also learned that this can be a great opportunity to share the Gospel with people. Jesus’ pattern was to fulfill a person’s physical need, and then fill their more important Spiritual need. When people feel like their physical needs matter to you, i.e. you feed them a good meal, they will be much more receptive to you telling them of their deep need for a Savior to save them and reconcile them to God. Being told you are a sinner who is under God’s wrath may go down a little easier when it is preceded by a delicious bowl of scarpell soup – one of my mom’s most famous dishes, and now mine, too. Please also check out our book below, No Half Truths Allowed – Understanding the Complete Gospel Message. Armed with our book and a hot, steaming bowl of scarpell soup, you will be ready to witness to anyone!
Scarpell Soup (Italian Crepe Soup)
Chicken Broth – Made by boiling and then simmering a whole chicken, chicken stock, onions, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper for about 3 hours.
- 10 eggs
- 3 cups of flour
- 4 ½ cups of water
- Parmesan cheese
- Black pepper
- Using a very hot non-stick frying pan, pour a little of the batter in, swish it around by moving the pan so batter covers the entire bottom.
- Cook about 15 seconds then using a fork or your finger, flip it over to cook 15 seconds on the other side.
- Lay the scarpell out flat, sprinkle parmesan cheese and black pepper on it. Roll it up.
When you serve, cut the scarpell tubes in pieces, place in a bowl and cover with chicken broth.
Note: You can make scarpells and freeze for later! Just leave them flat, with no filling, and put a piece of wax paper between each one.
While you’re waiting for the chicken broth to cook for this delicious soup, check out Christine Paxson and Rose Spiller’s book.
No Half-Truths Allowed – Understanding the Complete Gospel Message
by Christine Paxson and Rose Spiller
Authors Christine Paxson and Rose Spiller were frustrated at the fluff and heresy being pedaled as “Women’s Bible Studies.” Many studies are shallow and emotion-based, not grounded in the truth of Scripture, and they found this particularly true in regard to the Gospel Message. Because of a genuine concern for salvation and what was being witnessed, they wrote their Bible study, No Half-Truths Allowed: Understanding the Full Gospel Message (Ambassador International, May 8, 2020, $15.99) to teach the women of our church. Originally used with just their church, the response was exciting! They saw women’s lives change as they became excited and hungry for the Word of God. Paxson and Spiller felt led to branch out beyond just their church and community by turning their study into their new book, No Half-Truth’s Allowed: Understanding the Full Gospel Message.
About the Book: When it comes to proclaiming the Gospel message, half-truths, vague notions, and generalizations can be dangerous. What are the important truths we need to know and share with others?
• Is it enough to believe that God loves us and wants a relationship with us?
• Is it enough to “ask Jesus into our hearts”?
• Is it enough to recite the “sinner’s prayer,” or do we need to repent of our sin?
• Is going to church and serving others enough?
• Is what Jesus suffered more than just a gruesome death on a cross?
• If Jesus, who is fully God, was crucified, did God die on Good Friday?
• Is God mad at us when we sin and happy when we’re behaving?
• Can we lose our salvation?
If you’re not sure of the answers to any of these questions, you are not alone. There are a lot of false ideas out there about Christianity and the Gospel. Join Christine Paxson and Rose Spiller as they explore the answers to these and many other questions about the true Gospel message in No Half-Truths Allowed: Understanding the Complete Gospel Message. Learn what Jesus did for you, why He did it, and how you can articulate the Gospel to others. Also available is the companionNo Half-Truths Allowed Study Guide, an interactive study guide with questions and Scriptures to help readers delve even deeper into understanding the complete Gospel message.
About the Authors:
Chris Paxson & Rose Spiller are co-founders of Proverbs 9:10 Ministries and co-hosts of the No Trash, Just Truth Podcast. They have been teaching Bible Studies for over 20 years and have written many of their own studies. Along with teaching together, they speak at conferences and retreats together.
Chris resides in Lancaster County with her husband, John, of over 31 years. They have twin sons in the USAF. Rose and her husband, Ed, have recently sold their home and now live full-time in their RV to travel between their four children and eight grandchildren.
Besides their first book, No Half-Truths Allowed, Chris and Rose have a second book, The Bible Blueprint – A Guide to Better Understanding the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, due out in spring 2021. They are in the process of writing their third book. Connect with Chris and Rose:
Links toProverbs 9:10 Ministries&No Half Truths Allowed
Proverbs 9:10 Ministries on MeWe: https://mewe.com/p/proverbs910ministries
No Trash, Just Truth! Podcast https://www.buzzsprout.com/615385 can also be found on all major podcasting sites, Rumble, & YouTube