Another intimate prayer song from David delivered to God at a time of great uncertainty when he had been seized by the Philistines. Needless to say, David was once again in a tight spot. In this, he pours out his plea to God. Telling God what he surely already knows—the enemy is relentless.
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Do you remember reading stories when you were a young child?
Better yet, do you remember being read to as a young child and being enthralled in a story that was exciting and had a great ending?
Our lives tell so many stories; some good and some not so good.
We must start with understanding the concept of a worldview. Put simply, a worldview is one’s way of looking at reality. It is how a person understands and what he or she believes about the basics of what is real. We can choose to view reality from either a Biblical worldview or from a secular worldview.
(The following is the first session of a series of video messages that our patients begin receiving after their initial visits This and session 2 (coming soon) will give you a taste of what Sanctuary offers beyond its functional medicine approach. If you want to receive the entire series, sign up for the newsletter and request the Spiritual Care Series.) Watch Video below.
The Importance of Neighbors
In contemporary culture, neighbors come and go, not only on a daily basis from behind closed doors, but from year to year as addresses change with each job relocation. We may never get to really know neighbors that come and go but Scripture verses have been tied to their neighbors for centuries and for a reason.
Anyone who more than glances at Sanctuary Functional Medicine’s website will notice something peculiar: the blatant Christian nature of what we profess. This bluntness has provoked both explicit comments to my face and rumors that I only hear second hand.
More than 9 out of 10 express either compliments or gratitude for having a clinic where their Christian values are not only heard but also honored.
Introduction by me
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) lived 82 years from 1899 to 1981 and served as minister of Westminster Chapel in London for almost 30 of those years. He was first a physician but over time devoted more and more time to the ministry. He was known for his preaching ability which was replete with sound,
My chapter summaries of Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine, Franklin E. Payne, Jr. M.D. Covenant Books
Scripture and Biblical Wisdom
II Chronicles 16:12-13 recounts how King Asa did not find healing from the physicians of his time and died. This could quickly turn into a proof text for Christians to avoid doctors altogether.
(My summary of first chapter of book by Franklin Ed. Payne, MD, titled “Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine”)
Considering James 5:14-16, first century Christians had minimal healthcare except the anointing of oil by their elders. This might cause us to pity their plight. We could then finish reading the Bible and consider that not once is a cure by a physician ever described.
(the opening paragraphs of my recent seminary paper on Food Theology)
The Church is mostly silent while its members suffer not only the same lifestyle related physical consequences of the world, but also succumb to the legalistic false teachings of today’s diet prophets. Some estimate that 350000 people die every year from obesity related disease (Soza 1999,
Pudgy, one of our three little pigs, is caught again rooting around for midnight snacks in the garden. His brothers have been working with him at mealtimes to keep his portions under control, but Pudgy, his nickname, kept growing more rotund until they realized where his extra calories were coming from. He has long known that gluttony is a sin,
(An Excerpt from my seminary paper called Food Theology)
(From a section addressing normative principles in the Bible regarding how we eat)
The Bible also stresses the importance of fellowship which was primarily in the context of sharing meals. In one example of endangered table fellowship, Paul confronted Peter in Galatians 2:11-14 about Peter’s not eating with Gentiles (Chester 2011,
Technology can be a wonderful thing. This weekend, live streaming allowed me to attend an educational event in California while sitting in my Tennessee home-office. The Institute for Functional Medicine organized its first live streaming event for a Cardio-metabolic model in its certification program. Watching 20 hours of lectures about improving heart health and being able to get up whenever I want to stretch my legs,
Science has a habit of explaining what common sense has already revealed. One might wonder why we do the science if common sense can tell us so much for a much lower cost. Well, understanding how things are biologically connected does help us to work towards therapies and healing at times. Science provides some tentative ground on which to develop an approach of restoration,
The vaccine debate is heating up thanks to the recent measles outbreak. Many are throwing out their opinions (regardless of whether they know enough to talk on the subject), including Dr. Ben Carson. I expected better of him, but nothing surprises me anymore about politicians. An article about his statement can be found HERE.