Posted 10/20/16 at 10:45 AM | Dale Fletcher
Sin, pain and health. There is a connection, often. The Bible makes this very clear.
Please understand, I'm not saying that health issues are always the result of sin. But unconfessed sin can sometimes directly lead to health issues - mental and physical.
This past week I delivered a workshop for Faith Community Nurses from the state of Georgia. My topic was Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. What's the Christ Follower to Do? During my research, I learned that, according to the National Institute of Health(NIH), the number one reason why people turn to alternative modalities and therapies, other than traditional medicine, is because they are in physical pain. They are seeking relief from chronic pain - back pain, neck pain and joint pain.
Sometimes the pain is rooted in a skeletal or biological issue or muscular imbalance. Often this comes about as a result of an accident or injury.
But sometimes the pain can be caused because a person is in internal conflict with God and/or with them self because they have sinned or are living in intentional sin. This internal conflict can cause tension in the muscles and other body tissues. This soft tissue tension can sometimes compress the tissue or bone against nearby nerves and can result in pain. Sometimes chronic pain. Sure, a massage or an acupuncture treatment, an anti-inflammatory pill or physical therapy can provide short term relief. But, if the pain is rooted in the inner conflict or guilt that stems from sin, the treatment or pill may well not cure the pain. FULL POST
Posted 9/2/16 at 12:51 PM | Dale Fletcher
It's Friday afternoon as I write this and it's pouring down rain here in the Carolinas.
Many of you live in the Eastern states so you'll also experience the rains and winds of the Hermine storm that is moving up the Eastern coast.
I hope that you'll be safe and wise and that no significant damage occurs to your property.
Build Your House on the Rock
As I look outside and see the rain falling and hear the winds, the following verse came to my mind.
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." ~ Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 FULL POST
Posted 7/15/16 at 2:55 PM | Dale Fletcher
Attacks of terror - Nice, San Bernardino, Orlando, Bangladesh - be they by those who swear alligience to the Islamic State (ISIS) or by individuals who are mad at the world or suffer from a mental condition, are a symptom of individuals or groups of individuals who have deep needs of the heart that are unmet.
A reason they turn to aligning themselves with terrorist groups is to belong. To be accepted. To have a sense of purpose. Or, in their ealier life, they have likely expereinced a trauma to their spiritual heart... and have never been healed in a meaningful way. So they turn to causes or groups that will lift them up and give them a purpose. They turn to acts of vilence or terror.
Hurting people hurt people.
"For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander." Proverbs 15:19
One piece of strategy that is missing in our nation's war against terrorism and Isis is that of turning people toward a loving God, the God of the Bible. The God who can heal the deep wounds of a person's heart. THe God who loves and accepts people. The God who revels to us the purpose that we have in life.
Military action and political efforts might make a dent, but I submit that a larger dent would be made in terrorism if we strategically incorporated the message of God's love and healing to those who are fragile spiritully and emotionally. These are the people that will one day choose to align themselves with Isis or other groups that commit acts of terror. These are the individuals that will turn to acts of violance against innocent people because they are wounded in their heart. These are the peole that need to learn about and come to know a God and that loves them and heals them, from the inside out. They need Jesus in their hearts. FULL POST
Posted 5/4/16 at 11:33 AM | Dale Fletcher
"I believe that the local church should consider itself as the most important center for health, healing, and whole person care within our communities. This blog post explains my rationale and some key considerations."
This guest blog post was written by Dr. Mike Soderling. Dr. Soderling is Director for the Centre for Health in Mission(HIM) and co-Catalyst for the Lausanne Health in Mission Issue Network. His passion is seeing the global Church embrace Her full calling to ministries of health, healing and wholeness. The Centre for HIM is the umbrella organization for the Christian Journal for Global Health, the Best Practices in Global Health Missions group, the developing Fountain School for Community and Global Health and the Outlook on the Christian Global Health Movement project. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Posted 4/12/16 at 12:01 PM | Dale Fletcher
Will God someday judge - and reward you accordingly - as to how you cared for your body during your life on earth?
I believe He might.
This is a topic I've never explored or written about, but it came to me when I was spending time with God this morning.
