Where to Go from Here

As I read the Old Testament book of I Chronicles, I learn the genealogies from Adam to
Noah, as well as many generations after Noah, including Abraham and the 12 tribes of Israel.
Genealogy is important to the people of God. The ancient Hebrews relied on their genealogy
to determine their tribal ancestry, where to live according to their tribal land allotments, and
their spiritual duties.
We can trace our genealogy and determine the same. We can learn who we are: we are a
product of our ancestors. We can learn from genealogy and family history why our ancestors
settled where they did, and why we were born where we were. Once we realize why we are
here and where our family came from, we can more easily determine where we should go
from here.
If adopted we can learn the same about the ancestors of our adopted family. Once adopted,
we become heirs of our new family and entitled to the same birthright as a natural born
person.
Learning our genealogy and family history has never been easier; no more traveling to
archives to search family records, just research it all online. We can even post our family tree
online for others to learn.
Learning the history of our family gives us a greater understanding of who we are, why we are
here, and where to go from here.
Searching genealogies and family history heals mental illness, nervousness, anxiety,
depression, and feelings of worthlessness. A person searching their family history cannot
remain in a state of mental disorder: they will gain a new insight for living.
When Christ returns, our dead ancestors will be resurrected and we will be able to talk with
them directly and trace our lines all the way back to Noah.
May you be blessed with many hours of learning; where you came from, why you are here, and where to go from here.

Liver Essentials

  The liver is a small organ that performs many different functions. Only God could have created such a small organ (only four pounds) that performs thousands of such complex deeds. If you take good care of your liver, it will take good care of you. One of the best ways to destroy your liver is by overeating. Also, eating and using the wrong things, e.g., alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, drugs, medicines, oral contraceptives, refined white-flour foods, processed foods, junk foods, potato chips, corn chips, fried foods, sugary drinks, and artificially sweetened drinks. To protect and heal your liver drink lots of pure water with lemon. Raw fruits and vegetables are your best friends. Fresh vegetable juice (homemade not canned), especially carrot and beet juice is very good for the liver. Dandelion, celery, beet juice, asparagus, fresh-picked apples, rice, bananas, wheat bran, seeds, almonds and other raw nuts, kelp, brewers yeast, raisins, and prunes are good foods for the liver. Good liver supplements are dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric, ginger, and rosemary. Take good care of your liver and you will prevent many diseases.

Not intended for medical advice: for informational purposes only.  

Need More Protein? Try These Seeds

Flaxseed (1.8 grams of Omega 3’s per tbsp. 31 grams of protein/cup)
Flaxseed contains 3 major components- Omega 3’ essential fatty acids. This makes flaxseed heart healthy. Lignans – these are estrogen and antioxidant, flax contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Fiber – both soluable and insoluable types. There is evidence that flax may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Chia ( 14% protein) These superfood seeds are nutritious and contain protein, fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, antioxidants, and Vitamins B1,2 and 3. It’s also the plant food with the highest amount of Omega 3 fatty acids. Spoon into smoothies, on top of yogurt, or into stir-frys. Make a chia pudding by adding these seeds to soy milk. They expand when added to liquid and make a soft texture. Chia promotes heart health and reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. It lowers bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol.
Quinoa (4 grams protein/ half-cup) Quinoa seed is a complete protein: it contains all the essential amino acids your system needs. Filling and high in fiber, it also contains iron and magnesium. Quinoa makes a great breakfast cereal with fruit, nuts, and a little raw honey or pure maple syrup. It is high in fiber, Vitamin B-2, calcium and antioxidants and may reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Sunflower Seeds (6 grams of protein/ 1⁄4 cup) Sunflower seeds are nature’s energy snack food, with protein as well as heart-healthy unsaturated fat and vitamin E for the skin. They add a crunch to salads when roasted or toasted. Sunflower seeds increase production of red blood cells, aid heart health and diabetes prevention. They also increase energy levels and protect the body from the sun’s UV rays and help relieve pain of arthritis symptoms.
Hemp Seeds (5 grams of protein/tbsp.) Hemp seeds offer complete protein, as well as necessary minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron. They’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and can lower cholesterol levels and risk of depression. Nutty, soft, and slightly sweet, they can be put in a blender and sprinkled into just about any dish, soup or smoothie and contain amino acids, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. Use hemp as an aid to prevent diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndromes.
Pumpkin seeds ( 9 grams of protein/oz.) Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorous, copper, sodium, lutein, selenium, fiber and Vitamins E, C, K and B. Pumpkin seeds support the immune system, nerve and muscle function, prostate health in men, blood glucose levels, libido, prevent infections, heal skin wounds, prevent hair loss and reduce anxiety, stress and heart disease risk. Mixed with raw honey and milk they are reported to remove intestinal worms. They can be eaten raw or slightly toasted (do not over cook to preserve the fatty acids).

