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Pineapple is Powerful! December 15, 2012

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Pineapple is POWERFUL!

331253770_782de9f611_mSuper sweet and delicately delicious the pineapple is one of the most popular and prized fruit, and for good reason.

Did you know these pineapple benefits?

Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that is essential to the development of strong bones and connective tissues. Just one cup of the fresh juice has nearly 75% of the recommended daily value (DV) of this mineral.

Pineapples are high in vitamin C. In one US cup serving there is 131% DV of this vitamin. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C help the body resist infectious agents by boosting immunity and eliminating pro-inflammatory free-radicals. Viruses that cause cold and cough are annihilated with pineapple’s high vitamin C stores. It is said that sailors once used the pineapple fruit to protect against scurvy, a diseased linked to vitamin C deficiency.

A tasty and healthy alternative to certain low calorie diets would be to simply eat pineapple for a few days. There are only 50 calories in 100 g of fruit. Its flesh contains no overt fat making it an excellent choice for those following a low fat lifestyle, such as the 80/10/10 diet.

Pineapple is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber and therefore indicated in cases of mild constipation. “Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.”—Natural News.

Fasting on the fresh fruit and/or juice is used to treat intestinal parasites such as tapeworms and a pineapple fast of 3-10 days may be used to cleanse and detoxify the lungs.

Due to their high content of bromelain (an enzyme that breaks down protein), pineapples are often used as a digestive aid.  The bromelain in pineapples also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas thereby assisting digestion. Bromelain is also said to contain anti-inflammatory properties and purportedly can be used to treat arthritis and other painful joint ailments and swelling.

Compounds in pineapples, such as beta-carotene, are purported to prevent macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in the elderly.  Regular consumption of the fruit is said to reduce the risk of the disease by as much as 36%.

Our weeks supply (3 people)

Our 1 week supply (3 people)

The pineapple in the jungles of Peru is simply amazing. We purchase at least 12-15 pineapples each week and always get through them. We put them in smoothies, in juices, eat them fresh and even put them in baked goods. They replace eggs and oil, much like applesauce, in many baked vegan recipes. There are many juice and smoothie recipes online that include this remarkable fruit. Here are a few.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not meant to treat, cure or prevent disease. The views expressed here are those of  the author and do not replace proper medical advice.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple

http://www.naturalnews.com/025746_pineapple_fruit_Bromelain.html

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Pineapple Recipes December 1, 2012

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Photo courtesy of Barefeet In the Kitchen

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups  fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 inch piece of ginger or 1 tsp juice (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice or non-dairy milk

Directions: Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy

Image by Back to her Roots

Photo courtesy of Back to Her Roots

Piña Colada Ice Cream or Sorbet

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pineapple (plus extra chunks of fresh pineapple)

1  cup canned coconut milk or flesh from a young Thai coconut

1/8 cup fresh lime juice

1/4-1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1-2 really ripe bananas

Directions:

In a blender blend the fresh pineapple, lime, coconut, and banana or sugar to a smooth and creamy consistency. Pour the contents of the blender into an ice cream maker and switch it on until it is ready, it takes around 25 minutes. At around 20 minutes, just before the ice cream is ready add chunks of fresh pineapple. If a firmer consistency is desired put into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Serve with sprinkles of desiccated coconut, fresh pineapple chunks or a slice of lime as pictured here.

Note: This recipe can serve as a raw or cooked recipe and it is relatively low fat. It can also be made without the use of an ice cream maker. Simply blend all the ingredients and place the mixture into the freezer until it hardens.

Speaking-Up Does it Matter? August 17, 2012

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Speaking Up – Does it Matter?

Guest Post by Vance Ferrell 

Speak Up MicrophoneMartin Niemoller was a German pastor, and a leader in the Christian resistance to Hitler during World War II. He was arrested in 1937 because of his opposition to the hatred and persecution of various peoples, and was imprisoned in Dachau.

Amazingly, he lived through it all. At the age of 55, he was released in 1945 when the war in Europe ended.

Niemoller felt that Christians should have spoken up. Speaking to his congregation at his old Church of St. Anne’s in Dahlem in the US-controlled sector of Berlin, he made this oft-repeated statement which has since become famous:

“In Germany they came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. They came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

These words should ring in the ears of Seventh-day Adventists (christian) everywhere, who are gradually letting modernist liberals take over our schools, churches, editorial and executive offices,—while they remain silent.–Parenthetical emphasis added by amministry.

“Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?”–Joel 2:17.

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Locked-up Overseas June 5, 2012

Posted by amministry in Inspiritional, Our Mission Stories.
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Locked-up Overseas

cell block eastAs a child I had read many an exciting tale of missionary adventures. Stories of native tribes dwelling in remote places within the Amazon, ofthe Maasai in Kenya, Hindus and Buddhist scattered throughout the Himalayas,the indigenous people living in remote villages in the Andes and many others had been my bedtime delight and morning devotions in family worship. The missionary stories of Eric B. Hare were a favorite of my older sister Wilda and I and we read them often. So I’ll admit I had pretty romantic ideas about mission work.

