Toxic Food

“Artificial manures lead inevitably to artificial nutrition, artificial food, artificial animals, and finally, to artificial men and women.” – Sir Albert Howard, Founder of the Organic Farming Movement (1940)

Today I had an enjoyable conversation with one of my sisters. Our talk started off about what was happening with some younger members of our family, politics, Wells Fargo Senate hearing and then before we knew it, we were in a deep discussion about toxic food and the sliding scale of healthcare.

When it comes to healthcare, I am thankful and feel blessed that I do have full health coverage. But on the other-hand, I am disgusted with the power of Big Pharma and doctors who have built medical empires at their patients expense (physically, emotionally and financially).

I don’t have anything against doctors on the whole. However, I determine my opinion on my one-on-one interactions with the specialists and health professionals attending to my particular condition.

Of late, my snail mail has been nothing but large glossy postcards and colored envelopes advertising about new medical practices moving into our town. In addition to the junk mail my current health insurer has turned over my name to third parties contacting me about in-home visits and completing online surveys.

And I recognize now that I allowed myself to get into this unhealthy condition by eating toxic foods that has been working against my overall health.

Eating the right foods today seems like an impossible task, seeing that our vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry, fish and grains are possibly subjected to chemicals that are the cause of major medical conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.

In order to live the life we want, we must give up the things that are slowly killing us.

Here in part is an interesting article about food and medicine from the website FoodKills.org 

THE SLOW POISONING OF YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN
How science and medicine have betrayed you

“Basically, you die earlier and spend more time disabled if you’re an American rather than a member of most other advanced countries.”Christopher Murray, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, 2000.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the US ranked 1st in health among the major industrial nations. US spending per capita on health is currently the highest in the world yet the US now ranks 37th in actual health statistics in the top industrial countries and has the highest infant mortality rate. The US also rates 24th in life expectancy… more

It is unfortunate that in our advance society we are getting sicker all due to the demand for having everything microwave ready for quick and easy disposable.

Our food is a major part of our existence and once it becomes our enemy, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. We must with all due effort begin to take action in what we buy and what we eat…it’s not something we can neglect.

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Genesis 1:29-30

 

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Dream Killers

A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16

There is nothing worse than someone telling another person that their dream or dreams don’t matter.

It is mind-boggling to hear someone speak negatively into someone else’s life about what that person can’t achieve.

Dreamers dream.

Dream killers kill dreams.

Those who are quick to make an assumption about another person ability may have been in their past a dreamer who dreams were killed by one or more dream killers.

How does one live or better yet, avoid dream killers? Of this I know. You can choose to either believe the dream killer(s) opinion and remain under their power.

Or you can bow out from their presence and move forward.                   road-song-03-800px

I myself have chosen to do the latter.

And if anything that makes the exit from dream killers the right decision. It is that with each passing year, you find that your dream(s) yet realized is still your dream until the end.

Giving up is not part of the plan for those who are determined to succeed. Dream killers feed on weakness. They are drawn to the smell of self-doubt and fear.

Dream killers are dreamers but they surrendered their dreams so that they don’t have to go through the struggle, rejection, and hard work to realize their dream.

Once a dream killer overtakes a dreamer, they move on to fresh bait.

But I thank God for the Spirit that dwells within me.

That Spirit tells me not to pay heed to the dream killers but focus on the promise.

And that is what you have to do if you are a dreamer.

Hold on to your dream.

No matter how old you are…how much you may lack in material things…or may not be in the best of health.

Your dream deserves to be lived out. And one day…the impossible will come to light.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Healthy Wednesday

Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ezekiel 47:12

 

Healthy Wednesday.

At times, I am sorry that I ever stepped into a doctor’s office.

Yet, I know that physicians have an important role to play in our lives, as did, the physician Luke did when he traveled with the Apostle Paul during his evangelism journey.

However, with everything in life. We must live a well-balance existence and not forget who is the true Healer who heals.

At this moment, several members of my family and close friends are experiencing health issues. And because I know everyone has their own way of dealing with sickness, I wanted to share my own personal story with someone who may be fighting against the knowledge that the doctor has all the answers to their health problems.

A number of years ago, I decided to get a medical check-up before going out-of-town for a business trip.

I had been given various test with the dreaded blood test being the granddaddy of them all.

Once my doctor received the results, I was asked to come in his office as soon as possible.

“I have good news and bad news for you…which one do you want to hear first?” my former family physician asked me.

As I sat in the chair next to the doctor’s desk, my voice sounded liked an echo chamber.

