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The Un-Religion September 29, 2009

“True Christianity is the un-religion. It’s a non-religion. Moreover, real Christianity is the end of all religion. Religious people are dancing with a corpse and don’t know it.”
– Bert Gary, from Un-Religion. 

This is one very good article.  Read more at:
http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=84945367&blogId=506592195

 

Where is my grandmother (1908-2007)? – Bert Gary’s MySpace Blog | September 25, 2009

“Albert Einstein’s mind-blowing explanation of time, believe it or not, which most people have never heard or understood, illustrates a biblical view of time.”  Agree?  Disagree?  Either way, this is one very interesting article.  See what you think.

Read More at:
http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=84945367&blogId=511549279

 

Being Good September 24, 2009

Filed under: Religion,Social Issues — lifewalkblog @ 3:05 am
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“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”
— Albert Einstein

 

My Review of “Love Is An Orientation” September 23, 2009

LIAOrientationWhat a breath of fresh air this book is.  With all the hatred being spewed forth by BOTH the left and the right, there couldn’t be a better time for a book like this.  Mr. Marin presents ideas and an approach to dialog that is rooted in love and respect.  Finally, an alternative that I believe is truly Christ-like.  I am so sick and tired of self-proclaimed right-wing Christians talking about “loving everyone,” while their words and actions show they couldn’t be farther from the heart of God.  Then, on the left, you’ve got people yelling “Tolerance!” who have absolutely no tolerance for anyone who disagrees with them.
This is an issue that, more and more, is touching everyone’s lives.  We can’t afford to rely on our preconceived notions.  Nor can we keep addressing issues without seeing the flesh and blood people affected by those issues.  If you’ve ever wanted to be part of the solution, instead of just repeating religious rhetoric, while having no real understanding, then you owe it to yourself and others to read this book.
— David Foreman
Buy It HERE

 

Eat Meat, Die Sooner September 18, 2009

Filed under: Health,Social Issues — lifewalkblog @ 1:14 pm

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Red Meat Boosts Risk of Early Death

A large-scale study examining the effects of meat consumption on mortality has confirmed what myriad smaller ones have suggested — frequently eating red and processed meats increases your risk of mortality by at least 33%.

MEAT-LOVERS BEWARE
To assess the link between eating meat and risk of premature death, researchers at the National Cancer Institute followed more than 500,000 people for 10 years, 70,000 of whom died over the course of the study. The size of this study is what makes it so important, since it provided an opportunity to investigate the relationship between meat consumption and age at death. At the start of the study, the participants, aged 50 to 71, completed a questionnaire that asked how often they ate specific foods and also about their portion sizes. “Red meats” included beef and pork, while “processed meats” included sausages, hot dogs and all cold cuts.

Participants who ate the most red and processed meats, most often and in the largest portions, were at higher risk for death from heart disease or cancer, and for death overall than those who ate the least red and processed meats.  Researchers measured and controlled for a variety of critical co-factors, including alcohol intake, smoking, physical activity, weight and total caloric intake and their impact on longevity.   This essentially means that when compared with people who eat just one ounce, people who eat five ounces of red meat daily are a third more likely to die, Barry Popkin, PhD, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of The World Is Fat, told me. He added that if you eat just a single ounce of processed meat — or  one hot dog each week — mortality risk is similarly raised, noting these  results were identical for women and men.

Participants who ate the most white meat (which included fish and tuna) had a slightly lower risk — about 10% to 15% — of death.   In an editorial accompanying the study, published earlier this year in Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Popkin said: “The consensus is not that we should all become vegans or vegetarians. Rather, the need is for a major reduction in total meat intake.”

THE PROBLEM WITH MEAT
Where breast cancer and colorectal cancer have both been linked to cooking method as well as saturated fat content, this study is the first to implicate red and processed meats not just in those two  cancers but in total cancer deaths, as well as cardiovascular deaths and overall mortality. According to Dr. Popkin, there are several factors that make these meats a poor meal choice…

*Cancer-causing compounds form when meat is cooked at high temperatures, as when it is grilled.
*Meat is high in iron, which is thought to promote cancer when consumed in excess.
*Meat intake is likely to contribute to elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increasing the risk for heart disease.
*Processed meat, even if it’s low-fat, contains cancer-causing nitrites.

