Monday, December 24, 2012

Good Works to Follow Revival

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9, NKJV.
The soul that lives by faith in Christ desires no other nor greater good than to know and to do the will of God. It is God's will that faith in Christ shall be made perfect by works; He connects the salvation and eternal life of those who believe with these works, and through them provides for the light of truth to go to all countries and peoples. This is the fruit of the working of God's Spirit.
The truth has taken hold of hearts. It is not a fitful impulse, but a true turning unto the Lord, and the perverse will of human beings is brought into subjection to the will of God. To rob God in tithes and offerings is a violation of the plain injunction of Jehovah and works the deepest injury to those who do it; for it deprives them of the blessing of God, which is promised to those who deal honestly with Him....
If Satan cannot keep souls bound in the ice of indifference, he will try to push them into the fire of fanaticism. When the Spirit of the Lord comes among His people, the enemy seizes the opportunity to work also, seeking to mold the work of God through the peculiar, unsanctified traits of different ones who are connected with that work. Thus there is always danger that unwise moves will be made. Many carry on a work of their own devising, a work which God has not prompted....
If the enemy can push individuals to extremes, he is well pleased. He can thus do greater harm than if there had been no religious awakening. We know that there has never yet been a religious effort made in which Satan has not tried his best to intrude himself, and in these last days he will do this as never before. He sees that his time is short, and he will work with all deceivableness of unrighteousness to mingle errors and incorrect views with the work of God and push men and women into false positions....
Hearts that are under the influence of the Spirit of God will be in sweet harmony with His will. I have been shown that when the Lord works by His Holy Spirit, there will be nothing in its operations which will degrade the Lord's people before the world, but it will exalt them. The religion of Christ does not make those who profess it coarse and rough. The subjects of grace are not unteachable, but ever willing to learn of Jesus and to counsel with one another.--Testimonies for the Church 5:644-647.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Both Repentance and Forgiveness Are Gifts From Christ

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31, NKJV.
There are many who have erroneous ideas in regard to the nature of repentance. They think that they cannot come to Christ unless they first repent, and that repentance prepares them for the forgiveness of their sins. It is true that repentance does precede the forgiveness of sins; for it is only the broken and contrite heart that will feel the need of a Savior.
But must sinners wait until they have repented before they can come to Jesus? Is repentance to be made an obstacle between the sinner and the Savior? Jesus has said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." Christ is constantly drawing people to Himself, while Satan is as diligently seeking by every imaginable device to draw them away from their Redeemer. Christ must be revealed to sinners as the Savior dying for the sins of the world; and as they behold the Lamb of God on the cross of Calvary, the mysteries of redemption begin to unfold to the mind, and the goodness of God leads to repentance.
Although the plan of salvation calls for the deepest study of the philosopher, it is not too deep for the comprehension of a child. In dying for sinners, Christ manifested a love that is incomprehensible; and in beholding this love the heart is impressed, the conscience is aroused, and the soul is led to inquire, "What is sin, that it should require such a sacrifice for the redemption of its victim?" ... The apostle Paul gave instruction in regard to the plan of salvation. He declares, "I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." John, speaking of the Savior, says, "Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." ...
Sinners must come to Christ because they see Him as their Savior, their only helper, that they may be enabled to repent; for if they could repent without coming to Christ, they could also be saved without Christ. It is the virtue that goes forth from Christ that leads to genuine repentance.... Repentance is as much the gift of Christ as is forgiveness, and it cannot be found in the heart where Jesus has not been at work. We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ. Christ draws the sinner by the exhibition of His love upon the cross, and this softens the heart, impresses the mind, and inspires contrition and repentance in the soul.--The Review and Herald, April 1, 1890.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

