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Food Facts #1

August 26, 2015 at 11:47 pm (Food for Thought) (, , , , , , , , )

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Did you know…

That avocatoes boost your metabolism for 24-48 hours? Eating one a day is the equivalent of walking briskly for 3 miles! Yep, if you’re looking for a food that can do for you without you doing any heavy lifting, this is your chance! They contain the highest amounts of healthy fats in a vegetable. (Yes, your body was designed by God to need fats). They have what is called omega fats. Omega fats are not stored in the body, but used in each of your systems to produce the “fruit” of good energy and mental clarity. God created your body to store the other kinds of fat found in meat, dairy, and sugar foods for a rainy day or lean times. Skip back to the past, before grocery stores. (Believe it or not more time has ticked off the wheel without grocery stores than with) There were what they call lean times, during winter and non-growing seasons, that created the need for this mechanism in our bodies. God has always known what He was doing 😉 Sadly, we no longer have these times, hence the reason all that fat gets “stored-up” but never turned into the ‘extra meal’ lean times required of us. These extra fats now go to that storage area, but get too full and your body sends them into systems that were never designed by God to handle. Cancer feeds off of and lives in these stored fats – but sugar is its favorite food!

Avocados actually help your body get rid of these stored fats, like a friend who comes and helps you find your way home. They escort the useless fat to the waste systems by boosting your metabolism to burn off all that extra. Like calls to like, and avocado fats know the bad fats’ language, but gently advocates for your health, convincing those fats they really don’t want to live where they cause death in the body.

They are creamy and full of vitamins and minerals too! , (Thanks to that seed inside) It’s good for everything! There is not one thing that these little cups of health don’t do to help you up the health-o-meter! (Unless, of course, you are allergic to them. In such a case, I offer my profound condolences!) Avocados are one of the most amazing creations of God’s table. They make great snacks, and can be added to almost anything as a nice addition to any meal. Why not start putting these tasty little buggers to work in your body now?

A recipe is forth coming for a double bang for your ‘body-bucks’ with avocados.
Stay tuned…

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Unexpected Wisdom

January 11, 2014 at 2:31 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The conversation finally began…

Words had flown about the room for well over an hour…but nothing communicable had really occurred. Eight souls had gathered to study the Bible. At least that was what the title was called; a Bible Study. Various theologies had been discussed, springing from a few words pulled from the Book intended to be studied. Philosophies of forgiveness with the clanging symbols of rhetoric popular among “the gatherers of the Book”. Words flung out with the tree of knowledge of good and evil as it base. In essence it could all be brought down to “what does forgiving do for me.

One silent soul, up to this point, found their lips and their vocals found wind.

“But who is forgiveness really about? For that matter…who is this Book really about?”

Seven pairs of eyes fell to the one who had almost been forgotten. This one being the “least educated” and newest member of the group. The sounds that came from their person floated like a feather…slowly drifting down as if from nowhere…the room fell still.

The brave soul suddenly felt odd. And gave an almost apologetic smile.

“Hmmm…well, a good question” said the “leader”. “Perhaps it will be a good topic for next week.”

The other six, gave a sigh of relief and nodded their accent to the leader.

Again the new one was compelled to speak.

“I’m confused. I thought this was supposed to be a place where I could ask questions and get help finding the hidden truths the Bible has to offer according to the Apostle Paul? If I mistook the agenda I ask forgiveness. It would be the highest offence to me that I would offend my Father in heaven by derailing that which you had intended. Most of what I heard you all sharing…well quite frankly went over my head. I know I am new and have much to learn. Yet as I have been reading in Matthew chapters 5 and 6, I have felt as if I was right there at Yeshua’s (Jesus’) feet…listening to Him. He spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven a lot and how forgiveness works…uh…at least to me…what it is supposed to look like in action. And it seemed to me to point without exception to the Father, who is forgiveness…upon which the “children” – if you will – are grace and mercy and truth. I don’t know all the “learned” lingo or language but again I found Yeshua speaking in such simple terms that anyone could understand Him. If I am in error, please would someone correct me? I really don’t want to go another 7 days thinking in error to wait for next week’s study. To do so seems to me would be even greater foolishness than to speak up and seem as fool.”
The words carried such humility and honest inquiry, again the room was aloft in stillness. Impregnated with the Light that had just now began to shine.

Again the new one began to feel awkward and shifted in the silence uncomfortably.

The “leader” cleared their throat.
One by one each other member looked between the leader and the new one. None finding a voice of their own to lend to the subject. Suddenly what they thought they “knew” seemed a square peg attempting to be put in a round hole. (Indeed this was the case)

“Perhaps,” said the leader with an authoritative air. “You could share what it is that you have heard us speaking about that has caused your confusion?”
It was spoken framed in invitation, but the true portrait of its spirit was condescending.

