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Archive for November, 2009

Good News for (moderate) Coffee Drinkers

I only drink 1 cup per day, but lately I’ve been feeling guilty about it, until I read these tidbits on Wikipedia…

“Contrary to popular belief, caffeine does not act as a diuretic when consumed in moderation, and does not lead to dehydration or to a water-electrolyte imbalance; current evidence suggests that caffeinated beverages contribute to the body’s daily fluid requirements no differently than pure water does”

“Coffee consumption is also correlated to a reduced risk of oral, esophageal, and pharyngeal cancer.   According to one research, coffee protects from liver cancer”

“According to the longitudial study led by Esther Lopez-Garcia of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, coffee reduces the incidence of dying from heart disease”



As a new father, I’m learning how tough it is to teach my 2-yr old daughter the hard lessons of life.  When I was a little boy, I can remember my mother saying, “Life isn’t always going to be fun”…I had no concept of what she meant at the time, but now I do.

It’s hard when you have to force your child to accept something that isn’t “fun”.  The first thing my daughter says is “no”… simple as that.  That’s our first response usually.  I don’t want to accept this.  I don’t like it, so I won’t do it.  But sadly, no matter how much we say “no”, sometimes we have to face the truth.  Sometimes life isn’t fun. 

But now I see things from the Father’s perspective.  It hurts me to hear my child say “no”.  It would be much easier if I could always say, “It won’t hurt”, or “It won’t last forever”, but sadly, sometimes it does.  We all want to say “no” when we experience pain in life, but our Father knows what’s coming, & He can’t always spare us the pain, as much as He would like to.   He will always be there for us, to love us & help us through it, but He can’t spare us from it.   And that’s what hurts the most…

The One Thing

The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”  Luke 10:41-42  The Message

Jesus always wants us to come closer.  Oswald Chambers says, “All of life’s problems can be solved with these three words, ‘Come to Me’…”.    It’s the one essential thing in life.  Mary knew it, & she didn’t let the cares of this life distract her from it.

Has that breaking of my independence come? All the rest is religious fraud. The one point to decide is— will I give up? Will I surrender to Jesus Christ, placing no conditions whatsoever as to how the brokenness will come? I must be broken from my own understanding of myself. When I reach that point, immediately the reality of the supernatural identification with Jesus Christ takes place. And the witness of the Spirit of God is unmistakable— “I have been crucified with Christ . . . .”     Oswald Chambers:  My Utmost for His Highest

“I am willing”

When [Jesus] came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.  A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

Matthew 8:1-3  NIV