November Manna Highlights

Inner Life

The other day I got on the scales and was amazed at how much the scales had gotten off kilter. Now what was I going to do about these extra pounds? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If I can ever get down to my ideal weight I will prevent that overweight condition in the future. I think early detection is a key element. The same is true of spiritual problems. To know the danger signals we can avoid some heavy problems.

Consider these signs of lukewarmness:

Our Outer life is a direct reflection of our inner life, which is the part that God sees. It is time to revitalize our personal relationship with Jesus. Psalm 46:10 NIV- "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Ask Jesus to come into your heart and recharge the batteries of your soul.

Pastor Don Gettys

Love is a fabric which never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the water of adversity and grief.

E. C. McKenzie

Trust in the Lord
for His promise is true,
Delight in the Lord,
it will bring joy to you.
Commit yourself,
do His will every day,
Wait on the Lord,
hear what He has to say.

Ivar Seger

If you want to see people's lives touched and changed by the Lord, you must love them.

Oretha Hagin

Another Drug

We fear the Medullin Drug Cartel who exports white powder that does so much damage. But there's a Colombian Drug Cartel that could be considered more dangerous. The dried powder and beans they export are not hated, but are relished and loved.

This drug is more available and it's addictive substance is more subtle and insidious. The cost is millions of dollars for medical fees and work loss. It causes damage to the organs of the body and is implicated in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It is the drug of choice for 9 out of 10 Americans. Seventy-seven percent of children over 6 months old ingest this drug regularly.

Life is getting more jittery. Nerves are frazzled. Tempers are short. Six-hundred tons of sleeping pills are taken each year, in hopes to wind down to get sleep.

Have you guessed we're talking about caffeine and it's calamitous cousins: tea, cola, and chocolate. This mind altering drug is trouble brewing in American's pots. It causes a surge of energy only to leave it's user tired, cranky and depleted. Caffeinism can resemble manic and panic disorders, anxiety and personal disorders.

Consuming 33 million gallons of coffee every day causes grounds for concern. This doesn't include tea, cola, over the counter drugs, or chocolate. It can be addictive. The average "dose" is 280 mg. A day, which is the amount that will alter the mood and behavior.

Caffeine is a drug related to amphetamines called analiptics. It is a member of the same group of addictive alkaloid chemicals as morphine, nicotine, cocaine, and strychnine.

Caffeine is capable of chromosome and body systems damage. Pregnant women are warned against excessive caffeine. It's been taken off the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list.

Coffee jitters are not the only price for "waking up". That cup is just brimming with trouble. Caffeine is converted into uric acid which causes poor balance, racing and pounding heart, insomnia, disconnected thoughts, poor memory, headaches, agitation, dehydration, fatigue, hand tremors, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and much more. What one gets for waking up with that brown drink! Maybe it's better for the caffeine drinker to stay asleep.

While the nerves are stimulated, caffeine leaves a hangover effect where mental efficiency falls below normal. It impairs memory, increases restlessness, negatively affects job performance, and professional advancement can be more difficult.

Caffeine uses stored energy at the expense of future needs. It causes an accumulation of cyclic AMP, which is essential to energy production, so one feels a burst of energy. It inhibits the activity of phosphodiesterase, which breaks down cyclic AMP and stops energy production.

The results are high blood sugar and over-production of insulin. This cycle AMP stimulates glandular tissues, like breast tissue, to grow beyond the normal boundaries, which could cause cancer. This helps to increase fats in the blood to increase the risk of heart attacks. Caffeine can cause long-term memory impairment gene-altering changes in chromosomes. This can carry down to future generations.

                      The Heavenly Endowment

                   Each Year beyond Three-Score-and-Ten
                   Is a golden Dividend
                   Granted us from Heaven's Largess
                   By our Maker and our Friend.

                   Does it not therefore behoove us
                   To imply each proffered Day,
                   That's so graciously bequeathed us
                   In some useful, faithful Way?

                   For we know not at what Moment
                   In these brief extended Years,
                   Time will end our earthly Sojourn
                   In this Vale of Trial and Tears.

                   This gratuity of Seasons,
                   Irrespective of its length,
                   Is an Heavenly Endowment
                   That renews our Hope and Strength.

                   Let us strive that all our Efforts
                   May reflect our gratitude,
                   For this undeserved Addendum
                   To our temporal Interlude.

                       Adrian V. Boyer

Dear McDonald Road Family

When I had the misfortune of a fall, resulting in a broken leg and surgery:

You became god's fingers and tenderly wiped away my tears;

You became God's hands and ministered to my needs;

You became God's feet and brought me food. Then you stayed with me through the night, because I couldn't get out of my bed;

You became God's ears when you called me to ask how I was coming along, even though I was a stranger to you;

Therefore, even though ye did these things unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto Him.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and may God richly bless each one of you.

- Terry

It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.

Thank You, God

Cornelius Ryan, who wrote A Bridge Too Far, suffered from cancer for the last four and a half years of his life. During that time he wrote:

"Each morning, for the past two or three years, that I've awakened, the first words that I've said are thank You God for the find day.' It's not mattered if the weather has been bad or good. What's been important is that God has seen me through the night and given me another day to work and be with my family. I continue to thank God. He's allowed me to do what's important. I have received more than my share of blessings. I've been able to cram so much into my life. The most rewarding moments, the best writing, I think, I've done, the love I've had from my wife and children, and the joy I've taken in their accomplishments. They have all been realized in the years I had cancer my longest night."

Katherine Morgan Ryan in "A Private Battle"

Even though we can't have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don't get what we deserve.

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