The new one didn’t respond to the latter.

“Well, all the words sound right but don’t fall into the spirit with which I sense in Yeshua as He speaks about forgiveness. To Him all things are about His Father. The One who Forgives. Without Him there is no such thing. So to forgive is to simply attest to the One who makes it possible. You all spoke much with many words I didn’t understand and can’t remember now…but to put it in terms I understood you to be saying…
To forgive is to be set free from being unforgiving. Again this seems right and I find it hard to say exactly what seems not right about it. I have been reading an author who said, “Discernment is not about knowing right from wrong, but knowing right from almost right” This is the best I can describe my struggle. What you all say sounds almost right but not right.” The new one paused and resumed a moment later. The awkward silence prevailed.

“As I have spent time talking with God and Yeshua, reading His Words…I have come to understand that forgiveness is something I do that gives away what He does, did and completed with Yeshua on the cross. That when I forgive, its sort of like taking the bread and wine in remembrance of Him. Yeshua said Himself that when we forgive it not only effects this world but heaven! That’s power!! Unseen power to be honest!”

The new one was so lost within the wonder and awe of the One who forgives they seemed to start to fairly glow…it became contagious. All ears were held hostage by the enthusiasm and worship.

“When you all were speaking about letting go of unforgiveness it seemed to me that it was as if – if we forgive we benefit from our own forgiveness. Yet it seems contrary to what Yeshua said, though in a way we do, but that’s not the intent for which we are asked to do so. Though you all quoted scriptures that could – by themselves taken the way you frame these theologies with them – could seem to support them. Again its the sense of right verses almost right that perplexes me. I don’t know much about theologies but I do know Yeshua, the Father and the Spirit who is sent to counsel and or guide us into all Truth; which is to say Yeshua Himself and things don’t “lineup” if you will between the two. Mankind is always systematically trying to attain knowledge from God into a pattern of prescription that methodizes our behaviors, but does nothing to transform. I think forgiveness is what one does as an identifier of Who they now belong to. But how can they forgive if they don’t know the Forgiver? How can release come from an action based only on sentences in a book? Are we not supposed to be seeking the One who wrote it and obeying the One who made all things? Because He knows how best all thing work functionally? In other words because He is trustworthy?”
Abruptly the new one was finished. The words hanging in the air like a balloon waiting to be popped.

At last…the conversation began to take the shape for which The One who wrote the Book that they were desirous to study…intended. The Book got opened, and together all those present sought to seek that they may find…no one at that point was “leader” or “new”, all were brothers and sisters of the same Father. Becoming children of God…not wise ones of learning. The next week more “new” ones were added to their number, and The One who wrote the Book was the final Authority in what was right. Theology’s still came up but were taken under the microscope of Yeshua’s Words alone. As a result He became The Way, The Truth, and The Life…and they followed Him.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Proverbs 1:5-6

Someone who is already wise will hear and learn still more; someone who already understands will gain the ability to counsel well; he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

Romans 3:24-26

By God’s Grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before Him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. God put Yeshua forward as a kapparah (atonement/pardon) for sin through His faithfulness in respect to His bloody sacrificial death. This vindicated God’s righteousness; because, in His forebearance, He had passed over (with neither punishment nor remission) the sins people committed in the past; and it vindicates His righteousness in the present age by showing that He is righteous Himself and also the One who makes people righteous on the ground of Yeshua’s faithfulness.

Romans 16:25

Now to God, who can strengthen you, according to the Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages

Ephesians 5:9-10

…and of letting everyone see how this secret plan is going to work out. This plan, kept hidden for ages by God, the Creator of everything, is for rulers and authorities in heaven to learn, through the existence of the Messianic Community, how many-sided God’s wisdom is.

1 Corinthians 17-31

For the Messiah did not send me to immerse but to proclaim the Good News – to do it without relying on “wisdom” that consists of mere rhetoric, so as not to rob the Messiahs execution-stake of IT’S power. For the Message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God. Indeed, the Tanakh (Old Testament) says,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”

Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher (teacher of the Teachings), or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this worlds wisdom look pretty foolish? For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using its own wisdom, would NOT come to know Him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as His means of saving those who come to trust in it. Precisely because Jews ask for signs and Greeks try to find wisdom, we go on proclaiming a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal! To the Jews this is an obstacle, and to the Greeks it is nonsense; but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is God’s power and God’s wisdom! For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanities “wisdom”.

And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanities “strength”. Just look at yourselves, brothers – look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the worlds standards, not many wield power or boast noble birth. But God chose what this world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what this world considers important; so that no one should boast before God. It is His doing that you are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He has become wisdom for us from God, and righteousness and holiness and redemption as well! Therefore – as the Tanakh says – “Let anyone who wants to boast, boast about Adonai.”

