This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Psalm 31, Verse 20:
How great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you. You display it for those who
trust you, in the sight of the children of Adam.
Reviewing this verse, one wonders, what exactly
does “stored up mean”. A little research reveals that stored up means to gather or amass something. King David is
professing here that just as in the natural world there are laws that if
followed lead to exponential growth, so it follows that if a believer but trust
in the Lord and retain a Godly fear versus the fear of man; there will be a
great abundance in spiritual growth. This growth will be so great that it will
be accompanied by physical abundance, so that all may see, as stated in the
verse “in the sight of the children of Adam” that God has blessed those who
love and trust him. Fear not, for God is with you! Trust in Him as you would a mighty
fortress in adversity.
World Cancer Day aims to
save lives by raising awareness and educating the population
about cancer. The day also serves to pressure governments and individuals to
take action in order to prevent, treat and control cancers. Cancer is a
heterogeneous group of diseases that result from abnormal cell growth and have
the potential to spread to other parts of the body. On February 4, 2000, World
Cancer Day was officially established by the Paris Charter at the World Summit
Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris. The Paris Charter
sought to promote research for a cure, prevention, services for patients and
support from the global community.
World Cancer Day Facts & Quotes
·Breast, lung and prostate cancer are the most commonly diagnosed
cancers in the United States. Approximately 70% of patients with lung cancer
die, while only 16% and 14% of patients with breast and prostate cancer suffer
the same fate.
·Childhood cancers are not common. Less than 1% of all cancer diagnoses
in a given year will be for a child under the age of 15.
·According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third of all
cancer cases are preventable. Lifestyle changes such as, not smoking,
maintaining a healthy
active and eating right can prevent certain types of cancer.
·Since cancer knows no boundaries, and individual countries cannot
address the challenges of cancer in isolation, a new cooperative approach to
research, advocacy, prevention and treatment must be established. - Paris
World Cancer Day Top Events and Things to
·Watch a documentary about cancer and cancer related topics. Some of our
favorites are: Understanding Cancer: The Enemy Within, Cancer: The Forbidden Cures and The Quest for the Cures: Cancer.
·Understand the risks of smoking and urge those that you know to quit
smoking. Smoking is the cause of 22% of the cancers every year.
·Donate to cancer research organizations. The American
Cancer Society accepts donations that help with patient treatment
and exhaustive research in the hopes of curing cancer someday.
·Join the fundraising activities to support cancer victims, their
families and the continued research efforts to find a cure. Many
communities offer Walks for the Cure and other types of fundraising events that
can support cancer survivors or those currently in treatment.
·Learn to recognize some of the general signs and symptoms of cancer.
Although the signs and symptoms differ from cancer type, these are some of the
American Cancer Society's general signs and symptoms:
1) the presence of an obvious mass (a bump)
2) unexplained weight loss
3) loss of appetite
4) frequent fevers
When the cold winter
winds are blowing and snow falls around your feet, nothing takes the chill away
like a bowl of homemade soup! You may think that to make a pot of simmering
heaven you would need to be highly skilled in the kitchen and have all day
free. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! With some well used short cuts
and easy, beginner-friendly recipes all over the internet, there is no reason
why you can’t impress family and friends alike with a wonderful creation to
celebrate Homemade Soup Day! Soup has been warming the stomachs of the masses
for nearly 9000 years! It’s about time there was a day devoted to it! Not just
any soup mind you. Do not even think about opening a boring, bland can of soup
on Homemade Soup Day. It’s all about the fresh, easy, homemade kind of soup!
It’s a good thing that it falls in one of the coldest months of the year, near
the end of winter (or so we hope the end is near!). Meals and snacks can get a
little boring and repetitive when there isn’t the abundance of fresh offerings.
Taking some time to put together a pot of soup is a great way to break up the
monotony. What are your favorite flavors? There are many easy recipes out
there. Make some chicken soup, or tomato, or maybe something more adventurous?
That is what today is all about. Experiment and try something new.
How to celebrate Homemade Soup Day
You would think that the
how to celebrate part of this day would be simple – just pour a bowl and tuck
on in, right? Well, that is part of it but not all of it. If you are new to
creating culinary masterpieces you can use this day as a motivation to try
something new. Already a kitchen wizard? Use today to gather up some friends
and have a tasting of several different homemade soups. Or better yet have a
cook off! Each friend shows up with their own homemade masterpiece and you and
your friends have a lively night of fun to see whose soup is crowned the winner
Looking for some
inspiration? Try this recipe on for size!
·32 oz Chicken Broth
·4 c water
·3 cups bite-size chicken
·2 t seasoning
·1/2 of a 12 oz. bag egg-white noodles
·2c frozen vegetables (corn, peas, etc)
·Salt and pepper
·In large stock pot, add broth, water, chicken, and seasonings. (Add
more seasoning to taste, if desired.) Bring to a boil.
·Add egg noodles and continue boiling to cook noodles as directed on
package. Soup is ready to serve when noodles are done. Season with salt and
pepper to taste, or allow your guests to season their own.
·Set this on the table with a loaf of dark bread and you have a meal
worthy of being part of the celebration for Homemade Soup Day!
these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things
that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a
father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will
only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so
you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in
the end you will be a more worthy soul."
How afraid people are of
atonement! If all that they do for appearance's sake, to please the world, were
done with purified intention for God... what saints many would be!