Worship: The Church at Smyrna / Wellness: Why You Shouldn’t Sleep Right After a Meal

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  “Prosperity multiplies a mass of professors. Adversity purges them out of the church.” {4T 89.2} Smyrna, one of the seven churches addressed in Revelation, is one of only two of the seven that received no condemnation, says Pastor Flemons. That is because adversity, rather than purge them out of the church, revealed their genuine love for God. “Great numbers sealed their testimony with their blood. Noble and slave, rich and poor, learned and ignorant, were alike slain without mercy.”  GC88 39.2

“They were condemned as rebels against the empire, as foes of religion, and pests to society. Great numbers were thrown to wild beasts or burned alive in the amphitheaters. Some were crucified; others were covered with the skins of wild animals, and thrust into the arena to be torn by dogs. Their punishment was often made the chief entertainment at public fetes. Vast multitudes assembled to enjoy the sight, and greeted their dying agonies with laughter and applause.”  GC88 40.1

“Under the fiercest persecution, these witnesses for Jesus kept their faith unsullied. Though deprived of every comfort, shut away from the light of the sun, making their home in the dark but friendly bosom of the earth, they uttered no complaint. With words of faith, patience, and hope, they encouraged one another to endure privation and distress. The loss of every earthly blessing could not force them to renounce their belief in Christ. Trials and persecution were but steps bringing them nearer their rest and their reward.  GC88 41.1 

Jesus had these words for Smyrna: “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

[For additional details, please read  Revelation 2:8-11; and read “Persecution in the First Centuries,” The Great Controversy 1888. Also, listen to the recording to hear the commentary of Pastor Flemons and hear him recite and sing Hymn 606, “Once to Every Man and Nation.”]

Worship: For Health’s Sake  Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says you really don’t want to go to bed with undigested food on your stomach. When you wake up and feel as though a truck has run over you, it’s because your digestive system has been working and not resting all those hours you were sleeping.

The process of digestion requires energy. In fact, you naturally become drowsy after eating, because blood is drained from the brain to help with digestion. Therefore, “A light stroll is one of the best things you can do for your health,” after a meal, says Pastor Flemons. The stroll helps to equalize blood circulation to the brain.

Your final meal before bedtime must be completed five hours prior. Or it must be very light, like a fruit smoothie, so that digestion can be completed fairly quickly: say, within a couple of hours.

(For additional details, please listen to the recording.)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – March 2 – 9

Worship  Sunday – Competition in Education; Monday – Work Out Your Own Salvation; Tuesday – The Church at Ephesus; Wednesday – The Church at Smyrna

Wellness  Sunday – Cancer Deaths from Constipation and Acidosis; Monday – Oil of Oregano, 5 Amazing Benefits; Tuesday – Drugs Don’t Cure, 3 Reasons; Wednesday – Why You Shouldn’t Sleep Right After a Meal

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Words of Encouragement

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life. (Also read Conflict and Courage, CC 71.)

Jeremiah 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Also read With God at Dawn, WGD 67.)