October Manna Highlights

                      The Calf-Path 

                   One day through the primeval wood
                   A calf walked home, as good calves should;
                   But made a trail all bent askew,
                   A crooked trail as all calves do.

                   Since then two hundred years have fled,
                   And, I infer, the calf is dead.
                   But still he left behind his trail,
                   And thereby hangs my moral tale.

                   The trail was taken up next day
                   By a lone dog that passed that way;
                   And then the wise bell-wether sheep
                   Pursued the trail o'er vale and steep,
                   And drew the flock behind him, too,
                   As good bell-wethers always do.

                   And from that day, o'er hill and glade,
                   Through those old woods a path was made;
                   And many men wound in and out,
                   And dodged and turned, and bent about
                   And uttered words of righteous wrath
                   Because twas such a crooked path.

                   But still they followed do not laugh  
                   The first migrations of that calf,
                   And through this winding wood-way stalked,
                   Because he wobbled when he walked.

                   This forest path became a lane,
                   That bent, and turned, and turned again;
                   This crooked lane became a road,
                   Were many a poor horse with his load

                   Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
                   And traveled some three miles in one.
                   And thus a century and a half
                   They trod the footsteps of that calf.

                   The years passed on in swiftness fleet,
                   The road became a village street;
                   And this, before men were aware,
                   A city's crowded thoroughfare;
                   And soon the central street was this 
                   Of a renowned metropolis,
                   And men two centuries and a half
                   Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

                   Each day a hundred thousand rout
                   Followed the zigzag calf about;
                   And o'er his crooked journey went
                   The traffic of a continent.
                   A hundred thousand men were led
                   By one calf near three centuries dead.
                   They followed still his crooked way,
                   And lost one hundred years a day;
                   For thus such reverence is lent
                   To well-established precendent.

                   A moral lesson this might teach,
                   Were I ordained and called to preach;
                   For men are prone to go it blind
                   Along the calf-paths of the mind,
                   And work away from sun to sun
                   To do what other men have done.

                   They follow in the beaten track,
                   And out and in, and forth and back,
                   And still their devious course pursue,
                   To keep the path that others do.
                   Ah! Many things this tale might teach,  
                   But I am not ordained to preach.
                       
                           Sam Walter Foss
Romans 12:2 states: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is His good, pleasing and perfect will."

Many patterns are set before us by this world. Ways which seem common and acceptable by those around us. We are in constant danger of following these "calf paths" if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Only this will keep our feet on the straight and narrow path.

Kent Crutcher



What we need now is fewer people who live across the street and more neighbors.

Elbert Forester


Immunity

Some people have a greater immunity to germs then others do. It's a cellular network that constantly monitors our bodies, destroying organisms that would make us sick. It's our armor plate against illness, and we can make ours stronger.

A good diet, sufficient sleep, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are major pillars to our resistance to illness. There are certain foods which promote optimal immunity.

Getting back to the natural wholesome foods will minimize your risk of disease. Herbal teas with no caffeine, fresh fruit and vegetable juices along with whole grains, nuts, legumes, herbal seasonings, cold-pressed oils, fresh made soups, no sugar, fresh vegetables (including plenty of fresh greens), and fruits will put you on the right road.

Stress and other emotional factors have a strong impact on our immune system. Even minor stress raises the level of adrenaline and cortisol, which depresses immunity when elevated. Just studying for an exam shows a decline in natural killer cells.

Our emotions can have a positive effect. "Minor events that are pleasant have a stronger impact on the immunity than upsetting ones do," says Arthur Stone, PH.D. In his studies it shows that an argument lowered immunity for that day, but seeing an enjoyable story on television boosted the immune system for two days! It pays to be good to yourself, for pleasant events help to make a drop in catching colds.

Good friends are body builders for the immune system lowering adrenaline for we feel safer and happier around friends.

Social isolation is risky. Those who receive social and emotional support had less anxiety, depression, and pain. Holding in our thoughts and feelings can be hard on our immune system. Dr. Pennebaker showed that people who wrote about their traumatic experience had a stronger immunity and were sick half as much as people who didn't.

How we react to stress has more effect on our health than stress itself. A positive self image and confidence in our ability to cope tends to reduce the stress hormones. Act like a winner! Convince yourself that you are in control and you have a better chance of being so and it will boost your immune system in the process.

  A 12 Step Plan

  1. Avoid excess stress: Learn to be calmer.
  2. Take action: Anything you do to resolve a problem helps to defuse stress.
  3. Let friends help: Keep up your social contacts during stress.
  4. Open up: Talk about problems to people you trust.
  5. Be good to yourself: Indulge in pleasant activities.
  6. Learn to relax: Learn to practice relaxing techniques.
  7. Eat a balanced diet: It's the fuel for the immunity.
  8. Get regular exercise: Walk briskly for 45 minutes each day.
  9. Don't smoke: It decreases levels of immune cells.
  10. Don't drink alcohol beverages.
  11. Don't short change your sleep: Being chronically short of sleep sets you up for illness.
  12. A stress management program will help people suffering from chronic stress.

                         The Antidote

                    In all the Pharmacies of Earth,
                    No Medication sold,
                    Or Antidote for Age is found
                    That stops our getting Old.
                    
                    No Remedy or Anodyne
                    That Druggists may contrive
                    Can halt the geriatric Trend,
                    Or keep Mankind alive.
                    
                    The cancerous Germs of Sin infest
                    Both Infant, Maid and Sire,
                    Without regard for Man or Beast  
                    Thus all at length expire.
                    
                    But in the Heavenly Pharmacy
                    There IS a Remedy,
                    A healing Potion that our Lord
                    Prepared for you and me.
                    
                    For every Sin-sick Soul on Earth
                    This Antidote is free,
                    And each Prescription bears the Seal
                    Of Heaven's Guarantee.
                    
                    So why should any languish here,
                    Afflicted by Despair,
                    When all One has to do is pray
                    The Sinner's contrite Prayer?
                    
                    Then Jesus will prescribe for you
                    Eternal Life with Love,
                    And every Sin-cured Soul will go
                    To dwell with Him above.
                                      
                               Adrian V. Boyer

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, but conformity.

by Rollo May


The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd wants to be intimate with you. He wants you to learn His quiet whisperings. He wants to disclose Himself to you. Jesus wants to manifest His life fully to those who follow Him and pour out His life fully to those who follow Him and pour out His very life through them. And how do we qualify for this privilege? Simply by making ourselves available to Him in childlike faith. God certainly uses people trained in theological wisdom and those with communication and leadership skills, but He also uses very ordinary people who trust in a covenant-keeping God and take His word as truth.

Tom White in Breaking Strongholds' How Spiritual Warfare sets Captives Free.


In a big hurry

One other problem in our lives is that we allow no room, no space, no time in our lives for helping others. "Our programs are crowded, and we are in a big hurry, Jesus. We understand you, but you don't understand us! We live in the real world," we protest, "and this simple idealism has no place here." We are caught up in an urbanized, technological culture that is marked by competitiveness, and we are taught to be predatory, greedy, cunning and ambitious. The side effect is that we have become hedonists, devoted to our personal delights, and narcissistic lovers of ourselves before everyone else. It is a new idolatry, self-worship! So we have no time for the "least of these."

Samuel D. Proctor in the sermon, "The bottom Line".



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