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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Feed the Cats: Sprints-Based Lacrosse and The US High School Sports Show

by Tony Holler

Feed the Cats: Sprints-Based Lacrosse

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“SPRINT BASED LACROSSE” is the ninth course of an ambitious “Feed the Cats certification program created by Tony Holler.

Feed the Cats is a revolutionary way of training, coaching, and teaching that values specificity, essentialism, performance, and love. After gaining a world-wide following in Track & Field, FTC has now gained a strong foothold in American football. Book this course.....

This presentation rocked the lacrosse world at the IMLCA National Clinic held in December of 2020. Tony Holler is the first presenter at IMLCA to never hold a lacrosse stick… yet the presentation got rave reviews. 

“Sprint Based Lacrosse” takes an overview of the traditional approach to sport training (lift weights and get tired every day), and turns it upside down. Feed the Cats is the name of the new model and speed is the priority. The foundation of that speed is rest, recovery, and sleep. 

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Seven Tips For A Long And Healthy Life and the StrengthCast PowerShow

 

  • Author Rabin Shah
As good as modern medical technology is, it will never be able to save you from a problem caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.
Instead of getting modern medical improvements for each problem, it is much better to live in such a way that you will not fall ill.

One ounce of prevention is certainly better than one pound of healing. Here are seven tips on how to live a long and healthy life. In addition, the same lifestyle that helps you avoid disease also helps you lose weight.


  1. Get Enough Physical Activity

People had to use their physical bodies as part of their everyday labor in the past. Today, though, someone may get up, drive to work, sit down, drive home, and then sit down for the rest of the day. There is no physical labor in such a life. Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of a variety of illnesses. If our typical work does not demand us to strain ourselves physically, we must incorporate sports, running, walking, and other activities into our lives. I

  1. Go to sleep when you feel sleepy

This might sound simple, but many people stay up even when their bodies tell them that it's time to sleep. Yoga and Doctor Ayurvedic also say that it's better to sleep at night and active during the day. However, people like students will drink coffee and stimulants to learn until late at night. The other develops the habit of staying active at night and sleeps during the day. While we can do this, finally taking victims of health. Alternative health doctors say that unnatural life like this is one of the factors that contribute to the causes of cancer and other diseases

  1. Eat only when you're hungry.

This is likewise a simple concept, but we frequently ignore the body's messages. You will not digest your food effectively if you eat out of habit or due to social pressure at a given time of day, even though you have no true appetite. Acidity and indigestion set in, increasing the likelihood of other, more complex disorders developing. Having an appetite is a sign of excellent health, but if you don't have one, you should wait a while before eating. (If you still don't have an appetite after waiting a reasonable amount of time, see a doctor because something is wrong.)

  1. Quickly regularly, systematically

If you are going to ask people to work 365 days per year without rest, they will complain and say that they must have a break or they will break down. But we never bothered asking or thinking about our digestive organs we forced to work day after day without rest. They cannot protest the way someone will go to his boss, but they give us a signal that they cannot work without stopping. When we ignore the signals and still force them to work, the organs broke down. That is why fasting is needed. Don't eat for one complete day. It gives a break on your digestive organs and also helps in removing waste from your body. Regular fasting allows someone to get extra time for intellectual or spiritual pursuit. Fasting is not for ascetic in the cave, but is a reasonable practice that can be practiced anyone.

  1. Wash with cold water before going to bed

As mentioned above, the right sleep is very important for health care. If you wash your important motor and sensory organs (hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth, genitals) before going to bed using cold water, this will calm you down and prepare you to sleep well.

  1. Perform regular meditation

Your body is linked to your mind. Many of these era diseases are psychosomatic. Stress and anxiety took their victims on our physical health. Meditation is a mental exercise that, among others, allows you to escape life's worries. Learn simple techniques and do it regularly.

  1. Get up at the same time every day.

"Early to bed, early to wake" is an old adage that "makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise." I'm not sure if it will make you wealthy, but it will undoubtedly keep you healthy. Your body requires just the right amount of sleep, not too much or too little.

