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Supplements Journal Entry #2


Well, I intended to submit only weekly updates, but I thought I’d go ahead and share this news. My wife has struggled with nagging skin irritations for the last couple of years.  She’s tried over the counter creams and doctor prescribed ointments, the latest being last Monday, the 15th. These prescribed medications have done nothing more than ease the itching, the outbreaks only fading occasionally, never going completely away.
Last Wednesday, the 17th, my wife and I started Plexus.  We are taking BioCleanse currently and will add ProBio5 this week.  She’s also been applying the Plexus Body Cream a couple of WhatADifferencetimes per day.  (This in addition to what the Doctor prescribed.)  This time she has marked improvement.  In fact, we know it must be the Plexus, because the current prescribed cream is the same one given before and has only functioned as a relief for the itch…This time, with the Plexus products, not only has the itch stopped, but the irritable flare ups have mostly disappeared.  That’s only in five days!!!  We’re both rather blown away.

We can’t guarantee the same results for you.  All people respond to supplements differently.  However, this is the first time anything has worked in almost 2 years!  If you have questions, feel free to email me at:  brvan71@yahoo.com or visit our website at shopmyplexus.com/bryananddelaina.

Here are the before and after pictures:

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Plexus Journal Entry #1


Several months ago, a friend from high school contacted me about supplemental products that had changed her life.  I wasn’t interested, but politely responded to her instant messages on Facebook.  Occasionally, she followed up with other information about her health and the products she took regularly to address physical issues.  Over time, I started asking questions, with the biggest being, “What’s it going to cost?”  (Isn’t that the question we always ask?)  She shared the answer and I knew our finances would not allow.  It costs money to support a wife and six kids….

For the last several months my wife’s suffered with nagging patches of eczema and my second born’s battled reoccurring bouts of strep and throat infections.  My wife’s tried several creams and medications without relief and my son’s visited the doctor multiple times, without success.  For my son, we started taking him to a homeopathic doctor and he’s improving, but not 100%.  I decided I needed to do whatever it took to help get my family well.

With the help of my parents and encouragement from Kim Lawhon (friend from high school), we decided to take the plunge.  My wife and I started the Bio Cleanse a few days ago and will be adding the ProBio5 soon.  My IMG_20160815_131311wife is also applying the Plexus Cream for the eczema.  It appears we’re guinea pigs of sorts, as several people are now curiously watching for updates and testimonies of improved health.  In fact, some are already poised to start the products as well, joining us in this healthy experiment.  I pledge to share our results…good, bad, or indifferent.  I hope to update at least once per week, so please check back regularly.

Full disclosure…I don’t believe in miracle working drugs or vitamins and supplements.  However, I believe in a God who functions as our Great Physician, often using medicines and vitamins to accomplish His healing purposes.

If you are interested in knowing more, email me at brvan71@yahoo.com.  You can also check out the products at: shopmyplexus.com/bryananddelaina

Pence-Ive About Trump? Maybe This Helps…


Last week a dozen folks from our church traveled to Red Oak, Iowa.  We served in that community, sharing the Gospel with over 200 people at the Montgomery County Fair.  Our booth (Crossroads Community Church, Red Oak, IA) was situated across from the Republican’s table.  Mike PenceOn Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of meeting United States Congressman, David Young.  After we discussed his spiritual life (he’s a born again believer), I posed a political question.  I wanted to know his opinion of Trump’s Vice Presidential pick, Mike Pence.  Young expressed complete Confidence in the Indiana Governor and assured me this man’s evangelical faith was the real deal.  In fact, he believes Pence will be a fantastic help to Trump, especially in the matters of what it means to truly be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Now home, I decided to do some personal research on Mike Pence, verifying the Iowa Congressman’s glowing endorsement.  So, here’s what I discovered:

