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During worship service this morning at my local church, I shared some thoughts that I felt eager to share with the church body during “shares” after the worship music:
I shared that I’ve been interested in the recent news in Oroville, California…
… and been following up on it. I felt that their is a lot of symbolism with “man-made” dams that have been constructed around the world with our “spiritual” walk. The dams can be a symbolism of “lies” (e.g. “Your not good enough” , You are a loser”, etc..)that has been spoken to each of us in various ways that hinder us to receive more what God can do through us.
Before writing this, I was reminded of this “old-school” worship song..
I feel that we need to let God destroy that “spiritual dam” in our personal lives in order for His “Holy Spirit” to move in us mightier as His children.
What are you currently personally “struggling” with? Do you trust that God will get your through it? I then shared one of the songs that was sung during worship on “I’m NO longer a slave to fear..”, which I shared last year at church that we can substitute “fear” with whatever (e.g. sin, depression, alcohol, deception…
…drugs, an orphan, anger, cancer, PTSD, shame , jealousy, greed, stress, bullying, sexual impurity, lost, past, etc..) is keeping you “bondage”.. Keep repeating this to get it in your head until you have been release from these. This is part of meditation w/ God’s word (Bible verses on each one).
After my share, the guest speakers (Dennis & Zoe) from Pillager, MN shared about their recent trip to the Philippines. This family duo modeled how God can use us . They went to the Philippines to minister to the people there in different barangays/villages in various ways (e.g. healing, words of knowedledge, encouragement, etc..) This was such an encouragement for all of that we don’t have to depend on “ministers” or “church leaders” to do God’s work. We all can be used by Him to bring the taste of God’s kingdom on earth.
Hope and pray this will touch you and may God use each of us mightily in these days and please pray for the people of Oroville and the communities in the valley downstream of the #Orovillespillway or #Orovilledam. Feel free to share your thoughts, prayer requests, etc..
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Scientific Benefits of Meditation – 76 things you might be missing out on By Giovanni liveanddare.com
“….These studies were based on different types of meditation, and I have included details, whenever relevant. Some effects, such as increased compassion and social bonding, are more salient as a result of specific meditation techniques (such as loving-kindness, which is a Buddhist meditation). However, my understanding and personal practice is that any kind of authentic meditation will include most of these benefits, in one degree or another. There is also evidence that the practice will be more beneficial for you if you find a technique that you like better…”
Experiencing God Through Meditation , posted July 28, 2004
Former Trappist monk James Finley talks about the spiritual benefits of contemplative practice for Christians.
“…It’s not that prayer isn’t enough. God has made the human heart in such a way that only God will do. And the God-given longing for God is fulfilled in a oneness with God in which nothing short of that oneness is enough. There’s a kind of deep, sincere ache within the heart. It prays, and the prayer actually intensifies or deepens a longing for oneness with God beyond the words of the prayer and also beyond the emotions and the feelings that can come up in the consolations of prayer. Nothing is enough; only God is enough. And that’s the mystical quest really, that’s the contemplative theme…”
22 Benefits of Meditating on Scripture
March 13, 2015 blogs.thegospelcoalition.org
“..21. Meditation promotes gratitude for all the blessings showered upon us by God through His Son…”
Sal: One of the practices I do when I meditate at night before going to bed is “reflecting” on all the “good”/positives (e.g. song “Count Your Blessings (instead of sheep)” from “White Christmas”) that happened to me today, which is my way to show how grateful I’m blessed by my Heavenly Father…see more!
What do you like to do to “keep positive”?
Meditating On The Word Of God Aired On 31 Jul 2015 intouch.org
“..but are we meditating on God’s Word? And do we even know what this means? When the Lord called Joshua to lead Israel after Moses’ death, He told him, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it” (Josh. 1:8). The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the people according to God’s standards and commands. And that’s exactly what He wants to do in our lives as well. If we’ll meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold for us His truths and instructions. ..”
