Category Archives: Health & Joy!

The Incarnation: A Spiritual Difference Maker!

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The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), and the living, breathing, in the flesh presence of Jesus changes everything for us.  Everything.  All the way around the Lutheran Wellness Wheel.  Today we’ll consider how the Incarnation of the Son of God makes a difference for our spiritual lives.

I don’t think that everything Jesus did was an example for us.  Many of the things He did He did because we can’t do them.

But His life of worship and the spiritual disciplines are one of the ways we are called to follow in His footsteps. Continue reading

The Incarnation: A Baptismal Difference Maker!

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When we pray, “Lord, have mercy,” do you think the Lord can really relate?  I mean, we cry out in our weakness, “Help, Lord.  Save me!” but what does He know about stress and anxiety?

That’s the great thing about Christmas and the Incarnation of Jesus.  He became flesh for us, and He really does understand.

For the next few weeks, during Advent and into Epiphany, we’ll explore very briefly how the Incarnation of Jesus into this human life of ours makes a difference, spiritually, physically, emotionally, all the way around The Lutheran Wellness Wheel. Continue reading

Final Lessons from a Distance Runner!

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Karl Meltzer, the record holder for the fastest trip down the Appalachian Trail ever, has three more thoughts to share about endurance on a long hard journey.  I’ve really enjoyed reflecting on them.  There’s a nugget of truth for those in ministry to ponder in just about every one of them.

Drink coffee?  I’m not a big caffeine guy, but the last three are pretty good.

Let’s start with Embrace struggle.  Jesus said it this way, Continue reading

Three More Lessons from a Distance Runner!

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Karl Meltzer broke the record for cruising the Appalachian Trail, doing the nearly 2,200 miles in less than 46 days.  New York Magazine interviewed him and he shared some endurance lessons that apply quite well to this marathon of service in God’s kingdom.

Here’s a few more of his insights, beginning with Sleep.

I just saw something this week that allegedly Dr. Luther had to say about sleep. Continue reading

More Lessons from a Distance Runner!

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If you hike the length of the Appalachian Trail in record time, you learn some lessons about taking care of yourself.  Karl Meltzer shared some thoughts about his 46 day journey, and I thought they were pretty helpful.  I’ll cover three more today, and include our list so far at the end of the post.

We start today with Choose to be positive.  Fortunately for us children of the Lord, this is so much more than happy thoughts!

It’s the difference between Elijah and Silas. Continue reading

Lessons from a Distance Runner!

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Distance runner Karl Meltzer recently set the record for hiking the entire length of the2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail; just under 46 days.  In an interview (New York Magazine), he shared the keys to enduring such an ordeal.

I think they fit pretty well for those in a life of ministry!  We’ll look at two or three each week for a little while, starting with… Pace yourself. 

Read on for more! Continue reading

Favorite Wellness Scriptures: Jeremiah’s Hope!

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My prayers are with you for a JOY-filled Reformation Day.  “Give thanks to the LORD for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1).

My problem with choosing favorite wellness scriptures is that ALL scripture brings healing to the soul, the body and the spirit.

Case in point: I think that the traditional Old Testament Lesson for Reformation Day from Jeremiah 31 is a message of healing.

Sin has broken our life with God and our life with one another.  The God of covenant grace, in Israel’s darkest hour promised healing, and the message of promise was itself a work of healing for the people.

As an added bonus, I also see a message of vocational restoration in this message.  Read on! Continue reading