Caring for the temple is our Lord's desire for every person.
Caring for the temple, and better health in fact is for all, and it is not rocket science. There is general recognition throughout the medical profession now that some 80% of all disease, and 40% of neoplasms can be prevented by not unreasonable or onerous lifestyle changes. If it is your desire to be happier and stronger with more vitality and energy, and you are ready and willing to ring in some changes, this course is for you.
The church of the Ascension in Hilton, KZN, will be running a series of new interest groups in 2020. One of these will be practical, hands-on courses about lifestyle for those wanting to serve our Lord with greater strength and enthusiasm.
Whilst I have no research to confirm it, my feeling is that believers in general are not really in much finer-fettle, if any, than the general population. We certainly respond more quickly to treatment, under-girded by the prayers of friends and family, but it remains disturbing how frequently we too suffer from many of the preventable lifestyle diseases.
Most of the time, this is simply because of a lack of knowledge. For example, how many wives ensure that their husband enjoys a tomato most days? There is strong research that he will be 50% less likely to get to the most common malignant tumour that besets men.
Occasionally we are simply stubborn and refuse to change despite knowing full well what we are doing to the temple of God. Just as if we drive dangerously in vehicles that are not roadworthy, we cannot expect the protection of our Lord from disaster.
"Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. "
- Arthur C. Clarke
The courses will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall and will last about 3/4 hour. A small donation to the church for the cost of ingredients may be required.
Although the course will only begin properly in January, 2020, and be limited to 10 people, there will be an introductory evening open to all on Tuesday, 19th November, 2019, at 17.15. There will be a demonstration on what is now being called real bread, using the sourdough method, and made from completely unrefined flour.
Material will be presented for the reasons to go to the trouble of making your own bread, and demonstrate that it takes only five minutes to prepare the dough.
Evidence how the sourdough method can overcome gluten intolerance, the lignans in the bran prevent tumours of the breast and the vitamin E in the germ help control normal clotting of the blood, and calcium for our bones will be presented. None of these are found in common supermarket bread.
Update: Introduction to caring for the temple was a great success with 15 enthusiastic believers looking forward to enjoying greater zest in life. In fact they measured that it took only four minutes to prepare the dough for the staff of life and then there were plenty of oohs and aahs at the tasting of plain real bread and butter.
We are feeling our way into this new group, greater well-being for Christians. Initially numbers may be limited to the first ten who signal their intention of joining a particular module.
If there is the demand we may run a second course during the day.
A four evening course on the four vitamins that have been identified to help prevent frailty syndrome, and how to get them from your food, will be the start in 2020 of the greater well-being for believers at Ascension.
The dates are: January 21, 28, February 2 and 11, 2020.
There is a false belief in some that, though we loathe this worthless food, God has provided and will protect us, and are tempted instead by that which the World offers and, because we are Believers, we will be covered by the blood of Jesus. Rather we may well find the fiery serpents of frailty and malignant tumours sent into our midst.
A one evening course on the happy tum covered the benefits of making kefir, an ancient Bulgarian drink, in your own kitchen.
A second evening, after Lent, will cover simple ways of dealing with stubborn constipation, the cause of many bowel problems. Alas Covid-19 has intervened but this will be scheduled for later in the year.
Research shows that 95 percent of people who go on diet, a whole range was considered, after one year have not lost one kilogram, and many are actually heavier.
Banting, also known as the ketogenic diet, is an exception. It masters the two reasons why all other diets fail.
Yet many find the meals loaded with cream and butter, dripping from bacon and animal protein repugnant.
A better way to bant will be considered in late April and May, 2020. Watch this space, and remember to sign up if you want one of the places on this course.
We will look at simple breakfast, lunch and supper dishes that lay out a better way to lose weight and manage diabetes. 3 days.
There is an epidemic of lower back pain in the Western world where folk are for one reason or another glued to a chair. My experience is that believers suffer just as much from this serious malady. A simple set of back exercises will be presented that, done every morning before arising, will decrease the likelihood of a lumbar catastrophe by 50%.
Caring for the temple means being ready and willing to ring in some changes in lifestyle some of which may be very difficult but in the main are relatively simple. In short, taking good care of ourselves and our possessions not only makes good sense but it is a spiritual business too.
Researchers have found that those walking about 5km per day, over an 11 year period had a 60% lower risk of mortality.
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