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[28 Oct 2014]
Martin Luther and the Wellness Movement

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson The wellness industry is booming, and this is a good thing. It is a part of our calling to care for ourselves in mind, body and spirit. The food we eat, and the way we exercise are not separate issues from our spirituality. I am proud that Lumunos is a part of this development. But there is an element of the wellness conversation that you don’t see in the ads or hear at the workshops. This is the part that has nothing to do with glowing skin and white teeth. In fact, it is kind of the opposite. Eugene Peterson expresses it well when he translates the Beatitudes, familiar words from the Bible that begin with “Blessed are the poor in spirit…..” I am going to add a translation to his translation, substituting the word “well” for the word “blessed:” You’re well when you’re at the end of your rope. With ...

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[21 Oct 2014]
Choosing to Not Look Away

by Lauren Van Ham For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Isaiah 41:13, NIV Goodness knows there’s plenty to feel afraid about. Real or imagined, we receive a steady stream of messages each day that offer huge helpings of fear: the spread of ebola, the stock market, our relationship with other countries, global warming, the state of education, our children's future, the dangers of diabetes, add your fear *HERE*, and on and on. How do you work with fear? I’ve been told, more than once, that fear and love don’t comfortably cohabitate; and that, when I’m feeling fear, I should focus on love. Focus on love. It’s an instructive prompt, for sure; I like the sound of it, but when I’m in the grip of a well-fed worry or fear, sometimes love feels hard to reach. In ...

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