Showing posts from April, 2009

Gluttony and Fasting

Y esterday I finally completed The Lord's Table, Phase I. It took me five months to complete this 60 day course, but I did it, with God's help. I learned a great deal about the sin of gluttony during this time. Then wouldn't you know it, this morning I woke to find an article featured on Yahoo! titled, " When unhealthy foods hijack overeaters' brains ," and I had to marvel at how good God is. Six months ago I would have truly believed that food had hijacked my brain. But the truth, God has shown me, is in the Bible: Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. (Proverbs 23:20-21) I've learned that gluttony is the equivalent of drunkenness, only instead of indulging oneself on alcohol, the substance of choice is solid food. You don't have to be fat to be a glutton, either. All you need to do is give in to temptation and eat un

Marital Status: Micro and Macro Practice

I n the field of social work, there are levels of practice to describe work of equal but different proportions. "Micro" practice refers to social work with individuals. It generally takes the form of individual counseling, but the goal is positive change within the individual. "Macro" practice refers to social work with organizations and communities. It generally takes the form of policy-making, and the goal is positive change within the community. (There is also a mid-level social work practice that exists but is rarely acknowledged, and this is "Mezzo" practice, which refers to social work with groups.) If you were to choose, which form of social work would you say is better, micro or macro? For example, is it better to help an individual overcome a drug habit, or should we instead create a program to teach school-age children not to take drugs in the first place? Naturally, neither is better than the other, but rather, both have equal importance in

Did God Change the Sabbath?

I n honor of Good Friday, and to demonstrate that things aren't always what they seem, I thought it apropos to entertain the question, "Did God change the Sabbath?" The question of whether or not the Sabbath should be celebrated on Saturday or Sunday has been hotly debated for years, and in many cases, it has been debated in vain. Seventh Day Adventists will fight tooth and nail for the belief that God never changed the Sabbath. Well, they are wrong. God did change the Sabbath, and for this reason, we are not to celebrate our rest on Saturday. Now, before you "Sunday Sabbath" fans start to high-five each other, let me also make it clear - God did indeed change the Sabbath. But He did not change it to Sunday. For this reason, we are not to celebrate our rest on Sunday either! No more do we need to bicker about what day the Sabbath is, because it isn't a day at all! Dear Reader, isn't that exciting?! How can this be? Well, we often only consider this qu

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I f you look in our sidebar you will see that although this blog is geared toward women, we have three faithful male "advisors." These guys give us suggestions for the site every now and then and so it is only fair to give proper credit to James Lee, our brother from Detroit , for our film of the month. You will probably find it surprising that I do not go to the movies very often. (I prefer classic movies and find that many of today's films pale in comparison.) So when James enthusiastically recommended The Boy in the Striped Pajamas , I was intrigued. I had never heard of it before. I rented it from Blockbuster and watched it Sunday night. I watched it again on Monday. I asked people at work if they had seen it. I emailed my brother and told him to rent it. And now I am recommending that you, dear reader, do the same. This is a tale about the Holocaust unlike any other: as experienced through the eyes of a child. It is a story of innocence lost and innocence kept. It