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In volume 2 of this series, Alistair Begg helps us discover what true faith looks like in the life of a Christian. True faith in the Lord Jesus Christ produces godly wisdom, which is demonstrated by how we conduct ourselves toward God and others. James gives us tremendous insight into temptations Christians often face - from showing favoritism to having an uncontrolled tongue.
The Christian life involves a constant battle against sin. This wonderfully practical study reminds us of our great need of a Savior and points us to the Cross, where we find complete forgiveness and peace. Having peace with God compels us to resist these sins as God draws us ever closer to Himself.
Alistair Begg ends this series in James by highlighting important principles that help Christians live in an unjust world. When we realize that everything in life is under the control of God and will ultimately be made right, we can live in a way that is contrary to human nature.
The way we talk, worship, and pray becomes God-centered, not man-centered. When His grace captures a human heart we have a new song to sing and a loving Heavenly Father to whom we can humbly bring all of our cares.
Your Cart You have 0 items in your cart. At this rate the fire will burn in the earth for another years. This is quite a phenomena. It is like what we see in this passage. Jeremiah does not want to preach anymore.
He feels like a failure and no one is listening. God seems to be giving him no words of encouragement at all. The word was like fire and there was not some dichotomy, some separation from what was in his mouth and what was in his heart.
The Word was a fire and He was on fire with the Word. How will we know which is best, the synthetic or the natural? We won't, unless you, the reader, convince your Congressperson to stand up to the pharmaceutical lobby that might not encourage preventive medicine!
Economics leads the pharmaceutical firms to prefer a semisynthetic derivative to the natural product. Drug companies are therefore more interested in developing semisynthetic derivatives which can better be protected by patents.
If evening primrose oil prevents PMS symptoms in British subjects, should it be banned for American housewives? Will evening primrose oil curb alcoholism as well as Antabuse? Are chamomile's apigenin and luteolin as antiinflammatory as the stomach-plaguing indomethacin? Are ginkgolides from Ginkgo and huperzine from Lycopodium stronger than physostigmine used in Alzheimer's and with fewer side effects? Is Evodia extract a better anti-anoxic than hydergine? Will ginkgolides do as well for ventricular fibrillations as diltiazem?
Will willow bark tea prevent heart attacks better than a half aspirin, and with fewer ulcerogenic side effects? Will garlic alleviate encephalitis? Is garlic as good as aspirin at preventing blood clots? Will onions raise beneficial HDL cholesterol better than cholestyramine?
Is oleuropein a better antioxidant than BHT? Is onion diphenylamine more potent than tolbutamide at lowering blood sugar in diabetics?
Are grapefruit and apple pectin as good as chole styramine at lowering blood cholesterol? Will oregano tea prevent cataracts? Will rutinade prevent telangiectasis dilation of a previously small or terminal blood vessel? Will the pectin in an apple a day keep the doctor away? Will the pectin in apple juice keep the doctor away. Will a tea of quebracho, saw palmetto, scotch pine pollen and stinging nettle double blood levels of testosterone? Will grams of stinging nettle prevent osteoporosis?
Will a diet of antioxidant teas, legume nodules, purslane greens, and psoralen-containing fruits and vegetables extend the life span of AIDS patients on AZT? Will grams of crude cottonseed oil a day for two weeks make a man reversibly sterile? Will licorice prevent and alleviate ulcers? Is banana better than Tagamet for ulcers?
Is a mixture of bananas, cayenne, ginger, licorice and turmeric better for ulcers than any one of the herbs alone? Is ginger better than Dramamine for postoperative nausea? Will the tryptophan in outlawed evening primrose seed prevent insomnia better than genetically engineered tryptophan or Sominex?
Will goldenseal prevent or cure Giardia and or other intestinal parasites? Will sweet annie correct candidiasis? Could it help in Lyme disease? Will eggplant remove a basal cell carcinoma better than cauterization? Can hot pepper relieve the pain of arthritis, cluster headache, diabetic neuropathy, and shingles? Will mountain mint prevent ticks?
Will ginger prevent motion sickness? Will soybeans prevent breast cancer? Can grams cornsalad containing 3 mg boron double estrogen levels and prevent osteoporosis? Will stinging nettle's sting alleviate arthritis? Will 40mg ginkgo prove aphrodisiac as stated in the pop literature?