True Repentance Involves Remorse for Sin and Forsaking It

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10, NKJV.
The love of God will never lead to the belittling of sin; it will never cover or excuse an unconfessed wrong. Achan learned too late that God's law, like its Author, is unchanging. It has to do with all our acts and thoughts and feelings. It follows us, and reaches every secret spring of action. By indulgence in sin, men and women are led to lightly regard the law of God. Many conceal their transgressions from other people, and flatter themselves that God will not be strict to mark iniquity.
But His law is the great standard of right, and with it every act of life must be compared in that day when God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or evil. Purity of heart will lead to purity of life. All excuses for sin are vain. Who can plead for sinners when God testifies against them?--The Signs of the Times, April 21, 1881.
There are many professed Christians whose confessions of sin are similar to that of Achan. They will, in a general way, acknowledge their unworthiness, but they refuse to confess the sins whose guilt rests upon their conscience, and which have brought the frown of God upon His people....
Genuine repentance springs from a sense of the offensive character of sin. These general confessions are not the fruit of true humiliation of soul before God. They leave sinners with a self-complacent spirit to go on as before, until the conscience becomes hardened, and warnings that once aroused them produce hardly a feeling of danger, and after a time their sinful course appears right. All too late their sins will find them out, in that day when they shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering forever. There is a vast difference between admitting facts after they are proved, and confessing sins known only to ourselves and God.--The Signs of the Times, May 5, 1881.
Achan, the guilty party, did not feel the burden. He took it very coolly. We find nothing in the account to signify that he felt distressed. There is no evidence that he felt remorse, or reasoned from cause to effect, saying. "It is my sin that has brought the displeasure of the Lord upon the people." ... He had no idea of making his wrong right by confession of sin and humiliation of soul.--The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Ellen G. White Comments, vol. 2, p. 997.
The confession of Achan, although too late to be available in bringing to him any saving virtue, yet vindicated the character of God in His manner of dealing with him, and closed the door to the temptation that so continually beset the children of Israel, to charge upon the servants of God the work that God Himself had ordered to be done.--Ibid.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Humanity, Allied With Divinity, Can Keep the Law

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. Matthew 3:13-15, NKJV.
In fulfilling "all righteousness," Christ did not bring all righteousness to an end. He fulfilled all the requirements of God in repentance, faith, and baptism, the steps in grace in genuine conversion. In His humanity Christ filled up the measure of the law's requirements. He was the head of humanity, its substitute and surety. Human beings, by uniting their weakness to the divine nature of Christ, may become partakers of His character.
Christ came to give an example of the perfect conformity to the law of God required of Adam, the first man, down to the last person that shall live on the earth. He declares that His mission is not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it in perfect and entire obedience.
In this way He magnified the law and made it honorable. In His life He revealed its spiritual nature. He revealed to heavenly beings, to worlds unfallen, to a disobedient, unthankful, unholy world, that He fulfilled the far-reaching principles of the law. He came to demonstrate the fact that humanity, allied by living faith to divinity, can keep all God's commandments.
The typical offerings pointed to Christ, and when the perfect sacrifice was made the sacrificial offerings were no longer acceptable to God. Type met antitype in the death of the only begotten Son of God. He came to make plain the immutable character of the law, to declare that disobedience and transgression could never be rewarded by God with eternal life. He came as a man to humanity, that humanity might touch humanity.
But in no case did He come to lessen the obligations of mortals to be perfectly obedient. He did not destroy the validity of the Old Testament Scriptures. He fulfilled that which was predicted by God Himself. He did not come to set human beings free from the law: He came to open a way by which they might obey that law and teach others to do the same.--Manuscript Releases 10:292, 293.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

When We Thirst for Righteousness, Jesus Draws Near

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1, 2, NKJV.
The Lord has momentous truths to reveal to those who would understand the things of the Spirit. His lessons are for all, and adapted to the needs of all. While His lessons are clothed in language so simple that a child might understand them, the truth is so deep that the most learned may well be charmed, and worship the Author of matchless wisdom. Though the wisest may find abundant food for thought in His simplest utterance, the humblest may comprehend His truth, and appropriate His promises to the need of the soul.
Jesus taught men and women for the purpose of arousing desire to understand the things of God, that they might behold the excellence of the divine character, and make application for the righteousness of Christ, in which they might stand accepted before the Lord Jehovah.
Have you a sense of want in your soul? Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness? Then this is an evidence that Christ has wrought upon your heart, and created this sense of need in your soul, in order that He may be sought unto to do for you, through the endowment of the Holy Spirit, those things which it is impossible for you to do for yourself....
The parables of Christ have been placed on record, and to the honest, diligent searcher after truth, their meaning will be made plain, their mystery unveiled. Those who will not seek for truth as for hidden treasure make manifest the fact that they do not sincerely desire to know what is truth. Christ still says to His true followers, "It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven." "Whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance."
Those who respond to the drawing of Christ will be found inquiring as to what is truth, that their feet may be directed into the way of righteousness. Christ is drawing all, but not all respond to His drawing. Those who yield their will to God's will, who are willing to follow where the Spirit of God may lead, who receive the light and walk therein, will seek for still more of heavenly enlightenment, and "shall have more abundance."--The Signs of the Times, November 7, 1892.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Special Endowment of Grace and Power Needed Today

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10, NKJV.
The great controversy between good and evil will increase in intensity to the very close of time. In all ages the wrath of Satan has been manifested against the church of Christ; and God has bestowed His grace and Spirit upon His people to strengthen them to stand against the power of the evil one. When the apostles of Christ were to bear His gospel to the world and to record it for all future ages, they were especially endowed with the enlightenment of the Spirit.

