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6. Principles of Health – A Call to Balance

Vicki Griffin Zeno Charles-Marcel

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When people know that we are sound in our health teachings they will trust that we are sound in other biblical doctrines. In this session, we will explore the basic principles of sound health and theology of suffering. Learn the difference between health education and health communication, and why both are essential. Learn how to educate, motivate, and inspire your team and participants.

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  • December 31, 2016
    4:15 PM
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This message was presented at the G Y C twenty sixteen conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas for other resources like this visit us online. Good afternoon everybody. Good. I already found out how most of you are doing and I don't see anybody falling asleep yet but it's I guess it's an hour or so since you had lunch so maybe you're not going to fall asleep but I have a good news for you. If you fall asleep don't worry I'll just ask you a question and I'll wake you up. OK. All right. We're going to talk about the principles of health in a different kind of way today as a call to balance. We have to however free and everything in this reality is just a picture but you know what it represents was represent to you. The second coming of Jesus Christ. So this is the context in which we're framing what we're going to be doing today. Know what do you see in that picture. Ahead. Talk to the person next to you have fifteen seconds to come up with an answer. Go ahead. The person next to you need to talk all K. good. You see a man in that picture. All right let me show you this one is it the same thing you saw it. What do you see. That's a lady there and that's a dress that's a skirt and there's a man over there. That's his hat that's his beard. That's his right elbow right that those are his legs and this that it's a dog right. And this this is this is the entrance to a building right there you see there. Now. Was there a problem with your eyes. No but there was a problem with your perception right. Well I should say a problem there was a difference in perception and once once you see something a different way. It changes the we you see it right as a matter of fact for some things like this this particular drawing. You can see it and see it. Some of them once you see it you can't unsee it what it is it is right. You picked it up immediately. But our thoughts actually are. What are important. If we're going to have change in our lives. God works through our minds. He works through our thoughts and what's going on in our heads. This is very very important and one little drop. Can make a whole big difference and hopefully today we'll have a few drops that will come from the throne of God. Now. Do I see I have. I have three sons. And they have been D Y C years for quite a while right. And usually during the way I see what happens we get a hi how many of you feel that you're on a mountaintop experience. Here and the way I see right. ARC and then what happens. You go back home you go back to the real life and somehow or another. Things may fade away a little bit right. So my question to you is after you've heard all of the. That you have heard you've participated or the things that you have participated. What is it that we're going to be doing today is going to make a difference to you for when you get home. What are we called to do as Seventh Day Adventists as a young and not so young seven there when this Christians going back home. Right. What are we called to do. And let's let's take a look at that now Matthew twenty one thousand and twenty six. Can someone read that out loud. A man a man now who was that given to. To the disciples. But. Do we see any application of this to us today. Yes. Are all the commands given to the disciples. Individually and collectively things that we have to do today. Or. Some are more. Right. OK So we have to understand what it is that Jesus is saying because if we don't. We might look at this one. Matthew Tim one seven hundred ten where he says if you start with with we're seven. And as you go preach seeing the Kingdom of Heaven is a man we should do that. Yes or no. Yes heal the sick raise the dead cleanse the lepers cast out demons. Yes OK freely you have received freely give. Get no gold nor silver nor breasts in your purses. No money. Don't take any money with you. All right. No wallet for your journey. Neither two coats no shoes no staff. When. It can be figurative it can be figurative right. So let's go over the top. What is the say here. And when he had called under him his twelve disciples he gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out and heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Does that sound like something that is specific to Stu an event that he did or does it sound like this is what he did for all of his disciples that this is what we have. You think is just a twelve. So we have gifts differing I think that that technical term that is used. The issue is if this is not for us all of it. Some of it should be for us because we are disciples two are we not. OK so now with this in mind here's what we have. Jesus says in Matthew seven twenty one twenty three. Not everyone that under me Lord Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he the do with the will of My Father which is in heaven. You know that ticks. Right. Is what he says many will say to me and that the Lord Lord we have we not prophesied in the name and in the name cast out devils and in the name done many wonderful works and I will profess unto them. I never knew you Depart from Me you workers of iniquity. Isn't that. Is it possible that we could be included in that group. Is it possible that. If we don't understand and apply what what God wants us to really capture and to do that we might be in that group there will be a sad. This is a sad statement. Jesus is saying here are people who are going to call me