Day: September 16, 2017

Pastor Jack Dickson: Looking out at the other side of the window

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55: 9) Windows are like walls. They muffle sounds, and keep out the cold and wet. They restrict passage from one place to another. But windows also are different from walls. We can look through windows. We can sit for long times looking out. We can watch as storms come in and we can be terrified while feeling safe behind the barrier. We can wake and look out at the beauty of a sunrise, and feel exhilarated at the prospect of another opportunity to live life to the fullest. We can sit with another and look out, imagining futures filled with hope and love. These are just some of the things we think about as we look out at the other side of the window. We also look through the window and see a world closing in. We see rain clouds gathering and know the hurricane is coming. We cannot imagine safety or security, or any future at all. We only can realize impending doom on the other side of the window. In this life, we are both those who can imagine a brighter day and those who only can imagine darkness. Our lives are an ebb and flow, and what we see on the...

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At the push of a button: Fitness is about small choices, not just eating right

I love buttons. I can push a button to open my garage door. I can push a button to change television channels. I can push a button to wash my dishes and clothes. I even can push a button on my wrist watch to answer a phone call. But each time I push a button, I’m negatively impacting my health. Before all of these buttons, we had lifestyles that required us to be up, moving and using calories. Our active lifestyles have been replaced with sedentary jobs and an abundance of modern conveniences. Although we have more advanced medicine, we are not as healthy as we could be. Some of you will remember televisions without remotes, while others may remember life without television. You can burn 3 calories by getting up and changing channels, while it takes less than 1 calorie to push a button. Calling a lawn service takes no calories, but you would burn approximately 360 calories if you spent 30 minutes a week gardening and mowing. Taking an elevator up three flights of stairs uses less than 1 calorie, but walking up three flights uses 15 calories. Research has documented that eating or not burning 100 extra calories in a day can result in 10 pounds gained in a year. For some, you might be wondering why you are gaining weight if your eating habits haven’t...

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