God’s Heaven on Display

Want to see God’s heavens on display? Walk through this photojournalism by Kirby Runyon.

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October 4, 2011 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Fostering a Loving Atmosphere in a Home: The Essence of a Home

Love is not a feeling, affection, kindness, passion, romance, sex or even compassion. These emotions or state of being may be ways God has provided for us to express love toward people, places, animals and even God, Himself, but love is God.

Read more of this article by Dr. Pamela Randolph.

September 26, 2011 at 4:25 am Leave a comment

Rest your Mind

Imagine a sports car traveling 80 miles an hour. Imagine capturing a camera shot of events past, present and future—some beautiful, some fearful, some regretful, some prideful. Imagine a “to do” list with no end in sight. Imagine a choir of voices consisting of your mother, father, teacher, pastor, friends, boss all creating a cacophonous of sounds and somewhere there is your voice. This is your mind.Read more.

January 22, 2011 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

The Real Source of Power

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

I have always been physically active. Recently, however, I have started homeschooling my 6 and 4 year old daughters. This means, obviously, that they are with me all the time. So, it is much more difficult for me to take time out to exercise. I would much rather use my free time to do other things… like sleep!

It is also a great effort to provide healthy meals for my family. If I do not provide them, they will not happen. It takes effort and planning. Sometimes- many times truthfully- I just don’t feel like doing it. Not to mention the fact that I really, really like comfort food and chocolate and all other manner of unhealthy things!

For the last few years, I have struggled with this. I mean, is it really so bad to eat that candy bar? What’s the big deal? It’s just one candy bar. Why can’t I just sit down and watch that one TV show that totally takes my mind off my day and allows me my version of a “nothing box”? Other people watch hours of TV without giving it a second thought. Why can’t I just watch this one show? Read more of “The Real Source of Power” by Kirsten Nelson.

January 19, 2011 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Survival of the Fittest

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“Predation of one animal upon a weaker one is a fact of life in the natural world. “Survival of the fittest” is a law that emphasizes that fact. Therefore, some people argue that to better our chances of survival, we need to be physically fit. However, shouldn’t there be something more meaningful that governs us, as human beings?
I believe there is.” Read more of “Survival of the Fittest” by John Gallegos in the current issue of LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness magazine, “Physical and Spiritual Fitness with Power”.

January 12, 2011 at 3:05 am Leave a comment

Why is the Church in Trouble

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Our bodies were designed to move. Obesity is at an all time high because so many of us are not exercising and not eating well. We ride in our cars instead of walking. We take the elevator instead of the stairs. We park in the nearest parking space at the grocery store instead of walking the distance. Some of us work to an extent that we seem chained to our desk. Obesity is not just a problem, it is an epidemic and it’s costing the body of Christ. In LiveLiving’s magazine issue, “Physical and Spiritual Fitness with Power”, Dr. Kara Davis tells us why the church is in trouble. Read more.

January 5, 2011 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

Exercise:It’s Better to Give than to Receive

As we close 2010, upon reflection, the most important exercise we can practice for 2011 is the act of giving. It is better to give than to receive. As 2011 rolls in I challenge you to find something to give each and every day. There are many things that can be given that do not include your money, so relax, I am not talking about spending money every day. I am talking about becoming aware of the people around you and the needs they may have. I am talking about the act of selflessness; I am referring to giving of yourself to meet someone else’s needs versus focusing only on self and what your want or need.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38

As Jesus Christ was born many years ago, He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. He surrendered His will for the will of his Farther, God, and died on the cross that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Because of his willingness to give of his life, we have been given the opportunity to be forgiven of all of our sins. He gave for us and set the ultimate example, because we are to be like Jesus. So as we close the chapter of 2010 and reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly, let us make a conscious decision that in 2011 we will exercise our gift to give to others in need.

Here’s how:

1. Be an ear to hear when someone needs to talk. (Giving Attention)

2. Visit someone in the hospital. (Giving Time)

3. Spend more time with your children and family. (Giving Energy)

4. Take food to the homeless. (Giving Nutrient)

5. Donate clothes to a homeless shelter. (Giving Necessities)

6. Take a friend out to lunch. (Giving Kindness)

7. Pay one bill during the month of someone who is experiencing financial hardship. (Giving Money)

Caution: Do not give so that you receive something in return. In ALL your giving, give as unto the Lord and not man, looking for nothing in return! Because God will measure and examine your motives in you’re giving.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 27, 2010 at 2:54 am Leave a comment

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