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When God is the ONLY One with the answer.

January 25, 2013 at 4:48 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , )

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Job 40:1-5

Continuing to address Iyov (Job), Adonai (the Lord) said:
“Does the critic want to dispute Shaddai (the Almighty God)? Let him who wants to correct God give an answer!”

Then Iyov (Job) replied to Adonai:

“I am too ashamed; I have nothing to say. I lay my hand over my mouth. Yes, I spoke once, but I won’t answer more; all right, twice, but I won’t go on.”

Job chapters 38-42 are the least touched upon chapters of Job. The emphasis always seems to get “centered” on Jobs suffering, God’s testing of his trust, the “banter of the humans” (Job and his friends), and a touch on the enemy of God at the beginning.

To me the last chapters are the MOST telling of the Book. The Book itself’s purpose seems to reveal a deeper issue. Back and forth the humans go with their “knowledge, wisdom, advice and views of God’s” and God lets them go on and on. Not unlike He does still. Then God replies. Give those chapters a “look-see”, there was a reason Job, a righteous man proclaimed by God, Himself; was speechless after God’s replies. All the things the humans had recounted and set back and forth in review were rendered utterly useless. 

We still do this today. Uncomfortable with the fact that God has knowledge we don’t have, and will NEVER know fully as He does. Topics like:

Salvation – if it can be lost

Is God merciful beyond “the grave”

When will Yeshua (Jesus) come back?

Will “the believers” go through the great Tribulation or not?

Endless attempts to prove and reprove God’s existence by: science, theology, reason, education, logic, philosophy, psychology, even going so far as to suggest a human can become such an “expert on Scripture” that one may achieve the same degree of “knowledge” as God.

God started His Word (the Bible) out far from His beginning! It was ours not His beginning! He had loved us so much and so desired our friendship and citizenship in His Kingdom; that He has given such a capacity to us to “know” some of what He does that the limit, so far, has not been reached!
But! He will always be God, and therefore know everything in such a way that the created will not; or He will cease to be God. His desire can not be more clear; that we would know Him but not become gods.

I am so comforted by the fact that Adonai, Yeshua, and the Spirit will always have the “monopoly” on everything! It shuts my mouth when bent towards argument so many times! There are somethings, only God will ever know. And even if this statement is wrong; He will correct me! I don’t have to have all the answers…whew! I just have to run head-long towards the One who does. And…He can speak for Himself! If I don’t know, I can point whoever may be asking me to Him; with absolute confidence of His ability to answer when I can not. He NEVER asked us to be “know it all’s”. He only ever asked us to believe He does.

The link below is a great example of how one of the above controversial topics was “exchanged”. I do so enjoy a good debate, but even better when the words run out; the silence and ceasing of human breath so God can open anew our sight of Him.

Oh how I love my Brother Job’s last words!

Job 42:1-6

Then at last, Job gave Adonai this answer:

“I know that You can do everything, that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

“You asked, ‘Who is this, hiding counsel, without having knowledge?’

Yes, I spoke, without understanding, of wonders far beyond me, which I didn’t know.

Please listen, and I will speak,

[You said,] ‘I will ask questions; and you, give Me answers’

I heard about You with my ears, but now my eye sees You; therefore I detest myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Then, and only then, did God heal and restore Job and far more than in his “earthly” possessions! 

http://www.daretothinkbigaboutgod.com/category/michael-phillips-answers-your-questions/

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Wonders of Wisdom ~ Part 1

January 5, 2013 at 4:44 am (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , )

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Wisdom; as defined by Wikipedia

Wisdom is the judicious application of knowledge. It is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgement, and action in keeping with this understanding.
It often requires “control” of one’s emotional reactions that “universal” principles, reasons and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions.
Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgement as to action
Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, insight
(The ” ” were added by me, as the choice of word can either be outright ridiculous or leave room for doubt as to wisdom’s ability to be gaged by it)

The Hebrew meaning for Wisdom is found on the link below. (Please take the time to click and read before reading further)

http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/40_exodus2.html

I included both “the most common” world-view and the Biblical view of the Word Wisdom. As you can see, one leaves room for question’s as to where Wisdom comes from. One does not…depending on…well…how wise one is :-).

I have chosen to make this a “thoughts to ponder” style post. Quotes from all throughout history by those who have followed Yeshua (Jesus). With a wrap up with the Final Authority…the Word of God. I do not believe anyone should or need go any further than God, Himself for their final definition for Wisdom. As, He is Wisdom, and can best speak to each of us about it better than all the cyber-searches, word studies, and other ways of seeking Wisdom that can be found. (In my humble opinion 🙂 )

Its says in the Word of God, that Wisdom was before anything ever existed and will be found calling out unto all eternity. Lets listen to some of what Wisdom has to say.