Now all these years later, a missionary myself, I have learned that this work is not always as romantic and picture perfect as I’d imagined. Sometimes it can be downright trying and your only stay is in knowing, “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.

On our way back home to Quito, Ecuador from Guayaquil — where I’d been assisting an elderly lady with breast cancer — Oneal and I were apprehended and taken off our bus and before we knew it we were sitting in the back of a police car. (more…)

Counting Your Blessings February 10, 2012

Posted by amministry in Inspiritional, Our Mission Stories.
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Counting Your Blessing

Hem Your BlessingsWow, just typing the title of this post makes my head spin. The shear anticipation of where to begin is enough to make me rethink the whole thing.  Count my blessing; yeah this might take a while. But for your sakes I will plod along and just maybe you will also be reminded of just how blessed you are too.

I’ll try to make this short, sweet, and to the point.  Here we go!

This has been a crazy few weeks and a very telling new year. In the few short weeks since this year has begun I have learned some things about myself that were quite frankly surprising. I think I experienced every kind of emotional upset, short of a nervous breakdown, in the last month or so. Being a missionary certainly comes with its ups and downs and I have been on the bottom side of that equation. Or at least that’s what I thought, but I’m getting a head of myself.

So it probably all started back in May, 2011 right around the time our (Oneal and I) visas were about to expire. In Ecuador there is no way to renew your Tourist visa after you have remained in Ecuador for a period of 9 months. The only options are to leave the country and come back after a year or apply for your permanent residency. We chose the latter, believing that the former was not an option since our work here in Ecuador had only just begun.

To make a long story short a friend of a friend who was visiting from the US referred us to his sister, who just happened to be best friends with an Immigration lawyer.  This was not a mere serendipitous circumstance; I know God had our backs.

It was not exactly smooth sailing from there on in — in fact it was anything but. (more…)

Finish Line February 9, 2012

Posted by amministry in Inspiritional, Poems.
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...it's the snail to the finish

Finish Line

Dear Lord, help me to see the end

And not focus on the journey

To set my mark on the prize

And not the obstacles before me

To never murmur or complain

About the lot I have to bear

Or the apparent lack of answers

To my constant, fervent prayers

Through mountains of disappointment

Or circumstances that annoy

May I be reminded always

That in You there’s peace and joy

When faced with disappointment

Let me never moan and groan

Knowing that a little inconvenience

Is but a stepping stone

Help me to always remember

That the blessing is behind

You ran the race before me

And passed the finish line

© By Wonda Elizabeth

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I Knew Ellen White – Part 3 (Final) January 1, 2012

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This is the final part of an audio presentation by Alma McKibben on her personal experience with Ellen White: I Knew Ellen White – Part 3 (Final)

I Knew Ellen White – Part 2 December 16, 2011

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This is Part 2 of an audio presentation by Alma McKibben on her personal experience with Ellen White: I Knew Ellen White – Part 2

I Knew Ellen White – Part 1 December 10, 2011

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This is Part 1 of an audio presentation by Alma McKibben on her personal experience with Ellen White: I Knew Ellen White – Part 1

Senate Bill 1867 Annihilates the Bill of Rights December 3, 2011

Posted by amministry in Last Day Events, News, Religious Liberty.
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Senate Bill 1867 Annihilates the Bill of Rights

by Wonda Elizabeth Perry

President Obama Signing a bill into lawDespite the sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a right to trial, Senate Bill 1867 — the National Defense Authorization Act — would allow the government to indefinitely, lock up anyone they deem a threat. This could include, but is not limited to journalist, bloggers, political activists, anyone who is “supposedly” anti-government, members of various religions, etc.

For those of you still in the dark it’s time to wake up and fight the tyranny, not from those on distant shores, but from those in the highest seats of authority in our own lands.

This new bill would allow American citizens to be arrested, detained, tortured and killed without due process. The basic elements of due process as laid out in the US Constitution in the fourth Amendment, guarantees freedom from search and seizure without probable cause. No person may be detained without probable cause and without being informed of the charges against him.

Under the sixth Amendment those accused of a crime have the right to a speedy and public trial by a jury of their peers, and they must be informed of the charge or charges against them. The defendant has the right to face his accuser or accusers and to effectively defend himself by providing his own witnesses, who are compelled by law to testify, and he is allowed an individual attorney to aid in his defense. Furthermore, it is necessary that the client/attorney relationship be one of trust and confidentiality.

This provision of confidentiality between the defendant and his attorney is also covered under the fifth Amendment which says that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Additionally both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments state that due process shall apply to every person. (more…)