Seven Tips For A Long And Healthy Life. It is necessary for us to maintain our diet and physical fitness. In our daily life we use various kind of work to maintain our body healthy.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Weight Loss Vs Fat Loss - Yes There is a Difference!

 

  • Author Anthony Washington
In order to lose weight, your body must burn more calories than it takes in, but keep in mind that your body needs calories for energy and when you exercise your body needs even more calories. Before I talk about energy, the first thing you must understand is that losing weight and losing fat is not the same thing. Just because you lose weight, does not mean you lose fat, and just because you lose fat, does not mean you lose weight. When people talk about losing weight, what the really want to do is lose the excess fat on their body and obtain an attractive figure.


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When you eat, the body uses most of the calories for energy. If you eat more calories than the body uses, it will get stored as fat. If you do not consume enough calories per day you will lose weight, but you will also lose energy. When you do not consume enough energy (calories) for your body, it will start using up your energy stores to make up for the energy deficiency. Unfortunately, the energy stores used is not your stored fat, but instead it's protein and carbohydrates (carbs) that will supply most of the energy (stored fat makes up a very small percentage). Your body will take the protein and carbohydrates from your muscle cells; causing your muscle mass to reduce (say goodbye to that toned attractive look) which forces your metabolism to decrease (a low metabolism = slow or no fat burning). When this happens your body requires less energy to maintain its new lower body weight (remember the body weight is lower because you loss muscle), which is why your body conserves energy by slowing down the metabolism. In other words, the body has adapted to the new lower energy (calorie) intake which means that you will no longer continue to lose weight.

Keep in mind that the weight you had lost in the first place was mostly water weight and you will eventually gain it back in the form of fat, not muscle (in order to get your muscle mass back to the way it was before, you have to work on rebuilding it). When carbohydrates and protein that are already in your body are used as the energy source, your body will lose water weight because both carbohydrates and protein hold water in the cells. In essence, you are dehydrating yourself to lose weight. So yes the scale will go down, but approximately 75% (if not more) of it is water instead of fat. And just so you know, exercising while consuming a small calorie intake just makes the situation worse. This is because when you exercise, you start burning off more energy and the more you workout, the more energy your body needs. I already told you above where the energy comes from, and if you do not give your body the energy it needs, it will just feed on your muscles even quicker now that you are exercising. So eat more food! In addition to this, when you cut down too much on your calorie intake, your body will start storing calories because it doesn't know when you will eat again. The calories that are stored will be stored as fat. So in other words, when your body is storing energy, it's basically storing more fat.

To summarize my point: Not eating enough calories results in muscle loss, dehydration, slower fat burning, and your body will always adapt to a lower calorie intake.

Bottom Line: if you can't maintain that lower calorie intake for the rest of your life, you will gain your weight back when you get tired of starving yourself!

To lose weight properly (burning fat) you must increase your metabolism (weight training) and your need for oxygen (aerobics) while eating enough calories each day (nutritious diet) to give you energy and maintain the protein in your muscles because protein helps build muscles, which indirectly burns fat. This brings up another good point: When you build muscle your weight will increase because your muscles are made up of mostly water, but your body fat percentage will decrease because building muscles increase your metabolism (in other words, muscles way more than fat, but take up less space than fat). So keep in mind that losing body fat can't be measured by a scale; use a measuring tape and also look at yourself in the mirror, and then you will see the true results. One of the best ways to know if you are losing more body fat than water is by using a body fat analyzer.

Make sure that you focus on fat loss not weight loss. Your goal should be to lose weight by burning fat, not losing water from your muscles. Remember this when you choose your weight loss program.


Saturday, April 2, 2022

Concealed Carry Aftermath – Surviving a Home Invasion , Now What?