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If we consult the scriptures about the stock into which we have to be grafted, and the kind of tree it is, we find this text concerning wisdom: She is a tree of life to those who hope in her and put their trust in her, as their Lord. This tree of life into which we have to be grafted is the Messiah (Christ) who is the power and the wisdom of God – the Messiah who by His death, that unprecedented gift of Divine Love, became for us a tree of life.
~ Origen – A Alexandrian Biblical scholar and writer from c.185 to c.254

Born if the virgin, He came forth from the womb as the Light of the whole world to shine on all. His light is received by those who long for the splendour of perpetual light that can never be destroyed by darkness. The sun we know everyday is followed by the darkness of night, but the Son of Righteousness never sets, because wisdom cannot give way to evil.
~ Ambrose – Bishop of Milan from 340-397

If wisdom delights you, ‘the very wisdom of God will show herself to them’. If friendship, they shall love God more than themselves; and God will love them more than they love themselves, for they live Him and themselves and each other through Him, while He loves Himself and through Himself them.
~ Anselm of Canterbury – Italian-born monk from 1033-1109

Every creature is by its nature a kind of effigy and likeness of the Eternal Wisdom, but this is particularly so of a creature which in the scripture has been raised up by the Spirit of Prophecy to image spiritual things.
~ Bonaventure – Italian Franciscan theologian from 1221-1274

O Wisdom of the eternal Father, lighten my mind, that I may see only those things that please You and may be blinded to all other things. Grant that I may walk in Your ways and that nothing else may be light and pleasant.
~ John Bradford – English Protestant Martyr 1510-1555

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
~ William Cowper – English Poet from 1731-1800

Mere silence is not wisdom, for wisdom consists in knowing when and how to speak and when and where to keep silent.
~ Jean Pierre Camus – French Bishop from 1582-1652

Creation not only exists, it discharged truth…Wisdom requires a surrender, verging on the mystical, of a person – The Glory of Existence.
~ Gerhard von Rad – German Biblical Scholar (after the 1950’s)

It is an honor to believe what the lips of Jesus taught. I had sooner be a fool with Christ than a wise man with the philosophers.
~ Charles Spurgeon (1890)

The only true wisdom is to be always prepared to meet God, to put nothing off which concerns eternity, and to live like men ready to depart at any moment.
~ J.C. Ryle (1879)

For not that which is approved of men now, but what shall finally be approved by God, is true wisdom.
~ John Tillotson (1819)

Being wise and being knowledgeable are two different things. But when knowledge begins with an understanding of God’s character, our wisdom will continue to grow by merely acting on what we know.
~ Vicki Kuyper (2003)

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Romans 11:33-36
O the depths of the riches and the wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are His judgements! How unsearchable are His ways! For ‘Who has known the mind of Adonai? Who has been His counselor? Who has given Him anything and made Him pay it back?’ For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 16:27
…to the only wise God, through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:20-30
Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher, or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this worlds wisdom look pretty foolish? For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using its own wisdom, would not come to know Him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as His means of saving those who come to trust in it. Precisely because Jews ask for signs and Greeks try to find wisdom, we go on proclaiming a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal! To Jews this is an obstacle, and to Greeks it is nonsense; but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is God’s power and God’s wisdom! For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanity’s “wisdom”.
And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanity’s “strength”. Just look at yourselves brothers – look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the world’s standards, not many wield power or boast noble birth. But God chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the strong; and God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what the world considers important; so that no one should boast before God. It is His doing that you are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He has become wisdom for us from God, and righteousness and holiness and redemption as well!

Proverbs 3:19-20
Adonai by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens, by His knowledge the deep burst open and the dew condenses from the sky.

Proverbs 2:6-11
For Adonai gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up common sense for the upright, is a shield to those whose conduct is blameless, in order to guard the courses of justice and preserve the way of those faithful to Him. Then you will understand righteousness, justice, fairness, and every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will be enjoyable for you, discretion will watch over you, and discernment will guard you.

ALL of chapter 8 of Proverbs!!!
If someone were to ask me the best chapter in the Bible for Wisdom’s description, character, and method’s of operation…Proverbs 8 would be it. I would only add that you can replace the word wisdom for Yeshua (Jesus) throughout the chapter. For the sake of not typing this into a book, I strongly recommend reading this chapter as the wrap for this post. Going the extra mile to seek wisdom is never a waste of time, for in seeking Him, we shall be found by Him, anointed with His presence and find our true sense of “it is well” with our soul!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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