Ritchey Craig and God’s Ocean of Grace

“God’s grace is like the ocean. So broad, so deep, so overwhelming, translucent.”

“God’s grace is like . . . is like the largest, most rugged mountain you’ve ever seen. It stretches up to the sky. Nothing can move it. The majesty of it fills you with peace that passes understanding. Nothing can stop it, nothing can break it. God’s mountain of grace simply stands guard over you, protecting you.”

Richey Craig, January 2, 2017


“Our Last Conversation,” Memorial service for Ritchey Craig, Saturday, January 29, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,
There is no doubt that Ritchey leaves behind him a large empty space. The size of that space is directly proportional to how much we loved him ~ husband, brother, father, grandfather, brother-in-the-Lord, friend. And while the Lord can fill us with Himself and give us peace and strength in this time, He cannot fill the space that Ritchey left behind. For love created that Ritchey-shaped space in our hearts.

In spite of the loss to us in Ritchey’s Home-going, we are comforted by the fact that he is now free of pain and a broken body, resting in the presence of Jesus. I know he is, because when I visited him on January 4, he had already begun to taste Heaven. To see glimpses of heavenly scenes.

It was a Wednesday afternoon, that January 4. I arrived not knowing what to expect. Friends had told me that Ritchey’s speech had become hard to understand. Lynn graciously opened the door and led me into the house. Mark was sitting at the dining room table, working on his laptop, close at hand. Ritchey was in his bed in the living room. I greeted him and sat beside his bed. Lynn and I chatted for a few minutes, and then she excused herself. The silence was deep, but not at all awkward. I tried to think of something to say, but felt at peace simply sitting there.

I thought back to some of the many times I had listened to Ritchey play the piano – that seems like such an understatement — the way Ritchey played with piano keys. On one occasion . . . Continue reading “Ritchey Craig and God’s Ocean of Grace”

Ritchey Craig and God’s Ocean of Grace

5 Keys to Health and Weight Loss

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Medical research from a hundred years ago is being revisited in the face of the exponential growth of inflammatory diseases in the West. At the very center of this research is the role carbohydrates play in promoting disease ~ especially carbs from grains and refined sugars. Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diets (aka Adkins’) are being analyzed, not only for weight loss, but as natural treatments for inflammatory diseases.

Chris Kesser defines various levels of carb intake as follows: Continue reading “5 Keys to Health and Weight Loss”

5 Keys to Health and Weight Loss

Nutritional Science and Wheat

I received an email from “Dave” of Paleohacks (click here) that provides an excellent scientific perspective on the effects of modern wheat on health. How many times have I wrapped my Pharisaical tea-totalin’ robes around my Wheat belly and looked with some measure of superiority at guys with “beer bellies” throwin’ back cold brews — not realizing that the “bellies” stem from the same grains. Whether we eat our grains from “healthy” whole wheat toast, or corn chips, or a “nutritious” granola bar, or even in zero calorie sweeteners (maltodextrin), or drink them as a “fine” ale or “smooth” rye whiskey, it’s the grains that do the damage. Add sugar, as in Twizzlers (wheat) and we get a double bang for inflammation and un-health. Processed food giants put wheat in many products because its naturally addictive opiates keep us coming back for more. Here’s a great summary of the science behind the un-health of grains.

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Is Modern Wheat Making You Fat and Sick? 
by TheAlternativeDaily.com 

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Nutritional Science and Wheat

When “I Can’t!” Defeats Our Best Attempts

A woman recently posted a passionate plea for help on Dr. William Davis’s Wheat Belly blog site. As much as she desperately wanted to engage the Wheat Belly approach to eating, she could not get through the first day without failing. I know her pain — objectively, through the study of brain re-wiring (“Plasticity”), and subjectively, through my own struggles with monstrous food triggers. Here was my “secular” response on this public blog site.

Rick 2014 2016As I read your lament, I think you are fighting mental barriers here at the beginning of WB more than physical ones — the physical simply gives your mind an excuse to lapse back into old habits. Believe, I remember Burger King calling my name (or Sonic, or McDonald’s — oh, the smell of the fries!).

Give me a minute, and I think I can help you make the mental transition that will allow you to go Wheat Belly long enough to taste the physical benefits, which are huge. Which provides the long-term motivation to stay the course for the rest of your life.

Recent discoveries in brain science (since mid 1990s) have caused a revolution in the science community. What once was . . .

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When “I Can’t!” Defeats Our Best Attempts

Brains and Grains – Ominous Link

“For the sake of your brain, eliminate the grain!”
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I’ve been interested in brain studies — especially as they relate to learning — for a decade now. For me, there is no conflict for Christians between the healthy functioning of material brains and the healthy functioning of immaterial minds. We were created to live in a material world (by means of a material brain), and to live in union with an immaterial God (by means of a spiritual mind). Even secular scientists have been forced to admit, based on evidence from research, that the “mind operates beyond the laws of biology.” That’s as close as a secularist can come to speaking of super- (“above”) natural (“biology”) realities without actually using the “dreaded and unscientific” word “supernatural.”
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But brain health is important so long as we live in a material world. Our brains process all incoming (material) signals, and processes them for decision-making that is connected to the world we live in. And brain health is connected in very real ways to . . .
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Brains and Grains – Ominous Link

Wheat Belly One Year Report

Dec 8, 2014 to Dec 8, 2015
One year ago today (Left picture, below), I was both angry and frightened – the worst of emotional combinations. I was angry at myself for lacking the self-control to stop my incessant weight increases.

I was frightened by failing health and medical opinions of gum disease and impending diabetes. Plagued by debilitating knee and low back pain. The prescription of my rail-thin doctor for 30 years had been the same, steady drumbeat of “Eat less, Exercise more.”

Despite seldom-ending self-imposed diets, and programs costing several thousands of dollars over the years, with a few short-term exceptions, weight increased. The montage of spontaneous photos below shows my weight history prior to Wheat Belly. . . Continue reading “Wheat Belly One Year Report”

Wheat Belly One Year Report