Some people look at nature and see the beauty in the flowers. I walk through the baking section of the grocery store and see beauty in a bag of flour. I like bread, and I’ve eaten more than my share of Wonder in hope that its enriching ingredients will build me a strong body in eight ways.
Even though bread is a tasty treat, Jesus said: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4). To be enriched, a person will consider both the physical and spiritual dimensions of life. While bread benefits one, God’s Word enhances the other.
When you read the Psalms, you can see that God’s Word is beneficial for several reasons:
- Illumination: The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:30).
- Guidance: Direct my steps by Your word. (Psalm 119:133).
- Comfort: Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights (Psalm 119:143).
In Psalm 19, David lists several advantages of including the God’s Word as a part of your daily regimen: The The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; and, the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:6-8).
I encourage you think of God’s Word as an essential vitamin, and remember to take your daily dose.
Let the word of Christ richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness. ~Colossians 3:16
In January of 2015, Ford sold 54,370 trucks. According to estimates by Ford, the company will be able to build more than 700,000 F-150s annually through the combined production of the Dearborn and Kansas City factories.
This is good news, because the average American eats close to two truckloads of food each year. Based on the weight of the food, you will have to fill the bed of a ½ ton truck twice a year for every person living in your house.
Based on food consumption data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American will annually consume about:
- 630 pounds of milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream per year. Of this number, cheese accounts for about 31 pounds and ice cream for 17 pounds.
- 195 pounds of meat
- 250 eggs
- 200 pounds of wheat and other grains. Of this number, 53 pounds is bread.
- 280 pounds of fruit
- 428 pounds of vegetables.
There’s another truth about the eating habits of the average American—most have more concerne for what fills their plate than that which fills their soul. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
The “bread” from God is not measured by calories; it’s measured by the clock. Paul said to redeem the time and to, “be very careful how you live—not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, and taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is (Ephesians 5:15-17).
This is bread that’s needed by the truckload. How often do you backup to the Bible for a load of fresh bread, or do you back away and grow stale?
I’m not trying to raise a big stink about your sweat; however, I would like to share the sweaty truth about your perspiration:
- Men sweat about twice as much as women, and both sweat less with age.
- Your sweat contains an antibiotic peptide, dermcidin, that hinders the growth of bacteria on your skin.
- Your feet have about 250,000 sweat glands that can produce up to a half pint of liquid each day.
- You have two types of sweat glands: The eccrine glands which cover most of your body. The apocrine glands are the second type, but they are only found in your armpits and genital region.
- Fortunately your body produces very little apocrine perspiration: It’s the source of your stinky smelly body odor.
By now you may be asking yourself: “What does Stan find so inspiring about perspiring?” Here’s your answer: There is a correlation between the interaction of the apocrine sweat and the eccrine sweat and a statement that Jesus made.
- Your body produces eccrine sweat in much larger quantities. This is good and bad. It’s good because of its cooling effect; however, it is bad because when it spreads it mingles with the apocrine sweat and spreads it over more of your body; and, the smelly odor goes along for the ride.
- The apocrine sweat has the same effect as the yeast that Jesus and Paul spoke of in the New Testament.
In Matthew 16, Jesus warned the disciples about the “yeast” of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Paul taught the same concept when he wrote to the church at Galatia: “A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough.”
In the Bible, yeast is symbolic of sin, and Jesus and Paul used this symbolism to warn of the harmful effects of false teaching. A little bit of it has a tremendous amount of influence.
What effect does the leaven of sin have on your prayer life? In Revelation 8, John likened the prayers of the saints to the sweet smelling incense that was burnt on the golden altar. When they find their way to the throne of God, do your prayers have the smell of incense or do they have a stench?
The next time Mother Nature cranks the thermometer up to about 100 degrees and your shirt is drenched in sweat, you might want to give some thought to this stinking blog.