 

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The home invader is dead—the coroner loads into a van the lifeless human body of the attacker you killed. The responding Police have asked their questions, documented the scene, and left your house. You stopped the immediate threat, but now a whole new set of emotions come over you. What do you do now?

home invasion

A recent late-night home invasion in Michigan isn't much different than the numerous others we've talked about on the Concealed Carry Podcast Justified Saves episodes. However, something the homeowner said led me to write this post.

I'm a religious man, so it’s still tough, [appearing to tear up] scared to death. Who knows when we’ll be done with that, I guess. Hard to go back in your own home after this happens in it.

When we decide to use deadly defensive force, all that matters is surviving the moment, and our brain helps us stay focused on that task. However, once we survive the violent attack, we have to deal with the lingering complications of a traumatic incident.

Byron Township, Michigan Home Invasion Shooting —

The incident in Michigan went down like this.

A homeowner and his wife awoke shortly after midnight when they heard noises outside their home. The noises were the sound of a man smashing out the truck's windows belonging to the homeowner. The homeowner, called Alan Lenhart, Standing at the front door, yelled for the man to leave. But, instead of going, the suspect advanced toward Lenhart. Linhart said he could see the man holding a handgun.

Linhart locked the door, grabbed his “deer hunting gun” from the safe, and loaded it. The suspect went to the back of the house, yelling for Linhart to give him the keys [to the vehicle]. The suspect climbed the back steps and began pushing on the back door to gain entry. Linhart yelled:....Read the full article.....

Friday, April 1, 2022

SAVED BY GOD’S GRACE and The Rock Almighty Voices with Petra

 



We live in a world that values self-effort. It has a “Pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps” mentality that actually causes us to struggle. As a result, we try to solve our own problems through our own methods but see no success.

The good news is that God is waiting for us to turn to Him so that He can save us from all our fruitless, exhausting efforts. (Continued below...)

All around us we see people carrying burdens God never meant for them to handle. Some of those burdens are bad attitudes, negative emotions, addictions, and other things that hold them back from succeeding in life. This is painful and can lead to bitterness and discouragement; however, God is asking us to give Him those issues we can’t handle. He wants an opportunity to become deeply involved in our lives and show us favor. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG).

Trying to force things to work is never the solution. If we end up feeling frustrated, it’s because we’re taking the wrong approach to the issue. We were actually created to be in union with God so that we would succeed in everything we put our hand to. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Abiding in Him means not only accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior but also allowing Him to walk us through the situations we need help with.

Society tells us that any good thing we want in life must come by our own doing. However, apart from God’s intervention our efforts won’t amount to anything. We may see some temporary results, but they come at a high price and don’t last. No matter how well-intentioned, our works without God’s grace are empty and meaningless. “And since it is by God’s grace, it can’t be a matter of their good works; otherwise, it wouldn’t be a gift of grace, but earned by human effort” (Romans 11:6, TPT).

Working for the sake of working doesn’t work; all it does is make us feel like we’re on a never-ending treadmill without ever reaching what we’re striving for. Under the Law of Moses, the people were required to constantly perform, but their works were empty of faith. Now that grace has replaced the law, we need to have faith in God’s grace. “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (John 6:28, 29). This was true during Jesus’ ministry, and it’s still true today.

Jesus is grace in human form. Accepting Him means accepting the offer of help God extended to mankind when He sent us His Son. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). Christ moves us from simply existing to a life of abundance, joy, and success.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

What Does It Mean When We Say That the End Justifies the Means? And Principles For Building Relationships

 

  • Author James Rondinone
PART 14 CHURCH TEACHINGS

TO LEARN ABOUT TEACHINGS THAT EXERCISE AN UNREASONABLE USE OF POWER

AUTHORITARIAN DOCTRINES

THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS

This is a very interesting doctrine that I became aware of in my younger years in ministry; however, I was not fully aware of its actual meaning and destructiveness in the lives of believers. What does it mean when it’s said that the end justifies the means? From what I’ve learned, what this essentially means is that at times certain decisions can be emphasized by leadership that the assembly of believers should support unequivocally even if the avenue for implementing such is sinful as long as the end result promotes the advancement of the Kingdom of God.


