Getting healthy starts TODAY!

Are you like I was… incapable of making it through a regular day without feeling like you need a two hour nap? Just living life feeling lethargic?

I knew that I need to change. I just felt overwhelmed thinking about things such as where do I start? First thing you’ve got to do is simply make the choice to start getting healthy.Simple as it is… That’s the first step!  Read blogs, seek advice, watch youtube videos, figure out what works for you. For me it was my eating habits that I knew had to change!

So the million dollar question is “how do I start” 

Here is some advice.

  1. Make Attainable goals.

This is where it begins, in your mind. When you come to the realization that you are fat, sick and unhealthy, your bad health is a sin and you are tired of living the way you are, you will see the urgency of making healthy changes in your life. 

I encourage you to actually write them down and post them where not only you but others can see them. (Online, on a post-it note) Transparency is not easy but it’s helpful!

My goals:

Goal #1. Get below 300 pounds. Check! (Current weight – 298.8)

Goals #2. Gain muscle and slim down at the same time

Goal #3. Hit 250 pounds

Goal #4. Run a 5K without stopping.

Goal #5 (Ultimate goal). Lose 100 Pounds

Listen, don’t sit down and write out some crazy goals that are not attainable. Set reasonable goals. These goals should help you ultimately reach your final goal!

Putting things into perspective: Get a paper tape measure like this.31Z4RT95QZL

Rip it off at your age and at the age you think you will die.

Then put it somewhere you can see it. Mine is on the counter in the kitchen as a reminder that this is the amount of time I have left… It really motivated me to get my butt in shape!

2. START!

I know it seems simple, but you’ve got to get up and start to even begin reaching your desired goals. Don’t put it off “till Monday,” you will find that Mondays will come and go and you are caught in the black hole know as  “waiting for the right Monday to start”. Putting it off just puts you in worst health than you already are. Go join the gym, take a walk, start drinking water, right now! TODAY!

3. Ask for accountability.

You have to make your health goals known to others! No set amount of people to ask, just make sure they are not enablers.

These folks will hold you accountable in what you are eating, if you are working out, etc…

4. Don’t get frustrated when you don’t see results right away.

Don’t get frustrated even if the scales don’t show the success you are looking for right away. Just by making healthy choices you are on the right track. 

The trick is to focus on making the healthy choice in any given moment, rather than looking at all the things you must do in the long term. If you simply focus on making your body healthier then weight loss will happen. It’s a direct by product of making healthy choices!

5. Don’t take the “Fat free” bait.

Stop buying foods that are marketed as “healthy,” “fat free,” etc… 

Chances are, they are not. If it says “all natural”, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy either. You should spend time educating yourself about what makes a food healthy or not so you can spot the rampant lies in food advertising and packaging.

6. DRINK WATER! b530bf0c9dcf7d5812d5391f0c8d9d52

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your health, but it is under appreciated.

  • Drink a minimum of eight cups of water every day.
  • Green tea is great!
  • Don’t add cream or sugar to your tea and coffee. (Yikes. I’m actually sitting here with a cup of coffee with creamer in it… Transparency ;)
  • Stop drinking soda.
  • Stop drinking Sweet Tea (Sweet Southern Champaign)

7. Don’t just do cardio, add weight lifting.

Weight lifting has improved my flexibility and made the aches and pains in my back, neck, and shoulders subside. I spent most of my life believing that cardio was the key to a lean, healthy body and that lifting would only make me appear bulky. It’s just not true. You burn more calories and sweat a heck of a lot more lifting than you will on the treadmill.

8. Establishing a sleep schedule and sticking to it. (This one is difficult for me. Still working on it)

9. Know the power of your thoughts and words. 

I was called out by a friend, Roger. He said this

“ JC, Stop referring to yourself as fat-boy. How about “Fit Boy!” Speak it into existence. When I was 275.6 lbs I realized I had to look into the mirror and see the 222 lbs I wanted for myself. Remember you become what you speak about yourself. Love you Brother !!! I believe in you and your journey.”

10. Know that there is hope!

You can start exactly where you are today. JUST DO IT!