  1.  Mike Pence has worked as a Lawyer, a political talk show radio host, a Congressman, and now serves the Hoosier State as Governor, elected in 2013.
  2. Pence’s family raised him as a staunch Catholic.  He attended Mass several times a week as a child and served as an altar boy on multiple occasions.
  3. He committed his life to Christ in college.
  4. A personal mantra about himself is, “Christian, Conservative, Republican…in that order.”
  5. From the Roll Call website:  “His reputation as a culture warrior was unsullied. He opposed federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, was active in efforts to advance a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, fought expansion of abortion rights and got new federal funding for Planned Parenthood cut off for a time.”
  6. At last December’s Republican Jewish Coalition’s Conference, Pence said concerning Israel, “Israel’s enemies are our enemies, Israel’s cause is our cause. If this world knows nothing else, let it know this: America stands with Israel.”

Governor Pence would be the first to say he’s not perfect.  In fact, he calls himself a “pretty ordinary Christian.”  But, his record in politics speaks volumes, Obviously he strives to make political dealings based upon his knowledge of Scripture and his walk with Jesus Christ.  While in Congress, he was characterized as one of the strongest social Conservatives in the Republican Party.  Maybe…just maybe…a little Pence might wear off on Trump.

And that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Do You Really Care About Our Kids?


God has blessed my family with six children, three boys…three girls….a modern day Brady Boggs8Bunch of sorts.  When our family piles out of the Suburban or walks into the grocery store, our presence raises eyebrows.  I wish I had a nickel for every time a person asks, “You know how that happens, right?” My favorite response is, “My wife knows, but she won’t tell me.”  Truth be told, we love kids.  It’s that plain and simple.

We (our family) associate or tend to support a political Party that champions children, starting at conception.  We proudly claim to be the Party of Life.  And that’s the case for the GOP unless the preferred Candidate fails to receive the Party’s nod for nominee and then some moan and groan, threatening to support a third Party candidate or refusing to vote in November.  But my third Party candidate is pro-life, you say.  That’s great, but in our overwhelmingly entrenched two-party system, a third party candidate only serves to steal votes away from either the Democrat or Republican nominee.  In this case, Donald Trump stands to lose the most from individuals dead set against the GOP nominee.

Am I one hundred percent convinced Trump’s a true Conservative?  Absolutely not!  He concerns me…a great deal.  However, am I convinced Hillary Clinton plans to perpetuate Obama’s legacy by sticking America with a third term of Obama’s ideologies?  Absolutely!  She’s promised as much.  And this is one of the only things she’s said that can be trusted.

Time and time again I converse with Conservatives who won’t vote for Trump because their conscience won’t allow it.  Well, if that’s you, I pose the following questions:

Will your conscience allow Hillary Clinton to nominate four or more Supreme Court Justices?

Will your conscience vote for Hillary, a woman worshiped by the nation’s largest abortion provider?

Will your conscience vote for Hillary even after she claimed Margaret Sanger as a hero?

Will your conscience vote for a woman who lied about Benghazi, blaming the attack on a YouTube video?

Will your conscience vote for a woman who compromised national security by unilaterally deciding to utilize her own private server and email?

Will your conscience vote for a woman whose husband sexually harassed and assaulted scores of women?  (Hillary called the women’s charges, “Bimbo eruptions.)

Will your conscience vote for a woman who’s been called “extremely careless” by the FBI?

And let me ask again, will your conscience permit you to allow Hillary Clinton to nominate four or more Supreme Court Justices, who enjoy lifetime appointments?

A vote for a Third Party candidate or boycotting the ballot box in November is a vote for Hillary…a violation of the conscience many claim the desire to protect.

Trump’s not perfect…not even close.  And we really don’t know how America will fare under a Trump/Pence Administration.  Clinton’s track record speaks for itself; Hillary’s term in office might be America’s death knell.

So I ask, do you really care about our kids?

 

 

 

 

God’s Not In Panic Mode


In John 6, we find one account of the feeding of the five thousand. The people flocked to Jesus for various reasons, His teaching, preaching, and healing amassed multitudes wherever His Father led. On this occasion, the day grew long, and the remote location offered no resources to feed the hungry people before sending them home. John 6: 5 and following shares:

Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

The key insight to hone in on is that Jesus had already formulated a plan to meet the needs of the people.

