Consider these signs of lukewarmness:
Pastor Don Gettys
E. C. McKenzie
Trust in the Lord
for His promise is true,
Delight in the Lord,
it will bring joy to you.
do His will every day,
Wait on the Lord,
hear what He has to say.
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
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.
It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.
"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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