Dry Prayer And Monkey Chatter

Hi, there! We all have had those times in prayer when we felt like nothing was accomplished, and even felt somewhat guilty because of our seemingly fruitless effort. We couldn’t “get spiritual” in our frame of mind and/or there was that constant bombardment of unsolicited thoughts. This is abundantly true especially in the early stages of our Christian journey.

If we are persistent in a faithful walk, these problems will be taken care of by the Holy Spirit….not only in time, but at the present:

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness ; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”. Romans 8:26

Even if we struggle often in prayer, rest assured that what is necessary and has to be said to the Father and Christ Jesus on our behalf is ALWAYS automatically taken care of by the Holy Spirit within us (again, Romans 8:26!!). Never feel as though you have to “perform” in any prescribed manner when praying formally or informally. The MOST IMPORTANT consideration here is that we are going to Them, however feeble our efforts may be.

And, Christ Jesus, Himself,  is ALWAYS there making intercession (“pleading”….Concordant Literal New Testament) on our behalf on every front. Romans 8:34

Let’s not forget Matthew 6:8: “for your Father does know those things that you have need of before your asking Him.”.

Finally, a prayer of thanksgiving is an excellent approach when coming before our Father and Christ Jesus. Just start thanking Them for any and everything that comes to mind….not only the “good stuff” they give us but for our least and worst trials, as well as our failures. Those failures should lead us to depend on Them more than ever!

Sometimes, as brought out in the Post on “God’s Silent Treatment”, it is good that we just come to Them in silence. If monkey chatter persists, usually repeating in our minds or verbally “Lord”, “Lord God”, “Father”, “Jesus” or similar words will keep the intrusive thoughts at bay. This also applies to what is brought out on the Post: “Pray On The Potty”.

And, your position in formal prayer should not be an issue: my favorite is lying in bed where I am very comfortable. (You might want to reference the Post “Pray On The Potty”)

The most important consideration is that we are coming to Them, giving Them our attention….as such, They and the Spirit within us will take care of the rest!

Later, in Christ,

Fred

Why Not Be A Mystic

Hey, there! Here is an interesting article I came across at http://freebelievers.com/fbnblog-entry/why-not-be-a-mystic, and received permission from them to reprint it. You might want to also check out my Post: “Practicing The Presence Of God”. Here goes:

May 28, 2011

Why Not Be A Mystic?

Perhaps it was the several years of religious hell I went through, or the overload of information from every side telling me what to believe, how to live, and how to approach God. Perhaps it was the deep longing in my soul to touch the face of God and to simply know Him as real, but I decided to choose the path of the mystic.

First things first, I will say that the only authentic mystic is the Christian, as you cannot know God as He is in His deep mysteries without Christ. If we cannot accept Christ, His sacrifice in His incarnation, life, death, and resurrection, we cannot know God. I would caution anyone strongly against the mysticism of the rest of the world in the plethora of its religions.

Many acknowledge Jesus in a form, but most refuse to accept His deity and His work of salvation as done on the cross. Such people I say stay away from as they are no different than the Gnostics.

So what is a mystic? My humble attempt to define a mystic is one who directly through experience, thought, meditation, emotion and contemplation actively receives and hears from God. The mystic’s religion is not stuff of Sunday rituals and preaching, or the obligatory Bible reading and good works as is expected in Christianity. Rather his/her religion so consumes them in such a way that their whole life is spent saturated in it, living in and out of it. It is all encompassing to the point where there is little room for anything else.

A mystic, in my view, is not one who spends hours practicing ascetics and spiritual disciplines in monasteries, cloistered away from the world, although for a short season I recommend that the seeker would take part in these things. The reason is that it is impossible to know God without living in the rest of the world actively loving and engaging people where they live.

For me, it began in the darkest times of my life. St John of the Cross calls it the dark night of the soul. I have been through several as they guided my unwilling soul into a place of complete abandonment of all things in this world with a deep need and hunger to know my God.

That is what drives me. A hunger. It is a deep, relentless desire and longing to know the presence of my God, to be filled to the point of overflowing with Jesus and His spirit so that, in the end, He is all that I have. It is a realized poverty of the soul, or as Jesus put it, being poor in spirit and hungering and thirsting after righteousness.

