McDonald Manna

Vol. 11 ¨ No. 12

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Prince of Peace

by Adrian Boyer

His Name shall be called . . .
the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The Star that once o'er Bethlehem
Proclaimed the Saviour's birth,
Still brings Good Will to hearts of All
Who pray for Peace on Earth.
Yet in this Age of Sin and Strife
There is no lasting Peace,
For Far and Near the Reign of Fear
Pervades and Wars increase.

Wherefore the Prince of Peace was born
Beyond the distant Sea,
Midst Turmoil and Distress to bring
Salvation Full and Free.
But Man esteemed Him not and slew
Him there on Calvary,
And tho rejected yet He died
To save Humanity.

When Christmas comes around each Year,
Folks Thoughts seem turned toward
A jolly Elf called Santa Claus,
Instead of Christ the Lord.
The Star that shone o'er Bethlehem
Proclaiming Jesus' birth,
Still brings Good Will to yearning  Hearts
Who pray for Peace on Earth.

So when we make that Christmas Wish,
Let's not forget the One
For Whom this Day was set apart,
God's gracious, loving Son.
For one Day soon our Lord will  come
To grant us Peace and Rest.
And take us Home to dwell with All
The Ransomed He has blest.

Positive Lifestyle

Squash Your Way to Longer

by Charlene Anderson, Health/Temperance Leader

What can you eat daily that will lengthen you life because it will protect you from colon, bowel, and bladder cancer; kidney disorder; and constipation? Why, squash is the answer! All kinds - summer and winter squash. It can lower your risk of lung cancer by 50% when eating cup daily. They are a super healer!
Tokyo National Cancer Institute cites winter squash at the top of the list of 45 vegetables as factors for less cancer in populations where cancer rates are low. One good defense against esophageal, stomach, lung, bladder, laryngeal, and prostate cancers are carrots, deep orange squash, and dark green vegetables.
Two and a half servings of squash a day reduces the risk of lung cancer in smokers, according to the National Cancer Institute. High intake of orange colored squash provides protection against second hand smoke also.
Winter squash provides a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which block the destructive activity of free radicals; plus iron, plenty of fiber, complex carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6.
Let's not forget the seeds! They are a rich source of protease trysin inhibitors and they prevent viruses from activating in the intestines. They provide large amounts of zinc and essential fatty acids to protect the prostate and reproductive organs.
Squash is a "heart loving" food because it's free of fat and sodium. It provides lots of help in preventing strokes plus it has lots of insoluble fiber to help lower cholesterol. It helps to prevent plaque build-up in the arteries also.
Cherokee Indians uses teas (folk medicine) from the seeds for their ailments. Zuni Indians of Ari

Many people in India, Europe, and Ethiopia use the seeds and squash pulp as compresses for headaches, neuralgia, and burns. No one wastes any part of it.
There are many ways to get your protection. Some squash are eaten like spaghetti (spaghetti squash), some raw, steamed, stuffed, or baked. The blossoms can be eaten by dipping them in batter and frying them. This is a good tasty way to help you

The Wrong Question  by Edward C. Ley

All too often, in our conversation with someone who is facing a challenge or crisis, we say "Have you prayed about it?" Is this the right question? This is the wrong question! The correct question is: "Are you praying about it?"
In Luke 11:9
"And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you." (NIV)
The English translations tend to leave out an important aspect of this text. The Greek verb forms of ask, seek and knock are all the same. Each verb is in the present active imperative form. That would mean little, if anything, to most people. Let us take time to dig into this deeper.
1. Tense: The present tense in Greek verbs is most always indicative of continuous or ongoing action. Thus, it most often means that the action of the verb will be an ongoing event.
2. Voice: The active voice in Greek verbs indicates that the subject is directly linked to the action. In this case, the structure of the text indicates that you, yourself, must be involved in the stated action.
3. Mood: The mood of the verbs in our text is known as the imperative mood. It is used as a mood of command. It is up to the listener to determine if the one speaking has the authority to utter such things. In this case, it was the Son of God that uttered the words. There is not a question of authority for us in this text. As the bumper sticker states: "God said it and that settles it!"
Now, let us put all of this together. Jesus is telling us, with His authority, that you personally are to keep asking and you will then receive. You are to be continually seeking and then you will find. You are to be constantly involved in knocking and then you will find the door opened to you.
The correct question is: "Are you continuing to pray about it?" You must be continually asking, seeking, and knocking. Then you will really be blessed!

Claiming what is ours Jamie Buckingham, in Power for Living

Ben Hooper, who has twice been elected governor of Tennessee, tells this story about his childhood.
"My mother wasn't married when I was born. When I started to school, my classmates had a name for me and it wasn't a very nice name. I used to go off by myself both at recess and during lunchtime because of the taunts of my playmates, which cut me deeply. What was worse was going downtown on Saturday afternoon and feeling every eye burning a hole through you. They were all wondering who my real father was.
"When I was about 12, a new preacher came to our church. I would always go in late and slip out early. But one day the preacher said the benediction so fast I got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. I could feel every eye in church on me. Just about the time I got to the door, . . . I looked up and the preacher was  looking right at me.
"Who are you, son? Whose boy are you?"
"I felt the old weight come upon me. It was like a big, black cloud. Even the preacher was putting me down, I thought.
"But as the pastor looked down at me, studying my face, he began a big  smile of recognition. 'Wait a minute,' he said, 'I know who you are. I see the family resemblance. You are a son of God!
"With that, he slapped me across the back and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.' "That," Ben Hooper said, "was the most important single sentence anyone ever said to me."
With Christ's help, Ben Hooper had overcome his sense of rejection and inadequacy and claimed his inheritance as a child of God.

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