Sal: Last month or so, I was challenged by a close friend of mine to spend a quiet time with God for 2 hours at least once a week. I’ve done this 3 of the last 4 weeks so far and have seen the benefits. I’m slowly growing in this, so feel free to check my blogs for updates. 2 hours is really long for me, so what I did is just 1 hour without the computer and 1 hour with the computer writing my thoughts or doing “strictly” God stuff for the next hour.
Unfortunately, we all don’t have an hour or two due to our busy lives. When I get up some mornings and don’t have time. I try to read a verse (instead of a chapter) only in my Bible or even from my social network feeds (@goodnewseverybodycom in #instagram). The key thing is , try to memorize it (repeat it 3x a day). I would repeat (Galatians 5) “fruits of the spirit” daily before (while riding my bike or driving to work) going to work. Music is a great way to memorize, which I sing some particular Scriptures daily (e.g. #Lordsprayer) or a particular chorus line in a song from church (e.g. “Come & let your presence fill this..”) repeatedly in my mind or out loud in prayer.
What are some other ways? Feel free to share below…
The dangers of meditation — 10 things to look out for February 4, 2015 by Clare Hudson thoughtbrick.com
“…Because meditation is so subjective there are no right answers when it comes to compiling a list of the dangers of meditation. Everyone, after all is different. Meditation might bring up trauma or unresolved issues from the past at which point you might need to see a therapist or the meditation teacher should be made aware before hand. Alternatively, you might jump into a practice too soon and feel overwhelmed or experience a disturbing kundalini energy awakening…”
Can Meditation Be Bad for You?
by Mary Garden • 22 August 2007 thehumanist.com
“… A man who had just come down from Kathmandu after completing a thirty-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation course killed himself. I had met him the night before, and we’d had coffee together. I don’t remember what we spoke about, but he was friendly and didn’t appear distressed. But the next day he climbed to the top of the multi-storied Blue Diamond Hotel and leapt off….”
Dr. Lorin Roche, a meditation teacher, says a major problem arises from the way meditators interpret Buddhist and Hindu teachings. He points out that meditation techniques that encourage detachment from the world were intended only for monks and nuns. He has spent thirty years doing interviews with people who meditate regularly and says many were depressed. He says they have tried to detach themselves from their desires, their loves, and their passion. “Depression is a natural result of loss, and if you internalize teachings that poison you against the world, then of course you will become depressed.”
The Dalai Lama has said that Eastern forms of meditation have to be handled carefully: “Westerners who proceed too quickly to deep meditation should learn more about Eastern traditions and get better training than they usually do. Otherwise, certain physical or mental difficulties appear.”..
Dangerous Meditations By Douglas Groothuis/ November 1, 2004 christianitytoday.com
What harm is there in achieving a higher state of consciousness through meditation?
“..The biblical worldview is completely at odds with the pantheistic concepts driving Eastern meditation. We are not one with an impersonal absolute being that is called “God.” Rather, we are estranged from the true personal God because of our “true moral guilt,” as Francis Schaeffer says.
No amount of chanting, breathing, visualizing, or physical contortions will melt away the sin that separates us from the Lord of the cosmos—however “peaceful” these practices may feel. Moreover, Paul warns that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). “Pleasant” experiences may be portals to peril. Even yoga teachers warn that yoga may open one up to spiritual and physical maladies.
The answer to our plight is not found in some “higher level of consciousness” (really a deceptive state of mind), but in placing our faith in the unmatched achievements of Jesus Christ on our behalf. If it were possible to find enlightenment within, God would not have sent “his one and only Son” (John 3:16) to die on the Cross for our sins in order to give us new life and hope for eternity through Christ’s resurrection. We cannot raise ourselves from the dead.
The biblical concept of prayer assumes that rational and meaningful communication between God and humans is possible. There is no summons to suspend rational judgment even when prayer through the Holy Spirit is “with groans that words cannot express” (Rom. 8:26). Nor should we repeat words meaninglessly to induce a trance (Matt. 6:7)…”
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“Published on Mar 15, 2011
In this myth shattering, information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal cannabis and its demonstrated effects on human health.
This game-changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding the world’s most controversial plant.