I came to this point out of need. Nothing man had to offer in his church institutions satisfied me. If anything, they nearly destroyed me. I escaped only with my life and my sanity. Even still, my soul aches with a longing only Christ can satisfy when I occasionally force myself to sit through a church sermon for whatever reason.

It was the realization that I am loved, filled with His love, and the need to love others with a realization of the passion of God Himself for His church which launched me on this path. When I could no longer find those things in the traditional or mainstream Christian churches of our country, I had to leave and spend my time in the wilderness where God had to speak to me directly.

My time in the wilderness has created within me this hungering and thirsting for God. I remember one church I attended many years ago, a pastor once stated that the church of America is not hungry. It is bloated, overfed, and obese. This was true of me. I was overstuffed with the religious knowledge of various sects and denominations. I wasn’t hungry for God. I was filled. I was filled not with God though, but the junk food of the ramblings of religious men. It was when I left all of that and was starving for three years that I learned how to drink deeply and dine from the water and bread of life within me.

The problem with being a mystic is that most people don’t understand the one who chooses this path. But then again, perhaps God chooses me for this and I just hang on for dear life and my own sanity. The thing is, a mystic is so wrapped up in the Holy Spirit that no man can control them.

One of my favorite teachings of Jesus is “He who is born of the spirit is like the wind. No one knows from where it came or where it goes.”

The life of the mystic is the life chosen to follow hard and persistently after the Spirit. Consequentially, no one can control the mystic any more than they can control the Holy Spirit or the wind itself!

It is in this journey that I see no longer the need to follow teachings and lectures, rather, the need to become a physical embodiment of Jesus Himself. This cannot be taught adequately. This cannot be lectured or written about. Yes, I have heard many sermons and read quite a few riveting books about the subject, but it cannot be understood or fully realized in practical living until one embraces this for themselves.

The mystic acknowledges that it is no longer possible to tell where we end and Christ begins, as He is interwoven into the very fabric of who we are. One can no more separate me from Christ as one could separate the food I ate and processed from the cells it nourished and fused with to strengthen or even create new living tissue. If Christ is food, and we digest Him, He then becomes our very cellular makeup and spiritual DNA. We are inseparable.

It is here, my starving soul found the fountain that Christ spoke of which wells up from within unto eternal life. True mysticism is the ability to drink from Christ, the living water in such a way that we will never thirst again. We will never run dry. We will never be hungry again as He is always within us.

Most American Christians I meet are in a perpetual state of starvation. They go to church meetings every week, retreats for mountain top experiences, or whatever they can find to refill and refresh. It is always outside of them and they always worry about running dry. Many seem to think that they cannot function spiritually without the church meetings feeding them. I find many of them leave their “feeding” times for Sundays, and the rest of their week is there for them to do as they please, only to find themselves hungry once again.

I find it funny when people tell me that I needed to attend church meetings so I could be “fed.” I laugh inwardly and reply “I am fed, perpetually from the Bread of Life who is in me. I will never hunger again.” The bread learned educated church men offer will not satisfy forever. I often hear people tell me that they need to go to church for another dose of the Holy Spirit because they feel hungry. If only they knew.

If only we knew the deep riches of God’s Spirit and His treasure that lay dormant inside of us! If only we knew the mysteries that His Spirit constantly speaks to our souls, feeding us with life. If only we could tap into that and live fully and completely!

This search for that fulness and wholeness of life is the path of the mystic as it takes us ever deeper into the heart of God, drinking deeply, eating fully, and then turning around to feed our fellow man in such a way that it whets their appetite for more. Manna in the wilderness sustains, but one does hunger. If one is courageous, we leave the manna that feeds us temporarily, and brave the battles and the giants which threaten to keep us from the land flowing with milk and honey. The path of the mystic is an invitation to dine at the table with the Father forever, as sons, as family, as a part of the Bride of Christ, forever living in His love.

by David Backus

End of article. There are several points on which I disagree with the author, but overall, there is a lot of truth here, and I am grateful he has shared his experience with us.

See you later.

