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Friday, April 16, 2021

Five Reasons to Pray in Tongues Pt. 2 and Don't be like Samson

 

Don't be like Samson

  • Author Steve Bremner

I'd like to focus on the anointing, and talk about doing things in ministry with or without God's presence. It's very easy to do things without His presence and be content and satisfied that it was a "success"-even though the Lord might not have been with it.

I noticed something in reading Judges recently about Samson's life. I don't know if this contradicts what others teach or believe, but for now, it doesn't seem to me that the anointing necessarily has a feeling to it. (Continued below......)


(....Continued.......) When Delilah saw that he [Samson] had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up again, for he has told me all his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands.

She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.And she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And he awoke from his sleep and said, "I will go out as at other times and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him. (Judges 16:18-20)

If you are reading through the chapters in Judges on Samson's life, it will strike you that he didn't know the Lord had left him. I'm not going to use this text to build or dismantle when the presence of the Lord is or isn't upon us in greater measure than normal, but I'd still like to make some points. I'll concede, this is in the Old Testament and that we each have the Holy Spirit as believers now under the new covenant. But some applications can still be drawn for practical purposes.

What is so significant about this passage?

One thing at the very least: if Samson couldn't tell it [the presence of the Lord, or 'the anointing' or whatever term you'd like] was missing, then he probably couldn't tell when it was present either.

Other verses in the book of Judges describe instances where the Spirit of the Lord came on Samson in some kind of force to get something accomplished that he couldn't have done in his own strength, such as described in 14:6, 14:19, 15:14. Obviously we know that the power in his strength did not lie in the fact no razor had touched his head, but in the obedience of doing what he was instructed to do by the Lord, which was to not cut his hair or shave his head, and drink no strong drink, etc...because he was consecrated to the Lord.

The reason this caught my attention, is because we all know about Samson's lust. We all know that despite sleeping with a prostitute, and despite the multiple marriages--or marriage attempts anyway--God still used him in a mighty way. My point in drawing your attention to Judges 16 is not to say that you can keep sinning (or lying to your wife!) and still be anointed. Every time his wife asked him the secret to his strength, he lied to her and the power of God was still on him to break free from the ropes each time. This passage probably messes with popular charismatic theology. Does it bother any of you that God still used Samson in power despite his obvious sinning? I submit to you for consideration that the anointing of God is more mechanical than it is relational. Give it a thought before rebuking me.

In fact, I didn't even want to write some ideas on this and take the predictable route when looking at Samson's life, so how about this: does it bother you that people can do things for the Lord, and it seems as though they still live in sin? I hope you're not reading this to say that I'm advocating that we can live in sin and still operate in the anointing. You don't need to live a holy life to be used by God--because you and I are expendable to the Lord's purposes--He can, does and will work despite us--not because He needs us. BUT you need to live holy to be a Christian--no ifs, ands or butts about that.

The Lord will deal with us on that level if we think we can get away with small or large sins without fully leaving them at the cross of Jesus. But my point is this: don't wait until you think you are perfect before finally stepping out and doing things for the Lord or you'll never do it--we are all a work in progress, some more than others. Until the we are taken home, we are still made out of flesh. Samson was a man consumed with lust and possibly had a bad temper if you will, and still did great exploits for the Lord. I've heard Curry Blake say that the reason God uses us, even though some of us may be in sin, is because we are expendable, and God cares more about the people He's ministering healing to than he does us. Paul understood this too, and feared being disqualified in the end after running the race (1 Cor 9:27). This also seems to contradict the whole "the Lord will sacrifice the work to save the worker" sacred cow. Jesus even dealt with this in the sermon on the mount which I will lightly touch in a moment.

Anyway, shifting gears a little bit:

I've noticed recently, that I've been coasting; that I've been relying on the arm of my flesh sometimes and confidence in what I know the Word says, instead of my confidence IN the Word Himself. In some ways I've been resting on my laurels, which is a dangerous place to find oneself, and in reaction to this I've been spending lots of time alone in my room upstairs (which probably has made Stephen and Francine wonder what I'm up to!) just getting into the Word of God and spending time alone with Him. I have officially decided I don't like being busy doing ministry at the expense of alone time with God. Anything a real minister does for the Lord flows out of intimacy with Him. I desire to have something to flow out of me from Him.

