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Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Rock Almighty Devotional, Praise, and Worship with LoveWar and Overcoming The Sin Of Racism

 

RESPONDING TO THE GRACE OF GOD



As children, we may have been told to put serious effort into everything we did. Usually that’s good advice, and adults no doubt meant well when they said it.


However, when it comes to how to respond to what Jesus did for us on the cross, self-effort means absolutely nothing. The proper response is to set aside our hard work to deserve God’s favor, and simply believe.




Faith in what God did may seem overly simple, which is partly why so many people miss the mark in this area. Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected to give us hope; His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be in right-standing with God, if we believe. We will never be justified in God’s eyes by our works, but by our faith in Christ. Thinking that our righteousness came by our works frustrates the grace of God, and Christ would have died in vain if that were true.

Jesus has completed everything necessary for our salvation. There is nothing left for us to do except believe this. When people asked Him what works they could do to please God, Jesus explained that the only work required was to believe in the one God had sent. When we feel compelled to “do” something, we must remember that believing should come before doing.    

This is not to say that doing is not important—it is. We just need to distinguish between doing something to get God to move and doing something in response to what He already did. Our acts of faith are extremely important; they move us into a position to receive things that have already been made available to us, such as healing, peace, joy, and prosperity. It does no good to declare our faith without following up with works, because faith without works is dead.

Being content, believing in God’s love, and resisting worry and stress help us to receive His undeserved favor. His grace is sufficient for us. Resting in this knowledge is our proper response.

Prayer:

Lord, we no longer have to work hard to earn Your approval; You already approve of us when we believe in Your Son and what He did. We choose to respond to this by meditating on it and staying at peace. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

Galatians 2:16, 21

John 6:28, 29, NLT

James 2:14, 26

2 Corinthians 12:9

For more on responding to God’s unearned, undeserved favor toward us, click on the link to find the five-message series, 10 Ways to Respond to Grace, in our eStore. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Jesus' Peace is Successful Peace and FAITH TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

FAITH TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

by Creflo Dollar 




We live in a world filled with doubt and uncertainty. Over time, we most likely have become accustomed to a heavy weight of negativity that surrounds us. As believers, one of the most difficult things we can do is to fight off the waves of unbelief crashing around us and stay focused on God’s Word. When others tell us about what isn’t possible, our trust in Jesus gives us the ability to do the impossible.


We’re involved in a battle every day, but it’s a spiritual fight taking place in the mind. Our enemy, Satan, regularly works through other people and situations trying to convince us to accept an “it’s hopeless” mindset. He says to look around us and see what’s happening, and suggests that maybe what we’re believing for is impossible By comparison, God says to look up, because limitations don’t exist in Him. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

Jesus gave this encouragement to a man whose son was possessed by demons, who came to Him for help out of desperation. No one else had been able to help them, and the situation looked impossible. What made the difference was not just what Jesus did, but the man’s willingness to have faith in Him. “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24). This is the kind of faith we need to overcome our own personal demons when they show up.

The devil’s lies and attacks take many forms; he always aims for our weakest points, trying to find a chink in our armor. He has influenced the world because most people don’t know the power of having unshakable faith in Jesus. However, despite the inroads the devil has made, our right-believing gives us the power to stop him in his tracks. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16).

Unbelief itself is sin; letting it enter into our minds can make our spirits heavy with discouragement and despair. Getting distracted by what’s going on around us and losing our focus on Jesus only reinforces our fear and contaminates our faith. When we begin feeling this way, surrounding ourselves with other believers strengthens us and redirects our focus back to where it should be. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1, 2).

We can’t base our beliefs on what we see, because what we see is too unreliable. Things can change right before our eyes. Trusting in what God says keeps us grounded. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

We don’t have to settle for the type of defeat that others with no spiritual vision meekly accept. We know the joy of Jesus’ victory over the impossible; we also know that we share in this victory.“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Relying on what Christ did for us on the cross quiets the doubters, pessimists, and skeptics who tell us something can’t be done. His finished works prove otherwise.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