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If you’re where I was at, living life feeling stressed and anxious about weight and maybe even giving up trying to get healthy. My hope is that I can encourage you on my journey and give you some hope because it is possible to overcome and win this battle with weight.

I heard this once… “Information plus consistent application equals transformation”. That applies to health and fitness as well. Knowing what you need to do and applying that knowledge by eating right and exercising on a consistent basis means that you will see a transformation in your weight for the better. If I can do it, I promise you can too!

Praying for you today.

Please email me at JC@rockbridge.cc if you are in need of some accountability or help getting started!

The “Sinners Prayer” is it Biblical?

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I grew up in a church culture that many got saved twice a year every year for 14 years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard things such as “If you are 99% sure you are 100% lost” and “If you leave here tonight and have a car wreck would your soul burn forever?”

I understood at a young age that some were just trying to scare the hell out of the hearers.

My youth group growing up. I loved it. Honestly I did. Some of the most amazing people who are doing incredible things in life now were in that youth group. There were leaders who to this day I love and respect so much. They really did care about us. But, spiritually the youth group was the normal baptist youth group.

We would meet for youth groups, sing a song, listen to the youth pastor preach and then no matter what was preached we would end with a 20 min altar call. Tears, empty promises/commitments and hugs then go right back to life as normal.

Confession time..There were times we would just go to the altar so we could get the service over with so we could go play volleyball. We knew once someone went to the altar our youth pastors identity/goal had been met and we would end soon.

Interesting note: I had two youth pastors growing up. One owns a bar in Florida, the other is in prison for life for first degree murder.  I think about them often and my heart breaks. 

As I’ve gotten older I feel God has freed me from the legalistic background that teaches my salvation is based on a prayer. It’s SO MUCH MORE THAN A ONE TIME PRAYER!

The question I’ve asked is this,”Is the sinner’s prayer biblical?” Well, I just finished reading this book…

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And found this blog with the editor at The Gospel Coalition  Here is some insight into helping you answer that question.

Should we stop asking Jesus into our hearts?

J. D. Greear says “yes,” if we think that continually asking Jesus into our hearts is the way we make sure we’re saved. He has written a short and accessible book called Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved. If you’ve ever counseled people who are constantly questioning the sincerity of their faith or the legitimacy of their salvation, you’ll want to read and recommend this book. It’s one of the best books on assurance I’ve come across.

J.D. is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh, NC and the author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. He joins me today for a discussion about the central thesis of his book.

Trevin Wax: There’s been a lot of conversation about the legitimacy of the sinner’s prayer in how we lead people to put their faith in Christ. What concerns do you have about this conversation and its implications in evangelism and outreach?


J. D. Greear: 
A lot of the controversy concerning the sinner’s prayer began following some comments by David Platt, who was reported to say the sinner’s prayer was superstitious and unbiblical. I would not agree with that statement on the surface of it, as a sinner’s prayer is very biblical. But what David meant, I believe, was that for many evangelicals, securing salvation has become something like a Protestant ritual or sacrament, which if you do correctly punches your ticket for heaven. It functions something like a “Southern Baptist Confirmation.” I agree that this is not a biblical view of true conversion.

God never promises to give salvation to someone because they pray some magical words or because they went through a ceremony at the altar of their church. God gives salvation to those who repent and believe the gospel. It is natural to express repentance and faith in a prayer, but you can repent and believe without “praying the prayer,” per se, and you can pray the prayer without repenting and believing.

It’s not the prayer that saves; it’s the repentance and faith behind the prayer that lays hold of salvation. My concern is that over-emphasizing the prayer has often (though unintentionally) obscured the primary instruments for laying hold of salvation: repentance and faith.

I did not write this book to engage in that controversy, however – the subject and title were chosen long before the controversy sprang up. I wrote this book to help people find assurance – to tell people like me who ask Jesus into their hearts over and over they can stop doing that and start resting in the promises of the gospel. I wrote this book because there are a lot of people who can’t seem to find assurance no matter how many times they pray the prayer, and others who have a false assurance based on the fact that they went through a ritual with their pastor. I wrote the book to bring comfort to the unnecessarily troubled, and to trouble the unjustifiably comforted.