What is meant concerning the sentiment of promoting the Kingdom of God could mean many different things depending on the faith at hand. It could refer to increasing the capacity to reach more souls for Christ. It could mean enhancing the financial status of those in leadership. It could mean the allowance of the leadership hierarchy to have many wives. However, what we could infer as to what it’s really all about is simply to have the ability to exert control over the assembly of believers by means of Scripture for power, money, and sex.

When certain Scriptures are used in this manner, they might appear to support God’s kingdom. If you are going to follow God, then you will be told to follow Him with no reservations. Probably one of the main scriptural sections that are used to support this perspective is found in the book of Joshua. Let’s go there and see what this was all about.

Suggested Reading: Joshua 2:1-24

The Lord has chosen Joshua to lead the Jews out from the wilderness wanderings by crossing over the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, the land that God promised them for an inheritance. This land would be theirs by means of conquest. The first place that Joshua sets out to conquer is a place called Jericho.

He sent out two spies into the city, who eventually lodged at the dwelling place of a prostitute named Rahab. While there, it was their mission to obtain information about this fortress - its gates, fortified towers, military [forces,] and the morale of its people.201 In the meantime, somehow, the king of Jericho was made aware that there were two spies sent from the children of Israel who could be residing at Rahab’s house. So, he sent messengers there in order to apprehend them. She, finding out about this before they arrived, being aware that all of them were in danger for their lives, asked the spies to hide on the rooftop under the flax fibers which were attached to the stalks of a plant that were placed there. In those days, flax fibers were laid out in heaps where the sun would dry them so that they could be used for weaving them into linen cloth.

5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.

When the king’s messengers arrived at her house, they asked her where the spies were. And here is where the end justifies the means. She told them that they had already left. In other words, she lied. Some would say that the situation was such that lying or committing sin was the appropriate response. And because the result was beneficial, that being of the saving of the spies’ lives, therefore, this story is about a type of sin that could be accepted by those in the leadership of the New Testament church as warranted by the situation at hand as long as it promoted the Kingdom of God.

Let’s take a look at another Scripture that could be used to convince God’s people that the end justifies the means. Please go to the book of Matthew.

Matthew 16:24

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

This is a powerful Scripture, especially when presented over and over again. All of us want to do God’s will. For many believers, they don’t know what God’s will is, so this verse sounds like what this could be all about. If we deny ourselves for God’s sake and take up our cross, then we’re told that He will be pleased with us. Deny in what way? There could be many ways that believers could be told to do such and such for the benefit of the kingdom. One of them, which we’ll take a look at next, is in the area of financial giving that is also found in the book of Matthew.

Matthew 19:29

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

It’s true that churches need money to pay staff, building expenses, outreaches, etc. They should let the assembly know when they need money and what it is to be used for. What this verse seems to be saying is that if we forsake (give up) real estate property or even our family who are not serving God for Christ’s sake, then we’ll receive a hundredfold and inherit everlasting life. Some might even interpret this verse as saying that God would give us more real estate holdings and a new godly family if we forsake this or that for Christ’s sake.

The story of Rahab and the spies, along with the two verses just mentioned about forsaking this or that, is quite compelling. They appear to convey to us that God will excuse sin as long as it promotes His kingdom. Furthermore, they seem to stress that in this life, we should deny ourselves of whatever it is for Christ’s sake or for those who operate in His stead, i.e., leadership when they request from us whatever it is. And if what we own or if our family is inhibiting us in our walk with God with respect to obeying leadership, then we should sell all that we have and give it to the church and/or divorce our wife, and find a new one who will support us unequivocally. 

Has anything I’ve mentioned sound right to you? You might say it kind of sounds right, but. Believe me, there are many believers who are under church leaders that espouse one or more of these perspectives. Are they correct in their perception of the Word of God? Well, there is another way to look at this view of the end justifying the means, which is what we’ll undertake next.

The end result of furthering the kingdom of God does not justify the means of promoting sinful words and actions for the assembly to agree with and implement.  

