Gout and Decaf Coffee

What do gout and decaf coffee have to do with each other? Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the build up of uric acid in the blood, and decaf coffee is a delicious, post-dinner drink. The connection is not readily apparent, but studies indicated that consumption of decaf coffee can reduce the incidence of gout.

Gout and decaf coffeeGout and decaf coffee research — more people are familiar with the many health benefits provided by caffeinated coffee, but decaf coffee offers some health benefits as well. Several studies have found a direct correlation between drinking decaf coffee and reduced risk of gout. The likelihood of gout decreases with an increased consumption of decaf coffee. The benefits increase with up to six cups of decaf coffee daily.

One of the largest studies looking at the gout and decaf coffee connection involved nearly 15,000 participants. The study’s researchers primarily looked at how drinking coffee affects serum uric acid levels (since uric acid is the primary cause of gout). The results were astounding. According the report, “…the serum uric acid level significantly decreased with increasing coffee intake, but not with tea intake. Furthermore, there was no association with total caffeine intake from beverages.”

While the mechanisms responsible for reducing uric acid levels aren’t exactly known, it’s clear that something in coffee other than the caffeine can help reduce the likelihood of gout. This is good news for all the late-night coffee drinkers out there or for people who love coffee but can’t have the caffeine! 

References used in “Gout and Decaf Coffee:” “Coffee, tea, and caffeine consumption and serum uric acid level: The third national health and nutrition examination survey;” Arthritis Care and Research.

Originally posted 2013-11-20 12:37:55.

Icing Hemorrhoids

There are number of home remedies for curing or relieving the symptoms of hemorrhoids, and icing hemorrhoids is one of them. Learn more about how to ice inflamed hemorrhoids and why it might help.

Why would icing hemorrhoids help relieve the symptoms associated with inflamed hemorrhoids? Piles or inflamed hemorrhoids occur when the tissue near that anus is stretched, which often occurs as a result of digestive problems. The body’s response to this injury is inflammation and flooding the area with blood. Inflammation can cause increased pain and swelling. Icing the hemorrhoids can help reduce swelling.

Properly Icing Hemorrhoidsas with icing any part of the body, do not apply ice directly to the surface of the skin, or you can risk damaging the soft tissue. It’s also important not to apply ice to the affected area for too long of a duration. For icing hemorrhoids, apply a cold compress to the area for 15 minutes, then remove the ice for at least 15 minutes in between. Do not apply the ice for more than five 15 minute increments per day.

Remember, icing hemorrhoids is not a cure. Many things can contribute to hemorrhoids, including digestive problems, lack of nutrients, and straining when using the restroom. Icing hemorrhoids merely relives some of the symptoms of inflammation. For more information on natural ways to heal or prevent hemorrhoids, read this article.

Source for “Icing Hemorrhoids:” WebMD

Originally posted 2013-11-20 12:30:42.

NPR — Reading Literary Fiction

If you haven’t read or listened to the NPR spot on reading literary fiction, it’s definitely worth your time! Maybe you want to justify all the hours you spend reading high works of fiction. Or perhaps you want to get into reading a few of the classics, but you’re not convinced doing so is a valuable use of your time. Well it turns out that beyond providing entertainment, reading works of literary fiction can help a person become more socially in tuned. For more information on the many benefits of reading literary fiction read the article we wrote and listen to the NPR story below:

Reference: “Want To Read Others’ Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction,” NPR.

Originally posted 2013-11-20 12:00:12.

Rice Flour Arsenic

rice flour arsenicYou might of heard that local water supplies are often contaminated with arsenic or maybe you’re familiar with the concerning levels of arsenic found in grains of rice. But rice flour arsenic levels are often overlooked. Recent research has revealed that rice flour can be just as contaminated with arsenic as un-milled grains of rice, but removing the arsenic from rice flour is not something that can be easily done by consumers.