Trevin Wax: You tell people to “stop asking Jesus into their hearts” and yet almost weekly you lead people in a sinner’s prayer. How do you reconcile this? Are you referring to the moment of salvation or to life after conversion?

J. D. Greear: I certainly do not want to discourage people from pressing for a decision when the gospel is preached. Each time the gospel is preached, that invitation ought to be extended and a decision should be called for (John 1:12; Matthew 11:28; Revelation 22:17). In fact, if we do not urge the hearer to respond personally to God’s offer in Christ, we have not fully preached the gospel.

It makes sense to express these things in a prayer, as repentance and faith in Christ are in themselves a cry to God for salvation. I am not trying to say that the sinner’s prayer is wrong in itself. After all, salvation is essentially a cry for mercy to God: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Paul says that those who call on God’s name will be saved.

I’m not even against the language of asking Jesus into your heart, because – if understood correctly – this is a biblical concept (cf. Rom 8:9-11; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17).

The point is that these prayers merely verbalize the posture of repentance and faith. That is what must be clear.

Trevin Wax: Why is it that we seem to have “assurance issues” in evangelical churches? On the one hand, there are lots of people who never wonder about their salvation, although they probably should. On the other hand, there are lots of people who wonder about their salvation, although they probably shouldn’t. Why is this? 

J. D. Greear: Yes, that’s a perfect summation of the problem. I think it’s exacerbated by the clichéd, truncated, and often sloppy ways we present the gospel. On this issue, the most important issue on earth, we have to be absolutely clear.

Shorthand phrases for the gospel can serve a good purpose, as long as everyone knows what the shorthand means. It is obvious, however, that in the case of the sinner’s prayer, most people don’t anymore. Surveys show that more than 50% of people in the U.S. have prayed a sinner’s prayer and think they’re going to heaven because of it, even though there is no detectable difference in their lifestyles from those outside of the church.

Thus, since so many people are assured of a salvation they give no evidence of possessing on the basis of a prayer ritual they didn’t understand, I believe it is time to put the shorthand aside, or at least make sure we go to great pains to clarify what we mean by the shorthand. We need to preach salvation by repentance before God and faith in the finished work of Christ. At the very least, when inviting people to pray the prayer, as I often do, we need to be careful to explain exactly what we mean.

Trevin Wax: You claim that evangelicals have sometimes been so focused on the moment of salvation that we downplay the posture of repentance and faith that should be always characteristic of a Christian’s life. Do you think there’s the possibility we will swing the pendulum to the other side, downplaying the moment of salvation and dampening our evangelistic fervor?

J. D. Greear: Certainly, and you can see it happen in many circles which are otherwise scrupulous about doctrinal correctness.

Again, I’ll say that if you do not make the gospel’s invitation clear when you preach the gospel, you haven’t really preached the gospel. The gospel in its very essence demands a response. And if you don’t press for a decision when you preach the gospel, you have violated the spirit of the gospel, I believe. The gospel is an invitation. How can you preach it without urging your hearer’s to accept the invitation?

Thus, as I noted above, I try to press for a decision every time I preach the gospel. The greatest evangelists in history (even the Reformed ones, like Whitefield, Spurgeon and Bunyan) pressed urgently for immediate decisions and even urged hearers to pray a prayer along with them.

In the book I compare the moment of conversion to sitting down in a chair. If you are seated right now, there was a point in time in which you transferred the weight of your body from your legs to the chair. You may not even remember making that decision, but the fact you are seated now proves that you did. That should not diminish the fact that people who are standing should be pressed to decide to sit down (if the situation demanded it). The point is that the resulting posture matters, not the moment of decision.

The world is divided into two categories: some are “standing” in rebellion against the lordship of Jesus, standing in hopes of their own righteousness to merit favor with God; others are “seated” in submission, resting on his finished work. How does pointing that out diminish the call for those standing to be seated? It certainly shouldn’t.

In fact, if we stop stressing about getting the initial moment absolutely perfect, we can be freed up to evangelize without the fear of messing up the “magic moment.” Don’t get me wrong: there is a moment when a person goes from not believing to believing, and this is a crucial moment. But by placing so much weight on the experience of that moment, we can be tempted to manipulate people into having emotional responses that are insincere.

