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Posted 3/5/09 at 2:36 PM | Religion Ethics

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - March 5

MARCH 5, 2009

This Week on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Following is a brief outline of the stories Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly will be covering this week. SPECIAL NOTE: Because the show may be pre-empted in several markets due to special PBS Pledge programming scheduled through March 15, the following reports listed are being rebroadcast and are already available on our Web site.


Posted 2/27/09 at 10:27 AM | Audra Jennings

Is the Recession Inflating Your Waistline?

You can maintain a healthy lifestyle in a tough economy

The current economic woes will force many of us to make some difficult decisions. When faced with the task of trimming the fat from the family budget, costly gym memberships and pre-packaged weight-loss food plans are often the first items on the chopping block. At the same time, the effort to get the most out of every grocery dollar often results in an increase in our consumption of cheap convenience foods (remember all those ramen noodles you ate as a starving college student?) that offer little by way of actual nutrition. Unfortunately, unhealthy habits bring an entirely new set of woes. These short-term fixes will often cost us more in the long run.

Part of the First Place 4 Health line of products
Part of the First Place 4 Health line of products

The great news is that healthy living doesn't have to be expensive. With more than half a million members, First Place 4 Health is a reliable, proven method of weight loss and healthy living. Members have achieved real, lasting change-all without spending a dime on pre-packaged foods or pricey workout programs-by bringing the four areas of life (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) into a healthy balance. Formerly known as First Place, this revised program uses everyday foods, includes a support and accountability component, and focuses on biblical health and disease prevention.

First Place 4 Health's new and improved brand lineup includes resources that tackle everything from determining correct serving sizes to starting an exercise routine to memorizing Scripture. Members will appreciate the simple, sensible new food plan based on the USDA food pyramid and new exercise guidelines.

According to First Place 4 Health Registered Dietitian Erin DuBroc, rising food costs have played a major role in more Americans choosing to dine in rather than dine out. "Some other reasons include the high price of gas and restaurant food being too high in calories-the recognition of which is music to this dietitian's ears," DuBroc states. This migration back to the family kitchen presents the perfect opportunity for America, as a whole, to rethink the way we eat. Now is the time to learn new habits that will set us on the course to healthy living.

New for 2009, First Place 4 Health is also introducing a brand new fitness kit that includes everything you need to customize your own exercise plan, at a fraction of the cost of a gym membership. The contents of the kit include the First Place 4 Health 30-Minute Fitness DVD, which combines cardio, strength, and stretching exercises for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced and a handy pedometer for keeping track of every step toward your fitness goal. The reusable eight-ounce water bottle slashes the cost of bottled water and makes proper hydration a snap. The kit also contains a flexible exercise band that will maximize resistance for every movement in a workout and an official First Place 4 Health towel to use when the work is done.

First Place 4 Health has achieved miraculous results in the lives of members-all at a much lower cost than many other programs. Standing on 27 years of personal success stories, the First Place 4 Health program proves that, with an alteration in mindset from mere weight loss to pursuing God's design for total wellness, lasting change is possible. It's never too late to find the balanced life and the wholeness that is offered only through a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Posted 2/25/09 at 12:31 PM | Audra Jennings

David Cowan comments on economic stimulus plan

In the Market for Some Peace of Mind?

That'll be 787 billion dollars. Cash, check, or credit?

David Cowan
David Cowan

In the few days that have passed since President Obama signed the economic stimulus bill into law, many Americans have begun to wonder how this massive government spending will benefit their own lives. Not much, according to economic expert David Cowan. In fact, though some speculate that the price tag is high enough to finance 13 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the end result of the bill can be nothing more than a temporary (and very expensive) feeling of relief. FULL POST

Posted 2/25/09 at 12:15 PM | Audra Jennings

The Return of Hope to the Middle East

Can Anything Good Come Out of the Middle East?
How God's love is combating terrorism and militant Islam

Every night on the evening news, we see images from the Middle East of war, terrorism, bold threats, and a hatred that has been smoldering for centuries. The lead news story of the day often emanates from this volatile region-and rightfully so, because of its instability. The Middle East is the place where history, religion, and politics collide head-on. The future of the region appears hopeless...until you discover that there is more to the story.

"Jesus is reaching out to the people of the Middle East in a powerful way, and the people are responding in record numbers. Millions have given their lives to Jesus Christ in the last ten years. That's right-millions!" author and Middle East expert Tom Doyle points out. "This story is more important than the latest suicide bombing or the latest threat of war. And Christians need to hear it."

In his new book, Breakthrough, author Tom Doyle gives Christians a glimpse of what is really going on in the Middle East-and this is an angle that you won't get from the mainstream media. For the last seven years, Doyle has served as the Middle East director for e3 Partners, a dynamic global church planting ministry. Breakthrough tells the stories of vibrant churches who are growing-even thriving-in the midst of constant danger and unimaginable persecution.

Breakthrough includes the testimonies of both Jews and Muslims who have come to faith in Christ, people who are constantly watched and often persecuted, who understand that this day might be their last. Yet they often state, "We pray for believers in the West every day." Among the many testimonies featured in the book are the conversion stories of former terrorists, Muslim missionaries to America, a Palestinian guard led to Christ by an Israeli believer, and even a Muslim Imam, all of whom have become committed Christian leaders.

With media attention increasingly focused on the global threat of militant Islam, it's easy to assume that the majority of the Muslim world supports jihad. Not so, says Doyle. "In extensive interviews throughout the Middle East, we continually hear that over half of Muslims worldwide are not practicing their faith whatsoever. I have learned that even the vast majority of practicing Muslims are peaceful and not into jihad," he says. "From Egypt to Iran, the Muslims we talk to are sick of the Islamic fundamentalism that isolates them from the world and makes them all out to be bloodthirsty killers. We must reach out and love these people with the love of Jesus."

Breakthrough takes readers to the streets of Gaza, a secret pre-dawn gathering of believers in Iran, and an underground Bible college for former Muslims offering a course entitled "What to Do When You Are Arrested for Your Faith." The book includes a brief history of Islam and the resurgence of fundamental Islam and helpful strategies for Christians who want to reach out to the Muslims in their lives. An entire chapter is devoted to the specific prayer needs of the Middle East.

"The most dangerous places to serve Christ are usually the places where he is moving the most," Doyle states. "There is a new day in the Middle East. Muslims are coming to Jesus, and the church is blessed to have them."

Breakthrough by Tom Doyle
Authentic - February 2009
ISBN 978-1-934068-63-2/207 pages/softcover/$17.99

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