Topics include: * What the consensus is from over 1500 scientific and medical trials * What conditions have been proven to benefit from medical marijuana * Its historical use as medicine dating back over 5300 years * Methods of delivery and their different advantages * Government sponsored studies intended to show Marijuana having negative effects that yielded the exact opposite results * Common myths about negative effects of Marijuana and what the research really says about these topics
Directors YT: MindzEyeFilm..
Why Cannabis is the Future of Medicine By Sayer Ji
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
“…When it comes to cannabis’ medical applications, cannabis’ ‘healing properties’ is a loaded term. In fact, it is extremely dangerous, as far as the medical industrial complex goes, who has the FDA/FTC to enforce it’s mandate: anything that prevents, diagnoses, treats or cures a disease must be an FDA approved drug by law, i.e. pharmaceutical agents which often have 75 or more adverse effects for each marketed and approved “therapeutic” effect…
Let’s look at the actual, vetted, published and peer-reviewed research – bullet proof, if we are to subscribe to the ‘evidence-based’ model of medicine – which includes over 100 proven therapeutic actions of this amazing plant, featuring the following:…
The Healthiest Way To Smoke Marijuana: As Cannabis Culture Evolves, Vaporizers May Be The Safest Way To Avoid Carcinogens
Feb 27, 2014 04:58 PM By Matthew Mientka .medicaldaily.com
“…Everything considered, the healthiest way to smoke marijuana is to not smoke at all. Despite much potential for marijuana as a medicine and safe recreational drug, smoking any herbal blend presents a dangerous long-term health risk to the user, including a possibly increased susceptibility to some cancers. Instead, the magic bullet lies with the vaporizer, a handheld device gaining popularity in the United States and around the world.
Rather than burning marijuana to produce smoke, a vaporizer heats the herb to an optimal temperature of approximately 338 F., just above the threshold at which inhalable vapors are produced, smelling lightly of smoke and, curiously, like popcorn. As for the science, Donald I. Abrams, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, reported in 2007 in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology “there was virtually no exposure to harmful combustion products” using the vaporizing device…”
Smoking Weed Has No Negative Effect On Health | The Rubin Report
“Published on Oct 4, 2013
According to U.S. researchers, marijuana has no negative effects on human health. They that determined that the weed users they studied were no more likely to go see the doctor than non-drug consumers.
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Researchers from the Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine randomly sampled patients who tested positive for marijuana to see if the marijuana-use had any impact on their health. They found that there’s no difference between people who smoke cannabis daily and those who do not.
Should this study come as a surprise, or are people finally beginning to come around on weed?
Should marijuana be legalized? .debate.org
Should Marijuana Use Be Legalized? usnews.com
The Health Effects of Marijuana
In this installment of a regular feature, the author attempts to present a balanced assessment of the health effects of marijuana.
By Michael Castleman
May/June 1981 motherearthnews.com
Although research into the health effects of marijuana often produced contradictory results, relatively disinterested assessments concluded the smoke irritates the throat and lungs and has as many carcinogenic compounds as tobacco…
Two years ago, investigators at the UCLA Pulmonary Research Laboratory published the abstract of a study on the respiratory effects of heavy marijuana smoking among 75 young men who consumed an average of five marijuana cigarettes, or joints, a day for two months. Among other less dramatic findings, this “Tashkin Report” suggested: “Smoking four joints a week may cause more respiratory impairment than smoking 16 cigarettes a day…”
Health Risks of Marijuana
by Dr. Anna Grace Tagliaferro narconon.org
“…Marijuana is known to causes risks to the lungs, brain, stomach and intestines, and mind. It can also cause birth defects. Here are the details…”
What smoking marijuana does to the brain By DENNIS THOMPSONHEALTHDAYNovember 11, 2014, 9:38 AM cbsnews.com
“…MRI scans revealed that people who use pot for years have a smaller-than-usual orbitofrontal cortex, a region in the frontal lobes of the brain that is involved in decision-making and assessing the expected rewards or punishments of an action, said study author Francesca Filbey, from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas…
How teenagers addicted to cannabis risk damaging their IQ and show signs normally seen in early Alzheimer’s By FIONA MACRAE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 16:07 EST, 27 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:54 EST, 28 August 2012
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I finally had the chance to see the popular movie “Frozen” for the first time yesterday. It was a special public “sing-a-long” (see short video) at the local campus. I’ve loved the song “Let it go” since it was frequently played on the radio and never knew it was from this movie until awhile after when I asked a co-worker. I did a karaoke version of this song this past summer too…
“Let it Go” (Kaoroke by Sal July 14′) in “Frozen” (14′ Winter “cold” Season ) w/Lyrics
After watching the movie, I’m now more understanding of this song as it became more meaningful to me personally. As I watched the movie, I did a lot of self-reflection and life symbolism (this grows when one meditates God’s Word in an almost daily basis and views almost everything symbolically). If you haven’t watched the movie, you might want to stop reading this blog as this might be a spoiler. I never knew what the whole story/plot of “Frozen” was, so I was watching with uncertainty on what will happen next.