You see, when we see faith as only a prayer, we don’t take the need for discipleship seriously. In our haste to boast about the numbers of people who prayed the prayer and got baptized, we fail to consider the number that really matters – the number of disciples we create. Disciples of Jesus are the ones who are saved; not those who go through a ritual. I’m not against reporting numbers, but we should make sure we are celebrating the right ones!

Trevin Wax: What circumstances brought about the writing of this book? What do you hope it will accomplish?

J. D. Greear: A large motivation behind this book was the need I felt from many in my church who consistently ask questions about being certain of their salvation. And this is not some foreign concept to me personally: I was once one of those people constantly unsure of my own salvation. I prayed the sinner’s prayer hundreds of times. Every time there was an altar call, I was down front. I even got baptized on four separate occasions. Honestly, it got more than a little embarrassing for everyone involved. (“Does anyone besides J.D. want to get saved today?”)

Because we have reduced conversion to a ceremonial prayer, many Christians are obsessed over whether they did it right:

  • “Was I really sorry enough?”
  • “Was that prayer a moment of total surrender?”
  • “Did I understand enough about grace?”

Like I did, many of those people secretly pray the prayer again and again. They feel better for a little while, but then the questions come back. Rinse and repeat.

The good news is that God wants us to know. Many people think that God does not want us to have assurance of salvation, as if uncertainty is a kind of carrot that he holds out in front of us to keep us acting right. Desire for heaven or fear of hell may compel some kinds of obedience, but not the kind of obedience God wants. God wants obedience that grows from love, and love can only grow in security (1 John 4:19; 5:13).

That assurance we long for comes from properly understanding the gospel. When we get that right, assurance will soon follow.

My motivation and addiction (part #1)

Motivation:

I am eating better, losing weight, and getting my energy, and ultimately my life back!

What was my wake up call you might ask? When it hit me that my weight was causing me to miss out on fully living life with my family, that gave me that push to really change the way I’ve been living.

That is the motivation to get healthy I so desperately needed. I’ve never wanted to be “that dad” who stands (or sits) on the sidelines and yells directions at his kids. I want to SHOW them and participate in their life/activities WITH them… Not just be a spectator!

I went for my yearly physical that I had been putting off for some time… A few days later the blood work came back and my levels for my liver (can’t remember the name) were high. So, he sent me to get a ultra-sound of my liver as I was in the beginning stages of “fatty Liver”. As I’m laying on the table getting a ultrasound  I said out-loud.  “JC you are in your early 30’s you should not be laying here with a fatty liver. You’ve done this to yourself. Get up and do something about this” So. I’m doing something about it!

Week two has begun!

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My Addiction:

31-1176x445I have a confession to make. I have been addicted to sugar for years. Seriously it’s been my drug for a long time.

There are many articles documenting the effects of sugar. In some ways, it’s more addicting than cocaine. And I understand that from personal experience.

So, I’m avoiding, not cutting out completely, just avoiding sugar.

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With the help of my incredible wife who is a phenomenal cook we are doing less processed and more homemade foods!

So in our efforts to try and avoid bad sugars, we are staying away from processed foods. Not just for me, but my whole family! You just can’t beat homemade food. And have I mentioned how good my wife can cook!?!?!

Here is my current “diet”

When I say “diet”, I don’t mean a weight loss plan. I simply mean what I’m eating now.

LEAN AND CLEAN IS THE NAME OF THE GAME!

I don’t do well with dieting. Like most people, I may lose weight, but when I stop the diet, I gain the pounds back because I go back to my old eating habits. (ie sweets and treats.) Also, I am not using any of the weight loss product that are out on the market because honestly I don’t have $150 a month for the rest of my life to “maintain health.” I’m using God’s natural way of weight loss, CLEAN FOOD*

My goal is to get healthy and lose some weight.
Goal 1. Get under 300 pounds (9 more pounds to go until I hit this one)
Goal 2. Hit 250 Pounds
Goal 3. Lose 100 Pounds (weight in a 221)
Goal 4. Run a 5K without stopping to walk.