“The good first,” I told him, somewhat feeling like a heavy boulder was weighing down my heart.

“Well, you don’t have Lime disease.”

I sat motionless.

Now, I was waiting with anticipation for the boulder to get larger as he stared at me.

“But you do have M.S.”

As if in a trance, I nodded my head and took in the information as if it was being spoken for someone else.

That day, I left my doctor’s office and walked home, constantly playing his words over and over in my head.

When I reached home, I remember flopping down on the sofa and looking blankly at the wall. I must have set in the living room for hours before finally getting up and getting myself something to eat.

Yet, here is the caveat to my diagnosis.

Despite everything, that was said to me. I never questioned God.

I didn’t think or even consider that God had somehow caused me to have Multiple Sclerosis.

To be honest, I was ignorant in my thinking that black folks didn’t get M.S.  However, years later I found that to be untrue.

Now, after twenty years of having the Miracle Sign, I am able to speak with newly diagnosed individuals to encourage them to live the life that God wants them to live.

Facing any major diagnosis, such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer can be devastating news but it does not have to rule over us.

The power is in our hands.

We can choose to live.

Or choose to give up.

But it is my hope and prayer that giving up is not an option and that you want the best that God has to give you.

So, today, I am kicking off Healthy Wednesday.

Healthy Wednesday will introduce you to articles, videos and guest posts to show us all a better way in which to live a healthier life.

If anything that is worth life,,, it is living it to the fullness as God intended for us to live.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

 

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The Aftermath of 9/11 Fifteen Years Later

Lamentations 3:20-23

20 My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

The aftermath of 9/11 fifteen years later is still fresh in the minds of so many Americans.

As I waited patiently for the bank teller to complete my transaction, this young lady looked up at me and smiled. Within in a few seconds, the teller began sharing with me what she had just learned from her child’s teacher.

“Did you know that the children who will be entering kindergarten this year will be learning about September 11th? I mean, they will actually be learning about something that is now in the history books.” She paused and began tapping on the keyboards. Then she resumed the conversation.

“I was in fourth grade when 9/11 happened,” she said. “I can’t believe that it has been fifteen years…and now, its’ history.”

All I did was smile and nod my head. I understood her amazement and the fact that September 11, 2001 will be forever a historical mark in the lives of Americans.

It was a hard day and an wake-up call for our nation because we had assumed that no one in their right mind would enter our country and attack us. But of course. It did happen. And for a few weeks, we were on the lookout for terrorists and taking revenge on the nation(s) who might have been involved in this horrific deed.

Remembering the day that it happened also brought to mind how our church sanctuary was filled the next evening after the attack. People from all walks of life were entering our church, crying and holding onto their loved ones. Our pastor deliver a short but encouraging message that left everyone in the congregation to reflect on how blessed we were as a nation and how we were still holding on to our freedom to walk into the house of God for solace and comfort.

A few weeks later, I remember that this nation went back to business as usual. Lives would never be the same.

And God was left by the wayside…that’s the history that I also remember.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

In Memory…In the Arms of the Angels

 

 

Medicine or a Miracle?

James 5:15 – And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Fadookie-Caduceus-800pxLast week I spent time in bed dealing with a serious bout of what I thought was cold but it turned out to be a virus.

As I languish in my bedroom unable and unwilling to do anything but moan and groan at the intensity of body pain, shortness of breath, uncontrollable heart palpitations, and an upset stomach. I found myself mentally shouting at the Lord to just help me recover quickly.

But it seemed that with each passing moment, my sickness was getting worse and not better.

I can assure you that I was doing all that I could do humanly possible. Yes, and I also threw down some over the counter pain relievers. Yet, my heart and spirit knew that Jesus was the only One who could heal me. And no matter how long it was going to take, I wasn’t going to give up on the Lord.

About the third day in with the virus, it was strangling me to the point that I was convinced that I needed to go to the hospital. As I slowly pulled myself up from underneath the bed covers, my legs decided they were not going anywhere. At the least, the most my legs were willing to give me is a temporary halt against the bed and not in the direction of the bathroom where I could wash and get dressed to go to the emergency room.

At one point, I panicked. What on earth would I do if I don’t get to the hospital?

That’s when that still, quiet Voice overtook all the soundbites of fear from distracting my attention on death rather than life.

With all the strength that the Lord gave me, I found myself rolling over on the side of my bed and reaching for my Bible. There it was all the while. Placed so close to me, yet, I failed to pick it up when I really needed it.