Fred

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

“for Him Who did not know sin, He did make sin in our behalf, that we may become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21….Modern Young’s Literal Translation)

“7.but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”. (Philippines 2:7-8….NAS)

The Creator of the universe and of all living beings (John 1:3), because of Divine Love, was willingly nailed to a tree He had created by the creation He had created, after beaten beyond recognition by His creation (Isaiah 52:14; 50:6), so that even His crucifiers would come to experience unimaginable glory and joy along with the ENTIRE creation at the end of the ages….along with Him….when God will be ALL in ALL! (1 Corinthians 15:28….New American Standard)

I cannot think of a Greater Love Story!

Later, in Christ,

Fred

 

NEVER….NEVER Give Up

Hello!

This applies to every aspect of our Christian journey except for one: we SHOULD give up depending on our own human abilities in our walk of faith.

Regarding our failures and multiple sins, I always remember the words of William Law in one of his writings (I cannot remember which one as I have read so many of his works). He STRONGLY emphasized that as long as we have a breath to breathe, we should never give up looking to God and Christ Jesus for forgiveness (as well as help), no matter how severe our past and most recent sins may be….and if it is done with a sincere and heart felt repentance.

The absolute horrendous sins committed by King David with Bathsheba and Uriah are an excellent example of just how merciful God and Christ Jesus can be, as discussed further in the Post “David’s Heinous Sin vs God’s Mercy”.

Regarding our efforts to Spiritually grow and come into a more personal and deeper relationship with God and Christ Jesus, the following two examples serve to clearly illustrate this truth of never giving up.

The first is the author of the of the book THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING ( http://www.ccel.org/ccel/anonymous2/cloud.html ). This Christian was unceasingly seeking a closer relationship with God and the Lord with (literally) almost moment by moment supplication to Them during every waking hour. And yet, this person was constantly met with no response from Them. This Christian went on to say that at times it was as if a steel, locked door (or similar words) had been placed between her/his access to the Father and Jesus.

Nevertheless, this believer NEVER,EVER gave up, and eventually reached amazing Spiritual heights.

The second example is Brother Lawrence as revealed in his book PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD (please reference the Post by this same title). During his efforts to become closer to God and the Lord, he wrote that “It seemed to me that all creatures, reason, and God Himself were against me and faith alone for me.”

And yet, he persisted and eventually came to experience the astonishing and ‘supernatural’ presence with the Father and Christ Jesus as described in his book (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5657/pg5657.html).

We can say NEVER because He says NEVER: “I will NEVER desert you, NOR will I EVER forsake you”. (Hebrews 13:5)

All in best, in Him.

Fred

God Can Give Nothing But Blessing And Goodness

Hi, there! It is true, with God being ABSOLUTE and TOTAL love (1 John 4:8,16), it is IMPOSSIBLE for Him, and Christ Jesus, to give forth anything but blessing and goodness,as contrary as this may seem at times….for example, what God allowed to happen to Job in Chapters 1 and 2.

Here is an excerpt from the SPIRIT OF LOVE by William Law ( the full article is at http://www.passtheword.org/DIALOGS-FROM-THE-PAST/love1.htm ):

” (God) can give nothing but Blessing, Goodness, and Happiness from himself because he has in himself nothing else to give. It is much more possible for the Sun to give forth Darkness, than for God to do, or be, or give forth anything but Blessing and Goodness.”

Because the Father and Christ Jesus allow such a magnitude of suffering to have existed and to exist in the world during these “ages” is a testament to that Divine Love.

It is a ‘blessing’ and it is ‘goodness’ that They let us incur (limited) suffering when we sin and also when we suffer as a result of the sins of others (including our suffering in these mortal, corrupt bodies as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin), as well as from elements of nature itself. God and Christ Jesus allowed sin to enter the world so that we could experience the painful and disastrous results when ANYTHING and EVERYTHING  is not done in accordance with Their will and Their way. (Please reference the Posts “Suffering” and “Why Should We Suffer For Adam and Eve’s Screwup!!!” for further clarification and additional Scriptures on this.)

Even the torment and anguish the worst of  sinners will experience after the Great White Throne Judgment is actually described as “chastening” by Concordant Literal NT and “correction” by Rotherham’s in Matthew 25:46 (this same Greek word [kolasis] is translated the exact same way by these two versions in 1 John 4:18). Also, the first definition listed for ‘kolasis’ by Strong’s Concordance is “correction”.

