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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Oct. 27, 2010 - It's Time to Bulk Up

By Kristen Feola

“Train yourself to be godly” (1 Timothy 4:7, NIV).

The other day while riding my bike, I couldn’t help noticing the well-defined legs of the cyclist in front of me, and I thought, “Wow, I wish I had calves like that.”

Even when I was a personal trainer and devoted many hours to working out, I could never quite achieve the muscular definition I desired. I have an ectomorphic body type, which means my frame is long and lean rather than compact and muscular. No matter how many sets and repetitions I crank out in the gym, my muscles are simply not designed to respond quickly or easily to heavy weight training. Although at one time that was a source of frustration, I’ve learned to accept and appreciate how God created me.

Physical exercise is important to keep our bodies healthy and strong. However, spiritual exercise is far more valuable because not only does it benefit us in this life but also in the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8). Even though each of us is unique with different functions in the body of Christ, the good news is that we all have the potential to be bodybuilders in Jesus! There is no limit to how much growth we can experience through regular Bible study, prayer, fasting and Scripture memorization. It all depends upon how much we want to “bulk up.”

What kind of shape are you in? Are your spiritual muscles strong, or are they getting flabby from lack of use? Don’t allow atrophy — the decrease of your muscle mass — to set in to your spiritual body. Read God’s Word every day so that you don’t become weak and ineffective for God’s kingdom. Get serious about your training. Remember, you can’t skip a workout here and there and still expect to see the results God wants to accomplish in your life. You have to stick with the program. If you do, you will be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Your spiritual muscles will be highly conditioned, making you fit and ready for His service.

— Kristen Feola is a freelance writer and attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.



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