In this respect, we’ll begin by taking a look at an Old Testament saint that most of us are familiar with in respect to an animal called a lion. Does this animal recall to you the name of this person? There is a book of the Bible named after him. I think you know now who I’m talking about. Please go to the book of Daniel.

Suggested Reading: Daniel 6:1-28

3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

In 538 BC, Cyrus of Persia, the subordinate prince under King Darius of the Medes, conquered Babylon. He decided to appoint one hundred twenty governors over the kingdom, along with three administrators, one of whom was a believer in Yahweh called Daniel. Over time, he outshone (showed himself prominent) over the two other administrators. With this consideration in mind, King Darius is now considering consolidating the number of administrators and making Daniel the sole one.

Somehow, word of this got back to the other two presidents along with the administrative officials, i.e., the governors, princes, counselors, and captains. So, they banded together in order to prevent this from happening. They tried to find out something about Daniel’s behavior that they could present before the king that would disqualify him, but they found nothing. What they did come up with, however, was a clever plan to not only have him removed from his position altogether but also to have him killed.

7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

They came before the king and asked him to approve of and establish a royal statute for thirty days that in effect said if anyone prayed a prayer to anyone for thirty days other than the king, then they would be cast into a den of lions. The king signed the decree being unaware of the deception involved.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

When Daniel found out about this decree and that it was signed by the king, we would assume that he was aware of what was going on behind the scenes. He could have simply stopped praying for thirty days and waited until the time was up, and then resumed his daily routine. To the natural mind, this sounds like the right thing to do, doesn’t it?

However, as a man of God, he continued on in his daily routine, praying three times a day. We could look at this and say he was reckless. I would respond by saying that he probably brought this situation up to the Lord and asked for guidance. If God wanted him to stop praying or even leave the geographical location for his safety, He would have communicated so to him.

Another thing to contemplate was his testimony before God and the people, most of whom were unbelievers. What would have been the message to those that knew he was someone that followed Jehovah. Would his decision to stop praying send a clear signal to them that His God couldn’t protect him from not obeying the king’s decree?    

The governmental hierarchy could now carry out its nefarious plans to the fullest. They arrived at Daniel’s house at one of the times of prayer and found him praying as they knew he would. This was reported back to the king, who begrudgingly cast him into a den of lions overnight. All appeared lost. Daniel would be torn apart by these hungry lions.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

In the morning, the king quickly arrived at the den and cried out to Daniel, asking him if his God was able to deliver him. And David replied back, responding that an angel of the Lord had shut the mouths of the lions, thus preserving his life. What happened next is quite astonishing.

24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

Not only was the king glad for Daniels’ sake, but he was well aware of this insidious plot. He commanded that all those men who were complicit in this scheme, along with everyone in their family, be cast into the den of lions. And so, they were no more.

What this story tells me is that Daniel didn’t use any sinful means to try to get out of this situation. As one of the administrators of the kingdom, he probably could have tried to hire some hitmen to get back at those whose intent was to kill him. As I’ve already stated, he could have stopped praying for thirty days. The final thought was that a man or woman of God should not use sinful words or actions to promote the Kingdom of God.

With that said, let’s take another look at some of the verses from the book of Joshua and draw a different conclusion as to why Rahab might have responded the way she did to the messengers of the king.

 

Suggested Reading: Joshua 2:1-24

3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.

4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:

5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.

When the king’s messengers asked her to bring the spies before them, she responded by saying that they had already left her dwelling earlier that night. And that if they were to go after them immediately, they could possibly catch up to them. It’s true that the spies’ lives were saved in this regard, but it’s also true that she probably was not a believer in Jehovah. She did what her natural mind told her to do.

However, but for the sake of argument, what if she was a believer? Would she have acted any differently? I don’t know. It depends on her walk with God. She might still have lied. On the other hand, she might have gone to prayer and asked God for guidance. It’s possible that she might not have hidden them at all based on what God’s response to her might have been. But to use what happened here to condone sin is in itself sinful.