According to Consumer Reports, rice flour arsenic levels may  be as high as 5.5 micrograms per serving. Although arsenic is a naturally occurring mineral, modern agricultural practices have resulted in an increased amount of arsenic in the soil and water supplies. Arsenic can be found in many grains, vegetables, and fruits, but rice is particularly good at absorbing it. It may come as a surprise, but brown rice and organic brown rice often have even higher levels of arsenic than white rice.  The reason for the higher levels of arsenic in brown rice is that the hull is particularly good at absorbing heavy metals. Arsenic may be natural, but that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. Arsenic is a known carcinogen and may cause problems for children later in life. 

Rice flour arsenic is sometimes removed by manufacturers but not always. Some companies, like Nature’s One use an extraction process to remove much of the arsenic from their rice products but not all of them do. Fortunately there are a number of reports that list the amount of arsenic contained in rice flour and other rice products.  Rice flour arsenic levels generally correspond with the arsenic levels found in white or brown un-milled rice. 

Rice flour arsenic best avoided by limited consumption. Limited consumption of arsenic is especially important for infants and children, but adults should limit their arsenic consumption too. Keep your rice flour consumption to one serving per day or less, unless you know that it was processed to remove arsenic. Unlike rice flour, un-milled rice can be rinsed and boiled like pasta to remove much of the arsenic content

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Originally posted 2013-11-19 14:21:44.

The CBH Super Multi and Other News…

The good news is due to an increase in popularity, we can’t keep the CBH Super Multi or Creatine on the shelves! Don’t worry though, we anticipate they’ll be back in stock in the next couple of weeks! The CBH Super Multi will also include an additional amount of co-enzyme q-10!

Even better news is that there are some incredible changes ahead for CREUS. We’ll soon be launching our new logo and branding of all our products. A few of our products will have new names too. For example the CBH Super Multi will be called the “Daily Multi Nutrient” to better reflect all the amazing ingredients it contains. And our Raspberry Ketones will be called “Raspberry Ketone Boost” to better explain its purpose.

Thank you for your support and for having patience with us as we grow. We are so grateful to all of our readers and customers. CREUS exists solely for your benefit! Our genuine desire is that you will have abundant life and optimum health!

Grace and Peace!

Jared White
Founder
CREUS

Originally posted 2013-11-07 16:03:12.

A Smart and Easy Alternative to Paper Towels

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For those of you looking for a smarter and easier alternative to using paper towels, here’s an idea a few of my friends  inspired me to put into action: reusable cloth towels. While the idea might not sound incredibly inventive on the surface (after all that’s what paper towels sought to replace), it gets better.  

Think about the reasons most of use paper towels. Disposable paper towels are convenient, accessible, sanitary, and cheap. When we use paper towels in the home it’s because we want to wipe something up and throw it away. We don’t want to think about whether or not it will ruin one of our nice kitchen towels, and we don’t want to have to dirty a perfectly clean towel for one use.

So here’s the solution — cheap cloth towels in bulk. Industrial white towels are used in professional kitchens and for other industrial applications for a reason. In the long run reusable towels are more affordable, more durable, easier to use, and much friendly for the environment than paper towels.

Did you know that paper towel use in the United States accounts for 3,000 tons of waste everyday?  Think about how many trees and how much water goes into producing those disposable towels for the sake of convenience. The good news is that we don’t have to harm God’s beautiful creation just to make life a little easier in the moment. 

Instead of buying paper towels, consider buying a bunch of industrial cloth towels that you won’t have to worry about. They won’t have your grandma’s embroidery on them or a tag with the name of your favorite brand. Then, when your two-year-old spills some milk on the kitchen floor, don’t reach for a paper towel, grab one of the 100 industrial towels you have on hand, wipe up the milk, and throw it in the laundry. With enough plain, economical towels on hand, using a towel for one use won’t be a big deal. You’ll have all the benefits provided by paper towels (convenience, sanitation, accessibility) without the extra cost or environmental damage that results from using disposable paper towels!  

You can purchase industrial white towels from a number of local cleaning supply or automotive stores, or you can check out this 100 pack of towels available on Amazon: 

 

References: PeopleTowels

Photo by mattheuxphoto – the inside of a paper towel roll. The paper towel “black hole.”

