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Run With The Horses when your over fifty

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In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” We all long to live life at its best―to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence―to run with the horses in the jungle of life? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.

Run friends.

Steve

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Discovery Church, Discovery Prescott

Easter 2016

Here are a few of the talking points.

Growing up in church I heard songs and old hymns like:


“When I see the blood”.

“There is power in the blood”.

“There is a fountain filled with blood filled from Emmanuel’s veins”.

“without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin”. – Hebrews 9:22

1 John 1:7″… the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses
us from all sin.”

 Revelation 1:5 “… Unto him that loved us, and washed us
from our sins in his own blood.”

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood
of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony …”

Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience …”

Hebrews 10:19 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

 

Physician Horace Smith describes the importance of human blood:

Each drop of human blood contains over 5 million red cells … In an average lifetime, a person’s red cells arranged in single file would reach from the earth to the sun and back five times!

Our bodies contain approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels … Through this delivery system, blood provides everything our cells need to live, and they take away waste that would poison us. At the cellular level, capillaries are so small that they are about the size of a single red blood cell … To connect with all the cells in the body, capillary walls cover an area of about 70,000 square feet … The circulatory system is the epitome of consistency. Every day, the heart beats 100,000 times, and over an average lifespan, this amazing machine beats 2.5 billion times, pumping 60 million gallons of blood.

During this time, the heart never takes time off. We can’t afford for it to take a break—even a few minutes without blood supply causes severe brain damage or death.

Virtually all other cells in the human body are stationary, but blood is mobile tissue, carrying nutrients to every part of the body … protecting us from harm and healing our wounds.

No wonder the Old Testament says that “The life of every creature is its blood” (Lev. 17:14).

Today, we understand the significance of this truth even more deeply. There are no cells in the human body that can live without continual contact with life-giving blood. Every type of cell, from the ones that survive only moments to those that live for many years, owes its life to the flow of blood.

All three types of cells in human blood—red cells, white cells, and  platelets—perform functions that are essential to life.

LET’S Do an experiment.

LOOK AT ME CAREFULLY FOR A MOMENT!

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” –  Psalm 139:14

* Inside my body is a fluid pump.

* It weighs about 10 ounces.

* Has a life expectancy of about 75 years.

* Over an average lifespan, this amazing machine beats 2.5 billion times, pumping 60 million gallons of blood.

* There is no maintenance required if you eat health and exercise regularly.

* Every 23 seconds this mysterious fluid called blood makes its way through my entire body.

If this pump goes on the blink…..I’m in trouble.


Outline: Red Blood Cells – White blood cell and Platelets

 

 

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