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 STEAMWHEELERS PREVAIL

by Dakota W. Zientek CEDAR RAPIDS - In the inaugural game of the 2021 season, the River Kings squared up against the Quad City Steamwheelers in a long-awaited matchup for the IFL community. With an almost completely new roster, the River Kings were ready to line up against someone without a River Kings uniform. For Cedar Rapids, they find themselves losing game one 54-39 in a tough-fought battle against the Steamwheelers.
In the first quarter, the River Kings had a few missed opportunities, but all-in-all, the team, as it is almost completely new from last season, seems to be creating chemistry all across the board. Unfortunately for the River Kings, their first play of the 2020 IFL season was spent watching the Steamwheelers' kick returner, Keyvan Rudd, find his way to the end zone. The River Kings' first drive was ruled a turnover on downs, however, over the next few drives, the Cedar Rapids' offense, behind 27-year-old quarterback Derrick Bernard, showed a lot of promise for Cedar Rapids fans with his quick agility, strong arm, and playmaker mentality. He went 9/25 with 72 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception through the air. On the ground, he rushed seven times for 42 yards and a touchdown showing that he truly is a dual-threat to the opponent at hand. To close the first half, the River Kings found themselves down big, as the score favored Quad Cities 40-13. While morale could have been assumed to be low, the River Kings came back kicking in the second half. At the beginning of the second half, Derrick Bernard and the River Kings offense found themselves scoring on their first drive from half-time. After being scored on with less than 20 seconds left in the first half, the River Kings considered this their answer. This gave the River Kings a much-needed spark, both on offense and defense. The Cedar Rapids defense only gave up one score during the third quarter, which put the score at 47-21: Quad Cities, going into the final quarter of play. With an energizing fourth quarter effort, the River Kings didn't go down without a fight. Scoring two touchdowns in the final minute, the U.S. Cellular Center was jumping with energy. However, the River Kings ran out of time, causing them to leave the arena with a lonely tally in the loss column and determination for a win in Week 2. Next up for Cedar Rapids is a trip down to San Diego, where the River Kings will square up against the Strike Force. If you're unable to make the trip to sunny San Diego, take an easier trip to the Indoor Football League's YouTube Channel, where you can catch all the action in real-time from the comfort of your couch. Also, be sure to follow the River Kings' Twitter account, @GoRiverKings, for up-to-date coverage during games.

SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE TAKES DOWN BUCKS 50-36 by Tori Pizzuto SAN DIEGO, California (March 8, 2020) – The Strike Force defeated the Bismarck Bucks 50-36 in their 2020 IFL Regular Season Week 1 opener in North Dakota on Sunday, March 8. The Bucks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after converting on their opening drive via a three-yard rush by Eric Lauderdale and then a nine-yard rush by quarterback Tasleem Wilson following a failed field goal attempt by the Strike Force. San Diego responded before the end of the quarter after quarterback Michael Carrillo was able to scramble and connect on a shovel pass in the flat to running back Nathaniel Chavious who sprinted up the sideline untouched for a 31-yard score. The lead swung in the second quarter in favor of the Strike Force after a one-yard touchdown run by Chavious and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Carrillo to Marques Rodgers. The San Diego defense held the Bucks to only field-goal attempts before the half (both missed) before closing out the quarter with the 21-17 lead. Last year’s IFL Special Teams Player of the Year Marques Rodgers made his touchdown debut for the 2020 season with a second-half kick return for a 45-yard touchdown to retake a 28-24 lead. After a defensive stop in the end zone via an interception by rookie defensive back Daquawn Brown, San Diego failed to capitalize and fumbled the snap in the end zone resulting in a Bismarck safety. The Bucks added a 40-yard field goal by Cody Barber on their ensuing possession to give Bismarck a one-point advantage at 28-29. Late in the fourth quarter, the Strike Force went back on top 35-29 after Carrillo found receiver Donta Armstrong on a play-action toss turned 22-yard touchdown pass but Bismarck responded with the longest scoring play in team history as Zuril Hendrick returned a missed field goal by the Strike Force for 50-yards and a score. San Diego went on to score twice to close out the game, first off a 45-yard kick return by Isaiah Bernard and then a six-yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Chavious for the 50-36 victory. Next Saturday, March 14th the Strike Force will host the Cedar Rapids River Kings at Pechanga Arena San Diego with a 6:05 p.m. PT kickoff. Tailgate activities will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Season and Group Tickets are still on sale for Strike Force home games starting as low as $12 per ticket. Parking is free on game days. For tickets, call or text the Strike Force at 619-340-1300 or visit https://bit.ly/21FootballTics for more information. More below......



