Aug 19 2013

I Need A Hero

I need a hero!  In the 80’s, Bonnie Tyler made that plea, she sang, “I need a hero, he’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be larger than life. Somewhere just beyond my reach…There’s someone reaching back for me.”

We all need a hero, for those who are Christians, our hero is Jesus, and what a hero He is… He gave his life to save ours.  It doesn’t get more heroic than that, and our response to his act of heroism is to live a life worthy of His sacrifice.  It isn’t complicated, “Love God and Love others.” 

Being a hero isn’t easy, at times, it requires sacrifice, but those sacrifices always pale in comparison to the reward of changing someone else’s life. In Bangkok, I discovered a new super hero today, her name is Marilyn. She doesn’t fly in an invisible airplane, wear spandex or have any super powers, but she is ever bit the hero.  Marilyn is a World Vision sponsor, and she answered an 8 year old boy’s cry for help!   

Nappadon lives in small house built in a Bangkok alley with seven other people. His family lives off what they make as street vendors, between them, they make about $10 a day.  Trying to imagine how your family would manage on $10 a day is sobering!  Without help, this cycle of poverty is endless. Marilyn’s sponsorship of Nappadon, reaches far beyond his own personal care, but provides hope and opportunity for his family and his community.

What Marilyn has done for Nappadon means so much to him that he has a box filled with all of the letters she sends to him, and he even refers to her as “Grandma Marilyn”.  When she sends him something, he shares it with all of the kids in the neighborhood.  Nappadon loves art, and recently received a box of crayons from Marilyn, which he broke and divided among all of the other kids, so they all had something. He is now finally able to attend school, so that he has hope, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty in his family.

Marilyn is proof that you don’t need a super power to be a super hero, you just need to love someone and care enough to make a difference in their life. There are World Vision kids, just like Nappadon, Holding Out For A Hero…  

You can be their Hero! Thanks for being 1 of 1,000 K-LOVE listeners to share Love Around the World! Sponsor a child today!

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Christine Avanti on gluten-free they work? Are they healthy?
Mar 18 2011

Christine Avanti on gluten-free they work? Are they healthy?

What’s the Story with Gluten Free Diets?


Blame Hollywood.  In 2009 svelte starlet Gwyneth Paltrow blogged about her gluten-free Detox, which caused celeb followers to root out gluten in hopes of transforming their bodies.  


Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  So a gluten free diet means no bread, no cereal, no pasta, no beer, and no soy sauce (unless they are specifically made “gluten free”).  Because of this new trend the gluten free market is now worth several billion dollars and has increased by 17% in the past 2 years.  


Before this g-free diet trend hit the scene, only a few people were eating a g-free diet, those diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that makes it difficult to digest gluten.  According to a recent study in the Annals of Medicine, more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac (1 in 133 people).  In celiac suffers, gluten causes damage in the lining of the small intestine, causing gas, bloating, diarrhea and headaches.  


If you have intolerance to gluten, you would be best to avoid it.  However, if you have decided to avoid gluten to transform your body, be warned that avoiding gluten on a regular basis can cause a vitamin B deficiency, because wheat is rich in thiamine and other Bs.  

Listen here to what Christine had to say.


Here is a super mega delicious gluten free recipe from celeb chef and nutritionist Christine Avanti.   


Cilantro Lime Shrimp over Rice Noodles




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