The first scene of the movie, Anna and Elsa are playing like any other kids would be doing. Unfortunately, Anna got hurt for overplaying, which I remember getting hurt many times as a kid. It was a scene many of us can relate. I saw the injury as an almost concussion symptom with a head injury due to the fall accident. I almost got serious injured when I was playing (trying to pretend I was Superman) as a kid. I was trying to use a blanket as my flying robe as I slid down the handrails (4-6″ wide) of my parents’ 2-story house. Somehow, the blanket got caught and stuck, which caused me to fall almost a floor down. I hit the stairs down below pretty hard with my back landing on the curvature of one of the stairs below. I couldn’t breathe for a while as I landed on the right spot, which my parents came running out of the kitchen. They asked what happened and if I was ok, I tried to yell as loud as I can-“Yes, I’m o-k” (barely could say it as I was having trouble breathing) in a small voice. My parents went back to the kitchen and I then started to get up aching and relieved that my parents didn’t know what “really happened”. I look back years later and more thankful that I didn’t get severely hurt.
Anyways getting back to the movie, the popular song -“Let is Go” became more meaningful after I watched the movie. Elsa goes out to the mountains and starts building her own ice palace, so she can live by herself as she’s afraid of hurting more people with her powers (gifts). How this scene spoke to me is the part when she sings “let it go”, which I personally feel we need to get out there and use our God-given gifts..for “good” of course. Sometimes, we can use our “gifts” for “bad”. There is that freedom when we do use our gifts! What talents, skills, or gifts do you feel you have? Are you using them (e.g. workplace, church, family, etc..) ? …Using it to praise oneself or giving it glory to God?
The character that I personally somewhat identified myself with was Kristoff. There was a scene when Kristoff explained to Anna why he’s the way he is, which is due to isolating himself from the others because people can be so mean. I had a season like Kristoff (just wanted to just hangout with Sven…”Exclusive: Disney’s frozen Clip “Reindeers are better than people“)…
years ago when I just got “tired” of being “nice” to people as “they” have taken advantaged of my “niceness” (e.g. financially). I just wanted to put a wall (e.g. “No Man Is An Island
Tenth Avenue North“) and isolate myself. I started to just “keep to myself” in various ways, which in isolation-one can get oneself in trouble by doing things (e.g. sin) one shouldn’t be doing in the “dark”.
Towards the end of the movie, Anna is still suffering and is about to die as her heart is getting cold. In order for her to live, she need someone to kiss her that loves her too. In the middle of the movie, one would thought it would be Hans. As the movie progressed, the relationship grew between Anna and Kristoff. In the scene where Kristoff finally finds Anna on the frozen bay, Anna notices her sister (Elsa) is about to get killed by Hans. Anna runs to go between the sword of Hans and Elsa, which she freezes exactly in time to stop the in-coming sword. I would later saw this as symbol of how Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for “us”. However, Elsa hugs Anna and this love melts the ice and warms her heart to live again. After the movie, I went to a special church workshop on healing. The teacher would encourage us to have more compassion for the people we were praying for healing. I then started to reflect this ending scene of Frozen on the power of love can bring healing!