During the next few hours and by the following day, my virus was still with me but it wasn’t affecting me as it had earlier.

By the weekend, I was able to go to the market and attend church service, although, still somewhat weak, I pressed on knowing that this sickness was not unto death.

As of today, I am feeling 90 percent better and that is just fine with me.

One thing that I am learning through this life journey is that we ought not to take Jesus for granted nor the Word of God.

Oftentimes, we Christians think we are super Christians until an illness, family crisis or financial troubles come our way.

My early onslaught of the virus put me to choose. Would it be medicine or a miracle?

That is where the testing of our faith comes in.

Are we really trusting and believing in Him? Or do we trust in what the world tells us?

It’s something to think about.

Prayer is the best medicine. God is the best doctor.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Jesus Healing Miracles

Don’t Trust Your Child with a Teacher

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. John 3;2

 

I know that the topic of this post may seem alarming to some of you.

But I needed to address this matter of how dedicated and committed individuals who are teachers are not getting the respect and recognition that they deserve.

Every year before school opens, I witness firsthand my youngest sister and friends who are teachers, go school shopping to purchase needed books, supplies and other necessities so that their students will have a good start to the school year.

The teachers that I know personally are fully committed and dedicated to giving each student the very best education and above. They will sacrifice at times their own spare time to work with a student who is struggling academically. And they will without hesitation take a personal interest in each student overall well-being.

The teachers that I know are constantly thinking about how they can challenge their students to excel not only in the classroom but also in their community.

Despite the hardship of knowing that public education is constantly being cut, teachers are in my opinion the foundation of hope for the future generation.

Yes, I would say when I was young and attended grade school, there were many teachers who motivated and inspired me to achieve the impossible dream.

So here is a list to parents as a warning:

Don’t Trust Your Child with a Teacher if…

1. You don’t know the teacher name or room number
2. You refuse to show up for Open House
3. You believe your taxes cover for you when your child is scheduled for a Teacher-Parent Conference
4. You receive a call during the middle of the day to discuss your child’s misbehavior
5. You feel that you know more about your child in school than the teacher
6. You call up the principal to make a complaint against your child’s teacher for during their job
7. You are only concerned after your child is failing to turn in homework
8. You know your child is a bully at home and a bully at school(and you refuse to correct the problem)
9. You think your child doesn’t need to be educated (they just need a place to socialize while you are at work or home)
10. You never volunteer or take the initiative to know what are the school rules and policies for each year

May every parent, teacher and their students have a safe, engaging and purposeful school year.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Inspirational Videos for Teachers

A Different Kind of Answer

2 Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

What do you do when you are constantly faced with nay-sayers and haters?

This question was posed to me as part of a group interview question.

After several minutes to think about the question, I could only come up with one answer.

“Move on.”

It seemed logical. But after I thought about the question a little deeper, I realized that moving on isn’t as simple as that.

When you are confronted with nay-sayers and haters in your family or at work, it will not be that easy to walk away from a core part of your life and livelihood.

And there are also friends, neighbors and members of the church who also may be exhaling toxic fumes that discourage you.

When the discussion took place, several in the group stated that they would just drop the folks who are hating on them. And two said they would abandon these haters and identify people who weren’t like the ones who are causing them pain.

However, I found myself at first struggling with what the right answer might be. And my answer wasn’t for an agreement with the others in the group. But rather, it was what the Word of God tells me to do.

That’s when it dawn on me that too many times in my life. I have drawn on the wrong answers to life questions, because I was following alongside what the world expected me to do and say.

With Christians of today being constantly held up to be measured by the world standards,

I believe it is time for Christians to stand up for Christian standards.

Never forget that the world hates you. And that they hated Christ first.

When the opportunity came about for me to respond to the question, I didn’t shy away from my answer.

I had already had scripture in mind for my response.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

I Peter 4:12-14

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Rick Warren-How to deal with difficult people in our lives

Is Failure Your Best Friend?

For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity  Proverbs 24:16

I went to a woman’s business conference in hopes of learning new marketing skills and also to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.

The conference drew a very small group of women business owners from the Tri-State area. Actually, the majority of the women in attendance had just started their businesses and were hoping to network.

Since the group of women business owners was few in number for the large hotel conference room, we were asked to move to a smaller meeting room.

As we settled into our new surroundings, a few of the women began to complain that the room’s temperature was too cold. Another one complained that the chair she was sitting on was too hard. Then another woman chimed in that the cold beverages were not to her liking.

Right at that moment. I was contemplating just leaving the conference.