Don’t allow someone in leadership to convince you that committing a sin of any kind will promote God’s kingdom. This should show you right away where their faith is centered. It’s certainly not on the Word of God and reliance of the Holy Spirit.

Now, let’s go back and take another look at the verse from the book of Matthew that talked about self-denial and realize that there is another way to translate it.

Matthew 16:24

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It’s true that Jesus said that if anyone would come after Him, let him deny himself, and take up his cross. But how else could this verse be translated? We know from comparing Scriptures that Jesus wasn’t saying that if you deny yourself of this or that means you are taking up His cross. In this sense, if this verse was interpreted in that way, then what we would be talking about is religion, i.e., doing this or that to please God.

What this is actually talking about is a person’s eternal standing. It’s about no longer relying upon our self, our good works, but repenting to God the Father and believing in His Son as to who He is and what He has accomplished for salvation (the bundle of benefits received, one of which is the indwelling Spirit). When Jesus said follow me, this referred to what should be taking place following salvation. What should be taking place is learning how to walk in the Spirit, which is another way of saying learning how to rely on or be in subjection to Him, which is not accomplished by sinful means or coercion.

This brings us to one of the most egregious abuses of power in the church today. And that is using Scripture to take advantage of believers financially in order to benefit the kingdom of God. As I’ve previously mentioned, believers should give support to missions, for leaders’ salary, for church building obligations but not in an unscriptural manner and oppressive approach. Let’s take another look at this verse from the book of Matthew concerning this approach.

Matthew 19:29

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

One thing that resonated with me after I read this verse was the idea that if someone forsakes thus and such, they will inherit everlasting life. What this conveyed to me is that this was talking about salvation. Before any of us were saved, we had areas of our life that we considered prominent, i.e., riches, family, sinful desires, addictions, etc. As for myself, I had many things that I thought were of paramount importance. I took drugs, I drank too much, I had affairs with different women, I spent my money on foolish things, I hung out with the wrong crowd, and I had very little respect for others.

Then, there came a time when I didn’t like myself anymore. I no longer praised who I had become. I needed a complete overhaul. At this time in my life, I had just finished taking an elective course in college, which was on the life of King Saul. What resonated with me was all the different ways in which God (Jehovah) interacted with him. I wondered if this kind of relationship with God could occur in my own life. I was not unfamiliar with religion as I had been an altar boy in one particular mainstream faith in my younger years, but for some reason, I never had a personal relationship with the God that I thought I was serving.

However, what I did determine was that if God truly existed, then I would hopefully find Him in church or in at least one of them. Where that church was located, I had no idea. So, I began to attend many different faiths. They all seemed to have the same things in common. Do this or that, as spoken in the writings of the faith, obey the leadership so that God would be pleased, and you will probably go to a better place at physical death. This didn’t appease my longing for God at all. I had been involved in this type of religion before. Then one day, something occurred that set me on the right road to finding this one true God who would change my life forever.

I was working for my dad at a spa and grille that he owned. It was a holiday Sunday, and I was getting out of work at noon. As I was about to leave, a local parade was passing by. So, I decided to follow it to the center of town, where at which location it dispersed. When I arrived at this place, I heard a loud voice in the distance. When I turned around in a three hundred sixty degree manner, I saw a large gathering of people standing before a staging platform, where it appeared that someone was speaking. So, I decided to walk over and find out what was going on.

As I approached, I heard a young man talking about God. He said that God wants to become personal with us. He wants to give us a new nature. This got my attention. He presented the gospel of repentance and faith, to which I didn’t respond. However, I did get the address and time of the next meeting.

This gathering was to be held at one of the church member’s houses. When the day and time arrived, I showed up. There was a barbecue taking place, and I was offered free food and drink, to which I would never say no. After everyone was finished, one of the pastors was introduced.