As we race toward the Convention and the Presidential election in November, it appears panic has settled over true Conservatives in the Republican Party. Every day Never Trumps and Trump supporters fire salvos at each other, neither budging or giving ground. I’ll admit a wave of panic washed over me when Cruz suspended his campaign. With concern for the future of Conservatism, I noted Low Information Voters existed in BOTH parties. And yes, that aggravates me. And I’m especially disappointed in Evangelicals who chose to support Trump over a true Conservative like Ted Cruz. That being said, I won’t spend the next few months, worrying about a Clinton or Trump Administration. Fretting and hand wringing won’t change the course of Providence…note the capital “P.”

It is God who sets up kings and deposes them. Daniel 2:21 shares:

“He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

Daniel 4:17 reiterates the truth:

“The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He will and sets over it the lowliest of men.”

A clear understanding of these truths show that politics is merely a method God uses to accomplish His will. Even though less than savory politicians abuse their political muscle, meaning it for evil, God uses it for good. Concerning our Country’s return to biblical principles, we mustn’t believe political entities are wielding the keys to Revival. If a spiritual awakening ignites in America, it will happen when the Church in lockstep marches into the world shining the Light of Christ.

Does this mean Christians should stay home on election day? Absolutely not! Where we have a voice and can elect our leaders, we should exercise that right by voting for those whose views most closely parallel our own.

Might we be disappointed in November’s outcome? Sure.  But it’s quite possible, even likely, that America’s suffered under the Obama Administration because our Country’s acting like a petulant child.  The Bible states,

“God disciplines those He loves.”

Raising strong-willed children often requires a lesson be taught multiple times.  Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed America rush to “hell in a handbasket.”  Should we really expect Him to give the Country a godly principled leader when we’ve thumbed our noses at Him?  II Peter 3:3 says,

“…scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.”

Isn’t that a perfect synopsis of the world today?

Maybe, just maybe, we’re seeing a rapid decline in morality because Gabriel’s holding the trumpet to his lips.  Maybe, just maybe, God’s about ready to send Jesus back for His Bride.  No matter the reason for our societal plunge into a cesspool, God’s not in panic mode and He has in mind what He’s going to do.

Unlike a politician’s pledge, we can take God’s promises to the bank.

 

Just Look Down…Addressing the Bathroom Debate


So God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

As a young teenager, I remember accidentally walking into the wrong public bathroom.  Once inside, I noted something strangely missing from the walls…urinals.  Immediately, I realized the error of my boysgirlsways and rushed out, avoiding eye contact with anyone in the near vicinity.  I looked at the “male” and “female” bathroom signs. Yep, I certainly had chosen the wrong restroom.  It was a perfectly honest mistake, though.  At every other McDonald’s I’d visited, the male bathroom was situated on the right.  Without checking the signage, I chose the bathroom based upon its location in other franchises.  Thankfully, I wasn’t greeted by a woman inside.  I would’ve been mortified and possibly considered some type of pervert or peeping Tom.  Things have really changed since then.  Today, I could walk into any Target woman’s restroom, as a male, explaining I identify as a female.  No. Questions. Asked. And now it appears the Obama Administration is paving the way for males and females to share the same bathrooms and locker rooms in the Public School System.  You can read about that, here.

America’s definitely “tripping down the rabbit hole.”

What could possibly go wrong with boys gaining access to girl’s bathrooms?  Surely pedophiles and wildly hormonal young men won’t take advantage of this edict from the most Liberal Presidential Administration in the history of the United States.  Can you really imagine high school and fraternity boys temporarily identifying as females to ogle girls in the locker room showers?

I can.

Liberals have evolved from “It takes a village” to “It takes a village idiot,” and idiocy is the word that best describes this ideologically driven catastrophe emanating from the White House. Those pushing this garbage, do so from their ivory palaces, distancing themselves and their families from the detrimental outcomes.  For instance, President Obama’s daughters attend a pricey private institution of learning.  I imagine every time either of the First Daughters’ need to access the facilities, the Secret Service swoops in and clears the bathroom.  Whenever suggested policies like this are passed down from D.C., only the peasants pay the price, while the political elitists toast to tolerance and inclusion.

