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Well, you can forget that old dictum about avoiding chocolate as being bad for you. Go ahead and eat chocolate, folks, you will live longer.
Praise the Lord!
Heart (an imprint of the British Medical Journal) published a study last year that found that eating up to 100 grams (about 4 ounces, a quarter pound!) helps lower risk of heart disease and strokes. Wow! A quarter pound of chocolate. That’s 20 Hershey’s kisses!
“Habitual Chocolate Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular
God’s blessings are sure, and obviate any need to secure them by retaliating against opposition.
Isaac finds himself in a famine, God tells him to remain where he is, in Gerar (26:1–3), and Isaac and his descendants are also promised blessing and land.
What happens next is odd: In 26:7–11, Isaac passes off his wife, Rebekah, as his sister, fearing for the safety of his own life from the hoi polloi who might seek to appropriate Rebekah. Was this fear justified
Jerry Vines: And this is How I Preach …
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Apparently 30% of American adults are apprehensive, or have been or will be at some point in their lives. And the root cause seems to be the memories they carry. An event that scared you, or scarred you, is remembered vividly and fearfully. And everyone thought that these emotional kind of memories, of panic and fear and guilt, were permanently inscribed on the papyri of our brains.
Well, there is hope on the horizon. Research from the University of Amsterdam published
We’ve always been told about the goldfish and its tiny span of attention. Well, we might be doing that gill-bearing aquatic creature an injustice. Humans, apparently, have an attention span less than that of aforementioned Carassius auratus.
Microsoft recently published a study done in Canada (they employed both surveys for 2,000 people and EEG scans for another 100) that showed that average attention span of humans has fallen precipitously in the last fifteen years
We’ve all heard of “destination weddings.” Now there is another eclectic ritual on the scene: “destination funerals.” Held not in churches or such places, but in gardens, sports arenas, lakes, the beach, on sea, etc. No more the traditional hearse. We now have buses, and even motorbikes. Congregants are also being encouraged to abandon the traditional attire of black or other somber color. Soccer shirts and fancy dress attire are in vogue now.
Said Sam Kershaw
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Upcoming Speaking Engagements
- February 14, 2016 Crossway Marthoma Church, Richardson, Texas
- March 12, 2016 Plenary Lecture, Midwest Regional Conference, Evangelical Theological Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan
- June 5, 2016 The Chapel in the Oaks, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- June 12, 2016 Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- July 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2016 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
- July 25−30, 2016 Dallas Seminary Conference, Mt. Hermon, California
- October 20, 2016 Shepherds National Church Leaders’ Conference, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
Past Speaking Engagements
- January 7, 2016 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- November 7, 2015 Keynote Presentation, Faculty & Students Gathering, Dallas Theological Seminary–Houston, Houston, Texas
- October 21, 2015 Shepherds National Church Leaders’ Conference, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- October 6−8, 2015 Northcutt Lectures on Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
- September 18−20, 2015 Chinese Independent Baptist Church Camp, Mt. Hermon, California
- August 20, 2015 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- August 9 & 16, 2015 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
- July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2015 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
- April 19, 2015 Faith Bible Church, Edmond, Oklahoma
- March 4, 2015 Ockenga Lectures on Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts
- February 3−6, 2015 Griffith Thomas Lectures, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas