Introduction to Caring for the temple
Introduction to caring for the temple is for the course to be held at the Church of the Ascension in Hilton, KZN during 2020.
The intention is that taking notes will not be necessary; here I will provide a framework of what was covered.
Fifteen enthusiastic believers attended, culminating in a making the dough for real bread; it was timed at four minutes including grinding the flour from wheat berries.
Your first paragraph ...
Caring for the temple
Let your food be your medicine, and medicine your food
- A spiritual journey, not a cookery class
- There is a war going on for your body and mind
- "Never again will there... an old man who does not live out his years." (Is 65:20)
- "Your enemy te devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. "(1 Peter 5:8)
- An ever changing landscape - eggs are out, eggs are in
- The struggle - 90/10 rule
St Francis of Assisi described his body as Brother Ass; the temple of God but like a donkey stubborn and infuriating.
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"
- USEFUL and STURDY
- LAZY and OBSTINATE
- PATIENT and LOVABLE
- an INFURIATING BEAST
Joe isn’t a Christian. His dentist made it very plain when he was a child that he must brush and floss his teeth every day.
Joe’s mother was the enforcer. After a time it became habit and routine.
On the other hand...
- Sally is a believer, but her dentist didn’t labour the point, or perhaps she missed the plot.
- She brushes most days, but hardly ever flosses.
- Perhaps she is lazy, but perhaps doesn’t know better.
- Does Sally have better teeth than Joe just because she is a Christian?
- Does God care for our bodies despite the fact that we either don’t know better, or are plain stubborn about caring for the temple?
- It is plain and I think we all know it:
- Brush and
- Floss daily
If Brother Ass is stubborn and refuses to do it, does God spare his teeth from caries and decay? Does He protect us from the more serious health issues when we are lazy and obstinate, or indifferent about caring for the temple of the Holy Spirit?
- No slick formulae
- Good people die young
- Health nuts drop dead
- Shifting the goalposts in your favour
Much is easy
- Brushing and flossing
- An apple a day
- A extra glass of water
- A short walk daily
- A two minute lower back exercise programme
But much is very difficult
- Stopping smoking
- Losing 10kg or more
- Cracking the sweet tooth
- Making TIME
- To exercise
- To (grow?) prepare and cook nutritious food
- To take proper holidays
- To read our Bibles and pray every day
- Making our health a priority is a spiritual issue
- Spend a lot more TIME and MONEY consulting doctors
Caring for the temple 2020 schedule
- The four vitamins absolutely vital to avoid Frailty Syndrome: January 21, 28, February 2 and 11.
- The happy tum: fibre and probiotics: February 18.
- Lower back exercises: TBA
- A better way to bant: TBA
Let us bake real bread
- Excellent source of calcium
- Prevention of breast cancer
- Good source of vitamin E, one of 4 to prevent Frailty Syndrome
- 100% whole grains reduce cardiovascular disease, total cancer, mortality from all diseases, diabetes (BMJ)
a grain of wheat
Wheat consists of three parts:
- Bran - lignans
- Germ - vitamins, minerals, wheat germ oil
- Endosperm - the starch
The big fat lie
- Millers can call it ‘wholemeal’ or ‘wholewheat’ provided that, wait for it….
- … they do not remove more than 40% of the grain. (most of the bran and germ)
- True 100% wholegrain wheat flour has all the bran and germ
- Champagne Valley "wholegrain" flour
- Cake flour
- Breaks down short-chains of amino acids in gluten that may be otherwise digested.
- Deals with gluten intolerance
- Proline is the offending amino acid that resists complete digestion.
the oxygen story
- Food comes wrapped in a skin or shell.
- Keeps oxygen out - stops it going off.
- Once the bran is removed, the oils in wheat go rancid within three days.
- So millers have to remove the fat which contains the vitamin E too.
Let's do it
- Grind the flour
- Dissolve salt in the water
- Add sourdough
- Add hummus
- One tbsp Champagne Valley flour
- 1 tsp yeast.
Ask any of those present, real sourdough bread made with 100% wholemeal flour with just butter was delicious far beyond anything the bakers could produce. We had local white and brown supermarket loaves for comparison.
This introduction to greater well-being meant only four minutes work to prepare the dough. However, to be completely honest, there were a few minutes later committed to the sourdough, and twice a week to making the hummus; but none of that is onerous or time-consuming.
Let us say it candidly and forcefully; this may all be very interesting but unless this programme of caring for the temple leads to change in the way we live, it is all hot air and a total waste of your time.
Could you make one minute to floss your teeth every single day, a couple more to do lower back exercises and four minutes to make real bread. If not, then I fear the well-being of this temple of the Holy Spirit is little different to every other non-believer.
"Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come and eat with him, and he with me."
What meal will you have prepared for him? A white loaf and margarine from the supermarket? He who you are inviting in is an authority on the subject. He is the bread of life.
Greater well-being for believers
Introduction to Caring for the temple
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