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The “Easter” Story:  More Than Just About Love

When you and I think of the “Easter” story, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, what theme do we see?  What kind of story is it?  What comes into our minds?  Is it the deeply personal prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane?  His triumphal entry into Jerusalem?  Jesus before Pilate and the crowd?  The beating Jesus took, carrying the cross and suffering upon it?  Perhaps it’s the beauty of the empty tomb? 

 The “Easter” story as we so fondly call it is certainly about the love of Christ displayed for us as evidenced in the scenes mentioned above.  For without this great love, not our fallen human love but a love that existed with the Father in eternity past, the work completed on the cross would not have been possible and we would be left with an imperfect way of restoring ourselves to a fellowshipping relationship with our Creator.  We see Christ’s love for us displayed through the entire...

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No One Can Serve Two Masters

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." Matthew 6:24

In the same way, we cannot serve both God and food/laziness/apathy/gluttony/lack of self control/etc.  Anything which takes our focus on what God desires for us becomes a master we serve, even if for a moment. As stewards of our physical body, as representatives of the kingdom of God, and as those who ought to be intentional about physical preparation for the call to serve, we must endeavor to not let our lifestyle stand in direct contradiction to what we profess. If we serve God and are all-in, then that should work its way into every area of our lives including what we eat, what we drink, and how we live each day. If our daily lifestyle is given over to randomness with food, drink, and lack of movement then we are serving the unfocused mindset of the world's culture and influence....

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Fully Offered to the Lord...And Yes That Includes Your Health

"As far as sin is concerned, we have died. So how can we still live under sin’s influence?.... Therefore, never let sin rule your physical body so that you obey its desires. Never offer any part of your body to sin’s power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of. Certainly, sin shouldn’t have power over you because you’re not controlled by God’s laws, but by God’s favor." Romans 6: 2B; 12-14

I think, and I hope, you would agree that ANYTHING which controls and influences our choices other than Christ would stand accused by this scripture. As believers, followers, and disciples of Christ it is He and He alone who should direct our daily choices; and this includes even how we care for our body. We have to look no further than our society,...

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Here Am I. Send Me.

In 1 Timothy 4:8, Paul says "for physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." Notice that he doesn't say physical training is of no value. He says it is of value. So spiritually, what value does "physical training" or caring for our health in general provide? 

Our surrender to Christ should be complete and total in all areas of our lives. Though we often gather together around food to celebrate and fellowship together, it quite often seems the food becomes the focus and not the relationships or the connecting of the body. If we were to be honest, how many times in our lives would we say that we've made food the focus of our thoughts and actions over honoring Christ? 

When we do not keep ourselves physically trained, our body lacks energy and strength. That lack can play a big part in how we decide whether or not to serve when opportunities arise. How many times could we...

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We Cannot Give Our Hearts To God And Keep Our Bodies For Ourselves

"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;"- Genesis 1: 26A

In the beginning the Trinitarian community decided to create and the apex of that creation was a creature made in their image. As part of that creation, man (mankind not gender specific in this context) was given a physical body as part of that representation. We know that prior to "the fall" and the introduction of sin into God's creation, Adam and Eve were designed in perfection and would have remained that way for eternity, and this would have included all their descendants.  But we know the story of the apple, the fall of mankind into the influence and imperfection of sin, and the entrance of death into our existence. Since that time, humanity has been dealing with the reality of physical deterioration until the body eventually succumbs to death. 

So how does this relate to and have any impact on your participation in this challenge? In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul...

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