February Manna Highlights

Help One Another

Trees are one of my favorite things. The great Sequoia trees stand tall with many reaching more than 300 feet! I read an amazing thing about those trees the other day. I was interested to find out how deep the roots go down to hold up such a giant monster tree. To my surprise these mega-trees have a very shallow root system. So how can an object 300 feet tall stand a terrific wind storm and live hundreds and hundreds of years old? How can this be? The secret is where the roots go. They do not go down, they go way out and embrace the roots of a near by sequoia. You seldom or never see a single sequoia tree standing very tall. They get their strength from holding hands and embracing each other. One tree can only stand tall if they all stand tall.

That is how it is with Christians. We are strong only as we associate with other Christians. Hebrews 10:25 urges us to congregate together. Attend church. Develop Christian friends and you will grow taller in the divine image of God. Ephesians 4:32---"Be kind and compassionate to one another..." By reaching out to help another we help ourselves.

Together, nine physically challenged persons conquered Mount Rainier. One of the mountain climbers had an artificial leg. Another was an epileptic. Two were deaf, and five were blind. Despite these disabilities, the nine successfully negotiated the 14,000 foot climb and got back down again. Asked how they managed to perform this amazing feat, one of the blind members of the party said simply, "We had a lot of help from each other on the trip." There is no way, the Gospels tell us, that we can successfully negotiate our life's journey without a lot of help from each other. And the reason is, we are all handicapped. We are all emotionally and spiritually flawed in some way.

In the McDonald Road Seventh-Day Adventist Family we need each other. Ours is a close family. A strong church that stands tall for Jesus is a church that reaches out to others. Let us be rooted in the Truth of Jesus and His Word. Let us daily reach out and help others.

Pastor Don Gettys

                         Harbingers of Spring

                        Just Today we saw some Robins,
                        And two Bluebirds in a Tree,
                        And we heard some Peepers tuning
                        Up their vernal Symphony,

                        What a lift it gave our Spirits,
                        And our Hearts began to sing,
                        For we recognized these Heralds
                        To be Harbingers of Spring.

                        How our winter Wearies vanished
                        Like the Hoarfrost on the Sward,
                        When we marked a Patch of Crocus
                        Blooming brightly in our Yard.

                        Soon the Season of Beginnings
                        Will supplant bleak Winter's chill,
                        And the Earth will spread its Verdure
                        Over Valley, Heath and Hill.

                                                        Adrian V. Boyer

If you're headed in the right direction, each step, no matter how small, is getting you closer to your goal.

- H. Jackson Brownie in P.S. I Love You


Smoking Shortens Lives

Studies show that men who have smoked most of their life have a 42 percent chance of reaching the age of 73 compared to 78 percent for men who have not smoked. The researchers say that smoking was the main cause for early death in a group of 7,735 men.

Positive Lifestyle "Vitality Pill" Free of Charge!

by Charlene Anderson, Health/Temperance Leader Embrace your life, renewed, recharged and revitalized! Let's look at another way we may do this. As many people leave their teens, they don't exercise their bodies to keep them strong. They succumb to aging without challenging themselves and wonder why they are tired or can't seem to keep up. More people die from lack of exercise than from too much.

We may achieve self-confidence, self-esteem and a much better level of health and movement by adding some daily exercise to our lives. The question is: do we want more out of our lives?

III John 2 tells us that God wants us to prosper and be in good health. In Counsels on Health page 52 and 173, we are told "Walking in the fresh air is the best exercise." In Testimonies vol.3, pg. 78 it says no exercise can take it's place. Other statements from the "red books" say that walking causes the blood to circulate properly, strengthens the organs, aids digestion, invigorates the body, relieves weariness of your brain, lungs and muscles are made healthy. The list could go on and on!

Many illnesses are caused by lack of exercise! Our muscles weaken, nerves become unbalanced and our minds become dull and forgetful.

The death rate among those who are fit, yet have high cholesterol and high blood pressure is just half of those who aren't fit.

Dr. Robert Thayer PH.D. puts his patients on exercise because he says, "its's the best way to lift their moods." Those who walk 20 minutes, 3 times a week, were 57% less likely to suffer a stroke. Exercise, like biking, reduced the risk by two-thirds.

Walking helps to control blood pressure and Cholesterol levels by raising the good HDL. Also, it enhances blood enzymes that break down dangerous clots. Daily and moderation are the key words.

Physical activity helps to reduce the risk of colon cancer and enhances glucose metabolism in our cells. It helps to reduce abdominal fat and helps in preventing bone loss. Those who exercise have far fewer fractures and fall less often than those who don't exercise.

Exercise? "I have too little energy." "I'm too old." "I'm not well." "I can't walk but a few steps." "I have a breathing problem." These are honest complaints, but they can be used as excuses. Exercise helps all of those problems.

Begin slowly. Walk a short distance (1/4 mile or just a few steps) for a few days, then add a little more each day. Stay with your distance until it becomes easy to do, then increase it. Soon you'll be exercising 30 minutes a day which will put you in the fitness zone.

Can't get out or use a walker? Opening your door and walking in your home, in the fresh air, will add to your health.

So if you want more energy, optimism and self-esteem, you'll need to get moving - 30 minutes worth!

We were granted two divine privileges: to give, and to forgive.

Only God is able

There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God. We bend our knees before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb.... We have worshiped the god of pleasure only to discover that thrills play out and sensations are short-lived. We have bowed before the god of money only to learn that there are such things as love and friendship that money cannot buy and that, in a world of possible depressions, stock market crashes and bad business investments, money is a rather uncertain deity. These transitory gods are not able to save or bring happiness to the human heart. Only God is able. It is faith we must rediscover.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

A house was burning down. The whole family was able to escape the roaring flames, except for one child. He was trapped on the second story of the house. His father, standing on the ground below the window, called out to his son, "Jump, and I'll catch you!"

"I can't," the son replied. "I can't see you for all the smoke."

"Don't worry," the father answered, "I can see you."

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