At Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie, where I workout, they have a system where you are able to keep up with your physical activities. The more you exercise, the higher numbers you get. We are able to key-in the weights we lifted, the cardio, the walks we take, working in the yard, swimming, etc. At the end of the month they displayed the list with the top thirty members with the highest numbers as it relate to their exercise program. I worked very hard to be on that list for the last two months, last month I ranked 14th.
As a former athlete, numbers and statistics are important to me. However, I was not paying attention to some of the most important number in our lives, our cholesterol and triglyceride’s levels. On June 4th 2012, after avoiding a visit to the Doctor, who by the way, is my wife; I finally went to check my cholesterol and Triglyceride’s levels. The results were terrible!
A good cholesterol number should be between 120 and 199. A good triglyceride number should be between 20 and 149. My cholesterol number is 238; that number is considered Borderline High Level. My triglycerides number was more alarming as it was categorized as Very High Level. My number? 590.
With those numbers I have basically two options: One: Medication or Two: Eat my way back to health. I have chosen to eat my way back to health. The Vegan community gives us a very simple diet. No meat of any kind, no fish, no dairy products of any kind (That includes: no milk and no cheese) and, no oil of any kind (That includes: no vegetable oil and no Extra Virgin Oil) So, what can a Vegan eat? A vegan can eat everything without a mother and everything without a face. Am I going to become a Vegan? It is my smart choice if I want to see all of these numbers coming back to normal.
In a month or so I will go back to the Doctor’s Office to check my cholesterol and triglycerides; I started eating as a Vegan the same day of my physical, June 4th. Today is day 8. Too soon to give an opinion, too soon to testify, but not too late to start making healthier choices in my life. I can only say…To be continued…
With a couple of families whom with I have close fellowshipped with, and with a few visitors, our ministry started today. It is what, indeed, we like to call “Humble beginnings”. I am excited and filled with the joy of the Lord as we continue pressing on with great anticipation as we learn together how to get out of the way and let God do whatever He pleases. Here we would like to share a few videos that will forever be a part of our history as they represent…the beginning!
“Is Time to Start Training God’s People”
Dear brothers, sisters and friends:
I am so excited as today is the kick-off of our new ministry. Join us at 3PM at New Vision Church. This is a God ordained ministry and confirmed by the New Vision Church’s Elders. I have much to talk about, but do not know yet what exactly the Lord wants me to say or do; I am not anxious…I like it like that!
I am desperately open to whatever the Holy Spirit wants to do; for He is the one that is able to transform lives; not me. No name, no 501(c)(3), no personal agenda, and no bulletin with the order of the service. This will be a place where God is free to minister to his people.
I am only a vessel of clay; but even as I am called to be the leader of this ministry, I come against the One Man Show mentality and encourage God’s people to speak what the Lord is allowing them to speak publicly. I have been praying, studying God’s Word and loving on my God. Without HIM I am nothing, but in HIM all things are possible.
I call for those that are called to be a part to be bold and answer God’s call. I call for all my brothers and sisters to pray as we go forward with this bilingual ministry. May God be glorified and may God’s people be deeply blessed and transformed.
Love you all,
Brother Angel Casiano
Mondays: 7PM Martial Arts at Gates County Community Center (All Ranks)
Tuesday: 7PM Martial Arts at Gates County Community Center (All Ranks)
“I am Changing Physically and Spiritually”
I am currently experiencing a personal spiritual awakening. A couple of weeks ago my wife told me that she had a DVD documentary of the Azusa Street Revival. When she first mentioned the DVD I was not really interested. In my life I have heard so much about revival that I was honestly turn off about the subject. But a few days later I felt as if it was of God for me to be finally introduced to these amazing stories of revival. As I watch this DVD entitle The Azusa Street Project, presented by Global Media God Works Production (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0FWL50-G0M) I felt a fire in my soul that I can only compared to when I first gave my life to the Lord on Saturday, April 26, 1997.
I can’t stop reading about the subject, I can’t stop talking about the subject, I can’t stop thinking about the subject and I can’t stop praying for God to give us revival. I have learned so much in the last couple of weeks and many thoughts are crossing my mind. I know that in the next weeks, months or even years I will be writing more and more about this subject. I feel that I have been born again to another dimension in my relationship with God and in my view of the church. I am hungrier than ever for God; I can feel His fire like never before.
I have read many articles about the Azusa Revival in the last couple of weeks and just a few minutes ago I finished reading the first book I have ever read on this subject “The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour” by Larry E. Martin. I must say that, after the Bible, no other book has impacted me in such powerful way as this book.
How amazing that God is leading me to learn about these stories, as I am getting ready to start a ministry in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. How amazing that I am being challenged physically and spiritually like never before. With the recent discovery of my dangerously high cholesterol, I have been force to make drastic dietary changes. I must add that an even more drastic change is taking place in my soul!