FearNotWe have a confession. We have started exercising in earnest. We’ve made such a big deal over resolutions for a new year versus setting goals. So, I guess we didn’t want you to think we had made a knee-jerk decision to start exercising. Listen to that at the start until 7 minutes, 37 seconds into the show.

Then you’ll hear my rant on ‘sustainability’ and its use for items we might find in a bathroom. ( 7:38 – 8:24 )

Sriracha Chicken recipe, our dinner tonight. ( 8:25 – 10:49 )

Robyn O’Brien’s TEDx Talk ( 10:50 – 26:30 )

Robyn O’Brien had started a successful career and decided to add children to the mix. They had four in all. One day she had a scare that totally changed her life when one of her daughters had an allergic reaction. As Robyn leapt into action to find out why she uncovered the lengths that food companies have gone to maximize profits at the expense of the health of the people they are supposed to be serving.

She talks about how foods have been modified to suit expediency over good nutrition in her recent TEDx Talk. Now a food activist, Robyn continues to tell the public of the dangers of engineered foods and the devastating affect these food can have on our national health. Most disheartening is the way the US government subsidizes these progressive, non-proven methods but taxes and regulates proven organic farmers.

As the story unfolded, JoElla and I both agreed that her talk didn’t offer a lot of options. Although we feel Robyn O’brien is doing a great job alerting the public to this issue, it seem so much bigger than all of us. We didn’t feel like we were left with much hope. When you add to this issue a host of problems facing this country and the world, fear has a way of entering the conversation. Suddenly we all want to catch the next plane out of the country.

Fear says RUN! Fear only lets you consider the down side. Fear causes torment, and we can only think of the worst when we’re under its spell. But the truth is that we are free from fear! God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7) Psalm 91:5-7 says we will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at our side, and ten thousand at our right hand; but it will not come near us.

At the end of the day there is only one hope that we have. And that is in Jesus Christ. Otherwise we will find ourselves running to the hills for safety. Ww will find ourselves doing extraordinary things that we might never — because we believe we can do everything it takes to save ourselves from impending doom.

I remember this song as a boy with lyrics that went, my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and his righteousness. Our righteousness is in Him. Righteousness in Him means that we have added nothing to it. It means that there’s nothing we have done to earn salvation. We just receive it. There’s no amount of right doing that can be done to keep our salvation. And in ourselves, without Him, there’s nothing we can do to heal ourselves or find safety.



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