Sources: http://www.webmd.com http://www.yahoo.com/health superfoodprofiles.com http://www.naturalnews.com healthdiaries.com

This information is intended for educational purposes only; not intended as medical advice.

Your Health & Covid 19

The U.S. has more Covid 19 cases than most other nations (1). They also have more access to media through television, radio, internet, smart phones, etc. Is there a relationship? Psychosomatic illness is brought about by the influence of the mind and emotions (2). I once knew a lady in her early forties that told me she thought that she would get cancer. Within two years, she was diagnosed with cancer, and six months later she was deceased. She actually perceived her demise in her mind.
Since Americans have the greatest access to the media, they also have the greatest access to the fear and stress that is promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO). If we allow this fear to control our thinking, we are opening ourselves up for sickness. This is evident when we see people walking alone in isolated outdoor areas wearing a mask. Their fear of getting the Covid 19 is greater than their faith and confidence in having good health. This is the reason that a person can remain in quarantine and still get Covid 19.
Our immune system functions best when we are stress free. Stress is the direct enemy of good health and strong immunity to disease. There are things that we can do to strengthen our immune system, e.g., removing addictions to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine,
and sugar; as well as eating healthy foods. However, these health benefits will be outweighed by fear and stress. If fear of the Covid 19 affects you, then removing the source of the stress and fear is the best remedy: turn off the television, radio, internet, and smart phone.
Spend your new-found time with family, friends, and good books.
The Bible is a faith promoting book, especially the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Faith over fear is the desired result. Mark 16:17-18 tells us that believers are protected from deadly things. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for,” Hebrews 11:1. In the midst of a storm, Jesus asked his disciples, “Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26). Perhaps we should ask that same question of ourselves.
You may also like positive thinking and faith promoting books, e.g., books by Dale Carnegie, Joel Osteen, Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, et al.
“Let it be done for you according to your faith,” Matt 9: 29.

  1. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-09-16/u-s-vs-rich-countries-covid-19
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-can-be-a-real-pain-1065455
    https://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Psychosomatic-Illness

Grace

“Grace was given to each one of us.” (Eph. 4:7 ESV) The word “Grace” comes from the Greek word “charis” meaning favor, goodwill, or benevolence of God. We have all received grace. If we sin and fall from grace it is due to our own weaknesses, which we can overcome by following Jesus Christ.
If we fall, we can get up and start anew through the grace of Christ.
Be all that God intended for you to be. Do not accept failure. If at first, you do not succeed, then start over again. Get back up as many times as you fall. You can do it. You can do all things through the grace God has given you.

Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb, also called American Coneflower
or Black Susan. Several species of the echinacea plants
are used to make home and commercial medicine from
the leaves, flowers, and/or root. It is widely used to fight
infections, especially the common cold and other upper
respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the
first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold
from developing. Other people take echinacea after cold
symptoms have started, hoping they can make lessen the
symptoms. Research shows that echinacea probably reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear if it helps prevent colds from developing. It may be taken as a medicine but is very effective when put in a pot of water and boiled. By deep breathing the vapors from the boiling water and
echinacea, sinus and lung congestion is relieved. Echinacea capsules can be opened and emptied into the water. Eucalyptus or peppermint may also be used with echinacea. Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis,
streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria. Other uses not related to infection include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness, rattlesnake bites, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes
people apply echinacea to their skin to treat boils, abscesses, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, UV radiation skin damage, herpes simplex, bee stings, and hemorrhoids.
Echinacea species are native to North America and were used by Great Plains Indian tribes.
Later, settlers followed the Indians’ example and began using echinacea for medicinal purposes.
Source:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-981/echinacea

Arthritis Pain

Arthritis refers to a range of conditions that involve pain and inflammation in the joints. There are two kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis tends to worsen over time when wear and tear of cartilage cause bones to rub together. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that happens when the immune system attacks healthy joint tissue. Doctors can prescribe pain relievers, but often they interfere with your normal lifestyle.

Your weight can have a big impact on arthritis pain. Extra weight puts pressure on your joints, especially your feet, knees, and hips. If you are overweight, losing weight can be a very effective method to reduce arthritis pain, improve your mobility, and prevent further damage to your joints.

