Wine & Spirits.....The American Idol

This is a message I never enjoy giving because I know so many "good" people who enjoy a glass of wine here,  a beer here or a beer there.  Hear me out.  For the last month I have felt a nudge to write this message.  I have been witnessing the effects in the lives of many from alcohol. Have a college guy I was working with who was kicked out of college for alcohol. Another guy I am working with had his father pass away due to alcohol.  The stories could go on and on.  The destruction that comes upon families and people on account of alcohol saddens me. It saddens me when I see men and women stuck in the cycle of never ending social functions with the main central focus of gathering is drinking and drunkenness. I heard a pastor who has counseled many couples for years say this…I have never heard a couple come into my office and say hey when we started drinking everything changed for the better, our marriage really started getting good! Most of the time they say we were drinking, and then……..You fill in the blank.  Alcohol lowers inhabitation and effects the decision’s you make when you start drinking. People make dumb decisions when they drink! I was one of them. I grew up in a home where we never had an alcohol issue. I had a father who had a beer with his pizza after the ball games and occasionally a beer at other times with his buddies. No harm right?  Opinions vary. I had a mentor make a statement one time., here is what he said. “A glass of wine here and a glass of wine there.  A beer here and a beer there,  no big deal, but your kids are watching and they will justify a case here and a keg there and will be led right into the cycle of addiction. What you do in moderation your kids will do in excess. I never want my kids to say well my dad drank. Not on my watch and not in my home. I occasionally drank in high school.. shh don't tell.  Then after high school and into college my drinking increased. By the time I hit 21 there was not a weekend that went by where I was not drinking. By the time I was 25 there was not a night on a weekend I didn't drink and do much more than that.  At that time it also went into my weeks.  By the time I was 26 I had no clue what to do on a weekend without alcohol and a party. I had walked into and created a culture where that is what we did and those were the friends I had.  By the time I was 26 my life began crumbling. Relationship were falling apart, had a struggling business and was distant from my parents and siblings.  At that time I had a sister who loved me to death and led me to Jesus. I can remember that day in August of 2006, everything changed. I looked up and surrendered my life to Jesus. My sins were washed away, my life cleaned up and my desires began to change. Over the next year I can remember going out and had some drinks and it led me right back to that dark place I never want to go again. Since giving up alcohol over 10 years ago I can honestly say it was one of the greatest decisions of my life. The gift of God’s presence and the journey walking with him far surpasses any thrill or night drugs or alcohol could ever give a person. I have found purpose in this life and I love getting out of bed every morning, plus, never a hangover.  Best of all I have a family, children and many others watching and witnessing my decisions every day. Trust me, I have plenty of other things to work on, I just knew alcohol was an easy problem to eliminate.  The word says: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit" Ephesians 5:18.  Could it be God's people have sacrificed the “fullness” of His Spirit for a drink? Could it be that on the front of that store that says "wine & spirits" that maybe there actually is another spirit attached to alcohol and its assignment on your life is destruction. That is what I have witnessed in my life and the life of many others as I watch. Am I saying your going to hell if you have a drink? No, not necessarily. But the bible does clearly say in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 the drunkard will not inherit the kingdom of God. But my question is what would people, families and our nation look like if we spent the time we spend gathering to drink and traded it to pray, worship and look to the king of kings Jesus Christ. I know what happened in my life…I experienced awakening and Revival! If this message convicts you great, I hope it causes you to lay down the drink and press into the spirit in 2019!

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality,  or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

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Reaching your Health Goals in 2019 and Beyond!

The Keys to Great Health in 2019 and Beyond…

My wife and I have been working with people in the area of Health & Nutrtition for over 10 years.  This time of year, everybody sets out to make changes for the new year.  Truth is only 8% of people reach the goals they set every year.  Most fall off within 10 – 14 days of starting.  What are the keys to reaching your health goals?  After working with many people here are the keys I see as most important.

1.        Find a coach and surrender to the plan they lay out for you

2.        Stay coachable and accountable

3.       Realize it is a journey and a new way of life, not just a weight loss program

4.       Learn about the 5 pillars of health. Exercise, Nutrtion(food), Stress, Sleep, Supplementation.  We will go into each of these in the articles to come

5.       Don’t Quit!

I am a husband, father of 5 kids and have a career as well so the plan for me must be simple for me to stay with it.  I work out 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes at home with simple exercises, eat clean 80% of the time, get great sleep and take some phenomenal nutritional products to fill in nutritional deficiencies.  It has to be simple for me as a busy dad!  My wife Jenna also follows this same plan.  She had plateaued after our last child and not able to breakthrough.  She launched out a new program called Slim & Trim through AdvoCare that incorporates all five key pillars of health and lost 15 pounds in just under a month. Best part is she is feeling great!  My friend Greg at 50 years old incorporate this same lifestyle and lost 40 pounds in around 4 months.  My buddy Brando who was already in great shape also dropped 4 pounds and 4 inches in just under a month.  Great job to all of them.  Over the next few weeks we will give you simple keys to get started right in 2019!  Reach out for any questions you may have to reach your health goals.  We love to help!

God Bless and Great Health,

Michael De Jong – www.De JongNutrtion.com – 712-339-5433

My wife Jenna down 15 pounds in less than a month on AdvoCare’s Slim & Trim Program!

My wife Jenna down 15 pounds in less than a month on AdvoCare’s Slim & Trim Program!

"A Time For Choosing"

A Time of Choosing is upon us again in November. Freedom or Socialism. Countries have always been given the grace by God to choose there destiny.

Over the past 3 months God has been speaking, leading and guiding me on the immigration issue. Its a tough one. I don't have it figured out and praying for clear answers daily. As a believer I know my number one responsibility is to love my neighbor as myself. Regardless if they are a US Citizen, legal immigrant or an illegal immigrant. Number one priority is to love. On the other side of the coin is truth. No nation can remain a nation without laws in place to keep that nation on the right path and serve the people within there own country while being a helping hand to other countries in need. A nation without laws ceases to exist. When people come in lawfully they understand they have to "follow the rules" of the country they enter. When they come in unlawfully they come in lawless thinking that the rules do not apply to them. I believe our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed and hopefully will be soon. I know there are people and families within this group that would make wonderful citizens and I also know there are many marching right out front with there flag who want to take there lawless lifestyle and there countries values and bring it right in with them and not adhere to American values. If we are so bad and America is so bad why does everyone want to come live here? They want our Freedom but they don't want to follow the rules. When we quit playing by the rules we begin losing our country. America was laid out a certain way for a certain time. We have a constitution and laws we follow and uphold. That cannot change if we want to remain "One Nation Under God" Whenever a country, company, organization strays from the original vision and its creation it falls to pieces. We are not called to be like other nations. America has its own hand crafted identity and the goal has never been to become like other nations. We are meant to be a beacon of Freedom to the world. What you see below is not good. This is chaos and the effects of it if not dealt with will continue to spiral downward and our country will begin to look more and more like the lawless countries people are wanting to escape from. The people need Hope, they need Jesus and they could use our helping hand. That is the job of the church and the body of Christ. As a country we cannot just allow them to break the laws come marching in and do what they want to do. There is a process. The Government is here to stop people who break the law. This is what we call breaking the law. Up until a couple years ago both the democrats and republicans believed this to be true, now only one side stands on that truth. Freedom or Socialism. The choice is ours. We get to Vote again in November 6th. Make yours count! Most of all pray...pray for the people marching, pray for their nation and pray for our nation. It falls back on a simple scripture.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Duties of Government

“Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14)

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