Honestly the biggest change I’m making is eating healthier.

I’m not counting calories or completely restricting full food groups. I’m eating more vegetables, fruits and lean meats.

I’m eating breakfast. I use to always skip breakfast. But, I’ve realized that’s the most important meal of the day!

The biggest change for my healthier eating plan is that I’m avoiding sweets and processed foods. It can be done. I went to fight night the other night at Buffalo Wild Wings. I had 6 Grilled chicken strips and a salad with 34 glasses of water.

Oh yeah.. DRINK LOTS OF WATER! water

Friends, you have no idea how huge this is for me. I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone a week without eating sweets and processed foods!

Yes, I know that to many of you, I sound incredibly pathetic. But if you’ve suffered from a sweet tooth for years like me, you understand how difficult this can be!

I’m not there yet, far from it.. I’m still overweight, exhausted, and struggling. But I see a light now. And it’s getting brighter each day.

My Bible app verse of today fits well with this journey:

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Are you struggling too?

Please leave a comment or shoot me an email – JC@rockbridge.cc
So I can encourage you and pray for you!

We can do this together!

What is your motivation? Let me know!
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Physical Health is a Spiritual Matter. (Week 1 update)

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Week one!

It really wasn’t that bad after Tuesday. The first few days I had a constant headache from the lack of sugar. But, Wednesday on it’s not been bad at all! It has been totally worth it so far, I feel healthier already. Already down 12.9 pounds!

Few things I’ve been thinking about as I start this journey that I want to encourage you who are joining me to get healthy as well as those who are just following along.  

#1 Don’t depriving yourself of Food.

Losing weight is not about removing foods groups or eating as little as possible. However, for some reason many of us have turned to these methods when trying to drop the pounds. Don’t deprive yourself! There is no need to. You can eat the foods you love and still lose weight – I am! You may have to switch some things up and and for sure reduce your portions but you never have to completely give up a food! 

Said all that to say.. Don’t think you can go hog wild on chips, chocolate, soda and Ice cream and expect the results. Sorry, You will need to become intentional with your food. This basically means you need to think before you eat. But this is a good thing trust me.

13612295_608511822064_8708838745003213785_n#2 STOP saying and talking yourself into the lie called  “I’ll start Monday” 

The “I am going to start my diet on Monday so I will eat whatever I want this weekend” binge. Just don’t do it. When you are really ready to change your life you will start no matter what day it is.

STOP PUTTING IT OFF! 

# 3 You think you are eating healthy but you really aren’t

When I started to track my food I was totally shocked with the amount of calories I was eating. The first day I clocked in over 5000 calories. I could not believe it.

Honestly I thought I was eating healthy. I did not eat fast food or drink soda or anything of the sort. But I was eating too much and a lot of processed junk. These two together, plus my lack of exercise, were the reasons I am over 300 pounds!

#4 Eat Lean and Clean! 

It wasn’t until I started eating clean foods and my amazing phenomenal cook of a wife cooking clean meals for us did I understand the true meaning of healthy eating. When you fill your body with nutritious wholesome food you feel better, look better, and overall perform better.

#4 The best thing you can do is be prepared!

One of the worst feelings in the world is sitting at my desk and being hungry with no healthy food options available. I start to get anxious and desperate because I am hungry and know sugary fattening processed vending machine junk or starving are my only two options.

Therefore, the best way to make sure you eat healthy foods is to have them ready when you need them. This goes for when you are home and when you will be out of the house all day long. Taking a little extra time on the weekend and/or at night to prep meals for the next day will help immensely with developing healthier eating habits.


#5  Don’t just depending on willpower instead of being disciplined

Willpower is a word often used when we talk about changing our eating habits and creating healthy eating habits is about being intentional and disciplined with your food not constantly having to tell yourself no. When you are disciplined you are creating a lifestyle that is supportive of your eating habits. Therefore, you take the time to think about and plan your meals in advance. Willpower should be reserved when you are in an environment you do not have control over. For example, when people bring donuts into the office, you are at a party, or something of that sort.


I want to leave you with this bible verse;  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1)

Too many Christians are living lifestyles that will lead to health problems now and in the future.

