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Tis the season to be jolly – but with all the hustle and bustle – it too often seems anything but pleasant. Are we celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ or all the retail extravaganza that our culture advances along with it?  Many of us note that the latter seems more so with each season that comes around. How much more wondrous it would become if everyone would sincerely focus on the spectacular meaning of this holiday – as well as how, in the midst of it all, to improve life for people less prosperous. Ultimately, we can choose to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by providing tangibles that help others become physically and spiritually healthier.

The possibilities are vast! There are a number of newly published books, for instance, which reveal natural prevention and remedies of illness – rather than mere prescription drug treatments of symptoms. We can assemble gift baskets of mini devotionals, whole food vitamins, probiotics, protein bars, essential oils, and flavorful green or herbal teas. Ever thought of giving homemade healthy goodies – attaching recipes with options for nutritious variations?  Time constraints can be easily overcome with the quick purchase of a luscious fruit and nut basket – or a gift card to a health product store. Including with these a printed item of Christian encouragement and guidance is certainly most essential. Our Creator is so blessed when we promote wise life habits with our family and friends because we assist them in becoming more productive and fulfilled in their lives.

Even more pleasing to the Lord is the superior notion of sending generous Christmas offerings to feed, clothe, and house those worldwide who are living in conditions far less healthful than ours. Even a small financial gift will do much more than you could ever imagine in an impoverished nation. Of course, placing orders of Bibles and tracts in the native languages of the many precious souls awaiting a word of hope is the most special idea of all. There are wonderful organizations such as Operation Blessing, Orphan’s Promise, Gospel for Asia, and many others which maximize and wisely distribute the funds entrusted to them.

So as we all dodge or navigate the predictable shopping splurges during the holidays, let us be very certain that each present we give this year – whether local or foreign – includes an opportunity for the recipient to improve the body, mind and relationship with God Almighty. In doing so, we are assured that these healing gifts from the heart will hold not only temporal, but an eternal value that is a matchless treasure!

Christmas Quote: “Do not let God’s presence be over shadowed by Christmas presents. God wants to give you a gift of peace, but unwrapping the gift means letting Him take control.” (God is in the Small Stuff at Christmas)

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Despite Chaos – Blessings Abound

When our personal lives seem to be spinning out of control – never mind the state of our nation – it can be a difficult task to simply ‘stop and smell the roses’.  Certainly, from day to day, it is easy to think positively and remain content when all is going our way.   Yet, on the contrary, it requires a deep inner strength granted only by our Creator to feel joyful and confident when we face multiple trials and legitimate concerns about the future.  The devastating loss of a loved one, a friend, a cherished treasure – or even an election – can really topple our world if we are not inwardly equipped for such disappointments. How then do we gain perseverance that makes it possible to weather the inevitable pitfalls throughout this lifetime while maintaining a hopeful outlook?  

But wait – as a further complication for humanity, in this age of health epidemics, feeling chronically ill is a special challenge for so many. Over the millennia, we have physically acquired an avalanche of inherited mutations – caused by the escalating cascade of environmentally induced pathogens and toxic chemicals or metals. The lucrative processed food industry – as well as our medical establishment’s overzealous use of vaccines, antibiotics, and other pharmaceuticals – have greatly contributed to this disturbing issue, destroying the delicate balance the Creator designed within our human bodies.  As a result, an increasing number of us have chronic health conditions and wonder how we can possibly be grateful for our plights.  We wonder, like the biblical figure, Job – how can we deal with such suffering as we continue to love and serve God?

The ultimate answer to these tough inquiries may actually be found in the words of a simple old Christian hymn:  “When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost – count your many blessings, name them one by one – and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”  As these wise lyrics advise, taking stock of all that we have – rather than dwelling on the shortfalls – can continually enable us to praise God for our basic essentials, current freedoms, and physical capabilities that we tend to take for granted.  Thoughtfully consider that analysts have observed in studies how the wealthiest and healthiest are not necessarily the happiest of people. Very often in fact, it is the truly desperate among us who most readily receive the knowledge of God.  Most assuredly, numerous scripture references instruct us on finding contentment in our poorest and sickest conditions – even viewing these trials as opportunities to grow in character and to magnify the greater strength of the Almighty.  Ideally, securing a solid relationship with Him, the most proficient of all problem-solvers, will enable us to experience the greatest comfort – and often total solutions – for whatever ails our bodies, minds and circumstances.  His Spirit can envelop our souls with thankful hearts that will sustain us through any tribulation we encounter and provide us with genuine hope of true peace for all eternity!

