2009.04.19 How we deal with sin

How do we deal with sin in our lives? What does it mean to repent? How do we make sure we’re in right standing with God, ready to do His good will?

2009.03.29 Sacraments Part 3: Holy Spirit Baptism

Today’s meeting was lively and interesting. We had some different faces around the table, and the fellowship was rich. God was here and some really encouraging ministry took place.

Here are the notes:

Sacraments III: Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Action: laying on of hands by those who have received the Holy Spirit
Promise or expected Spiritual Result: spiritual power and authority as evidenced by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Described/Discussed (Note the scriptures that describe a distinct event)
Acts 8:14-17 Acts 15:8
Acts 9:17 Acts 19:1-6
Acts 10:44-47 1 Cor. 12:13
Acts 11:15-17 Rom. 8:15

Prophesied or forshadowed:
Exo. 28:3 Isaiah 44:3
Num. 11:16, 17, 25, 29 Isaiah 61:1-3
Jdg. 3:10 Eze 2:2
Jdg. 14:6 Eze 11:5
1 Sam. 10:5-7 Eze 11:19-20
2 Chron. 24:20 Eze 36:27
Isaiah 32:14-16 Joel 2:28-29

Commanded or ordained by Christ in word or action:

John 1:33-34 John 7:37-39
Luke 11:13 John 15:26
John 3:5 John 16:12-13
John 4:24 Acts 1:4-9

Promise or expected spiritual result: spiritual power and authority as evidenced by spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit
Result will be that the word will be preached/taught with authority that cannot be resisted, and signs and wonders will confirm that the word is from God. God will receive the glory that is His alone.
Acts 1:8 Rom 8:9, 13, 14, 26
Acts 2:4 Rom 15:19
Acts 2:17-18 1 Cor 2:4-5
Acts 2:33, 38 1 Cor 2:14
Acts 4:31 1 Cor 14:15
Acts 6:10 Gal 3:3, 5, 14
Acts 8:29, 39 Gal 4:6
Acts 11:28 Gal 5:5, 16, 22-25
Acts 13:2, 4 Eph 16:18
Acts 13:9-12 1 The 1:5-7
Acts 16:18 1 The 5:19-20
Acts 19:13-16 2 Tim 1:14
Rom 5:5 Tit 3:5

How does the Bible refer to Holy Spirit Baptism?
One way: Being “born of the Spirit”
Joh 3:1 And there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Joh 3:2 He came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles which you do unless God is with him.
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Does the Bible call this baptism, as if it were a second type of baptism? Yes.
Act 1:4 And having met with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father which you heard from Me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

Act 11:16 And I remembered the Word of the Lord, how He said, John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

1Co 12:13 For also by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free, even all were made to drink into one Spirit.

Does the Bible separate this experience from repentance and salvation? Yes.
Act 9:17 And Ananias went and entered into the house. And putting his hands on him, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord, Jesus, who appeared to you in the way in which you came, has sent me to you that you might see and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Act 10:44 As Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those hearing the Word.
Act 10:45 And the faithful of the circumcision were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the nations also.

Act 19:1 And it happened, in the time Apollos was in Corinth, Paul was passing through the higher parts to come to Ephesus. And finding some disciples,
Act 19:2 he said to them, Believing, did you receive the Holy Spirit? And they said to him, We did not even hear whether the Holy Spirit is.
Act 19:3 And he said to them, Then to what were you baptized? And they said, To the baptism of John.
Act 19:4 And Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe into the One coming after him, that is, into the Christ, Jesus.
Act 19:5 And hearing, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
Act 19:6 And Paul laying hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in languages and prophesied.

Was this a special gift given to the original 12 disciples only? No.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Act 15:8 And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit even as to us.

Act 2:17 “And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Was it a special gift that only the original 12 disciples could dispense? No.
Act 9:17 And Ananias went and entered into the house. And putting his hands on him, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord, Jesus, who appeared to you in the way in which you came, has sent me to you that you might see and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
(Ananias not mentioned among the 12 nor is he mentioned again in the NT)

Act 19:2 he said to them, Believing, did you receive the Holy Spirit? And they said to him, We did not even hear whether the Holy Spirit is.
(The implication is clearly that Paul assumed these people may have received the Holy Spirit, even though he clearly knew that no apostles had visited them before.)

Was it an expected part of the total Christian Experience? Yes. (See scripture above).
What Happens when someone is baptized in the Holy Ghost?
1. They speak in other tongues
2. They prophecy
3. They receive a witness in their spirit that gives them spiritual authority
4. They serve the kingdom of God with specific spiritual gifts as enumerated in 1Cor. 12.

What is the risk of not receiving, or of denying, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Rom 8:5 For they who are according to the flesh mind the things of flesh, but they who are according to the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
Read entire book of Jude

Summarized: Hear the word, be saved through faith, and receive the Holy Spirit:
Eph 1:13 in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation, in whom also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 who is the earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory..

