And as we know, Sheldon Cooper is never as well, at a loss for words either. I just thought why not sound like the next person out there who continues to tell you they’ve latched onto the very thing that will help you live longer, jump higher, run faster, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah!
Today’s blog is on a roll for sure. It’s not a jelly roll either, cause apparently those are very bad for you. If you listen to all those who’s who’s out there, everything is pretty much bad for you.
How To Live Long And Prosper
Personally if I could I’d like to ask my first husband Joe’s grandfather, his secret to living as long as he did. I don’t want to ask the latest person everyone is latching onto. Sure as shoot’n just as the crowd follows him, they’ll latch onto the next person who comes along who everyone hears has the latest live long, jump higher, run faster advice.
How long did my first husbands grandfather live? Glad you asked. He lived to be 105. I’m guessing it was good old fashioned Pennsylvania living. Good old fashioned know how. He didn’t have to watch television or read the latest guru books on how to. Nope, he was born during the age of no television. He was living in the age of television being just a few channels. Comedy, some wholesome television viewing. Could that be it? Maybe! Maybe it was when more channels were added to his television viewing, or cable entered upon the scene. NOT! It was none of that. And biggest shocker of them all…
Joe’s grandfather lived long without the apparent latest rage.
Salty or Sweet
I need to back up and explain a little about what has brought forth this blog. Yesterday someone came up to me and said that since I knew a lot (some in my head) about cooking and baking, they wanted to know if we, Publix, carried Himalayan Salt. Quite honestly, I told them they stumped me. This doesn’t often happen because I love to be up on the latest things on the kitchen scene or in kitchen science. I told her I didn’t know, and what followed should not have come as a surprise to me, because after this, it happened again, and again.
The Yellow Brick Road
Oh jiminy cricket, really! You can disagree with me right here, right now, stop reading if you’d like. If you look at the title you might already be savvy to where I’m heading, and where I walk is not down that Dr. Oz yellow paved brick road. Now please, please, please don’t judge me. Don’t critique me for not thinking him my wizard, or any wizard of wondrous healing powers. If anything, take pity on all of us in retail. Every single time he opens his mouth, all these people on the brick road of his following want whatever the latest “live long and prosper” do-dad he mentions.
Yesterday was no different trip on the road. Only this poor woman hit a road block. So being me, I did look into the matter. Although I’m not going to go purchase this product just because Dr. Oz has said so. Or because the viewing public says so.
Now granted I’ll give you this, it’s pretty as all get out. I personally think it would be so pretty to sprinkle on our wintery icy roads up north. Think how pretty in pink they’d all be… and apparently healthier for it too! =)
Now I’m saying this because basically this salt is rock salt. This is just pretty though, and because it is, and because Dr. Oz said so, now it’s the popular salt on the block… pun intended! =) See, I have a great sense of humor all you who, thought not. =)
I know that there are many things that are bad for us, good for us, but for golly-gee sakes can we stop jumping on every thing some celebrated human says as gospel truth.
Amazing as it is… when the Gospel Truth is presented there is a kind of hush, all over the world. It’s true.
I’m just say’n. So often we want that cure all, live long and prosper thing. If you want it this way, or Dr. Oz’ way, it’s gonna cost. He’s living in a world where he makes, shall I say, a fair salary. How many of the underprivileged, or the down and out get to live long and prosper because of all he shares.
People who shop these days know that prices are going higher and higher. I hear about it each and every day. I know this myself, yet people are compelled to tell all of us in retail, as if we don’t know it first hand. We too live in the real world and we get it, we know, we live it.
So… when I hear from a lot of people who often tell me all about the prices of things going high, higher, highest, I wonder. I wonder how it is they can be in search for some Himalayan Pink Salt.
Anywho, I’m going to end all this here and now. It’s been a pretty, if not informational journey down the now paved in pink brick road of learning. I’m not on this journey to tell you whether Dr. Oz is right, or wrong. I’m just say’n. He is the man with power in this hour of living. Tomorrow it very well could be someone else everyone will latch onto.