Last week I had a turn to lead the Bible study again. And I was asked to do it on a topic that is very dear to my heart and I could easily handle it in a Bible study setting without preparing notes for it. But I wanted to spend my whole afternoon seeking God's face and praying in tongues and just be locked in my room alone with no distraction. I didn't want to rest on the arm of my flesh. And I honestly couldn't sit down right away and turn on my laptop in preparation for the handout I provided. Alone time with God was more important. I had gotten too busy doing "missionary things" and making sure I had newsletter-worthy stories to write about--but my personal time alone with God had been slack for days--maybe a week. So I prioritized spending time alone with God, just reading the Bible where I'm at in my Old Testament readings.

Anyone who was present at that Bible study knows a lot of the people liked it and God was totally present--but it was Him being there despite me. I got alone with him and THEN prepared for it for Him-not for the other people who would be present expecting a great teaching from me. In fact, I probably whipped together the handout and my notes in a mere 20 minutes before it was time to lead the study! But I would rather that it was that way than making my own plans for the evening, devoid of God's will and plans and not seeking Him and seeing what He wants done, and sat around all afternoon preparing a Bible study but without intimate time with him. Anyone out there who wants to pretend preparing a Bible study is worship or devotion time--don't kid yourself. There's a sermon in that--how much ministry is going on in the Church that men just decided to do, and God was never asked what He thought?

I don't want to be like Samson, and be able to do great exploits for the Lord, when my lifestyle and heart are not right with Him.

I'm reminded of the life of Moses also, and how he split the rock open the second time and the water gushed out, but the Lord was still not pleased with him for it. It is interesting, that the Lord did NOT command Moses that second time, unlike in Exodus 17:5-6 but water still came forth from the rock. Much can be said about the authority of the believer, and the ability to misuse that authority--but the Lord swore to Moses that he would not enter the Promised Land. I know it will sound blasphemous to some, but this incident with Moses and even to some degree Samson demonstrate that the anointing, or just plain power, is more mechanical than it is relational. Moses struck the rock, and still water came out. Did God do it even though Moses was in rebellion? Or did God give Moses (a man) power and he abused it and still produced results?

I know that will mess with a lot of peoples theology.

It is significant that these individuals that Jesus tells he didn't know, were actually doing the miraculous deeds in His name--prophesying, casting out demons and healing the sick all in His name!--and still cast out of His presence in the end! Sobering stuff if you want to believe you can remain in your sin and operate in the anointing. You can technically--for now. But what will the Lord say to you on that day? "Well done my faithful servant" or "flee from me I don't know you"? I'm preaching to myself, not just anyone that reads this. Let's not be like Samson who didn't know when the Lord left him, or Moses who wound up not even entering the promised land, or furthermore let us not be like any to whom Jesus will say "yes, you did do these things for me, but I don't know you."

I hope readers will give this stuff some serious thought and make necessary heart changes in your life before the Lord.

Steve has been a missionary to Europe for over 2 years, and currently lives in Canada while preparing to move to Peru in early 2009. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Madeline Monroy - College Tennis Recruiting Video Fall 2022 and Building Champion Players

Madeline Monroy is 16 years old from Litchfield Park, Arizona and is seeking an opportunity to play college tennis starting in Fall 2022.
contact email: maddiemonroy@gmail.com



Oscar Wegner and Coachtube

Building Champion Players

Building Champion Players

Description

Why do some beginners move on and reach highly skilled levels of competitive play while others never seem to move out of rudimentary levels of skills, even as they seem to possess equal or even more athleticism and desire? The answer is in the foundation that beginners are introduced to and the patterns of development the student is offered. David W. Smith’s COACHING CHAMPIONS shares his tremendously successful teaching methodology that he has proven successful in a wide range of teaching and coaching applications. From the junior player development pro to the high school coach, from the recreation instructor to tennis pros in academies and clubs, COACHING CHAMPIONS offers a wide range of skill-progressions, drills, expectations, and real-life development programs. The very programs that Smith used to train over 100 state, national and world-ranked players of all ages. Follow these methods and discover a new world of success and successful students. Lean more...........

