This is a repost of a message from 2011 because sometimes we need a reminder!
by Sharman J. Monroe
I decided to break the routine in my daily exercise and do cycling on Wii© Fit Plus. Although this is a video game, it simulates the real deal of bicycling and is a lower body cardio workout. To do cycling, you stand on the Wii board and pedal, lifting your feet up and down, just like you are riding a bicycle. You ride your bicycle around Wii Island on a course you chose. The course can be timed or not, simple or difficult; you pedal uphill (yeah, you have to work to get uphill!) and downhill (cruise!), navigate curves (you have brakes) and pedal through sand (ah yeah, you have to work to get through sand!). You must locate flags along the course and pick them up. When you have picked up all the flags for your course, you pedal to the finish line.
Since I wanted a 30 minutes plus cardio routine, I selected the Expert course which is not timed and difficult. Oh I forgot to tell you…you don’t where the flags are located until you are cycling the course. There is a small round map at the bottom right of the screen showing you where you are on the island and the flag locations. You press 1 on the Wii controller to see what is around you. But the map doesn’t show everything; it only shows a small area at a time. You have to keep pedaling in a direction and keep pressing 1 so you can navigate the island, avoiding cliffs, lava pits and lakes, and find the flags. You can pedal in a direction for a while only to discover there are no flags nearby.
As I was playing the game, I heard this scripture: Continue reading
by Chris Allen
Ephesians 4:30-32 (NKJV): Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
I’m sure everyone can remember this phrase growing up: “Alright now, it’s time to put that away.” And it would usually come at a time when we weren’t ready to. Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians, that it is now time to put off, put on, and put away: “Now that we have put on the new life of Christ, we should no longer be walking as the Gentiles do, if we have truly learned Christ. We should put off the old self, which belongs to the former way of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and we should be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and to put on the new self, which is created after the likeness of God in true righteousness” (v. 4:17-24, author’s paraphrase). Paul also says that anger has Continue reading
by Lynnette Haywood
“Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (KJV)
This scripture resonates with me because I was raised under the parenting of two strong and determined people, Leroy and Ruby McCollum. My dad was a hard worker and refused to call off sick from work up until his body was attacked with colon cancer that eventually took his life. He believed if you are able to work – WORK! My mom taught us: “Anything worth doing is worth doing RIGHT.” One of my favorite sayings from my parents was: “Don’t start things and then not finish.” My mom would say one of the most annoying things you can do is make a promise or commitment and then not keep it. There are many more McCollum family proverbs, but the aforementioned apply to world of work. They are also the reasons that my two brothers, two sisters and I all have strong work ethics and life principles. I imagine that Continue reading
by Chris Allen
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul is writing to encourage the church at Ephesus. He encourages them by sharing what they have gained in Christ. Paul begins by sharing their position in Christ:
- they are seated in heavenly places,
- they received their salvation;
- they are saved by grace, through faith.
He talks about the mystery that is hidden in God and that the Jew and the Gentile would form the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Paul talks about the unity in the body and the gifts that each member of the body receives. He talks about their Christian walk, how they are to be imitators of God. He talks about the family dynamic and relationships. He also prays two powerful prayers. He prays that the eyes of their hearts be enlightened and they know the hope of their calling. He also prays that they be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ. His prayers are for spiritual wisdom, not for material processions.
And when he gets to the middle of chapter six, Paul makes a switch and says, “Finally . . . be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!” (v.10) Why? Continue reading