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SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE TAKES DOWN BUCKS 50-36 by Tori Pizzuto SAN DIEGO, California (March 8, 2020) – The Strike Force defeated the Bismarck Bucks 50-36 in their 2020 IFL Regular Season Week 1 opener in North Dakota on Sunday, March 8. The Bucks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after converting on their opening drive via a three-yard rush by Eric Lauderdale and then a nine-yard rush by quarterback Tasleem Wilson following a failed field goal attempt by the Strike Force. San Diego responded before the end of the quarter after quarterback Michael Carrillo was able to scramble and connect on a shovel pass in the flat to running back Nathaniel Chavious who sprinted up the sideline untouched for a 31-yard score. The lead swung in the second quarter in favor of the Strike Force after a one-yard touchdown run by Chavious and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Carrillo to Marques Rodgers. The San Diego defense held the Bucks to only field-goal attempts before the half (both missed) before closing out the quarter with the 21-17 lead. Last year’s IFL Special Teams Player of the Year Marques Rodgers made his touchdown debut for the 2020 season with a second-half kick return for a 45-yard touchdown to retake a 28-24 lead. After a defensive stop in the end zone via an interception by rookie defensive back Daquawn Brown, San Diego failed to capitalize and fumbled the snap in the end zone resulting in a Bismarck safety. The Bucks added a 40-yard field goal by Cody Barber on their ensuing possession to give Bismarck a one-point advantage at 28-29. Late in the fourth quarter, the Strike Force went back on top 35-29 after Carrillo found receiver Donta Armstrong on a play-action toss turned 22-yard touchdown pass but Bismarck responded with the longest scoring play in team history as Zuril Hendrick returned a missed field goal by the Strike Force for 50-yards and a score. San Diego went on to score twice to close out the game, first off a 45-yard kick return by Isaiah Bernard and then a six-yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Chavious for the 50-36 victory.
Next Saturday, March 14th the Strike Force will host the Cedar Rapids River Kings at Pechanga Arena San Diego with a 6:05 p.m. PT kickoff. Tailgate activities will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Season and Group Tickets are still on sale for Strike Force home games starting as low as $12 per ticket. Parking is free on game days. For tickets, call or text the Strike Force at 619-340-1300 or visit
https://bit.ly/21FootballTics for more information.

Friday, April 23, 2021

The StrengthCast PowerShow. The Pec Show Must Go On and The Quickest Way In Existence To Get Stronger chest muscles

The Quickest Way In Existence To Get Stronger chest muscles

  • Author James Frye

Best Workouts For Reducing Weight And Building Muscle

Strength training not only makes you stronger but can help you to

achieve fat loss as well as tone up your hips, thighs and buttocks in the process. Would you like to find out why free-weight exercises such as the Bench Press can be so effective any time you want to get

ripped? 




  • Muscle is very active at the cellular level, even when you are resting. You heighten this activity during

strength training, and, more importantly for weight loss, as you recover

afterwards. When they restore themselves

by way of protein synthesis, your muscles burn up calories from fat even after you end your workout.

Try to develop your chest muscles as much as you

can, because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. It makes no difference whether

you're playing chess, or doing back to

back sets of the Bench Press, or another physically

challenging movement like the Board Press.

Body fat, in contrast, makes

virtually no demands on the metabolism.

What is the optimal rep range to use in the Bench Press for pectoral muscles improvement?

Experienced trainers in explosive power sports, including Strongman Competition and Powerlifting, regularly make it their mission to attain new One Rep Maximum lifts. Newbies to exercising your body with free weights or machines should not have a shot at these kind of 1RM lifts as they can result in muscle tears. Nevertheless you can find on the web, sites that have specialized calculators that enable you to determine what your 1RM is, using repetitions taken to failure employing a smaller amount of weight:

  • Low Weight: 55% and below of one's 1RM. It is best to get at a minimum 20 reps of the Bench Press just before your pectoral muscles begin tiring.

  • Moderate Intensity: 50-75Percent of your 1RM. This is an effective way to increase muscle size and definition. Go with a load which allows about 8-15 reps on each set.