At some point America has to say enough is enough!

 II Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Instead of fleeing evil, our world chases after it like a moth to a flame.  Opening the door of our bathrooms and locker rooms to all genders or gender identities opens another Pandora’s Box in our already sin sick world.  Depending upon the leadership elected in November, it may take years to slam it shut.  Obviously the President timed this decree perfectly.  With few school days remaining, he’s counting on the typical short memory of Americans.  If you send your children to public schools, I encourage you to call your Superintendent’s office and demand the school district rebuff the wishes of the Obama Administration.

This morning my twelve year old weighed in on this topic.  He said,

“It’s not hard to tell girls from boys.  All they have to do is look down.”

Looking down might help, but first we need to look up.

Come quickly Lord Jesus.

 

 

Where’s the Beef?


One of my favorite commercials as a kid was “Where’s the Beef?”  For those of you who are in their 40’s or older, no explanation is needed.  But for the whippersnappers, here’s the gist. wheresthebeef Three older ladies walk into a fast food restaurant and order hamburgers.  When the ladies are served their food, they notice the bun swallowing the patty.  One lady with a distinctive and memorable voice keeps saying, “Where’s the beef?”  My family cracked up every time the commercial aired.  If you have never seen it, I found the classic Wendy’s ad on YouTube.  Here’s the link: Where’s the Beef?

So, my question for everyone is

“Where’s the Beef?”

The origin of this idiom is uncertain, but we know the phrase is used as means of complaining, grumbling, or protest.  It’s probably more often said as, “What’s your beef?”  But for the purpose of this entry, I’m asking,

“Where’s the Beef?”

Does anyone else find it disturbing that the front runner for the Democrat Party is under FBI investigation?  Does anyone really care Hillary Clinton compromised national security while serving as Secretary of State when she unilaterally decided to use her own “home brew server” and a personal email account to conduct government business because it was “more convenient?”  How many noted her story about dodging sniper fire after landing in Bosnia on a diplomatic trip as First Lady?  There was no sniper fire.  The only thing she’s dodged in recent memory is the truth.

Proverbs 12:22 shares:

‘The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.’

For whatever reason, our society no longer cares about the truth.  Remember the story, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf?”  In this classic tale from Aesop’s Fables, a young shepherd boy grew weary of watching his sheep, and in his boredom concocted an idea.  He decided to scream at the top of his lungs, “Wolf, wolf, the wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers scrambled up the hill to fend off the wolf.  No wolf.  The shepherd boy found this amusing.  He screamed out “Wolf, Wolf” a second time.  Once again the villagers came to assist the shepherd boy.  Seeing no wolf, they left grumbling.  Then it happened.  A wolf attacked the flock, scattering them over the hillside.  This time when he cried out for help, no one came.  When the villagers noticed the shepherd boy was late returning home, they climbed the hill to check on him.  They found the boy weeping.  He wondered why no one came to help.  The very last line of the tale reveals the reason:

“Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth.”

But that’s not the case today.  Either Hillary’s staunchest supporters dismiss her perceived propensity to fabricate as being trumped up charges by her political foes, or don’t care as long as Mrs. Clinton won’t cut their government benefits and access to abortion on demand.  Abraham Lincoln said, ”

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar”

Well, that’s usually the case, but the Clinton’s have proven otherwise.  But not because the Clinton’s have perfected the art of lying, but because a large percentage of the American people suffer from gullibility.  There’s no personal investigation.  No one wants to dig deep.  If the news anchor says it, then it must be true.

I remember a time when lying resulted in consequences.  (I can still taste that bar of soap.) Today, the only consequence is the burden of choosing the right drapes for the Oval Office.  So, I ask again,

“Where’s the Beef?”

