Living with Brokeness

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.     Psalm 51:17

I am still recuperating after a serious bout with heart failure.

While admitted to the hospital this past weekend, Hurricane Harvey had landed and had begun to take a toiled on Texas. The news was constantly keeping viewers abreast of the devastation that this storm was causing and of the lives that would forever be changed.

While lying in my hospital bed, there was quite a deal of commotion taking place inside my room with an uncooperative older patient making constant demands of the medical team who was treating her.

Trying my best not to focus on the pain and discomfit I was enduring, and the complaining roommate, I turned on the television to keep myself occupied with other matters in life besides my own personal health issues. It was also a great time to pray for others.

The entire time in the hospital my thoughts and conversation was with God.  Now, I was not questioning God at all. It was just my reflecting on the many promises He has kept concerning my life and the scriptures that are embedded in my heart.

By the third day in the hospital the news of the flooding in Texas was reaching its peak. Lives were now being saved through the efforts of brave neighbors, strangers and first responders. A call for volunteers and aid were asked of those able to donate.

As the hours passed by slowly, that still quiet voice was making me more aware of how all of us, no matter where we live, are vulnerable to God’s created nature.

While the storm was leaving broken lives, so was the demanding tongue and heart of my roommate. She was in grave pain and had caused a few of the hospital staff to ignore her constant ringing for assistance.

My roomate actually was living in brokeness.

I knew that this woman had a bitterness of the heart but only God can redeem and heal her sickness.

By the beginning of this week, my complaining roommate was transferred to another floor for special care and I was now ready to be discharge to go home.

Now that I am home, I am grateful that God spare me yet again.

After the hurricane in August and another hospital stay, I can attest that the best gift of life mankind can give to one another is for us to give love and show compassion.

Selfishness will never soothe a bitter spirit. Or heal a broken heart.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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The Immune System

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?   (Read More…)

Our monthly health blogger Kat Robertson is just what we need in these times of fast foods and unhealthy lifestyles. As always, Kat brings us a wealth of information about taking care of our total being! Enjoy the post.

It is common knowledge that having a healthy immune system is necessary in order to ward off sickness and disease. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants so that their baby’s health is fortified outside of the womb. There is a plethora of information on the subject, but I want to focus on what has been determined to be at the heart of a strong immune system.

Plasma cells or white blood cells pump out large volumes of antibodies and these plasma cells are released into the bloodstream and lymph. They seek out antigens (foreign invaders) and destroy them. The bulk of your immune system however is not in your lymph nodes, 70% of your entire immune system resides in your digestive system. So we need to begin here if we want our bodies to function optimally the way they were created. Researchers have determined that significant portions of our immune cells reside in our gastrointestinal system.

In order to support a healthy immune system you need to not only take Vitamins C and D, eliminate junk food from your diet and get sufficient sleep but you need to also feed your digestive system probiotic. Probiotics are live bacterial microorganisms that can be ingested to support digestion and fortify the balance of good vs. bad intestinal bacteria. This is especially important after taking antibiotics.

You can be sure of getting healthy probiotics in your diet a couple of ways. One is to eat naturally fermented foods such as Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and Korean kimchi. Research shows that bacteria found in fermented foods can support the immune system throughout the body. Naturally fermented foods are the optimal choice but it may be difficult to eat them everyday and in the right quantities. Taking a probiotic supplement is another option to ensure that you are adding probiotics to your diet..

There are many on the market; however, I would advise against probiotic supplements that are derived from dairy products. These require refrigeration. You have no way of knowing how, or if they were refrigerated during the production process, or if they sat in the sun prior to loading onto refrigerated trucks for distribution.

Your best bet is to take probiotics that do not require refrigeration; that are made from fermented kiwis, purple grapes, sprouted purple maze and reishi mushrooms. Each of these ingredients individually provide strong immune support yet when combined, the synergistic effect is quite potent. There is a supplement on the market that includes all of these ingredients called ProBiotixx.

With the internet you have limitless research potential so do your due diligence. Find the supplements to support your dietary choices that are effective. Make the necessary changes in your diet to support healthy digestion and you are making the right choice in building a strong immune system.

To Your Health!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Immune System, Part 1: Crash Course A&P

Share a Rose

Ephesians 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

In the past seven days all hell seems to have broken out. Not that this is unusual because if we are honest with ourselves, the world is doing what a sinful world does. It sins.

The horrific terror attacks in Spain and Charlottesville, Virginia is unfortunately soon to be the new normal.

Hate can never disguise itself. No matter where one lives on this earth, hate prevails loudly and with more intensity when given the opportunity to challenge the spirit of loving one another and living in peace.

