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Publish Date: March 25, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Depression and Diet

1. Get Plenty of Vitamin D

A 2010 national study found that the likelihood of having depression is higher in people with deficiency in vitamin D compared to people who are sufficient in vitamin D. In another study, researchers from the University of Toronto noticed that people who were suffering from depression, particularly those with seasonal affective disorder, tended to improve as their levels of vitamin D in the body increased over the normal course of a year. Vitamin D receptors are found in the brain. Researchers, though, are unsure how much vitamin D is ideal. 

2. Select Selenium-Rich Foods

Selenium is a mineral that is essential to good health. Studies have reported an association between low selenium intake and poorer moods, although evidence isn't conclusive on whether supplementation can help.
It is possible to take in too much selenium so that it becomes toxic. But this is unlikely if you're getting it from foods rather than supplements, and it can't hurt to make sure you're eating foods that help you meet the recommended intake for selenium, which is 55 micrograms a day for adults. The good news is that foods rich in selenium are foods we should be eating anyway. They include:
Beans and legumes
Lean meat (lean beef, skinless chicken and turkey)
Nuts and seeds (particularly brazil nuts)
Seafood (sardines, saltwater fish, and freshwater fish)
Whole grains (whole-grain pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.)
 

3. Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Your Diet

We know that omega-3 fatty acids have innumerable health benefits. Recently, scientists have revealed that a deficit of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with depression. In one study, researchers determined that societies that eat a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids have a higher prevalence of major depressive disorder than societies that get ample omega-3 fatty acids. Other studies show that people who infrequently eat fish, which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, are more likely to suffer from depression.
Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: fatty fish (anchovy, mackerel, salmon, sardines, shad, and tuna), flaxseed, and nuts.
Sources alpha-linolenic acid (another type of omega-3 fatty acid): flaxseed, canola oil, soybean oil, walnuts, and dark green leafy vegetables.

4. Watch Your Lifestyle Habits

Many people who are depressed also have problems with alcohol and/or drugs. Not only can alcohol and drugs interfere with mood, sleep, and motivation, they can also affect the effectiveness of your depression medications. In addition, drinks and foods containing caffeine can trigger anxiety and make it difficult to sleep at night. Cutting out caffeine or stopping caffeine after noon each day can also help you get a better night's sleep.

5. Stay at a Healthy Weight

Findings published in the journal of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, show a link between obesity and depression, indicating that people who are obese may be more likely to become depressed. In addition, according to this study, people who are depressed are more likely to become obese. Researchers believe the link between obesity and depression may result from physiological changes that occur in the immune system and hormones with depression. If you have a weight problem, talk with your doctor about healthy ways to manage it with diet and exercise.  
 



Publish Date: March 18, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Pollen Relief

Most allergy medications attempt to treat the symptoms your body instigates to get rid of the allergen. But doesn’t it make more sense to shore up your defenses before your body goes into attack mode? Many of the natural remedies are designed to prevent a reaction before it occurs.

A few minor lifestyle changes also can go a long way toward keeping symptoms under control:
  • Avoid using window fans to cool rooms, because they can pull pollen indoors.
  • Keep windows closed when driving, using the air conditioner if necessary, to avoid allergens.
  • Limit your time outdoors when ragweed pollen counts are highest — from mid-August until the first frost.
Allergy-Fighting Foods. A German study, published in the journal Allergy, found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these foods. Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can be found in cold-water fish, walnuts and flax seed oil, as well as grass-fed meat.

To help keep airways clear when pollen counts are high, add a dash of horseradish, chili peppers or hot mustard to your food — all act as natural, temporary decongestants. It’s also a good idea to avoid foods that you’re slightly allergic to until the air clears. Fighting off allergies can render the body hypersensitive to those foods, causing more severe reactions than usual.

Excerpt from Mother Earth News
 
 



Publish Date: March 4, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Nutritional Deficiencies in Children

Study Indicates Nutritional Deficiencies Lead to Aggression & Violence in Children

By Mike Adams

Lack of Basic Nutrition Creates Generation of Criminals; Prison System Society A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors. Children who suffered certain nutritional deficiencies demonstrated a shocking 41% increase in aggression at age eight. At age 17, they demonstrated a 51% increase in violent and antisocial behaviors. And the only difference is their diet. It's all about the foods they were eating and the nutrients they were missing.