How much ginkgo will prevent tinnitus? Which is better for the hangover, ginkgo nuts or kudzu flowers or a combination of the two? Should someone proving that the combo of these two foods is effective as a hangover remedy be given exclusive marketing rights?
Are they synergistic or antagonistic? How many milk thistle seeds a day will it take to prevent cirrhosis? How many to save the life of someone who just ingested a poisonous Amanita mushroom? Will American bugle prevent or alleviate Graves' Disease? Will faba bean sprouts cause priapism, prevent tardive dyskinesia or alleviate Parkinsoniasm? Will marijuana treat glaucoma better than the synthetic options? Can mg of bayleaf, cinnamon, cloves and or turmeric halve the need for insulin in diabetics?
Can fenugreek inflate the bosom while deflating the blood sugar count? Can a daily ounce draught of apple carrot juice halve our chances for lung cancer. Will the juice's vitamins be better preserved with the addition of antioxidant tea? Will prosnut butter mixture of pumpkin seed and saw palmetto alleviate benign prostatic hypertrophy as well as Prosgar Finasteride?
We don't know the answer to all these questions and we won't know! Unless we bend the ears of an intelligent Congressperson. Increasingly more Americans, who could at least afford botanical herbal and food-farmacy alternatives, cannot afford the modern pharmaceutical. It behooves Congress and its constituents to insist that we learn whether the herbal alternatives are safe and efficacious. In some cases, I predict the herbal options will prove both safer and more efficacious, not to mention cheaper, than the overexpensive synthetic options.
Ask your Congressperson: "Who benefits most from preventive medicine: the consumer, the government, the medical establishment, or the pharmaceutical industry? The taxpaying consumer and his government gains! Then why is 90 percent of government funds targeted for curative medicines, whose efficacy is too often measured in days added to a misera ble uncured life? As it stands today, the FDA prohibits the sale of herbal alternatives, if there are any preventive or curative messages implied.
These herbs could save thousands of lives. The FDA tolerates tobacco while prohibiting the sale of licorice or lobelia to help people stop tobacco, or antioxidant teas or even carrots to prevent lung cancer or willow bark to prevent heart attack. The FDA tolerates the sale of alcohol while prohibiting the sale of evening primrose to curb the alcohol habit, or milk thistle seed or dandelion flowers to prevent cirrhosis, or antioxidant teas to prevent oral, kidney, or liver cancer.
They tell us that without scientific proof of efficacy, these herbs cannot be sold with health messages. Are they helping the American consumer or the pharmaceutical industry? Are we missing some of the safer, even more effective, herbal drugs? Don't despair. Write a personal letter, not a form letter, to your Congresspersons. Let them know that the costs of modern pharmaceuticals are slipping out of the economic reach of more and more of their constituents.
Tell them you think the American consumer and the Third World need and deserve answers to the questions in this article. Request legislation that would require a pharmaceutical firm, in any new synthetic chug trial, to compare its new drug, not only with a placebo, but also with one or two of the better herbal alternatives. If the drug company finds, as I predict it will in many cases, that the herbal alternative is nearly as safe and efficacious as their synthetic option, they could be granted marketing rights to both the herbal and the synthetic alternative.
Then modest-income people could buy their processed, standardized herbal alternative, grown by underemployed American citizens returning to the farm from the slums. Alternatively, homeless people would know t hat there is a reasonably safe herbal alternative that can be found growing nearby.
And the Third World citizenry, even poorer on average, than Americans, would benefit from the research of the new "altruism" in Farmacy. Urge your Congressperson to give the herbal alternative a chance to help poor and wealthy Americans avoid economic strangulation by the current situation. Put the burden of proof of empirical herbal effectiveness on the agency which confiscates an inexpensive, long-standing, and empirically proven botanical, while favoring the exorbitant synthetics and expensive, unproven or unnecessary interventions like angioplasties, bypasses, chemo-nucleolysis, caesarians, and the like.
These cause thousands of deaths a year evidence follows. How many herbal fatalities were there in the last decade? According to Rep. Ted Weiss D-NY , more than half of of the prescription drugs approved by the FDA between and caused serious reactions that later caused the drugs to be relabeled or removed from the market.
