What about Christians who say you shouldn’t go to church?

Running The Race

*I have been short on time this weekend so, in order to put something up on the blog, I am going to add a question the members of my my Bible study group were recently asked to think about to something I wrote a while back.

Here is the question:

If your commitment to the church is an indication of your faith in Christ, what does it say about you?

And below are my thoughts for Christians (and there are a lot of them these days) who either have a weak or non-existent commitment to a local church or who don’t think church is something worth concerning themselves with at all.

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According to the Bible, believers should go to church regularly so that they can:

  • Hear God’s Word taught faithfully
  • Pray together
  • Be accountable to one another
  • Encourage one another
  • Use God-given spiritual gifts for the benefit of fellow…

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Believe in your own Ability

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theempathyqueen_sensitivity and empathy

As it has been said, if it was easy, everyone would do it.

It is not an easy journey feeling and seeing so much.  We carry a lot of others’ pain with us, yet, when there is a crisis or a need, we are the best equipped and most willing to help someone else.

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Pursuing Financial Peace

I’m on a special journey. One that promises to see me debt free in less than three years. I’m really focused on getting out of debt because debt is blocking my path to wealth, joyful service, and my dream of traveling the world. I also want a cottage by the sea where I can plant a garden.

I don’t want to worry about bills. I don’t want to do work that suck the life out of me. I want to live my highest self. How can I do that when I’m watching my money walk out the door daily…never to return? How can I be my highest self…playing the piano…learning French…when all these hands are in my pockets…my wallet….my bank account? Is the 0.01% I get on my savings account really interest or is it a slap in the face? Does paying 24% interest on a latte or a pair of shoes really make sense? Another slap in the face but this time it’s my hand that’s slapping me. Geez! Debt is really dumb.

So with the help of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) I’m getting a total money makeover. Why do I need to pursue financial peace? Because the borrower is slave to the lender and who wants to be a slave? Where’s the fun in that?

You can say what you want about Dave Ramsey and his plan. But if there’s a better plan for middle class families, stuck in the quicksand of debt to become debt free and get on a path to financial freedom, I’ll certainly try it but I don’t think such a plan exists.

So on January 11, 2018 I’ll be leading a 9 week FPU class in Brooklyn. If you are able to why not join me on my journey. Maybe you too can find your way through the dark tunnel of debt into the light of financial peace.

It’s time.

Ocean Crush

Your hue reflect the blue of the majestic curtain of the firmament above,
Mirroring your excitement, playing tickles with your cool depths of lively prism

Peace overwhelm me as I stare into the chasm of your soul
My feet push back at your gentle lapping, playfully at my toes like Fido,
tongue wagging, tail thumping

You reflect the peace that wash over me longingly, lovingly accepting your gentle movements
That could ripple and so soundlessly lift me far and away

 

JRF

5 Link Friday: Fave YouTube Videos

  1.  Is your busy lifestyle hindering you from preparing healthy meals? Then subscribe to the Domestic Geek. Here you will find recipes and meal prep tips on everything from smoothies, to salad in a jar and decadent deserts. The host’s upbeat attitude and fun way of preparing meals make this one of my favorite YouTube videos.
  2. Brendon.com is the YouTube channel for Brendon Burchard. Brendon is a life coach and self help guru with an amazing amount of energy and wisdom. With several New York Times bestsellers including, The Motivation Manifesto and The Charge, as well as over 4 million Facebook likes, well if you are not curious — what’s wrong with you? Just kidding. Check it out.
  3. “Spend less than you earn”. I heard this advice for the first time over a decade ago while listening to Anthony Robbins ‘ self help CD set “Get the Edge”. In the YouTube video Tony reviews how to end financial self-sabotage. If you are serious about financial security this video should probably be in your self help library.
  4. In this video, Dr. Mercola interviews Andrew Saul a.k.a. The Megavitamin Man. Saul is a big believer in large doses of vitamins instead of or in conjunction with destructive medications, to treat certain diseases and he has over 30 years of research to support his claim. He has several videos from which you can gather information about vitamins.
  5. Dave Ramsey’s Life, Money, Hope is a series of bible based teachings on handling money and having financial peace. Again if you are seeking financial freedom, you are missing a key piece from your arsenal if you do not watch this entire series. If you are not a believer in the bible, don’t let that deter you from listening. That will definitely be like throwing out the baby with the bath water.

I hope you enjoy this installment of 5 Link Friday. Let me know what you think about this installment, the videos you watch and about this series itself. I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or question below. Thanks. JRF

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5 Link Friday

This marks the first in a new series: 5 Link Friday.  I will post five links to web pages I’ve been reading and/or that may have been of help to me.  Hope you like it. Enjoy and share if you do. Hope you find them as helpful as I have.

Today, I’m sharing five websites that have helped shaped my beliefs about taking care of my mind and body.  The authors of these sites and their guests have helped me understand how to chose good foods to put into my body. They also remind me that when it comes to my body, no one knows it like I do.  Note: Not paid links.

The Truth About Cancer – Hear the experience of others who have suffered through this deadly disease. What causes cancer?  Are we doomed to it’s effects?  Is there a cure?  Bit by bit you will uncover truths you never knew about this disease that has destroyed too many lives.  You may also want to check out Chris Beats Cancer as well.

The Gabriel Method – Jon Gabriel, the author of the website has used his story of how he shed over 200 lbs mostly by using visualization to build a portfolio of helpful techniques that can guide you through your most difficult weight loss challenges.  How long has it been since you’ve been trying to lose those extra pounds. Why not see if Jon can help?

Food Matters TV – Through this website I was able to connect with the most amazing doctor, Dr. Dana Cohan, an MD who is also a Naturapathic doctor.  I’m a big fan of FM.TV, their paid subscription service – think Netflix for healthy living.  James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, the husband and wife team who are behind the movie Food Matters and Hungry for Change have stocked their websites with a wealth of invaluable information you can turn to again and again as you build knowledge and experience you can parlay into living a healthy lifestyle.

Check them out and let me know what you think. You can start with their 10 day free trial.  I think you’ll be hooked!

Mercola.com – Whether I’m looking for high peat organic soil or in-depth information on high intensity exercise (HITT), Dr. Mercola’s website is a wealth of verifiable health information that has, along with other resources, have steered me towards a more healthy way of eating. Dr. Mercola probably deserves some credit for my recent very high HDL results.  I find the information he doles out freely on his website to be very useful and sensible.

Longevity Warehouse – As organizer of one of the largest health conferences for women and well known raw food guru, David Wolfe has had an enormous impact on the way I think about food.  Although he didn’t coin the phrase, I learned “make food thy medicine and medicine they food” from him.  His favorite mantra I think is “you are what you eat”. So if you are starving for tried and true techniques on how to develop a healthy way of living, check out his website. This particular site is more for selling products such as raw cacao and high ORAC scoring coffee. But you will also find videos of recipes and of his conferences.

I’m very pleased to have become acquainted with the above websites. There are several more that I could list here but I think you will find a wealth of information as I have by visiting the above ones. Thanks for reading and sharing.

Have a great weekend! JRF