What specific nutrients were missing from their diets? Four primary nutrients were tried in the study: Zinc, iron, B vitamins and protein. Malnourished children weren't getting crucial minerals like zinc and iron, and they weren't getting the B vitamins they needed to develop healthy nervous systems. And a healthy nervous system is a prerequisite for mental and emotional health and stability.

The two most common ingredients in our foods seem to be white flour and sugar. It's hard to find any product in the grocery store, it seems, that isn't made with flour or some form of added sugars, whether it's sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose or just plain sugar. These two ingredients are both highly refined ingredients, and they tend to strip away nutrients from the bodies of people who consume them. For example, when a person eats a donut, that donut contains both white flour and added sugars, which deplete the body of B vitamins, causing deficiencies. And it is these deficiencies that lead to antisocial behavior, aggressive behavior and ultimately criminal behavior - especially among males.

Read the entire article http://www.motheraid.com/articles/Study_Indicates_Nutritional_Deficiencies_Lead_to_Aggression_and_Violence_in_Children.htm

 
 



Publish Date: February 19, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Three Most Ignored Health Problems

(BlackNews.com) -- While many Americans are focusing on the most popular health resolutions - to lose weight, eat better, exercise more or quit smoking - far too many will overlook three commonly ignored but critically important health priorities. OBGYN and women's health expert Dr. Ken Taylor says explains why three commonly ignored health issues deserve top billing for health resolutions in 2012.

1) Focus on your digestive health. Millions of Americans suffer daily from common digestive problems such as heartburn, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, reflux and other gut conditions that would make Clint Eastwood blush. What's worse: many people don't even know their digestive health is suffering or don't understand how it affects their overall health - from allergies, acne and chronic fatigue to arthritis, autoimmune diseases, cancer and more.

"The intestines make up the inner tube of life and play an essential role in maintaining a healthy immune system," explains Dr. Taylor. Seventy percent of the body's immune system resides in the digestive tract. More than 100 million Americans have digestive problems. In addition, digestive problems are very costly - many of the top-selling drugs are for digestive problems, there are more than 200 over-the-counter remedies for digestive disorders and intestinal-related conditions are among the top reasons for visits to primary care physicians. Dr. Taylor says the resolution to improve digestive health in 2012 can begin with such steps as:

* Pay attention when you go. That's right: you can learn a lot from your elimination. Observe everything from how often you go and how regularly you go to what it looks like when you go. For example, does your poop float? That's a no-no and a sign of potentially serious health problems.

* Get more fiber. Depending on your age and gender, you should get from 26-38 grams of fiber per day. Taylor explains that, with today's fast-paced lifestyle and diet habits, it's very difficult for most people to get the required daily fiber from natural food sources. He recommends fiber supplements like Metamucil and Metafiber.

* Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks and too many caffeinated drinks. Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than two per day.

2) Start planning early to guarantee healthy bones. Bone health is another health priority that many people think about when it's too late. Bone fractures can be extremely painful and take months (an average of 12 weeks) to heal. Osteoporosis and osteopenia bone disorders affect forty-four million Americans, and plague one in two American women. "It's never too early to start thinking about and fortifying your bone health. Young people, as early as teenage years, have calcium needs that can't be rectified later in life," says Dr. Taylor.

So, what 2012 resolutions can help improve bone health?

* Start moving. Like muscle, bone is a living tissue and is strengthened through exercise. Weight-bearing exercises, that force you to work against gravity, are the best kind for your bones. Good examples include weight training, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, tennis, and dancing.

* Get your calcium...dairy-free that is. Your body continually removes and replenishes calcium from your bones. If you don't replenish enough calcium, your bones will become weaker, more brittle and dense. Dr. Taylor says dairy-free sources of calcium are best for several reasons: calcium contains animal proteins that can actually contribute to bone loss; causes digestive problems and aggravates irritable bowels; is full of saturated fat; and is often enhanced with dangerous, cancer-feeding hormones. Better sources of calcium include: dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and bok choy; almonds; soybeans and soymilk; and figs, to name a few.