And again:
1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one.
1Jn 5:8 And there are three that bear witness on the earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three are into the one.

And again:
Tit 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing (baptism) of regeneration and renewal (renovation) of the (indwelling) Holy Spirit
(Amplified): 5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

So, what is the end result?

John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He could lead you to “kill” the old man (repentance), but he could not raise you to life again.
Jesus’ baptism was the baptism of salvation. Jesus can both kill the old man, and raise the new man to life
The Holy Spirit’s baptism is the baptism of fire – He moves you from the place where you are dead to sin, moves you beyond being saved, into a place where you walk in spiritual authority and newness of life – you can have the foretaste of, and be the living example of, heaven here on earth; The regeneration/renewal that is daily, moment by moment, and without end. The result is spiritual strength, endurance, and “rightness” that equips the saint to be an appropriate vessel for the power and glory of God.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the “action” part of being a Christian. The battle we are in is spiritual, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit we can win. The battle is “supernatural” (meaning it takes place outside of, or above, the natural realm) and requires supernatural powers, gifts, and abilities.

2009.03.22 Nutrition Part 2

The subject for this week has been updated to “Nutrition Part 2” with Paula. This will be short meeting week due to other commitments.

2009.03.22: Meeting was good. I am encouraged that our “core group” seems to be developing some cohesion etc. Today Paula discussed nutrition – part 2 – the “five deadly sins” of nutrition and how to avoid them.

As I mentioned before, we are NOT going down some cultish road with this; we had a lively discussion about how much attention we should pay to our diet based on several scriptures:
Deuteronomy, where God says He will put “none of the diseases” upon the Israelites that plagued the Egyptians, if they follow His commandments, including His detailed dietary laws.
Daniel, where Daniel and his friends refuse to eat the rich food of the King and instead continue to follow the Biblical dietary laws.
The gospels, where Jesus says, in effect “Do you not know that what goes into a man passes through him and is eliminated? It is not what enters a man, that is, what he eats, that defiles a man; but what proceeds out of the heart.”
Acts, where Peter has the vision of the sheet let down with all kinds of unclean animals in it, and the voice says “Take, kill, and eat” Peter refuses, and the voice says “let nothing that God declares to be clean be called unclean”. This scripture clearly applied to sharing the good news with the gentiles, but might also be interpreted to mean that God was instructing Peter not to force gentile converts to adhere to Jewish dietary laws.
And finally Paul’s exhortation: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?” The strong implication of this scripture is that we should care for our bodies because they are the temple of the Lord in the new dispensation.
So… we are not making some kind of religion out of our diet, but we do want to eat healthy. Also, in keeping with the vision the Lord has given me, I want to know how to feed the most people as efficiently as I can, which I believe means learning how to get the most nutritional “bang for my buck”.

Here then are the notes from today’s discussion:
Paula Cornmesser
Nutrition Part Two

Good fats vs. bad fats

Saturated fats are found mainly in animal products such as meats; poultry (mostly in dark meat and skin); whole and partially skimmed dairy products, including milk, cheese, ice cream, butter, and sour cream; and lard. Eating too much saturated fat is strongly related to higher cholesterol levels. Meals high in these fats can also cause sudden increases in triglycerides and other blood fats. This, in turn, decreases blood flow through the arteries and heart.
Trans fats can be found naturally in some animal products, but most of the trans fats in our diet are manufactured from polyunsaturated oils. The process is called “hydrogenation.” It is done to keep fat from going rancid and to change the form of the fat from a liquid to a solid. Hydrogenated fats are used in stick margarine, processed foods, and many commercially baked and fast foods such as ice cream, cakes, cookies, chips, shortening, popcorn, and French fries. Hydrogenated fats (trans fats) may be even more dangerous for the heart than naturally occurring saturated fats and may be associated with some cancers. Food manufacturers must now list the amount of trans fats, along with saturated fat, on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods.
Tropical oils (palm, coconut, and cocoa butter) are also high in saturated fat, but it is not known if these fats have a harmful effect on the heart
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good or beneficial fats and oils. Some of these fats are considered essential, meaning that they are necessary for health. Polyunsaturated fats are found mostly in fish and plant oils such as safflower, corn, soybean, sunflower, and cottonseed. Monounsaturated fats are found mainly in canola, olive, and peanut oils, as well as most nuts.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

