GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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I know people of every spiritual world who have greater joy than they ever thought possible because God has met them where they are. There is healing and hope for us all.

Many people feel like a vibrant spiritual life is out of reach. They aren’t even sure they want to reach for it.


We hear friends talk about trusting God, having peace with God, even hearing from God. We have relatives whose lives are shaped in positive ways by their faith. Neighbors have confidence that they will live in a better world after this one. But, at least so far, what transforms others hasn’t convinced us.


“Maybe,” we whisper, “God is for other people but just not for me. Perhaps God is like a square peg and I’m a round hole. We just aren’t made for each other.”


Confession time: I used to try to reshape “round hole” people so they could be like me. I’ve stopped that.


I have learned that people are as different on the inside as on the outside. What troubles us, drives us, what gives us healing and hope, even what separates us from God varies from person to person. I have found that a healthy spiritual life begins with understanding our own spiritual shape.  

YOU ARE NOT A ROUND HOLE; GOD IS NOT A SQUARE PEG

DR DAVID DURST

David Durst is the lead pastor at New Life Community in Lexington, Kentucky, instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University, and author of Finding God in Your World and Could God Be for Me? Finding God in Your World can be found at: DavidMDurst.com, 5worlds.org, or your favorite book sellers. The author can be contacted at 5worldwitness@gmail.com.

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Here’s a quick intro to what I call the five spiritual worlds:


The Foreigner feels isolated and marginalized. Intimacy with God and people is both desperately wanted and difficult to achieve. It often becomes less painful to give up on relationships and travel alone.


Fighters are gripped by injustice and are compelled to help people and fix things. But there are always more problems than resources and the desire to make things right becomes tainted with frustration over society’s indifference.


The Faint feel like they are unseen. They have something to offer, but wonder if they can ever be whole unless and until they do something significant.


Fugitives have a clear sense of right and wrong and want to live right. When they fail, they feel guilty and hope to be forgiven and to make amends.


I call the fifth the world of the Flattened, because these people feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. They are not only aware of their own problems, but carry concern for the serious challenges and pain of others.