Ever Think About Judgement Seat Of Christ?
Reasons To Believe Jesus Is Who He Said He was!
Jesus himself taught that all the prophecies about him would be fulfilled. In other words, we have a testimony, not only that the writers themselves saw Jesus’s life as fulfillment of prophecy, but that Jesus did, too.
For example, in Luke 22:37, Jesus says, “I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment” (see Isaiah 53:12). Jesus saw that the predictions of the Messiah and his sufferings would be fulfilled in himself.
Jesus took up the principle of John 13:19 and foretold numerous details of what was going to happen to him so that we might believe when they happened. “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). Jesus saw the predictions of the Messiah and his sufferings being fulfilled in himself.
- He foresaw that his death would be by crucifixion (John 3:14, 12:32).
- He predicted that the disciples would find an unridden colt when they entered the town (Luke 19:30).
- When the disciples entered Jerusalem that last Thursday, he predicted they would meet a man with the water pitcher who would have a room for them to meet in (Luke 22:10).
- After three years of waiting, he knew the exact hour of his departure out of the world (John 13:1).
- Jesus knew that he would be betrayed, and who would betray him, and when it would happen (John 6:64, 13:1; Matthew 26:2, 21).
- He knew and predicted the fact and the time of Peter’s three denials (Matthew 26:34).
- Jesus predicted that the disciples would all fall away and be scattered (Matthew 26:31; John 16:32; Zechariah 13:7).
- Jesus prophesied that he would be “lifted up from the earth” (John 12:32). That is, he would not be stoned but crucified—not by Jews but by Romans. So the decisions of Pilate and the Jews of how to dispose of him were a fulfillment of his prediction.
He makes all these predictions, according to John 13:19, so that we would believe he is God, that what he says about himself is true.
In other words, Jesus is saying, “If you are struggling to believe that I am the promised Messiah, that I am the one who was in the beginning with God and was God (John 1:1), that I am the divine Son of God, who can forgive all your sins and give you eternal life and guide you on the path to heaven, then I want to help you believe. And one of the ways I am going to help you have well-grounded faith is by telling you what is going to happen to me before it happens, so that when it happens, you will have good reason to believe in me.”
Thank you John Piper!
Perspective Is Everything
Our Present Sufferings
Chronic pain. Unrelenting poverty. Sheer loneliness. Unremitting anxieties. What if this present suffering, whatever it may be, goes on for the rest of your life? How will you handle it? Should you continue to fight against every discomfort, unfairness, and heartache? Will it ever end?
We already know this life isn’t going to be easy, but heaven puts everything into perspective. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John ).
It may be hard to imagine, but once you are in heaven, your current sufferings won’t matter to you anymore. What will a mere seventy-two years of sorrow and pain look like after you have spent a million years in the presence of God himself? Once you are with him, you will have no more mourning. No kind of pain—not physical or emotional or spiritual or relational. No sicknesses at all. Not even a single tear. As Teresa of Avila said, “In the light of heaven, the worst sufferings on this earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.”
Pursuing Jesus happens best when we keep our eyes fixed on the end goal. The apostle Paul suffered much in his life, but he had this focused perspective: “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil. –14).
I am not trying to provide a pat, “religious” answer to whatever issue looms largest in your life at the moment. Nor am I trying to convince you that your situation should feel easy in comparison to someone else’s staggering circumstances. It’s just that if you want to receive genuine hope and perseverance from God, the quickest way to be strengthened by his grace is to look straight into his glory.
Taken from Not a Fan Daily Devotional by Kyle Idleman. Learn More
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Now That I'm A New Creation?
Wanted to share some great content from KLOVE Radio right from their website which really hits the mark about living the Christian Life! Follow these important steps and you can't go wrong....
The Bible says that you are a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) when you decide to follow Christ. Your old "self" is gone, and the new is here. As a result, we want to help you grow in your faith and in your knowledge of Jesus by providing you with some tips:
Read the Bible Daily
The Bible is God’s inspired instruction manual for us. It has many answers to help you live a life that pleases God. A good place to start is in the New Testament with the Gospel of Luke. The book of Acts is a great follow up; it contains the exciting story of how Christ’s disciples spread the Good News about His death, burial and resurrection.
As you read, ask God to give you understanding and wisdom: Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law (Psalm 119:18). Think about what you read: study and analyze it. Write down questions you have and ask a mature Christian to help clarify your understanding.