Contented Quote:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  – Philippians 4:8

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Lighting up a Season of Darkness

That sweet and sour time of year has come around again – as children delight in the sugary treats – but tremble at the spooky scenes throughout the town.   It is the particular season when God’s beautifully painted landscapes are marred by streaks of cultural darkness.  The concept of autumn is by design – the beginning of death, or dormancy, for much of the world’s plant and animal life. This is the probable explanation of why the defeated Devil so brazenly celebrates at this gloomy time (though his very existence is widely denied).   Christ-followers will not despair, however, knowing that the LORD’s light will ultimately overcome the increasing prevalence of evil.  Furthermore, only our amazing Creator would originate the idea of splashing foliage with glorious color in the midst of the dying process.   Nature provides us continuous evidence of God’s presence and faithfulness in its seasonal miracles – continually reproducing marvelous creations repeatedly through the years.

So what then of this particular month on the calendar – with its obsession – and even celebration of death, fright, and things of the night?   Should responsible parents condone its underlying intent of promoting ‘fear’ in their children – leading to nightmares and unnecessary anxieties?  The answer should be obvious to people of ‘faith’, given that these two terms are entirely opposite concepts.  Sadly though, feeling scared – even seeking opportunities to become so – is a flawed human tendency, and frequently experienced temptation.   Trusting in God’s protection and preferring what is “pure and lovely” over all that is “crude and creepy” does not come naturally to us – but must instead be cultivated through prayer and scripture meditation.  Building this strength within ourselves, ideally from a very young age, is absolutely essential for us to prevent later pitfalls that weak character inevitably produces.

Better sooner than later for us to realize that overcoming senseless fears – along with maintaining clean and positive thoughts – is actually critical to our mental well being.  Chronic anxiety and even depression can result when we constantly focus on what is destructive or that which worries us about the past, present or future.   In the area of physical health, some of us obsessively fear developing cancer or Alzheimer’s disease.  We could channel our thoughts more wisely in taking steps toward body detox and immune enhancement to greatly reduce the risks of these and other tragic illnesses.  There is also a frequent tendency to forget that our Creator is indeed the ultimate Healer (Rapha) – particularly for those who replace fear with faith in Him to do so.

Through seeking His higher ways, adults and children alike can determine to fully adjust their focus on what is uplifting, biblical, and conducive to a solidly healthier lifestyle.  Connecting to the Creator is the key!  So during these days ahead when many seem to celebrate what is dark and dreary, may we uniquely shine forth a faith-filled light that encourages others to seek its loving source, the God of all creation, throughout this season of fall – and infinitely beyond !

Faith Fact:  “The presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out fear.” – John Piper

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Social Ills: Surprising Root Causes

At this tumultuous point in human history, what now are we to think concerning society’s grave cultural sickness?  The probability of real solutions depends of course on the priority we place on overcoming the increasingly clear signs of moral decay. It is certainly not a mere speculation that modern humanity has become less service oriented and more self-indulged. Even some of the most productive citizens often turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to social concerns that would have horrified our forefathers. Abortion, homosexuality and drug addiction are some of the more notorious examples. There are numerous others yet, which indicate a disturbing trend toward the promotion of personal satisfaction over concern for the greater good of mankind.

Christians are sometimes quick to assume that all detrimental choices involve only individual free will – and are ultimately spiritual in nature. This is a close-minded and often uncompassionate approach to addressing some very hurting souls. Even more disturbing is our mainstream medical community, which blames either past abuse or biological factors – nearly always prescribing a medication which further debilitates the neuro-immune system.

Rather than always condemning the misuse of free will – and in light of the factors mentioned – let us fully consider the following medical interventions as the very probable culprits for some increasingly common behavioral dysfunctions.

