THE STANDARD

June 13, 2011Read: 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.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Interval Time

Looking for a simple, effective, at-home cardio workout to help shed some unwanted weight? This week's 10-min blast is all about intense cardio. Take a 1-minute jog followed by a 1-minute sprint, then walk for one minute. Repeat that cycle as many times as possible, but no less than three cycles. Research shows that by doing interval cardio, you'll burn more fat, more calories and you'll actually save more muscle. In other words, the interval style cardio helps preserve muscle tone. As a rule, the higher the intensity of your workouts, the better/faster the results.

"High-intensity training can also significantly enhance your cardiovascular health and help prolong your lifespan," says Jim Stoppani, PhD, co-author of "PrayFit: Your Guide to a Healthy Body and a Stronger Faith in 28 Days."

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