This situation is happening because so many of our lifestyle does not promote health, nutrition, and the proper care of the body that God has given us. Our society has become lazy, everyone looks for the easy way out by cutting corners. Convenience is the key to living for most people and the convenient, easy way is not often the best way.

My prayer is that through this journey you will be inspired and join me in finding the right path to healthy living, to protect and care for the body and mind that God had given you.

A healthier you is within reach, and by achieving good health, your relationship with Jesus will grow. YOU CAN DO IT! START NOW!

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The Spiritual Battle with Weight Loss

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Read this Blog this morning at desiringgod.org

This week we are talking about awe, and how it really does relate to everything in life, specifically to our spiritual growth, our Bible intake, our ministry aims, and even our news consumption, our anxieties, our weight loss attempts, our parenting methods, and our expectations of marriage and romantic love.

Today we talk about weight loss. Paul, the physical side of weight loss will happen in a lot of different ways for various people. But there’s a spiritual dimension to weight loss that we all need to be aware of. You mention your own weight loss journey briefly in the book. Share with us what you learned.

One of the things that I encountered in my own walk with God is how there are always areas of inconsistency that need to be addressed. And one of those for me was my relationship to food. I love how much of the glory of God in creation is edible. It is a sweet thing that God created a pleasurable world of food — but that pleasure of food is meant to be a finger that points me to God. It is not meant to be the thing that satisfies my heart.

And so what was happening to me is, if you gain a half a pound a month you don’t notice it, but that is six pounds a year and in five years you could put on 30 pounds. And that is all the result of the pleasure of food having too much control over the way you think about a good evening or a good day or a good week. And so I have had to confess that — confess patterns of gluttony — and completely change my relationship to food in order to eat what I should eat for the maintenance of my physical body. The result of that is a loss of about 40 pounds. For me it was not about weight — though that was an issue — as much as living in a more appropriate way.

So for a Christian who has tried diet fads, where do they start with the spiritual questions?

Well, we all need to face when it comes to weight and diet that diets don’t work. One of the things that just makes me angry — I hope it is righteous anger — is this industry, this billion dollar industry, that is making promises to people that are not true. Fad diets never address the true cause of weight gain. And because they don’t address the cause, they don’t actually work. I mean you can’t starve yourself forever. It is not healthy to eat packaged frankenfood forever. It is only when your heart is properly satisfied with God that you now have the power to say no to other things that would tempt you to go there for satisfaction.

Thus, we return to awe in God, which is what we talked about last time. So gluttony emerged for you. When did this root cause of weight gain confront you?

It was initiated by the wedding of my son. I thought, “I have gained a lot of weight.” And I began to think about that. And what really hit me was, as I began to eat in a different way, how hungry I felt, how sort of impoverished I felt. But I wasn’t really hungry. It was just that I was so used to loading my body with so many more calories than I actually needed. And it was going through that hunger that really alerted me to the fact that food had been too much present in my life. And I am not hungry anymore. If you would watch me throughout a day, you would probably think, “This man eats like a bird.” But I eat what I need to eat and I have kept my weight off for four years. And there is just no going back, because it is not just that I eat different things, but the lifestyle of my heart towards food has changed.

Fruit of Peace (Rock Bridge Community Church)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  Matthew 11:29-30 (MSG)

To watch the whole series go to Rockbridge.cc

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I was Fat, Now I’m not! Part 1(Perry Noble)

I have been paying a lot of attention to the issues that the church seems to be hyper focused on lately. Some are obsessed with music styles, others with the environment and yet others with certain brands of theology.

However, I think it is sad when I watch Christians who will obsess about issues that MAY be important…but choose to ignore an issue that is often right in front of us—that being the issue of obesity and abusing the body by abusing food.

Like it or not—we are commanded by God in I Corinthians 6:19-20 to be good stewards of our body, which is becoming an ever increasing challenge in our super-sized culture. Temptations are all around us…and for some reason the church has chosen to remain silent on this issue.

Why?

I’ve been in churches that have no problem at all going off on…oh, I don’t know, pick a sin…let’s say the abuse of alcohol. You will hear pastors and church members SCREAM about “the devils brew” and make swiping statements about who all who choose to partake of “that stuff.” I have heard self-righteous Christians proclaim, “Alcohol has never touched my lips” when it is also obvious that a treadmill has never touched their legs.

