by Jim Perdue

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The Spiritual Workout (8 of 16)
Series: Philippians
Jim Perdue
Philippians 2:12-18

*The other day I got a crazy idea so I went on the web and typed in the word ''diet'' on Google's search engine site. I was amazed! I got over 605 million hits off that one word. I mean, there was more there than you could ever imagine. If I decided to take the time and look through all of the responses, I'd still be looking right now. It had everything from the Atkins Diet, to the South Beach Diet, from e-diet to the cyber-diet, from the Diet Channel to Diet Coke. I mean, come on. How many of you guys have heard of Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. I know Sarah Lee and Betty Crocker a lot better than I know Jenny Craig! Take a moment sometime and begin to read and compare the different promises of diet companies. It's amazing what these diets offer. Raw Food Diet… So now there's this magic pill that I can take to lose 50 or 60 pounds in a few days. You now, the Diet Industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. They've got everything from plans to pills; from the ThighMaster to ''Buns of Steel.''*

But here's my conclusion after all of the hype. There are still NO SHORTCUTS to being healthy and in shape. Reputable doctors still say that if you want to lose weight, the best way to do it is to watch what you eat and exercise regularly. Now, I know that's not really what we want to hear. We like the easy way out…we like the fast-food/drive-through answer. But the truth is, there's no miracle cure. It takes hard work.

That's why love playing racquetball! I realize that the only way to get in shape and to stay in shape is hard work. And I have to be in shape if I'm going to be able keep up with four small children! It hit me the other day…if I work so hard every day to keep in shape physically, what am I doing to keep myself in shape spiritually. READ TEXT

Here's the truth, there are no shortcuts or magic pills. There is no mass-marketing plan that's going to make it a bre ...

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