The Coach

DavidSmith

David Smith

Tennis Coach & Author


David W. Smith is the Director of Tennis for the St. George Tennis Academy in St. George Utah. David has taught over 3000 players including over 100 state, national and world ranked players during his 30-plus years of teaching tennis.

Dave is Senior Editor of tennisone.com. He has also been a featured writer in USPTA’s magazine ADDvantage in addition to having penned over 50 articles in various publications.

Dave has written 2 landmark books on tennis instruction, Tennis Mastery and Coaching Mastery. He has also co-authored several action-adventure novels.

As a high school coach Dave’s personal team win-loss statistic of over 1,000 wins against less than 25 losses is one of the most successful U.S. coaching records.

Dave has been recognized as a Master Professional by Dunlop Racquet Sports as well as one of only 40 Premier Tennis Professionals by Prince Sports, Inc. and Wilson Racquet Sports.

Dave is owner of Top Notch Tennis (TNT) Academy in St. George, Utah, and has recently ventured into the world of fiction publishing with synergy-books.com. He is married with 2 children and is a musician and an expert close-up and slight-of-hand magician. Learn more.........

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season: Tips and Tricks for Nurses and Banned from YouTube: Dr. Simone Gold shares the truth about the COVID-19 vaccines

 

  • Author Katy Konkel

As a nurse, your risk of catching a viral illness from an infected patient during cold and flu season is high.

Additionally, your line of work requires that you be out in the community where you could possibly be exposed to COVID-19 (which shares many similar symptoms with the cold and flu viruses). Thankfully, there are several simple lifestyle changes that you can implement to enhance your immune system’s response. Keep reading to find out how you can protect and improve your health this cold and flu season. (Continued below.....)


(...Continued.....)10 Ways Nurses Can Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Eat a Balanced Diet

Did you know that nearly 70% of your body’s immune system resides in your gastrointestinal system? This means your gut plays a critical role in keeping you healthy during cold and flu season. You can improve your gastrointestinal system’s overall health by consuming a balanced diet, one that is low in fat and sugar and high in protein and fiber. Furthermore, there are several foods that you can eat to give your immune system an added boost. Red peppers, for instance, contain three times as much vitamin C as a Florida orange and shellfish (i.e. oysters, crabs, lobsters and mussels) are packed with zinc.

Reduce Stress

When your body is under stress, your adrenal glands produce and release cortisol into your bloodstream. While cortisol plays an important role in activating your body’s fight or flight response (critical for high stress situations), it also suppresses the effectiveness of B-cells and T-cells (critical for destroying viruses and pathogens). Furthermore, high levels of stress can wreak havoc on your digestive system, causing ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and other unwanted changes. That is why it is extremely important that you find ways to lower your stress levels during cold and flu season. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach for stress reduction, breathing exercises, practicing mindfulness and positive self-talk are all great ways to help reduce tension in the moment.

Exercise Regularly

In addition to lowering your stress levels, regular acute exercise (exercise that is moderate to vigorous and lasts less than an hour) has been proven to improve your immune system’s response. Typically, your body’s immune cells collect in the organs that are responsible for killing viruses and pathogens (i.e. your lymphatic system). However, when you exercise, your blood and lymph flow is increased, resulting in a higher number of immune cells circulating in your body at a higher rate. The best part is that you will not need an expensive gym membership or fancy exercise equipment to achieve this immune boosting benefit. Walking, running and cycling are all types of acute exercise that will produce the desired result.

Get Enough Sleep

When you’re working 12-hour shifts and attending to the needs of your family and home, it can be difficult to pencil in an eight-hour appointment with the Sandman. While getting an adequate amount of rest is important all year long, it is especially important during cold and flu season. When you’re sleeping, your body releases cytokines that stimulate the immune system to fight foreign pathogens. Production of these protective cytokines is decreased when you cut your sleep short. Additionally, restful sleep bolsters the production of T-cells, responsible for destroying cells infected by viruses and pathogens. Help your body help you. Go to sleep.