I know, I know—people have yelled at me about this before, “But Perry, it’s different…people DIE from abusing alcohol…they have car wrecks and such.” AND I agree…I have seen firsthand what alcohol abuse can do to someone. Trust me—I do not need a lecture here.

BUT I would argue that being overweight and even obese is just as bad…people are oblivious to the fact that they are literally eating themselves to death.

I will say this…and this may cause some of you to quit linking me…but pastors are the worse at this. They would never have a beer with a church member—but they don’t mind hitting the buffet. They will YELL at a church member about smoking while all the while pounding cheeseburger after cheeseburger. It’s hypocrisy in its worse form.

I was there…I have fought this battle…at one point in my life I weighed over 300 pounds. I was a fat slob!!! I was lazy! I ABUSED my body! And I had to come face to face with the facts that I HAD to do something about it. (More about the specifics tomorrow.)

Folks—this IS a problem…consider that

  • 127 million people in the US are overweight
  • 60 million people in the US are obese
  • 80% of type II diabetes are related to obesity
  • 70% of cardiovascular disease are related to obesity
  • Obesity costs Americans around $117 BILLION dollars every year
  • Here are more stats if you are interested

We need to wake up!!! Like it or not this is a spiritual issue. The Apostle Paul tells us that one of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 is SELF CONTROL!!! I think its sad when Christians who have self control have lost control in front of the fridge, therefore proclaiming to the world that God cares nothing about our health.

I know this is HARD for some people to read…because it means facing your problem and then doing something about it. I was there…I faced my problem HEAD ON…the road wasn’t easy…but through PRAYER AND HARD WORK I am continually overcoming the temptation to overeat and neglect my body…and you can as well. The same God who delivered me can and will deliver you!!!

Tomorrow I will hit some specifics as to how I personally fought this battle…

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Healthy Me.

Folks, let me be as honest as I know how here—there isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking about my weight.  I wrestle with this more than anyone would ever know. I have come to the conclusion that I have a metabolic rate that’s slower than Congress! 

To be honest I’ve been really convicted about my weight. Simply put it’s a sin. Gluttony is a sin. A sin however that gets looked over all to often.

Maybe you are right there with me…  We dream about change.  We are miserable.  And no matter how many times we say, “This is how God made me,” you know you are lying.  God didn’t shove the fast food down our throats.  We’ve got to stop putting that on Him!

So, this is very transparent here… But, I’m going to bring you along on my journey to a healthy JC.

NOT SELLING A WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCT.

Not now or at the end of the blog/journey.

For the next year you, whoever you are, will be my accountability. I’m going to be posting a weekly blog/vlog updating you on that week’s progress. (Ie. Workouts, Changes in my eating habits, etc..)

How can you hold me accountable you might ask…? Well, I’ll tell you. Feel free anytime to ask me how I’m doing with this.

It’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna have it’s up’s and downs. But, My witness and family mean more than a taco from Taco Bell at 9:30 at night! Plus, I’m sick of wearing Spanx’s to hide my man boobs.

If you would like to join me on this journey. I would be more than happy to hold you accountable! Shoot me a email JC@rockbridge.cc and let me know.

A pastor who has dealt with weight issues his whole life wrote this… It’s well worth the read

#1 – Understand That Stewardship Of Your Body Is A Spiritual Issue

I know I sound like a broken record here…but there is a reason a lot of pastors just aren’t talking about this…and it’s because they look like they are about to give birth to a toddler!

You and I will never begin to wrap our minds and hearts around this issue until we fully understand that how much we weigh is a spiritual issue. God wants us to be healthy, to not abuse our bodies by abusing anything…including food.

#2 – Understand The Importance Of Time.

If you want to lose weight you’ve got to understand that it’s NOT going to all come off overnight. It didn’t get there that way…and it’s not leaving that way.

Fad diets don’t work! I honestly don’t know anyone who lost weight on the whole protein kick a few years ago and managed to keep it off.

