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 4/25/17 at 2:53 PM | Dale Fletcher
For black women looking for ways to improve their mental health, some researchers say religion and spirituality bring health benefits such as a longer life and a decreased risk for heart disease.
According to the Black Women’s Health Study, which was further analyzed in the April 2017 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, black women who said they were very involved in their church, mosque or another place of worship tended to report excellent or very good mental health.
According to a 2011 nationwide survey conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, black women are one of the most religious demographics in America, with 74 percent of black women and 70 percent of black men saying that “living a religious life” is very important, compared to 57 percent of white women and 43 percent of white men.
Read a more complete article about the study at THIS LINK.
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Posted 3/7/17 at 11:53 AM | Dale Fletcher
You may know well the verse that indicates your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
“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?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19
The truth and reality of this verse may be motivation for you to care for your body by making healthy choices. Engaging in physical activity, eating well, drinking lots of water, being free from drugs and other addictions, refraining from the use of tobacco, limiting, if not abstaining from, alcohol consumption and getting plenty of sleep are a few key behaviors that contribute to good health. It’s likely that you desire for these behaviors to be a part of your lifestyle.
Yet you may be trying to muster up the willpower and strength to engage in these healthy behaviors in your own power and self control. And consequently, you may be failing miserably at some or many of these behaviors. FULL POST
Posted 2/17/17 at 4:43 PM | Dale Fletcher
The account of the woman at the well in John 4 is a beautiful story of how Jesus desires to meet our deepest needs. (Now, if you’re a man, don’t stop here because this story is about a woman. It applies to all of us!)
If we are not allowing Jesus to meet our deepest needs on an ongoing basis, then we are like the lady at the well.
Are you an emotional eater? Do you often drink alcohol to soothe a deep emotion? Maybe you spend endless hours watching television or surfing the internet. Maybe you exercise excessively. Do you have a habit of shopping for clothes even though you don’t really need them? Are you in and out of illicit relationships? Maybe it’s something else that you do to feel ‘satisfied’ or to meet the deep, deep need you have to be in a relationship with your Creator.
The woman at the well in John 4 symbolizes a person who attempts to meet a deep spiritual need in ways other than how God can meet them. She goes to a well to draw water but at a deeper lever she has a need for a touch from Jesus. So, the water represents our food, illicit sex, drinking, shopping, gaming, etc. These and other behaviors we engage in, can be our attempt to meet a need that is really a spiritual need, deep inside. Until the woman meets Jesus, and he makes her need clear to her, she may have been unaware of her spiritual need in a conscious sense. FULL POST
Posted 2/10/17 at 2:18 PM | Dale Fletcher
According to research by the Barna Group, 58% of Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force.
Are you one of them?
Scripture is really clear on this. Jesus told his followers....
"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you." John 16:7
When Jesus mentions the Helper, He is referring to the Holy Spirit.
Here is a great list of scriptures that mention the Holy Spirit and His role in the life of the believer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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