Monthly archive for May 2008

Change Your Life Events

I love First Place people! April was a really busy month for Vicki Heath, Erin DuBroc and me. We traveled to Ohio, Louisiana and Pennsylvania for the first three Change Your Life Events introducing the new First Place 4 Health program. Our purpose for these three events was to share about all the exciting new products and give details about the totally new First Place 4 Health program. We met almost 500 men and women from 26 states and Canada, and each one blessed us more than we could have possibly blessed them. The First Place 4 Health family is, without a doubt, the sweetest bunch of people you will find anywhere on this earth. Hearing the stories about how God has healed and transformed lives, because of involvement in a First Place group, never fails to motivate and inspire us to keep learning all it means to give Christ

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Joyful Cooperation

We have different gifts…If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8 On a recent weekend, our church served four inner city ministry sites with hard labor and tender love. We called it “Cross Over Houston.”  Cross Over Houston was more than a day; it was more than an event – it was a demonstration of the body of Christ working together as it was intended. On the day of the event, I had the privilege of visiting all of the sites. Each of the four sites were very different settings – a church, a home, a recreation center and a residential center. They each

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Seeds Sown for Good

…the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. “For good” could mean for a positive purpose or it could mean that it will last forever. In this title both things are intended. We can plant seeds that are for eternal benefit. What a great opportunity. I found an old garden patch in my back yard when we moved in over two years ago. The area was filled with rich mulch and obviously had been worked for several seasons. We planted seedlings our first spring. The plants did terrible, but we assumed that it was because we did

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The NEW First Place 4 Health Live it Food Plan – FAQ

Many of you have asked where I “shop” for information, and I am happy to tell you.  And let me tell you, I’m a picky shopper.  In the new Leader’s Guide coming out in June, we are urging leaders to not only take a more active role in finding and presenting fresh and relevant nutrition information for their wellness spotlights, but be sure they look for it in all the right places.  With so much misinformation and quackery out there in cyberspace, you can’t be too careful when perusing the net.  Better yet, it’s safer to peruse only qualified and fad-free sites, like the ones I’m going to share with you this month.  The following are websites I visit frequently and would definitely recommend you visit when looking for new material to share with your class.  For each site, I’ve given you a few reasons why I approve and how

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Exercise is the Best Medicine

Have you ever thought of exercise as a way to prevent disease? Usually, we think of heading to the doctor and looking for the answer to our health problems through taking the drugs they prescribe. However there is much we can do in the area of preventive medicine, and exercise is a key tool in this area! We need to change our mindset about exercise to understand the powerful role it plays in creating physical health in our body. It not only improves our quality of life, it can actually reduce the risk of developing many chronic degenerative diseases. Here’s one example: The American College of Sports Medicine reports that the leading health-related cause of death for both men and women is cardiovascular disease. What can we do to reduce the risk of this, personally? A key answer is exercise! According to the American Journal of Medicine, higher levels of

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To Love God More

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5 My twelve-year-old granddaughter, Harper, loves every kind of creature.  If it moves or breathes, she wants it for her own.  When she is at the bay, she spends most of her time on the rocks capturing minnows, jellyfish and whatever else is moving around.  At night, she gets a jar to catch fireflies.  She loves books about any living thing. Ever since Harper was a baby, we have known that she was a thinker.  She thinks and feels more deeply than most children, and so her thoughts have led her to make a momentous decision regarding food:  She loves God’s creatures so much that she has decided she won’t eat them anymore!  Because her favorite food is steak, this

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