Sense of Purpose Uplifts Society

first_imgAustralia’s young adults are setting themselves up for major depression and social upheaval. Here’s why.A sense of purpose and meaning in life, often derived from sincere faith in a loving and good Creator, produces measurable health benefits. But what does lack of faith produce?The God of small things (James Cook University, Australia). The purpose-filled life doesn’t just look at the big picture for evidence of God. According to Jonathan Ramsay, a lecturer at JCU’s Singapore campus, the faith that improves health in people sees the hand of God in small things, too.Dr Ramsay said the results show that all people, but especially religious people, regularly assign significance to unremarkable events—such as discussing hobbies with a work colleague, receiving a small but unexpected gift, or spending time with a family member.“We found the more people gave meaning, purpose, and significance to such events the more they experienced positive emotions such as gratitude and contentment,” he said.Friending God increases purpose in life in the socially disconnected (Michigan State). Some psychologists assume that community is vital for developing a sense of purpose in life. That helps, but an MSU doctoral student found that even the socially disconnected find a sense of purpose in life when they can look to God as a friend. While not discounting the importance of friendship with other people for mental health, Todd Chan looked at the responses of 19,775 people, and concluded that even lonely souls can benefit from a sense of purpose when God is central in their lives.Chan and colleagues say that having a belief system that adequately “substitutes” for some of the functions of human relationships, like having a God that values and supports them, may allow socially disconnected people to restore some of this purpose.“For the socially disconnected, God may serve as a substitutive relationship that compensates for some of the purpose that human relationships would normally provide,” Chan said.Steep decline in student belief that God created humans, 32-year Australian study reveals (Science Daily). The title says it all: more and more Australians are walking away from belief that God created mankind.Every year since 1986, the researchers polled first-year biology students at UNSW Sydney about their views on evolution and creationism. In 1986, 60% of students believed a god had something to do with the origin of humans, while only 29% held this view in 2017. In contrast, the percentage of students convinced that a god had nothing to do with the origin of humans increased from 25% in 1986 to 62% in 2017.The findings — published today in Evolution: Education and Outreach – are the longest continuous annual survey of opinions about creationism versus evolution among first-year university students world-wide.Putting it All TogetherThese findings can be summarized as follows:Purpose in life is important for positive emotions such as gratitude and contentment.Friendship with God, and belief in Him as our Creator, brings a strong sense of purpose in life.Lack of belief that God had anything to do with the origin of humans is on the rise among students and young adults.Conclusion: Australia is setting itself up for a major societal crisis: meaninglessness, hopelessness, and despair.Corollary: America, with its Darwin-only teaching policy, is heading down the same path. Evolutionists, quick! You must do something about this. Your students are becoming depressed, leading lives where everything seems pointless, as if they are wandering through a world that shows blind, pitiless indifference toward them and everybody else. Natural selection must have selected for humans who find purpose in life by believing in God. If so, they must be the fittest. Then help the fittest: you need to teach less Darwinism, and more Bible. This is vital for the health of society!But wait; that would imply that natural selection teaches people to believe in lies. Maybe belief in natural selection is a lie, too; would you have any way of knowing? And by choosing to do something about the crisis of purposelessness in your society, wouldn’t you be assuming that you are a free moral agent with a conscience? Wouldn’t making an effort to solve the crisis amount to your own purpose in life? [Cue sound of short circuit.]Let’s get back to the wisdom of God’s word. Purpose—the intelligent plan of God—permeates the Bible from first verse to last. In a magnificent passage, Paul tells the former pagans in Ephesus about the purposes of God. Look at all the purpose words in this one passage, that relate to our ability to have a sense of purpose individually in a purposeful, created universe:Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1)Paul said to the Romans, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). He is indeed the God of small things! He works His purposes in us every day, for judgment on sinners, but for goodness and joy to those who trust Him. Think of how richly meaningful it can be to walk with God as your closest Friend. (See Site Map.)Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” [John 10:9-10; read whole chapter.] God the Son—the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for us—purposes good for us: abundant life. Who is the thief, but the one who steals away people’s hope in God? Who is a worse thief than Charles Darwin and his disciples, who preach that there is no God at all, but just a material universe of blind, pitiless indifference? We need to see Darwinians as not just wrong, but evil, merciless thieves!To learn to love God and appreciate His purposes for us, go to TheJohn1010Project.com, which takes its name from the passage above about abundant life. Watch the 50+ free videos that will build your confidence in God, answer hard questions, and enrich your life with the joy our Creator intended for us.Exercise: Compare the purposelessness of an atheist astronomer in this short film, “God and the Astronomer,” with the confidence of Joni Eareckson Tada, who had to struggle with God’s purposes when she became paralyzed in an accident. Watch her abundant life come to light in “Can God Bring Good From Suffering?“After watching these two episodes, you will likely want to watch many others. They’re easy to share on social media, and they are all free. If you are blessed by the films, subscribe to the page and support what Illustra Media is doing. This will increase your joy in having a sense of purpose, too.The sponsoring organization for Creation-Evolution Headlines, incidentally, has a purposeful name: Master Plan Association.(Visited 325 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Creamy or crunchy? What is your peanut butter preference?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Creamy or crunchy? That is the question for November and peanut butter lovers’ month. The National Peanut Board states that men and the West Coast prefer crunchy while women, kids and the East Coast prefer creamy. No matter which you prefer, peanut butter has become as all-American as apple pie and baseball. Americans consume over a billion pounds a year. Our love affair begins as we are introduced as kids to PBJ. We continue to enjoy PBJ but as our palettes mature, we begin adding other peanut butter flavors through cookies, ice cream, candy and even main dishes to our diet. Ohioans are no exception adding to the peanut butter craze with peanut butter buckeyes!Believe it or not Dr. Kellogg, the creator of Kellogg’s cereal, created the original patent for peanut butter for people who could hardly chew. In 1903, a peanut butter machine was invented and the popularity of peanut butter soared.We can’t talk about peanut butter without talking about the original agricultural product of peanuts and the farmers who grow them. The National Peanut Board states that 7,000 peanut farmers grow peanuts commercially in 13 states with 94% of the U.S. peanut crop grown in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. These farmers average close to 4,000 pounds of peanuts per acre producing 5.2 billion pounds in 2014.There are four different types of peanuts grown in the U.S. Around 80% of all peanuts grown are called runners, which are primarily used for peanut butter. Virginia peanuts are nicknamed “ballpark peanuts” and enjoyed in the shell. Spanish peanuts are produced for salted peanuts, peanut candy and peanut butter. Valencia peanuts come in last and are a slightly sweeter peanut used for all-natural peanut butter.It takes 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. U.S. law requires all products labeled peanut butter to contain 90% peanuts with sugars and added fats filling in the difference. Great news to peanut farmers is that peanut and peanut butter consumption continues to grow despite the 1% of Americans with peanut allergies.In March of 2015, my AgriPower group headed to South Carolina to see the diversity of agriculture in the Southeast. On peanut and cotton day, we visited a peanut farm. Harvesting peanuts is an interesting two-part process using a digger and a shaker/picker. A digger pulls up the peanut plant, flips it over with the peanuts on the top and the plant underneath. Farmers hope for a few days of sunny weather as the peanuts dry. The shaker then comes through to separate and pick the peanut pods. Right next door happened to be a huge peanut processing plant. I saw the biggest pile of peanuts I have ever seen and probably ever will! It was fascinating to see the farm-to-peanut plant portion of a peanut’s journey on the way to my peanut butter jar.Peanut butter is a great protein source. Two tablespoons of peanut butter have eight grams of protein. The only drawback is the fat content of peanut butter. Two tablespoons of peanut butter have 16 grams of fat. It is a healthy