THE STANDARD

April 20, 2010Read: Hebrews 13 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." --Hebrews 13:8

There's a great scene in the classic movie, Hoosiers, where the aging coach (Gene Hackman) leads his young team onto an empty court hours before the state championship. The intimidating arena was something the young team from Hickory had never dreamed of, let alone seen.

As the team's collective jaw dropped at the enormity of the venue, Coach quietly took out a tape measure to determine the distance from the basket down to the floor. With the team huddled around him, Coach revealed that the measurements matched those of their humble court back home, and the kids quickly realized the lesson: No matter how daunting or unexpected the surroundings, the standards of the game remain the same.

Aren't we glad that no matter how much the world changes around us, God's word--the standard--never does.

--J.P.

TOP OF THE MORNING

Yesterday, we espoused the virtues -- which are many -- of oatmeal. However, that high-fiber, cholesterol fighting breakfast staple is not alone in the category of powerful morning fuel. Here is another complete breakfast option.

2-3 eggs A perfect protein source, eggs are a great way to start your day. Not only do they provide muscle-building amino acids, but they can also stave off cravings that may come through between breakfast and lunch. You can reduce the number of yolks you have if cholesterol is a concern.

2 slices of Ezekiel bread 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter Ezekiel bread is great because like quinoa, Ezekiel bread has all of the essential amino acids (essential meaning your body needs them from food). That means that it is not only a slow-digesting complex carb, but it is also a complete protein.  Opt for the regular version of Ezekiel bread as opposed to the non-sodium version and refrigerate it to extend its freshness. Ezekiel is a great choice, even for those on low-carb diets. The peanut butter provides healthy fat and good protein and will help you feel fuller longer and help curb your appetite.

Chase it all down with some water to hydrate and a splash of orange juice to quickly stock your muscles with fuel and you're good to go.

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