Many people, including Christians are pinning their health hopes on alternative therapies which include homeopathy, acupuncture, reflexology and the like. If you are one of them or are contemplating trying one please take seriously this warning:
It probably will not work and it may be positively dangerous physically and spiritually.
Christian Medical Fellowship article
From triple helix – spring 2003 – Alternative medicine – A Christian perspective [pp4-6]
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The bride compares him to the apple-tree among the trees ( Song of Songs 2:3) of the because he has the two eminent things of trees, which the residue of them have not:—
1. Fruit for food; 2. Shade for refreshment.
Of the one she eats, under the other she rests; both with great delight. These are desirable things, to an hungry, weary soul (such alone seek for shade and fruit). “In Christ,” saith she, “there is fruit, fruit sweet to the taste; yea, ‘his flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is drink indeed,’ ” John 6:55. “Moreover, he has brought forth that everlasting righteousness which will abundantly satisfy any hungry soul, after it has gone to many a barren tree for food, and has found none. Besides, he abounds in precious and pleasant graces, whereof I may eat; yea, he calls me to do so, and that abundantly.” These are the fruits that Christ bears. They speak of a tree that brings forth all things needful for life, in food and raiment. Christ is that tree of life, which has brought forth all things that are needful unto life eternal. In him is that righteousness which we
hunger after; — in him is that water of life, which whoso drinks of shall thirst no more. Oh, how sweet are the fruits of Christ’s mediation to the faith of his saints! Shades for refreshment and shelter; — shelter from wrath without, and refreshment because of weariness from within. When the heat of wrath is ready to scorch the soul, Christ, interposing, bears it all. Under the shadow of his wings we sit down constantly, quietly, safely, putting our trust in him; and all this with great delight. Yea, who can express the joy of a soul safe shadowed from wrath under the covert of the righteousness of the Lord Jesus! There is also refreshment in a shade from weariness. He is “as the shadow of a
great rock in a weary land,” Isaiah 32:2. From the power of corruptions, trouble of temptations, distress of persecutions, there is in him quiet, rest, and repose, Matt. 11:27, 28.
We commune with him ( I Cor.1:9) as Mediator.
The souls of the saints are the garden of Jesus Christ where he finds fragrance of graces he has imparted (Song of Sol. 2:14). He delights in the fruit of the Spirit in us (Song.5:1).
Likewise he calls the spiritual dainties that he has for us a “feast,” a
Both Christ and his church are likened to beautiful lilies, because they mutually indwell each other. He is also the fragrant rose of Sharon.
This mutual union and communion is the (new) covenant.
What he is to his spouse: “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys” (Song of Songs 5: 1). The Lord Christ is, in the Scripture, compared to all things of eminency in the whole creation. He is in the heavens the sun, and the bright morning star; as the lion among the beasts, the lion of the tribe of Judah. Among the ﬂowers of the ﬁeld, here he is the rose and the lily. The two eminencies of ﬂowers, sweetness of savour and beauty of colour, are divided between these. The rose for sweetness and the lily for beauty (“Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” [Matt. 6:29])
WHY TRANSGENDERS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN WOMEN’S SPORT!
CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE ARTICLE.
OWEN EXHORTS US TO DEAL WITH SIN EARLY.
Consider what occasions, what advantages your sin has taken to exert and put forth itself, and watch against them all. This is one part of that duty which our blessed Saviour recommends to his disciples under the name of watching: Mark 8:37, “I say unto
you all, Watch;” Consider what ways, what companies, what opportunities, what studies, what businesses, what conditions, have at any time given, or do usually give, advantages to your distempers (besetting sins), and set yourself heedfully against them all. Men will do this with respect unto their bodily infirmities. All things injurious to health they will generally avoid-JK. Are the things of the soul of less importance? Know that he that dares to dally with occasions of sin will dare to sin. He that will venture upon temptations unto wickedness will venture upon wickedness. Rise mightily against the first actings of your distemper, its first conceptions; suffer it not to get the least ground. Do not say, “Thus far it shall go, and no farther.” If it have allowance for one step, it will take another. It is impossible to fix bounds to sin. It is like water in a channel, if it once break out, it will have its course. Remember James gives that gradation and process of lust, James 1:14, 15, that we may stop at the entrance. Dost you find your corruption to begin to entangle your thoughts? rise up with all your strength against it, with no less indignation than if it had fully accomplished what it aims at. Consider what an unclean thought would have; it would have you roll yourself in folly and filth.
Sword of the Spirit
It is a precious Bible truth, that the enlightening grace of the Holy Spirit, although it be specially promised to the Gospel ministry as that by which alone their peculiar functions can be successfully exercised, is not confined to them, nor to any one class or order of men, but it is common to all believers. Every private person, — every humble man, who takes his Bible in his hand, and retires to his closet to read and meditate on it there, is privileged to ask and to expect the teaching of the Spirit of God. ‘If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.’ The direct communication of every soul with God as ‘the Father of lights,’ with Christ as ‘the light of the world,’ and with the Holy Ghost as ‘the Spirit of truth,’ shows what standing the Christian people have in the Christian Church; and that, although God has graciously provided for them ministerial helps and spiritual guides, he has not left them absolutely dependent on any order of men; still less has he subjected them to mere human authority in matters of faith: ‘their faith must stand not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.’ James Buchanan
I have gone back to rowing as I always need a physical challenge and competition v self or others. As long as I don’t fully flex knee it ought to not be damaging impact. The brace has certainly eased the pain and may be a good stop gap between now and operation to permanently realine.