What seems to be a sad statement of our society is that the confederate statues that are being fought over are mute. They represent a time of darkness in this nation that many would prefer to shove to the side or hide under a false narrative.

And as we view the evilness of terrorist attacks throughout the world, we know that using one’s religion to justify hate is not of God.

So here we are today in 2017 with the loud voice of hate raising it voices and one world leader justifying this hate because hate is in his own heart.

One only need asks one self. How does one overtake this new surge of hatred?

I would like to make the suggestion of one looking at the successful efforts of those who fought against the many facets of hate and evil by fighting back with non-violent movements (and there are times war has to bring about peace).

One particular movement known as White Rose is a good example of how youth stood against evil.

I want to thank a family member for sharing this historical article about the White Rose movement that started in Germany by students during the beginning of World War II.

In 1942, Hans Scholl, a medical student at the University of Munich, his sister Sophie, Christoph Probst, Willi Graf, and Alexander Schmorell knew that their silence of what was taking place by Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich needed to be exposed to the German people.

How did the White Rose movement get out their message to the people of Germany?

Through leaflets *pamphlets.

These students understood that hate and evil needed to be confronted and they didn’t use excuses to do the will of the Lord.

Their movement faced termination in 1943 but not their spirit to stand against the wiles of the enemy.

For additional information I have embedded the link to the White Rose movement and current activities and chapters (White Rose Society) in the United States.

Lastly,  the video on this post was  inspired by a  creative spirit who wanted to share this rose with you, so that you may share it with others. The dates within the video have historical meanings and should make you want to know how these periods in history has effected all our lives.

In God we trust. Reflect. Pray and Resist hate and share a rose today.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

The White Rose-We Need Love Not Hate  -Song- Love’s  In Need of Love Today by Stevie Wonder

 

Don’t Let Your No Be Yes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool. Proverbs 19:1

You ever wonder why people choose to deny themselves the right to say no?

Case in point, someone ask you to do something for them and in your heart, you know that this request isn’t something you want to do. Your heart is right but your lips don’t say no.

Yesterday, I had an important meeting with someone offering me a business opportunity. The monetary was small but the opportunities in accepting this offer would allow me to have an inside track to bigger and possible lucrative revenue. 

Mind you, I am in no position to turn down increasing my income but it hit me suddenly that my heart was not in it, nor was the opportunity meant for me.

The offer was extended and I informed the person that I would think it over and get back with him with my answer.

As I drove through hard downpours of rain, my mind was already made up. I would not accept the offer. It isn’t because it was little money but rather, it would have gotten little of me. The offer was for me to give them 100% commitment to do something I walked away from years ago. And the reason being is that this type of assignment burnt me out.

When I arrived home, I found solace in knowing that this time in my life, I don’t have to just turnover and do things I do not choose nor desire to do.

Life whether you are young or old, makes you realize that you don’t have to always be agreeable in order to get along.

Here it is in this small sentence below.

Don’t let your No be yes!

It can save you a great deal of hardship both mentally and physically.

Want to get some additional insight about why you say yes when you mean no. Click on this link to read at your leisure

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

The Filtering of America: Legal Immigration

Matthew 25:35 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

One of President Trump’s advisors is the infamous Stephen Miller. This young man appears to have a true heartfelt resentment against people who don’t look, speak or think like the “Trump” base.

In other words, Stephen Miller seems to be about turning the hand of time back to what he may believe was an all white nation.

America has never been predominately Caucasian, and that is a record of fact. Nor has only Caucasians been responsible for the building and prosperity of this nation.

We the people of all nationalities, races, ethnic and gender makeup have contributed to making this nation great and powerful.

So, when Trump and his advisors, i.e., Bannon and Miller push their white nationalist agenda on the American people, their needs to be an outcry from all corners of this nation.

Just yesterday during the daily White House briefing, Mr. Miller got into a heated discussion with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta over the new Immigration policy  Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act.

What is an affront to any person with common sense, Miller was saying that this proposed RAISE Act will be “saving jobs for minorities and black people.”

This ploy of using a handy “race card” to get a pass to discriminate against other ethnic groups do not play well with blacks folks…and it never will.

We got to recognize that the filtering of America is only a underhanded way to play the discrimination card. And Trump is the head dealer.

Not only are we looking to see our diversity disappear but the proposed RAISE Act is just another wedge issue that will tear us apart rather than find ways of uniting us.

We should always remember that Americans for the most part are immigrants (and former slaves) who lives were shaped by our past generations coming from all parts of the world, as Ireland, England, Germany, Africa, Israel, Middle East, Poland, Cuba, India, Asia, Mexico, South America,  West Indies, Italy and many other countries in this world.

Finally, I will say this. If anyone can unite us it sure isn’t man on earth but Christ in heaven.