Lord. But he will say I don't know you get away from me you workers of iniquity you are doing it on your own you are doing it in your own strength you would you have no real association with me in doing this. That's a problem. And then we go to Matthew twenty five and we find this. Then the King shall say unto them on his right hand come you bless all of my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world for I was hungered and you gave me meat I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in naked and you clothed me I was sick and you visited me I was in prison and you came on to me is this something that we are called to do. Now this wasn't just all the disciples right. This were to was told to all of us. It was it was a story that Jesus was giving to illustrate what his father is looking for as well. And then the righteous answer him saying Lord. When saw and hungered and fed the or thirsty and give a drink and when saw a stranger cetera et cetera and the King answered and saying to them very very send to you in as much as you have done it under the lease of these my brother and you have done it unto me. Amen. In as much as you have done it under the least of these my brothers. So now. The question would be Who is Jesus brother in. The whole world including the person right next to you the person behind you and the person in front of right. So what do we call to do seven their Ventus. We can talk a lot but we have to think and act. OK. And I would like to introduce to you if you have not seen this before the concept of Shalom. This is what was laid on my heart to present to you today. The concept of children. In the Old Testament. There are several words they used to convey the idea of health. And the theologians Adventists theologians non Adventists theologians Jewish. Catholic. The theologians. Sum up the idea of health in this word shallow they say this is the Hebrew word. That most describes the concept of health. Now what does it mean if you look in the. Well let me let me get to that we have used some surrogates for health. Most of you are familiar with I would assume most of you're familiar with the blue zones right and the study from National Geographic by Dan Buettner where we have all of these things the secrets of living longer and you know that Seventh Day Adventists were included in that actually the seven there when this in Loma Linda right. And then there Okinawans and then he wrote about five and then seven different. Different territories and there's a science of longevity science and truth. Science and the revelation of God are really the same thing. OK true science that is. But no other. OK now once. Who are living longer. In the same condition as Seventh Day Adventists who are living longer. What do you think. I heard or know here. Talk to the person next to you have one minute come up with an answer just a simple yes or no and then we'll deal with it. Yes or no she won't buy it but you come up with her already. Right. OK good. So what do you think how many say yes then the same situation actually living. Maybe even a bit longer than than seven they're going to so many of you. I see one. OK two. All right. Same conditions same condition. How many say no it's a different. It's a different setting. Oh OK for those who say in no why you say no. They're missing the spiritual aspect. How about that those who said yes. What do you think about the spiritual aspect of the organ Owens got to write. He says You got me. The spiritual or what do they do what do they do spiritually. We're not going to get into a study of the organ no one's But what if yes they're ancestor worship us. But what if if we were to consider that health is not just the physical. And it's not just living longer. Then we have to go back. We go back and we look at Matthew twenty eight one thousand and twenty. This is not just. About living better in the world. It's about it's about becoming disciples and the and to learn what God hasn't intended for us for all of his children to be. And we happen to have the privilege of being ambassadors of peace and Bassett as of hope and share of God's compassion. To the world so that the world may know that there's a God who is powerful and God who removes shame and a God who loves this is a wonderful thing. Yes the word shalom. Means completeness it means Souness it means it means well if you it means well being peace and help it means all that is good. All but is good. Everything that is good. So when a Hebrew met another Hebrew and said shallow what that person was saying is that I wish for you. Everything that is good is not something. Yeah I wish for you. Everything that is good but now is it only Hebrews greeting Hebrews with the word. Know everybody that they were supposed to wish them alone good all that is good is yours. So the idea of loving your enemies and doing good to those who who hurt you. Is not a New Testament idea. It's a whole Testament idea that we do good even to those who intended to do us evil and we wish them whole this because in reality. If they truly were to become whole the way God intends for us to become whole we have no enemies they would be more than just friends. To be brothers and sisters. Big family. Shallow. Now. Along with that and especially after high and actually speak and the speaker this morning both alluded to it. Sometimes what happens we get so excited. We have such energy such zeal we go off the deep end. Or we go into a ditch on one side or we go into a ditch on the other side is not right. We. Because we're so excited. We're so eager we end up with being people who are unbalanced in our approach. But this guy he certainly has balance I found this on the Internet. I wouldn't do what he's doing. With the phone balance. What does it take to have that kind about. What does it take to have the kind of balance. That we see when we watch the Olympics if you watch the Olympics. And we see people doing backflips. And. Repetitive tumbles. On a piece of wood. That is four inches wide. It's called the balance beam. Have you seen those in the Olympics or in some kind of gymnastic