Posted 2/14/14 at 1:39 PM | Dale Fletcher
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 |
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 |
The latest Stress in America report has been recently published by the America Psychological Association. There are some interesting facts included in the report:
Posted 2/10/14 at 12:18 PM | Dale Fletcher
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 |
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
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.
|Spend Less, Save More|
|Enjoy Life to the Fullest|
|Staying Fit and Healthy|
|Learn Something Exciting|
|Help Others in Their Dreams|
|Fall in Love|
|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
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.
Posted 8/21/13 at 11:05 AM | Dale Fletcher
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
Posted 8/7/13 at 12:24 PM | Dale Fletcher |
This morning during my quiet time, I read 2 Timothy 2:8
"Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David, this is my gospel..."
The word 'my' jumped out at me. Paul was writing to Timothy about 'his' gospel - a very personal gospel. Paul embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ - Jesus' life, death and resurrection - as his own. It's because Paul personalized the gospel that he could refer to it as 'his' gospel. That is behind the power and strength that Paul had to endure the sufferings that he was faced with - beatings, constant ridicule and even imprisonment.
This verse was a reminder to me that God wants the gospel of Jesus Christ, his Son, to by my gospel too. God wants to be our personal God. Read these few scriptures where the authors writes about their personal God:
"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Paul in Philippians 4:19
"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." Moses in Exodus 15:2 FULL POST
Posted 8/6/13 at 1:19 PM | Dale Fletcher |
A new report is out this week by the Gallup folks - Strong Link Between Church Attendance and Smoking.
Smoking in the U.S. is highly correlated with religiosity, with those who never attend church almost three times as likely to smoke as those who attend weekly. This relationship holds even when controlling for demographic characteristics associated with smoking and church attendance.
The researchers believe that it is possible that the relationship is straightforward: Something about frequent church attendance could in turn cause people to be less likely to smoke. My take is that churchgoers, in general, desire and try to care for their bodies. FULL POST