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Dale Fletcher

Dale is the Executive Director of Faith and Health Connection Ministry where they teach biblical truths for health & wholeness. Connect with Dale at www.FaithandHealthConnection.org

Posted 4/12/16 at 12:01 PM | Dale Fletcher

The Judgement Seat of Jesus and the Care of Your Body

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

Do You Struggle to Care for Your Body - The Holy Spirit's Temple?

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.

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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

New Study - Mechanism Behind the Link Between Obesity and Cancer

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

Chronic Stress Leads to High Cholesterol - How the Christian Faith Can Help.

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

Can You Serve God Well and Eat Junk Food?

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

Are You Spiritually Fit for Heaven?

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

Posted 6/18/15 at 11:36 AM | Dale Fletcher

"Rules" for Healthy Living Can Kill You

Be physically active. Eat healthy foods. Don't eat sugar. If you drink, drink in moderation. Abstain from using drugs. Drink plenty of water. Sleep at least 7 hours every night. Don't smoke. The list for behaviors that are important to be healthy goes on and on.

But these 'rules' for living a healthy life can be like the written laws - even the 10 Commandments - of the Bible. These lifestyle related behaviors, as well as the laws found in the Bible, are focused on outward behavior. So many of us often fail miserably trying to live according to health-related principles like this….. because we have not been changed on the inside. We can similarly be frustrated when we are not living according to the 'laws' found in the Bible.

"The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." 2 Corinthians 3:6

However, when we become transformed by God's Spirit, and live from a transformed will, heart and mind, by the Holy Spirit's power, these healthy behaviors can become natural to us - because our inner nature has been changed. FULL POST

Posted 6/8/15 at 1:15 PM | Dale Fletcher

Spirit, Soul and Body: The Biblical Key to Keeping Fit Until Jesus Comes

"May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23

You may be familiar with this verse. To many, it implies that we are a living spirit which has a soul that lives in a body - three parts that make up our whole being. I happen to agree with this view of how God designed us for spirit, mind, body health.

In this verse, Paul encourages us to attend to all three aspects of who we are. And so we try to do this the best we can, but often in our own strength. And many of us fail miserably at this. The next verse holds the key to being successful at attending to our spirit, mind, body health.

"The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." Thessalonians 5:24

This verse is there to remind you that God will do this for you. His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, living in and through you is who will see to it that you live a lifestyle that promotes good health in spirit, soul and body. FULL POST

Posted 1/16/15 at 3:07 PM | Dale Fletcher

How Stress & Cortisol Adds Fat - How God Can Help

Overweight? Your stress be a key factor.

Stress is a fact of life.

  • Chronic high stress can cause surges in your cortisol levels.
  • Hi cortisol levels will contribute to weight gain and to your difficulty in losing weight.
  • Effective stress management can help reduce your cortisol levels.
  • Lower cortisol levels will help you lose weight… and improve your health.

To learn more about the dynamics of stress and fat, read this insightful blog post – How to Prevent Weight Gain Due to Stress and Anxiety. The author addresses 7 steps to beat stress. But she does not, however, address the spiritual dimension of stress management.

So, please see below for some helpful resources on the spiritual dimension to better manage your stress… and perhaps help you with your weight management challenges. FULL POST

Posted 1/6/15 at 10:15 AM | Dale Fletcher

Resolved to Change Your Eating Habits?

You might say "I can eat anything. The Christian faith, with my freedom from the laws through my relationship with Christ, permits me to eat any food." But all foods, and an overconsumption of foods, may not be good for you.

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:12-13

But, as the same scripture above tells us, our bodies were also meant for the Lord. Further in this sixth chapter of Corinthians, Paul tells us...

"Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ?" (Verse 15) and "Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 FULL POST

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