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Lord of the Harvest

Fruits and veggies

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Reading through the Old Testament books of the Law is an interesting exercise. Since we now live under the grace of God, we sometimes skim over these chapters in much the same way we skim over the genealogies. We would be wise to read very carefully; not because we will be held to all the rules, but because those precepts over time have been proven to be best for humanity’s health and prosperity. Read the ancient laws about personal health, when the Jews lived long, productive lives compared to the filthy habits of the Dark ages, when the life expectancy was barely 30 years. Modern science has confirmed that regular bathing and washing does promote good health.

The Kosher food laws also provided high standards of food preparation and dietary instructions that are still considered to be one of the healthiest ways to eat. Even non-Jews can be assured that Kosher foods represent the highest of quality from beginning to the end of the production process.

Some other interesting laws involved farming. First of all, farmers were forbidden from harvesting every bit of produce from their crops, but were instructed to leave some behind for the poor to glean for food. This was a most compassionate welfare system; the poor still had to do some work for their food, thus maintaining their dignity while nobody went hungry unless they were too lazy to go gather their own food. Families were instructed to care for those among them who were truly unable to care for themselves.

Farmers were also instructed to leave their fields fallow one year out of every seven. It seems unrealistic to not farm for an entire year, but it turns out that even the land needs to rest and by doing so, Israel was ensured abundant harvests all the other years. This is where the concept of crop rotation originated. Sure enough, God was right along!

When we think about God’s laws and principles, remember that God loves us all and wants the best for us. The Bible not only teaches us about God’s love and how to get along with each other; it also shows the way to live the healthiest lifestyle!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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“I Am Who I Am”

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

When God showed Himself to Moses for the first time, this is how He explained Himself to Moses, “I am who I am.” This is a profound declaration of who God is: eternal and never changing, YHWH (Yahweh), LORD, Jehovah, the Great “I Am.” We humans live in a linear world, with a definite beginning at birth and an assumed end at death.  God, on the other hand, has no beginning or end, which may be hard for us to understand, but is essential to creation and eternity.

It is kind of mind-blowing to realize that this God who appeared to Moses in a burning bush, who declared “I am who I am,” who miraculously led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and sustained them in the desert for 40 years, is the very same God who reveals Himself to us through His Word, His people and nature. He wants to miraculously lead us out of our bondage of addictions, guilt, anger, hatred, fear, and all other kinds of personal shortcomings to which we are enslaved. He wants to sustain us, make us His people and be our loving God forever.

We live in a temporal world, so we tend to forget or not believe that God created us to live forever. Although our physical bodies will age and eventually die, our souls will live forever either in God’s presence or separated from Him, depending on the choices we make now. We have been given a few short years on this earth with a specific purpose from God, which we need to live to the fullest with an eternal perspective. What is that purpose? To use your talents and skills to love and serve God and others. This will make your corner of the world a better place!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother or four, pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

In the Beginning

…God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1, the first verse of the Bible, answers one of the basic questions of human existence, “Where did we come from?” Of course, many people choose not to believe this. They have the right not to believe, which will be explained in the “God is Love” blog. The curious thing about believing that God created the universe and every good thing in it is that in this post-Christian era, we who have faith in the loving creator God are sometimes viewed by evolutionists as simple, unintelligent and unenlightened.

What the debate over origin really boils down to is whether one wants to have faith in a gaseous ball of dust that exploded mysteriously billions of years ago, creating a chain of events that eventually led to your existence; or faith in a loving, all-powerful creator God. To avoid an ontological debate over our existence in this and all the articles to come, feel free to substitute “gaseous ball of dust” any time God is mentioned. The truth here is that the origins of the universe cannot be duplicated scientifically, so faith is required to believe in any source of our existence.

I have chosen to believe in an intelligent, loving creator God who spoke the universe into existence. That is one powerful being. What is really cool to consider is that since His words actually create reality, His promises were also created to take shape at some time in the future. God has made many promises, some which have come to pass throughout the ages and some which have yet to materialize. Because of the creative power of His words, we can trust that what He says in His Word, the Bible, is also true.

To start learning about God and His words of promise, I encourage you to read the Bible, preferably in chronological order. There are several web sites that provide a daily Bible reading schedule in chronological order. Happy reading!

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