Chemical Marketing Reporter, June 4, Perhaps Mr. Weiss should be asked why the pharmaceutical industry should not be required to compare any new drug not only with a placebo but also with the best recognized herbal alternative s. Insist to Mr. Weiss that Americans deserve the best medicines, be they herbal or synthetic. This means 1 in 1, of those patients admitted to hospitals for medical rather than surgical reasons will be killed by the medicine.
Are NSAIDs industry killing 10, to 20, people a year, possibly alleviating the symptoms of, but not curing, arthritis? Of an estimated 4 to 8 million patients infected, Center for Disease Control estimates that "hospital-acquired infections contribute to the deaths of , patients per year.
Julian Whitaker, M. For example, a million angiograms are given a year, 90 percent unnecessarily 0. As many as 44 percent of bypass patients don't need it and might be better off with a combination of drugs, diet and exercise. Five percent of bypass patients die as a result of the surgery. Wellness Today, June But other doctors credit long family dinners, and greater time spent socializing.
What about civic life? A third of non-voters in the elections said they simply didn't have time to vote? Do you believe them? I don't. It doesn't take that long to cast your vote. But what is true is that many of us have little time to figure out what we're voting for. This comes at a time when we've got complex initiatives on our ballot, and when Californians had to choose between candidates for governor. No wonder the 30 second commercial has become the essence of politics.
Overwork also reduces employment, as fewer people are hired, then made to work longer hours. Overwork and unemployment are two sides of the same coin.
By sharing work more equitably, we could provide work for everyone. That would put upward pressure on wages at the bottom, which now leave even some full time workers living in poverty.
Overwork actually increases the cost of living. Consider how absurd this becomes where food is concerned. Much of our dependence on fast, overly processed, foods is a defensive action against time famine. You can now buy pre-scrambled eggs to heat in the microwave. They save you five minutes time, but cost twenty times more than if you cooked them yourself. In fact, they cost the average worker 12 minutes of worktime just to buy them. And I can't vouch for their taste. And finally, overwork contributes to the destruction of our environment.
Haste makes waste, encouraging reliance on convenience and throw-away items. Friends have told me they don't even have time to recycle. There is an additional problem: on a finite planet, unlimited economic growth is unsustainable. Already, we'd need four planets if the rest of the world suddenly duplicated our lifestyle. We need to offer free time rather than more money and stuff as the reward for increasing productivity.
I want to repeat that I'm not against work. In fact, I understand that useful and creative work is essential to happiness. But American life has gotten way out of balance. Way out of balance. Producing and consuming more has become the single-minded obsession of the American economy, while other values-strong families and communities, wholesome food, good health and a clean environment, active citizenship, social justice, time for nature and the soul-are increasingly neglected.
It hasn't made us happier. In fact, studies show that Americans are less happy today than they were in the s. Why has this happened? What led us into this predicament? What can we do about all of this? I'm going to try to answer those questions next week. I promise to begin talking about how we can get out of this trap.
How do we tame the tiger of overwork in a country where the issue isn't even on any of our leaders' radar screens? I realize that I've done little to raise your spirits today. You might even think that what I gave up for Lent was hope. But that's not true. I'm really very hopeful that we can change things.
I don't intend to leave you feeling low and wishing you were an ostrich. There's actually a lot of good news out there. And in my final two homilies, I want to focus primarily on the good news, on what we can do It's a social problem.
This problem comes in many forms-overwork, over-choice, over-speed, over-scheduling, overload, over-consumption. It is in some cases the result of voluntary choices, in other cases, the result of coercion and lack of choices. And we will need to address it in many ways to solve it. We will need to begin with a national dialogue like that which other countries have been having for many years.
We can learn from what they've discovered. I invite you again to take a silent moment and ask yourself that essential question: what is life for? Thank you for your time and God bless you. I promised to lighten up, and offer some good news, some solutions for the time poverty that has so many of us in its grip. And I will. I really will. I promise. Just give me some time You've stayed with me so far, and I'm grateful to you for that.
I'm grateful also, for the fact that even though I've worn the same shirt each day I've spoken here, there are still no tomato stains on it. So thanks for being both patient and polite. Last week, I also promised to offer my own analysis about how we got where we are today. Why didn't the promise of leisure come true? What happened? Today, I want to offer that analysis, and then begin providing solutions, starting at the macro level.