Now there is my man of every hour. He is a man for all seasons. Did you know, and I know I’m not some infamous on television popularized woman on the internet. I don’t even have a following, let alone a follower. That doesn’t stop me though because I follow the One who I know should be followed.
Yes, we have to live, learn and prosper. We however need to be a bit more concerned about the after here though. Everyone of us is going to live in the end. Heaven or Hell, these are the options.
What is my source? It’s the Bible of Course!
Want to talk about something that has stood the test of time and been around a long time?
The following is an answer given from: Got Questions.
Question: “What is the Bible?”
Answer: The word “Bible” comes from the Latin and Greek words meaning “book,” a fitting name, since the Bible is the book for all people, for all time. It’s a book like no other, in a class by itself.
Sixty-six different books comprise the Bible. They include books of law, such as Leviticus and Deuteronomy; historical books, such as Ezra and Acts; books of poetry, such as Psalms and Ecclesiastes; books of prophecy, such as Isaiah and Revelation; biographies, such as Matthew and John; and epistles (formal letters) such as Titus and Hebrews.
What is the Bible? – The Authors
About 40 different human authors contributed to the Bible, which was written over a period of about 1500 years. The authors were kings, fishermen, priests, government officials, farmers, shepherds, and doctors. From all this diversity comes an incredible unity, with common themes woven throughout.
The Bible’s unity is due to the fact that, ultimately, it has one Author—God Himself. The Bible is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The human authors wrote exactly what God wanted them to write, and the result was the perfect and holy Word of God (Psalm 12:6; 2 Peter 1:21).
What is the Bible? – The Divisions
The Bible is divided into two main parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. In short, the Old Testament is the story of a nation, and the New Testament is the story of a Man. The nation was God’s way of bringing the Man—Jesus Christ—into the world.
The Old Testament describes the founding and preservation of the nation of Israel. God promised to use Israel to bless the whole world (Genesis 12:2-3). Once Israel was established as a nation, God raised up a family within that nation through whom the blessing would come: the family of David (Psalm 89:3-4). Then, from the family of David was promised one Man who would bring the promised blessing (Isaiah 11:1-10).
The New Testament details the coming of that promised Man. His name was Jesus, and He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament as He lived a perfect life, died to become the Savior, and rose from the dead.
What is the Bible? – The Central Character
Jesus is the central character in the Bible—the whole book is really about Him. The Old Testament predicts His coming and sets the stage for His entrance into the world. The New Testament describes His coming and His work to bring salvation to our sinful world.
Jesus is more than a historical figure; in fact, He is more than a man. He is God in the flesh, and His coming was the most important event in the history of the world. God Himself became a man in order to give us a clear, understandable picture of who He is. What is God like? He is like Jesus; Jesus is God in human form (John 1:14; 14:9).
What is the Bible? – A Brief Summary
God created man and placed him in a perfect environment; however, man rebelled against God and fell from what God intended him to be. God placed the world under a curse because of sin but immediately set in motion a plan to restore humanity and all creation to its original glory.
As part of His plan of redemption, God called Abraham out of Babylonia into Canaan (about 2000 B.C.). God promised Abraham, his son Isaac, and his grandson Jacob (also called Israel) that He would bless the world through a descendant of theirs. Israel’s family emigrated from Canaan to Egypt, where they grew to be a nation.
About 1400 B.C., God led Israel’s descendants out of Egypt under the direction of Moses and gave them the Promised Land, Canaan, as their own. Through Moses, God gave the people of Israel the Law and made a covenant (testament) with them. If they would remain faithful to God and not follow the idolatry of the surrounding nations, then they would prosper. If they forsook God and followed idols, then God would destroy their nation.
About 400 years later, during the reigns of David and his son Solomon, Israel was solidified into a great and powerful kingdom. God promised David and Solomon that a descendant of theirs would rule as an everlasting king.
After Solomon’s reign, the nation of Israel was divided. The ten tribes to the north were called “Israel,” and they lasted about 200 years before God judged them for their idolatry. Assyria took Israel captive about 721 B.C. The two tribes in the south were called “Judah,” and they lasted a little longer, but eventually they, too, turned from God. Babylon took them captive about 600 B.C.