But as the church approaches its final deliverance, Satan is to work with greater power. He comes down "having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Revelation 12:12).... For six thousand years that mastermind that once was highest among the angels of God has been wholly bent to the work of deception and ruin. And all the depths of satanic skill and subtlety acquired, all the cruelty developed, during these struggles of the ages, will be brought to bear against God's people in the final conflict.
And in this time of peril the followers of Christ are to bear to the world the warning of the Lord's second advent; and a people are to be prepared to stand before Him at His coming, "without spot, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:14). At this time the special endowment of divine grace and power is not less needful to the church than in apostolic days....
Satan's efforts to misrepresent the character of God, to cause men and women to cherish a false conception of the Creator, and thus to regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love; his endeavors to set aside the divine law, leading the people to think themselves free from its requirements; and his persecution of those who dare to resist his deceptions have been steadfastly pursued in all ages. They may be traced in the history of patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, of martyrs and reformers.--The Great Controversy, ix-xi.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Superiority Of Jesus

When it comes to spiritual matters, people are peculiar. They become obsessed with angels, but somehow ignore or forget the God who created and directs these heavenly messengers. They devote themselves to seeking and understanding "truth", but they never encounter the Holy One who encompasses all truth They engage in all sorts of rituals and practices to try to find and reach out to their Creator; but they somehow miss the fact that He has already reached down to them.

     This is the case today, just as it was in the first century. In fact, this spiritual "pecularity" is one of the reasons the Spirit of God inspired the letters to the Hebrews. To Jewish Christians who were dealing with persecution and hardship, who were doubting the truth of the gospel and the New Covenant, and who were considering the idea of turning away, the writer of Hebrews send this clear message: Christ is the Ultimate.

      More than a mere prophet, Christ is God in the flesh ( Heb. 1:2,3,8 ). He is Creator (Heb.1:10-12)  and  Sustainer of all (Heb.1:3). As the " holy, harmless, undefiled" High Priest who is " separate from sinners" and " who does not need to offer up sacrifices... for His own sins" ( Heb. 7:26,27), Jesus Christ alone is capable of providing salvation and sanctification ( Heb.2:10,11).

      Given these facts, it is easy to see why the author of Hebrews ststes that Christ is better than the angels (Heb.1:4). It is clear why even Moses pales in comparison. No wonder Hebrews states that Christ is the Author and Mediator of a better covenant ( Heb.7:22, 8:6 ), that He offered a better sacrifice for sin ( Heb. 9:23 ), that He possesses a more excellent name (Heb.1:4), and that He carries out a more excellent ministry(Heb.4:6).

        We must resist the temptation to settle for a superficial spirituality. Angels, rituals, and human role models all have their place. But none of these compares to Christ. And therein lies the staggering promise of the gospel: Jesus Christ comes to us and offers Himself. Because of His perfect payment for sins, we can have the  forgiveness we so desperately need. More than that, we can experience eternal life, which Jesus Himself described as an intimate, never ending relationship with God the Father , God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Given that mind-boggling opportunity, why would we look anywhere else or settle for anything less?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Aim High and Attempt Much for God