As I pushed my chair gradually from the table, the room lights went out. It was pitched black in the room.

A few seconds later, the lights came back on. And standing in front of the speaker’s podium was a woman dressed in shabby clothing. Hair matted to her head and she was holding a filthy pillowcase full of what appeared to be clothing and small household appliances.

Well. The appearance of this woman drew all eyes on her. How could you not notice someone who appeared to be homeless and perhaps dealing with a mental health issue.

As the women quieted down. Music in the background began to be played. Everyone in the room, including myself, looked around, trying to find out exactly what was going on.

Then the most unusual thing happens.

The homeless woman standing in front of the podium began to sing an old gospel song.

Her singing voice was so powerful that you didn’t notice anything about her outward appearance.

At that very moment, we realized that she was a participant in the conference.

As she kept singing, she began to discard the ragged clothing she was wearing. Even the matted hair which was a wig she pulled off.

Once the music stopped playing…the ladies in the room stood and gave the singer a standing ovation.

As we sat back down…the singer introduced herself. But again, not in the traditional way.

Her words still resonate in my head.

“Good morning ladies…You just met someone who used to be my best friend. Her name is Failure. Now, Failure was one of the reasons I was once homeless and without hope. Failure tired to convince me that Success would never befriend someone like me. But Failure was a liar. Everyone…meet my new and forever best friend Success.”

This had to be one of the best conferences I have ever attended…and it was worth me staying.

Today is Monday and for some, you have given up on ever believing that things will change in your life. Nonetheless, this is not the time for you to give-in to your best friend named Failure. No. This is the moment you give Failure his or her walking papers.

Failure will show up at times in your life…But you do not have to make Failure your best and only friend.

God didn’t create you to be a failure.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Impose Your Will-Inky Johnson

Pence the Fall Guy or Winner?

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul Matthew 16:26

No matter how much Indiana Governor Pence tries to put a better spin that comes from the mouth of Donald Trump his Republican partner for president.

Donald Trump will not bow down to pressure from anyone.                        Mike Pence

It is Trump nature to do and say anything he pleases, regardless of the consequences. And for several months now, it has paid and played well in his favor and with his enamored base.

But, I contend that America is about to get another curve ball thrown our way, when Donald Trump’s running mate, suddenly bows out of the race.

Sure, Governor Pence may have thought that he would take up one for the Grand Old Party. However, he never even imaged that his own self-righteousness is being tested.

And at this juncture from my viewpoint, Trump is still winning.

Whatever backroom deal was cut with Governor Pence and the Republican powers to be, he is surely learning three costly lessons.

Lesson one.
Don’t sacrifice your soul for a temporary position in this world.

I suspect that in a matter of days or perhaps weeks, Governor Pence will be holding a press conference stating his stepping down from being the vice presidential running mate of Trump.

Lesson Two.
Be true to God and He will be faithful to you.

Lesson Three.
Don’t believe the hype.

If the GOP leadership can’t control the messenger, surely, Governor Pence had no chance at all.

Nevertheless, Governor Pence chose to become the sacrificial elephant.

And with his decision to keep the GOP together, Governor Pence may not be the fall guy after all of this madness.

Pence the fall guy or a winner?

We will soon find out.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Hitler Interviews Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Something to Think About

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Are you content with your life, so far?

On one hand, I could say with a loud resounding voice. Yes!

But the honesty of what I am enduring right at this present time in my life is a resounding no!

And let me just say for the record. I am not going to even play the Christian spiritual card and quote the scripture that Paul said to Christians at the time, “in whatsoever state that I am…be content.”

I also recognize you can’t go backwards but what about making the necessary changes now?

As adults, we are so gun-ho telling our young to follow the golden rules, especially, when it now comes to getting a good education and career.

We insist that the American Dream is attainable. Nonetheless, as they grow older they become resentful because they were not allowed to freely dream the dream God planted in them.

But, what happens when a young person isn’t programmed to be a follower?

Believe it or not. These are the successful ones.

And their kind of success is not measured by material possessions.

But rather, a success that takes them away from the norm.

If you are in a straddle hold thinking to yourself right now about all the things you could have done or could be doing.

If you lay awake at night pondering the substance of your life.

Or constantly daydreaming during the course of the day.

Then perhaps it is time for you to make the change.

Step out on faith and grab hold of life as God intended for you to be living it.

Don’t worry about the naysayers who are afraid to get out of the boat.

Time for you to get out of the boat.

A kernel of truth of something to think about!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Music and Life-Alan Watts