In other words, it is a ‘correcting’ and ‘chastening’ to bring about a right from that which was wrong, and NOT just a “punishment” involving pain and suffering  with not beneficial results.

And, their ‘chastening’ and ‘correction’ is ONLY “eonian” (Concordant), “age-abiding” (Rotherham’s) and “age-during” (Young’s), and is NOT “eternal” or “everlasting” as a majority of the Bible versions mis-translate it.

God invented “tough love” and this is a ‘blessing’ and true ‘goodness’ for these sinners when they are finally brought around to become a part of the “all” when God is “All in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

NOTHING comes to Christians that is not for our ultimate good and blessedness (Romans 8:28), and this is likewise true even of ALL Creation at the end of the ages (again, 1 Corinthians 15:28).

ALWAYS keep in mind Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us”. (Modern Young’s Literal Translation) Again in 2 Corinthians 4:17: “for the momentary lightness of the tribulation in a manner more and more excelling is working out for us an age-abiding weight of glory”. (Rotherham’s)

As well, remember that God: “is giving us all things richly for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).

God will balance out our human sufferings with our human enjoyments as He and Christ Jesus know best how to do….where even the sufferings will bring about what is revealed in Romans 8:28.

Oh, and let us remember, Job came out FAR BETTER at the end of his ordeal as revealed in Job 42:5-6, 12.

How blessed and fortunate we Christians are, as well as  the ENTIRE Creation, to have such a God, the Father, and Savior, Christ Jesus, as this….which we take for granted  far too much.

All the best, in Christ,

Fred

Supernatural Joy

Greetings!

First off, from time to time I add ‘tidbits’ to the Post “Christian Tidbits”. Recently, I added Number 15, which follows:

“It is estimated that the number of living species on our planet ranges from 3 million to 100 million. Consider the fact that God through Christ Jesus had to DESIGN and create an INDIVIDUAL and UNIQUE ‘behavioral computer chip’ for EACH species!! They ALL function differently and obviously need their own distinct behavioral pattern programmed into their personal being in order to live and survive, based on the way each is created. Simply amazing!!”

Now, today’s Post is an excerpt from the one I wrote back in September entitled “God Has Your Back….Sorta!”. I am using this as a separate Post because the event described here from Acts 16:19-25 comes to my mind frequently and serves both as great encouragement as well as a reminder of just how far beyond human comprehension God’s ways are.

By making it a Post of its own, I hope that more of you will more readily see it and benefit from it as I have and do. Here goes:

“Also, They will not only enable us to withstand the afflictions, but actually receive them with joy (supernaturally, if you will)!

In addition to such verses as James 1:2 and Colossians 1:11, consider the example of Paul and Silas at Philippi (Acts 16:19-25). They were “severely flogged” , put in the “inner cell” (which was probably the nastiest) and their feet put in stocks. And, they had to have been EXTREMELY SORE and still bloodied (v. 33). YET, at around midnight THEY SANG HYMNS TO GOD! WHOA!!….either they had to have been on some heavy drugs or funny mushrooms….OR, they were OVERJOYED that they had suffered for Christ’s sake. The Holy Spirit enables us to act and react this way.” (End of excerpt)

The ability for us to experience this ‘supernatural joy’ which goes beyond human understanding  is further illustrated in 2 Corinthians 6:10. Here, Paul says that he experiences being humanly “sorrowful”, and yet AT THE SAME TIME, he was “always rejoicing”! (New American Standard) He ventures further to say in 2 Corinthians 7:4: “I am SUPEREXCEEDING IN JOY (emphasis mine) in all our affliction”! (Concordant Literal NT) WOW!! Now, this is truly ‘supernatural joy’!

All the best, in Christ.

Fred

Absolute Surrender

Hey, there! I would like to pass along to you two excellent books on the “absolute surrender” to God and Christ Jesus each believer should strive to attain to during their Christian journey. Each one is FREE online and can also be purchased at Amazon.com as well as at other bookstores.

