Love God, Love People, and Eat Apple Pie!

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”   Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT)

There is nothing like a good homemade apple pie!  So here is the task… bake an apple pie and do it as if you were doing it for God.  Then gift it to your neighbor.  Your neighbor can be a nearby family member or a non-relative.  And, if you are feeling really generous, throw in a small pint of vanilla ice cream.  When you gift it to them, show them your best smile and say, “God loves you and so does my church, Lighthouse Christian Church!”

Apple Pie

(Prep: 30 minutes  Cook: 1 hour  Total: 1 hour 30 minutes  Servings: 8  Yield: One 9 inch pie)

1 pastry recipe for a 9 inch double crust pie

½ cup unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup water

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced


Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).  Melt the butter in a sauce pan.  Stir in flour to form a paste.  Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil.  Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Step 2: Place the bottom crust in your pan.  Fill with apples, mounded slightly.  Cover with a lattice work crust.  Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust.  Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Step 3: Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven.  Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Continue baking for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Now watch God begin stirring people’s hearts!  Be ready for a spiritual conversation and be ready to share your story (testimony)!  Would you be open to continue partnering with me as we transform Oceanside with the love of Jesus Christ this year?  Or how about meeting up to grab a coffee or share a meal?  Join me for “Live With Basilio!” on Thursdays at 4pm to find out more!

Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor