Heart Health

Image result for heart health The last several years the medical field has made tremendous advances in the area of heart health; proper diet, new medical procedures and the importance of exercise. Without exercise, our muscles atrophy. They become weaker and get stiffer at the same time. Without the benefit of regular exercise, our muscles deteriorate until they cannot perform the regular functions they once maintained.

Our heart muscles work the same way, both literally and figuratively. When we’re not praying, giving, serving, and loving on a daily basis, it becomes harder and harder to feel connected to God, to relate to other people, and to feel the joy that comes from serving.

The Bible warns us, “Guard your heart more than anything else because the source of your life flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 GW Stone hearts don’t harden overnight. They gradually atrophy until we find ourselves with a heart as cold as granite. Regular exercise allows us to love more deeply and serve more humbly. It keeps our hearts tender and compassionate, alive and grateful.

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The Walking Dead

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I am not sure why some people are fascinated with “zombies” (walking dead). You are probably not aware that the “walking dead” are all around us. You work with many of them. That fellow student maybe among them. You even go to church with them. Now, I am not speaking of the horrible, fleshing-eating creature of the silver screen. 

The walking dead has been with us for thousands of years. The Apostle wrote of them in Ephesians 2:1-2 As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world...vs 4 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses…” 

Paul was writing about people’s past before they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Physically, they were walking around, breathing, and conversing with other ‘walking dead.’ But spiritually, they were totally unaware they were dead in their sins. 

The ‘walking dead’ of the big screen are totally unable to do anything  to change their condition but those who realize they are spiritually dead, can turn to Jesus, repent of their sin and receive forgiveness AND a new life. The promise is Jesus “made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses…” 

Passion Killers- Part One

As an amateur history buff; I love reading stories of people who have preserved and became successful or reached their goals. It did not matter if they were rich or poor; educated or uneducated; attractive or homely. The creative force behind any great thing you come across in music, art, or science is passion. No one can live a great life without passion.

Passion energizes life. It is a passion that makes ordinary people do extraordinary things. Passion is what makes ordinary people walk in the supernatural.

God plans to give you a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10) The enemy also has a plan to kill, to steal and to destroy your passion. In order to rob you in any area, the enemy first attacks your passion for that thing! 

Marriage, for example, the reason there are so many broken marriages is people have lost their passion. If your walk with Christ is monotonous and boring, you need to find where you have lost your joy.

“… I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.” Psalm 63:8 (MSG) 

 

Will Science Replace God?

See the source imageSince the days of “God Is Dead”; man has been doing his best to remove God from every aspect of our culture. Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, U.S. author Dan Brown said on Thursday…Brown made the provocative remark at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he was promoting his new novel, Origin, … inspired by the question “Will God survive science?”                                                                                         

“… Are we naive today to believe that the gods of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?” Brown, 53, told a packed news conference. (Reuters)

Brown informs us that technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine. In promoting his new novel, Origin he asks “Will God be able to survive science?”  “We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”….Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear.” 

The Bible is very clear that God is eternal Isaiah 57:15 , He has no beginning and He will never cease to exist Revelation 1:8 It does not matter what Mr. Brown believes; God is who He says He is and Science will not change that. 

 

Christmas Transformation

The Nativity StarJesus is the only human who ever chose to be born, so why did he come? Volumes of books have been written in an attempt to answer that question but I wish to limit my thoughts to one idea.

Jesus came to restore man’s fallen, broken relationship with God. Man willfully chose to disobey  God’s clear command Genesis 3  and in doing so, separated himself from God. Jesus’ ultimate purpose was to restore that relationship. From the first Adam we inherited death or our sin nature, and separation from God, but Christ came to reverse that and restore us to the state where we are no longer overcome by sin.

Jesus did not come to make us a better verison of ourselves. He did not come to make us nice people. He came to make us new. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 

The Scriptures are filled with examples of a new life in Christ:     

  • Zacchaeus – a crooked tax collector = life changed Luke 19:5-9
  • Saul, a persecutor of the church,  becomes a promoter of the church Acts 9
  • Jacob was a deceiver but God so changed him Genesis 35:10

Where Are You?

Image result for god's gpsI confess; I love electronic gadgets. (Unfortunately, I cannot afford most of them.) But the one device I probably use the most is my GPS. I use it even if I know how to reach my destination because the GPS “might” know a faster route.

When using a GPS, it will ask the user if they want to start at their present location. To most of us, that is a mute question. Of course, I want to start at my current location!  But the GPS cannot give you directions unless it has all the information. 

People who desire a relationship with God, know they are not where they should be, spiritually speaking, but the problem is they do not know where to start. Many people think they need to “get their act together” before they can come to God. They think must give up this, stop doing that, start going to church, etc.  It is sometimes difficult to convince people that they are sinners Romans 3:23. Many believe there has to be something they need to do before they can come before God. Titus 3:5  

God’s GPS tells us where we are; we are separated from God [lost] and we need to confess to Him that we need a Savior. Only by fully trusting Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins; can we be made right with God. Once you trust Christ to forgive your sins; God’s GPS (The Holy Spirit) will guide you to your destination. John 16:13  

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

The Battle: “Mind” Field

Jesus Christ was once asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 

The great teacher and writer Oswald Chambers wrote, “Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him.” I believe that is true and if the mind is greatly valued by God; then you can be sure Satan is going  to fight it. The mind is the most important part of spiritual warfare. It is amazing how little Christ-followers give attention to safeguarding their minds.

Satan does not own this world but he does have access to it. His influence is seen everywhere – in government, education, entertainment, the family, business…everywhere! That is why Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.”  And yet we allow just about any thought to enter our thinking.

On the battlefield one of the most dangerous places is a mine field.  What makes it so dangerous is that you do not know where the explosive are hidden.The enemy is not going to put little red flags everywhere a mine is planted. That is why you need to ask yourself, “Where did that thought come from?”

Every temptation has its origin in the mind. It is a thought before it is an action. “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” [Matthew 5:28] The implication is what you are dwelling on in your mind.

“Satan is more concerned about what you think and believe than anything else.” [David Jeremiah] We must not fall for Satan’s trap. “I don’t want Satan to outwit us. After all, we are not ignorant about Satan’s scheming.” [2 Corinthians 2:11]

The battle is for your mind. Guard Your heart.