ABSOLUTE SURRENDER by Andrew Murray at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/murray/surrender.toc.html . Mr. Murray pretty much sums up the essence of both books when he writes “God expects your surrender” and “The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.”. This is in perfect harmony with “Practicing The Presence Of God” and what is covered in “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”.(Please reference these Posts)

ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE by Jean-Pierre de Caussade at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.toc.html .

As a side note, it appears that, partly because of the influence of William Law, Mr. Murray came to believe in the salvation of ALL mankind (http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/murray.htm and http://www.tlchrist.info/universalists.html, et al).

Enjoy and hope to see you later.

Fred

Why Isn’t God More Real To Me?

Hi, there!

Let’s face it, to many, if not most, Christians God and Christ Jesus are not all that ‘real’ to us in a truly personal sense. Real, in that we actually ‘feel’ Their presence with us continually throughout the day (as Brother Lawrence did as illustrated in the book “Practicing the Presence of God”….please reference the Post by this title.). Real, in that we know Them so personally as to be continually and constantly looking at everything we encounter daily through Them. Real, in that we continually ask Them throughout the day as to what to say, what to do and how to handle situations we encounter during that day.

In the last Post “God And Christ Jesus Are In Us ALL THE TIME!!!”, Scriptures clearly show that the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are within us. So, we “know”, then, that we have a reservoir of Holy Presence in us that defies human imagination! However, how much do we “realize” this Holy Presence as true reality? (Please reference the Post on “Knowledge vs Realization”). Paul knew that there was a difference between the two when he wrote in Ephesians 1:17-20 (Concordant Literal New Testament) that he prayed for  all saints to come to a “realization” (vs. mere “knowledge”) of what we have as believers because of the power of God and sacrifice of our Lord Christ Jesus.

The Bible shows quite clearly how we achieve this “realization” and thus be able to depend on and experience the Father and Christ Jesus in a personal way daily. It is revealed in James 4:8: “ Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”. That’s it….pure and simple! Let’s explore this a little further.

Regimented Bible study, prayer and attending church, although beneficial to some degree, DOES NOT qualify as “drawing near to God” (Please see the Post on “Bible Study Is Good…IF…BUT”).

Saul, before he became the apostle Paul, was highly proficient in performing these 3 practices. In addition to this, as to observing the Law in a physical sense, Saul was “blameless” (Philippians 3:6), which was quite an achievement in a ‘religious’, human sort of way. And yet, in spite of this, Saul would become the “foremost” of sinners (1 Timothy 1:16) and the chief persecutor of God’s saints!! So, obviously, these 3 ‘religious’ practices BY THEMSELVES  will not do the trick in getting us closer to the Father or our Lord in a PERSONAL way.

Believing,in itself, DOES NOT qualify as “drawing near to God” either….even the devils believe! (James 2:19)

What DOES qualify as “drawing near to God” is “practicing the presence of God” (Please see the Post “Practicing The Presence Of God”). It means to start looking to God and Christ Jesus MORE and MORE in our thoughts and needs. Continually, as best we can at first, conversing with Them (Please reference the Post “Pray On The Potty”) and keeping Them before us at ALL times throughout the day….not only hourly, but eventually minute by minute, as is practical. In this way, we are “going to God” or, if you will, “drawing near to God”….and, in turn, God (and Jesus) will draw closer to us, as a reality.

At first, it will be difficult because it will be going against our human nature and the ‘flesh’, which opposes the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:17). Ridding our minds of useless and frivolous thoughts to focus on God and Christ Jesus MAY ACTUALLY SEEM AS IF WE ARE GOING AGAINST WHAT IS NATURAL….because we have so constantly entertained these vain thoughts for so long as part of our normal lives (Galatians 4:17,23). Even Brother Lawrence admitted it was difficult for him at first to LEARN how to FULLY focus on the Father and Christ Jesus in his waking moments.

However, he went on to say “we must at first apply to Him with some diligence. Then, after a little care, we would find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.”.

And, of course, it takes time. God may need to remove some human barriers within us, and in doing so, it may seem as if we are digressing rather than making progress. However,DON’T give in to this FALSE line of reasoning nor to apparent failure….God and Jesus know our hearts and They will continually work with us as long as we keep trying.