Looking at what is happening around the world that is relevant to this inquiry. In chapter six of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul says that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities.
Among these, he includes racism, militarism and economic exploitation. Wink doesn't think these "powers and principalities" can be overcome by personal piety alone. He believes that wrestling against them requires collective social reform as well. I would argue that the solutions to time poverty are also in part institutional and structural, and I will explore these solutions today. Next week, I'll get personal. Trust me. In the sixth chapter of the book of Matthew, Jesus suggests that where our treasures are, there will our hearts be also.
It is as true for nations as for individuals. And what is it that nations treasure? Or more specifically, what is that this nation treasures? I would suggest that the answer lies in what we choose to measure, what we keep score of. What we seek more and more of. So what do we measure, and how do we measure it? We've been persuaded that if we have the grossest national product, then we're doing OK. We're number one. And it doesn't matter which major political party is in power.
They both believe that. What they argue about is who can be more gross, or rather, give us more of the gross, or It's been 35 years since a prominent American politician questioned the importance of unlimited economic growth.
The one who did was a candidate for President of the United States. Kennedy gave one of the most unusual and courageous speeches in American political history. Few Americans now remember what he said, so I want to read to you a part of that speech.
For the gross national product includes air pollution and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. Kennedy was dead, the victim of an assassin's bullet. He was one more addition to the carnage the GNP counts as a plus. Consider more closely what GNP measures Essentially, it measures the flow of money through our economy. The more money that changes hands, the higher is the GNP.
So stuff, consumer goods, bought and sold, count. And so do services, bought and sold. Doesn't matter what the service is. Say you divorce, move into separate houses, buy your own of each appliance. The GNP goes up. Now let's say it's a messy divorce. Big legal bills- the-GNP goes up even more. Say one of you breaks down, needs expensive counseling, pills No slacker, you. You're doing your part for the economy. But now, let's say you stay together, spend lots of time together-walking, gardening, hanging out with the kids, helping the neighbors.
You're happy. You've got a good marriage and a well-adjusted family. Well, let's face it, you're pretty much useless. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You're not spending money, or at least, not very much.
You're wasting your time as far as the measurement that matters is concerned. The best things in life may be free, but they're not worth anything either, at least, not according to GNP. They don't count. Bobby Kennedy had it right. We should have listened. Instead, we've made a golden calf of GNP. Our media tell us breathlessly that GNP "grew by 8. Longer hours that meant less leisure time, less family time, more stress, more burnout, less personal happiness.
But GNP was up. What else matters? One reason why the Europeans work so much less than we do is that they've had a dialogue about what to do with increased economic efficiency-that is, productivity per hour, not per quarter. So, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Norwegians are 10 percent more productive per worker hour than Americans are, but they earn 16 percent less each year.
Their buying power is 16 percent less. So what gives? Well, they make less because they work much less percent less than we do. I was talking about a year ago with a woman who is actually a Republican State Senator. She told me she sympathized with much that I advocate, and I asked her why.
And it was just like you say. They didn't work so long, they had a lot of leisure time and they had a lot of family time. They just enjoyed being together. Where your treasure is One more thing about Norway. And of course, I thought, well one thing the Norwegians don't work too hard at is coming up with names for organizations.
And the idea is that by that date, Norway should be well on its way to another kind of independence-ecological sustainability. And the key reason for consuming less is so that the poor countries of the world can consume more, since many of their people lack the basic necessities of life. This sense of solidarity with the poor is important to Norwegians, who already contribute sixteen times as much per capita as Americans do to development assistance for developing nations.
But I discovered that the entire campaign, including slick advertisements urging Norwegians to take quarterly time-outs from work to discuss the future, was completely funded by the Norwegian environment ministry and endorsed by the prime minister. And I thought, my god, what planet? Can you imagine any American politician of any party saying we'd be better off if we consumed less and worked less? But that's what they should be saying. And that's what Rude Lubbers, the conservative Quoting Lubbers: "It is true that the Dutch are not trying to maximize gross national product per capita.