* Boost your Vitamin D intake. Your body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. Some studies actually show Vitamin D is more important than calcium in preventing fractures. The best ways to get vitamin D are: sunlight, food, and supplements. Foods like fatty fishes, orange juice and soymilk are excellent sources of vitamin D. And, natural supplements are helpful for filling in the gap.

3) Guard your oral health: the gateway to your body. The mouth is the first point on your digestive path, but it's also the point that many people skip. Dr. Taylor says oral health is a mirror of your overall health. Your mouth is a hotbed of bacteria, which are normally contained and managed by good oral health. Oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease can weaken your body's defenses and allow harmful bacteria to grow out of control. Oral health is also connected to heart health. Research shows chronic gum disease is directly associated with heart disease. In addition, poor oral health can affect your saliva flow, which is necessary to protect your teeth and aid in food digestion. The good news is you can guard your oral health in 2012 with some simple steps:

* Start with proactive prevention. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing between your teeth daily and replacing your toothbrush every three or four month. It seems simple enough, but it's easy to get into a routine of brushing only once a day or using the same toothbrush a month or two too long.

* Get to know your dentist. Schedule regular dental appointments for cleanings, fluoride treatments and other preventive measures. If you are one of the thousands who suffer from dental phobia or dental anxiety (really on laughing matter), there are many online resources to help you overcome this fear and get better acquainted with a local dentist you can trust.

Dr. Taylor has been recognized by Who's Who of Atlanta and the Top 25 Atlanta Doctor ranking and is a member of the Atlanta Medical Association, Georgia Medical Association and the National Medical Association. For more information about Dr. Taylor, visit www.kentaylormd.com.
 

 
 



Publish Date: February 12, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. These conditions are also leading causes of disability preventing people from working and enjoying family activities. Cardiovascular disease is also very expensive—together heart disease and stroke hospitalizations in 2010 cost the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity. We want to help empower you to make healthy choices such as avoiding tobacco use and reducing the amount of sodium and trans fat consumption. These changes will reduce the number of people who need medical treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol—and ultimately prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • High blood cholesterol and triglyceride (tri-GLIS-er-ide) levels (a type of fat found in the blood)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Smoking
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Stress
 
 



Publish Date: February 5, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Why Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Why Omega 3 Fatty Acids? Here’s a list of 7 reasons why you may want to choose building up your omega 3 stores:

1. Bye, Bye Depression

Studies have confirmed (if you care about what studies say!) that omega 3 oils can decrease the symptoms of depression. Most research points to the EPA and DHA as the factors that contribute to getting you in a better mood.

Omega 3 oils have also been effective for helping new moms with postpartum depression. The process of pregnancy can leave a mom pretty depleted of many nutrients and omega 3 oils is one that can help once the baby is born.

Some studies show that up to 90%+ are deficient in omega 3 oils, so imagine how much better we’d all feel if we just made a conscious effort to eat more walnuts… maybe world peace?

2. Smooth, Supple Skin.

Omega 3 oils are essential for healthy skin. Using these oils internally can help build strong and plump skin cells that give you a glow that no cosmetic can match.

You can use these oils externally as well to protect and feed your skin, since this massive organ loves to feed itself with healthy oils.

3. Lift Brain Fog.

But, just like omega 3 oils are great to help change you from depressed to happy, they’re also great to help lift your mood.

Think of it this way…

60% of your brain is fat.

The majority of that are essential fatty acids.

So if you’re deficient, then you’re brain just won’t work properly.

With your essential fatty acids, if you don’t give your brain enough, then your thinking conditions change just as dramatically.

4. Ease joint pain.

I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard about omega 3 oils improving joint pain.

It even worked for me.

Before I started experimenting with omega 3 oils, my knees would ache badly after a run. It wasn’t overuse pain, though. It was a deep aching inside my joints.

I thought maybe this was the start of a transition into my older age, but I started to take omega 3 oils based on a suggestion from a colleague and the pain went away in weeks.

It never came back.

So apparently, there’s something to this…

Try it for yourself and see.

5. Prevent Cancer Cell Growth

Your level of inflammation is one of the biggest factors you can use to predict your chances of disease.

