We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Raw Foods and the Reward

I was at a health food store this week in London and they talked me into raw foods diet for 30 days. There I learned why many Europeans are so slender. You see, during the world wars they didn’t have a lot of food so they learned to ration. It was found that the generations after the wars not only lived the longest but were the most robust and healthiest people that lived in modern times. The body apparently uses the most essential vitamins and minerals when there is less to eat. This generation though they ate less, they ate foods that were good for them, mostly raw. The abundance of food and it’s readily accessibility in the west may be the downfall of American health and the cause of the increase in obesity especially among children. There is an obvious lack of discipline and moderation. Maybe there is a connection to what Paul writes in the Scriptures: “whatever you do whether you eat, or you drink, do all to the glory of God.” Today is not a time for feasting, but for fortitude. It is a time for self discipline not self indulgence; for training, not channel surfing. I think one of the reasons we have become a self-indulgent culture is because we have lost sight of the reward. When you have something you long for, there is motivation and a willingness to endure hardship. Becoming self-disciplined in our self-indulgent culture is no easy task. So what is the reward? It is the abundant life that God has planned for us. It is God giving us the desires of our hearts. It is experiencing the exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think! Growing in self-discipline and godliness requires war time sacrifice that will lead to the most robust, physically and spiritually healthy generation in recorded history.

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Teen Vampires

I would presume that most of my readers don’t have children who are reading or watching the teen vampire phenomenon. But it is here and they are wreaking havoc upon our children’s lives. These grotesque characters have now entered the classic culture where both classic books and movies are being adapted to the vampire world. Children and teens love them and if something isn’t done soon a large portion of this generation will be significantly influenced. I am reminded that Lot’s righteous soul, in seeing and hearing was vexed from day to day by their unlawful deeds. He did do those evil deeds, he just saw and heard them and it tore his soul apart. Below is a letter I received from a friend about this new phenomenon.
-Mark, I was re-confirmed in my impressions of the Vampire stories watching the preview for the second one filmed at the movies yesterday afternoon. These are teenagers, making massive life-affecting decisions, with very little parental support. And I know they’re written to appeal to teenagers’ sense of autonomy, but…it is cringe-making on that level. And yes, they are compelling, action-packed stories–hence Hollywood has picked them up to film and mass-market, but….there’s a poignancy to it all which reflects on our times/culture

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