The Bible has a lot to say about immigrants and immigration.  In fact, the Hebrew word ger, the closest word to our concept of an immigrant, appears 92 times in the Old Testament alone.   We encourage you to do a Bible study on the topic of immigrants in Scripture…more (World Relief)

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Oxygen, How Important Is It?

We are pleased to have once again, author, poet, artist, teacher and healthy living entrepreneur and our friend, Kat L. Robertson as a contributing writer.  Kat’s post this month is quiet an eye-opener, Oxygen, How Important Is it?

I thought it appropriate to begin this health series on a platform in which all health is sustained. We take breathing for granted because we do so unconsciously and generally only become aware of a problem when we are unable to breathe.

Oxygen is believed to be the most common hospital treatment throughout the developed world. According to the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines it is considered to be the safest, most effective medicine in the health system. Without oxygen, cells can only function for limited periods of time; however, long-term depletion leads to the death of the cell and eventually death of the organism.

In an article written by Neil C. Bhavsar and published in Futurism, he affirms that research is showing 40% of cancers are preventable. Cancers of the kidney, esophagus, colon, mouth, liver and breast can be avoided. The maintenance of normal body weight; eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetable, minimal to moderate alcohol consumption and abstinence from tobacco products, all help in reducing the risk of cancer.

So why is oxygen important? In 1931 Dr. Otto Henrich Warburg won his first Nobel Prize for proving that cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. Deprive a cell of 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” says Warburg. He discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (meaning they do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen.

Enter Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, otherwise known as H2O2 which contains one more molecule of oxygen than water.

As far back as 1920, H2O2 was successfully used to treat pneumonia in the epidemic following World War I. Between 1920 to 1940 there was wide-spread use of Hydrogen Peroxide for treatment of health disorders such as: Allergies Headaches,Altitude Sickness, Herpes Simplex, Alzheimer’s ,Herpes Zoster, Anemia, HIV Infection, Arrhythmia Influenza, Asthma, Insect Bites,Bacterial Infections, Liver Cirrhosis, Bronchitis, Lupus, Erythematosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Candida, Parasitic Infections, Cardiovascular Disease, Parkinsonism, Cerebral Vascular Disease, Periodontal Disease, Chronic Pain, Prostatitis, Diabetes Type 11, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetic Gangrene, Shingles, Diabetic Retinopahty, Sinusitis, Digestion Problems, Sore Throat, Epstein-Barr Infection, Ulcers, Emphysema, Viral Infections, Food Allergies, Warts, Fungal Infections, Yeast Infections,Gingivitis. All though there are much stronger, non evasive and effective alternatives to chemotherapy, (which actually kills everything but cancer cells), Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to treat the early stages of cancer.

Today H202 is heralded as a very effective health maintenance protocol.

The understanding of Epigenetics is a serendipitous component to the health equation. According to the Collins English Dictionary, Epigenetics “is the study of heritable changes that occur without a change in the DNA sequence.” It involves the addition of small chemical tags known as methyl groups to the DNA double helix. So in other words, environmental influences can change your DNA and be inherited by your offspring and future generations.

This is important when you consider the rise in cancers and diabetes for example. The predisposition of one member of a family to get cancer because their mother had cancer does not assure that a sibling with the same birth parents will also get cancer. Diet and lifestyle choices play a very important role in changing methyl groups and creating new ones based upon these healthy lifestyle choices.

All pretty fascinating stuff. Gone are the days when we look to our doctors to offer the sum total of knowledge about our health. The truth is, no one knows better how your body is doing, than you. Taking full responsibility for your health and making choices that are in your best interest will truly enable you to life your best life.

To your health!

“Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed.’ 1Peter 2:24

Vacation Spots and Movie Time

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:16

We are now in the summer season and vacations or staycations are being planned. If you are thinking about a new place to travel too or even want to plan for a future vacation, I want to share a few vacation spots that you may never have thought about it.

Whatever you do take time for yourself and loved ones. You will appreciate it in the long run.

Vacation Spots to checkout                                          

Outer Banks, North Carolina 

Mermaid Cottage, Tybee, Georgia

Destin, Florida

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Martha Vineyard, Massachusetts  

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

California Central Coast, California

Morgantown, West Virginia 

Montana

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Breckenridge, Colorado

Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

Cape Cove Beach, Oregon

Oracle, Arizona

Juneau, Alaska

7 of the Best Christian Vacations on Thought Co blog

Okay, you may not have a desire to go anywhere doing the summer months and that is okay.

As a matter of fact, staying at home should cost you little to nothing. Have time to just sleep late, go for a walk with friends or just spend some time at the park or beach.

If you are a homebody and prefer just to be at home alone that’s fine too. Consider spending your time catching up on some needed home repairs or gardening. And if that isn’t of interest to you, how about kicking back with reading a few good books or watch a few documentaries and movies.

