At this time of year, as we celebrate the innocent sacrifice and glorious resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we are reminded in Scripture that “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). With this verse in mind, Easter seems an ideal time to reflect on our lives, both spiritually and physically. Are there things that need to “pass away” in order to make way for “all things” to become new? Are there better decisions we could be making that could usher in a wonderful, beneficial newness we’ve never considered? For me, the first such newness (a resurrection of my spiritual life) occurred in the spring of 1957. While working in New York City, I learned that Billy Graham was in town. Tens of thousands were flocking to hear him nightly in Madison Square Garden. Now, I had been raised in the church, baptized, and had perfect Sunday school attendance; but still, there was something missing — and though not realizing it at the time, spiritually, some old things needed to pass away and I needed something new. So, I went to hear Billy Graham on May 29, 1957. That night, when Dr. Graham gave the invitation to receive Jesus as Saviour (John 1:12), I went forward, knelt on the concrete floor beside a steel folding chair, and asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me for my sin, and receive me as a son (Romans 10:13). I’m so glad that 55 years ago, in spite of all my previous religious indoctrination, I was willing to try something “new” spiritually! Though I was now spiritually new, I did not recognize the need to do the same for my physical body. You see, I was raised on the Standard American Diet (SAD) of meat and dairy at almost every meal, lots of sugary desserts, and almost everything I ate was cooked. I continued on this diet through high school, my navy years, and into my married life. As a result, physical problems that had begun to manifest as a child increased in frequency and intensity until things came to a head in late 1975, when I was told I had colon cancer. My mother had just died of the same cancer despite the best that modern medicine could offer. Obviously, I didn’t want to go down the same road Mother had gone, so I went looking for an alternative. In my search, I turned to an evangelist in Texas named Lester Roloff. He discouraged me from going the medical route and said that if I wanted to get well, I needed to stop eating the diet of meat and dairy that had caused my cancer. I had to stop eating the sugar that had destroyed my immune system. I needed to eat the raw, garden foods God told Adam to eat in Genesis 1:29 and drink lots of freshly extracted vegetable juices. As a result of trying this “new” approach, the baseball-sized tumor in my colon began to shrink and then disappear — within a year, I was well! Because I was willing to try something new, physically, 37 years ago, I am still alive and well, and in just one year I will celebrate my 80th birthday. Are you, my dear friend, willing to let old things pass away and try something “new” that is good for you? If you are not on The Hallelujah Diet — a diet and lifestyle based on the one God gave Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden some 6,000 years ago — I encourage you to do so. Your health, length of life, and years of service to Jesus may depend on it. And if you have only religion and not Jesus, may you today accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour! With Jesus in your heart and a body fit for the Master’s use, all things can become new!
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