  • High Intensity: 70-100 Percent of your 1RM. Here is the low rep (1-5) zone that people in explosive power sports, like Strongman Competition and Olympic Weightlifting use to get super strong.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The 5 Laws of Law Enforcement Training and Deputy Shoots Suspect While He Gets Hit in The Head With Metal Pipe

 

The 5 Laws of Law Enforcement Training

  • Author Ryan Patrick

Listen up, if you are a tactical officer, you must look the part as much as you act it.

Having a great shot with your pistol will only get you so far and there will be scenarios in which you'll need to learn to use your physical attributes. When that time comes, you better be primed and ready for battle, bottom line. With all else held equal, the more fit officer will be superior.



I've had the pleasure of working with the Lexington, KY Emergency Response Unit, a team that finished 3rd in the World S.W.A.T. Games (www.originalswat.com)! Talk about a bad a** group of guys who can raise the bar. They took every training session to the next level and there was never a dull moment. They were a team that knew how to work together and it showed. My success training them and further study has led me to develop 5 critical points that every officer should follow.

  1. Dynamic Flexibility Warm-up

Grumble, grumble. I hear the cries that big law enforcement men don't need any kind of flexibility. If you aren't familiar, dynamic flexibility has pretty much become the standard warm-up protocol in the fitness industry. Why? Dynamic flexibility is a series of active stretches, rather than the classic "sit and hold". You'll gain movement in 'stiff' joints and learn to stabilize the necessary joints. This is important for the law enforcement officer because it keeps their body in proper alignment. As much as some officers drive around to, it's essential that proper posture and alignment be restored after extended periods of inactivity.

At the drop a hat, danger can approach and the prepared officer will be prepared to react--without having to roll the shoulders and stretch the hammies. This warm-up also facilitates optimal movement patterns that help maximize the efficiency of the workout. Don't be a washed-up has-been who used to be great in the field, make sure you take care of the important aspects of your body especially as you age.

  1. Do not Bodybuild

Before I get into this, I understand many police officers are recreational bodybuilders who actually compete. That is fine, and having been on stage myself I fully endorse this. However, if we ask ourselves, "what will be most beneficial for the job's requirements?", we can quickly see how body part training can flat out suck.

I cannot stress the importance of being able to manage your bodyweight--chin ups, push ups, various single leg squats are just starters. When you are in the field the ability to handle yourself will dictate your performance in critical times--not your ability to lie on your back and press a weight. Will you be able to handle yourself or be some wimp who's only good with machines?

Most bodybuilding exercises are predominately done in the sagittal plane. In addition, there isn't going to be many opportunities to shoulder press a criminal, save the bodyslam. The elite police officer needs to be strong in all three planes of motion. There are a number of ways to go about this that do not involve BOSU Balls and bands. A great start would be the addition of single legwork to your lower body days--single leg squats, Bulgarian split squats, and various lunges. When you do upper body days, try doing a simple standing single-arm shoulder press; this forces the contralateral side to resist rotation, thus strengthening the transverse and frontal plane. Then try it with a kettlebell or small sandbag. The idea of being strong all over lends itself to the next bullet too.

  1. Odd Object Training

There is some aura of odd object training that just screams TESTOSTERONE. What's more satisfying to the Alpha Officer than keg tosses or sandbag carries? The beauty of the odd object training is first and foremost the instability of the tools used. They require unequal loading across the body in various proportions and in no predictable way. For instance, the sandbag is rarely ever in the same position or carried the exact same way, so the cumbersome nature of it helps strengthen in multiple planes.

For a police officer in the real world, odd object has another unparalleled benefit. Under load of a dummy, sandbag, or sled drag you will experience a huge oxygen deprivation (cardio effect) while still toting around extremely heavy weights (strength effect). This combination of strength and cardiovascular activity rolled into one has an accelerative effect on altering body composition. On top of that, you adapt to performing under local muscular fatigue; meaning when you are out of breath, under load, and muscles burning you will learn to push through. This is instrumental in enabling tired officers to move efficiently even when loaded up with their gear.

Remember, fatigue masks fitness, so learn not just to work, but perform while exhausted. I cannot stress the importance of utilizing odd objects such as kettlebells, dummies, sandbags, sleds, and sledgehammers among many others.

