April 16, 2016

Solomon expressed in Proverbs 17:22 where he wrote, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” He also wrote in Proverbs 15:30, “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”  The affects of our thoughts and attitudes have a significant impact upon how we feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  The choices we make in regards to thoughts and attitudes on any given day do influence our health.

Consider the research done by the Mayo Clinic regarding the  major health benefits to positive thinking, as opposed to negative thinking. Researchers continue to reveal the truth of God’s Word as they explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. The following is  from an article on the Mayo Clinic website. The full article can be found at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

Notice the health benefits positive thinking may provide as listed on the Mayo Clinic website:
    Increased life span
    Lower rates of depression
    Lower levels of distress
    Greater resistance to the common cold
    Better psychological and physical well-being
    Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
    Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

When the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8 writes, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” he is really giving valuable advice that will benefit our lives in very practical ways, should we be willing to follow it.  What is important to understand, the Bible is not some archaic book which holds no value for the 21st century, but rather is extremely relevant, practical and beneficial for those who will study and follow its principles. For many people, the statement, “You don’t know, what you don’t know” should be a reminder of our need to investigate and search for truth, seeking to implement it in our daily lives.

There is much more involved in God’s Word than just promoting a positive attitude and its impact on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. But, if you need a place to start to connect with God and His Word, this might be that place for you. Until you begin to build your relationship with the God who created you, you can never build and develop that relationship to what it needs to be.

Working on the elimination of “excusitis,” what Dr. David Schwartz labels as the failure disease, is important. A spirit of negativity will not only drag you down physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually but it will do the same for those around you. Negativity is contagious if you are around it long enough. When you think of improving your health, think about more than exercise and the food you eat, consider also the benefits of positive thoughts to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

April 15, 2016

I read the accounts of the journey of 33 people in the recently released book, “The Magic of GIN.” Congratulations to each one of the authors on getting your chapter published so others could learn and benefit from it.

My journey includes the reality of having made a decision to live my life committed to Jesus Christ almost 50 years ago. It also includes the reality that in a couple of weeks I will have been a member of the Global Information Network for six years. I believe God, who some of you might identify as Source, Creator, or Universe, specifically lead me along the path my journey has taken.

Perception is very important to our reality. The house I live in is connected to a two lane highway. As I was reading ‘The Magic of Thinking GIN this afternoon (April 14/16) sitting in the sun on our front porch, the traffic was moving past the house in two directions. I realized I can get home from two directions, if my desired outcome is home. Very profound, right? But, this is important because my journey home will look different if I come from the east rather than the west, even though my outcome, home, is still the same.

This is not the perception of some people who live on a cul-de-sac. Their entrance to home comes from only one direction. I laughed out loud when I looked up the definition of cul-de-sac in the dictionary. It reads, “1. A street, lane, etc. closed on one end; blind alley, dead end street 2. Any situation in which further progress is impossible 3. The hemming in of a military force on all sides except behind.”

Since I believe the Bible is God’s inspired word to humanity and reveals His plan for how we connect to Him, when Jesus says as recorded in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” how do I respond to the numerous accounts of those who testify to transformation of life through following the principles taught in the Global Information Network without specific relationship with Jesus Christ?

First I must acknowledge truth is truth where it is found and its source is God. Then I must determine what kind of street I live on and my perception of how I can get to my desired outcome, home. For me, John 14:6 is a truth. My realization that I don’t know what I don’t know forced me to consider that maybe my thoughts about the power and authority of Jesus were initially too limited. Perhaps His death on the Cross of Calvary and His resurrection had far greater impact than I was initially prepared to consider in terms of His reconciling humanity with Himself.

For many Christians the only road into relationship with God is through what I will call a “Four Spiritual Laws” type of approach. I would view those committed to only this process of connecting with God as having a cul-de-sac perception. I am not dismissing this approach as a valid way home to God. I am suggesting this does not represent the only way home. For me, this view does not fit the example of what happened to the thief on the cross next to Jesus who hears the words of outcome, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” Luke 23:43 (NIV). My perception is impacted by God’s prevenient grace (grace prior to connecting in personal relationship with God through His Son). When someone chooses to live by the principles of truth revealed in His Word (The Bible) God honours that decision and blesses and draws them closer to Himself. For me this is one of the blessings of what took place on the Cross of Calvary. Thus, the possibility to come to God (home) from two different directions. What each person must ultimately decide is, will they choose to turn into and enter home as their outcome in life or will they make another choice and miss the driveway?

