a Biblical thought...
May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we'll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! (Romans 15:6)
a Book thought...
Though the historical arguments for Jesus' bodily resurrection are truly strong, we must never suppose that they will do more than bring people to the questions faced by Thomas, Paul and Peter, the questions of faith, hope and love. (p85 Wright)
a Dave thought... form The Age
In just 20 years, calorie-dense fast food, passive entertainment and our dependence on the car have fuelled a doubling of Australian obesity rates. We now have the fifth-highest adult obesity rate in the world, with almost 9 million adults either overweight or obese. Their excess weight will place them at greater risk of diabetes, heart disease and a range of other conditions, and — according to a 2005 analysis by Access Economics — cost the nation more than $21 billion a year in health-care costs and lost productivity.
We continue to be trying to work out what to do with the obesity problems in Australia. It seems that the rapid change we have experienced in the last 20 years has actually made our country worse. We now have fast food outlets on most corners and eat out more than ever before, we have more cars and drive to every place we possibly can, then even though we've saved all that time by not cooking and not walking we have vacated churches on Sunday. Add to this the growing numbers of Australians diagnosed with mental illnesses and we are not in the best state. So yes we are officially more physically, spiritually, and mentally unhealthy than ever before. It seems as we become more selfish and fatter, both physically and financially, Christianity is no longer needed. You'd hope us Aussie Christians are different, but perhaps we Australians just need God when things aren't so easy.
Just a thought.
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