About 70 years later, God graciously brought a remnant of the captives back into their own land. Jerusalem, the capital, was rebuilt about 444 B.C., and Israel once again established a national identity. Thus, the Old Testament closes.
The New Testament opens about 400 years later with the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Jesus was the descendant promised to Abraham and David, the One to fulfill God’s plan to redeem mankind and restore creation. Jesus faithfully completed His work—He died for sin and rose from the dead. The death of Christ is the basis for a new covenant (testament) with the world. All who have faith in Jesus will be saved from sin and live eternally.
After His resurrection, Jesus sent His disciples to spread the news everywhere of His life and His power to save. Jesus’ disciples went in every direction spreading the good news of Jesus and salvation. They traveled through Asia Minor, Greece, and all the Roman Empire. The New Testament closes with a prediction of Jesus’ return to judge the unbelieving world and free creation from the curse.
The Man Behind The Curtain or Jesus
You can gain a lot of knowledge here and now, you can go to college, you can listen and learn from Dr. Oz, or several others who are followed. You can live, learn and yes maybe prosper. Just remember though, it’s not all about here, and now, it’s about Eternity. Jesus will always remain the same, all the human doctor who’s who’s will change daily.
The following again is taken from: Got Questions
Question: “Who is Jesus Christ?”
Answer: Unlike the question “Does God exist?” very few people question whether Jesus Christ existed. It is generally accepted that Jesus was truly a man who walked on the earth in Israel 2000 years ago. The debate begins when the subject of Jesus’ full identity is discussed. Almost every major religion teaches that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher or a godly man. The problem is that the Bible tells us that Jesus was infinitely more than a prophet, a good teacher, or a godly man.
C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity writes the following: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.”
So, who did Jesus claim to be? Who does the Bible say He is? First, let’s look at Jesus’ words in John 10:30; “I and the Father are one.” At first glance, this might not seem to be a claim to be God. However, look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement, “‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God’” (John 10:33). The Jews understood Jesus’ statement as a claim to be God. In the following verses, Jesus never corrects the Jews by saying, “I did not claim to be God.” That indicates Jesus was truly saying He was God by declaring, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). John 8:58 is another example: “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” Again, in response, the Jews took up stones in an attempt to stone Jesus (John 8:59). Jesus’ announcing His identity as “I am” is a direct application of the Old Testament name for God (Exodus 3:14). Why would the Jews again want to stone Jesus if He had not said something they believed to be blasphemous, namely, a claim to be God?
John 1:1 says “the Word was God.” John 1:14 says “the Word became flesh.” This clearly indicates that Jesus is God in the flesh. Thomas the disciple declared to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him. The apostle Paul describes Him as, “…our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). The apostle Peter says the same, “…our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1). God the Father is witness of Jesus’ full identity as well, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” Old Testament prophecies of Christ announce His deity, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
So, as C.S. Lewis argued, believing Jesus to be only a good teacher is not an option. Jesus clearly and undeniably claimed to be God. If He is not God, then He is a liar, and therefore not a prophet, good teacher, or godly man. In attempts to explain away the words of Jesus, modern “scholars” claim the “true historical Jesus” did not say many of the things the Bible attributes to Him. Who are we to argue with God’s Word concerning what Jesus did or did not say? How can a “scholar” two thousand years removed from Jesus have better insight into what Jesus did or did not say than those who lived with, served with, and were taught by Jesus Himself (John 14:26)?
Why is the question over Jesus’ true identity so important? Why does it matter whether or not Jesus is God? The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Only God could pay such an infinite penalty (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to be God so that He could pay our debt. Jesus had to be man so He could die. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ deity is why He is the only way of salvation. Jesus’ deity is why He proclaimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Well We Are On The Subject: Rock
The following is also from: Got Questions
Question: “What is the rock in Matthew 16:18?”