Our judgement of another person’s journey does not matter in the final analysis. Each person is 100% responsible for their own outcome. God holds each person accountable based on how they responded to the light they were given.

April 14, 2016

Since I am now almost forty- five years older than when I got married, I am interested in learning about what I can do to improve my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  I now tell people, when it is my time to die, I want to die healthy rather than weak and sickly. The more I look into the topic of what it means to be healthy, the more encouraged I am there really are things we can do to improve the quality of our life even as we get older. At the same time I am growing increasingly aware of the fact many people either do not have the desire or commitment to take the necessary action to make a difference, or do not believe there is anything they can do about their circumstances and health issues.

In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament the writer tells about Jesus meeting a man who had been paralysed for thirty-eight years. In the sixth verse of that chapter Jesus asked this man a question, “Do you want to get well?”  What an interesting inquiry of a man who lived with health issues for almost four decades. The man’s response was not an overwhelming yes, but rather he gave a list of excuses why he could not be healed. He, like many people today can tell you exactly why they cannot do . . . .  Excuses abound and the reality is, they are right, because they truly believe they cannot. Their minds have shut down to any possibilities causing them to believe they must simply accept what is, leaving them with little or no hope.

What I would like you to understand is, your attitudes, your thoughts, your beliefs in what is possible in your life play an important role in the outcomes of your life. If you believe you can’t do anything about your situation, or your health (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual), you will not attempt to change your situation and you will be right. If you believe Jesus will not or cannot do anything about what you are dealing with in your life right now, you have created the block hindering Him from actually doing anything. You are right again. You must answer the question of Jesus, “Do you want to get well?” In His hometown of Nazareth, Jesus was limited in His ability to perform miracles because the people there chose not to believe He could or would do anything for them. Choose to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you to new and exciting possibilities in your life, because you made the decision to believe “all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

April 13, 2016

(Part 2) Yesterday I asked the question, “Who am I?” and spoke in terms of my personal faith and beliefs. Today I want to address this in terms of how this applies at the practical level of living my daily life. My passionate cry to know truth opened the door for the Holy Spirit to lead me to the training opportunities and people I have met, appreciate and love through the Global Information Network. I did not go looking for this opportunity, it showed up in my life. Some might say it was just a coincidence. I believe it was God’s response to my prayer through the leading of the Holy Spirit. This event has opened doors to information and understanding beyond what I could have even imagined a decade ago. Where do I even begin? Probably with an apology to all those who have influenced and impacted my life in so many positive ways who are not, because of time and space, mentioned in this article. Thanks, love, and blessings to each one of you.

I am who I am today, because of the training of people like, Fred Van Liew who said to me, you need to go to Joel Bauer’s Passion2Profit course and I will help you get in. Joel Bauer’s training benefited our 17 year old family business which was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time. It changed our thinking which turned our business around. Joel also taught me that if you have God in your life, then He is to be part of all your life including your business marketing strategy. Then there is my dear friend, Mary Miller from I-Ching Systems. Mary helped a very judgmental preacher understand the power of particle physics and its application into the world of mental health. She helped me understand in new ways that truth and science do not have to conflict with Biblical foundations. She challenged me to take areas where many Christians do not know what they do not know and so just outright reject it and instead with discernment be able to bridge truth for the benefit of people around the world. What a wonderful day when a man name Joe (name changed) who would never allow anyone to speak about spiritual things said yes to allowing a piece of his DNA to be placed on an I-Ching instrument because he was dying.  Within a short time His attitude changed and my wife had the privilege of seeing him ask forgiveness and invite Christ into his heart and life.  His final days were significantly impacted mentally, emotionally and spiritually with this technology. Then there was the Morter Family who introduced us to the Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.).  This is a clinically tested procedure, by the way. Our family went to a weekend Living Your BEST conference in 2012. My wife shuffled into the event with the help of a cane barely able to walk. At the end of the event after the training and BEST treatments she walked out with a full stride and has not used a cane since that day.  Why would we not be excited about the benefits of these tools and want others to know about them?  Energy is just that. A medical doctor tests for it when he/she taps your body looking for reflex action. The Apostle Paul references the energy of Christ within him in Colossians 1:29, “To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (NIV). Looking at the original language it confirms the NIV use of the word, “energy” here.