Originally posted 2013-11-04 07:31:29.

Critique of the Lyrics in Lorde's song "Royals"

Lyrics-critique-lorde-royalsEarlier this year, the song “Royals,” written by sixteen-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list. Ella, who goes by the stage name “Lorde,” is from New Zealand and is the first solo artist from her country to achieve such popularity in the United States. When Lorde’s popular song, “Royals,” first played over the airwaves of my car’s radio, I was immediately struck by Lorde’s smooth, rich vocal qualities and her song’s fresh melodic beat. At the same time, perhaps like other people, I was initially a little skeptical about the value of the song’s lyrics. At first listen, lyrics about “jet planes, islands, tigers, on a gold leash” sounded like another shallow line written by another base materialistic hip hop artist, but a closer listen reveals that “Royals” actually contains a not-so-subtle criticism of the MTV glam culture that many of today’s youth aspire to.

Read the lyrics for yourself below, with a few of my thoughts interposed after select lyrics in brackets:

Lyrics from Lorde’s “Royals”

Verse 1
I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I’m not proud of my address,
In a torn-up town, no postcode envy

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom

[I love the above line and transition. It seems to say, “Really? The materialistic fantasy promoted in the media doesn’t align with how I grew up, and I’m supposed to want that?” Her choice of what to portray as representative of the pop culture (decadent gold teeth, drunkeness, drugs) highlights just how grotesque these desires are.]

Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.
And we’ll never be royals (royals).

[Equating these desires with a love affair is a perfect metaphor for the covetous and rapturous nature of the materialistic/sex-driven nature of today’s culture. I love that she takes a stand and says that she won’t get caught up in it — I hope she won’t!]

It don’t run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.

[Yes! We were created to love life, to love freedom, to crave something different. We don’t need the “buzz” being pushed on us by pop culture, AKA Big Media]

Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

[From what I can tell, here Ella’s turning pop culture’s esteem of ruling in an air of superiority  and turning it on its head, saying “Follow me to something different. I’ll lead you to a different fantasy.”]

Verse 2
My friends and I—we’ve cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this,

[The above three lines reveals Ella’s priority: relationships. She and her friends have recognized the lie of consumerism. Instead of taking a “Benz” to the party, they’re riding in a train.]

We didn’t come for money.But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affairAnd we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Ooh ooh oh
We’re bigger than we ever dreamed,

[The alternative to “luxe” is so much better.]

And I’m in love with being queen.
Ooh ooh oh
Life is great without a care

[So true — wealth, materialism, coveting riches — all bring bondage.]

We aren’t caught up in your love affair.

And we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Is the “fantasy” or vision Ella alludes to in “Royals” something  we can encourage other young people to pursue? From what I can tell, Ella’s lyrics contain some important truths that pose a stark contrast to the dark myths promulgated by many of today’s “artists.” The lingering question is does “Royals” really contain a thoughtful critique of culture or is it more a reflection of youthful innocence combined with teenage angst? Only time will tell, but I’ll be praying for Ella and hope that her criticism of popular culture will only deepen as she matures. Our worlds need an alternative, a healthier fantasy than the one offered by MTV.

Ella, thanks for reminding us about the vanity of materialism, that people are more important than things, and that there is an alternative to the dominant message communicated by pop culture.
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Originally posted 2013-11-01 09:48:00.

Ditch the news for a better life?

Reading the papersThere are a lot of reasons, real and imagined, that we watch and read the news. Perhaps the loftiest and most common reason given is to stay up to date on current affairs with the hope of making informed political or business decisions. A less noble reason for following the news, one most wouldn’t readily admit to, is the pure entertainment it provides. For whatever reasons we watch or read the news, its popularity is immense. The news industry is a multi billion dollar industry, and has a vast influence on the American population. It’s estimated that approximately 84% of Americans get the news every day in one form or another (PewResearch).