event four inches wide. The official rules ten centimeters that's it. And these people do but I would I would do one and show you what they do these back flips and tumbles they can't see where they're going but they just go. What does it take to be able to do that to have that kind of balance practice practice constant. And it also takes focus. You see sometimes when we talk about balance. We're thinking about a little of this and a little of that. Well in this case when we talk about violence. We're talking about her being so focused on God and His plan that there's no room for anything else that's the kind of balance. We're talking about we're so focused on God and His plan that there's no room really for anything else and God has a plan. Yes for each of us and for each of us in our lives. And one of the things that he has in mind for us alone. And not only that he wants us to be ambassadors of the law to everybody that we meet is that something. So once you come You're recruited. And you become a share in this. Now as you've seen before in this series. There are some issues many Biblical teachings on lifestyle include mental physical moral social and family health and they're being validated by science. Every day. Yes using good science in our programs provides an opportunity to reveal the goodness of our Creator and the power of the local teaching we we use good science people who are intelligent read the studies and if we give them half baked information. They think. You're out to lunch. You have big the not going to listen to the rest of what we see. So we should be focused on the truth. And we should tell people to the best of our ability. The truth as we understand it. Thank you very much. But we had some problems and these problems predated. Us. The story here is of Jesus and His disciples. And his disciples asking him. Rabbi who sinned. This man or his parents. The man was blind from birth. You know the story in John Chapter nine. Well the proper theology of hell teaches risk reduction and cause and effect and we are called a Seventh Day Adventists to be involved in the preventive aspect also also. In the interactive aspect also. In the curative aspect. Right. We were called to the whole the whole nine yards. But every member in the church. Everybody who is a seven there been this has at least been called into the Health Education and the health evangelistic aspect of medical ministry. All of us. That's part of what we do. It's part of who we are. So teaching risk reduction and cause and effect we should reason from causative that we shouldn't be afraid of reason even God use reason as they are Chapter one. He says. Come now let us reason together. OK although sin and sickness are closer it is evident that not all sickness is directly traceable to transgression on the part of the sick. But you know sometimes we seem to forget that. We have a friend who gets sick and the first thing that comes to our mind is what they're not doing with regard to health. The first thing that comes to mind. Sometimes who I meet some when I hear of somebody a prominent figure. And that person has cancer. And folks are wagging their tongues and wagging their fingers. Ah it's because somehow we have some kind of diagnostic ability to be able to see all the way through. And the disciples were asking this question there because this was that was the thought at the time. And it's a thought that has prevailed. That when somebody gets sick. It must be something that they did that did this too often the in a sense suffer for or with the guilty because if you're sick that it must be a problem that you have caused you've brought it on yourself. And this picture should tell it like it is what is the look on that face of the person who is supposed to represent God. Condemnation. So that's how I see it. And so we take up the ire of God so to speak are it's because you did so and so look I have known people. Good God fearing people who have been living up to everything that they knew to do. And they got it. And the sad part about it is they didn't really want anybody else to know you know why. Because they knew that they would be condemned. They will not find a listening ear. They will not find a shoulder to cry on they would not find a supportive environment what they would find is condemnation. You must have done something wrong and that reminds me of the book that we have been studying this last quarter. You did it. You did it. Well and reason in the faith of Jesus goes on to say disabilities and sicknesses are not always directly due to sin. That is the sin of the individual all illness is due to sin. Because we live in a sinful world. When sin will be no more sickness will be no more death will be no more pain suffering crying. Not of suffering as punishment for sin to many sickness and suffering or. Sure sign of God's disfavor and converse to the think that if nothing is troubling them. God is pleased with their general way of life but such reasoning and prayers are not see. Not one ditch. Nor the other. If everything seems to be going right for you with your health. It doesn't mean that you're doing everything right. You know as a doctor. I came to the conclusion even before I was a seven there Ventus that what people really wanted when they came into my office was to hear me see. Well done. I remember this one guy he was a pilot. He had diabetes and you know that if you know anything about this that and flying cleans out. OK so he had to have strict control of his blood sugar. And he would come in and he is shaking. Why he's not shaking because his blood sugar is too law or anything because he knows what he has been doing and not doing and what he wants is for me to say are everything looks good and sign off for the federal government that everything is fine. Now to his to his credit he never once asked me to do something. That was illegal. Right. But I can imagine if he was going to be grounded. Maybe he wouldn't ask me but he might suggest it. If you know with it because his livelihood. People would like when they come to see the doctor the doctor says everything is fine