111 - For Such A Time As This

September 1, 2020

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 111 – SHOW NOTES


  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 111 titled:

For Such A Time As This”

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– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


BB&JT: Plea and thank you for ratings and review & for spreading the word via social media and word of mouth…

  • BB – You have gifts and talent in many areas, do you ever see yourself as specifically suited by God for specific needs at this particular time?


JT answers


  • JT – How about you? I’m guessing you’ve thought about yourself as you wrote this article?


BB answers


  1. Bob – POINT: Here’s the point: None of us are here by accident and certainly not here by a random falling into a situation without a purpose. God is orchestrating things as we see throughout scripture. It’s are job then is to prove what the will of God is by being sensitive to the leading of the Spirit of God…


Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) — 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


  1. JT ------ OK THEN LET’S TALK SOME MORE ABOUT THAT as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW –  as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com …

Bob, tell us what you wrote in your blog,

For Such A Time As This”


  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,
  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog


For Such A Time As This”


  • Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”

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  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? Any news we need to know about this week?”…


  1. Bob - “The Power Of Gratitude” and –… & Sermon link on the website.

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  1. JT – “So here we go… in our time for WHAT ABOUT THIS…  –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO JT@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…




I love that story from Esther and the words of Mordecai to her reminding her that she’s in a unique position in life for “such a time as this” … but how can we get a handle on how God has each one of us in unique place in life and how do we figure out that unique purpose? It was pretty obvious to Esther … but what about us?

  1. Bob

It begins with a submissive attitude on a daily basis….

Luke 9:23 (ESV) — 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) — 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

It continues by looking at each situation in life where we find ourselves and thinking about God has led me here, for what purpose am I here for such a time as this?

Philippians 3:13–16 (ESV) — 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.


  1. JT – Question Two… “FROM THE MENTAL ASPECT” –


I get that we need to get out of the complaining mode and seeking to get comfortable… but how do we from a mental aspect see our situations as opportunities to be used by God?


  1. Bob
  • Discipline… it’s not automatic or something for which we must not struggle all of life..


Philippians 3:7–8 (ESV) — 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

Philippians 1:15–18 (ESV) — 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,

1 Corinthians 15:31 (ESV) — 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!


  1. (JT) Third Question …. Turning to the physical aspect of life…. What is up with Menthol and athletic performance in the heat?


  1. BB – Pretty interesting data… on the use of Menthol as a mouth rinse before, during, and after a workout.


Menthol has been used in all kinds of rubs to bring a cooling affect  and in mouthwash to bring a sense of clean and a zing….

Now research has found that in training Olympian athletes for this year’s Olympics that didn’t happen but are scheduled for next year .. in the heat in Tokyo, by the way that a swish of menthol can actually enhance performance…

Here’s the data… from Jason Koop from CTS training

Sensing your body is cooler than it actually is, you can run harder and farther (theoretically, at least) than you could otherwise in hot environments, as your internal protective mechanisms against overheating are at least temporarily chemically overridden. Your body is quite literally being tricked into thinking it is cooler than it actually is even though your core temperature and muscular temperature are unaltered or even elevated. The latter point is particularly salient. Your core temperature is not altered by menthol. It’s a trick in every sense of the word. This will be particularly important when considering the different contexts of where and when to use this strategy (more on that later).

Rising to the top of the heap, menthol mouth rinses has been the winner in both the research and practical realm, particularly for endurance athletes. That’s good news, as a simple mouth rise (almost like a commercial mouth wash) is easy to implement, relatively low cost and efficacious all at the same time. Both running performance and time to exhaustion tests have been shown to improve between 3% and 9% with menthol mouth rinses (Steven et al. 2016; Jeffries, Goldsmith and Waldron 2018, respectively). And, the effects are at least equal and perhaps greater when compared to ice slurry ingestion, and happen despite increases in core temperature (Stevens and Best 2016).

From a practical perspective, the mouth rinse can be delivered either pre workout (after a warm up) or in the middle of the workout for a cooling-induced performance boost. Now, I’m not advocating for everyone to start carrying around mouthwash in their hydration flask in lieu of your normal sports drink (although your dentist might approve of that plan) but the practical application of a menthol mouthwash might just be as simple. Warm up for your workout, swish around your menthol mouth rinse, spit, go run hard.

CAUTION: This is not a substitute for good hydration – before, during and after a workout but it seems to indicate that menthol can fool your body in to feeling cool which will enhance your performance


  1. Bob’s final comment – It takes discipline …. To use the menthol


Point: DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE --- in all aspects of life

  1. Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 111


  1. JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to JT@bobbrubaker.com and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast

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