Pray with God Daily
Talk with God often. Talk over your problems with Him. Thank Him for who He is and what He has done for you. Confess your sins to Him and admit your weaknesses. Ask God to help show you how to live a life that pleases Him. Pray for others, that they too may choose to follow Jesus Christ as their Savior and give Him the leadership of their lives.
Depend on the Holy Spirit
The Bible teaches that now that you have chosen to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit actually lives within you (Romans 5:5; John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit will teach you, guide you, and strengthen you in times of need.
Attend Church Regularly
When you became a Christian, you began an authentic personal relationship with Jesus. However, it is important to also have authentic connections with other Christians. In a fireplace, many logs burn together creating heat and warmth, but a log by itself quickly dies out. Likewise, we too need the fellowship of other believers to keep our faith vibrant and growing. The Church is a place where you can worship God and make Him the focus of your life.
Be of Service to Others
Jesus tells us repeatedly to give our lives to serve Him, and to serve others. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life (Mark 8:35). The more you give yourself in service to others, the more you will enjoy your Christian life.
Conquer Your Doubts
At times you may doubt that you really are a Christian. Perhaps you have failed or surrendered repeatedly to temptation. Remember, you were not saved because of how good of a person you are, but by putting your trust in what Christ has already done for you. Trust the truth found in God’s Word over your own subjective feelings. I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life (I John 5:13).
Live One Day at a Time
Too often we become anxious about what might happen tomorrow. The Bible promises that God will meet our needs, if only we will seek first His righteousness (see Matthew 6:33-34). God’s grace will be sufficient to meet the challenges that each new day brings.
Hope you found this as deeply useful as I did,
Jay Hudgins. BTW RUSaved?
I usually don't participate in New Years Resolutions or weight loss programs but this 2014 was different. I just turned 50 years old in February and decided I wanted to feel better, look better and have better numbers when I go to the doctor for my annual check up. My wife and I along with other family members decided to have a little wager and see who could lose the most percentage of weight in 90 days. We called it Hudgins Biggest Loser which later humorously changed to Dump Your Rump. The two weight loss programs that I was looking into were The Daniel Plan(Rick Warren and friends) and Forks Over Knives. Both I learned are lifestyle changes, not diets. I read the Daniel Plan book and was ready to dive into this program until one night my wife and I watched a Documentary on Netflix(recommended by our good friends Dave and Liz) that changed the way we view food choices and how the food we put into our bodies can actually cause or prevent cancer, diabetes, Heart disease and many other serious conditions and I recommend everyone check this Documentary out, it's called Forks Over Knives.
Wikipedia describes Forks Over Knives as "Forks Over Knives is a 2011 American documentary film directed by American independent filmmaker Lee Fulkerson that advocates a low-fat whole-food, plant-based diet as a means of combating a number of diseases".
The following is a Forks Over Knives Synopsis:
What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960’s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.
These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.
The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food”; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.
The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.
FORKS OVER KNIVES utilizes state of the art 3-D graphics and rare archival footage. The film features leading experts on health, examines the question “why we don’t know”, and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.
FORKS OVER KNIVES was filmed all over the United States, and in Canada and China.
Check out this promo video below:
Its been about 4 months now since I started the Forks Over Knives Lifestyle and I feel great. I am at my Doctor prescribed weight and its getting easier to maintain it or should I say my body has really taken to the change in my food choices. It's as if my body is saying "thank you". I think clearer, I walk easier and I have way more energy than I did just a few months ago.
The amazing thing is, is that I haven't started exercising yet! With spring here and warmer weather coming I plan to start walking and biking to keep my heart strong and tighten up my belly more( which I also learned... belly fat is a big result of too much soda that I think I was addicted to). I haven't had a soda this year, just water for me and that is a miracle in itself.
What exactly do I eat? Morning is easiest, then lunch(pretty easy) but dinner is hardest to prepare. My routine:
Morning: Usually a smoothie or big bowl of cereal with fruit.
Favorite smoothie: 1 cup of frozen mango...1 cup of frozen strawberries...1 whole banana...1 cup of Quaker oats(traditional)... 1 table spoon of Chia seed (for protein) and 1 cup of Almond milk.
Lunch: Usually a big salad with Tofu, nuts, brown rice, any kind of vegetables I can throw in there, sometimes beans and light dressing( I know some people who skip the dressing). Not me.