no problem. Keep on doing what you're doing See you in another year or whatever it is and you say you got away this. Got away this day. We must be winsome. In using tack. And wisdom when we deal with health issues for ourselves and with others. Now I went through myself with my family we went through all kinds of different combinations and permutations of how we would have our own dinner in the breakfast and nor oil and we went through all of these things we were all laboratory right. And it took time to work through all of those things and come to something that we all felt hockey's this is this is more balance this is more reasonable we can live this way and there is always room for improvement. Right. OK. And then some people would look at someone who has just heard the message or may not even have heard the message and we just. Weaken them instead of helping them. We are told that our speech should always be with grace. Season with salt so we know how to answer every man we should speak in love words of kindness and love. We wish to present temperance and health reform. From a Bible standpoint and to be very cautious not to go to extremes in abruptly advocating health reform. Extremes is one word abruptly some things just take time. For some people just hearing something my dad is that kind of guy he hears something he thinks it through when my dad who is ninety five years old by the way when my dad says OK I'm going to do this. His word is his bond. My father is not prone to waver. We're told that about five percent of the world's population is like that. Just like the rest of us we have different degrees of wiggle room that we. That we extract evil from the things that we want to do. Even pour in Romans Chapter Seven what he see he says the things that I want to do when I do not other things I don't want to do those things I do all wretched man that I am he said who can save me from this body of death but I am so glad and I'm sure you are too that the Bible doesn't end in Romans Chapter seven. No it goes on the Romans chapter eight and Paul says that we are more than Congress through him who loved us right. It's all about Jesus guess it's all about Jesus. And sometimes we take our eyes away from that and we want to introduce our own ideas. Look at this. We're not to graft into health reform. One false shoot. According to our own peak Yuliya overstrained ideas and weave into it. Our own strong traits of character making these as the voice of God and passing judgment. We're not supposed to do. We're not to make ourselves the standard for anybody else's doing but it's easy to do that even when we're when we're intending not to do it. It's easy to do it. Because we are very very big on advice. Anybody here is going to grace. OK. Now there's a blessing and a curse in some people and it goes like this. There are some lines so constituted that they will accept anything that bears the features of rigorous that or reform of any kind. There are some people who are attracted to this and. They will do it but then comes the other side they expect everybody else in the world. To do it back to. So ladies and gentleman. We are a bastard US ambassador of peace and basses are Shalom ambassador of this balanced way of looking at things. And to remind me to talk about that is this picture of two French ambassadors and what one basses do and who are the ambassadors are actually appointed by some government some king some some sovereignty and says you go and you will represent our country. You represent our kingdom European our way of living. And this is what we do. We represent the kingdom of God go either for proclaiming what the Kingdom of God is at hand. The Kingdom of God is at hand. All right. So now. Let's look at the real determinants of health. OK We're going to go a bit faster. So you get this. We have symptoms on the top. We have the underlying cause of this is at the bottom. We have states of health outcomes. And we have contributing factors lifestyle behaviors. But wait a minute we have this quarrel block of stuff that sometimes we don't take into account and we think we have the whole answer. When we're going to reach a person or a people or we go as missionaries somewhere. Look at that individuals have different values attitudes believes resources skills different knowledge. And in the world of public health. We have a whole paradigm of looking at the determinants of health and some of these are social determinants of health in the middle here. We have the persons is the gender the constitutional factors then we have individual lifestyle factors social and community networks and then we have all of these things housing health care water and sanitation and employment living and working conditions work environment education I recall too in food production and then we have general socio economic cultural environmental conditions that embrace the whole thing. Now oftentimes we act as if the only thing that matters is what's going on here with the individual lifestyle factors. And this can throw us off our track as been as we work with people we have to understand that this is not the whole picture. It is a it is a serious part of the picture our choices make a huge difference but God He knows our frame. He knows a weird us but he knows where we come from. He understands what's going on with us. And that's something that we don't understand about each other. Most times. Where we live where we learn where we work where we please have more to do with our help in going to the doctor. So here are some of the things access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We were working with a community in Mexico and. We found that in this in this town. The kids weren't eating. They weren't eating vegetables. They wanted in broccoli and things like this and you know you might say well you know the kids all over the world they don't like the broccoli. But with the we dug a little bit deeper. They have never seen broccoli. But those in broccoli. Their idea of of vegetables. In this particular tone was very simply something that we called because they got it right. Which