Take Your Vitamins

While we generally think of vitamin C as the “go-to vitamin” of cold and flu season, there are several other vitamins that, when taken properly, improve your body’s immune function. For instance, vitamin D does so much more than support bone health. It has also been shown to enhance the function of immune cells, such as T-cells and macrophages. Additionally, vitamin B6 is responsible for producing white blood cells and T-cells and supporting the immune system’s biochemical reactions. And vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection. These three vitamins are just the tip of the iceberg.

Before taking any vitamin supplements, we recommend consulting with your doctor on the appropriate dosages and frequency.

Get Outside

As the weather grows cooler, people tend to congregate indoors where it is nice and warm. However, staying out of the elements can be detrimental to your health during cold and flu season for two reasons. First, as people spend more of their time inside, the likelihood of getting a virus from someone else is increased, especially in buildings with poor ventilation systems. Second, scientists believe that when we are outside, we breath in phytoncides (airborne chemicals produced by plants) that increase our white blood cell count. Therefore, spending time in the great outdoors prevents possible exposures and improves our immune health. Also, it’s much easier to exercise outside and our bodies naturally produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

Wash Your Hands

No article on staying healthy during cold and flu season would be complete without a reminder to wash your hands. While hand washing is a best practice that many nurses readily follow, simply lathering up with soap and water is not enough. Outlined below is the proper handwashing technique for healthcare professionals:

• Use lukewarm running water to wet your hands.

• Apply soap and rub your hands together to work up a lather.

• In addition to rubbing your palms together, be sure to wash the back of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers and under your nails.

• Proper handwashing should take no less than 20 seconds (or the amount of time it takes to sing the ABC’s or Happy Birthday twice).

• Rinse your hands starting at your wrist. Let the water run off your fingertips. Be sure to rinse away all the lather.

• Dry your hands well with a clean paper towel. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.

Wash Your Scrubs

Throughout your day as a nurse, you encounter a variety of patients that are managing a variety of health conditions. While you undoubtedly understand and embrace the importance of good hand hygiene as part of these interactions, have you ever considered the importance of good scrub hygiene? Common bacterium and viruses can live on surfaces for hours, days, weeks or even months. That is why it is important to properly disinfect your scrubs during cold and flu season.

To properly disinfect your scrubs, first wash them inside out with cold water and detergent on a normal setting. Once you are sure that your scrubs are free from any stains, they need to be washed again with hot water and a color safe bleach. After they have been washed, scrubs should be put in the dryer on the highest heat setting for 30 minutes to ensure that any remaining contaminants are killed.

Get a Flu Vaccine

The flu shot is your first line of defense when it comes to warding off the constantly evolving flu virus. While not an absolute guarantee that you will not contract a strain of the flu, individuals that are vaccinated experience significantly shorter periods of illness when compared with those who do not receive the vaccine. After the vaccine has been administered, it can take up to two weeks for your body to build immunity. Most health experts recommend getting the flu shot by the last week of October to ensure that your body has acquired immunity before the peak of flu season (typically December through February).

Stay Home

If you find yourself sick this cold and flu season, staying home is your best option for regaining optimal health quickly. While you are home convalescing, make sure that you are getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids. While making the decision to stay home is never an easy one, it is important to remember that you will do more harm than good by going into work sick. Additionally, you’ll be able to return to work more quickly and you’ll be more productive at work if you take the time to heal first.

The content of this blog post is intended as general information only. For more detailed personal advice, contact a qualified medical practitioner that is familiar with your medical history.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The StrengthCast PowerShow 5 Simple Weight Loss Rules and Do you really want to lose weight now?

 

Do you really want to lose weight now?

  • Author Anselm Anyoha
It seems that everybody wants to lose weight unless they are as lean as a chalkboard.
Hopefully, my weight loss story will inspire you to achieve your own weight loss goal.



For readers who do not know, I am a physician—a pediatrician, precisely. I’ll just point out the obvious: even physicians can get themselves into medical troubles. So, on a visit to my own doctor 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with hypertension because my blood pressure was elevated at 140/90. My doctor wanted to prescribe drugs for my condition, but I quietly disagreed. I had a plan of my own.

