McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church    Vol. 11 ¨ No. 8

The Charge
by Adrian V. Boyer
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. Matt. 16:24

"Take up your Cross", the Master said,
And follow Me,
And I will place upon your Brow
A Crown of Victory".

What Via Dolorosa then
I may be called to trod,
Is not for me to apprehend,
This is the Will of God.

My self and all my cherished Plans,
And every idol Whim
I must deny nor reason why,
But put my trust in Him.

For should I stubbornly pursue
My self-determined Way,
How sad my Lord would be if I
His Will do not obey.

But Heaven's Grace will quite suffice
To save my sin-sick Soul,
And cleanse me from all Guilt and Stain,
And make me fully Whole.

May God make me attentive to
The Saviour's Call to bear
The Cross He has commissioned me
Is my most fervent Prayer.

Are you awake?

A little girl was sorting out her thoughts. She said to her father, "When you're asleep, you can wake up, right?"
"Yes," the father responded.
She then asked an even more pertinent question. "When you're awake," she queried, "can you wake up even more?"
How might you have answered that question? Those who have had their spiritual eyes opened by Christ would say emphatically, "Yes! You can wake up even more when you begin to see with the eyes of Christ."

Reflection for Parents

Kids today learn a lot
about getting to the moon,
but very little
about getting to heaven.
David Jeremiah

Children's Letters to God

Dear God,
I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want You to know, but I am not just saying that because You are God already.

Dear God,
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?

Dear God,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?

Making Apologies

From Texas judge Ted Poe: "I'm telling you, a little shame can go a long way. Some folks say everyone should have high self-esteem, but that's not the real world. Sometimes people should feel bad." Judge Poe often sentences offenders to publicly admit their crimes and apologize for them. He has compelled shoplifters to carry signs in front of stores they have robbed warning people not to do what they did. A wife beater has had to apologize to his wife on the city hall steps. A teenager who splashed graffiti on 13 schools had to go to each school and apologize to the students and teachers.


Positive Lifestyle
Battling Deadly Diseases - Our Modern Inheritance
  (part 1)
by Charlene Anderson, Health/Temperance Leader

The American Cancer Society estimates that about one-third of cancer deaths are due to dietary factors. Cancer and cardiovascular disease are our most ruthless killers. More than 526,000 people die each year from cancer. Stomach and cervix cancers has increased by 20%.

Diseases may be preventable through proper nutrition. What we eat and whether or not we take food supplements can play an important role in whether or not will get cancer or heart attacks later. Changing our diets can reduce the risk of heart disease in 90% of the population. Poor nutrition is the most common causes of impaired immunity causing diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, premature aging, arthritis, and other degeneration disorders.

Antioxidants are mostly responsible in disease prevention. Vitamins C, E, Beta-Carotin, Selenium, Zinc, and a number of plant compounds work to keep you healthy. Yes, we need the rest of the vitamins and minerals to be healthy, but the antioxidants really get in there and fight diseases! We need to eat more foods high in antioxidants and use a supplement with sufficient antioxidants supply.  Dr. Kenneth Cooper, M.D., says, "The best line of defense is to preserve and build up the antioxidant shields in your body."
Why do we need them? Our bodies burn oxygen for fuel and produce by products called "Oxygen free radicals." Scientist believe that excess free radicals are the biggest cause of today's diseases.

To understand free radicals, let's look at H2O. Its molecules are held together by electrons which are attached in pairs, but this band can be broken by pollution and the body's process of burning oxygen for energy. When this happens, the molecule is left with one or more impaired electrons, it becomes a free radical. Then it flies out of control. Sometimes the cell can control this behavior in the form of special enzymes that repair the damage they cause. If the rebels escape, they slam into other cells wreaking havoc. They are trying to find an electron to attack to become stable again. They settle down, but their victims whom they stable an electron from become free radicals. This chain reaction can create, in a few seconds, 1000 other radicals. The antioxidants can block this.

Air pollution: radiation, high voltage wiring, computers, microwave ovens, electric blankets, cigarettes/smoking (one puff has 100 trillion free radicals), barbecued and fried foods, chemical contaminates (food needs to be washed thoroughly), emotional stress, exhaustive exercise (moderate exercise has many benefits) can cause free radicals.
Your body can keep free radicals in balance, but they need antioxidants. Antioxidants help against aging.

Hindering violent behavior

Dr. James Garbarino of the Family Life Development Center of Cornell University tells of a recent study which indicates that many popular video games focus so strongly on violence that children who play them may be negatively influenced by them.
The study revealed that as the game players get used to destroying the "enemies" on the screen, reluctance to eliminate real people is lessened in many of them.
Dr. Garbarino believes that early intervention in child-hood problems can make a difference in reducing crime. Quite obviously, monitoring the games children play and spending time in bonding and sharing Christian values with them can make a great difference.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Starting the day
Thomas Blake

Every morning lean thine arms awhile
Upon the windows of heaven
And gaze upon thy Lord.
Then, with the vision in thy heart,
Turn strong to meet thy day.

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