People with higher levels of inflammation are more likely to have heart issues, diabetes, and cancer. Thermography is a screening tool that you can use to see if you have excessive inflammation in the body and some preliminary data shows that it’s a decent indicator of identifying the risk of cancer as well.

Lower your inflammation, lower your chances of disease.

6. Boost your immune system.

Just like above, if you can reduce inflammation, you also can boost your immune system.

By reducing the inflammation in the body, you also increase immune system efficiency. Increasing omega-3 fatty acids will give you a higher amount of eicosanoids which are responsible for regulating immune and inflammation responses.

7. Lower your risk of heart disease.

Omega 3 oils have been shown to lower triglycerides which are fats in the blood. This is good news for anyone who has a high risk of heart disease.

Lower fat in the blood allows your hormones to function properly and keeps your arteries safe from potential clogging.

What are the best sources of Omega 3 Oils?


There are many places to get your omega 3 oils and it’s up to you to find out which one works best for you.

Decisions that you need to make are if you want plant sources or animal sources (or both) and if your body is actually able to absorb and use the kind you’re taking. (Plant sources many times require conversion in the body that some people do better than others.)

Food sources of omega 3 fatty acids include…

Plant Sources:
  • Walnuts
  • Algae
  • Sacha Inchi
  • Flax Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
Non-Plant Sources:
  • Fish
  • Krill
  • Eggs
Please note: Farm raised fish usually have little omega 3 oils due to a primarily corn feed diet. This is the same for non-grass feed beef.

Depending on your diet choice, be sure to eat enough omega 3’s daily from whole foods.
Renegade Health Article
 



Publish Date: January 22, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 21 Devotional Reading

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 1 Corinthians 13:7 AMP “In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” –Eva Burrows
 



Publish Date: January 21, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 20 Devotional Reading

So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [ morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers]. Galatians 6:10 AMP  
 



Publish Date: January 20, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 19 Devotional Reading

My dear child, don't shrug off God's (our Heavenly Father) discipline, but don't be crushed by it either. It's the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that's why you must never drop out. He's treating you as dear children. Hebrews 12 MSG  
 
 
"God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed." -St. Aurelius Augustine
 



Publish Date: January 19, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 18 Devotional Reading

“The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society’s most basic values.” –Charles Colton
 



Publish Date: January 18, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 17 Devotional Reading

And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 AMP   “A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.” -Aesop
 



Publish Date: January 17, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 16 Devotional Reading

For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him. Genesis 18:19 AMP  
 



Publish Date: January 16, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 15 Devotional Reading

The single most important element in any human relationship is honesty - with oneself, with God, and with others. -Catherine Marshall  
 



Publish Date: January 15, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 14 Devotional Reading

A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. Proverbs 15:1 MSG When you resort to shouting in conflict, you are reacting in the flesh. You have lost control of the only person you can control: yourself. -Neil T. Anderson  
 



Publish Date: January 15, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

A Healthy Prayer Life

Ten Conditions Necessary for Effective Prayer 1. Faith - Mk. 11:23-24; Mt. 21:21-22; 1 Jn. 5:14-15. 2. Persistence - Lk. 18:1-8; Mt. 7:7-11; Is. 30:18-19; 62:6-7; Lk. 11:5-13. 3. Holy Life - Ps. 66:18; Is. 59:1-2; 1 Jn. 3:19-22. 4. Honor Wife (spouse) - 1 Pet. 3:7. 5. Will of God - 1 Jn. 5:14-15. 6. Name of Jesus - Jn. 14:13-14, 26; 16:23-24. 7. Pure Motives - Jas. 4:2-3. 8. Boldness - Heb. 4:16. 9. Forgiveness - Mt. 6:15. 10. Unity - Mt. 18:19-20; 5:23-24.
 



Publish Date: January 14, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 13 Devotional Reading

And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 AMP

 
 



Publish Date: January 13, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 12 Devotional Reading

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Colossians 3:18-21
 
 
 
Marriage is not finding the right person, it is being the right person. Anonymous
 



Publish Date: January 12, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 11 Devotional Reading

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” –Desmond Tutu 
 



Publish Date: January 12, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries


Serves 6
    FARRO
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in half
  • 1 celery rib, cut in half
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 1/4 cups pearled farro
  • 4 cups no-chicken broth
  •  
    PILAF
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 lb. kale, center stem removed, chopped (4 packed cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper or 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

Directions

1. To make Farro: Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, and onion. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables start to brown. Add farro, and stir to coat grains with oil. Pour in broth, and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook 20 minutes, or until just tender; drain. Discard carrot, celery, and onion. Cool Farro.
 
