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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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Why Consistent Action Is Vital For Your Success

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At some point in time we all have things we want to accomplish. Some are harder to attain than others. Some are "one and done" goals and others are continuous, lifestyle-based goals. Regardless of which category our particular desire(s) fall into, one thing remains true and that is this: positive, progressive momentum is necessary to reach your goals. And consistent, aligned action is the key to positive momentum. Inconsistency and/or the wrong actions keeps us from getting in a rhythm. When we slow down, stop, or spend time on actions that don't align with our goal then we have to expend twice the emotional, mental, and physical energy to get moving again compared to what it takes to keep going once we’re in motion.

This is true in our prayer life, in our relationships, in our finances, in our health, in our work; all things. Daily action is necessary, even if it’s just enough to keep us engaged and building the relationship, adding more knowledge, completing one...

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Nutrition Success Through Healthy Snack Prep: Nut & Seed Mix

You walk into the kitchen and you just want something quick and easy. Or, maybe you have to get out the house quickly but you need something to eat as you rush to get to your destination on time. For many, these scenarios turn into grabbing the easiest thing around which too often ends up being some form of prepackaged junk. But, if we'll spend just a little time being mindful ahead of time and intentional in preparing for some healthy grab-n-go snacks then we can set ourselves up for a quality and nutrient dense choice. 

For example, it took about 10 minutes today to put together servings of mixed raw nuts and seeds to have on hand for the upcoming week. Raw is the key here though. Raw nuts and seeds have their nutrients fully in tact vs. roasted (especially the ones with extra like smoked or seasoned flavors) that have had some or most of their nutrients compromised through the processing. Having these on hand in the pantry means that when I'm needing something quick,...

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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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Taking Ownership To Lead And Win In Your Life

20-year difference between the time of these photos. I know because I had just gotten married at age 21. The difference between me then and now? Night and day. Getting older doesn't mean you get heavier, more tired, more achy, less energetic, or any of the plethora of other things associated with aging.

Now, I'm not only healthier but I'm happier. I can enjoy life more today than back then. I didn't realize how much my poor health kept me from fully enjoying each day until I changed my habits and started living differently.

It's never "easy". Each day is full of choices. The choice to get up and move intentionally, the choice of when and what to eat or not eat, the choice of what to drink or not drink, the choice of when to go to sleep or stay up, the choice of filling my mind with knowledge so I can continue to grow or the choice of vegging out in front of the t.v. for hours every day. It's only by continuing to be intentional that I can keep moving forward. I have four people who...

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