And speaking of movies, I have a number of websites that you might want to checkout.

There are several sites that are absolutely free and others that require you to endure a few commercials to cover their costs.

Free Movies and Documentaries Websites

Crackle 

Popcornflix Comedy

Popcornflix YouTube

Viewster 

Yidio

Snag Films (Documentaries)

Tubi TV (Free and some can be rented)

Top Documentary Films 

Enjoy your summer!

Yours In Christ

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

God is not Deaf nor Blind

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?  Psalm 10:1

The healthcare bill being put out by the GOP senate by its leader Senator Mitch McConnell is no better than his colleague, Congressman Paul Ryan.

I could put together a blog stating my disappointment and disgust as to how these men (and including President Donald J. Trump) could live with the decisions they are making to turn from the sick, poor and elderly to give to the rich.

The best reaction to these men is what does God have to say about men like these who believe that they can do anything they want and get away with it. God’s answer is below.

Psalm 10 NIV (New International Version)

1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

One thing we know is this.

God is not Deaf nor Blind.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Aging in Good Health

A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness   Proverbs 16:31

Just imagine over hearing a conversation of this nature.

“My feet are aching. My back hurts. And my hips are stiff.“

“You know what your problem is…don’t you?”

“Yeah…I’m getting older!”

“Oh stop it! Age is just a number. Your problem is that you are too lazy to take care of yourself. Look at me. I walk five miles each day. Exercise every morning. Eat the right kind of foods. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and drink water with every meal. And you don’t see me complaining.”

“That’s because you are…”

“I’m what?”

“You’re ninety-years old and have lived life longer than I have. And I’m only sixty.”

“So what does that have to do with anything?”

‘You live by wisdom and I’m just not where you are right now…but one day, I will get to where you are.”

“Well grandchild…don’t wait too long…you might not make it to be my age.” 

The conversation above may for some seem unrealistic. But having celebrated my step into retirement, I am finding more mature adults over the age of sixty doing the unheard of.

For what I can verify, people in their seventies, eighties and nineties are putting those of us in the Baby Boomer generation to shame.

Perfect example of what I speak about is that this past weekend our church had a 5K Walk. It was our first time as a church taking the healthy route to raise funds for our education ministry (this is one way we help support those graduating and going to college and are in college).

The 5k Walk had teams with themes. This was all good. But one of the teams that happened to be part of this wonderful event is The Seasoned Saints. This is a ministry of men and women aged 62 and older.

Well, one can attest there are two beyond seventy, eighty and ninety that put their feet to the track and walked the park course without losing a beat.

These two Godly women are close to my heart and continue to show me and others that age is just a number.

At ninety-two and ninety-eight years of age these women put us on notice that aging in grace and faith in God can move mountains, feet and bodies.

The interesting thing that occurred after the walk was just sitting on the sideline watching these two vibrant and lively women jump up and join the young people doing a line dance. Their enjoyment of life brought me to complete shame. How could I be looking at them and not joining in too? The shame of it all.

But with all this said and done, the truth of the whole matter is this.

It’s never too late to learn…aging in good health pays in dividends!

And it’s never too late to make the necessary changes in our lives spiritually, mentally and physically.

Job 12:12    Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Institutional Religion and Racism

And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.   Acts 10:28

After the latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, people are once again outrage over how such hate could cause human suffering and death of innocent people.

This time, we learn of one young man using his hate to kill some young people and older adults attending a concert, unaware that this enjoyable event would end in carnage.

No matter how you look at it. Institutional religion and racism has been the central cause of hate throughout the world.

Either a group of religious fanatics believe their religion is superior then another. Or a group of racists believe their race is superior then another.

Nevertheless, institutional religion and racism together has made for turbulent and divisive times throughout history and the world.

One of the biggest problems that continue to feed institutional religion and racism is that rational people refuse to accept that we are continually fueling this evil.

Regardless how one might believe that they could never be bound by religion dogma and racial hate, we lie to ourselves.

Here is what I come to find out about myself and others.

If you believe you could never be filled with such anger to kill someone because of their opposition against your religion. You are wrong.

If you believe you could never be filled with such hate to discriminate against someone because of their race. You are wrong.

You see, we who like to think we are not in any way have institutionalized tendencies are fooling ourselves.

Have you ever been with your religious group and put-down another denomination, for instance, Baptists who say Catholics are not saved. Yep, that’s institutional religious bias.

And what about when you are around people of your same race and you make comments about another race being criminals. Yes, that too is institutional racism.

When we are so busy pointing one finger at what’s wrong with the world.

Remember, four fingers are pointing back at the pointer.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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