is yummy. Right. The little tomatoes some onions right. Some Chili of course. And that's it that's that's that's the vegetables. And you go and you judge them. How come you're not feeding your children a balanced meal. They've never seen it. We were in another community. And developed a community garden. And people were reluctant at first but then they said OK they would do that in that part of the country. They grew. Cabo and they grew goats. OK that was that was what they did. And they made tortillas. So they had cheese. They had two or three years and they had meat and of course the ubiquitous chicken. That was running around and then some of them with the pork and what you know that was it was meat. So when you say let's have a community garden. It was like really. Well there was one lady who had quite a bit of land and she agreed we will do this. And so the the women of the community. Who were home during the day. OK We started to do this and and lo and behold it went really really well and they were very excited. Everything was was going God bless the garden and things were flourishing. But we had a problem. Nobody would pick any of the vegetables. When they grew. So they were just sitting there. We didn't we didn't understand it. OK So we asked them why aren't you picking. I mean it's it's not just to be admired you need to eat it. Where they had never eaten it before they didn't know how to prepare not to cook it. So you have to go backwards. So now we taught them how to prepare these things how to them fresh how to make it in a dish right. Oh they loved it and then the woman who gave them and she took it back. There's a true story. She took it back but there's a good end of the story the ladies got something else and. And they did it for themselves. The next time around. Anyway so access to fresh fruits and vegetables access to green spaces freedom to walk and play during the day income levels. You know. Based on income level you can have three times the mortality before age sixty five. The lawyer income the worse it is OK well it's education level two point five times mortality before is it sixty five people who are who don't have formal education have two point five times greater. Mortality risk before the age of sixty five in some states. And count countries of residence and zip code. Thirteen year difference and in one seventy. Just because of where you live the multiple studies now looking at zip codes in the United States the zip code is a great determinant of what your health status is going to be right. Racial inequities and master status effect residence. Where you would where you live determines what school you go to what school you go to determines how much access you have to higher education that determines what job that job to do and so much money you get that then determines the residents of the access to resources to deal with life's challenges. So it's a cycle right and some people cannot and do not negotiate our That cycle. And we go and we tell them you need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Stop smoking and this will be what takes care of you. I went to one community rush we were moving to the community and we had a wonderful program in the church where. They were doing cholesterol screenings and whatnot and everything was going really really well. But I asked the people. Well you know where the poor people in town and to be honest with you. Many people didn't know where the poor people lived. And in this particular town. It was literally over the tracks gay when it was a railroad track and when you crossed the track it was like being in a horror movie. On this side this sun and bells and music and as you cross the railroad strike it's not really felt like that the road was different. The dust and grime was different. Anyway. So I went to visit some of the people and the place that that was most of the was a church there was a church there another seven there been this church I went to that church and I talked to some of the people there. Oh you're the new doctor in town that had a right. So I asked them. Would you like for some help. You know meetings and all. Yes yes yes yes OK. Now how many of you think that they would be really interested in cholesterol screening. They were more interested in what was going on in their community with the drugs. The fact that they didn't have supermarkets in their area. The fact that their daughters were getting pregnant at age thirteen and fourteen and fifteen. That's what was of concern to them. And you know. I wish I could tell you that everything worked out because we understood that. But I can't tell you that. I don't know what happened. I know that we engage with them for a while but then we moved away and I don't think anybody else. In our church. Act. Really saw this as an opportunity to minister to people in need. Yes. Yes cigarettes a day here. Serious stuff here. Serious stuff. OK. Now look at this tips for staying healthy right. The lifestyle approach don't smoke. If you do stop if you don't don't start eat a balance that whole foods fresh fruits and vegetables keep physically active. If you drink. According to the research says do so in moderation. Actually the more we look at the research the more we know there is no safe level of our OK All right so stop altogether. That's what we tell people avoid excessive sun and protect your children. That is here for your children nurture children don't abuse them don't abandon them all of these increase the risk not only of the child having psychological problems but actually increases the risk that the child will have physical problems like diabetes hypertension heart disease. They're more likely to be obese they're more likely to be promiscuous. They're more likely to get C O P.D. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and they're more likely to die between five and twelve years prematurely. Practice safe sex. That means monogamous natural marital sex participate in appropriate health screenings drive defensively don't drink and drive manage your stress practic practice physical mental and they will hygiene. And maintain reciprocally supportive social ties. OK I like that eleven good health practices. These are the lifestyle things and you know we can stop right there and say this is wonderful. Yes or. Don't be. OK let's. You're asleep. Don't big. Here you know. In in some beaten countries. Like where there are lots of beaches and and lot of sunshine near the equator. When you you nor the natives from the non-natives OK because the natives when the sun is really hot. They see the shade. And the foreigners who go there. This is the sun. This is just how it is but native people know when the sun is hot you you go inside try to go under the shade. Having good emotional health good emotional health. Yes or. Yes part of the issue is because they have been avoiding the sun too much. There is a balance there. Excuse me. Another part of. Oh OK All right. The other the other issues we all don't metabolize that Vitamin D. in the same way. So the latest research which came out just about two weeks ago. We know that there is a level around twenty. Nanograms per deciliter. And by the time you get to thirty you have a problem because it increases risk of some cancers already by the time you get to thirty so there is an issue. Now before we were seeing kind of just let it go because you're going to do fine. Not so not not with the latest metal analyses and whatnot so there is a balance here just going out and just getting as much sun as you can is. Not the is not the route either. All right. Tips for staying healthy looking at the social determinants Now this is a little bit tongue in cheek but it's actually real. This is good. Did you know we're Don't be poor. If you are stop if you can't try not to be poor for too long. It's kind of depressing. Don't have poor parents. Don't live in a poor or industrialized neighborhood. If the if the neighborhood is industrialized you have a twenty percent increased risk of having chronic diseases going to the emergency room more than five times a year. Because of the pollutants. Owner car. People who don't have cars don't have access to the same things as other people who have cars. But. Use it only on weekends. And walk to work. Then you have to use your car right or get a bicycle. Can you imagine. OK practice not losing your job. And don't become unemployed not because this is it is significant determinant of decreased health right. Don't be illiterate. Avoid social isolation. Don't accumulate points at the points that children. When the neglected abused etc by their parents. Try not to be part of a socially marginalized group can you imagine trying not to be them. And be born in a high happiness index country such as Denmark or so right now it's kind of tongue in cheek but if you understand what I'm saying these things as. Really affect your health. And so when we tell people about what to do. If we don't consider who they are where they're from what their context is we will be asking them to do something that's well nigh impossible. Exactly exactly and you know that takes us know into a whole other realm of things. It kind of sounds like. When I was sick you visited me. And when I had nothing to eat. I gave me something to eat and you talk me out of point. So that I can eat you get the idea. It's going beyond just just the platitudes of saying you need to do this. But it's actually extending ourselves and helping people to be able to overcome some of these social determinants of poor health. Yeah. Exactly. No no thank you for adding that because they don't always go. But if we're ignorant of it. They they look at us and they think we're from Mars. Because we just don't understand. Yes It's simply economics simply economics. When they when they look at all the factors for exercise and cigarette smoking and obesity and whatnot economic still plays a part here. Most of us are we can fit a strong fifth trust God to do what he wants to do. We trust God. That he will do what he wants to do. Daniel is three friends Abraham in the woman with the issue of blood. Sorry Abraham and the one with the issue of blood. All had strong faith and got great outcomes. For John the Baptist and Jesus had strong faith and had outcomes that don't work so human is this is all about this. We sometimes like to think only of what we would see as being the good outcome but God sees a bigger outcome. It didn't please God that John the Baptist would be beheaded by this you know ridiculous man. It didn't please him. But guess what. This was what was needed at the time and John accepted that John died in faith. God put the power in the natural remedies. So where does the power to heal with extracts and herbs and whatnot come from where they come from from God God does. Who created the physiology and the ability to have that we have to study it guarded. There is no safe level of alcohol to be ingested the first thing to go under the influence of alcohol is our judgment. That's why I do not drink alcohol. I'm connected to my brain. There was a commercial long time ago I guess it was a long time ago on television you know don't leave home without it I don't want to leave home without my judgment and I want to have good judgment when I'm home to OK. Cigarette smoking has nor redeeming qualities. But being seven Terry is a greater health risk than smoking cigarettes and you know that. If you had a choice forced choice smoke or be sedentary. I'll tell you. Statistically smoking and being physically active is better than being sedentary. And not smoking. Caffeine is a stimulant coffee and tea are stimulants and therefore us psycho active agents they should not be used as beverages as beverages we should be doing this thing as a as an everyday thing regardless of what is coming up and being trendy even in the church. Yes So we look at these. Health related factors. And we must add what the social scientists leave out. We must add that there is a spiritual dimension to health and there's a biblical worldview a mindset that changes how we look at everything. It filters everything else. And that is the truth. So if we. Look at things. Now from that biblical standpoint