I look forward to the day when Truth reigns supreme.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

 

Book Review: A Dream of Miracles


I chose to read and review the book, “A Dream of Miracles” by Ruth Reid.  I worried my selection might be a chick book, but I was quite wrong.  In fact, I found this book to be quite the page turner, and I looked forward to moments alone to check up on the primary characters in the story.

I found the novel to be quite believable and the characters easy to relate to.  The story focuses on an Amish woman named Mattie and an employee of the Child Protection Services named Bo.  Their paths cross when the widowed Amish woman is accused of abusing her 18 month old son.   There’s just enough romance and just enough mystery to intrigue male and female readers alike.  I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other stories from this author.

Awake the Sleeping Giant


A few nights ago, Delaina and I suffered one of the scariest moments we’ve had in quite some time.  If you know us well, you know we’re not sleeping much these days.  Our three year old struggles with regular nightmares, and our 8 month old rarely falls asleep without being held.  When Delaina or I attempt to lay her down for the night, she often wakes and the process starts over again.  Needless to say it’s been months (maybe years) since we’ve slept through the night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I’m just setting the stage…

JuliannaCuterGrinOn Saturday night, Abby awoke whimpering, crying for Daddy.  About the same time, our baby startled awake, hungry.  I padded across the hall to snuggle with Abby for a bit, while Delaina picked up and cradled our youngest.  I dropped off to sleep next to our toddler, only waking when realizing her mattress and my back didn’t get along.  I crossed the hall again and climbed into bed.  Delaina jerked awake.  She had drifted off while nursing the baby.  (How she sleeps in the upright position, I’ll never know.)  Anyway, she asked if Abby was okay and then readied to put baby back in her bedside crib.

Suddenly, Delaina panicked.

“Is she breathing?  Is she breathing.”

 

Our baby lay completely limp in her arms.  What you must know is that our baby is a very, VERY light sleeper.  We had never seen her sleep so soundly.

“Is she okay?  Is she breathing?” she said again.

We didn’t shake the baby, because you never shake a baby.  Delaina tapped her arm, tickled her toes, and rubbed her leg.  We said her name.  Nothing.  No response.  We both stopped our frantic efforts to awaken her. Then, we heard it.

Breathing.

She was just THAT sound asleep.  For the first time in her 8 months, her daytime activities tuckered her out.  After Delaina, snuggled with baby for a few more seconds saying,

“I love you, I love you, thank you Jesus…”

she situated baby in her crib.  We both stared at the ceiling for a while, our hearts racing out of our chests.  An adrenaline release in the middle of the night isn’t conducive for restful sleep.

I imagine there are parents reading this that can relate.

In this event, I see a spiritual lesson.

I wonder how often God finds us in a deep spiritual stupor.  We call Him Father; we call Jesus our Lord and Savior, yet, when it comes right down to it, we spend more time ignoring His will than serving in His Kingdom.

Remember when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion?  He invited three disciples along.  The Bible says this in Luke 22:

When He arrived at the place, He (Jesus) said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray.

Jesus prayed for a bit and then checked on His disciples. Each time He returned to His followers, Jesus had to wake them up.  He said to His disciples,

“Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter temptation.” (Luke 22:46)

And there’s the problem.  Many Christians today spend more time “sleeping” than serving in the Kingdom.  Maybe our greatest failure is lack of prayer.  Within the past 45 years we’ve seen our Country legalize abortion, strip public prayer from the public school system, legalize gay marriage and encourage men and women to choose the bathroom with which they identify.  Are we seeing a crumbling society because believers are napping instead of putting on the whole armor of God?  Methinks, yes.  Ronald Reagan once said,

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

In our efforts to kowtow to a politically correct society, we’ve neglected to victoriously raise the banner of truth.  Heck, we consider it bold to slap on a bumper sticker honoring Christ.  Statistics share Christianity is still by far the predominant religion in America, but if so, it’s the quietest majority in history.  Obviously our Country’s brimming with drowsy Christians.  Let’s not force God to shake us awake!

Church, are you breathing?  Are you breathing?

It’s time to wake the sleeping giant.

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