Answer: The debate rages over whether “the rock” on which Christ will build His church is Peter, or Peter’s confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). In all honesty, there is no way for us to be 100% sure which view is correct. The grammatical construction allows for either view. The first view is that Jesus was declaring that Peter would be the “rock” on which He would build His church. Jesus appears to be using a play on words. “You are Peter (petros) and on this rock (petra) I will build my church.” Since Peter’s name means rock, and Jesus is going to build His church on a rock – it appears that Christ is linking the two together. God used Peter greatly in the foundation of the church. It was Peter who first proclaimed the Gospel on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-47). Peter was also the first to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:1-48). In a sense, Peter was the rock “foundation” of the church.
The other popular interpretation of the rock is that Jesus was referring not to Peter, but to Peter’s confession of faith in verse 16: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus had never explicitly taught Peter and the other disciples the fullness of His identity, and He recognized that God had sovereignly opened Peter’s eyes and revealed to him who Jesus really was. His confession of Christ as Messiah poured forth from him, a heart-felt declaration of Peter’s personal faith in Jesus. It is this personal faith in Christ which is the hallmark of the true Christian. Those who have placed their faith in Christ, as Peter did, are the church. Peter expresses this in 1 Peter 2:4 when he addressed the believers who had been dispersed around the ancient world: “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
At this point, Jesus declares that God had revealed this truth to Peter. The word for “Peter,” Petros, means a small stone (John 1:42). Jesus used a play on words here with petra (“on this rock”) which means a foundation boulder, as in Matthew 7:24; 25 when He described the rock upon which the wise man builds his house. Peter himself uses the same imagery in his first epistle: the church is built of numerous small petros “living stones” (1 Peter 2:5) who, like Peter, confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and those confessions of faith are the bedrock of the church.
In addition, the New Testament makes it abundantly clear that Christ is both the foundation (Acts 4:11; 121 Corinthians 3:11) and the head (Ephesians 5:23) of the church. It is a mistake to think that here He is giving either of those roles to Peter. There is a sense in which the apostles played a foundational role in the building of the church (Ephesians 2:20), but the role of primacy is reserved for Christ alone, not assigned to Peter. So, Jesus’ words here are best interpreted as a simple play on words in that a boulder-like truth came from the mouth of one who was called a small stone. And Christ Himself is called the “chief cornerstone” (1 Peter 2:6; 7). The chief cornerstone of any building was that upon which the building was anchored. If Christ declared Himself to be the cornerstone, how could Peter be the rock upon which the church was built? It is more likely that the believers, of which Peter is one, are the stones which make up the church, anchored upon the Cornerstone, “and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6).
The Roman Catholic Church uses the argument that Peter is the rock to which Jesus referred as evidence that it is the one true church. As we have seen, Peter’s being the rock is not the only valid interpretation of this verse. Even if Peter is the rock in Matthew 16:18; this is meaningless in giving the Roman Catholic Church any authority. Scripture nowhere records Peter being in Rome. Scripture nowhere describes Peter as being supreme over the other apostles. The New Testament does not describe Peter as being the “all authoritative leader” of the early Christian church. Peter was not the first pope, and Peter did not start the Roman Catholic Church. The origin of the Catholic Church is not in the teachings of Peter or any other apostle. If Peter truly was the founder of the Roman Catholic Church, it would be in full agreement with what Peter taught (Acts chapter 2, 1 Peter, 2 Peter).
It’s not following if He’s not leading.
The Body of Christ is the Church. The building can be sale. Can change hands, can be taken over by whomever. This Body, The Body of Christ, His Church, it can only stand on the Rock of Ages.
What Is Best
Can I just say we are free people. We are free to choose. For instance, if I was to follow all the latest things, like sugar being bad. I’m not going to get anywhere with that with any of all of you who believe it to be so. My latest Duncan Hines creations will be uninteresting, even deadly little treats to you. To me, and to many, not so much.
Sugar, guns, and a lot more many things are only bad when misused. Oh how proud my husband would be of me sharing the above; about guns I mean. He’s an avid gun lover. Me? Not so much, yet we survive on disagreeing about this. We come together living out what is best for each of us. We agree on tha major things, and the minor, they are just that minor.
Something minor isn’t what is best.
Scott Krippayne: The Best Is Yet To Come
Until all have heard of and know, His Love,