Worship: For Heaven’s Sake The Sabbath should be honored, says Pastor Flemons. He read through the first twenty-two verses of Nehemiah 13, and offered commentary. He showed how from the passage we can draw principles of keeping the Sabbath from a business perspective.
Unless there is a medical emergency, no buying and selling should be done during the sacred hours of the Sabbath. Preparing anything on Sabbath that is to be sold profanes the Sabbath. When you take a trip that includes the Sabbath hours, don’t eat out at a restaurant. Prepare sandwiches and foods that can keep well for your Sabbath meal. Fasting may be necessary and a good thing to do for that Sabbath.
It is a part of good Sabbath planning to purchase sufficient gas for your car prior to the Sabbath hours. Also, says Pastor Flemons, check your mail after the Sabbath hours have passed. You have no control over when the mail will be delivered, but you do control when you check it. Often in mail will be bills and other business related matters that will distract the mind from sacred thoughts.
Lawn care should have been done prior to the sacred hours, even if you pay someone else to do the work, says Pastor Flemons. If they won’t comply with your request to not do the lawn care on Sabbath, then change to the service that will comply, or do it yourself and get good exercise in the process.
Just realize that God cannot bless us once we know and still dishonor the Sabbath, says Pastor Flemons. And James 4:17 says this: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Worship: For Health’s Sake Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says for about 30 years, he has been a medical missionary and always knew about the benefits of carob as a substitute for chocolate. Over the years, he has used carob in a hot drink recipe that replaces hot chocolate. He would add carob to water, soy or almond milk in a pot, heat it, while constantly whisking to get all the lumps out, and add agave to sweeten it. What he just learned is to simply put those ingredients in the VitaMix and let it run for about 5 minutes. “It was delicious!” He says it is better than hot chocolate.
He personally believes that the locusts John the Baptist ate were seed pods of the carob or locust tree. Nevertheless, he shared nine nutritional benefits of carob powder or flour, which is an alternative to cocoa powder. Carob contains virtually no fat. It contains no sodium. It is high in calcium, but contains no oxalates, which inhibit the absorption of calcium. It is high in fiber and helps relieve diarrhea.
It is high in antioxidants, especially gallic acid and flavonoids, which “reduce oxidative stress.” Gallic acid scavenges free radicals and kills cancer cells. “Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidiabetic, and neuroprotective abilities.”
Finally, it is gluten-free, caffeine-free, and tyramine-free. “According to the National Headache Foundation, foods that contain tyramine may trigger migraine headaches. . . chocolate contains tyramine,. . . Carob doesn’t contain tyramine and is considered safe to eat if you get migraines.”
(For further details, please listen to the recording and read the healthline.com article that Pastor Flemons read during the segment.)
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Sharing Time Sis. Chester sang Hymn 40, “The Dawn of God’s Dear Sabbath.” Sis. Audrey told of baking carob nut oatmeal cookies with her two grandsons, using an original recipe the boys call MSR: McCray-Stovall Recipe.
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TOPICS THIS WEEK – December 2 – 8
Worship Sunday – The Close of Probation, Part 3 – The SDA Church; Monday – The Close of Probation, Part 4 – Sealing of the 144,000; Tuesday – Revelation 18; Wednesday – Sabbath History and Lessons; Thursday – Preparation to Hear Sabbath Declared; Friday – The Sabbath Declared by GOD Himself; Saturday, the Sabbath – Doing Business on the Sabbath
Wellness Sunday – Two Big Salads a Day; Monday – Improve Your Vision with Lemon and Honey; Tuesday – How to Bypass a Bypass; Wednesday – How to Refresh the Prostate; Thursday – Nettokinase, Natural Help for Blood Clots; Friday – How to End a Juice Feast; Saturday, the Sabbath – Better Than Hot Chocolate
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Words of Encouragement
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (Also read Ye Shall Receive Power, YRP 351.)
James 1:4 Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (Also please read My Life Today, ML 97.)