The Ten Guiding Lights to Health and Wholeness

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Whose Body Is It, Anyway?

Breast Augmentation $6,450. Eyelid Surgery $4,500. Facelift $12,125. Liposuction $6,025. Injectable fillers $1300. 100% Virgin Human Hair $500. Your body? Really? Priceless. It’s mine. It’s not like I am going to become a pastor or a pastor’s wife, I thought. So, I took my first fitness model shots. For the most part, I really liked the [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|Blog, Christianity, Health and Wellness Bible Study, Spirituality|Comments Off on Whose Body Is It, Anyway?

God, Pleasure, and Intimacy

I volunteered for one year at a juvenile detention center. I taught a program called “The Family” through drama. At the end of one of the sessions, as we were debriefing, I asked my participants what the one thing was they felt got them into trouble. One participant said the inability to delay pleasure.  All [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on God, Pleasure, and Intimacy

Is Self-care Counterintuitive?

Most of us would agree that self-care is important, and if we think about it long enough, most of us would also agree that it should be a priority. The key word there is “should”, but so often self-care is not. Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of [...]

By | November 7th, 2017|Wellness|Comments Off on Is Self-care Counterintuitive?

The Sixth Guiding Light to Health and Wholeness: The War of Words

As most school-aged children’s language ability develops, they can tell you words are important, even if they do not know why. These same children, if they have been taught to be thoughtful, are also able to tell you that words are not simply just words. They are also likely to tell you, if they have [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on The Sixth Guiding Light to Health and Wholeness: The War of Words

The Ten Guiding Lights to Health and Wholeness: God’s Call to Relationship & Wholeness

There are so many books on health and wellness. There are so many different approaches, schools of thoughts, beliefs—that the journey to health and wellness can be a frustrating one for some. Moreover, health and wellness can become challenging when the church begins to tap into some of these ideas. As the church, we need [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on The Ten Guiding Lights to Health and Wholeness: God’s Call to Relationship & Wholeness

Book Review by Cal Samra: The Ten Guiding Lights to Health and Wholeness

American society is deluged with a proliferation of contradictory health and wellness information. Etta Dale Hornsteiner’s outstanding new book—The Ten Guiding Lights to Health and Wholeness—is a breath of fresh air: a holistic approach to health addressing the physical, mental and spiritual. Hornsteiner daringly maintains that the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus are [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Book Review by Cal Samra: The Ten Guiding Lights to Health and Wholeness

The Fifth Guiding Light to Your Health and Wholeness

I sit in the doctor’s office reluctantly completing the family medical history portion of the new patient application. Part of me does not want to acknowledge that my grandmother and sister have had cancer and my mother has high blood pressure. However, I realize that this information is an important clue to medical conditions that [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on The Fifth Guiding Light to Your Health and Wholeness

Busyness: An Illness of the Soul

It was a sizzling summer’s day like most Sundays in Hotlanta. I had been asked to speak on a Sunday afternoon at a church. It was 1:00 p.m. I knew already the congregation had a long day, so I promised that I would not keep them long or bore them. I hoped. I spoke on [...]

By | July 30th, 2017|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on Busyness: An Illness of the Soul

Are You Fit to Live in Heaven or on Earth?

"Fit ... well, I livin' on earth now. So I must be fit to live on earth,” my mother said.” I can't go to heaven with this body.” Every week I call my 84-year-old mother. Now I can appreciate her thoughts and views, even when we disagree. I think it is her voice I want [...]

By | March 2nd, 2017|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on Are You Fit to Live in Heaven or on Earth?

To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat Is The Question

Perhaps, it is not a question for you, but for some it is a big question. Just when you think you have gotten this “food” thing down someone throws another overwhelming idea into the equation—someone like the Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the famous Evangelist Billy Graham. This year, Franklin Graham announced he had become [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Health and Wellness Bible Study|Comments Off on To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat Is The Question