He proceeded to give a message, which was followed up with an invitation to respond to the gospel message. He asked if anyone was interested in walking up to where he was standing. So, I did. He said that if I confessed the words that he proclaimed, God would come into my life and fill me with His presence. I repeated the words he said, but nothing happened. He, in turn, paused and then said something remarkable to me. He said that God showed him that I was dating a married woman, and I needed to confess this as sin to Him and break off this relationship. I proceeded to confess this sin in front of all who were present and acknowledged that I would no longer date her. Right after this pronouncement, I was saturated with God’s presence. I found God, or instead, He found me. To me, this was an example of forsaking something, in this case, an illicit relationship with someone, that was hindering me from being saved.

As far as the scriptural declaration that if we forsake all, we’ll receive back one-hundredfold. If you want to say this means material possessions, that is your prerogative. If this were the case, we would be playing the game, Let’s Make a Deal with God. To me, what I believe this refers to are incomparable spiritual riches.

I have one more thought for you to consider in respect to forsaking real estate or family, as some leaders might command. While it’s true when Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give it to the poor, and he would receive eternal life. But I believe that this stumbling block was that which was the predominant issue that was preventing him from becoming saved. This obstruction of an ever-present sinful desire is different for each unbeliever.    

Before we close our discussion on this topic, I just thought of another section of Scriptures that some churches could use to provide additional support for their teachings that a believer has the right to forsake his wife and possessions for the Kingdom of God’s sake.

Please go to the book of 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 7:26, 29-30

26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

A lot of what Paul was talking about here in respect to marriage and owning property seemingly had to do with the words that he mentioned in this verse, i.e., for the present distress. Some commentators believe that these words convey to us the political conditions of the time in that Nero was the current Caesar who had begun to persecute Christians.

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

He goes on to declare that the time is short or was made short by their impending persecutions and trials.202 And when he said, they that have wives be as though they had none, some leaders could take this to mean that if your wife is inhibiting you from serving the Lord faithfully, then you should divorce her. This is not what he was saying. Based on the historical context, what he was saying was that if trials or the situation might become so difficult that even those already married will have to live as though they were not married …. perhaps Paul was referring to husbands and wives being separated from each other because of economic distress or persecution.203

30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;

Due to trials and persecutions, grief will come, but don’t let it gain uncontrolled mastery over you. Stand [readily] prepared to escape for [your] life, or meet death, as the providence of God may permit.204 And if you own property, consider it as though it doesn’t belong to you in the sense that it can be taken away at any time. These verses appear to have nothing to do with giving our earthly possessions to the church or divorcing our wives for the furtherance of the kingdom.

Be careful when there is a continual mention of giving all that you own to the church for the furtherance of the kingdom. Be careful when you are told that sexual sins are considered acceptable if they further the kingdom. Be careful if you are instructed that all types of sin are approved by God as long as they promote His kingdom.

I would like to leave you with this verse, which I believe exemplifies the perspective that the end does not justify the means.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Do what we know is right according to God’s Word, and if we don’t do what it says, then it’s sin.

Do you know that there is something else that authoritarian leaders will use to justify their control over their followers? We looked at this, albeit briefly, in an earlier chapter. Let’s take a look at it more in-depth in the chapter that follows. It’s composed of two words -- one word beginning with the letter n and the second word with the letter r. I’m sure you’ve got this.

But before you do, I would like to leave you with an article that talks about what should be the focus for each person, each institution, each country, i.e., the outcome or the means.

THE MINDSET OF MAN: [“THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS!”] WHY THIS MINDSET?

AUGUST 26, 2020

All of history reveals a mindset which promotes the END as a justification of the MEANS. 

America has used this mindset since its founding. All nations use this mindset (to a degree) to advance their self-interest. This mindset is what creates our wars, contention, hatred, and destruction of property. Politicians think of their END vision and then implement a MEANS for accomplishing this END. It [doesn’t] work for mankind because this thinking is [backward] and diabolical. Will America’s leaders (we vote in November) develop new thinking? I doubt it!