What is it? The food industry has long known that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way.” And cane sugar had been America’s most delightful sweetener of choice, that is, until the 1970s, when the much less expensive corn-derived sweeteners like maltodextrin and high-fructose corn syrup were developed. While regular table sugar (sucrose) is 50% fructose and 50% glucose, high-fructose corn syrup can contain up to 80% fructose and 20% glucose, almost twice the fructose of common table sugar. Both table sugar and high-fructose sweetener contain four calories per gram, so calories alone are not the key problem with high-fructose corn syrup. Rather, metabolism of excess amounts of fructose is the major concern
Why do they use it? With little fanfare, and even less scrutiny, HFCS was introduced into the food supply decades ago. It is now commonly found in an astounding array of popular food and beverage products. Sweetened, carbonated soft drinks are considered by many to be the worst offenders. Food manufacturers embraced HFCS wholeheartedly because it is substantially cheaper than sucrose (table sugar) and mixes well with a variety of products, including beverages, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, and dairy products. In fact, between 1970 and 1990, the annual intake of HFCS increased by more than 1,000%, greatly exceeding the change in intake of any other food or food group. High-fructose corn syrup is now the primary caloric sweetener added to soft drinks in the United States, and comprises more than 40% of caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages.
Why is it bad for you? High dietary intake of fructose is problematic because fructose is metabolized differently from glucose. Like fructose, glucose is a simple sugar. Derived from the breakdown of carbohydrates, glucose is a primary source of ready energy. Sucrose (table sugar) comprises one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose. Thus, excessive sucrose intake also contributes to the rise in overall daily fructose consumption. Glucose can be metabolized and converted to ATP (andesine triphosphate), which is readily “burned” for energy by the cells’ mitochondria. Alternatively, glucose can be stored in the liver as a carbohydrate for later conversion to energy. Fructose, on the other hand, is more rapidly metabolized in the liver, flooding metabolic pathways and leading to increased triglyceride synthesis and fat storage in the liver. This can cause a rise in serum triglycerides, promoting an atherogenic lipid profile and elevating cardiovascular risk. Increased fat storage in the liver may lead to an increased incidence in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and this is one of several links between HFCS consumption and obesity as well as the metabolic syndrome.

Fructose may have less impact on appetite than glucose, so processed foods rich in fructose can contribute to weight gain, obesity, and its related consequences by failing to manage appetite. Additionally, loading of the liver with large amounts of fructose leads to increased uric acid formation, which may contribute to gout in susceptible individuals.

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Excess fructose intake has been associated with adverse health effects such as metabolic syndrome, elevated triglyceride levels, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, excess uric acid levels (associated with gout), and elevated levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs; linked with aging and complications of diabetes) The high flux of fructose to the liver, the main organ capable of metabolizing this simple carbohydrate, disturbs glucose metabolism and uptake pathways and leads to metabolic disturbances that underlie the induction of insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes.
Fructose Linked With Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

In fact, the effect of HFCS on insulin resistance has been shown to have an impact on the prevalence of diabetes. In 2004, investigators conducted an ecological correlation study, in which they compared the relationship between food consumption of refined carbohydrates and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the US from 1909 to 1997. They found that during this period, the use of corn syrup sweeteners, which were almost non-existent at the turn of the century, increased by more than 2,100%. During the same period, the prevalence of diabetes skyrocketed. After controlling for total energy intake from other foods such as fats and proteins, only the increase in corn syrup and a decrease in fiber intake correlated positively with the prevalence of type 2 diabetes.
. Unlike glucose, fructose is readily converted to fat by the liver, leading to an excessive concentration of fats and lipoproteins in the body. High and prolonged fructose ingestion increases unfavorable lipid profiles in the body. By increasing triglyceride levels—an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease—fructose promotes potentially dangerous lipoprotein changes that increase atherogenic risk. For example, fructose increases apoB100—the primary lipoprotein responsible for carrying cholesterol to the tissues—which leads to the formation of fatty deposits. Conversely, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is responsible for carrying cholesterol particles back to the liver to be eliminated, is decreased by fructose.Fructose ingestion therefore contributes to fat deposits in the liver (fatty liver) and increases the amount of dangerous lipoproteins that enhance cholesterol deposits in blood vessels walls. This can lead to plaque buildup and narrowing of the blood vessels—a ticking time bomb for the development of both stroke and heart attack.
Information is from an in depth study: Dana Flavin, MS, MD, PhD is former science assistant to the associate bureau director for toxicology at the FDA.
How is it made? New scary fact: January 2009-the process used to turn cornstarch into HFCS involves using caustic soda. The process for making caustic soda involves mercury. Of the products tested 17 out of 55 contained mercury. Another study listed the mercury as high as 50%. Although the HFCS folks say it is minute, the FDA is looking into the studies. Caustic soda can be made without mercury so there is no need to use the process that involves mercury
Also of note: most of our HFCS comes from China, a country notorious for their lack of regulations. They probably use the mercury process.

