7 Biblical Reasons to Exercise

I came across this inspiring article written by a gentleman called Fritz Chery. Have a read. Comrades will be a mere pup for you after this (ha, ha)! I especially like no.6.

It is always good to exercise to be prepared for anything that God calls us to do, but Christians must be careful.

While there are many biblical and health reasons for exercising, always watch out for vanity because if you are not careful exercising can be a huge idol in a believers life, especially when it comes to bodybuilding and weightlifting.

Are there benefits to exercising and can Christians do it? Yes, but should that be a believers main focus? Of course not because godliness and spiritual training is more important than physical training.

1. We honor God by taking care of our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 10:31. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Romans 12:1. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

2. It is valuable, but of course it is not more valuable than godliness.

1 Timothy 4:8. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

3. Our bodies are members of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:15. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!

4. To discipline yourself.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Proverbs 25:28. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

5. It will help with gluttony.

Philippians 3:19. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

Proverbs 25:16. If you find honey, eat just enough too much of it, and you will vomit.

Proverbs 23:2. And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.

6. It will help with laziness.

Ecclesiastes 10:18. Laziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house.

Proverbs 12:24. Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

Proverbs 10:4. Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 10:5. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

7. You will be healthy.

3 John 1:2. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Other benefits of exercising

You will be a positive example for your kids in this slothful generation.
To be physically healthy for doing God’s will.
It helps you sleep better.
Exercise reduces stress and fatigue.
To stay attractive for your spouse.
It helps with high blood pressure.

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A Look at Christmas. How can we feel our way through it.

I read a piece from The “Desiring God” email I receive in the mornings. In there Matt Chandler, one of my all time favorite preachers, says the following:

A war will be waged again this Christmas, a battle far more pressing than whether to say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” For believers, the real challenge is something entirely different. It’s a battle for our heart, our joy, and our worship.

I’m no Scrooge. I love the holiday, even some of the silly things we do that have very little to do with the birth of Jesus. I’m not the “Christmas is a pagan holiday” guy. But we have to know what we are up against this season. Almost every commercial, television special, and classic movie promises us a false reality. These things tell us that we’re going to gather as a family, group hug while we carve the ham, and end with us all laughing in pure joy. There’s a feel to this time of year, and we love the feel.

But as we start celebrating earlier and earlier, wearing Christmas sweaters in 90-degree weather, we must ask ourselves: What do we truly want from this season? What do we put our hope in that makes the season merry? What do we long to have that makes Christmas a favorite time of year? A thousand other answers subtly (or overtly) compete with this: “To us a child is born, to us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6).

I was thinking of how my family would be celebrating Christmas. We are having many family members over for this time. How am I going to make sure that Jesus stays the centre of our season?

Let us, amongst the bustle of preparing legs of Lamb, Roast Pork, fried chicken and the rest, keep Jesus near to us every minute of the day. If you concentrate on this alone, the rest of Jesus’ love and purpose for us will not be far behind. May your Christmas be one filled with love from the Father and peace from our Saviour.

Eddie Howden

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The Story of Ester: Saved from a Nightmare

I met a girl called Esther in Uganda while visiting there on my mission’s trip. Her story was heartbreaking. Click here to hear it.

There are so many children and young adults in Africa that need help that sometimes the task feels overwhelming. But every soul we help, every child we nurture, we bring the Kingdom of God closer to our worlds we live in.

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Nimule, South Sudan – Living Water

After staying over at Juba overnight, I was off to Nimule which is approx 200km away from Juba. Due to Rebel forces activity on the road it was not safe to travel by road.

The Catholic Church I slept over in at Nimule

I was then taken to the village where we had funded the drilling of a waterhole. It was such an emotional experience I could not really understand why I was feeling this way about it. For those of you who know me well, this was not me. And yet the Holy Spirit moved me there in that village.

The chief spoke and thanked us for the water and then his wife said this:

The Chief's wife telling her story

“We used to carry water from the town to our village on our heads in buckets. Because of this labour our hair at the top our heads stopped growing. Now that we have this borehole we do not have to carry on our heads anymore so the hair will grow back. Thank you for allowing us to be beautiful again.” Enough said!

I had wonderful times with the staff of IAS in Nimule and hope to return soon to the place.

I was on my way back to Juba for an overnight stay and then back to Entebbe. This was indeed a trip worth the wait.

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Juba, South Sudan – Meeting new Friends

The IAS Team at Nimule

I arrived in Juba with so excited to be able to at last see the Water we have been so hard at work fundraising for. It was hot and muggy. The airport facilities were rudimentary to be kind. We got through and on our way to the IAS compound on the outskirts of Juba

Resting after a bumpy flight from Nimule

 

The men and women do such a great job out here against huge odds that you can just admire them. The bureaucracy in Juba is astounding. In order to want to assist people with water boreholes you have to jump through a myriad of loops. It is ridiculous.

The hill just outside our compound

On the last day of my stay in Juba I got hold of a Boda-boda, which in our language is a scooter and did some sight-seeing. It was an experience. There is so much hopelessness mingled with hope that the landscape becomes confusing at times.

Ate a great deal of these little monsters

Next stop, Nimule! Next week.

 

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