At that point, I weighed 183 pounds. For a man who stands at 5’ 8”, that gave me a BMI of 27 and put me in the overweight category. I went to work because truly, challenges are the mother of actions. I did some research and found with every 1 pound of weight loss, the upper number in a blood pressure reading could go down by 1 point. A ten-pound weight loss could lower an upper number by 10 points. “Let us do it,” I said to myself.

So, within 6 months, I lost thirty pounds. And as a result, my blood pressure was as normal as a teenage boy. My looks changed, too. My cheeks went from puffy to sculpted. My friends and family were both excited and worried. I assured them I was okay, and that I did it for my health.

I want my readers to know that I made easy lifestyle changes that did not demand much of my time. For example, instead of frying my eggs, I boiled them. Instead of eating out, I made my own food. Plus, I swapped beer and soda for water and more water. I used the holidays as another occasion to eat healthily and passed on junk food. I traded salt for herbs to season my food. And these little everyday changes made a big overall impact on my weight and my blood pressure.

We all have our different stories, our different life journeys, but I believe lessons can be learned from my experience. I was so happy about my accomplishment that I wrote a book about it, and I encourage you to pick it up. People spend thousands of dollars enrolling in gyms they will never attend and exercise equipment they will never use. But $10 ($3.99 on Amazon)  spent on my book could be one of the wisest investments you’ve ever made. Why this book you may ask? Because it is easy to read, full of good advice, and written by someone who actually lost thirty pounds.

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor if you suffer from high blood pressure. High blood pressure has many reasons, and losing weight may not cure your own hypertension.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Tactical PE The LAPD Have A Tough Job and How To Choose a Safe and Secure Neighborhood?

 How To Choose a Safe and Secure Neighborhood?

  • Author Michael Harris
For many people, finding a new place to move is an exciting thing. It brings happiness to think about a new house, new interior, new furniture, new room, and all, right? But practically, it is not as easy as it seems to be.

Finding the right home for you and your family is a responsibility. You need to consider many things in mind. For instance, security of your new home and family, safety of your neighborhood and surroundings etc., are the major concerns. A safe neighborhood ensures protection of your generations as you plant your roots there. Your kids would grow up there and your family would be a part of that community. Therefore, be careful while you select a neighborhood. (Continued below.....)
In this learn-by-doing course, I'm going to help you prepare your mind and muscle for the unexpected.

Use these teachings to reduce injury and re-build your body.

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(Continued.....)Here are some tools that can help you choose a safe and secure neighborhood:

Check Crime Data of Your City

City data is a website that helps you to gain complete information about your area, neighborhood and adjacent places. You can analyze crime situation of your neighborhood using the internet. Review your city or any other city’s crime data carefully before making a leap.

Check Overall Picture of the City

There are many sources to find out the overall picture of your city. This includes every important aspect for instance, education, livability, and cost of living etc. Assess the overall rating of your neighborhood pragmatically using different websites like Area Vibes. Besides, talk about it with locals around you as well.

Use Your Smartphone

Life has become easier with smartphone technology. Now you don’t have to turn on the laptop for your research. Your smartphone apps can offer you data that you are looking for. There are many apps that offer local statistics about crime and your city situation. For instance, ‘Crime and Place’ app is famous for providing GPS tracking, safety notifications and heat map etc. Check it out for sure!

Go for Home Security Systems

Once you are done with your research and have planned to move to your new home. Find out a wireless home security system and order the most suitable package plan for yourself. Arm your alarm system before you move in, so that you can minimize your risks. Authorities suggest that you are three times safer at home if you have an active alarm system working.

Lit Up Your New Home

After shifting to your new neighborhood, take a walk around the place and make note of the things that should be improved. One of these things can be your outdoor lighting conditions. Make sure your new home is well lit with smart bulbs, so that criminals around your area could be deterred. In a study conducted by students of forensic psychology, criminals and bad guys repel from brighter places. Brightness increases their fear of being caught. So, take advantage of this fear and improve your outdoor lights so that criminals could stay away.