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Enriched White Flour
Parts of a wheat berry: A wheat kernel consists of three parts: the bran, which is the outer layer; the germ, which is the inner layer and the endosperm, which is the starchy part in between the two layers.
The process of making flour: When flour is made, the endosperm is separated from the bran and the germ using a series of rollers and sifters. White bread uses only the ground endosperm. White bread is also bleached since freshly milled flour is slightly yellow. This bleaching occurs naturally by aging the flour. However, most manufacturers speed up the process by using chemicals. Peroxide is the common chemical used to bleach flour. By contrast, whole grain flours are produced by adding the bran and the germ back into the ground endosperm. This flour is brown with flecks of the grain visible and is not bleached.

The nutritional content: During the refining process, when the bran and the germ are removed, about thirty nutrients are lost from the flour. Years ago, it was discovered that those who consumed only white bread had higher incidence of birth defects and other diseases such as beriberi and rickets. The FDA mandated that flour producers add tiny amounts of vitamins to the flour. But the law only required the replacement of five of the original thirty nutrients. This is what is known as enriched flour. Another important element lost in the refining process is fiber. Enriched flour is so lacking in fiber that you would have to eat eight slices of white bread to equal the fiber in one slice of whole grain. Studies have found white bread, with all of its missing nutrients, is so depleted that it may actually cause disease.

This brings us to our final question-what are the health benefits for you? There are no known health benefits from eating enriched white bread. In fact, white bread, with its lack of nutrients, has been implemented in the promotion of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Whole grain products, on the other hand, have long been advised by doctors for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. Whole grains retain the most nutritious parts of the wheat-the fiber, essential fatty acids and all of the vitamins and minerals. People who eat whole grain breads have fewer heart attacks and strokes. Their chances of developing diabetes, contracting colon cancer and even gaining weight are lessened by eating whole grain breads.
Remember that “enriched” flour just means that something is missing. Brown color does not mean whole wheat; it may just mean that your enriched white flour bread has had caramel color added. Please check your labels carefully. If the first ingredient on the label doesn’t say whole grain or 100% whole-wheat, choose another loaf.

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Food additives and preservatives

When we need to store any food for a longer time, it should be properly processed. During this processing, some substances and chemicals, known as additives, are added to the food. Additives consistently maintain the high quality of foods. In addition, we also need to add some preservatives in order to prevent the food from spoiling. Direct additives are intentionally added to foods for a particular purpose. Indirect additives are added to the food during its processing, packaging and storage. Food Preservatives are the additives that are used to inhibit the growth of bacteria, molds and yeasts in the food. Some of the additives are manufactured from the natural sources such as corn, beet and soybean, while some are artificial, man-made additives.

Commonly Used Food Additives and Preservatives

Nowadays, most people tend to eat the ready-made food available in the market, rather than preparing it at home. Such foods contain some kind of additives and preservatives, so that their quality and flavor is maintained and they are not spoiled by bacteria and yeasts. More than 3000 additives and preservatives are available in the market, which are used as antioxidants and anti-microbial agents. Salt and sugar the most commonly used additives. Some of the commonly used food additives and preservatives are aluminum silicate, amino acid compounds, ammonium carbonates, sodium nitrate, propyl gallate, butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), monosodium glutamate, white sugar, potassium bromate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, etc. Some artificial colors are also added to the foods to give them an appealing look. These coloring substances are erythrosine (red), cantaxanthin (orange), amaranth (Azoic red), tartrazine (Azoic yellow) and annatto bixine (yellow orange).

Uses of Food Additives and Preservatives

When the food is to be stored for a prolonged period, use of additives and preservatives is essential in order to maintain its quality and flavor. The excess water in the foods can cause the growth of bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Use of additives and preservatives prevents spoiling of the foods due to the growth of bacteria and fungi. Additives and preservatives maintain the quality and consistency of the foods. They also maintain palatability and wholesomeness of the food, improve or maintain its nutritional value, control appropriate pH, provide leavening and color, and enhance its flavor.

Additives are classified as antimicrobial agents, antioxidants, artificial colors, artificial flavors and flavor enhancers, chelating agents and thickening and stabilizing agents. Antimicrobial agents such as salt, vinegar, sorbic acid and calcium propionate are used in the products such as salad dressings, baked goods, margarine, cheese and pickled foods. Antioxidants including vitamin C, E, BHT and BHA are used in the foods containing high fats. Chelating agents such as malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid are used to prevent the flavor changes, discoloration and rancidity of the foods.

