Focus on Scripture, not Worries *600,000 lives lost to cancer in 2010
The Bible repeatedly urges us to meditate on who God is, what he has done, and what he has said.
It is impossible to be God’s friend apart from knowing what he says.
You can’t love God unless you know him, and you can’t know him without knowing his Word.
The Bible says God “revealed himself to Samuel through his word” (1 Samuel 3:21).
God still uses that method today.
While you cannot spend all day studying the Bible, you can think about it throughout the day, recalling verses you have read or memorized and mulling them over in your mind.
Meditation is often misunderstood as some difficult, mysterious ritual practiced by isolated monks and mystics.
But meditation is simply focused thinking — a skill anyone can learn and use anywhere.
When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called Worry.
When you think about God’s Word over and over, that’s Meditation.
If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate!
You just need to switch your attention from your problems to Bible verses.
The more you meditate on God’s Word, the less you will have to worry about.
The reason God considered Job and David his close friends was that they valued his Word above everything else, and they thought about it continually throughout the day.
Job admitted, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (Job 23:12)
When you read your Bible or hear a sermon or listen to a CD, don’t just forget it and walk away.
Develop the practice of reviewing the truth in your mind, thinking about it over and over.
The more time you spend reviewing what God has said, the more you will understand the “secrets” of this life that most people miss.
- fwd: valliamannil Mathews
600,000 lives lost to cancer in 2010
A recent study has revealed that cancer claimed 600,000 lives in India in 2010.
The new Million Death Study published in The Lancet journal was conducted by 800 professionals, who went door-to-door across one million urban and rural homes.
A major finding of the study was that 70 per cent of cancer deaths occurred among the age groups of 30 to 69 years.
The study is significant because till now all the cancer data available was derived from Cancer Registries and 90 per cent of them are based in big cities.
“The young are more affected with cancer in India whereas in the western countries people who are 70 years and above are the most affected. One reason could be that life expectancy in the west is much more,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Deputy Regional Director, WHO-SEARO.
The most common cancers in men are that of stomach and lung while cervical and breast cancers affect most women.
Jammu and Kashmir has the lowest rates of cancer and Mizoram the highest. Experts say this sort of variance across the country needs an urgent study.
The study also found tobacco to be the biggest killer responsible for 40 per cent of male cancers.