Proverbs 19:21 “ There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
Proverbs 20:24 “ Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?”
Psalm 37:23 ” The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21). I have enjoyed running of all kinds over the years and even toyed with the of the idea of one last decathlon. But it is not to be as the outside semi-lunar cartilage is almost worn away, torn and loose, plus the cartilage on the end of my thigh bone is badly worn (pic. 2). Part of the reason for this is a slight misalignment leg at knee level (see pic. 1). Surgery is planned to augment the cartilage with an artificial spacer (pic. 4)and supplement that on the bone end along with a slight realignment of the bones by an osteotomy (bone cut-see pic. 3). After this, all high impact activities will be prohibited because they could undo all the work. So running, jumping and rowing (extreme flexion) are over. Cycling and walking should be ok. God is good and he knows what he is doing (Psalm 138:8).
Pic. 2 Semi-lunar cartilages yellow, hyaline (glass-like) articular cartilage grey.
Pic.3 slight misalignment and it’s correction,
by taking a wedge of bone out of the distal femur.
Pic.4 artificial spacer
and even more
Total Knee Replacement
Sport after TKR
Rowing after Total Knee Replacement?
i am an orthopedic surgeon with a hip replacement. rower is good for hip and knee surgery but for knee should wait until swelling is down and start with easy, smooth rowing to gain motion and flexibility (prolonged knee inflammation can lead to decreased long term motion). probably will need to wait 4-6 months until it is good to train hard, i.e. intervals, etc. getting as full motion as needed for a complete catch may be difficult and take 9-12 months. but the motion and training from early on will be good for you and good for your knee. how things will end up will depend on previous training history, age and how long and severe the disablement was from the knee arthritis. good idea to discuss with the surgeon. nowadays, high levels of exercise are usually encouraged. probably you will be amazed at how good things will feel. the rower lets joint replacement patients potentially reach tremendous fitness levels in a safe, sustainable manner: ideal in many ways. you may not achieve previous speed levels due to some decrease in motion, but won’t it feel nice to train hard without the joint pain, even if it is not perfect? hss is a good choice with a proven track record of excellence in joint replacement surgery. the type of knee is not a important as everyone makes out. many surgeons have financial interests and you should ask: “why this particular company?” what is important is that the particular knee design is not brand new, has a proven track record and the surgeon does at least 100″ish” such surgeries per year. good luck. wade smith md
Besetting sin is rooted in our nature, and often cherished, fomented, and heightened from our constitution.
1. This does not absolve of the guilt of your sin.
It is from the fall, from the original depravation of our natures, that the kindles and nourishment of any sin abides in our natural temper. David reckons his being shapen in iniquity and conception in sin aggravated his guilt. That you art peculiarly inclined unto
any sinful distemper is but a peculiar breaking out of original lust in your nature, which should peculiarly abase and humble you.
2. That in reference to your walking with God, without extraordinary watchfulness, care, and diligence, the sin will assuredly prevail against your soul.
3. For the mortification of any sin so rooted in the nature of a man, this is the key states the apostle, 1 Cor. 9: 27, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.” The bringing of the very body into subjection is an ordinance of God tending to the mortification of sin. This gives check unto the natural root of the sin, and withers it.
That the means whereby this is done, — namely, by fasting and watching, and the like, — cannot of their own power, produce true mortification of any sin; for if they would, sin might be mortified without any help of the Spirit in any unregenerate person in the world. They are to be looked on only as ways whereby the Spirit may, and sometimes does, put forth strength for the accomplishing of his own work, especially in the case mentioned.
What should we learn from this episode in the fiery prophet’s life? One thing Rev. Bleyenberg makes clear is that Israel (Northern Kingdom) has grievously apostatised from true religion and as a result God withdraws his word (Amos 8:11). When churches like the Church of Scotland AND Church of England apostatise, which they have as denominations Christ withdraws his presence and grace and it is the calling of his elect people to come out, be separate and raise their voices against the wicked compromises with the world. For Elijah it meant safety, separation and provision. Following Christ faithfully will never leave us needy (Romans 8:32).
More instruction from John Owen:
- Load your conscience with the guilt of the besetting sin.
- Have strong desire for deliverance.
- Some besetting sins are deeply rooted in men’s natures. I Cor.9:27. Fast if need be.
- Occasions and advantages of sin to be prevented. “Watch”
- The first actings of sin vigorously to be opposed. James 1:14ff. “You cannot stop birds flying over your head but you can stop them nesting in your hair,” Luther.