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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Hosea’s Wife Is Redeemed

In Hosea 3:1-3 NLT says, “1 Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” 2 So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. 3 Then I said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time, you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me.”


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In Verse 1 describes the words love a woman . . . an adulteress – Hosea was commanded to love her even though she loved adultery. In the same way, God still loved Israel, even though she was idolatrous (Jeremiah 3:20). The words – who look to other gods – The Israelites struggled with idolatry from the time of their exodus from Egypt up until this time. But from the time of her exile in Assyria and Babylon, Israel would never worship idols again (Hosea 3:4).

In Verse 2 describes the words – I bought her . . . fifteen pieces of silver – The price is too small to be a dowry payment, which might buy a wife from her parents. It is half the monetary price of a female slave, the rest being made up in grain. Hosea probably gave it as a bridal gift of some sort, though no such gift was legally required of him. It may also have been payment to free her from a position of slavery she had fallen into. The words – homer of barley – This was used to pay half of the price, perhaps a customary allowance of food for a slave. Barley is coarse, not the grain of choice. All this seems to indicate that through her sin, Gomer had fallen into hard times. In the same way, Israel committed sin and became a slave to it, suffering the consequences (John 8:34; Romans 6:16-20; 2 Peter 2:19). The low price paid for Gomer by Hosea symbolizes the worthlessness of Israel.

In Verse 3 describes the words – abide for me many days – She was to be separated from intercourse with other men and keep herself for Hosea who had redeemed her (cf. Deuteronomy 21:13). The words – so will I also be for thee – Hosea would set himself apart for Gomer as well. Similarly, Israel was to remain without serving other gods, apart from the Lord, and the Lord, for His part, would not form covenants with any other nations (cf. Hosea 3:4). He would not immediately receive His people into the rights of marriage, but He would test their repentance and discipline them by a long separation. Still the marriage bond remained – Israel was now separated, not divorced (Isaiah 50:1).

Through this account of forgiveness and love between husband and wife, we see that God is in love with His people, and His love is totally undeserved. His love has nothing to do with good things we have done, nor the time we have given Him in prayer and adoration. God is God! God is love! Our Lord Jesus Christ saves … period!

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Giving Is The Evidence Of LOVE

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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A Primary Evidence of Love Is Giving

In Genesis 1:28-29 NLT says, “28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” 29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.”


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LOVE Is The True Forgiveness

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Parable Of The Lost Son

In Luke 15:11-24 NLT says, “11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”


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Self-Control Is Remembering Who We Are In Relationship To Jesus Christ

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #7

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Prologue: Jesus Christ, The Eternal Word

In John 1:1-18 NLT says, “1  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God,
and the Word was God. 2  He existed in the beginning with God. 3  God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. 4  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. 6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. 11 He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. 12 But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. 15 John testified about Him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for He existed long before me.’”
16 From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is Himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”


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Self-Control Is The Mark Of Obedience

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Daniel in Nebuchadnezzar’s Court

In Daniel 1:6-17 NLT says, “6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego. 8 But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. 9 Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. 10 But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” 11 Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. 13 “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” 14 The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. 16 So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. 17 God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.”


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Self-Control Is The Disciplined Life

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Paul Gives Up His Rights

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT says, “24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified”.


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Self-Control Is Managing Our Moods

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Moses Strikes The Rock

In Numbers 1-13 NLT says, “1 In the first month of the year, the whole community of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin and camped at Kadesh. While they were there, Miriam died and was buried. 2 There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers! 4 Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!” 6 Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to them, 7 and the Lord said to Moses, 8 “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.” 9 So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. 10 Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” 13 This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there He demonstrated His holiness among them.


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Self-Control Is Freedom From Permissiveness

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Manasseh Rules In Judah

In 2 Kings 21:1-9 NLT says, “1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah. 2 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them. 4 He built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord, the place where the Lord had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” 5 He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. 6 Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing His anger. 7 Manasseh even made a carved image of Asherah and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the Lord had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem – the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel. 8 If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands – all the laws my servant Moses gave them – I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors.” 9 But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.”