Please don’t misunderstand me, a believer can have a fulfilling and rewarding Christian journey to varying degrees without achieving this deep, personal relationship with the Father and our Lord….however, I am merely presenting the better and far richer way.

Hope to see you again soon.

Fred

God and Christ Jesus Are In Us ALL THE TIME!!!

Greetings!  This is one of the most beautiful and blessed truths that a believer possesses. Literally, God and Christ Jesus are within us every second of our lives and They NEVER, EVER leave us!  And the best part, They are always there to help, comfort and do ALL They can for our highest good! WOW!!!

Let’s look at a few Scriptures concerning this.

Jesus is within us: 2 Corinthians 13:5;Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27

God is within us: Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16: Ephesians 2:22

The Holy Spirit is within us: 2 Timothy 1:14; 1Thessalonians 4:7

Now, it is true that They have Their “Headquarters”, so to speak, in the ’3rd heaven’ where Paul visited….2 Corinthians 12:2. However, God and Jesus not only defy the concept of time as we humans know it (2 Peter 3:8) but space and distance as well: They are EVERYWHERE at one time….Acts 17:27,28.

The joyous and most valuable lesson we must come to realize is that we have to GET PASS the FALSE CONCEPT that God and Christ Jesus are “up there somewhere in heaven” while we are down here on earth, separated from Them. NOTHING can be further from the truth: They are ALWAYS as close to us as our breathing. And, we need to learn to look to Them as being EVEN CLOSER than that….and be going to Them continually, as well as ‘chatting’ with Them, aside from any formal prayer.

This is truly ‘Practicing The Presence Of God’!  (Please reference the Post on this subject.)

Until later,

Fred

You Are A Temple Of God

Greetings! We will deviate somewhat from emphasizing the ‘spiritual’ and focus on the ‘physical’ aspect of our bodies, in relation to our calling. As far as is possible and within our own power, we, as stewards of all that God gives us, should rightly take care of our physical bodies, which are truly  the temple of God and temple of the Holy Spirit within us….1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16. Here, Paul writes that our bodies are actually considered “HOLY” (emphasis mine) by God….quite a privilege!!

Now, this doesn’t mean to get all ‘pretty’ for vanity’s sake….far from it. It is simply taking care of the human temple of God that we have been entrusted with. Paul’s body was wracked with not-so-pretty scars and marks as a result of the whippings and beatings he joyfully endured for Christ’s sake….Galatians 6:17. It is not what the body looks like, but rather, how well it functions to better enable us to serve God and Christ Jesus.

Of course, God may see fit to saddle us with an infirmity(s) for His Divine purpose and our own good, and for which there will be no cure until He sees fit….as was the case with Paul’s affliction(s).

I would like to recommend these supplements/foods that I have found extremely beneficial in providing me with excellent health. You can Google each of them for additional information. Obviously, you should check with your health provider first….again, these have helped me and I have no clue what they will do for you.

At the end of each numbered supplement or food, I will give the website where the item can be purchased.

1. BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin. This totally natural supplement is really worth looking into and has been proven to be the MOST POTENT ANTIOXIDANT KNOWN. It is 550 times stronger than Vitamin E and 6,000 (yes, 6,000!!) times stronger than Vitamin C! (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/10/cysewki-discloses-astaxanthin-benefits.aspx)

It also has MANY other AMAZING benefits….especially concerning its ability to cross the ‘blood-brain barrier’ and assist in maintaining a HEALTHY BRAIN! You should read the entire article noted above (just click on the website in red).

Also, try this site: http://www.naturalnews.com/042870_astaxanthin_antioxidant_liver_cancer.html

(https://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.Amazon.com)

2. Organic India Turmeric Formula. Excellent food loaded with benefits and also has been shown to promote BRAIN HEALTH: http://www.healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2013/09/10-health-benefits-of-tumeric.html

(https://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.amazon.com)

3. Krill oil is one of the best health supplements that I have found and it surpasses all other fish oils in a number of ways as explained in this article:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/14/is-krill-oil-48-times-better-than-fish-oil.aspx .

I use Viva Labs which can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com .