I have also been introduced in new ways to the importance and value of defining your dreams and getting a burning desire for their achievement. In other words setting goals and putting together the steps to make it happen. I currently have the privilege of working with Trish Devitt and Don Boyer who have together provided an exciting opportunity for people to be able to focus on what they want to see happen in their life through their intentions. If you do not understand the power and impact of your beliefs and intentions on your daily actions, then take the time to learn about it and you will see the benefit of having focussed intentions.

It was Troy McClain who introduced to me to his definition of “ego.” He describes it as “exiting God out.” The Energetic Intention Program designed by Trish has nothing to do with exiting God out, it has everything to do with taking tools which are available and using them in ways that benefit and help people to be the best they can be. For me this means being a good steward of our life.

To those who would say, all we need is God and the Bible to do this. I respond, do you go to a doctor if you are sick? Do you take a prescription if the doctor gives you one. Do you allow for the doctor to check your reflexes by tapping your knee? (that is a check on the flow of electrical energy in your body). Do you allow the doctor to listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope? (that is a tool). AND the list could go on. I trust you get my point!

Who am I? I am a person who is prepared to investigate things and to look for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in discerning truth. I am a person who is working on being more discerning and open in discovering that which benefits humanity and glorifies God.  Just because there are atheists, New Agers, or people of other religions endorsing some thought or concept does not mean Christians should avoid it, if it is truth. When it is truth, it is time for Christians to engage and reclaim it for the Kingdom of God. Understand have a valuable opportunity in that area of common agreement to bridge the gap to demonstrate the source of truth. That is who I am, who I want to be, and what I seek to do.

April 12, 2016

Who am I? (PART # 1) I am an individual who believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I am a person who believes Jesus Christ was both full man and fully God. I believe His death on a Cross and His resurrection was a plan fulfilled in time to provide a relationship reconciliation between a Creator and His creation. I believe this God desires our best and wants to work with us to make that a reality both now and in the future. We have, should we chose to accept His help, the Holy Spirit in order to reach the full potential offered to us.

Who am I? I am an individual who believes we have choices to make in this life. Each day provides us opportunities to decide what direction we will go. Thank you Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining for teaching me the steps in making this possible in my life. Will we be positive or negative in what we think, do and say? Will we look to improve our lives and the lives of others in love, or will we drift along indifferent to the opportunities available to us or the possibilities of encouraging those close by, or will we focus on bitterness and anger with an attitude that seeks to get even?

Six years ago, I made a choice that changed who I am. The choice came as a result of a passionate desire to know truth, gain understanding and pursue it with wisdom. I was not prepared to abandon my spiritual foundation in the process. But I was willing to see that foundation expanded should that opportunity open up me.

Looking back, this choice really was congruent with who I had always been through my life and now, with hind sight it is easy to see the whys of where I am in this moment. I must continually remind myself of the fact I have six years of study, experience, perspectives and blessings, which other people are not privy to. My passion and desire is to help people seek truth and understanding and apply it with wisdom and therefore move closer towards utilizing more of the potential with which they have been created.

That being said, it is invaluable to understand the tools which are available to help us in our journey. Let me share a secret with those who declare themselves to be Christians or believers. You have specialized knowledge and information that has the power to potentially change lives forever. Most of the world does not know what you know nor do they understand its value. This information is found in a book called the Bible. If this information is so important and valuable to the process of changing lives for the better, why are you not marketing this specialized knowledge and information in a way that will meet the needs of the target market? This is certainly something I want to work at improving in my life.

Who am I? I am an individual who desires people to be healthy in every area of their lives. This includes, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. I believe Jesus Christ demonstrated that concept during His ministry. Why shouldn’t we?