Think about Outdoor Cameras

Even if you live in a highly secure place, risks of violent crimes could never be eradicated completely. Police therefore recommends new homeowners, particularly to use home surveillance systems to rid from such crimes.

I love acknowledging about home security alarm systems, home entry products, surveillance cameras and security products for the sake of better good to as many people as I can. Blogs and articles that I have written serve the #1 goal: Help to protect by literally spreading the word.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021

CoachTube Presents: New Age Hitting by CDC The (Colorado Dugout Club) and Rays at Red Sox | MLB Game of the Week Live

 New Age Hitting

Description

Need new tips and tricks to train your athlete's hitting abilities? Then you've come to the right place! In this course, Coach Jerry Weinstein reveals different philosophies and drills to improve your players' batting capabilities. He goes over things like:

  • Stats and Data
  • Drills
  • Visual Keys

On top of that, he even has an Extra section dedicated to setting up hitting machines and stuff he does in practice! Book this course.....

(Continued below.....)

Master Softball

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The Coach

Jerry Weinstein | Colorado Rockies

Jerry Weinstein begins his seventh season with the Rockies, first as the Rockies Offensive Coordinator prior to his current role. Weinstein was the Rockies Major League Catching Coach in 2013 and the manager of the Rockies Class A affiliate, Modesto. Weinstein has led the Nuts to a winning record in each of his five seasons. Prior to joining the Rockies, Weinstein, who has over 40 years of coaching experience, was the pitching coach for the Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) baseball team from 2001-05. Prior to his coaching stint with the Mustangs, Weinstein was the Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Development in 2000 and 2001 and also served as the Dodgers' catching coordinator in 1999. He was a head coach at Sacramento City College for 23 seasons, posting a record of 831-208-12 while guiding the Panthers to 16 conference championships, two co-conference titles, a state title in 1988, and a national crown in 1998. He is a member of the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Sacramento City College Sports Hall of Fame. He was named the National Community College Baseball Coach of the Year in 1988. In addition to his success in Sacramento, Weinstein has also served as a coach for the United States Olympic teams in 1992 and 1996. He was also an assistant coach for the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games team and led the 2005 U.S. club to a gold medal at the Maccabiah Games. His previous college coaching stints included one season (1984) as an assistant coach at Miami (Fla.) and two seasons (1966, 1968) as the freshman coach at UCLA. He also managed several minor league teams for Milwaukee, Montreal, and Chicago (NL). Book this course......

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Rock Almighty Devotional, Praise, and Worship with Precious Death and THE THANKFUL CHRISTIAN

 THE THANKFUL CHRISTIAN from CDM


Growing up, most of us have heard the phrase, “Count your blessings.” We may not have paid much attention to it, but this is actually great advice for a successful life.


Most people take for granted all the good things that happen in their lives; however, nothing just shows up by accident. God has a master plan for each of us, and it’s overwhelmingly good. (Continued below......)






(....Continued.......)Pausing for a moment to make a list of all the good things we have goes a long way in shaping a good attitude. It’s hard to be sour when we think about the things God has done for us, even when we didn’t deserve them. Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes from the Father of lights, with whom there is no shadow of turning. God always gives us good things, never anything bad; the more we meditate on this, the more grateful we become.

Even when trouble hits, God’s will is for us to give thanks in everything. A positive attitude gives us great power. We’ve been given the freedom to make our own choices; choosing to give thanks to God puts us in authority over any bad situation that arises.

God directs His undeserved, unearned favor toward us because He loves us dearly, no matter what we do. When life feels like a struggle and we feel discouraged, accepting this gift lifts our spirits and gives us a reason to be thankful. We’re spiritual beings living in physical bodies; letting the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with our spirits puts everything in a whole new light.

In this spiritually noisy and distracting world, it’s easy to forget what’s really important. Our souls are where we make our decisions; telling our souls to bless the Lord and not to forget any of His benefits keeps us in remembrance of what He has already done, and what He continues to do for us. This keeps us thankful.