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5, NKJV.
The Lord has a great work to be done, and He will bequeath the most in the future life to those who do the most faithful, willing service in the present life. The Lord chooses His own agents, and each day under different circumstances He gives them a trial in His plan of operation. In each truehearted endeavor to work out His plan, He chooses His agents not because they are perfect but because, through a connection with Him, they may gain perfection.
God will accept only those who are determined to aim high. He places every human agent under obligation to do his or her best. Moral perfection is required of all. Never should we lower the standard of righteousness in order to accommodate inherited or cultivated tendencies to wrongdoing. We need to understand that imperfection of character is sin. All righteous attributes of character dwell in God as a perfect, harmonious whole, and everyone who receives Christ as a personal Savior is privileged to possess these attributes....
Let no one say, I cannot remedy my defects of character. If you come to this decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting life. The impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, then you cannot overcome. The real difficulty arises from the corruption of an unsanctified heart, and an unwillingness to submit to the control of God.
Many whom God has qualified to do excellent work accomplish very little, because they attempt little. Thousands pass through life as if they had no definite object for which to live, no standard to reach. Such will obtain a reward proportionate to their works....
Be ambitious, for the Master's glory, to cultivate every grace of character. In every phase of your character building you are to please God. This you may do; for Enoch pleased Him though living in a degenerate age. And there are Enochs in this our day.--Christ's Object Lessons, 330-332.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Who is a Christian?

A Christian believes in God because he or she has met Him and discovers that He satisfies the heart's deepest needs. The God whom Christians have joyfully found to exist, gives us a new perspective, new meaning, new motives, new purposes, and new joys.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A desperate mother finds Hope.

A desperate mother finds Hope...

After telling her children she loved them, Cleyde retreated to her bedroom to swallow a lethal handful of pills. Drifting into a drug-induced sleep, she considered the events leading up to this final desperate act. Her life evolved around her work and nothing else. "For many years I was so into my work that I neglected every other area of my life. My children didn't know me. My husband and I were strangers. Without my work, I was completely empty and lost."
Cleyde recalls her tedious seven-day work week proved to be more than her body could endure. Long hours at the computer keyboard left her with excruciating pain in her hands, elbows, and shoulders. Finally, the pain forced Cleyde into an early retirement—a tortuous existence for a workaholic— and the trigger that led her to try to take her life.
Providentially, Cleyde’s oldest daughter sensed her mother was in danger and called 911. She was rushed to the hospital and her life was saved.
After returning home from the hospital, Cleyde wondered how she would make it past her feelings of failure and shame. "I was watching television and started changing channels, trying to find something that would give me happiness and hope. That's when I came across Hope Channel. I knelt down in front of the TV and asked God for forgiveness.  At that moment God gave me a new life."
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

God's Grace Needed to Polish Us

Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 25:17, NKJV.
You are in danger of making grave mistakes in your business transactions. God warns you to be on your guard lest you indulge a spirit of crowding one another. Be careful not to cultivate the sharper's tact, for this will not stand the test of the day of God. Shrewdness and close calculation are needed, for you have all classes to deal with.... But let not these traits become a ruling power. Under proper control, they are essential elements in the character; and if you keep the fear of God before you, and His love in the heart, you will be safe.
It is far better to yield some advantages that might be gained than to cultivate an avaricious spirit and thus make it a law of nature. Petty sharpness is unworthy of a Christian. We have been separated from the world by the great cleaver of truth. Our wrong traits of character are not always visible to ourselves, although they may be very apparent to others. But time and circumstances will surely prove us and bring to light the gold of character or discover the baser metal....
Every base thought, every wrong action, reveals some defect in the character. These rugged traits must be brought under the chisel and hammer in God's great workshop, and the grace of God must smooth and polish before we can be fitted for a place in the glorious temple.
God can make these [leaders in our church institutions] more precious than fine gold, even the golden wedge of Ophir, if they will yield themselves to His transforming hand. They should be determined to make the noblest use of every faculty and every opportunity. The Word of God should be their study and their guide in deciding what is the highest and best in all cases....
The weakest follower of Christ has entered into alliance with infinite power. In many cases God can do little with men and women of learning because they feel no need of leaning upon Him who is the Source of all wisdom; therefore, after a trial, He sets them aside for people of inferior talent who have learned to rely upon Him, whose souls are fortified by goodness, truth, and unwavering fidelity, and who will not stoop to anything that will leave a stain upon the conscience.--Testimonies for the Church 4:540, 541.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Imitate Jesus and His Ethics