CHANGING YOUR DIET
According to Dr. Popkin, reducing red meat intake to just once a week, at most, and completely eliminating processed meats would save the lives of a million men and just under a million women in the 50 to 59 age group over the next decade. “People could cut their individual risk by 30% over 10 years,” he noted — adding “that’s a pretty big saving.” For long-term health benefits, Dr. Popkin suggests choosing poultry, fish and legumes, rather than red meat, as sources of protein.  Also, he advises, those who have risk factors that increase their likelihood of premature death, such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer or heart disease, or who are overweight or obese, should be “especially wary.”  “If you’re at greater risk for disease to start with, eating red meat will increase your risk even more.”

Source(s):
Barry Popkin, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is author of The
World Is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That
Are Fattening the Human Race (Avery).

http://link.dhn.bottomlinesecrets.com/r/FIUH48/D4VNZ/A7D2MG/HQVF3/IIL0L/28/t/

 

Believing For The Best In You

Filed under: Relating to God — lifewalkblog @ 4:22 am

“You’ve got Jesus in your heart and you love Him so.
Well that’s all I need to know,  All I need to know.
I’m believing for the best in you.”

— S. Omartian

 

Something To Think About September 15, 2009

Filed under: Social Issues — lifewalkblog @ 5:22 am
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3,532,191,566    Tons of produced food this year
1,017,441,250   Undernourished people in the world right now
1,140,270,380  Overweight people in the world right now
339,471,433       Obese people in the world right now
16,562                   People who died of hunger today
146,410,121        Money spent due to obesity related diseases in
                                  the USA today (US$)
26,913,148,211   Money spent on weight loss programs in the
                                   USA today (US$)

READ MORE AT:
http://zeekeekee.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/something-to-think-about/

 

Shepherds. Not Pastors. September 13, 2009

The modern day pastoral system is idolatrous. It produces pride and greed in the men who call themselves pastors and it produces idolatry in God’s people as they behold men and women who have assumed a mantle not based on the Bible, but on the traditions of men.

We know that the word “pastor” isn’t even in the bible. Correctly translated from a literal bible or lexicon the word “poimen” means a SHEPHERD.

Eph 4:11
…”and He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as proclaimers of good news, and some as shepherds (not “pastors”) and teachers.”

1 Peter 5:1
“Therefore, as a fellow elder, a witness of the Messiah’s sufferings, and one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: 2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over it, not because you must but because you want to, and not greedily but eagerly, as God desires. 3Do not lord it over the people entrusted to you, but be examples to the flock. 4Then, when the Chief  Shepherd appears, you will receive the victor’s crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Here we see very clearly the job of “watching over” the flock. It doesn’t say teaching, it doesn’t say preaching, it doesn’t say administrating, its doesn’t say uttering prophetic words it says WATCHING OVER the flock. Today’s brand of “pastor” has taken its form from the Nicolaitan man made traditions passed down through the generations. Through the centuries this “pastor”/priest function has been used to enslave people to manmade organizations instead of the true body of Jesus.

The position of “shepherd” watches over the flock. What exactly does that mean?  Think secret service here. The secret service “watches over” the president.  They remain in the BACKGROUND.

Another way of looking at this is as a group of parents “watching over” children playing in a room. They stand in the BACKGROUND while the children play to make sure nobody gets hurt. This position of shepherd is one that SHOULD exist IN THE BACKGROUND, not on a raised platform (above you) with a floodlight ON THEM and loudspeakers in our face.

Does this BACKGROUND position make sense in light of the fact that Paul NEVER mentioned a single “pastor” EVER in ANY of his travels? Yep, makes a lot of sense. Does this background position make sense in light of the fact that even the KJV only mentions the word “pastor” ONE TIME in the entire new testament? Yep, makes a lot of sense. Does this BACKGROUND position make sense in light of the fact that WE, US, THE SHEEP are supposed to be the ones ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER, which is the express purpose of assembling together mentioned HERE:

Hebrews 10:25
“… not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

I wish there was a lot more bible scripture I could quote about pastors but the fact is the Bible doesn’t say much about them.  Elders are mentioned frequently in the bible.

The fact is that “pastors” have developed a system that cannot be justified ANYWHERE in the bible without hijacking legitimate functions within the body of Jesus.  If the bible says “prophets” that doesn’t mean “pastors.” If the bible says “elders” that doesn’t mean “pastors.” A “pastor” according to the bible actually means “shepherd” and a “shepherd” stands in the BACKGROUND from the sheep. The shepherd stands in the BACKGROUND looking for danger to the flock.

The focal point within the true church is JESUS CHRIST ALONE. Then we the sheep are to focus on EACH OTHER not stare at the back of each other’s heads.  It’s kind of hard for me to encourage you when I’m staring at the back of your head and only one man “pastor” is allowed to do the talking. It’s kind of hard to maintain the integrity of the faith when one man’s opinion on doctrine carries more weight than the rest of the church combined.

We have been called to a simple faith in Jesus Christ alone. We have not been called to some man worshipping idolatrous system that we see in the world today.

(Condensed and modified from an article on “Christian Apostasy” by “Brother D.”)

 

No Condemnation – Period. September 4, 2009

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Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. “

Most of us know that the King James version of the Bible adds verbiage that most scholars agree  was not in the original text.  As the NET Bible notes:  “The earliest and best witnesses of the Alexandrian and Western texts, as well as a few others, have no additional words.  Scribes added the words  ‘who do not walk according to the flesh’, while even later ones added ‘but [who do walk] according to the Spirit.’   Both the external evidence and the internal evidence are compelling for the shortest reading. The scribes were evidently motivated to add such qualifications  to insulate Paul’s gospel from charges that it was characterized by too much grace.”  (Emphasis mine)

It’s amazing that then, as now, religious people keep trying to dull the edge of the Biblical sword of grace.  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Period.

This is so very important.  No, not so I can “get away with something.”  It’s important to know that my right-standing with God is not based on my behavior.  When I walk pleasing to the Lord, “There is no condemnation.”  When I decidedly do not walk pleasing to the Lord, STILL “There is no condemnation!”

I have lived most of my life as a Christian.  Much of it has been a roller-coaster ride of failure and victory.  Does God want us to live that way?  No.  Does He provide a way of escape?  Certainly.  But, even when I fail to take that way of escape, again, “There is no condemnation.”  Should there be spiritual growth?  Of course.  But the type of growth, and the rate of growth in you is not for me to determine.  As I’ve said over and over, God says, “You follow me.”
“But Lord,” I cry, “What about that idiot ‘Christian’ brother of mine who always gets away with everything?!?!”

Again, the Lord says, “You follow me.”

There may be no condemnation from God when we fail, but rest assured, there is no shortage of condemnation from the religious crowd.
Do we overlook sin in others?  No.  But we are to encourage, strengthen, “build up,” and pray for the good of others, even when, or maybe especially when we see them not living up to their potential in Christ.  We are not to tear them down, or pray the false prayers of “God, let bad things happen to them so they’ll follow you.”  Such prayers are, indeed, religious but they are far from Christian.

It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance.  I know this from Scripture, as well from personal experience.  True, I had best not show contempt for the riches of his kindness, but  I do not believe for a second God will punish me.  I do know, all too well, that in this life there are natural consequences of my actions.  God may very well let me suffer through said consequences, but I need to know, I MUST know, that in the midst of those consequences, I can curl up on Father’s lap and sense, not condemnation, but the riches of His glorious love.  And that, my friend, will do more to make the changes needed in me than any amount of condemnation could ever do.

— dave

 

 
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