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Posted 7/10/14 at 2:07 PM | Dale Fletcher

How Can You Be Saved More?

Salvation - Sozo

“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10

God sent his Son, Jesus, to die so that our sins could be forgiven and we could live life in heaven for all eternity. Because of Jesus’ death, we can also have a direct relationship with God, the Father. This reconciliation and relationship is only possible by the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross for you and for me.

Entering into a relationship with God and receiving eternal life is a one time occurrence – a point in time. Being rescued from sin and living an abundant life – John 10:10 – is an ongoing process.

In the verse above, saved is from the Greek word sozo. Paul writes ‘how much more will we be saved.’ This implies a measure of ‘salvation’, degrees of ‘salvation’. We know by scripture that once we accept Jesus into our heart that we are assured of eternal life. John 3:16 That is one aspect of salvation. The word sozo also means to heal, make well, restore to health. FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 10:26 AM | Dale Fletcher |

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Do Others in the Church Adversely Affect Your Health Behaviors?

Our health-related behaviors can easily become influenced by the ways of the world – the ways of the unbeliever. We can also be influenced, in a negative way, by other Christians.

Social norms and the practices of those around us can be so influential that our ways and habits can end up being indistinguishable from those who are not followers of Jesus.

But, as Christians, we are called to be holy – set apart from the unbeliever, in all our ways. “For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”" 1 Peter 1:16

This applies to what we eat and how we care – or don’t care – for our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Living God. I confess that this applies to my life too.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 2 Corinthians 7:1

“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: FULL POST

Posted 2/14/14 at 1:39 PM | Dale Fletcher

Is Sin & Shame - Like Ice - Crushing You?

The Weight of Sin & Shame, Like Ice, Can Cause Damage

I’m going to stick with the sin and snow theme for another post.

Yesterday I wrote that here in Charlotte we received about 8 inches of snow and one inch of ice. Well, the wet snow combined with the ice was pretty darn heavy. Mid-morning I glanced out the kitchen window to see that our 10′ x 10′ gazebo, or canopy, had become crushed under the weight of the snow and ice that had accumulated on it over the previous 12 hours. I imagine that the age of the gazebo and its steel frame – 7 years – contributed to the gazebo buckling under the heavy weight of the snow and ice.

The guilt and shame of our sinful behaviors can do the same to us. It can crush us… if we allow it.

After Adam and Eve sinned, by eating from the tree in the center of the Garden of Eden, they both hid from God and covered themselves because of the shame and guilt they felt. Genesis 3 tells us this story. FULL POST

Posted 2/13/14 at 10:04 AM | Dale Fletcher |

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Snow and Your Sin

We don’t often get snow in Charlotte, N.C.. When we do, it’s typically just a dusting that disappears the next day. That’s not the case with the weather system that is coming thorough the Carolinas with the current storm.

As I write this post, we’ve had about six inches and it’s still coming down. This is more than a dusting. Most everything is covered in white. As I was eating my breakfast this morning and watching the snow gently fall, I was reminded of the lyrics of the song based on the scripture that tells us that our sin has been washed away by the blood of Jesus.

As the song – Nothing But the Blood – goes, ‘Oh! precious is the flow that makes me white as snow. What can wash away our sins?… nothing but the blood of Jesus.’

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 FULL POST

Posted 2/11/14 at 5:27 PM | Dale Fletcher |

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Stress in America Report. How are You Managing Yours?

Stress Infographic

The latest Stress in America report has been recently published by the America Psychological Association. There are some interesting facts included in the report:

Many more facts are in the report, which can be read at this link. FULL POST

Posted 2/10/14 at 12:18 PM | Dale Fletcher

Wholeness - The Theology. What it Means to You.

Wholeness in Christ

About five years ago I wrote a blog post on our ministry website on wholeness, as well as an article – God Wants You Whole. Since that time my appreciation for this term has evolved and I believe that I have a more theologically correct understanding of the word.

I want to share it with you here as it's a very important concept in the life of a Christian.

Definitions of Wholeness

Definition of ‘Wholeness’ According to the Miriam Webster Dictionary - The condition of being sound in body. The quality or state of being without restriction, exception, or qualification. (A noun) Antonyms: imperfection, unsoundness FULL POST

Posted 2/3/14 at 5:20 PM | Dale Fletcher |

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New Study - Diet Sodas and Obesity

Recent research highlights the need for heavier adults who drink diet beverages to closely monitor their solid food intake.

Overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume significantly more solid-food calories - particularly from snacks - than those who drink sugary beverages. The findings highlight the challenges in using diet beverages to help control weight.

“The results of our study suggest that overweight and obese adults looking to lose or maintain their weight—who have already made the switch from sugary to diet beverages—may need to look carefully at other components of their solid-food diet, particularly sweet snacks, to potentially identify areas for modification,” Dr. Sara Bleich, the lead researcher says.

The abstract of the study is available online at the American Journal of Public Health on January 16, 2014. FULL POST

Posted 1/8/14 at 12:50 PM | Dale Fletcher

Healthy Resolutions for 2014 - A Biblical Perspective

According to research, about 45% of us make New Year’s resolutions. Statisticbrain.com reports from a recent Journal of Clinical Psychology article that Americans top 10 resolutions are as found in the listing below. Three of these are health-related.

Top 10 Resolutions of Americans

1
 Lose Weight
2
 Getting Organized
3
 Spend Less, Save More
4
 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
 Staying Fit and Healthy
6
 Learn Something Exciting
7
 Quit Smoking
8
 Help Others in Their Dreams
9
 Fall in Love
10
 Spend More Time with Family

The items on this list are admirable but I find it interesting that none of these seem to be motivated by or rooted in spiritual or biblical principles. Especially since we live in a country where 74% of the people are professing Christians and 56% say that religion is an important part of their life. (2013 Gallup poll on Religion) FULL POST

Posted 11/1/13 at 4:37 PM | Dale Fletcher

Obesity Rates Still Rising in 2013

According to data provided by Gallup.com, the adult obesity rate so far in 2013 is 27.2%, up from 26.2% in 2012, and is on pace to surpass all annual average obesity rates since Gallup-Healthways began tracking in 2008. Increases have occurred across almost all demographic groups.The one-percentage-point uptick in the obesity rate so far in 2013 is statistically significant and is the largest year-over-year increase since 2009. The higher rate thus far in 2013 reverses the lower levels recorded in 2011 and 2012, and is much higher than the 25.5% who were obese in 2008.

Obesity rates have increased at least slightly so far in 2013 across almost all major demographic and socioeconomic groups.

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Posted 8/21/13 at 11:05 AM | Dale Fletcher

Jesus is Asking - "May I Eat With You?"

Jesus wants to eat with you

Sometimes we can close off a part of our heart to Jesus. It may hurt too much to go there because there is pain... and we just don't want to deal with the past and the pain associated with it. Or, we may not want God to take away a lustful desire or behavior we have that gives us what we want - that meets a selfish desire.

As an example, we may be enjoying the pornography or the illicit sex or the box of cookies or the shopping or the tub of ice cream. We enjoy them, in the moment, and we want to keep whatever the habit is because it makes us 'feels' good. What is this behavior or thing for you?

But when we do these things, we are really not being satisfied at the deepest level of our hearts. The deeper spiritual need has not been met by the behavior or the thing we may have purchased or obtained.

We are also missing out on the full and abundant life that Jesus died for us to experience. John 10:10

Can you relate to any of this?

Might Jesus be saying to you, as he writes to the church in the book of Revelation... FULL POST

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