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:4, 5, NKJV.
The ethics inculcated by the gospel acknowledge no standard but the perfection of God's mind, God's will. God requires from His creatures conformity to His will. Imperfection of character is sin, and sin is the transgression of the law. All righteous attributes of character dwell in God as a perfect, harmonious whole. All those who receive Christ as their personal Savior are privileged to possess these attributes. This is the science of holiness.
How glorious are the possibilities set before the fallen race! Through His Son, God has revealed the excellency to which human beings are capable of attaining. Through the merits of Christ, they are lifted from their depraved state, purified, and made more precious than the golden wedge of Ophir. It is possible for them to become companions of the angels in glory, and to reflect the image of Jesus Christ, shining even in the bright splendor of the eternal throne. It is their privilege to have faith that through the power of Christ they shall be made immortal. Yet how seldom they realize to what heights they could attain if they would allow God to direct their every step!
God permits every human being to exercise individuality. He desires no one to submerge his or her mind in the mind of a fellow mortal. Those who desire to be transformed in mind and character are not to look to others, but to the divine Example. .. .
As our Example we have One who is all and in all, the chiefest among ten thousand, One whose excellency is beyond comparison. He graciously adapted His life for universal imitation. United in Christ were wealth and poverty; majesty and abasement; unlimited power, and meekness and lowliness which in every soul who receives Him will be reflected. In Him, through the qualities and powers of the human mind, the wisdom of the greatest Teacher the world has ever known was revealed.--The Signs of the Times, September 3, 1902.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Healthy Home Tour

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Could our homes be toxic waste dumps? part 3

Many hand lotions and shampoos contain toxic chemicals that pose danger to unborn children
• Scientists at The University of Pittsburgh have indicated that some unborn babies could be at risk from shampoos and hand lotions containing Methylisothiazoline if their mothers use them during pregnancy.
• Methylisothiazoline (Mit) is a common ingredient in many shampoos and hand lotions.
• Researchers found that the chemical undermined the growth of structures in the immature nerve cells of unborn rats.
• The researchers believe Methylisothiazoline might also affect the developing nervous system of unborn humans.
• Team leader, Prof. Elias Aizenman, said more research needs to be carried out.
• This chemical is being used more and more extensively, yet there have been no neurotoxicity studies in humans to indicate what kind and at what level exposure is safe.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Could our homes be toxic waste dumps? part 2

• Anything ending in “-cide” is a long lasting chemical.
• New carpet in your home or workplace might be making you sick because of the glue used to put it down. This substance, contains the human carcinogen benzene and xylene (a neurotoxin) which is one of the unhealthiest chemical combinations you can be exposed to.
• Toilet-cleaning crystals off-gas chlorine, a carcinogenic chlorine gas.
• Showers also present a little-known, yet very high, risk of chlorine exposure through inhalation of chlorine gas released from hot water treated with the potential carcinogen. If there is asbestos or lead plumbing parts those particles become airborne too.
• Researchers that have found that the chemical triclosan, which is found in many antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste products, can react with chlorine in the tap water. Guess what you get? (This is the horrifying part.) Chloroform. This is a toxic chemical that can give you cancer! If you and your kids are brushing your teeth with toothpaste that has triclosan in it, and you are rinsing with tap water that has chlorine in it, you are getting a little chemical reaction right in your mouth. Learn about “edible” dental products, for adults and kids.
Triclosan is put into these products for the convenience of the manufacturers. It will stop their product from going bad, and it allows them to make ridiculous claims on the label. For example, a label may say, “Proven to kill 99.99 percent of bacteria.” This sells products, yet it isn’t based on any kind of science whatsoever.
Researchers from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University tested 16 household products, including lotions, soaps and body washes. All the products containing triclosan, they produced either chloroform or other chlorine byproducts when exposed to tap water. They found that people using these products would be exposed to chloroform levels 40 percent higher than that found in tap water.
Triclosan, the leading germ-fighting compound in antimicrobial soaps, acts by destroying enzymes in bacteria cell walls so they cannot replicate; it targets the same enzyme as the antibiotic isoniazid, used to treat tuberculosis. There is a safer and better choice.
• In the United States, 75 percent of liquid soaps and nearly 30 percent of bar soaps now contain triclosan and other germ- fighting compounds, whose prevalence can foster the growth of bacterial resistance. Young Living has bar soaps that have therapeutic grade essential oils in them, they’re safe, smell fantastic, non-drying, and are long-lasting.
• Microbes on your countertop are not giving you the flu – we poison our bodies with toxic products, metabolic disrupters in the food supply and poor nutrition. These poisons create a weak body and weakened immune system, allowing opportunistic bacteria to replicate that wouldn’t stand a chance if we had a healthy immune defense in the first place. Those chemicals in those chemical products people buy are actually “depressing” their immune systems.
• There is NO science anywhere showing that a wood cutting board has any more harmful bacteria than a plastic cutting board. There are tests that have shown the natural oils in wood provide protection from many bacteria. So, buying and bringing those plastic cutting boards into our homes is a very bad mistake!
• Check to see if your “soft-gel” supplements contain “partially hydrogenated soybean oil” – many supplement companies use this as a filler to add bulk to their product. You can find it in vitamins and supplements in health food stores, grocery stores, price discount warehouse clubs, retailers and pharmacies all over the country and around the world right now. Hydrogenated oils are extremely toxic. We know that, long-term, they will lead to cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Could our homes be toxic waste dumps? Part 1

