March 31st, 2015
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March 30th, 2015
March 29th, 2015
I was doing some research on the idea of strength recently. I was looking at the idea of human strength, God’s strength and the strength God gives us.
I came across the following three definitions in some of my Bible software the Dictionary of Biblical Themes.
The strength of God is made known in creation and redemption and in his empowering of believers to live faithfully.
All human strength derives from God. Among non-believers, strength may become a source of arrogant self-confidence, the oppression of others or rebellion against God.
In contrast to human strength, God is the source and supplier of all spiritual strength through which believers can do all that God asks.
I really like the flow of these three definitions. It reminded me that…
- God is all powerful and the source of all strength.
As humans we receive strength from God, but we don’t always acknowledge Him or use it well.
Strength is always best when it is received from God, acknowledged and used for God’s purposes.
March 27th, 2015
One thing I often think about is the return of Christ. The Bible tells us He is coming back. Often I daydream and wonder when it will be.
Will it be soon? Will it be in my lifetime? Or will it be hundreds of years into the future? Nobody on earth knows.
One truth from Scripture is that some Christians will escape death. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 talks about Christ’s return.
It says that with the sound of the trumpet, Christ will come down with those who have already died and take us to be with Him.
I can’t fathom what it would be like to be alive when Christ returns. Being changed in the twinkling of an eye.
The reality is that some will escape death. Maybe even you and I!
March 25th, 2015
March 23rd, 2015
I read this on the ABC website today and thought I would share it under my fitness category. It is part of the larger article that talks about exercising when you have a cold. You can find the full article here.
Does exercise help prevent infections?
Mostly, the answer is yes, say the Australian Institute of Sport and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Overall, regular exercisers report fewer colds and other flu-like bugs than their inactive peers. And when you do moderate to vigorous exercise (eg brisk walking, cycling, swimming, play a sport), there are several positive changes in your immune system, including enhanced movement of important immune cells throughout the body.
Although these changes are temporary, each exercise session “represents a boost that reduces the risk of infection over the long term”, says Professor David Nieman, from the American College of Sports Medicine and Appalachian State University.
But if you exercise hard or for a long period of time, there may be a window afterwards when your immunity is suppressed and you are more likely to catch a cold or other bug.
Says David Pyne: “A really intense and/or prolonged bout of exercise can lead to a temporary impairment in the immune system. Basically in the hours and the day after, you need to be mindful of that.”
However, the odds of becoming sick increase two- to six-fold for up to two weeks after extreme exercise events, such as marathon runs.
To avoid getting sick after a hard workout, or any time, it helps to:
- Not smoke
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Avoid stress (or manage it well)
- Get adequate sleep (for most people that’s around 7-8 hours a night)
- Practice good hygiene (e.g. stay away from sick people, wash hands regularly, try not to touch your nose or eyes with your hands as these are easy entry points for viruses to the body.)
- Balance your workouts with adequate rest and recovery, so that you avoid overtraining and chronic fatigue