Prayer:

Lord, You continually give us countless blessings because You love us. Meditating on what You teach us concerning thankfulness reminds us of the power we have by choosing grateful attitudes. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

Jeremiah 29:11, NLT

James 1:17

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Philippians 4:23, NIV

Philemon 1:25

Psalm 103:2

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Spiritual Warfare Prayers and They Don't Want You To See This! This Will Change Everything You Know - The Spirit Realm

 -Author D. Vincent Bud Ford

Spiritual warfare prayers are more important now than they ever were before. What do you think of when you hear the phrase "spiritual warfare"? If you have images of the latest supernatural Hollywood blockbuster on the brain, you might want to reconsider. Unfortunately, it seems that the subject of spiritual warfare has two main camps, those who do not believe in it at all and those who see demonic activity in every aspect of life. Both of these camps are reluctant to talk about the subject albeit for vastly different reasons.

Biblical Concept

The truth is if you are going to believe in God, the Bible is your guidance system. It is this authority you should turn to for more information on the subject. The Bible clearly states that Satan and demonic activity are a reality. It is not presented in some spooky, hocus pocus sense but matter of factly. The truth is, if you are going to take any part of the Bible as fact, then you must accept the entire writing, which includes the presence of demons, Satan, possession and spiritual warfare.

Do Not Fear

In the Bible the phrase "do not fear" is repeated several times, even when it comes to the activities of dark spirits. Jesus has overcome the power of darkness and indeed the entire world; so as a Christian, there is little to worry about. The problem is, many Christians do not understand their place, especially as it relates to spiritual warfare.

Jesus came to the world to save it, and upon his death He took the keys of death, hell and the grave. He ascended to Heaven where he is seated at the right hand of God; as believers, we are united with Him, far above demonic activity.

Prayer

Spiritual warfare will not be fought with weapons made of human hands. Instead, it will be waged in prayer by believers and with the believers on their knees. Christians do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12. When the disciples asked Jesus how they were to pray, the answer He gave was The Lord's Prayer, which is key when it comes to spiritual warfare.

One thing you should know about prayer in general and not just as it pertains to spiritual warfare; it needs to be fervent and continuous in nature. Take the example of Christ in the garden just before he was to be taken and crucified. Jesus prayed until his sweat was as droplets of blood! This would be the very definition of fervent and intense prayer.

Conclusion

Spiritual warfare is not a new age concept. It was dealt with in the biblical text at some length. Jesus dealt with the man who was demon possessed from the area of Gadarenes. Even his disciples talked about those demons they could not cast out and He replied to them that some would not be moved accept through prayer and fasting! Dealing with Satan and his horde is not fairy tale fodder; it is a fact of the world you live in.

There is Practical Spiritual Warfare which all of us deal with each and every day; it shows up in the simple, everyday happenings of life. The important thing to remember is not to overplay or underplay its significance in your life of as a Christian and to fervently pray. Satan and his demons must flee at the name of Jesus Christ.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

US High School Lacrosse Featuring: Trevor Herman's Lacrosse Recruiting Video (Grad:2022) and Developing Improvisational Lacrosse Skills through Keep Away

There are so many skills that can be learned from “Keep Away”. Understanding how defenders try to attack ball handlers and how they position themselves to cut off passing options.


Putting oneself into as many different lacrosse situations as possible is the ultimate key to success. Better understanding how different defenders operate in different scenarios is yet another crucial piece in the puzzle to empowering player development.
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(Continued....)Beyond learning more about how defenders behave in “Keep Away” situations, there is a lot that can be learned from the offensive side of the ball as well. Players can see different off-ball offensive tendencies, learn the techniques to deceive defenders of where passes are aimed, and much more. Book this course....

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Jamie Munro

JM3 Sports, Founder 3d Lacrosse, DC Atlanta Blaze '17, Analyst ESPNU, HC Mt. Vista, AC TRHS Girls, HC Denver U, Boston Blazers '93, Wolfpack, Brown Lacrosse HOF

- 5th on the All-time leading scorers list for Brown Lacrosse (and member of HOF)

- Former Head Coach for Denver University Lacrosse (1998-2009)

- Former Founder and CEO of 3d Lacrosse

- Founder of JM3 Sports

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Friday, April 2, 2021

The StrenCast PowerShow. Let's Dive Into A Little Yoga and Swolverine Shall We? And How to Select Good Yoga Training

How to Select Good Yoga Training

  • Author Michele Hauswirth
There are numerous yoga schools in the world that provide good training. Selecting an appropriate yoga program is a daunting task. Things that you should consider before registering for a yoga class are not just location but also a quality yoga education.
Also, it is difficult to choose any one yoga style that satisfies all your requirements. Meditation and Pranayama techniques are also part of yoga sessions. (Continued below.....)