Exercise can help you with weight loss, but also help to keep your joints flexible and strengthen the muscles around your joints. Swimming is a low impact exercise that benefits all parts of the body if you perform all of the swimming strokes. Yoga or tai chi are also excellent low impact exercises. These meditation and relaxation techniques may help reduce the pain of arthritis by lowering stress and also lowering inflammation and pain. Stress, fear, anxiety, and depression tend to increase chronic pain. Prayer and faith in God not only exercise your spirit but also contribute to good health and pain reduction.  Walking and cycling are also good exercises. Walking on earth is preferred over concrete and walking up and down hills exercises more muscles than walking on flat surfaces.

Heat and cold treatments can help relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis. An ice pack inside a towel can provide relief from swelling and pain. A warm shower or bath can ease stiffness, as well as a heating pad or electric blanket at night.

Smoking, alcohol, and drugs work against good health and contribute to a lack of nutrient absorption and foster other health issues that complicate relief from arthritis pain. Smoking causes stress on the tissues surrounding joints. Plant-based whole foods contribute to overall good health. That includes naturally fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. A plant-based diet helps to reduce inflammation. A diet of just raw vegetables and fruits is used to treat arthritis in European countries. Asparagus, garlic, and onions help to repair connective tissue.  Other beneficial foods are brown rice, celery, parsley, alfalfa, fresh pineapple, bananas, beets, cauliflower, potatoes, oatmeal, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil.  Foods to avoid are bread and cereals not made from whole grains. Read the labels. Enriched flour is not whole grain. It is grain that has had most of the nutrition removed, then chemical vitamins added to it. Avoid enriched flour. Look for bread and cereals made with whole wheat, whole oats, whole rye, etc. Avoid processed foods with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Fresh produce, frozen, or home-canned is better. Avoid red meat. Caffeine will reduce your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Turmeric contains curcumin, that research shows may help to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. You can purchase it at health food stores and stores that sell vitamins. Other herbs that have been used by arthritis sufferers are Boswellia, ginkgo, bromelain, stinging nettle, thunder god vine, and devil’s claw. A cream containing capsaicin may be applied over a painful joint to relieve pain. Aloe Vera gel may also be applied to a painful joint.

Massage can also reduce stress and provide temporary relief from arthritis pain. Some arthritis sufferers use acupuncture performed by specialists in their field.

By Larry Kuka

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/arthritis-natural-relief

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20046440

Ferrell, Vance and Harold M. Cherne, MD. Natural Remedies Encyclopedia U.S.A. Harvestime Books, 2016

Seek Good Health

The government has asked us to self-quarantine and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  People are confining themselves to their homes. Businesses, factories, offices, schools and churches are closed. When people meet another person, they are asked to stay six feet apart. We are asked to wash our hands frequently and sanitize our homes. All of this is in an effort to prevent acquiring a deadly virus.

To seek good health is good. To seek good mental health is better. Self-quarantining and social distancing are not good for mental health. There was a man whose wife was in a nursing home. She had dementia. The nursing home would not allow visitors. The husband rode a bus every day to visit his wife. Now that the buses were not running and the nursing home was closed to visitors, they were both isolated. This is an example of the isolation and mental health issues created by self-quarantining and social distancing (WSJ).

To seek good health is good. To seek good mental health is better. To seek good spiritual health is best. How many of us self-quarantine when we know that spiritual danger lies outside our home? How many of us would stay home from work, if there were a tremendous temptation there to commit sin? How many of us would practice social distancing and stay away from people that would lead us into separation from God? That would include those friends that gossip, speak evil of others, criticize and belittle people, tell shady jokes, use foul language, abuse addictive substances, practice immorality, are materialistic or set bad examples. Would we avoid recreation that is sinful or creates an environment for sin? Would we avoid offensive music and entertainment?

Good health and good mental health benefit us in this earth life. Good spiritual health benefits us forever. Our bodies will one day die, but our spirits will live on forever. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2). “For the Son of Man (Jesus) is come to save that which was lost” (Matt. 18:11). Faith in Jesus Christ saves us from the desire to commit sin. But the choice is ours, will we follow Christ, or will we follow our own selfish desires? Rev. 20: 12 reads, “ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
John wrote in 5: 28-29, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

To avoid the virus, we are asked to wash our hands and sanitize our homes. Do we take spiritual precautions to keep us and our homes spiritually clean? Is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5: 22-23 HCSB) evident in our lives- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control? Christ taught in John 13: 34, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.” Christ has liberated us from the bondage of sin (Gal. 5: 1), but we have to decide for ourselves if we will choose to follow Him. Joshua wrote in 24:15, “Choose ye this day whom you will serve.”

