I haven’t written in a few days, so here it goes. I emailed my doctor yesterday, about my appointment, and received his reply today. He says all my numbers look okay, so seeing him in three months, instead of six weeks is fine. I was glad to hear that, and he also said, if anything comes up, to call him.

I have ridden my motorcycle for the last two days, not far, but at least I have been on it. I am riding it this Saturday a couple of hundred miles, and I am looking forward to that. Our motorcycle meeting went well on Tuesday, and there was a few surprises. We voted in a new Chaplin, and an a new Treasurer.

From the Cancer Project – Eighty percent of cancers are due to factors that have been identified and can potentially be controlled, according to the National Cancer Institute. And not only can we potentially prevent most cancers, we can also improve the survival rates of people who have cancer. Cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon have received more research attention than other forms of the disease, but, as we will see, certain principles apply to many forms of cancer.

Cancer starts when one cell begins to multiply out of control. It begins to expand into a lump that can invade healthy tissues and spread to other parts of the body. But there is a lot we can do about it. Thirty percent of cancers are caused by tobacco. Lung cancer is the most obvious example, but by no means the  only one. Cancers of the mouth, throat, kidney, and bladder are also caused by tobacco.

Dietary factors also play a significant role in cancer risk. At least one-third of annual cancer deaths in the U.S. are due to dietary  factors. A recent review on diet and cancer estimates that up to 80 percent of cancers of the large bowel, breast, and prostate are due to dietary factors

Meat Raises Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Risk Meat consumption  appears to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of white
blood cells. Data collected from 88,410 women in the Harvard Nurses’ Health  Study over a 14-year period showed that those eating beef, pork, or lamb daily were more than twice as likely to develop NHL, compared with those who consumed  these products less often or not at all. Meats contain carcinogenic heterocyclic  amines (HCAs) that form from creatine, amino acids, and sugars found in animal muscle tissues. Trans fats, commonly found in baked goods and snack foods, also increased risk.

The take-home message is to avoid meats and to look on package labels for “partially hydrogenated oils,” which indicates the presence of trans fats.

John 14:20 states the promise Jesus made to his disciples concerning their union with him. Jesus’ statement, “As I am in the Father” refers to his being one with the Father. It is this claim by Jesus that separates true Christianity from all other religions of the world. Jesus did not claim to be just another good teacher or prophet of Israel. He claimed to be God! Being “In the Father,” means what is true of the Father is also true of Jesus because they are one in essence.

In exactly the same way he is in the father, Jesus promised his disciples (believers) they are in him. Whatever is true of Jesus being “In the Father,” must also be true of the believer “In Christ.” Thus, believers are one with Jesus just as he is one with the Father. In addition, he went on to promise he is in the believer while the believer is in him. The wonderful news is we are totally and inseparably joined to Jesus.

The concept of our union with Christ does not come only from this promise of Jesus. The Bible reveals the same truth through different analogies. Later Jesus would express the same promise to his disciples through the analogy of the vine. As the vine and its branches are one, so are believers one with Christ.

The apostle Paul uses three different analogies in his letters to demonstrate the same promise. Believers are one with Christ as a building and it’s foundation are one (Ephesians 2:20-22); as a husband and wife are one (Ephesians 5:31-32); as the head and the body are one (Ephesians 1:22-23).

The frequent use of the phrases, “In Christ,” “In him,” or “In whom” in the New Testament, all reflect the basic promise that believers are in a vital union with Jesus Christ. It is from this union the believer draws incredible benefits of personal worth.

I guess that is all for now, all of you out there in Cancer land, keep the faith, all of us who are in Christ, wins either way. If we live here, may we be a benefit to all those around us, and if we are not, praise Him who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17), for we will be with Him.

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