4. Natural Vitality ‘Natural Calm’ magnesium. You don’t hear much about this mineral but it has been described as “the most important major mineral that is needed by your body” (http://thebreathoflife.net/learningcenter/the-importance-of-magnesium/).

(https://www.vitacost.com/, http://www.Amazon.com and http://www.naturalvitality.com)

5. Nutrex Pure Hawaiian ‘Spirulina pacifica’. This is truly a ‘SUPERFOOD’! You can reference this article for some excellent information:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/17/spirulina-one-of-natures-nearperfect-foods.aspx

(https://www.vitacost.com/, http://www.Amazon.com and http://www.nutrex-hawaii.com)

6.  Garden of Life Raw Probiotics ( separately for women, men and children). This is an EXCELLENT probiotic.

(http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.Vitacost.com)

7. Apple cider vinegar, unfiltered first cold pressed olive oil and first pressed extra virgin coconut oil (http://coconutoil.com/) are all excellent foods to have around. THEY ALL SHOULD BE ORGANIC.

(http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.Vitacost.com)

8. Selina Naturally ‘Celtic Sea Salt’. This salt is loaded with NATURAL, necessary and beneficial minerals and tastes REALLY GOOD! An excellent article on unrefined sea salt is at:

http://curezone.com/foods/saltcure.asp

If you are concerned about sea salt  coming from polluted water, then Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt is an excellent option, as explained in this article:

http://www.naturalnews.com/028724_Himalayan_salt_sea.html

However, exceptionally clean sea water and ponds are used by the highest quality unrefined sea salt suppliers, as indicated by this article:

http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_organic_info.asp

I personally use the Himalayan pink salt.

(https://www.vitacost.com/, http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.selinanaturally.com and http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_organic_info.asp)

9. Nature’s Plus Source of Life Garden ‘Vitamin D3′. This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT vitamins our bodies crave and really need, especially when the winter months deprive us of its best source > the sun. You can reference this article for some good information on this extraordinary vitamin:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/vitamin-d-vital-role-in-your-health

Most, if not all, of the companies that sell this valuable supplement get their D3 from lanolin, according to the research I did on the web.

Lanolin is secreted by the glands of wool-bearing animals….mainly sheep. YUCK!!! I do NOT want that stuff in my body!

Nature’s Plus, on the other hand, derive their D3 from ORGANIC mushrooms. Now, that I can live with!

(https://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.Amazon.com)

10. Speaking of the sun, besides providing us with IMMENSELY NEEDED Vitamin D, its benefits are MANY and quite far reaching. Here are several excellent articles detailing this:

http://www.enjoying-the-spirit-filled-life.com/Sun-Exposure.html

and

http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=20000102232127

Another very helpful article relating to the healthful use of ‘full spectrum’ lighting when we have no access to real sunlight is:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2006/10/10/more-evidence-of-the-benefits-of-full-spectrum-lighting.aspx

Please reference the Post on “Secular Light” for more information on this.

11. AVOID FLUORIDE as much as possible, as well as any municipal tap water. Remember, most  water filter systems do not eliminate fluoride from the water. Here are two excellent websites on the subject:

http://www.cheeseslave.com/top-10-dangers-of-fluoride/

http://fluoridealert.org/articles/50-reasons/

I always try to keep LOADS of good quality spring water on hand. Make sure the plastic jug it comes in has either a ’1′ or a ’2′ in the triangle on the bottom of the container, to avoid ‘BPAs’.

12. I really enjoy this one: dark chocolate (60% or more cocoa) is a very healthy food, especially if it is organic, is minimally processed, has true NATURAL ingredients and has NO WHITE SUGAR in it. Most commercial ‘milk chocolate’ is heavily processed and I would not eat that junk.  My favorite brand (which I try to eat every day) is Green & Black’s Organic 70%. Here are several good articles on the benefits of really good dark cocoa.

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate.html

http://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/”

Our local Kroger’s grocery store has an array of good, healthy cocoa bars at decent prices. You can also purchase them at http://www.vitacost.com and http://www.amazon.com, as well as organic cocoa powder and nibs.

Of course, regular exercise is a must, even if only walking distances you can safely handle.

I hope this information will help you in healthfully maintaining, as best you can, your temple of God.

Later, in Christ,

Fred