Monthly archive for June 2012

Is Your Life Limited?

Is Your Life Limited?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10 This week in my First Place 4 Health class one of our members was giving our wellness topic.  She wrote the word “limited” on our whiteboard.  She shared that she has been in our program for 10 years, but her life has been limited because of her unwillingness to practice continuous obedience in the area of eating.  In January of this year, she made a commitment to eat no sugar for 12 weeks and to give $5 per week to the charity, As Our Own.  At the end of the 12 weeks, she had not eaten one bite of sugar and was jubilant as she wrote her check for $60.  The amazing part is that she has still not eaten a bite of sugar and she has lost 20 pounds

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Am I Fat Because I’m a Christian?

Am I Fat Because I'm a Christian?

Are Christians more food-focused than other groups of people?  That is a good question we need to ask ourselves. In June I attended the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans and carefully watched those around me. Out of approximately 8,000 messengers registered for the event, I would say that only one out of three were not overweight. I am not picking on Baptists. Studies show that obesity is prevalent in Christians, especially evangelicals In a study performed at Purdue University by Professor Ken Ferraro and published in the June issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Ferraro wanted to understand if there is anything significant in the relationship between religious practices and an unhealthy body mass index.  What he discovered is those states with a larger population of people professing a religious affiliation had a higher than average number of overweight and obese people. The study showed that 1% or less of those

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Love Back at You

Love Back at You

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. –1 JOHN 3:23 Several years ago, my husband and I were going through a very emotional time of grieving and change. My 49-year-old sister-in law was dying from brain cancer. Our college-age sons both made major decisions that same summer. Ben, our youngest, was going to be married that August, and our oldest son moved out of state. This move was one that brought us to a place of testing and trusting God. Nate’s move was prompted by an admission that he was homosexual. We were devastated, yet clearly knew that God calls us to love unconditionally. By His grace, we have been able to maintain a relationship without compromising God’s truth. I have been blessed to attend the annual First Place 4 Health Leadership Summit

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