If you want to lose weight then you’ve GOT to commit to walk through it and be patient. It takes a special mindset! Day by day, pound by pound…but, when you get there it is so worth it!

#3 – Take Responsibility & Stop Blaming Everyone and/or Everything

One of the marks of an adult is that they will actually take ownership of where they are in life without trying to blame everyone else. Other people can impact our decision to eat…but they don’t stuff the bag of Dorito’s down our throats!

I remember having a conversation with a guy once who asked me, “What is the first step in losing weight” and I told him, “You’ve got to get pissed, REALLY pissed!”

He looked at me, sort of stunned…so I continued.

“You’ve got to get pissed at yourself. You literally have to look in the mirror and say, ‘You did this…but I’m coming after you…and this is going to be the end.’”

You will NEVER take responsibility for losing weight if it is always someone else’s fault!

#4 – Consult A Doctor and Establish A Plan

Some reading this blog need to seriously set up a doctors appointment today and consult them before beginning any type of physical activity. Seriously,

BREAK OFF A CALL RIGHT NOW!

Some may need to join a gym and hire a personal trainer! (Admit it—you don’t know what in the heck you are doing in there!)

Some may need to actually sit down and hire a nutritionist to walk you through establishing some sort of eating plan. I know a lady who is incredible and is definitely worth the $$$! In fact…

If you need a trainer, a doctor OR a nutritionist then PLEASE email me…I will be glad to recommend someone for you.

I once heard a guy tell me, “Fail to plan, plan to fail!” That is SO true. You are NEVER going to overcome this without some sort of plan. And let’s face it…if you knew what to do then you’d have already done it…you need instruction AND accountability! Speaking of…

#5 – Invite Accountability

Ask other people to hold you accountable as far as losing weight/eating right. The more people you have praying for you AND encouraging you (AND REBUKING YOU) the better!

#6 – DO IT!

TODAY! RIGHT NOW! DON’T PUT THIS OFF!

So, Here we go! 

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Fathers Day 2016

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Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate. Psalm 127:4-5

 

I have been a father for six years now. My wife and I have been blessed with fertility one would say! In my short time as a father I have learned more about myself, mission and purpose in life. It is from that I give you a few reasons why I love being a dad.

  • I finally get to watch children’s cartoons again without feeling bad! I’m convinced that if Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder had a kid it would be Rita the Realtor! You know you are a dad when your kids leave the room and you are so focused on “Team Umizoomi” that you realize you are the only one watching…

 

  • Hearing my kids laugh. Yes, yes. Sappy. Whatever! Hearing my kids laughing hysterically has to be one of the greatest sounds ever! 13051655_604877380514_8914467201118506372_n
  • Imagine a place where anything is possible. When you become a father, you get to live in this reality right along with them. You get to imagine once more that you might just be a real superhero. “Superdad”  When you wrestle with or play with your boys, they are surrounded by the idea that their own father wants to join them in this quest of imaginative heroism. Playing dolls with your daughters they see a softer side of the scruffy, deep voiced giant as a gentleman who dearly cares to be with them.

 

  • There is nothing quite as genuine as seeing the eyes of dependency drawing you into discovering your own ability to lead. One of my favorite moments that happens nearly every week. The church I pastor is in a strip mall (for now)… every week after the 4th service I walk outside to see them come out the door and run to me with huge smiles on their face, yelling “dad” at the top of their lungs with arms flung wide open! It’s a picture of pure joy and excitement to run to my arms. I take mental pictures of that moment every single time.

 

  • I finally know how my dad feels about Me. The moment you go from being “a guy” to being a father you “get it.” That is the feeling of what it is to love something more than life itself. I recall how my view of my father transformed in an instant. For I knew, no matter what he ever did or said, he too had felt “this” for me, my brother and sister. It’s not an optional feeling.

The responsibilities of being a father can be overwhelming at times. But, I’ve learned that being a father to these 5 is life’s most challenging—yet fulfilling—responsibility. The role is full-time, the learning is never ending and the benefits are priceless! As a man, if we approach this role with dedication and intention, you will enjoy a life filled with purpose as you have never experienced before. I’m praying for you dad’s! Man-up and be present in your role as Dad.