Thursday, April 10, 2008


The Lord has been good to me. The most I ever weighed in my life was 278. My wife used to be so worried about me. Something clicked. I said to myself, "No more, Josh."

After my 5-month liquid diet, I now weigh 200 even!

The lowest I weighed on this diet was 197, but I did a bit o' cheatin'. :0)

So, do pray for me, because now, the real test begins.

Will I keep it off?

Only time will tell.

This is a life-long battle, just like sanctification.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'd like to get to 200 myself, but I'm not sure I'm up for the drastic measures you took. Good on' ya for taking action though.

For keeping it off, obviously eat right and exercise, but make sure that you find a mode of exercise that you really enjoy enough to look forward to it -- otherwise you'll never persevere.

Josh Brisby said...

Thanks Rube.

angela brisby, a.k.a. josh's loving wife said...

Love, Thanks for doing this for me and the kids =) Your becoming healthy is the best gift you've ever given us!

Josh Brisby said...

I love you babe!

Jnorm888 said...

congrats. Have you ever tride using a church calander to help you with your diet?

I am only asking because you could use the christian fast days to help you keep a stable weight.


Josh Brisby said...


I appreciate your thoughts, but as Protestants (at least most of us), we reject the notion of a "church calendar" because we believe it goes back to the types and shadows of the OT. The apostle as well thought this in the book of Colossians.

Jnorm888 said...

I use to be Protestant. I was raised Baptist like you(I assume you were brought up in a baptist church....I could be wrong about that). I agree that Baptists don't really believe in a church Calander. But I thought you were becoming Prespyterian.

I might be wrong, but I think some of them celebrate lent.

I was once Episcopal for a few years and I know they have a church Calander. The same is true for Lutherians.

fasting is a good way to keep one's weight stable. Pray about it.

oh, in 2002 the Baptist church I grew up in started celebrating lent for the first time. So things are changing. One can just look at the Emergent & Convergence movements within protestantism to see that.

als....I would like to say that the book of "Colossians" doesn't forbid the celebration of feast days.....special days. It just forbids us to judge others for observing different days or no days at all.

In that time the Judeizers thought it was a mandate to make gentile converts observe the Old Testament Feast days. There is freedom in christ and that is why you will find to this day diversity among ancient churches when it comes to "feast days". Unity doesn't always mean conformity.


Canadian said...

1 Cor. 9:27 says:
"But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."

The ESV footnote says "Greek--I pummel my body and make it a slave"

It appears you've been doin' some pummellin'. Good for you. All of us can take a lesson in discipline of the body whether it is weight, laziness, passions, or whatever.

JNORM's point about fasting is good. Fasting regularly helps remind the body that it is not in control but is to be subject to Christ.

Josh Brisby said...


It is not fasting per se that I have a problem with. It is the keeping of "feast days" which Paul calls a "shadow of things to come, but the reality is found in Christ."

It seems to me that EO fails to see that reality and returns to the OT types and shadows.

Jnorm888 said...

Colossians 2:16-17
"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ."

Verse 16 is not saying one can not observe a religious festival. It just says "do not let anyone judge you"

And the context of this was mainly in regards to Gentile believers being judged by Jewish believers for not observing Old Testament feast days.

This is why the text says "These are a shadow of the things that were to come"

This part of the verse can not be talking about "post advent" christian feast days......which is all about christ. I think what is needed is discernment. You may have an "unnecessary" fear of christian special days. The whole point of the text was about not turned this text into not observing.

But hey's all good. I was just trying to help out. I'm happy that you lost weight. And I'll pray that you will find a "Christcentered" way to help you have a stable weight.


Canadian said...

Remember, I am not EO. I do not keep the fasting schedule. My point was that it is a good discipline for us to fast "regularly".

Also, regarding the keeping of days...
Do you keep Christmas? How about Thanksgiving? Easter? Reformation day?
How about birthdays? Anniversaries? Mother's day? Father's day?

Similarly, why did Jesus, the apostles and others keep hours of prayer?
Acts 10:30
"And Cornelius said, "Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing..."

Acts 10:9
"The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray."

Acts 3:1
"Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour."

Time, being a creation of God, is sanctified as something good by remembering days and hours. You will find that many Reformed churches do something similar when they have designated catechism preaching for each Sunday of the year.

Josh Brisby said...


Your point here is a bit misleading. The Scriptures you cite mention praying during a certain hour of the day. The one that mentions the "hour of prayer" at the temple was of course *while the temple was still standing*.

Yes, I celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. But I am not *obligated* to do so. The EO and Rome are obligated to.

Paul Manata said...

well done