fat, but still needs to be consumed in moderation. If you eat a lot of peanut butter and need to cut back, try one of the new peanut butter powder products on the market. The two most popular powders are called PBFit and PB2. You need to add water to get the consistency of peanut butter. There are some complaints that say these products don’t taste like peanut butter. I’ve tried it in the apple peanut butter dip below and it works great. These products may work better in recipes but there is nothing like opening up a new jar of peanut butter and enjoying a spoonful!Paul and I fall right in line with the Peanut Board’s stats. I love creamy and, therefore, since I am the shopper, our pantry is stocked with creamy. Paul occasionally sneaks in a crunchy from time to time. No matter what you prefer, enjoy some peanut butter this month and thank a southern peanut farmer!Eat Well & Healthy!Shelly Peanut Butter Macaroons bhg.com 2 egg whites1/8 teaspoon cream of tartarDash salt½ cup sugar½ cup creamy peanut butter2 cups chocolate-flavored crisp rice cereal1/3 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts  Preheat oven to 300 degree F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside.In a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gently fold in peanut butter. Fold in cereal. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.Bake 10 minutes. Turn oven off and let cookies dry in oven with door closed for 15 minutes. Remove macaroons from cookie sheets to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 30 macaroons. Nutrition Facts (Peanut Butter Macaroons) Per serving: 57 kcal cal., 3 g fat, 50 mg sodium, 7 g carb., 5 g sugar, 2 g pro Shelly’s Peanut Butter Dip1 small carton of Greek fat free, sugar free vanilla yogurt2 Tbsp. peanut butterMix peanut butter and yogurt until smooth. Enjoy as a fruit dip. Great w apples! Peanutty Noodles Cookinglight.com 2 carrots, peeled1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger3 garlic cloves, minced1 c fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth1/2 cup natural-style peanut butter (such as Smucker’s)1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce3 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar1 tsp chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)1/4 teaspoon saltCooking spray2 cups red bell pepper strips1 pound snow peas, trimmed8 cups hot cooked linguine (about 1 pound uncooked pasta)1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro  Shave the carrots lengthwise into thin strips using a vegetable peeler, and set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger and minced garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add chicken broth and the next 5 ingredients (broth through salt); stir until well-blended. Reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and keep warm.Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and snow peas; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Combine carrot, peanut butter mixture, bell pepper mixture, and linguine in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 10 cups Calories 296; Fat 8.8 g; Protein 11.7 g; Carb 43.1 g; Fiber 3.4 g; Cholesterol 1 mg; Iron 3.6 mg; Sodium 400 mg; Calcium 44 mg Peanut Butter IcingAdd this icing to any brownies, chocolate cookies, chocolate cupcakes and cake! Top with mini buckeyes and you’ve got a great end of any meal or Buckeye gathering. 1 c peanut butter5 Tbsp. butter, softened1 tsp. vanilla3-4 c powdered sugar4-5 Tbsp. milk Beat butter and add vanilla, milk and powdered sugar and beat until nice and creamy. Peanut Butter Pie tasteofhome.com 3 oz. lite cream cheese, softened1/3 cup peanut butter1 cup confectioners’ sugar1/4 cup fat-free milk1-8 oz. lite whipped topping, thawed1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)  In a bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in peanut butter and sugar. Gradually add milk; mix well. Gently fold in whipped topping. Spoon into the crust. Refrigerate or freeze overnight. Yummy ½ frozen. Want to make your own crust? Use 1cup cookie crumbs and stir in 3 Tbsp. melted butter. Press into a 9inch pie pan. Yield: 8 slices.last_img read more

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Ricky Rubio traded from Wolves to Jazz for 1st-round pick

