Archive for September, 2013

Delete the Past

“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
(Philippians 3:13, 14 NLT)

My smart phone’s ability to process new information has really declined lately because the memory space has been completely used up with pictures. These photo images of the past are limiting the joyful experience of taking new photos. My smart phone’s problem reminds me that we often have to delete previous mind sets from the past in order to move forward fully engaged in the blessings that God has prepared for us in the future. Frequently dwelling on past negative events is not good for our mental health. Researchers at Ohio State University have found that just thinking about stressful experiences actually increases inflammation in the body and chronic levels of inflammation can lead to depression (1) The Bible tells us to forget about the past and look forward to our heavenly future with Christ Jesus. So let’s think forward and delete the past.



Healing Light

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
(Matthew 4:16 NIV)

We live in a world that is filled with bacteria and viruses. These unwelcome predators live everywhere from the soil under our feet to the beds where we sleep. The bacteria and viruses that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States are: Salmonella, Norovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Clostridium.(1) One method of eliminating the threat from these uninvited dinner guests is to irradiate surfaces with a UV-C light sanitizing wand which safely eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on food or household surfaces.(2) In just one second the UV-C light destroys cellular DNA to prevent replication. The portable UV-C light wand is great way to eliminate nasty germs when you travel. There is a fatal virus that affects all of us on our journey in this life. It’s called sin. Sin results in eternal death which is separation from God in outer darkness forever. Jesus is the light that shines in this dark world of sin. He came to stop sin dead in it’s tracks. Look to the light of Jesus to be 100% free from sin!




Let there be Light

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
(Genesis 1:3, 4 NLT)

Laser light therapy also referred to as photobiomodulation uses specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects to treat various conditions. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. The scientific and medical evidence is compelling as lasers now play an important role in many areas of medicine and rehabilitation. Researchers have found that the light provided by the laser helps to heal all tissue types including skin, bone, muscle, tendon and ligaments. This should be no surprise because when God created light he said it was good! The light helps heal our physical bodies from injuries but Jesus said that “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Only Jesus can heal our soul and make us whole from the destructive effects of sin. Look to Jesus to bring light to your day.

1) Fulop AM et al, A meta-analysis of the efficacy of phototherapy in tissue repair. Photomed Laser Surg. 2009 Oct;27(5):695-702.


Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28 NLT)

Many people have experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed at work with insufficient staffing and this sets the stage for a work related injury. Work related repetitive motion injuries are recognized as the leading cause of employee suffering and decreased productivity.(1) Body tissues wear out with excessive strain, insufficient rest and inadequate nutrition. The first approach to treatment of a repetitive work injury is resting to avoid the aggravating activities. Workers in the Kingdom of God are the believers that make up the body of Christ which is his Church.(1 Cor 12:12) The believers work hard to deliver the Gospel for the global harvest of souls but the Bible says that harvest is great and the workers are few.(Matt 11:28) Care must be taken to prevent injuries from the repetitive trauma of this important work. Coming to rest in the refreshing presence of God and feeding on the spiritual nutrition of his Word restores us for another work day.



Sunflower Happiness

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
(Proverbs 13:12 NLT)

Seeing a sunflower plant always makes me feel happy bringing a smile to my face. I love eating sunflower seeds everyday because they taste great. Sunflower seeds are also known as the best whole-food source of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant important to health. In fact just one ounce of oil-roasted sunflower seeds provides 76% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin E. Sunflower seed sources of vitamin E are used more readily by our bodies than those obtained from supplements.(1) Research has demonstrated that Vitamin E may help prevent coronary heart disease by decreasing cholesterol.(2) People with major depression have significantly lower blood vitamin E concentrations and they might be more prone to develop heart disease.(3) Those who are depressed have lost hope. Ironically our all knowing God of hope created a happy looking sunflower plant which produces seeds that naturally help fight depression and heal the broken heart. Sunflowers might bring some happiness but only placing our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ can truly fulfill dreams and put an eternal smile on our face.



Heavenly Hugs

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”
(1 John 4:9 NLT)

Romantic relationships require time to develop. Dialogue is necessary in order to understand that special someone but a loving embrace is also very important. Researchers have discovered many physiological health benefits of hugging. Regular hugs can decrease the risk of heart disease, reduce stress, improve immune system function, and ease depression. After just a ten second embrace the stress hormone cortisol decreases and positive mood enhancing hormones like oxytocin increase.(1) The act of embracing another is a visible outward expression of the invisible internal feeling of love. The invisible God’s everlasting love for us is clearly expressed through the life of Jesus. He hung with arms wide open nailed to a cross waiting to embrace anyone who receives his loving sacrifice for forgiveness of sins with the promise of eternal joy in him. His heavenly hug is waiting to improve your spiritual health. Will you embrace Jesus today?



Mountain Whispers

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
(1 Kings 19:11, 12 NIV)

Some people may wait for God to appear in a dramatic way but his voice is usually very subtle and easily missed if our ears are not listening for him. In this Biblical passage Elijah the prophet did not hear God’s voice in the violent wind, earthquake or fire but in a gentle whisper. We may have to pass through some of life’s natural disasters but God brings us up to his mountain of protection. Instead of fearing life’s uncontrollable circumstances listen for the gentle mountain whisper of God’s instruction that encourages us in the midst of the chaos.


When the Eagle Falls

“Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.”
(Daniel 2:20, 21 NLT)

The news headlines recently stated “Flyover fail as bald eagle crashes into window inside Oklahoma school, falls to ground.” (1) The bald eagle, well known as a symbol for American freedom was brought to Oral Roberts Christian University to celebrate Golden Eagle Day. As the students were chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” the soaring eagle crashed into a window and fell to the ground. American freedoms are quickly crashing to the ground. Americans are enslaved by tax increases as a result of outrageous national debt. Through legalized abortion the freedom to live is being destroyed right in the mother’s womb. Privacy has been attacked with the digital monitoring of data. Freedom of speech is conditionally dependent upon avoiding the name of the only God worthy of our trust. When the eagle falls look up to the Lord who gave us flight.



Swords of Circumstance

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.”
(1 Samuel 17:50, 51 NLT)

The Biblical account of David and the giant Goliath is a well known inspirational story. Giants are all the same in that they intimidate their opponents with fear by their overwhelming size and they use large weapons to kill their enemies. Ironically, in this great victory of faith David defeats Goliath and cuts of his head with the very sword that he was going to use to kill David. Life can be full of “giant problems” which fill us with fear. They attempt to kill our faith in the promises of God using swords of circumstances which can come as financial difficulties, personal health issues or relationship conflicts. Ironically, the Lord can use the very weapon designed to destroy our hope for the future to cut off the head of the thing that we fear the most.


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