References: Wall Street Journal 3/26/20, p 1.   All biblical references are in King James Version unless otherwise noted. HCSB is Holman Christian Standard Bible

 

Most Important Communication

When I was first married, my wife and I lived in an apartment. It was a small complex with about six apartments. We could not afford a telephone and there were no cell phones. The neighbors did not have telephones either. The closest phone was a payphone about two blocks away. We lived there for over one year and I only remember walking to the phone booth one time in that one-year period. Talking on the phone just was not important enough to walk four blocks, round trip.

Contrast that with today, when everyone carries a cell phone in their pocket or pocketbook.  They constantly look at their phone to search for messages or call or text someone. Communicating with others has become a habit that consumes a large portion of people’s time. Phone calls and texts are routinely made to family, friends, employers and business contacts.

The Creator of the universe has made Himself available to answer our communications 24 hours/day. We don’t need a cell phone, a keypad, a landline, wi-fi, or a signal. We just need to talk. How many of us are like the apartment dweller of old, that doesn’t bother to call? It just isn’t that important to us. On the other hand, do we even have a contact for God? He has made Himself available for our call anytime. Unlike the CEO of a large company, we do not have to have an appointment. We do not have to be screened by the secretary. We do not have to wait in line. We do not have to drive to his office. All we have to do is call. It is that easy.

After all, talking with God isn’t supposed to be difficult. But we have to do it. And we have to do it with an open mind if we want to receive an answer on the other end. God wants to hear from us. He loves us and wants us to communicate with Him. Communication with God is called prayer and involves speaking and listening. We can speak audibly or silently. God speaks by the Holy Spirit, sometimes called the comforter. John 14: 26 (KJV) reads, “the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost…He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.”  The comforter will bring God’s message to you. All you have to do is ask, with a sincere heart, and with real intent. If you have faith in Christ, He will answer the truth to you by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 6: 9-13 gives us an example of how to pray (the Lord’s prayer). It does not need to be memorized but is given as a sample of how to pray to our Creator. Prayers are not memorized. A “memorized prayer” is a recitation: It is not communicating with God.

We need to find a quiet place, where we will not be disturbed, and talk to God about the issues that are facing us. We need to initiate a conversation and listen patiently for a reply. Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” There are other references in the Bible that give information about prayer: Matt. 7:7; Luke 18:1; Eph 6; 18. Read these scriptures, and remember, God speaks to us by His Holy Spirit. Most often, the message is delivered as thoughts in our mind. Will you talk with God today?     By Larry Kuka

Natural Remedies

God has created a natural remedy for every ailment and sickness known to mankind.  Some remedies will work for some people, but not for everyone. So, sometimes finding a natural remedy requires a little experimentation.

The last time I was sickened with a winter cold, I had a prolonged illness. After many overcast and cloudy days, the sun appeared. I stripped to the waist then sat in the cold winter sun for over two hours. In less than 24 hours my cold began to break up. I began natural breathing treatments and within a few days, I was completely restored to good health. I did not visit a doctor or take any commercial drugs or medicines. God provided the natural remedies that restored my good health. The costs for my natural remedies was less than one dollar.

I once had psoriasis; a disease considered incurable by doctors. Doctors use various “treatments”, ranging from light treatments to drugs. These treatments are very expensive and often result in the patient acquiring cancer. Realizing that these treatments could destroy my health, I searched for a natural remedy. To my surprise, I found that this “incurable disease” could easily be cured with a few simple inexpensive natural remedies, costing less than $18.

There are also natural remedies for tumors, cancers, and other ailments. Some of these remedies may be growing in your back yard or on a farm. Some may be purchased over the counter at pharmacies, grocery stores, or discount stores. Some remedies are actually found in dirt. After all, God created man from dirt (Genesis 2:7). He also created the animals and birds from dirt (Genesis 2:19). Jesus gave a blind man his sight with dirt (John 9: 1-7). Do not discount the value of dirt which contains the elements.

Do not be deceived that you have to have expensive ”treatments” or drugs to be cured of an illness. Jesus never healed a person with drugs or expensive treatments. We can follow his example. There is a time to consult doctors, (e.g. excessive bleeding, broken bones, tumors, eminent death), but many illnesses can be addressed with simple natural methods. Just as stress, brought on by lack of faith, can cause sickness and death; faith can bring healing and new life. The blind man in John, chapter 9, exercised faith, by washing in the pool of Siloam. Faith should be your first step in natural cures.

(I must enter this disclaimer or risk going to prison for writing this article). Not intended for medical purposes. For informational use only.

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By Larry Kuka