first_imgREAD: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealOther targets, if the Wolves can clear room, include J.J. Redick and Paul Millsap.Rubio has been at the center of trade rumors for years, and one finally came to fruition.Rubio was drafted in 2009, but did not come over from Spain until 2011, electrifying a stagnant franchise with his enthusiasm and no-look passes while also suffering through losing season after losing season. Teaming with Kevin Love, Rubio had the Wolves in position to make the playoffs in the Western Conference as a rookie when he tore the ACL in his knee in a game against the Lakers in March 2012.Rubio also missed 60 games in 2014-15 with a severely sprained ankle that required surgery. The two major injuries affected his ability to work out during the summers, when players often make the biggest strides in developing their games.READ: Garnett will kill for his teammates, says Rubio Finally, in year No. 6, Rubio started to show signs of his potential. Over the last 2 1/2 months of the season, he averaged 15.0 points and 10.3 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range, helping to take some of the scoring load after Zach LaVine went down with his own torn ACL.The performance was validating for a player who had been criticized during most of his NBA career for his poor shooting, and for an owner who had backed him through all the injuries, all the shooting struggles and through the heartbreaking death of his mother during the 2015-16 season. Glen Taylor and Rubio had grown close over the years, and Taylor very much wanted to keep Rubio as the passer with the new nucleus of Butler, Towns and Wiggins.The constant rumors were strain on Rubio, especially this season when Thibodeau took over as coach and president of basketball operations.Thibodeau had long been known to prefer point guards with more of a scoring mentality and had success with those types of players — Derrick Rose, D.J. Augustin, Nate Robinson — in Chicago. As the rumors heated up in February with talks with the Knicks centered on a Rubio-for-Rose swap, the Spaniard thought his time in Minnesota was coming to an end. Thibodeau ultimately decided to pass on the deal. Rubio wanted a conversation with Thibodeau to seek clarity on the issue, and perhaps receive a vote of confidence, but that never occurred. Once the season ended with a disappointing 31 victories and the 13th straight trip to the lottery, Rubio quietly let it be known to the organization that he would welcome a change of scenery if they felt there was a better point guard for Thibodeau’s system.After six straight years of losing, he joins a top-flight franchise on the rise. If the Jazz can hold on to Hayward and make a few more moves, they will be considered an upper tier Western Conference team.Rubio’s defensive prowess should mesh well with coach Quin Snyder and center Rudy Gobert, and his playmaking will be a big boost for a team with young talent on the wings. 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Ricky Rubio #9 and Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talk during a free throw in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 13, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Ricky Rubio era in Minnesota is over and it didn’t take long for the Timberwolves to find a replacement.The Wolves sent Rubio to the Utah Jazz on Friday to clear cap space for a big run in free agency, then moved quickly to reach agreement with free agent point guard Jeff Teague on a three-year, $57 million deal, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The Jazz are looking to bolster the roster with hopes of convincing All-Star free agent Gordon Hayward to return and build off last season’s playoff run. Utah reached the postseason for the first time since 2012.READ: Hayward starting his free-agent tour as West gets tougher Rubio’s arrival likely means the end of George Hill’s run in Utah, though general manager Dennis Lindsey said Wednesday that Hill remained a top priority. Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points after being acquired from Indiana last summer. Injuries, however, limited him to 49 games and caused Hill to miss the final three playoff games against Golden State.The deal means Minnesota can clear as much as $32 million in cap space to make a run at several free agents to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the recently acquired Jimmy Butler.They started with Teague, a more consistent shooter at point guard than is Rubio, which makes him a better fit for Tom Thibodeau’s system. Teague averaged 15.3 points and a career-high 7.8 assists for the Indiana Pacers last season. He turned 29 last month and fits with the philosophy of ramping up the development curve for a team that has had a baby-faced core for the last three years.ADVERTISEMENT Hayward starting his free-agent tour as West gets tougher The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 6.READ: Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Jazz sent a protected future first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Timberwolves in exchange for Rubio, the Spaniard who has struggled with injuries at times over his six years in Minnesota. Utah received the pick when it traded Enes Kanter in a three-team deal in 2015.The two sides agreed to the move hours before free agency opened. The Jazz needed to make the deal before July 1 or would have lost the salary cap room necessary to pull it off. View commentslast_img read more

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