  • Damage to the amygdala, known as the brain’s ‘seat of emotion’, can lead to anti-social and uncompassionate behaviors often characteristic of those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, and even Alzheimer’s. Mercury from dental amalgams and thimerosal vaccines – as well as injected and OTC aluminum products – have both been shown as likely causes of these illnesses.
  •  Oxytocin is deemed the brain’s ‘trust’ hormone, though when in excess, it causes emotional gullibility – meaning that such a person is easily led by others – often down a destructive path. Such an imbalance is often found in prolonged pitocin induced newborns.
  • Systemic mineral imbalances and gut dysbiosis produce various behavioral and discretion issues. Ironically, the great majority of these are actually caused by pharmaceuticals. They often disrupt the delicate zinc/copper and amino acid balance – resulting in diagnoses of a wide range of so-called mental conditions.  Over time, the resulting accumulated toxins and pathogens can even cause mutations. All of these disruptions can potentially even lead to violent behaviors which are life-threatening to self and others.

Undoubtedly there are countless other causes to what are deemed as behavioral disorders which contribute to poor decision making. Ultimately though, becoming spiritually connected with our Creator provides the guidance we need to actually discover the root causes of whatever may ail us or our loved ones.   He can lead us to knowledge of how to avoid further toxic exposures, make good diet choices, and find effective natural remedies.  Following are some highly educated opinions and wise words to bring hope of healing and truly maximize both brain and body health!

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Skin, Race, and a Higher Place!

    America has been entangled in a very divisive movement based on one of the most superficial subjects of all time: skin color.   How many people actually understand that such an argument involves the mere quantity of melanin cells in a person’s body?  Furthermore, are they not aware that all people are biologically related – that there is essentially just one race called humanity – with 98% common DNA?  It is really that simple – yet some are willing to wreak havoc and utter destruction over a failure to grasp this most basic concept.  Whether it is whites vilifying blacks or black hatred of whites – God Almighty grieves that those created in His own glorious image seem continually at enmity with each other.

    Many of us are sincerely wondering what on earth drives this obsession with something otherwise totally superficial.  Ultimately, of course, the enemy of the human soul is the underlying culprit, deceiving people with his evil compulsions for pride and despicable deeds.  As a result, at the human level, there are greedy movement leaders who persuade those with wounded egos (of various skin tones) to pursue vengeance that is ultimately a never ending cycle of perceived paybacks.  The gospel of Christ – which some of these folks ironically profess to believe – teaches a completely opposite concept.  Even so, it is only those whose hearts have been softened to receive this Prince of Peace, who can even grasp the necessity of fulfilling the commands of the risen Lord.  Others typically cannot foresee the calamity that lies ahead when humans continue down the path of hate and animosity toward their own blood brothers and sisters.

    We, as a so-called civilized society, must learn to forgive the offenses of others – just as God is so willing to do for us.  Receiving the power of Jesus Christ into our lives can enable every soul to have the unconditional love to not only forgive, but to even pray for our enemies.   Then only, would we become intent upon seeking true harmony and strength as a community – bringing about lasting change in the attitudes and behaviors of people with different skin or other irrelevant factors.  We must all seek the higher place – living for the eternity upon which our hope rests through genuine faith in the Redeemer of every human.  There, we will continually thrive on His matchless love – where our colorless souls will forever dwell in perfect peace.  Until that glorious day, let us heed the wonderful expression of King David in Psalm 133:1,“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” !

Color Quote:  “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”   – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Why Revere Holistic Remedies?

Independence is certainly an important quality to acquire as a person matures into adulthood.  However, when it comes to feeling alone in a view on a particular issue, we don’t tend to feel so comfortable in our skin.  What a relief to discover even one other person who shares your view on a subject that is personally significant.  This is exactly the way many of us have felt in the past on the topic of holistic health.  How excited we have become to discover that gradually many others, even a number of physicians – are wisely joining our camp!