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Although additives and preservatives are essential for food storage, they can give rise to certain health problems. They can cause different allergies and conditions such as hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder in the some people who are sensitive to specific chemicals. The foods containing additives can cause asthma, hay fever and certain reactions such as rashes, vomiting, headache, tight chest, hives and worsening of eczema. Some of the known dangers of food additives and preservatives are as follows:
• Benzoates can trigger the allergies such as skin rashes and asthma as well as believed to be causing brain damage.
• Bromates destroy the nutrients in the foods. It can give rise to nausea and diarrhea.
• Butylates are responsible for high blood cholesterol levels as well as impaired liver and kidney function.
• Caffeine is a colorant and flavorant that has diuretic, stimulant properties. It can cause nervousness, heart palpitations and occasionally heart defects.
• Saccharin causes toxic reactions and allergic response, affecting skin, gastrointestinal tract and heart. It may also cause tumors and bladder cancer.
• Red Dye 40 is suspected to cause certain birth defects and possibly cancer.
• Mono and di-glycerides can cause birth defects, genetic changes and cancer.
• Caramel is a famous flavoring and coloring agent that can cause vitamin B6 deficiencies. It can cause certain genetic defects and even cancer.
• Sodium chloride can lead to high blood pressure, kidney failure, stroke and heart attack.
To minimize the risk of developing health problems due to food additives and preservatives, you should avoid the foods containing additives and preservatives. Before purchasing the canned food, you must check its ingredients. You should buy organic foods, which are free from artificial additives. Try to eat the freshly prepared foods as much as possible rather than processed or canned foods.

By Reshma Jirage

Today, food in the typical American diet is loaded with all kinds of additives intended to increase shelf life, improve appearance, enhance flavor, and lower cost. The FDA’s Web site provides a list of approved additives, which companies can legally include in food products. The length of this list is enormous – there are over a thousand different additives that all have foreign-sounding names. Unfortunately, the list does not include a description of the possible side effects associated with these additives. According to Dr. William Rice, a licensed Nutritional Consultant, many common additives have been linked to cancer, allergies, migraines, liver and kidney damage, birth defects, brain damage, and the list goes on. To make things worse, many additives do not appear on labels. According to Rice, food manufacturers are not required to list all the ingredients on certain foods like ketchup, mayonnaise and ice cream. 93 additives may go unlabeled in bakery products, 76 in soft drinks, 58 in frozen desserts, and 31 in cheese. http://www.downtoearth.org/earthaware/preservatives.

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Carmine-what is it?
Carmine may be prepared from the cochineal beetle, by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid and then treating the clear solution with alum, cream of tartar, stannous chloride, or potassium hydrogen oxalate; the coloring and animal matters present in the liquid are thus precipitated. Other methods are in use in which egg white, fish glue, or gelatine are sometimes added before the precipitation.
Carmine is used as a food dye in many different products such as juices, ice cream, yogurt, and candy, and as a dye in cosmetic products such as eyeshadow and lipstick. Although principally a red dye, it is found in many foods that are shades of red, pink, and purple. As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.[1] [2]
Food products containing carmine-based food dye may prove to be a concern for people who are allergic to carmine, or people who choose not consume any or certain animals, such as vegetarians, vegans, and followers of religions with dietary law (
In the United States, carmine is approved as dye for foodstuffs. In January 2009, FDA passed a new regulation requiring carmine and cochineal to be listed by name on the label. This regulation is effective January 5, 2011.
How do I avoid all this junk in my food?
1. Choose your food as close to what God made it.
2. READ labels! The fewer ingredients the better.
3. Eat at home. If you have to eat out choose wisely.
4. Grow your own food.
5. Learn to use what you grow.
6. Preserve your own food with the least amount of interference.
7. Train your family to eat well
8. Remember: most food manufacturers are not interested in the health of your family…they just want to make money!

2009.03.08 Being led by the Spirit Part 2

Randy continues discussion on how to hear from God

PURIM begins on the 9th of March. This Jewish Holiday commemorates the miraculous deliverance of the Jews through Queen Esther. REMINDER: Pray for the defense of Israel.

2009.02.22 The Sacraments part 2

Continuing the discussion on the sacraments (might want to think about the homework from the last session).
We covered Salvation and Water Baptism. We rehearsed our working definition of sacraments, and discussed how salvation and baptism might fit that model. here are the notes:

1. Salvation
Action: Believe and confess.
Promise or Result: Eternal life
Prophesied or forshadowed:
The examples of salvation, including Noah, Joseph, Moses, etc. are well known to us.
The direct, precise prophecies regarding Jesus Christ, his life, death, and resurrection are too numerous to review here.
Just a few of the prophecies regarding salvation:
Exo 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
1Ch 16:23 Sing to Jehovah, all the earth. Show forth from day to day His salvation.
Isa 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation
Isa 49:1-7 (Read this)
Isa 62:11 Behold, Jehovah has sent a message to the end of the earth, Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Jer 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
… and the prophecy of Zacharias:
Luk 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
Luk 1:68 Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people
Luk 1:69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,
Luk 1:70 as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from eternity;
Luk 1:71 that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,
Luk 1:72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant,
Luk 1:73 the oath which He swore to our father Abraham,
Luk 1:74 that He would grant to us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear
Luk 1:75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
1Pe 1:9 obtaining the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10 About which salvation the prophets sought out and searched out, prophesying concerning the grace for you;
1Pe 1:11 searching for what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ made clear within them, testifying beforehand of the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow.
1Pe 1:12 To them it was revealed that not to themselves, but to us, they ministered the things which are now reported to you by those who have preached the gospel to you in the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Note that many people may be “converted”, that is, they believe that God is, and they believe that Jesus is, but they are not saved – that is, they do not believe IN God, or do not ACCEPT Jesus Christ and all he lived and died for; perhaps they do not acknowledge their sin, or their need for a savior, or they give mental assent without commitment, etc. (see “marriage”).
Commanded by Christ:
Mat 10:32 Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven.
Mat 18:11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
Mat 18:12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, does he not leave the ninety and nine and go into the mountains and seek the straying one?
Mat 18:13 And if it happens that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety and nine which did not stray.
Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
1Co 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom did not know God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.
Heb 5:7 For Jesus, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong cryings and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared,
Heb 5:8 though being a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Heb 5:9 And being perfected, He became the Author of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him,
Action: Believe and confess
Joh 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are the ones witnessing of Me,
Joh 5:40 and you will not come to Me that you might have life.
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you
Heb 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.
Jas 1:21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.
Jas 5:20 know that he who turns back the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Jud 1:23 But save others with fear, snatching them out of the fire; hating even the garment having been stained from the flesh.
1Jn 4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God.
Promise or Result: Eternal Life
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Mat 10:32 Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven.
Mar 10:30 but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions, and in the world to come, eternal life.
Joh 10:28 And I give to them eternal life, and they shall never ever perish, and not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand.
Joh 17:2 even as You have given Him authority over all flesh so that He should give eternal life to all You have given Him.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Rom 5:21 so that as sin has reigned to death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heb 9:15 And for this cause He is the Mediator of the new covenant, so that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Water Baptism
Action: Immersion in water – baptism
Promise or spiritual result: spiritual cleansing, purification
Prophesied or forshadowed:
Exo 29:4 And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall wash them with water.
Exo 30:20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water so that they do not die. Or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to Jehovah,
Exo 40:12 And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.
Lev 16:4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches on his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen miter he shall be dressed. These are holy garments. And he shall wash his flesh in water and put them on.
1Co 10:2 And all were baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
The original word interpreted “wash” is “lave”, which means to cleanse by immersion. (Mikvah)
Commanded or sanctified by Jesus by word or action:
Mat 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan, to John, to be baptized by him.
Mat 3:14 But John restrained Him, saying, I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?
Mat 3:15 And answering Jesus said to him, Allow it now, for it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allowed Him.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They said to Him, We are able.
Mat 28:19 Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Baptize: word is “whelm” or “make whelmed” – to make fully wet – to immerse.
Promise or expected spiritual result: cleansing (remission) of sin
Mar 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mar 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
Mar 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Act 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Act 2:39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Act 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day there were added about three thousand souls.
Act 8:36 And as they passed along the way, they came on some water. And the eunuch said, See, here is water, what hinders me from being baptized?
Act 8:37 Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch. And he baptized him.
Act 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will and to see the Just One, and to hear a voice out of His mouth.
Act 22:15 For you shall be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
Act 22:16 And now what do you intend? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Rom 6:3 Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father; even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been joined together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection;
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Col 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power,
Col 2:11 in whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ,
Col 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in whom also you were raised through the faith of the working of God, raising Him from the dead.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Col 2:14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.
1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);
1Pe 3:21 which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 3:22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into Heaven, where the angels and authorities and powers are being subjected to Him.

2009.04.26 Spiritual Warfare part 1

Randy leading discussion on spiritual warfare.

2009.03.15 Vermiculture

Vermiculture (Nancy Mansfield)

We need to get this one in while there’s still time …

Nancy Mansfield will be joining us to explain how to start a “worm farm”. This one might be fun for the kids! For us, it’s one of the things we want to incorporate into our farm operation. Hence the need to fit it in when Nancy is available and before the gardening season gets underway hot and heavy.
Suggested resource: “Worms eat my Garbage” by Mary Appelhof ISBN 0-942256-10-7 (book is not required for the meeting)

2009.03.17 Follow Up

Lunch table discussion among the guys centered on the message at Tony’s church, which was on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We discussed the definitions and roles of the various church offices (Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet, Apostle), whether those offices were still valid, etc. I’m going to try to get a copy of the notes from Tony and I will post them here.

The women, at the other end of the table, discussed David Wilkerson’s recent prophecy http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2009/03/urgent-message.html.

After lunch Nancy showed us some coconut koir, we discussed how to successfully raise and feed worms, and we all took a “field trip” to the basement to see our newly acquired “worm farm”. In the process we discovered that our worms had an infestation of red mites, which we are attempting to control.
The following is a list of the garbage that people can save for us if they want to help feed the worms.

Update to HOLIDAY NOTE: March 17 was St. Patrick’s day; I was planning on having something for the kids, but the week got away from me and it totally slipped my mind. Randy reminded me and I still didn’t “get it” because I hadn’t been keeping up with the forum. My apologies – so far we’ve missed Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll try to do better in the future.

2009.02.01 Body Soul Spirit

Body Soul Spirit 1

Body Soul Spirit 2


Word about “gathering together” 2008.12.07

Several weeks ago during a prayer meeting I attend I received this word from the Lord:
“Gather, gather together”.

I looked this up in the Bible and discovered there are two places in the Bible that have basically this same phrase:
The first is in Jeremiah:
Jer 4:1 If you will return, O Israel, says Jehovah, return to Me. And if you will put away your abominations out of your sight, then you shall not be moved.
Jer 4:2 And you shall swear, Jehovah lives, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him they shall glory.
Jer 4:3 For so says Jehovah to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.
Jer 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to Jehovah, and take away the foreskins of your heart, men of Judah and people of Jerusalem; lest My fury come forth like fire, and burn so that none can put it out; because of the evil of your doings.
Jer 4:5 Declare in Judah, and let it be heard in Jerusalem; and say, Blow the trumpet in the land; cry, gather together, and say, Gather yourselves and let us go into the fortified cities.
Jer 4:6 Set up the banner toward Zion; flee for safety and do not wait; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great ruin.
Jer 4:7 The lion has come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the nations has set out; he has left his place to make your land a waste. Your cities will fall into ruins without inhabitant.

The second is from Zephaniah:

Zep 2:1 Gather yourselves together; yea, gather, O nation not desired;
Zep 2:2 before the birth of the decree, the day shall pass like the chaff; yet not before the hot anger of Jehovah comes on you, yet not before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes on you.
Zep 2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of Jehovah’s anger.

As I waited on the Lord, I sensed that He was saying that these two scriptures are a warning, a call to repentance, and a promise. The warning is that judgment is coming, and coming soon (soon being a relative term – it may be six months, or several years – I’m not claiming to have a date here, but I don’t believe we have another decade, either). The call to repentance is an encouragement to us to prepare our hearts, to make sure we are in right standing with God, and to “clean our houses” – to get things in order. The promise is that if we do these things, God will be our defender, and we will not be moved during the time of crisis. This does not mean that we will not suffer; it does mean that we will have the kind of faith that will endure.

Paula and I ended up presenting this as a message to the Oil City Branch 12..07.2008

2009.01.25 Basic Nutrition

Nutrition 1: Paula will facilitate a preliminary discussion on basics for the kitchen, how to prepare “quick and easy”, yet nutritious meals.

Nutrition will be a subject we’ll come back to from time to time as we work through the growing/producing seasons; we’ll be discussing how to grow, preserve, and store food items as well as how to use them to create nutritious, appealing meals etc.


Lunch was good, fellowship was great. Discussed child rearing and how kids eat, discussed the homework regarding sacraments a little. Paula led the main discussion on nutrition; we rehearsed the fact that the reasons we are looking at nutrition are:

    1. It is estimated that up to 80% of our medical costs and health problems are “self inflicted” due to lifestyle choices; many of these choices are diet related. 2. If hard times are coming, it is important that we start now to teach our children to eat what God provides and be thankful.
    3. As we seek God in the deeper things, it is important that we use the wisdom He gives us. It is not appropriate to ask God for health and healing if we are deliberately and knowingly harming our bodies by what we eat and drink.


Here are the notes:

Basic Nutrition
Different foods contain different nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all the nutrients in the amounts that you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C and folate but no vitamin B12; cheese provides calcium and vitamin B12; but no vitamin C.
To make sure you get all the nutrients and other substances you need for health, the USDA recommends building a healthy base by using the food pyramid as a starting point. The food pyramid visually demonstrates how many servings of each of the basic food groups an individual should consume daily for good health.
It is important to remember that children, teens, most men, and active men will need the higher number of servings in the servings range. Also, older adults, children, and women have greater calcium needs. Americans are typically deficient in calcium and iron. People following more limited diets (i.e. vegetarian) need to be sure that they are getting, from other sources, the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that would be given by the food group(s) that they aren’t eating from. There are five basic nutrients in food: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. All are necessary for good nutrition. Any diet that excludes one of these nutrients is dangerous.
What Counts As A Serving?
Daily Recommended Servings
• Bread/ Grain Group 6-11
• Vegetable Group 3-5
• Fruit Group 2-4
• Milk Group 2 or 3
• Meat/ Bean Group 5-7oz
Grains Group (Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group – whole grain and refined)
• 1 slice of bread
• About 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal
• 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta
Vegetable Group
• 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
• 1/2 cup of other vegetables cooked or raw
• 3/4 cup of vegetable juice
Fruit Group
• 1 medium apple, banana, orange, pear
• 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
• 3/4 cup of fruit juice
Milk Group (Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group)
• 1 cup of milk or yogurt
• 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese (such as Cheddar)
• 2 ounces of processed cheese (such as American)
Meat and Beans Group (Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group)
• 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
• 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans or 1/2 cup of tofu counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
• 2 1/2-ounce soyburger or 1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
• 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or 1/3 cup of nuts counts as 1 ounce of meat
Tips To Reduce Fat And Cholesterol In The Diet
• Steam, boil, bake, or microwave vegetables rather than frying.
• Season vegetables with herbs and spices instead of fatty sauces, butter or margarine.
• Try flavored vinegars or lemon juice on salads or use smaller servings of oil-based or low-fat salad dressings.
• Try whole-grain flours to enhance flavors of baked goods made with less fat and fewer or no cholesterol-containing ingredients.
• Replace whole milk with low-fat or skim milk in puddings, soups and baked products.
• Substitute plain low-fat yogurt or blender-whipped low-fat cottage cheese for sour cream or mayonnaise.
• Choose lean cuts of meat, and trim fat from meat and poultry before and after cooking. Remove skin from poultry before or after cooking.
• Roast, bake, broil, or simmer meat, poultry and fish rather than frying.
• Cook meat or poultry on a rack so the fat will drain off. Use a non-stick pan for cooking so added fat is unnecessary.
• Chill meat and poultry broth until the fat becomes solid. Remove the fat before using the broth.
• Limit egg yolks to one per serving when making scrambled eggs. Use additional egg whites for larger servings.
• Try substituting egg whites in recipes calling for whole eggs. Use two egg whites in place of one whole egg in muffins, cookies and puddings.
Nutritional Guidelines To Remember
• Eat sweets and fats sparingly
• Choose low fat options from the milk and meat groups
• Eat whole grains (refined grains do not provide the same amount of fibers and nutrients)
• Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat
• Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars
• Choose and prepare foods with less salt
• If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation
Some Sources Of Calcium
• Yogurt
• Milk
• Natural cheeses such as Mozzarella, Cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan
• Soy-based beverage with added calcium
• Tofu, if made with calcium sulfate (read the ingredient list)
• Breakfast cereal with added calcium
• Canned fish with soft bones such as salmon, sardines
• Fruit juice with added calcium
• Pudding made with milk
• Soup made with milk
• Dark-green leafy vegetables such as collards, turnip greens Some
Sources Of Iron
• Shellfish like shrimp, clams, mussels, and oysters
• Lean meats (especially beef), liver and other organ meats
• Ready-to-eat cereals with added iron
• Turkey dark meat (remove skin to reduce fat)
• Sardines
• Spinach
• Cooked dry beans (such as kidney beans and pinto beans), peas (such as black-eyed peas), and lentils
• Enriched and whole grain breads


Limits to caffeine, cholesterol, sodium and sugar


• Healthy adults should stay below 300-500 milligrams daily
• Pregnant women must stay below 150-200 milligrams daily
• Children should stay below 50 milligrams daily

In the United States, the FDA sets limits on all caffeine drinks. No more than 65 mg. per 12oz. drink.

The investigators tested the caffeine content of 10 energy drinks, 19 colas or sodas, and seven cold-coffee and iced-tea drinks.
The good news is that for all colas or sodas tested caffeine content was well below the FDA limit of 65 mg for a 12-ounce serving. In this category of drinks, caffeine content ranged from 18 mg to 48 mg per 12-ounce serving.
The caffeine content of energy drinks, however, ranged from 33 mg to nearly 77 mg per serving, with the majority being above the FDA recommended cola or soda limit. One product, SoBe No Fear, came in at 141 mg for a 16-ounce serving, the study found.
Several of the Starbucks brand coffee drinks were above the soda caffeine limit, most notably Starbucks Doubleshot, which had more than 105 mg of caffeine, the investigators said.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you
• Get no more than 20 to 35% of your total calories from fat.
• Get less than 10% of your calories from saturated fat. For example, if you eat 2000 calories a day, you should eat no more than 20 grams (g) of saturated
fat. If you have heart disease, less than 7% of your calories should be from saturated fat.
• Avoid or limit trans fats (often found in processed foods).
• Eat less than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per day (less than 200 mg if you have heart disease).
American Heart Association says 2,400 mg (1 tsp. salt). The Institute of Medicine says 1.500 mg (3/5 of tsp.) Greatest source is processed foods, commercial foods, frozen dinners and lunch meats.

No nutrition other than calories. Average consumption should be no more than
6-8 tsp. (one teaspoon = 4 grams)

Biblical injunctions regarding nutrition:

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth

Story of Daniel

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.

Psa 104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth


McCusker RR et al. Caffeine content of energy drinks, carbonated sodas, and other beverages. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 2006; 30. http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/2865