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A Sign Of The Times?

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The Greek physician, Hippocrates, said, “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”[1]

For the past almost 19 years I’ve experienced this truth. I work in a physical medicine office and as such, our medical office has a Chiropractic emphasis. We treat the spine that houses and protects our central nervous system and we deal with pain naturally.

Three weeks ago our office attended a Conference to learn about some new and innovative ways to help our patients. However, we were also privileged to hear Dr. John Rosa, who, among other things, is the White House Surrogate for the Opioid Crisis. Dr. Rosa gave alarming statistics about the amount of opiates prescribed in the United States and why. Because of pain from injury, surgery, etc., opiates are prescribed. According to Dr. Rosa, in an average day, 650,000 prescriptions for opiates such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Morphine and Codeine are prescribed, 4,000 of those patients start non-medical use, 600 start heroin use, 3,30…

CONTEMPLATING JUDAS

There are many things in scripture I don’t understand, and so, I skim over them, or I set them aside until I have a reason to dig. Today is a day for digging.
I love Moody Radio – WCRF – 103.3 or 90.5 on the FM dial. In the past few weeks, Pastor Colin Smith of Unlocking the Bible has been reading from his new book, Heaven, So Near – So Far. It’s the story of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.
These readings intrigued me because in January I thought quite a bit about Judas. Why? I was preparing the communion service for our Women in Ministry (WIM) Retreat, based on Luke 7:36-50. Near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, at the home of Simon, the Pharisee, a woman, plagued by many sins, poured a fragrant and very expensive oil, Spikenard, on the feet of Jesus.
In my studies, I found John’s gospel confirms four times that Judas was the son of Simon.[1] Some have suggested the Pharisee in Luke was Simon Iscariot. Still, Scripture mentions another Simon, a healed leper, who was present whe…

IS THERE SOMETHING WORSE THAN A FOOL?

At sundown on March 20,2019, the Jews began their celebration of Purim and it runs through sundown on March 21, 2019.
Purim is a joyous and raucous festival celebrating their victory over the wicked Amalekite, Haman, as told in the Bible’s book of Esther. During Purim, the scroll of Esther, or “Megillat Esther” is read and sometimes acted out. Gifts are given to the poor, and they munch triangular-shaped cookies called hamantaschen, named for the villainous Haman.[1] However, many do not believe Esther recounts true events and they, in essence, reduce it to fairytale status.[2] Yet, we know it’s TRUE!
“Today, Purim is celebrated as a noisy and fun festival. Some view it as a kind of Jewish April Fool’s Day…”[3] As Christians who believe every word of our Bible is infallible and God-breathed, we have not so jokingly dubbed our April Fool’s Day, the Atheist’s Holiday, based on Psalm 53:1:“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
But, is there something worse than a fool? I belie…

Fight OR Flight?

Have you ever experienced a threatening situation where you felt you had only two options of response – either stand your ground and fight or turn and run away? According to research, this is an innate physiological response called fight or flight, and the threat can be either physical or mental/emotional.
Although it’s hard to admit, I’m dealing with the emotional kind. This wasn’t a personal assault, but it felt like it. It involved an activity I am passionate about and people I believe I need to protect. This morning, I am writing in real-time, and as I travel through this experience, I’d like you to walk with me.
In the heat of the moment, I wanted to fight, and I might have if the person had been talking directly to me. However, they were speaking to an audience of whom I was one. Like a blast of icy air, their words struck me. The jolt made me furious and after my initial thought of, “How dare you,” everything in me said, “Run!” I almost got up and walked out, though I didn’t. I f…

Jesus Wept

Last Thursday, when our roads were snow-covered and a bit treacherous, I ventured out to the hairdressers. A New Year and time for a new me, right? It had been over two years since I sat in a beautician’s chair and conversed while she did my hair. I can’t say that I missed those types of superficial conversations. However, Thursday’s discussion was different. We talked about retirement, a so-called life of leisure, and social security. When I mentioned to her that she should not just depend on the money she will receive from social security, she said she would not rely on it because Social Security will probably be bankrupt by the time she is ready to retire.
I’ve heard people saying this for years, and maybe it’s a valid concern. Still, what shocked me was the thought that jetted through my mind, “We probably wouldn’t have to worry about SS bankruptcy if the 60 million plus babies aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973 were working, tax-paying citizens.” Did I express my sentiments? No. It…

The WORD Became Flesh

     “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WordwasGod.[1]
     The Word, as a double-edged sword,[2] pierced eternity, “Let there be light...”[3]
     Thus began the infinite perfection of the eternal, triune God’s design. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit had planned and would now bring it to pass. Six days creating something out of nothing, one day of rest, and then the unthinkable. God’s humans chose to disobey His command. Sin and death entered,[4] and the whole of creation groaned.[5] A cloud of darkness enveloped the people of earth like a shroud.[6] Sin had doomed man to death. Would they eventually cease to exist? Was there a way for man to be saved?
     God was not surprised by man’s sin. He is all-knowing. His plan had many facets, and in time, all would be revealed.
     Years passed. God spoke to one man in each generation. His Holy Spirit moved upon this chosen, so they penned God’s Word with meticulous care, perfect and infallible.[7] Yet mankind co…