Cancer & Coffee, Jesus & Judas… and Psychopath’s – Oh My

The boundaries of my family’s habitation have been painfully expanded!

We’re now 10 minutes away from my dad while he’s undergoing treatment.  Our front room is still full of boxes, but some sense of normalcy has been re-established.

Thank you for your prayers for my father’s healing.

He’s in excellent spirits and seems to be responding well to treatment.  Further, I’m paraphrasing the neuro-oncologist, but she says “if she can get it in remission, she can likely keep it in remission…” which is astounding news!

Glioblastoma Mulitforme has a median survival time of about 13 months.. but she’s had patients make 6 years and longer.

God is good!

On the coffee front – some amazing news:

The roasts have been perfected, the labels have been ordered, and I’m working on the website – HERESY, Unconditional Election and Irresistible Grace are on the brink of availability!  I will let you know when they launch.

And I’ve consulted the scientists, and it turns out:

When it comes to drinking 3-4 cups of coffee/day… we’re all good and healthy!

"Researchers at Ulster University systematically reviewed 1,277 studies from 1970 to-date on coffee's effect on human health and found the general scientific consensus is that regular, moderate coffee drinking (defined as 3-4 cups per day) essentially has a neutral effect on health, or can be mildly beneficial."

But I’m not really satisfied with a just a general overview… the nerd in me wants specifics!  Why could coffee consumption be “mildly beneficial?”

And look what we found  – the caffeine in coffee and tea can actually do some neat things to help you lose weight … or, it can at least make mice lose weight… we’re just assuming it works in humans too ;)

In this paper they took some mice and over-fed them (DIO means diet induced obesity) to get them extra-plump.  Then they took caffeine and pumped it straight into their veins and:

“Central or peripheral administration of caffeine reduces the body weight of DIO mice by the suppression of appetite and increasing of energy expenditure. We also show that caffeine excites oxytocin expressing neurons, and blockade of the action of oxytocin significantly attenuates the effect of caffeine on energy balance.”

So – at the risk of some mild over-simplitication ;) –  let’s drink some coffee…  you won’t be as hungry and you’ll do more stuff!

But, lest you enjoy coffee too much, be warned… for those of you [like me] who enjoy strong, black coffee or espresso:

“General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism.”

I’m just amazed that ‘everyday sadism’ is an academic term… who knew?

And more seriously… What do you hold to when you’re hopes are dashed?

What was the real difference between Judas Iscariot and the rest of the disciples?

Judas Iscariot seemed to have his hopes in an earthly kingdom where Jesus ruled… but so did all of the other disciples.

Judas and the other disciples were all for Christ, especially when their perceived future included some nobility and station in life…  the promise to sit at the right and left hand of Jesus when His kingdom had come.   Who wouldn’t want that?

They all sacrificed to follow Christ…

But when they were all sorely disappointed… when they really understood that a physical, earthly reign of Jesus wasn’t coming… what was the difference between Judas Iscariot and the disciples?

I think the rest of the disciples had an actual love for Jesus, and Judas did not.

Judas liked the benefits of being with the Christ, the Anointed One – the Great King… but not Jesus… not the Son of Man, meek and lowly.  Judas was there for the benefits, not for Jesus.

Are you in it for the benefits, or for Jesus?

As always, much love to you and your family, and thank you for your support of

In Christ,


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