As epidemic numbers skyrocket for a great many previously rare disorders such as diabetes, Crohn’s, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, CFS, MS, lupus, and cancer – we are beginning to the long overdue conclusion that excessive medical interventions may actually be doing more harm than good. Shockingly, the USA is now number one in child mortality among the top thirty industrialized nations.  Human productivity is increasingly waning because of the declining health of western societies.  Common practices such as repetitive antibiotic prescriptions, multi-dose vaccinations, radiation procedures, dental amalgams, and chemotherapy can collectively become terribly debilitating to a body’s delicate immune balance.  Many of these combined treatments lead to both physical and mental dysfunctions which, short of divine intervention – require vastly complex holistic programs to treat.  Though these revelations are finally in part becoming exposed, we have yet to reach the point when the mainstream community no longer scoffs or ridicules our position.

Why indeed do some continue to vehemently resist the effectiveness of age old remedies – and the sheer truth of the adage “an ounce of prevention”?   The answer is nothing less than the proverbial ‘money trail’, which is a shamelessly prosperous path – especially in the United States.  This largely pharmaceutically based, allopathic healthcare profession is quite lucrative and extensive – employing large numbers of citizens who will unapologetically defend their livelihood tooth and nail.  Even so, the light is shining with increasing brightness in the tunnel of the not-too-distant future when cumulative grassroots funded research findings will become impossible to ignore. Our gracious and loving Creator is paving the way for us to restore the horribly diminished health of our families.  Consequently, given this beacon of hope, we must resolve to persevere and remain firm in our convictions – realizing full well how much our children’s future is at stake – and ultimately that of the entire civilized world.

Rather than becoming exasperated or anxious when others react with disbelief in our claims of natural preventions and healing methods – may we persevere in convincing them to examine our personal experiences – and beyond that, the increasing mountain of evidence which supports our assertions.  This undertaking is so crucial for any potential at all of turning the dangerous tide that is now the standard of modern medicine.   May those who possess these vital truths boldly proclaim this holistic health revolution – and swiftly recruit others to follow suit!

QUOTE to PROMOTE:  “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison


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A Healthy New Tune in June

As summer vacation time arrives, vast multitudes of aspiring beach combers will be desperately seeking magical weight loss plans.  Their misguided goals would ironically culminate with visions of indulgent party scenes – and thus a vicious cycle of much less than healthy lifestyles.  Though many of these naive souls are youthful – some of them have far exceeded their teen years – and could well benefit from extra lessons on adopting a more disciplined approach to ultimate fulfillment in this very fleeting existence.

Despite the stereotype depicted above, do any one of us fully understand the impact our choices bring in a world meticulously designed according to the principles of cause and effect? Christians are usually familiar with the important concept of ‘sowing and reaping’. Quite frankly, abiding by the instructions provided for us  in the Bible – and in a righteously governed society – will generally yield a successful life. This time-tested, trustworthy principle is especially applicable in how we nurture our physical, mental and spiritual health.

In all certainty, what we choose to put in our bodies determines not only our weight and appearance, but also our future health condition to a very significant extent. Becoming educated about wise diet options and avoidance of toxic substances can enable us to achieve all-around wellness. Eating good fats and complex carbohydrates – as well as eliminating exposure to hazardous chemicals and metals – will go a long way toward preserving the amazing bodies and minds the Creator intended us to have for over a century of service to Him in this world.

The most important health choice of all that we can endeavor – in this temporal existence of ours – is a decidedly spiritual one.  It involves the consistent and intentional practice of heartfelt prayer. Throughout the old and new testament Scriptures, the Jewish people and followers of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, understood the power of seeking the eternal God’s intervention for provision and healing. Biblical examples are cited therein of how they praised the Lord’s goodness and sought His wise counsel for life decisions. How much more crucial must it be for us – in this increasingly complicated day and age – to consult His guidance for acquiring optimal health, for maximizing the potentials of ourselves and those around us?  What a great faith boost we experience, in marveling at testimonies of people on the brink of death, miraculously restored by the collective, fervent intercession of prayer warriors.

Unquestionably, there is no greater single act of our free will than connecting with the One who is not only sovereign over individual human concerns – but with mysteries lying far beyond all the intricacies of this diverse creation.  May we each fully determine to sing a healthy new tune – not only in the month of June – but far beyond.  Let it be a song that will joyfully harmonize with the melodies of the many souls in need of healing hope that we are bound to encounter along life’s narrow way into our eternal destiny.

 To Grow on:  “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”        ~ William Shakespeare

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