The question is whether or not watching the news on TV or reading it in a newspaper is really a valuable habit. Outside of providing some sort of dark and depressing entertainment that makes us feel better about the relative ease of our own lives, can it help us make better decisions? I would argue that rather than making life better or helping us gain a clearer understanding of the world, watching the news on TV or getting it from a newspaper can actually cloud our understanding and cause us to become more passive. On top of that, at least one study indicates that watching the news can be bad for our health. Read on for a few more in-depth arguments for not getting your news from popular media sources.

Watching the news prevents critical thinking: The way news is televised prevents viewers from actually having time to critically evaluate the news. Our thoughts are constantly interrupted with different news clips, streaming headlines, and commercial breaks. If were not able to think critically about the news, can it really help us make informed decisions?

A constant flow of news, whether televised or in print, prevents intentional response and leads to passivity. The information overflow and entertainment approach used by most news sources results in an endless state of “the next big thing.” Before we’ve had time to process or respond to one story, it’s already gone and the next big story is being aired. Politicians are known to use this phenomenon to sweep mistakes or unfavorable events under the rug. As long as another big story surfaces quickly enough, a less favorable story will be quickly forgotten. The tendency of news to promote passivity, rather than action, undermines one of the main arguments people make for watching the news.  Can you honestly remember the last time any news story had a real impact on your decisions?  

The news distorts our understanding of reality. While it’s generally known in this day and age that all news can’t be trusted because of propaganda and the spins that news sources are guilty of, there are greater underlying distortions that aren’t always as obvious. The amount of time and space news sources give various types of events can have a significant impact on how we perceive the importance of a topic. For example news broadcasters might direct nationwide attention to a relatively isolated hostage situation, while state-wide arsenic levels in water sources might be having a more significant impact on the welfare of most viewers.

Watching or reading the news can be bad for our health. Studies indicated the watching the news has a negative impact our our psychology, causing negative feelings, pointless stress, and possibly exacerbating depression. Why submit ourselves to this psychological torture we call “following the news” when it’s really not having any positive effects to offset the negatives?

Constant news about tragic events without the ability or opportunity to respond can cause callousness. Nothing surprises us any more; we hear or read the worst representations of humanity on a daily basis. But what do we do? How does it help us or the community in a practical way? After watching the news or reading the paper, most of us simply finish our cup of coffee and head to work, becoming that much more calloused and despairing about the conditions of the world. Instead of having an optimistic outlook or believing in the possibility of a better world, we give up hope and accept the world for how it appears in the news — messed-up.  

Meaningful alternatives for a healthier life and community: So, if we really want to stay informed, but don’t want to be sucked into the system of news propaganda, what do we do? There are a actually a number of ways to stay informed other than by watching TV or reading the paper, sources of information that can promote positive action in one’s personal life and in the surrounding community. Here are a few ideas:

  • Read a journalistic style book on a relevant or interesting topic. Books usually list verifiable sources for important facts and provide the opportunity to think about the topic being addressed.
  • Get involved in a neighborhood association
  • Attend local Board of Supervisors or City Council meetings
  • Talk to neighbors and family members, discuss what’s going on in the world and ways to problem solve
  • Use less cluttered and more meaningful news sources like scholarly journals

Using the above sources of information for current events wastes less time, is less distracting, provides more relevant news, and is more likely to foster creative and hope-filled thinking. With better information and more time to think about it, we can engage our world and focus on the things that matter. One might even see an improvement in his or her health!

Recommended reading: Propaganda by Jacques Ellul

References: PewResearch; “The Negative Psychological Effects of Watchings News on Television,” The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
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Originally posted 2013-11-01 14:31:01.

Improve Your Nutrition with These Simple Tricks

make-favorites-healthierTransforming your favorite comfort foods into a healthy meal can often be as easy as adding some extra veggies! The high fat content in much of our traditional American fare serves as the perfect medium for hiding those veggies you might be acquiring a taste for. Whether you’ve already made the change to a creation-based diet or you’re easing your way into healthy eating, here are a few examples of some easy way to boost your intake of whole foods and health-promoting nutrients:

Load your quesadilla up with salsa. Cheese is a great source of protein, calcium, and healthy fat, and corn tortillas are gluten-free and a good carbohydrate in moderation. An easy way to take this food to the next level is to top it with as much of your favorite salsa as you can. Salsa is loaded with tomatoes, onions, and healthy spices. If you put enough salsa on your quesadilla you can even get several servings of vegetables out of it!