which of the things that that we promote in health ministry which of these things. Become effective first of all. We promote good community we should right there in the church right there in your neighborhood right there on the job right in your school good community. Do you know that we're supposed to be a family guys that you know that. You know we're supposed to be a family. We're supposed to act like family. How about this one. Lifestyle of course the individual choices that we make here. Even under bad circumstances we can make better choices. So we say we make the best of the bad choices so that. How about this one our age. Can you change your age. Don't say no. We can change our physiologic age. OK we can change our chronological age we can change officer working age the way we change our physiological age is by doing the things that we know we all know that we should be doing and we do this. I do it sometimes right. I know I shouldn't be doing this but how many know don't resent her. Education. Do you know that there's a statistic that is not used to watch anymore. But within one generation of becoming a Seventh Day Adventists. Within one generation. The education the formal education level. Goes from under high school to college that you know that. Under high school the college. Seventh Day Adventists believe that people should be educated. And that. Is a determinant of health and you thought that health was your specific stuff right. You know the whole message is one of here because it's about completeness and shalom and all that is good. How about this one agriculture and food production. Put into the country planting your own stuff growing your own so you have that right. You could have that right. Do you know that even if you live in the heart of a concrete jungle. You can do box planting. You can have in your apartment your little apartment you can have potted plants. You can grow fresher. Some people grow other kinds of herbs you can grow fresh herbs that someone help people you to eat. You can put some flowers by the way you can change the quality of the air that you breathe by putting in plants and you know I have a list of plants indoor plants. That that do a wonderful job of cleaning the air of pollutants. So do they have your email address. And I will send it to you and you can you can send it to anybody who wants that. And by the way this list came from the American Horticultural Society with get this. They didn't generate the list themselves. When NASA was getting involved in the space program and putting astronauts of that they were looking at how to keep the air clean in an environment where it's artificial. And with all of the machinery and all of their dollars really the best thing that they phone was to put plants. God one. OK unemployed. What the F. word. When you're doing all of these things the likelihood that you're going to be employed. Because I'm. Right. The likelihood that you're going to be poor goes down. You get what I'm saying. So the issue of accepting the truth. It really makes a difference in your whole life and your whole health. It does this is what happens when someone accepts Christ and accepts the whole message and the health message includes all of this. What can members do be ambassadors one study and I'll just go quickly with this one. They looked at people with hypertension. They had some people in the church who went around and they didn't know much about hypertension they just learned a little bit of help and they went in and they talked to people who had high blood pressure. They just talked to them. And they learned some things about discuss the family difficulties financial strain employment opportunities as appropriate provided support advice referral direct assistance that's what they did. That's what they did they were just being good neighbors and you know what happened seven months later patients in the outreach group were more likely to have their blood pressures controlled than patients in the other two groups. You want to be. An ambassador for help and ambassador for Shalom you want to be a medical missionary. Yes you can do that by being a good neighbor. And you thought it was going to be really complicated right. Here. The people who were visited by these lay volunteers knew twice as much about blood pressure as patients in the other two groups those of the average group who are more knowledgeable with more knowledge sorry we're more so. Solent blood pressure control and were more compliant with taking the blood pressure medications than the patients in the health education group alone. Being there for somebody helping them. Now I would like to think that if this were a Seventh Day Adventist group we would also help them not only with their blood pressure but with all of these other things and then maybe even the medication that they were taking would be reduced where appropriate you get the idea. I have to add that word where appropriate because you don't just go around taking off people's blood pressure medications. OK So we have some extremes that people deal with. On the right. That's giving a left hook right. Everything matters fire and brimstone approach to the health message. Everything is salvific if you correctly understand the Bible in the spirit of prophecy. He then did not have the benefit as a story. In one church young pastor he got there he was preaching by the time six weeks ago and by dear sister in the church said Pastor When are you going to start really tackling the problems in the church. System. I thought. I was doing so. No no no. Pastor. There are still people in this church. Who eat fish that eat meat. We need to get going on the program. Now let me say this people if they knew all of the issues involved with meat eating and fish eating and whatnot. They would get with the program. But the pastor he said well you know. I was talking to the I want to develop reporter with them. I want that and he made the COULD BE TOLD ME. Just kind of tongue in cheek he says well you know even so Jesus lamb and fish. And the lady told him that's because he didn't have been. Helpless. I don't think she really understood what she was seeing. But there are some people who go to this kind of extreme are you hearing what I'm saying OK. There's righteousness by diet righteousness by exercise writers by sleep righteousness by by works this is a legal listing approach. Now ladies and gentlemen for you go too far. They may say that being fat overweight is a sin. I want to let you know. We don't promote obesity we don't promote being overweight. We don't promote people being too skinny either. Because we understand. That the gates of heaven are wide enough to take the fattest person in the world who believes in Jesus Christ. You believe that. But I'll tell you what the Bible says. There is no door. There is no Porto for the blood and none. You're excluded. So rather looking at the externals I am so glad that my savior looks at the Internet. And looks at what's in our hearts eating more than two meals a day that's a sin to fruits and vegetables at the same meal or that's a sin eating and drinking together that's a sin. It may turn others off this approach to reasonable health principles and this has happened in the past. So this extreme to the right is often associate with a narrow view of Christ and His grace and Mr Millet rebellious spirit in others. It may be associated with such overactive zeal for the truth that it eclipses the love and the compassion that are embodied in that truth. Don't fall into that ditch none the less. What should we do. Confronted with somebody who isn't that much. They should be met with the same compassion that Christ has for all human beings. They just don't know better and we need to love them. Just the same. We don't reject them. Yeah. OK now we have this one to the left. That's individuals who look at the message and it's a joke right. The health message of course we take it seriously why the US. Well. This does not save you is what the person might be likely to say. Jesus meet him face. Therefore what's the problem. They may say things like It's not a sin to eat you name it. It's not a sin. They may see show me the scientific proof that it is as you say. They may say I'm sick I'm tired of all these rules they may say I don't make a fuss I just do my own thing got access to me just as I am. They may see I will not be illegal list. These people may also say. Oh these people. It's often a rejection of the extreme right approach is why they took this they blame the others. Right. I don't want to be like them. It's often the default of convenience. You know it's easier to do nothing to do something right. What else may actually be antagonistic to reasonable instructions so when you when you're trying to teach them about something else unless they come to a realization you know their back is against the war right. I had one guy who came to the lifestyle center where I was working. And he was getting wonderful results. But he told me Dr I am not going to give up my tuna fish sandwiches. I told I haven't told you anything. What I know but it's coming. I am not going to give up my dinner for sandwiches. In other words I will be I will do anything else to keep my blood pressure down to get my blood sugar under control as it's going very nicely No but but I reserve the right to my tuna fish sandwich is. I promised him I said I'm not going to talk about tuna fish sandwiches any more. I didn't even start this conversation you did within three weeks. He told me. I don't think I'll be eating tuna fish sandwiches. He said. All right. Wonderful. Anyway. We actually are. It is often not satisfy with any evidence whatsoever a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still right. May induce others to follow suit to their own detriment. Because it's not just hurting somebody else who follows it actually hurts you to write and last but not these persons should be met with the same love and compassion that Jesus has for these in German The bottom line. God. God has shown us scandalous Grace. And he wants us to be ambassadors of that grace and that mercy but never deviate from the truth. About him. May God bless you and your health ministry personally and what you have in your church in your community. Thank you. I am told that my time is up. That's what he told me that going back to see that I will. Yes go ahead take it take care of it. OK Mark help him and I and I were driving on a trip and he says met him in verse fourteen of John chapter five and said Go and sin no more or less what. Oh we're saying come upon you and I and I it had struck me because the context of the story this man had brought this hopeless healthful helpless worthless condition upon himself and I asked again I said Dane what could be worse than being paralyzed from the neck down with no one to help you and he didn't skip a beat he said being paralyzed from the neck up and not wanting help and that is the truth. So our work is ambassadors for Jesus Christ is to help the Spirit of God to work on heart so that no one will want to be paralyzed from the neck up Amen Let's give a hearty amen to Dr Marcel and we are going to now ask him to have our closing prayer. Let's that. Our Father in heaven. We want to thank you for giving us. The most precious gift of all Jesus Christ. And to give us instructions on how to how to live and how to live better. For a so much. That's better than what we hope even attracted to you know naturally and as we approach this new year coming I pray that your Holy Spirit will redouble is efforts and his energies so that we might be recipients of this lavish. Yes that you have showered upon us is true ambassadors from the king of these hero prayers. Keep us in your low because we can't keep yourself. Just in this message was presented at the G Y C two thousand and sixteen. Conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas see a supporting Ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church seeks to inspire young people to be bible based Christ centered and so winning Christians for other resources like this visit us online at W.W.W. dot G Y C Web dot org.

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