 



(....Continued....)Every yoga class aims to balance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The ancient practice of yoga is still an effective method to heal many disorders and restore energy. This is the reason many successful people add yoga in their daily routine. Selecting the best yoga training program should always be aligned with your objectives.

Here are some best tips to select a good yoga training program:

Yoga style that suits your lifestyle

Yoga has many benefits and is easy to adapt according to every person’s health condition. This is the reason people of all age groups want to learn yoga. Everyone has different health goals. An injured sports player might want to practice Restorative Yoga. Whereas Ashtanga Yoga is more power-packed. The two yoga styles are opposite in their approach. Chair Yoga is more suitable for a working professional to relieve stiff neck and shoulders with some light stretches of spine and legs. A pregnant woman may want to practice Prenatal Yoga which is beneficial for the mother as well as the baby. There are yoga styles for flexibility as well as specialized teacher training courses. Some people also want training in yoga to lose weight. Find out which yoga style is easier to incorporate and adjustable in your daily lifestyle.

Location of the yoga school

It may seem trivial, but the actual location of yoga school impacts our continued interest and focus on our health goals. Some corporate offices and even schools have started adding a yoga session after or before official hours for maintaining fitness. These sessions are easy to attend because they are inside the official premises. People who are always busy should select the location either near their office or home or somewhere inspiring.

With technology, it has become even more convenient to attend a virtual yoga class from home. The online sessions are well-prepared in advance and all the instructions are provided for the student to follow properly. E-courses for yoga are the best way to continue as a hobby or as a back-up training for future endeavors.

A certified yoga school

The quality of yoga education is very important for physical and mental growth. Whether for serious training or meditation, your health goals should be the top priority when selecting a yoga school. A student should check the certifications and awards conferred to the school. The number of years that the yoga school has been established and the review of students matters a lot to make an informed decision. It is important to know that the school has recognition from premium institutions especially from the International Yoga Alliance (USA). Your yoga training and achieving your goals depends largely on how well each yoga session is designed.

Experienced and qualified yoga teachers

The first interaction of a student about yoga is with the yoga teacher. A guide and a mentor who helps you become comfortable with yoga asana and bring new insight into yoga training. An experienced yoga teacher always inspires students to understand the philosophy of yoga. The awareness of the body and mind should be done in a precise way. A qualified yoga teacher knows how to involve every student in a yoga class. A good yoga teacher will know how to modify a yoga asana according to the requirement of the student.

Duration and number of students

The number of hours for yoga practice is specified for students who want to join teacher training courses. There are 50 hours, 100 hours, 200 hours, and even 500 hours. It depends on the learning process and experience that the students want to achieve. A renowned yoga school will have all the above options and expert teachers to train accordingly. The syllabus will be vast with practical as well as the detailed theoretical studies. The number of students is always limited to these yoga courses for providing individualized attention.

Whether professional training or not, yoga training requires a dedicated time to improve concentration. Yoga is a self-practice even in a class. The teacher can only give instruction but to apply the stillness of mind is completely personal. For deep relaxation, even while practicing at home, removing distractions is important. In a crowded class of 25 to 30 students, yoga practice may not prove to be that focused.

Conclusion

Yoga is a great health practice that has many positive influences. A good yoga training develops awareness, calms the mind, channelizes energy, and promotes overall healing. It helps an individual to become a strong person physically as well as mentally. Whatever your health goals, yoga is a wonderful learning experience that should be embraced by everyone.

Michele introduce to yoga well teaching, deep practice and meditation at Arhanta Yoga Ashrams. A qualified yoga teacher knows how to involve every student in a yoga class. A good yoga training develops awareness, calms the mind, channelizes energy, and promotes overall healing to join yoga teacher training courses.