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.
Sadly, this lesson is coming to a close. I don’t want to move on, and I frankly am not sure what type of lesson we could do after this. This curriculum is so rich and needs to sink in over and over again. In fact, Pastor Rick Warren encourages everyone to visit the website daily or weekly to get encouragement and to be reminded of the health information. Further, he says that this plan is not just for six weeks, but for the rest of the year. I am up for the challenge, are you?
As a summary to the video lesson, Pastor Rick concludes with the four keys to keeping healthy:
· You have to have the right motivations. Depending on God to get you through temptation, and being healthy because God says so.
Galatians 5:16, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
· You have to have the right power—The Almighty’s Power.
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
· You have to have the right plan.
Luke 14:28, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
· You have to have the right team. People that will support you.
Proverbs 15:22, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Discussion questions excerpted from The Daniel Plan Curriculum:
How does trusting God’s Spirit help you to deal with the compulsions of selfishness? What does this look like in daily life for you?
How do you need God to encourage your heart right now?
How do you see prayer and diligence working together to accomplish God’s plan in your life?
–Joy Williams, PH 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