Rather, we are seeking to attain a high quality of life, a just, participatory and sustainable society. While the Dutch economy is very efficient per working hour, the number of hours per citizen are rather limited We like it that way. Nearly forty percent of Dutch workers are part-timers, because a law allows any worker to reduce his or her hours if he or she is willing to be paid commensurately less. Indeed, couples with children are encouraged, with tax incentives, to work no more than 60 combined hours per week, so as to have sufficient time for their children.
Tax credits reduce the burden of lost income because the Dutch believe that time is a family value. Part-time workers continue to keep health benefits, and their other benefits are pro-rated. The average fulltime work-week is 37 hours. And the average paid vacation time is six weeks.
With the birth of a child, parents receive a combined year of paid family leave. Some critics suggest that if Americans had so much time off, they'd spend it all watching television, and we'd see a sudden epidemic of couch potato blight. But the Dutch watch less TV than we do. They spend much more time socializing with families and friends. Indeed, counter-intuitively, studies indicate that the longer a country's annual work hours, the more its citizens watch television.
TV, after all, is the perfect activity for weary, worn-out people. Nothing to do but sit back, push a button and snack on chips and soda. Work-time policies similar to those in Holland can be found throughout the European Union. The European Union has established basic minimum work-time directives, which include four weeks of paid vacation, and a cap on mandatory work of 48 hours a week.
Any overtime beyond that must be agreed to by the employees. One clear difference between the United States and Europe that encourages our longer hours is the growing gap between rich and poor in this country. Indeed, the gap is about double that in Europe, and growing. While the top 20 percent of Americans earn more than nine times as much as the bottom 20 percent, the average European ratio is less than five to one. The growing gap encourages Americans of all income levels to work longer.
Wealthy Americans are putting in longer hours now because they see that they can keep a higher percentage of their earnings. They look to spend them on investments and possible early retirement. They also splurge on conspicuous luxuries, which set the standard for The American Dream. As the wealthy become the new Jones's with whom the middle class must keep up, and the bar of expectations continues to rise, average income Americans can only keep up by working longer and often, by going into debt, which also encourages them to work longer.
And for the poor, the gap means falling real incomes. They must work harder-two or three jobs without benefits sometimes-just to obtain the necessities of life. So the rich may get richer as the poor get poorer, but only in a material sense. Every class of-Americans becomes-more time poor. More egalitarian-European economic policies that lead to shorter work-time do not bankrupt the countries that have them; indeed, U.
Moreover, the bulk of American overseas investments is precisely in those Western European countries with excellent work-time policies. I want to let you in on a little secret: our country was once the leader in time-friendly policies.
We should try to be again. We were the second country to get the hour week, but we almost became the first to have a hour work week. I'm not making this up. As I mentioned in my first sermon, on April 6, , the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would have made the U.
While the bill failed to reach the House of Representatives, many American companies adopted the hour week voluntarily.
The most famous was the company that brings-"the best to you each morning. Kellogg instituted a hour workweek in his Battle Creek, Michigan, cereal plants in Kellogg once wrote to his grandson that his great disappointment in life was that he "never learned to play. In fact, Kellogg believed that leisure time, not economic growth, would be the crowning glory of capitalism. He built libraries, parks and recreation facilities for his workers so they could learn to enjoy leisure time.
He employed several hundred more people in Battle Creek. Productivity rose. Within a couple of years, Kellogg was able to pay his six hour a day workers what he'd previously paid them for eight hours. After Kellogg died, the company phased out the six hour day because benefits had become a much larger part of the earnings package, and the company wanted to reduce the number of workers it paid benefits to.
In , Kellogg's ended the last of its six hour shifts. The workers, mostly women, were sad to see them go. They held a mock funeral for the six hour day, complete with a makeshift casket. They remembered the hour week fondly, as a time when they had time-for families, friends, community and church. Their treasure changed They told me the crime rate in Battle Creek went up in , because there were fewer people around in the daytime to watch things.
They said their children have much more stuff than they did, but much less time, and that as far as they could tell, they were happier earning less and living more. The Kellogg's workers were pioneers in a new land of time affluence, a promised land that still lies before us like Canaan before the Israelites, beckoning us to seek different treasures.Apr 13, · The Followers of Christ believe in faith healing and do not seek traditional forms of medical care. That belief did not help David, who died of staphylococcus pneumonia within nine hours of his birth, as the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office later determined.