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John Piper on Why Christians Must Say ‘No’ to Marijuana
By Anugrah Kumar l Christian Post
Amid efforts being taken in many U.S. states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, theologian John Piper offers at least two biblical reasons why Christians should stay away from the "mood-altering, mind-altering" drug. Marijuana is often compared with caffeine, but there's a difference, says Piper on the blog on the Desiring    God    ministry    website . While marijuana "temporarily impairs the reliable processing of surrounding reality," caffeine "ordinarily sharpens that processing." Piper quotes from a study highlighted by the Drug Policy Alliance, a group that advocates for legalization of marijuana, which is categorized in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 as Schedule I drug along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.
HEALTH & FITNESS Caffeine Craver? Tips on How to Make This a Healthier Habit
By Jim White l The Church Guide
Set on having your morning cup of coffee every day? Prone to drinking multiple cups a day? No need to feel guilty about this habit. According to research, no other dietary source comes close to providing the amount of antioxidants received from coffee. Even both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee seems to provide the same, high antioxidant levels. But, make sure you are making the right choices when it comes to what you are ADDING to your cup of coffee. Here are some helpful tips on how to create healthier versions:
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CHRISTIAN FITNESS What Difference Does Faith Make at the Gym?
By Diana Anderson_Tyler l Christian Life News
I watched an interesting documentary a few weeks ago on a subject I cannot entirely recall. All I know for certain is that it was hosted by the illustrious Mr. Morgan Freeman and featured a fascinating study on self-control that involved scrambled sentences, a disgusting cocktail of orange juice and vinegar, and monetary rewards. (More on that in a bit.) The findings of this experiment are truly remarkable. According to the 2012 paper published by the Queen’s University researchers who conducted the study, religion replenishes self- control and increases our ability to endure discomfort, delay gratification, exert patience and refrain from responding impulsively. As a CrossFit coach and personal trainer, I am well acquainted with myriad forms of “discomfort”:
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CHRISTIAN FITNESS The Uncomfortable Biblical Truth About Fitness
By Steve Reynolds l Christian Life News
To start making changes, you need to focus on small steps to life, not on an extreme makeover. The best way to get healthy is to go back to taking the small steps (changes) that lead to good health. To start with, you must eat less, and with eating less, eat better. The Bible says in Proverbs 23:2 that if you are a man given to appetite, put a knife to your throat. What that means is, take action. Do something to change. This verse is serious in what it is telling us to do. I learned that my stomach was about the size of my fist, so I had to ask myself: Why was I eating the size of my head? As for eating better, Deuteronomy 8 really spoke to my heart. It says, “The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land” (v. 7, NIV). God describes this good land, and He spends almost an entire verse talking about it. God says, “It’s going to have brooks of water.” It doesn’t say Coke. It doesn’t say Pepsi. It says water. And there are going to be fountains and there are going to be springs that are going to flow out of valleys and hills. It’s going to be a land of wheat and barley. There are going to be vines. There are going to be fig trees and pomegranates. There is going to be honey and olive oil—not Crisco oil! God talks a lot about food! God is pro-food.
CHRISTIAN FITNESS Overeating: The Elephant in the Ro0m of the American Church
By Joyce Tilney l Christian Life News
Everyone, saint and sinner, knows that David, the shepherd boy, won the battle with the giant Goliath. We always love to cheer for the underdog! As we walk in the light, living in a dark world, we are going to face many giants. Persecution, trials and the tribulations of life are guaranteed, so it is not a question of if , but how we face them. There is a giant in the church today that is destroying health, killing dreams and stealing the potential of God’s people. This giant, obesity and out-of-control appetites, has grown to epidemic levels, and everyone is talking, trying to find answers. The enemy has not changed his tactics since the Garden. He is still tempting people to take one more bite! One more bite leads to ...
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CHRISTIAN HEALTH and FITNESS Do You Have a “Lifestyle” Disease?
By Joyce Tilney l Christian Life News
I call a lifestyle disease something that can be controlled by our personal choices such as physical exercise, poor eating habits and a lack of sleep. These diseases cause us to constantly live in a stressful state, a yo-yo lifestyle of up and down the emotional roller coaster and overindulging in unhealthy eating habits. The world is in a mess when it comes to our health and well- being—spiritually, mentally and physically. Spiritually, many still refuse to accept Jesus as Lord of their life. Mentally, we struggle with emotional problems of depression, anger, jealousy and self-defeating behaviors. Last but not least is our physical state. As a nation we are in a crisis mode because we do not take the responsibility of taking care of ourselves. As a child of God, we are told in Romans 12:1-2 to present our bodies a living sacrifice and not to be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH 5 Keys for Overcoming Childhood Obesity
By J’Nelle Ruscetti l Christian Life News
There is nothing I enjoy more than raising my four children, but I have found it to be a challenge to raise healthy-weight children in today’s society. With the tripling of the child obesity rate in our country, there are record numbers of children experiencing health problems that a generation ago were primarily observed in adults. As a physician's assistant in family medicine, my job is not only to treat patients for their various health problems, but also to educate patients on ways to prevent diseases. Lifestyle changes can be challenging, but when I took a successful child obesity intervention and prevention program that I had implemented in my community, the “Family Fitness Challenge,” and brought it to my church, I found that by combining current medical research about behaviors associated with obesity along with Bible verses to meditate on, it further inspired parents to make changes in their household that had a huge impact on the health of their entire family.
By Lynn Allison l News Max Health
Living in the most technologically advanced country in the world, many Americans believe that our food supply must have the highest standards anywhere. The fact is, many of the things we eat in the U.S. have been banned in other countries because they are viewed as dangerous to health. Here’s a list of some of the most common: 1. Hormones in Milk . In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of bovine hormones in cows, which boosts milk production by about 10 percent. However, some cow hormones have been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Giving cows hormones makes them more susceptible to illness, which means greater amounts of antibiotics are used to keep them productive. Increased use of antibiotics promotes resistant bacteria that can be deadly to humans. Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the European Union (EU), and Canada. 2. Preservatives BHA and BHT . Manufactured from petroleum, these waxy solids are added to foods to prevent spoilage. The National Institutes of Health reports that BHA is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen based on evidence of carcinogenicity in rats. Where it’s banned: The UK bans BHA from baby foods. BHA and BHT are banned
Light, Refreshing Summer Meal
Stack tomatoes, some mozzarella cheese, basil and asparagus and drizzle with some balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious.