Posts tagged ‘grow’

September 4, 2012

Health Nuts

by pastortimfowler

Healthy or Nutty?

I read a recent study conducted by Stanford University about how “all natural” foods are not any better for you than those produced using chemical preservatives and fertilizers. I rejoiced because I have been saying this all along. My belief is that the all natural food movement was nothing more than an all natural money-making scheme. The assumption that if it is all natural it is better for you goes against proven science that has been responsible for the average human life span steadily increasing as technology and science better our ability to grow food.
Now I am not saying that there aren’t some foods that are better than others, because we can all give one example or another of an extreme no brainer there. What I am saying is that our ability to produce foods that can feed more people with less farmland is a direct result of many of these chemicals. We have far less crop loss due to bugs than ever before and far less to diseases that are spread through micro-organisms in our food source than ever before. We also have far fewer cases of E-coli and Salmonella with the use of chemical fertilizers than with natural ones.
If the all natural way was so much better for us, why has our life expectancy gotten higher through that years? Why didn’t the pilgrims live much longer and have less diseases? Why don’t people in third world countries live longer than we do?
There is a huge money-making scheme that is feeding on health nuts. All natural remedies can “cure” baldness, colds, obesity, impotence, and about anything else you can think of. The claim that it is all natural over rides the risks that un-regulation of these products brings. I remember years ago when the all natural ephedrine was the big thing in weight loss. Then people started dying from it and the all natural weight loss phenomenon was pulled from the shelves.
All natural does not equal healthy. Here are a few things that are all natural that you don’t want in your food. Poop; a common substitute for chemical fertilizers. For those who don’t understand, poop is all natural and can kill you if ingested. Roaches and flies: Commonly killed by most chemical pesticides but run rampant in all natural food handling facilities. They carry many diseases that can make you sick and can kill you. Rat droppings; I know, technically poop too: Found in these same food handling facilities, can cause many illnesses.
God gave us brains that are amazing at problem solving. Sometimes those problems require synthetic solutions. Many of the prescription drugs that we take are not all natural and give us amazingly good health results. The all natural treatment known as blood-letting was not a very healthy. Neither was eye of newt, bat wings, or herb bags tucked under our pillows.
The fear that is thrown at us is that these artificial products will cause cancer. But if you look back throughout history, everything you can think of has been linked to cancer at one time or another. Cancer happens to people. It is part of being imperfect beings. Cancer scares people and anything can be found to be a link if the study is done the right way. Here is a good example. Did you know that when studied, it was found that over 75% of people who died of cancer between the ages of 55 and 70, had eaten lettuce several times a month over most of their lives? That means, lettuce is linked to cancer, right?
All natural foods cost more money that the normal stuff we eat, yet it doesn’t cost as much to grow it. That means someone is making more money. Could it be that money is behind it? No!!! Not those pure intentioned people in the natural food market. That would be unheard of. The love of money is the root of all evil…naturally. Think about it.

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January 3, 2012

What Is Important To You?

by pastortimfowler

Here is my first blog of 2012. What is important to you?
I have a friend who pastors a church in the Philippines and although I have only met him personally once, he has an amazing impact on me and my ministry. When we first met nine years ago, I had just been called to pastor a dying church in Rock Hill and he had just started a church in his home town in the Philippine Islands. He was trying to raise money for his ministry and I was trying to find hope in a church that had decided to turn inward and reject the people who lived all around.
Our church had a million dollar building bought and paid for, that included a full kitchen, class rooms, bathrooms, a 400 seat auditorium, and, despite being located in a part of town that was known for its crime and poverty, we have the full support of the police and government. His church was meeting in a graveyard because it was safer than anywhere in town. They had no classrooms, no running water, and if they were caught, they could be killed because of some of the terrorist groups that inhabit the islands and a government and police force that does not have the means to protect them.
Today, I pastor a church that has closed the original church, sold the building, and relocated. We have grown from a group of about 30 to a group of 150 and we have a different building with all the amenities of the previous building. It has been a challenge and a joy to see the change, and despite what I think as challenges, they pale in comparison to my friend’s nine years at his church.
They finally got a building, we would call it a roof over some chairs. They have grown numerically as well and I am sorry to say that I don’t have the numbers to report. They still don’t have it as nice as we do and probably never will, but they continue to grow and worship, despite the unending threats. Last night we talked and he told me that his health was a challenge due to diabetes and they are praying for the finances to be able to by a vehicle to transport people who live too far to walk to church.
In our conversation he told me that God was bigger that health or wealth problems. He said that God has never let him down and had always given them more than they deserved. He was optimistic and hopeful for the new year and knew that God would provide for their needs and allow them to continue to grow and prosper.
If our churches in America were in the same predicament as his, they would close and people would abandon their “faith”. I have seen people leave the church because they did not get their way in choice of color of carpet. I have seen people leave the church because the music was too loud, too slow, too new, or too old. I have seen people complain because there was not enough parking to keep them from having to walk too far in a parking lot. I have seen people complain about not having a playground or not having the temperature of the heat or AC set to their liking. I have heard complaints about my sermons being too long, too topical, too much about money or too much about a particular sin. I have had people refuse to be baptized because the water was too cold and refuse to become members because the church did not have a softball team.
My friend baptizes in a muddy river, has no AC, no parking lot and few vehicles to get people there. They have no carpet, no video system, and no playground. They complain about having to leave too soon if the pastor doesn’t preach and teach long enough. They risk physical harm and even death and still they join the church. They bring their friends and family and then they bring others. They believe that what they have is a blessing and they receive anything more with utter amazement that God would show them such grace. They think the most important thing that they have is their salvation from Jesus Christ. Because of this they make their church and their ministry about reaching lost people and not comforting themselves. They believe that God has and will supply all of their needs and because of that, they make the most important thing in their lives, God.
What is important to you?