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Monday, February 1, 2021

Nutrition and Health

By Larry Pasley

    For   those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 
1.  The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2.  The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3.  The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4.  The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5.  The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart      
attacks than Americans.
CONCLUSION:  Eat and drink what you like. Being an American is apparently what kills you.

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    It does get confusing sometimes to know what is best for our physical health. Thankfully that’s not true with our spiritual health. The Bible tells us what to do to grow spiritually.
    We start out as Christians in an infant stage and like physical babies, we need milk to grow. 1 Peter 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
    We should grow to the point we are able to eat solid food. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
    Sometimes we don’t grow as we should and have to go back to a liquid diet. Hebrews 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
    The purpose of our growing spiritually is so we can recognize right from wrong and choose to do that which is right in the sight of God. Hebrews 5:13-14 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
    Just as it is difficult to get unhealthy people to eat proper physical food for good health, it is difficult to get worldly people to see the value of spiritual food. 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
    May we always strive to learn the Word of God more and more so we can grow more spiritual through our knowledge and practice of His will.
- Larry Pasley serves as a minister with the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Alexandria, LA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.JacksonStAlex.com


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