The Bible tells us in a several places that we will all stand before the 'judgement seat' of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelations 22:12; Romans 14:10; and Ephesians 6:8)
For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. 2 Corinthians 5:10
We will be held accountable for the good and the bad things that we have done, or not done, in our lifetime. This judgement is not to determine where we will spend eternity - in heaven or in hell - but this will be to determine the rewards that believers will receive for all eternity in heaven. FULL POST
Posted 3/3/16 at 4:43 PM | Dale Fletcher
This guest blog post was written by Lauren Varney, a participant in the current Faith and Health Ambassador Course. She captured her thoughts as a sort of journal as she was engaging with an assignment for Week 5 – “An Intimate and Right Relationship With God.” It appears below with her permission.
God’s timing always amazes me. Since beginning my Faith and Health Ambassadorship training last month, God has been leading me to engage in some serious heart work in an area of my life that I have not surrendered to God –the area of caring for my body, the Holy Spirit’s temple. In fact, when I was given the assignment to review biblical principles and decide which relationship each principle most strongly supports (relationship with God, Self or Others), when I got to this principle the obvious check to me was “self.” I had an unsettled feeling when I checked that and felt the Holy Spirit challenge me to think and search and pray about this principle as it applies to my life. Over the last week the Lord has revealed to me some amazing truths, through His word, through sermons and writings founded on his word, and through people he has placed in my life, and I’d like to share some of what he’s taught me with you. FULL POST
Posted 2/15/16 at 1:25 PM | Dale Fletcher
A recent study has identified a mechanism by which obesity promotes pancreatic and breast cancer. This mechanism could be occuring in other cancers as well.
Investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of obesity to promote cancer progression. The study focused on the effects of obesity on pancreatic and breast cancer, since more than half of those diagnosed with such tumors are overweight or obese.
Read a summary of the study at this link.>
Posted 2/9/16 at 1:30 PM | Dale Fletcher
In the Health Section of today's Wall Street Journal, there is an informative article, Stress Raises Cholesterol More Than You Think. I've long understood this and have tried to educate others on this topic so that they might be able to better control their high cholesterol levels.
As the physicians in the article mention, if you have high cholesterol levels, it may not be your diet or lack of physical activity that is the culprit to your high cholesterol - it may likely be the unmanaged chronic stress in your life.
Here's a link to a different website - How Does Stress Contribute to Cholesterol - that offers a handful of medical explanations on how stress impacts the body and contributes to high cholesterol levels. And this quote that follows is taken from this site: FULL POST
Posted 2/1/16 at 4:44 PM | Dale Fletcher
The other day - on a Monday - I felt lousy – physically and mentally.
About three in the afternoon – during a short jog – I ‘connected the dots’ between my physical and mental state with what I had eaten the day before.
Our Carolina Panthers football team were playing in the NFC Championship game against the Phoenix Cardinals in the early evening, and My wife and I had invited a few couples to watch the game and have snacks and dinner. Being in a ‘party’ and ‘tailgate mode, we had a variety of food and beverages for our guests.
I started off the day with a late brunch – a spinach quiche – not all that bad, but it went downhill from there! I snacked much of the afternoon on munchies and enjoyed a flavorful bowl of chili for dinner and some sweet dessert. The munchies included potato chips and onion dip along with some crackers with spinach dip. Chili was followed with a few rich brownies. Yum! Along the way I had a good handful of peanut M & Ms. You get the idea. And oh yes, let’s not forget to add to the list two bottles of my favorite German beer.
The next day, I paid for it. I had brain fog. Nothing really clicked mentally. I was lethargic. I was not energetic as I typically am. I was in a pretty down mood. Finally, I’d had enough and told myself that if I went for a run that it might help. It was about half way through my run that I realized that the food that I ate yesterday was a major culprit in my mood and energy level. And, as it often happens, I felt it would be helpful to crank out a blog post on this issue. FULL POST
Posted 8/5/15 at 2:58 PM | Dale Fletcher
I have a few friends who have a deadly cancer.
So, for these past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the importance of the condition of one’s spirit as it relates to one’s eternal destiny. My hunch is that most people, given a choice, would desire that heaven be their eternal resting place after they die here on this earth.
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:8 (New King James Version)
The above verse could be said this way – ‘Physical exercise and physical fitness – the condition of our body – is important, but spiritual exercise and spiritual fitness – the condition of our soul or spirit – is much more important.’
For more than 15 years, my job responsibilities in corporate and military settings in which I worked had to do with personal fitness and wellness. I especially helped others address the care of their physical health and to be physically fit. FULL POST