  1. Performance Under Fatigue

Fact: mental acuity and cognition can significantly break down with fatigue. It is imperative to retain the ability to perform critical and technical skills under fatigue. Have you ever ran a distance and attempted to have a steady aim? If you have, I'm sure you noticed the fatigue. There are a couple of ways to go about this and some are more practical than others.

You can attempt to actually shoot your gun after an obstacle course or some fatiguing task. This is probably only an option if you have an obstacle course built near a shooting range. In more recreational settings it could be beneficial to assume a shooting position, either knee or lying, and attempt to steady your breathing in a effort to control unwanted motion in your arms and torso immediately after finishing a set. Other options include highly challenging stability exercises (no, not the BOSU). The need for stability will naturally alter your breathing patterns and one can quickly learn how to gain control.

Let's say it's a blistering hot day and you just finished a 60 yd heavy sled drag. The first thing on your mind is going to be laying on the bed of the truck trying to gasp for breath, but you should have a partner ask you a few simple math problems to see how well you can concentrate under fatigue. I'm not saying to join the mathlete team, but little tests of aptitude such as this can create greater clarity in real world situations. In a nutshell, learn to be proficient at both mental and physical tasks when under extreme fatigue and you'll excel in the community or city you serve.

  1. Cooperative Training

One aspect of training I slightly allude to is having a partner for this or that. Cooperative training, either with a partner or team, should be the foundation of your training. It's a police force. A military unit. You're not James Bond or some secret assassin.

Tactical officers should train together because they will be working together in the field. The officers that work together will continually make more significant progress that those who don't. When one or more of the team is having an off day, there will be someone there to pick them up. This favor will be later reciprocated when another person sets the bar for the rest to emulate.

Beyond training together, actually be accountable to someone else. Some people have the motivation to stick to a specific plan and reach their goals, but others need the accountability factor and owning up to another person can provide that. If none of the others, follow this tip because some of the others will fall into place naturally, but nothing can take the place of great lifting partners.

Ryan Patrick is a personal trainer, student, and competitive bodybuilder. He won a Strongman Competition at the University of Kentucky in 2007. He'll begin a MS in Exercise Science at Colorado State in the Fall 2008. For questions, comments, or more information about his services visit his blog at [http://patrickperformance.blogspot.com](http://patrickperformance.blogspot.com)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Rock Almighty Devotional, Praise, and Worship with Gideon's Army

 

RADICAL GRACE From CDM



None of us can claim to be perfect; we all make our share of mistakes in life. We’re all familiar with the guilt and self-condemnation that come when we mess up, but how we handle our mistakes determines if we can recover and move forward. The world points the finger of blame and makes us feel guilty for what we did. At times like this, what we really need is mercy and forgiveness, which is what we find in Jesus Christ. (Continued below.....)





(....Continued.....)
Christ, who is full of grace and truth, is the exact opposite of what we see around us. When He came to earth, He showed what the “Word made flesh” looks like, and offered mercy and forgiveness to those who needed it most. During Jesus’ ministry, people were accustomed to living according to the law given by Moses; what Jesus offered was radically different. We need Him just as much now as the people did then.

When we sin, religion tells us we must work hard to earn forgiveness. By contrast, grace is unearned, unmerited favor from God. Receiving something like this is hard for most people to comprehend because it’s so simple. We receive grace by God’s kindness, not by our good works; otherwise, His grace wouldn’t be what it really is—free and undeserved.

When we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, we receive God’s forgiveness not only for our past mistakes, but also for the ones we haven’t even made yet. Knowing God has already forgiven us makes it easier for us to forgive ourselves. Having faith in this truth saves us from getting bogged down in self-effort when we miss the mark; what we receive is a gift from God and isn’t from our own doing. 

God sent us Jesus not to condemn us, but to save us; we’ll never be condemned when we believe in Him. When everyone else is struggling but too weak to do the right thing, we’re strengthened through the grace that God gives us through Christ Jesus.  Our sins are no match for God’s favor.

Prayer:

Lord, when others are trapped in self-effort and suffering from self-condemnation for their mistakes, we find freedom through Your mercy and forgiveness. This is like a breath of fresh air in a suffocating world. Thank You for your undeserved favor. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

John 1:14, 17

Romans 11:6, NLT

Ephesians 2:8, 9, AMPC

John 3:17, 18

2 Timothy 2:1

Romans 5:20

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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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