Thank you for joining the Partners in Health and Wholeness Book Club. You can officially sign-up here. Through it, we hope to engage people of faith in discussions over why our health matters. Our current choice of reading is from the free Saddleback Church Daniel Plan Curriculum. We are posting updates through the PHW Facebook page, but our PHW blog page has the discussion posts in full with responses from staff. Just look for the apple on top of the book picture among the blog post pictures and you will find past Book Club entries.
This week starts Session V of The Daniel Plan Curriculum.
Pastor Rick Warren starts out the video session reminding us of the verse found in 2 Thessalonians 1:11, “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.”
Personally, I want this support to last for more than one more week. I love listening to pastors preach, and Pastor Rick mixes his sermons on health with humor and seriousness. He also is not afraid to use his own story. In case you haven’t browsed their site, take a look at some of their recipes. I have really enjoyed the recipes online at the site, well at least watching their videos online.The recipes for me haven’t turned out so well. I’m not sure if it is because I change them or if the recipe itself doesn’t work. But in any regard, they are fun videos and can give you great ideas of combining foods in a new way.
Although this curriculum is coming to a close, we can still keep going with these principles. This is going to be a yearlong pursuit for me, and frankly, I plan on visiting these videos and curriculum throughout the year.
I’m taking Pastor Rick’s charge to memorize scripture. Will you memorize this verse with me?
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13–14 NIV)
Discussion question, excerpted from the curriculum:
1) Have you been taking time to have fun and to enjoy what God has given you? You might plan to do something fun together as a group, such as a hike, bike ride, a day at the park or beach, etc. This would be a great activity for your Health Champion to coordinate.
2) How have you found trusting God, confessing sin, giving generously, and having fun to be good for your health?
–Joy Williams, PHW Regional Consultant
Partners in Health and Wholeness is an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. PHW aims to connect health as a faith issue. Please visit our website to sign your personal pledge to be healthier, and to find out about grant opportunities for places of worship in NC.