2. To make Pilaf: Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté diced onion 5 to 7 minutes. Add kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until just wilted. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in garlic and Aleppo pepper. Cook 1 minute, then add Farro, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from heat, and stir in dried cranberries and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm. 
 
 



Publish Date: January 11, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 10 Devotional Reading

Day 10   I tested everything in my search for wisdom. I set out to be wise, but it was beyond me, far beyond me, and deep—oh so deep! Does anyone ever find it? I concentrated with all my might, studying and exploring and seeking wisdom—the meaning of life. Ecclesiastes 7:23 MSG.  
 



Publish Date: January 10, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 9 Devotional Reading

Day 9   Thank God! Call out his Name! Tell the whole world who he is and what he's done! Sing to him! Play songs for him! Broadcast all his wonders! Revel in his holy Name, God-seekers, be jubilant! Study God and his strength, seek his presence day and night; Remember all the wonders he performed, the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth. Seed of Israel his servant! Children of Jacob, his first choice! He is God, our God; wherever you go you come on his judgments and decisions. He keeps his commitments across thousands of generations, the covenant he commanded, " 1 Chronicles 16:8 MSG  
 



Publish Date: January 9, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 8 Devotional Reading

Day 8 This is what must be done: When he sits down on the throne of his kingdom, the first thing he must do is make himself a copy of this Revelation on a scroll, copied under the supervision of the Levitical priests. That scroll is to remain at his side at all times; he is to study it every day so that he may learn what it means to fear his God, living in reverent obedience before these rules and regulations by following them. He must not become proud and arrogant, changing the commands at whim to suit himself or making up his own versions. If he reads and learns, he will have a long reign as king in Israel, he and his sons. Deuteronomy 17:18 MSG 
 



Publish Date: January 8, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 7 Devotional Reading

Day 7  And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Hebrews 10:24 AMP

 
 



Publish Date: January 8, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Fasting is...

Fasting is defined in the Vine’s Expository Dictionary as voluntary abstinence from food. Fasting is our constant means of renewing ourselves spiritually. The discipline of fasting breaks us out of the world’s routine. It is a form of worship, will humble us, remind us of our depending on God, and bring us back to our first love. We will have deeper roots and a better relationship with Christ as a result of prayer and fasting.   Romans 8: 7-11 (amp)[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God's Law; indeed it cannot. So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him. But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].   But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you]. And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. Also Read Romans 8:1-16
 



Publish Date: January 7, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 6 Devotional Reading

Day 6 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 AMP

 
 



Publish Date: January 6, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 5 Devotional Reading

Day 5 On the second day, all the heads of fathers' houses, with the priests and Levites, gathered to Ezra the scribe to study and understand the words of divine instruction. Nehemiah 8:13 When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, "It is talking to me, and about me." --Soren Kierkegaard  
 



Publish Date: January 5, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 4 Devotional Reading

Day 4   Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing. –Anonymous  
 



Publish Date: January 4, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 3 Devotional Reading

Day 3 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. Mark 4:24  
 



Publish Date: January 4, 2012  ::  Author: SBC Wellness Ministry

Avocado-Spinach Wrap

Serves 4
  • 2 avocados, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup julienned, smoked sun-dried tomatoes (1 oz.)
  • 2 Tbs. diced red onion
  • 2 cups lightly packed baby spinach
  • Whole wheat wraps
Layer avocado slices, tomatoes, onion, and 1/2 cup spinach on each wrap. Warm whole wheat wraps if desired (2 minutes on each side).

 



Publish Date: January 3, 2012  ::  Author: Pastor Hardy Bennings

Day 2 Devotional Reading

Day 2 But about going further [than the words given by one Shepherd], my son, be warned. Of making many books there is no end [so do not believe everything you read], and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Ecclesiastes 12:12 AMP   Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul a soak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart! --Charles Haddon Spurgeon
 



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