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In 2 Kings Chapter 21 Verse 1 describes Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years – Manasseh reigned from 687/86 to 643 B.C. (Thiele), a longer reign than any other king of Judah. The key fact of his reign is that he reversed the policy of his father, apparently concluding that continued attempts to attain independence from Assyria would be futile and even disastrous to Judah. In secular terms, Manasseh could do little else. In his reign Assyria reached the peak of its might, success, and prosperity in the region. Sennacherib’s successor, Esar-haddon (680-669 B.C.), was a vigorous king and a more successful warrior than his father. He temporarily ended the constant revolts in Babylon, and in two campaigns in Egypt against Tirhakah (674 and 671 B.C.) put that rival empire into a subject status under puppets responsible to Assyrian governors. Esar-haddon’s son, Ashurbanipal, continued his father’s Egyptian policy and destroyed its ancient capital, Thebes, in 663 B.C. With Assyrian soldiers constantly marching along the borders of his country, on the main highway from Assyria to Egypt, via Megiddo and the Philistine lowlands, Manasseh had little or no choice in terms of realistic politics. By his choice to accept subjection, Manasseh achieved a kind of peace for Judah – i.e., the absence of fighting inside Judah – at the terrible price of abject subservience and spiritual corruption. Esar-haddon’s annals mention Manasseh of Judah as one of his tribute-paying vassals (ANET, 291).

In Verse 2 describes Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD – The consequences of being a vassal of Assyria, beyond those of taxation and manpower contributions to Assyrian campaigns against Egypt, were grave. As with Ahaz, Manasseh as a subject king probably had to pay homage to Assyrian gods. But it is doubtful that this included setting up altars for sacrificial worship to them in the temple courtyard, beside the altars used to worship the Lord. Here, as with 2 Kings 16:10, the root of the pagan practices seems to be more Canaanite in nature than Assyrian. There was no obvious or intentional abandonment of the worship of the Lord, but a tolerating acceptance of the two forms, side by side, which could only corrupt and make it easy for the people to slip into polytheism – the worship of or belief in more than one god, the worship of several or many gods, and paganism, any religion other than the Israelite one. An example of how the pagan Assyrian ideas and Hebrew ideas became confused and amalgamated is in the case of the “heavenly host” that was thought to surround the Lord: were not the heavenly bodies, the stars and the planets of Assyrian worship the same thing? It may, in times like this, have been easy to believe so (“Host,” NBD). Verse 21:5 specifically mentions “the host of heaven.” The worship of astral deities, sometimes used as evidence for Assyrian influence, is well known in Canaan and Phoenicia (Jones).


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Self-Control Is Saying No To Our Appetites

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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The Gold Calf

In Exodus 32:19-28 NLT says, “19 When they came near the camp, Moses saw the calf and the dancing, and he burned with anger. He threw the stone tablets to the ground, smashing them at the foot of the mountain. 20 He took the calf they had made and burned it. Then he ground it into powder, threw it into the water, and forced the people to drink it. 21 Finally, he turned to Aaron and demanded, “What did these people do to you to make you bring such terrible sin upon them?”
22 “Don’t get so upset, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know how evil these people are. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire – and out came this calf!” 25 Moses saw that Aaron had let the people get completely out of control, much to the amusement of their enemies. 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, “All of you who are on the Lord’s side, come here and join me.” And all the Levites gathered around him. 27 Moses told them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Each of you, take your swords and go back and forth from one end of the camp to the other. Kill everyone – even your brothers, friends, and neighbors.” 28 The Levites obeyed Moses’ command, and about 3,000 people died that day.”


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In Exodus 32:19-21 describe Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands – In destroying these it appears that Moses may have been hoping to nullify the covenant and thus avoid its curses. Even though God had decided against annihilating Israel, it did not mean that there would be no punitive action taken. Aaron is chided for his part in the apostasy, but his priesthood remained intact.

In Verses 32:26-28 describe Moses . . . said, Who is on the LORD’S SIDE? – Moses calls for those who have not deserted God (Cole). Moses’ own tribe, the Levites, had stayed true to God and are called upon to execute the image worshipers, and three thousand are cut down (Exodus 32:28). Since God sent a plague after this for additional judgment (Exodus 32:35) it would appear that the action of the Levites was directed against the ringleaders of the rebellion and the plague would have afflicted all the participants. The fidelity of the Levites won them a special place in the service of God in the tabernacle (Exodus 32:39).