Dinner: The hardest meal of the day for us! We still have a little chicken every now and then with Brown rice and Steamed broccoli. I like veggie burgers on a whole wheat bun. Bean soup is great for protein. We make our own pizzas with whole wheat pita bread, splash of extra virgin olive oil, lots of fresh vegetables, tomato sauce,a little fresh mozzarella and we have our own basil tree. Sometimes we are tired and we don't want to think about it and go straight for the Big Bowl of cereal again because it's fast and easy and serves as dessert as well!
Do I get hungry? Yes I do, but I always take an emergency pack with me wherever I go which consists of: a container of organic nuts or fruit(always a banana) or celery sticks, carrot sticks, different organic protein bars, Granola etc...
You can eat all day long if you eat the right things. My wife and I first started out trying new organic recipes in the early stages which were pretty good, but we soon discovered that these meals take a long time to prepare( and are expensive), so we go with what works for the amount of time we have to spend on a meal. Did I mention I like the big bowl!
I hope this blog was helpful and insightful. I really encourage you to watch the documentary "Forks Over Knives",(on Netflix) or down load from Amazon. It will change your life. It changed ours! God bless, jay.
If you're worried about getting enough protein on a vegetarian diet, you may be in for a surprise. Are you sitting down? The truth is, most Americans get way too much protein, and vegetarians can easily get more than enough protein in their diet as well. Many people still believe that protein is only available from meat and animal sources and we will all fall over dead without animal protein! Unless you're pregnant or an Olympic bodybuilder, you will likely get more than enough protein without even trying. Here are the best sources of protein for vegetarians and whole food consumers.
Whole grains are a great source of protein, but the queen of whole grains when it comes to protein content is quinoa. Just one cup of cooked quinoa contains 18 grams of protein, as well as nine grams of fiber. Other whole grains, including whole grain bread, brown rice, barley are all healthy protein-rich foods for vegetarians and vegans as well.
Protein content: One cup of cooked quinoa provides about 18 grams of protein.
Why you should eat it: Whole grains are a bargain! Shop in bulk and you can stock up on whole grains for about $1.50 a pound.
2. Beans, Lentils and Legumes
Protein content: One cup of canned kidney beans contains about 13.4 grams of protein.
Why you should eat it: Beans are one of the most common protein-rich foods for vegetarians. You can find beans in the grocery store or on the menu just about everywhere you may be.
Protein content: A half-cup of tofu contains 10 grams, and soy milk contains 7 grams of protein per cup.
Why you should eat it: You can add a bit of tofu to just about anything you cook, including stir-fries, pasta sauces, soups and salads.
4. Nuts, Seeds and Nut Butters
Protein content: Two tablespoons of peanut butter contains about 8 grams of protein.
Why you should eat it: Convenience! Stop into any 7-11 and pick up a snack of nuts to get a protein boost. And of course, kids love peanut butter too.
Read the label of your store-bought meat substitute products and veggie burgers and you'll find they are quite high in protein! Most commercial meat substitutes are made from either soy protein, wheat protein (wheat gluten) or a combination of the two. So toss a few veggie burgers on the grill or in the microwave, and watch those daily protein grams add right up. Homemade seitan is quite high in protein as well.
Protein content: One veggie patty contains about 10 grams of protein, and 100 grams of seitan provides 21 grams of protein.
Why you should eat it: Seitan and mock meats are great for barbecues or anytime you just want something hearty and filling.
Pictured: Seitan meat substitute
Protein content: Varies by brand, but as a guideline, one serving of tempeh (100 grams) provides about 18 grams of protein (that's even more protein per gram than tofu!)
Why you should eat it: Tempeh is a great alternative for folks who don't like tofu.
So what if you are an Olympic body builder or are trying to gain some serious muscle? In this case, your protein needs will be higher than us average vegetarians and you may be considering supplementing with protein powders or protein shakes. My personal trainer says to read the label and watch out for cheap fillers in whey and soy protein powders. She says it's best to shell out and invest in a good quality. Here's a few of my favorite vegan protein powders.
Protein content: Varies by brand, so read the label.
Why you should eat it: Well, you shouldn't really unless you have special protein needs, as real food is always best.
Pictured: Strawberry protein shake
Pictured: Vegetarian Quiche with 20 grams of protein