Ask for extra tomatoes and onions on your burger. Burgers aren’t they healthiest food choice: they’re usually made with white flour buns, and the burger patties are more carcinogenic than most types of meats. There are a couple tricks, however, that can vastly improve the health qualities of a burger. For one, try ordering your burger with extra veggies. Every little bit adds up! Order your burger with extra tomatoes and onions for some healthy nutrients. You can also request that your burger be made with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. Not every restaurants offers this option, but forgoing the white flour bun for extra vegetables is a win-win.

Order your pizza with extra vegetables and a thin or gluten-free crust. The principles here are similar to the tricks with the quesadilla and burger. A pizza is the perfect medium for consuming vast quantities of veggies without sacrificing the delicious taste that you love! Order your pizza with extra red sauce, mushrooms, olives, onions, spinach, bell peppers, and whatever other veggies you can think of.  Make your pizza even healthier by reducing the amount of carbs it contains by ordering it with a thin crust! 

These are just a few examples of ways to make popular foods healthier. What are some of your ideas? How do you make eating out healthier?

Originally posted 2013-10-31 16:39:25.

Bringing Life to the City

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Urbanization — pretty much everyone living in a developed country lives in a city. And the current estimate is that by 2030 60% of the world’s population will be living in an urban environment. It kind of makes sense right? In this day and age there are a lot of reasons to live in a city and very few reasons to live in a rural or wilderness environment. Cities offer jobs, commerce, conveniences, housing, restaurants, and entertainment of all kinds. At the same time, farming and food production have become so mechanized that it only takes a few people to raise food for everyone. Those of us who aren’t farming have to find some other type of work to do for fulfillment and survival, and most work is found in the city.

It’s not inaccurate to say that people have lived in cities for thousands of years, but the percentage of the global population living in cities in unprecedented. We are truly experiencing what can be called an “urban revolution.” 

So what does this mean for us? What does urbanization mean for people seeking to live whole, meaningful, and healthy lives? The city is a place filled with important paradoxes. Here are a few of the dangers and consequences posed by cities and urbanization:

Lots of People but Little Community — Us human beings, we need each other. We are communal beings. Real, authentic, meaning, and reciprocal relationships are vital for our health. When it comes to developing relationships, our individual selfishness is always our worst enemy, whether we live in the city or in a rural environment. The interesting thing about the city, though, is that it’s filled with people at high proximity, offering the illusion of easy community, but it often leaves people feeling even more isolated and lonely than ever.  

What is it that makes the city a place of isolation rather than community? While the answer is somewhat complex, it boils down to the intimate tie between urbanization and technology. Cities are built and shaped around human techniques, with efficiency as the goal, and people often become a mere continuation of that pattern. In the city it’s easy to become merely another cog in the machine. There are millions of people but nobody is responsible for each other. We get lost in the crowd.

Noise — The city represent the epitome of noise: unwanted, purposeless, disorganized sound. From within the city resounds a loud cacophony of anthropocentric sound. The city’s noise takes on many forms, from the contradicting propaganda emitted from shopping center speakers, to the hummings and clangings of cars and other machinery. The overwhelming presence of the city’s noise nearly downs out all sounds of nature, making us feel somehow separate and independent form the rest of creation. At the same time, we hardly have any time to listen to our own thoughts. Creativity and free thinking require concerted effort or withdrawal to rural environments. 

Pollution — The city creates an abundance of concentrated waste, a giant cesspool of filth. In the natural world what could potentially constitute waste in concentrated amounts ends up becoming fertilizer. All waste, whether decomposing trees or animal droppings, are naturally recycled and widely dispersed within the environment. When millions of people are concentrated in one place, however, the waste that results becomes toxic and difficult to recycle or properly dispose. Human sewage would be bad enough, but when you add to that all the waste that results from our technology (garbage, fumes, oil, toxins, paper, plastic, etc) even with mitigation the consequences are on the verge of catastrophic.  

