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Behind the Word Shalom: The Three S’s of Shalom

outpouring shalomEven though I am in danger of sounding like a broken record, I love the word shalom.  The main reason is because YHWH gave me a revelation and healing vision surrounding this word which I am fully embracing.  Not only is shalom a beautiful-sounding word but it is also an awesome blessing, that’s why I use it a lot on my blog and when greeting and saying goodbye to other people.  I want them to experience shalom in their lives.  Nevertheless, some people have asked me why I use the word shalom, the thinking behind this is that it’s a Jewish/Hebrew word and this frightens many Christians.

Just so that you know, I am not trying to Judaize anyone or God forbid mutter a curse, so this post is to illustrate as best I can what I have discovered shalom to mean. Continue reading

What is Faith? (Video Teaching – 25 mins)

This is the first video in the series on Building Trust in God. This teaching series hopes to demystify and clarify a spiritual concept and make it more tangible, less philosophical and more practical.

This first video focuses on the topic of faith, namely what is faith?  And, is loosely based on this post.

By the end of the video you should have a clearer idea of:

  • What makes faith faith? Look out for the three main charcteristics of faith
  • Why do we need faith?
  • xplore the question of not having enough faith as plausible/viable or not.
  • Ways to activate/boost your faith in difficult circumstances – I explore 3 steps to doing this.

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CAN CHRISTIANS BE GLUTEN-FREE?

Is it Kosher for Christians to go Gluten-Free?

Do you need to go gluten-free but are worried about what that means to your faith?

CAN CHRISTIANS BE GLUTEN-FREE?There are few food groups within Christianity which cause as much of a faith dilemma than the issue of gluten.  Gluten is not only found in about 80% of all foods which we regularly consume, but is mentioned in one shape or form several times within the Bible.  There are the symbolic references to bread, such as Yahushua being the Bread of Life as well as the practical ones e.g. the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Passover and Communion.  So, it’s not surprising that the thought of giving up gluten can cause one to feel like they are committing a major sin.

So in this post I want to look a bit into the reasons you may need to consider giving up gluten and how to weigh this up against your faith.

What’s the problem with gluten anyway?

Well, there are several reasons why you might want to at least consider going gluten-free, mainly for health reasons.  Here are top 5 reasons to go gluten-free. Continue reading

Behaviour Modification God’s Way (Book extract 28)

Like I did, you may try numerous things, I did this for many years until finally (really because of no choice of my own) I came to God and begged Him to make me different, to heal me and to change me.

I was in no way prepared for what happened next. I had not heard about it from my acquaintances, I had not read about it in self-help books, nor had I been informed by other Believers who had gone through the experience so was very much alone in what happened next, that is God listened to my prayer and He answered me. Well, what’s so wrong with God answering my prayer? Nothing, except he didn’t answer my prayer in the way that I would have wanted Him to, I was not instantly healed. But, when I look back I can see that he had been answering my prayer all along. How? He began to re-teach me and deconstruct me, I was taken on a journey of unlearning the things I thought I knew about who I was, life and who He was.  I was taken on a journey of spirit-led behaviour modification and to be totally honest I wasn’t prepared for the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual upheaval that it would cause. Continue reading

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The Pride of Yesterday (Journalling for Healing and Growth)

journaling to help you growDo you keep a diary (journal)?

I do, and it’s amazing what you can learn (re-learn) from its pages when you go back through it.

If you have ever thought that you are not such a bad person, then join the club –  this post is for you.

We can all be blindly proud and arrogant at times.

I see this more clearly reading over the pages of my journal.

It’s amazing how we can see ourselves being right or good in our own eyes yet be so oblivious to it without the benefit of hindsight, looking back at who you have been can be painful and ugly, but it’s necessary to move forwards. Continue reading

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A Different Perspective on Pain and Discomfort

Nobody likes to be in pain or discomfort. In fact I have read that when we are in pain we either safeguard that area or we act as if nothing is wrong.

Our relationship with pain and discomfort means that most of the time we are looking for ways to get rid of it, not surprising really.

But I think we can find some blessings in pain and discomfort if we looked at it from a different perspective. Continue reading

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When Fear won’t seem to leave you alone – Remember

It would be foolish of me to say to you that the world never throws things at us which can make us afraid – that would be a lie.

There are definitely situations we will face which will cause us to feel afraid.  Is this natural?  Yes, because it’s human, fear is a natural response to threat and stress.

But even in the midst of our fears, worries and anxieties God promises us relief right?

Yes, He does.

But the problem is that we may not always be able to access that relief. Continue reading

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God, Faith and the Autoimmune Diet

Can God heal through diet?

Am I being serious?  Yes, because this is a very serious question and many questions like this cross the mind of Believers struggling with an illness every day.

Why?

Because of their health and healing beliefs.  Or put differently, because of what they believe about God and healing. Continue reading

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Can Mindful Meditation ever be Biblical?

The short and quick answer is yes and no.  It really depends on what you mean by mindful meditation.

By mindful meditation are you referring to the ancient practices long associated with Buddhism now made very popular by xyz or do you mean ancient practices found in the Bible and most often looked over?  

Hmmm, have I sparked your curiousity yet?

There are some wonderful examples of and references to mindful meditation found in the Bible but before I delve in to a couple of them let me paint you a picture using my own experiences.

My Mindful Journey

A few years back, around 2011 God began to speak to me about being more mindful, but He didn’t use that word as it wasn’t in my vocabulary.  The words which He did use were that I should learn to be more ‘present and aware’.  You might be screwing your eyebrows together right now so I’ll explain.  To be present means to BE in the moment, it simply means to exist/be right here and now instead of somehwere in the distant or not too distant future worrying about what’s around the corner or full of thoughts and regrets of the past.  To be aware simply means to be conscious and alive to the experiences of the present moment.

Mindful Meditation in the Bible

To be present and aware simply means to live in each moment.

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How to Own your Personal Healing Beliefs

If there is one thing that causes the rise and fall of many in the Body of Messiah (BoM) it is the teachings and views surrounding health and healing. Most people have an opinion on healing, and it is mostly those with the loudest voice, the most forceful words and the heaviest pockets which are heard.

But, regardless of what other people say, think or believe about healing whether in the BoM or secular scoiety, it is important that you own your own healing beliefs.  This means two things: Continue reading

What your Body is saying: Learning your Body’s Health Language

We’ve all heard about body language, but our understanding of it relates to how we use our body to communicate with other people.

But there is another type of body language which is very important, probably more important than the slight manipulation involved in our general use of body language.

Our Body’s health language. Continue reading