Why Reading is a Healthy Hobby

Why Reading is a Healthy Hobby

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” –Joseph Addison At an early age, we were taught to write and read at a rudimentary level. We meticulously formed each letter of the alphabet over and over again until we became proficient enough to do it during nap time. We learned that a horizontal line above a vowel gives it a “long” sound, while a u-shaped symbol above denotes a “short” sound. Listening to our parents or teachers read to us was often the highlight of our day. We felt the magic of our imaginations taking flight as stories and characters flickered to life in our mind’s … [Read more...]

How Art Can Make You Healthier

How Art Can Make You Healthier

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” ~André Gide   Most people believe artistic talent is either something you have in spades or not at all, that you’re either a Picasso with paints or someone stuck on stick figures and stencils, a Beethoven or a better-not-quit-your-day-job wannabe bass player. But if you’ve ever wanted to express yourself creatively, why not go for it? There’s nothing to lose. In fact, in turns out there’s quite a bit to gain if you want a healthier body and a sharper brain! (That sentence was a poem, and … [Read more...]

Behold! The Beauty of Imperfection

The Beauty of Imperfection

I wanted to share something special for Mother’s Day, something to bless and inspire each of the incredible moms I know, as well as remind daughters and sons of the depth and breadth of a godly mother’s heart. Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the immense pleasure of getting to know a wonderful woman through our gym, CrossFit 925. Jennifer Kipp, whom you are about to meet, has a megawatt smile and a pair of sparkling brown eyes that absolutely light up a room. There is an air of sweetness and joy about her that is infectious and spirit-lifting. And she possesses a strength that far … [Read more...]

A Powerful New Definition of “Strength”: A Thrilling Hebrew Word Study

A Powerful New Definition of "Strength"

    A few years ago, I watched a program on Christian TV that left me awestruck. A messianic rabbi (a rabbi who believes Yeshua, Jesus, is Messiah) was interviewing an Israeli Hebrew scholar about something called “Hebrew Word Pictures.” The man was talking about how the Hebrew language used to be an ideogramic language, meaning pictures were used to describe words. For instance, the Hebrew word for shepherd contains the letters Reysh (symbolized by a head), Ayin (symbolized by the eye), and Hey (symbolized by a window and meaning “to behold”). Together, these letters reveal … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Muscle Soreness

What you need to know about muscle soreness

  “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” – 1 Peter 4:12, NASB   How does the verse above relate to today’s topic of muscle soreness? Well, I think if you would replace the word “ordeal” with “muscles,” you might get a better idea… Of course, the above parallel is simply a jest and by no means an exegetical attempt at making Peter out to be a first century personal trainer. However, you’d be surprised by how many exercise newbies find sore, “fiery” muscles rather … [Read more...]