Less Access to Fresh, Real Food — Historically very little food is actually grown in cities. Most of the land is covered with roads and buildings, and the water supplies are limited, so growing food is difficult to do. The city is not a self-sustaining place — it and its denizens are incredibly reliant on outside inputs for survival. As a result, most city dwellers have a difficult time coming by fresh food in the quantities that promote health. Instead, most are left to survive the best they can off of fast food and processed or pre-packaged foods.

Crime — Cities are filled with people, and people commit crimes. In any given community there will always be a few people who committed crimes against others, but in cities this natural tendency is exacerbated. Why? Well, there are two primary reasons: For one, many crimes are committed out of envy or jealousy, and more people at close proximity provides more opportunity for committing wrongs out of envy or hatred of others. Secondly, cities promise to be places of opportunity, but more often than not there aren’t actually enough opportunities (jobs) for all who live there. Before industrialization, virtually everyone was needed to raise food or was employed in some type of meaningful work, but technology changed that. Industrialization created a gaping deficit in employment opportunities, meaning more poverty, and therefore more crime. Moreover, even when technology results in the creation of new jobs, the work environments in urban settings are often unhealthy and disease promoting (think low-light, excessive sitting, monotonous movements, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes). Dis-ease or poor health can further contribute to the cycle of poverty and crime.

Abundance of Meaningless Work — When there are jobs to be found in the city many of them are relatively meaningless. Pushing paper, doing rote jobs, busy-work, little true interaction with people. You might find a job, but there are only a few who privileged enough to find a job that they get any great deal of satisfaction from. Most of us have resorted to looking for meaning outside of work, in our extracurricular involvements, such as through volunteering or participating in some type of organized social group.  

The City Represents Rebellion and Self-Sufficiency — All of the above mentioned dangers of the city are a consequence of the city’s history and true character. The construction of the first city was essentially a rebellion against dependence on God. This truth is portrayed beautifully and clearly in the Biblical story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4). Rather than depend on God’s protection and provision, Cain established the first city, where he could provide for and protect himself by dominating nature and using violence. The theme of the city representing rebellion and sin runs throughout the Bible, from Babel to Babylon.  

The Good News: We Can Bring and Experience Life in the City! So what can we do? Are we to leave cities or abandon cities as hopeless places of dis-ease? No. There is hope and we can bring it. By the miracle of Jesus’ love, God can fill and transform the very symbol and place of man’s selfishness and rebellion. There’s no set program or method we can employ, no precise dogma that can be used to change the city — only faith made tangible through love.  

In the Book of Revelation John records his vision of God’s kingdom coming to earth and transforming the city. There’s no temple in the city or religious place of worship, the city itself become the home of God, place where his throne is established and living waters flow, where there’s cleanliness, light, and the tree of life. We don’t know how or when this vision will come to fulfillment, but we can take part in it now, through faith. 

It all starts in our hearts. When we are connect to God, through Jesus Christ, we become and extension of his life, love, and creative power. He is the branch and we are the vine. That we, the selfish people we are, can become vessels of God’s love, is truly a mystery, but it’s a true possibility.  The ways the God’s kingdom can manifest themselves in your city, through you, are only limited by our faith and imagination. How is God speaking to you. Who is in your neighborhood, what darkness in your city needs the light of God in you?  

It’s easy to be so overwhelmed by the whole world’s problems that we don’t take steps to demonstrate God’s love in our own backyard. Whether planting a community garden, mentoring a child in foster care, getting involved in your neighborhood association, or problem solving causes of pollution — you can be a bringer of life in your community. We can’t do it on our own, and we can’t expect to build some man-made utopia, but we can be part of a faith-based revolution. A revolution that grows from within our hearts and expresses itself in faith, with the hope that God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven.  

Inspire and educate us! What ways are you getting involved in your community? How can someone discover the needs of his or her community? Do you have any stories of transformation?

Recommended reading: The Meaning of the City by Jacque Ellul and The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
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Originally posted 2013-10-31 14:36:06.