Moses sees that saying no to sin is the only cure for idolatry. Self-control can save the Israelites from their spiral into sin. If everyone were to obey every demand of every appetite, the world would be left in the charge of gluttons, rapists, murderers, and warlords. To follow our Lord Jesus Christ is to say no to our appetites, take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23)



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Protect The Health of Our Soul [mind, feeling & emotion], ] and Heart [our spirit]

” They are always thinking about how much it costs.

“Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it!”

Proverbs 23:7 NLT
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In Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT says, “5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

These wisdom from the book of Proverbs describe that this is the center and marrow of true wisdom (Proverbs 22:19; 28:25; Psalm 37:3-5). It involves both a positive, dependent reliance on God and a negative warning against the arrogant hubris or pride that illicit types of wisdom may arouse (1 Corinthians 8:1). Rationale: ways – Cf. Proverbs 2:8, 12 and Psalm 1:6. Acknowledge – by seeking God’s wise aid (Proverbs 16:3; Psalm 37:5; Jeremiah 9:23, 24). He shall direct – rather, “make straight” (RSV, NIV) (cf. Hebrews 12:13).

As the body’s two (2) most vital organs, the brain and heart are well-protected from impact by the skull and ribcage. However, they remains No. 1 killer in the U.S. and an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from at least one brain disorder.

Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to maintain both brain and heart health “The rule of thumb is what’s good for the heart is good good for the brain,” says Dr. Gary Small, M.D., Director of of the Longevity Center at UCLA. But the argument can be made that what’s good for the brain is also good for the heart. If we have a well-functioning brain, we’re going to be more conscientious about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In spiritual perspective, ““The rule of thumb is what’s good for our human soul is good good for our spiritual live”.

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This book, “From The WORDS And THOUGHTS To The SWORDS And BATTLEGROUNDS” is planned and designed with three goals in mind (thought): • To help us become more like our Lord Jesus Christ – so much like Him that our family, loved ones, friends, and others in our lives can see Him manifested and reflected in our words, actions, and attitudes. • To help us surrender and submit to God and resist the devil. • To help us be always victorious in our lives by winning the spiritual battles. Author’s next book is coming soon, entitled, “From The BATTLEGROUNDS and WARS To The OVERCOMING And VICTORIES”

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According to to Dr. Gary Small, M.D., author of the book “2 Weeks To A Younger Brain” and from the Mind Health Report Newsletter, genetics play a role in chronic diseases of the brain and heart, but lifestyle is also crucial. He noted that, and I quote, “It may sound formulaic, but much of I recommend, and what the literature says, involves exercise and nutrition.”

Research consistently shows that a plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet protects both brain and heart health. Other longstanding advice includes getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, including both aerobic and resistance training. Other pillars of a healthy lifestyle include getting at least seven hours of quality sleep at night, and finding some way to reduce stress. Meditation (Weekly Podcasting), deep breathing, listening to or playing music, immersing ourselves in nature, socializing (Zooming/Skyping), playing with a pet, and sex (Only with 1 wife) are all good ways to staunch the flow of destructive hormones.

The Tree and Its Fruit.

 In Luke 6:43-45 NLT says, “43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs never grow on thornbushes, nor grapes on bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Figs and grapes were two of the main agricultural products of Israel. A person knows a tree by its fruit. A good (or healthy) tree can’t produce bad fruit, and likewise, a bad (or unhealthy) tree can’t produce good fruit.

Claims are easier to make or fake than results. Even Jesus’ claims would have been ludicrous if he hadn’t backed them up with results. He pointed out that the principle applies universally: You can tell a lot about a tree from its fruit! Our Lord Jesus Christ warned that people are like trees: Examine their “fruit” closely. Our Lord Jesus Christ reminded His listeners that their deeds and speech (what they say) would reveal their true underlying beliefs, attitudes, and motivations. The good impressions people try to make cannot last if their hearts are deceptive. What is in the heart will come out in a person’s speech and behavior.

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