Some of you may have heard this… “women who do NOT work outside the home are 54% more likely to get cancer than those who work outside of their home.” This statistic makes me wonder… what are the numbers on “other” common conditions of today. Anyway you slice it, it’s not good.
This is a BIG wake-up call! It’s telling us very clearly that the personal care and cleaning products we bring into our homes and use are having a huge impact on our health. Imagine what it’s also doing to the health of our kids and pets!
Home pollutants can be broken down into three basic categories:
1. Small airborne particles. Lint, dust mites, human skin, pet dander, and mold spores. The danger with these is that their size enables them to get into our lungs, where they lodge themselves too deep to be coughed up.
2. Biological. These are bacteria and viruses which attach themselves to “airborne particles,” increasing the likelihood of lung infections. Mold is also in this category and, despite popular belief, mold is common even in dry climates because indoor humidity can be high even if outdoor air humidity is low.
3. Products. These include the products we “bring” into our homes in an attempt to improve the look and smell, and perform other actions (such as laundry and dryer sheets). Dryer sheets actually put petroleum and potentially dangerous artificial fragrances on clothes, and air fresheners also contain these fragrances, which may interfere with hormone communication systems. Learn how diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils can clear odors, germs, and make your house smell amazing!
Laundry washed in detergent loaded with chemicals and fragrance chemicals (YES, those brands claiming they’re all-natural with essential oils are not even real essential oils, they ARE fragrances and this is deceptive advertising due to the lack of government regulation). Then people run around in these clothes and sweat, which helps the toxicity absorb into the skin and bloodstream where it promotes cancer.
As consumers we need to start reading the ingredients in these products. Take a look at some better alternatives.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Stolen Cow

Roseline lives in a village in northwestern Haiti. She felt rich, for she owned three cows. But she also felt grateful to God for her wealth and had dedicated one of her cows to God. Now the cow was about to give birth, and Roseline would give the calf to the Lord.
   One day after finishing her morning devotions, Roseline went to tend to her cows. But her dedicated cow was missing. She walked up and down the path, calling to the cow, but there was no response. she realized that the cow hadn't wandered off to find a lush stand of grass; it had been stolen.
  Roseline started out to town to report the theft to the mayor's office. on the way she stopped at her pastor's home and told him that her cow had been stolen. " I'm not afraid," she told the pastor, "because this cow and its calf are dedicated to God. Nothing will happen to them that God doesn't wish. But I pray that the thief will bring the cow back because she belongs to God."
   The pastor smiled at Roseline's faith and promised to pray for the cow and its calf. Then Roseline continued on to the mayor's office to report the missing cow and to ask that if someone returned a cow to let her know, for it was hers. Roseline never doubted that the cow would return home before her calf was born.
   The next day Roseline again walked down the path to the pastor's house. " God's cow has come home!" she said excitedly.
  " What happened?" the pastor asked, curious.
  " The thief himself brought back the cow," Roseline responded. " He told me that every time he looked at the cow he was troubled. He sensed that there was something about this cow, and that made him uncomfortable,but he didn't know what it was. Finally, he couldn't stand it any longer and brought the cow back to me! He even apologized for taking her." Then Roseline hurried on to town to report to the mayor that God had sent her cow home safely.
   Two months later, when the calf was born, Roseline gave it to God. She cared for it until it was old enough to leave its mother, and then she sold the calf and gave the money to the Investment offering.

   This was written by Jacque Thermil a Pastor in northwestern Haiti

Friday, January 20, 2012

Spritual Communication 101

We may commune with God in our hearts; we may walk in companionship with Christ. When engaged in our daily labor, we may breathe out our heart's desire, inaudible to any human ear; but that word cannot die away into silence, nor can it be lost. Nothing can drown the soul's desire. It rises above the din of the street, above the noise of machinery. Talk with God as to a friend and experience that joy that supersedes all understanding.