How To Take Charge of Your Health As A Christian

How To Take Charge of Your Health As A Christian

Christians have a mixed reputation when it comes to living healthfully. Individuals who are involved in a religious community and consider themselves highly spiritual do many things right. They tend to have fewer problems with substance abuse, engage in risky sexual behaviors less often, and generally rate their physical and mental health more positively. On the other hand religious people are more likely to be obese, and some studies describe higher rates of depression and anxiety in this group.

Many aspects of spirituality are beneficial to physical, mental, and relational wellbeing. However, some religious people live dangerously, and see their relationship with God as a way to escape the negative consequences of harmful behavior. That’s not the way things should be.

True Christianity is anything but passive. The Bible presents God’s people as being very active in most circumstances, even fighting when necessary. David praised God who “trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” (Psalm 144:1-2 NIV) Paul talked about the need to “discipline my body and bring it into subjection” in order to win the prize for which God had called him. (1 Corinthians 9:26-27) The Christian life involves striving not to save ourselves, but to live out the kind of life God calls us to.

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When Your Faith Conflicts With Government

When Your Faith Conflicts With Government

US Supreme Court BuildingAs a Christian in the United States I and the other believers living here have been spoiled. We have enjoyed, for the most part, a relative freedom to believe, worship, and encourage others to join us in our faith. Most of us have taken these freedoms for granted. Some see the recent rulings by the US Supreme Court as a direct affront to those freedoms. Christians are deeply divided over these recent events, with people on both sides attacking the veracity of the faith of those on the other side.

I have been deeply disturbed by many of these recent events, including many of the responses. I’ve asked myself the question, How would Jesus respond if He were living in our culture? What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today? And what is a godly response when your faith conflicts with government or culture? Where is the line between throwing stones and caving in?

As clear as my beliefs are about the same-sex marriage debate, that’s not what this post is primarily about. I’m looking at something deeper. Issues of justice, religious freedom, and sexual ethics are important. But we must remember that they are not the only important issues, and perhaps are not the most important at all. When Jesus was here on Earth He was most concerned about the state of the human heart. (Matthew 15:19)

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This Is NOT God’s Will

This Is NOT God’s Will

Understanding GodBad things are happening – to people you know, to Christians here and in other places, and perhaps to you also. For people of faith the question continues to arise, Is all this really God’s will? If He is good and powerful, why do so many bad things continue to happen to good people?

Many have tried to answer those types of questions with high-sounding theological arguments. But in the end the only answer that really counts is the one you come to in your own heart after an encounter with God.

What is God’s will? The witness of Scripture and of other believers helps with that question. Remember that in the Bible very bad things happened to God’s best friends. In today’s world, here are some things that are NOT God’s will.

Recent Events in the United States

  • The shooting and massacre during a prayer meeting in a church in Charleston, SC this week.
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Reasons to Have a Baby for Christians

Reasons to Have a Baby for Christians

Baby FeetSome couples assume that having children is just something you do when you get married, and don’t give much thought to it. Some Christian couples wonder if having a large number of children is the best way to honor God (an idea promoted by some highly visible large Christian families on TV). Some who struggle with infertility wonder about some of the treatments often recommended, especially those that present ethical concerns for people of faith.

Whether you have a dozen children or none, it’s appropriate to consider what would be the reasons a Christian should have a baby. When is having a child a God-honoring wise thing to do, and when is it not? What are God-honoring reasons to have a baby?

Fertility is one of our natural biological functions as human beings. Becoming pregnant and bringing a child into the world is a God-given desire most women have. Children are a blessing from God.

But children are not God’s only blessing. Pregnancy is not a right.

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How to Grow Your Character

How to Grow Your Character

In some ways your character is like your closet, your car, or your bank account. Of course it’s much more valuable than any of those. Thinking of your character in those terms, however, helps make a number of things clearer. If you want to grow your character or help others grow theirs, you must be intentional about it.

You don’t want to be caught with a cluttered, run down, or bankrupt character. At some point your character will be challenged. Someone will treat you badly. You’ll face a tragedy in your personal or professional life. An opportunity will present itself for you to make dishonest money or to have an affair. There won’t be time for a Bible study course or six months of professional counseling before you’re forced to make a decision. Who you really are inside at that moment – your character – will determine what you do.

How do you go about growing your character so that you’ll have what it takes to pass those tests when they come? At least these 5 things are important. And they apply just as much to growing character in those you’re responsible for, such as children, students, parishioners, or employees.

  1. Spend time around others with good character.
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