America’s leaders will likely use this belief that the ‘end justifies the means’ to further their political agenda. The Donald will think in this manner. Joe Biden will think in this manner. This mindset goes all the way back to Niccolo Machiavelli. Lying is justified. Corruption is justified. Refusing to balance our monetary affairs is justified. Blaming another country (like China) for the Covid-19 virus is justified. Our leaders are steeped in this mindset that the [end] justifies the MEANS. What is their END? This mindset [doesn’t work,] and yet our leaders continue with this mindset.

God’s logic (within [Scripture]) says that the MEANS is the key to the END.                                                                                                                 

Justice starts with the MEANS. The Commandments of Yahweh are based upon the MEANS. [Problem-solving] must start with the MEANS. Yet, our world system operates with the opposite mindset. Destruction is guaranteed with this mindset of the END as justification of the MEANS. I can guarantee more war, contention, and destruction when I witness this mindset within our leaders. 

America is the Super-Power on planet Earth as I write. China wants to be the next Super-Power. Russia would also like this [role,] as would Europe. We live in a world where select leaders conceive their goals and plans with this mindset of ‘the END justifies the [MEANS.’] [It’s] a mindset which leads to war, contention, and destruction. Yet our political leaders have no interest in changing their thinking. This diabolical mindset is why our world system is collapsing from within. It’s our thinking which creates our END result.

Today, [it’s] our Central Bankers who devise and conceive new policies for promoting an END (prosperity) via a MEANS of corruption and fakery. Money units are created out-of-nothing (the mind of banksters) and then circulated to select clients for the purpose of promoting a conceived END. The end is control (over the marketplace) and [fake] prosperity which never advances human happiness and progress. The END is a misguided mental image [that] produces more strive, contention, and destruction. [Yet,] these thinkers [don’t] change their thinking.

Justice and real progress must be based upon the logic of the MEANS as key and the END as a Result of the MEANS.

With a valid MEANS that is based upon truth, liberty, and justice, the END can emerge as a RESULT. Today, [it’s] our THINKING which produces false [results,] and the results which emerge create more destruction for mankind as a whole. Our world system is [collapsing,] and yet our leaders continue with this mantra that the END justifies the MEANS. Will American leaders change their thinking? My sense is NO!

A favorable END never arrives as our THINKING is diabolical and corrupt. 

Thinking must change. The [mindset] of our leaders must be based upon God’s logic of the MEANS coming before the RESULT. Justice, peace, stability, freedom, and progress must be based on sound logic and thinking (at the start). Today, our leaders [don’t] THINK with a logic that produces these needed results. Watch as America elects another administration this fall and watch what happens as they implement their THINKING. Will real peace, happiness, progress emerge? I would suggest that this is impossible given their THINKING. As a man thinketh so is he! Proverbs 23:7.

 

The MEANS is key to the END. 

Justice in the NOW is needed. Freedom in the NOW is needed. Equality in the NOW is needed. The NOW demands a new mindset based upon the MEANS (coming first). This [isn’t] happening. I will suggest that our THINKING produces our RESULTS. If our thinking [doesn’t] change, then more of the same will result (unhappiness). We need new [leadership,] which thinks with a mindset of the MEANS coming before the END. That is my viewpoint and perspective! What is yours?205

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Endnotes

201Bible Knowledge Commentary/Old Testament Copyright © 1983, 2000 Cook Communications Ministries; Bible Knowledge Commentary/New Testament Copyright © 1983, 2000 Cook Communications Ministries. All rights reserved.

202Barnes' Notes.

203The Bible Exposition Commentary.

204Adam Clarke's Commentary.           

205Don Swenson. “THE MINDSET OF MAN: ‘THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS’! WHY THIS MINDSET?” Kingdom Economics 21 November 2021 .

                      

My name is James Rondinone.

I grew up in Massachusetts and began my own spiritual journey early on in life.

I attended Bible college, having completed a two-year Christian Leadership course of study, and graduated as valedictorian (summa cum laude).

I’ve written and published a number of spiritual books on various biblical topics.

These books can be found online.

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