Category Archives: Spiritual Health

An Amazing Thanksgiving Proclamation — by the President of the United States of America

What a surprise it is, to those of us with modern sensitivities, to read this amazing Thanksgiving proclamation—especially since it was released by the President of the United States of America. I’ve reformatted it a bit, just to make it easier … Continue reading

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A new study shows religion helps toughen the brain

The reason that religion or spirituality appears to protect people with a family risk of depression from developing the illness may be because religion or spirituality thickens the cortices of the brain, Columbia University researchers Lisa Miller, PhD, Myrna Weissman, … Continue reading

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I’m preaching this Sunday. I hope you can come!

I hope you and yours had a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family-filled Christmas. I wanted to let you know that I’ve been asked to preach this Sunday (December 30, 2012) at my home church, the Little Log Church in Palmer Lake, CO. I … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt interviewed for AMA NEWS article on doctors praying with patients

I was pleased to be interviewed by AMA NEWS on the subject of doctors praying with patients. You can read the entire interview here.

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MOTHER’S DAY THOUGHT: A Baby’s Conversation with God

A dear friend sent the note below to me. It is a beautiful little story of a conversation between God and an unborn child. It is a great tribute to Moms everywhere. I cannot find the name of the original author … Continue reading

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I hope you’ll give my brand new devotional a look

It’s been 10 years in the making … and it’s now available … so, if you’ve not seen or signed up for my daily devotional, “Morning Glory, Evening Grace,” I hope you’ll take up a look at it.

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Mentored by a Milker of Cows

Long-time readers know of my fondness and appreciation for Bill Judge, a retired dairyman in Kissimmee, Florida, who has been my mentor and coach since the mid-1980’s. Now that my father has passed, Bill has become my second dad. In … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story – Part 3

Two days ago, I began a Christmas story that came from my book Bryson City Seasons. Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 here. This is the last of three parts. I hope it’s been a Christmas blessing for you and yours:

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Was Jesus’ birth really predicted in the Hebrew Scriptures?

I love the writing of Randall Niles, who serves at AllAboutGod.com. http://allaboutgod.com/ He sends out emails from time-to-time entitled “Think Blast!” I thought his Christmas one was super and that you might enjoy it:

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If the origin of Christmas is “pagan,” should Christians celebrate the holiday?

As we approach the Christmas holiday, Christians will often be challenged by those who note the “pagan” origin of Christmas. As a result, some Christians believe we should not celebrate the holiday at all, given the origin of its elements. … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story – Part 2

Yesterday, I began a Christmas story that came from my book Bryson City Seasons. Part 1 can be found here. This is the second of three parts. I hope it will be a Christmas blessing for you and yours:

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A Christmas Story – Part 1

My most popular books, at least based upon sales and letters, are the Bryson City series. In the second book in this series, Bryson City Seasons, I wrote about an encounter with a patient on Christmas 1982 in Bryson City, North … Continue reading

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NEWS: Devotional website from Dr. Walt launches December 19

NEWS: I’m launching a new twice-a-day devotional on December 19. I hope you’ll sign up for it.

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Stretching key to yoga’s back pain relief

According to a recent study, yoga can help improve symptoms of chronic lower back pain, but it’s likely not any spiritual or meditation component that does the trick.

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Do you give thanks in ALL things?

Barb and I support a wonderful missionary couple, Brian and Christy Lewis, who work with Wycliffe International in southeast Asia. Recently, the Lewis family has wrestled with illness and death. Christi wrote me about the lessons she’s learning about being thankful. I pray that … Continue reading

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The health benefits of being thankful

There are many ways to develop a positive attitude, but one easy way to begin is with the habit of giving thanks. Here’s an excerpt on what I call “the gratitude antidote” from my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: … Continue reading

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The process of F-O-R-G-I-V-I-N-G

We tell people all the time that we have forgiven them, but the truth is, in most cases, we haven’t really done so. If we say we have forgiven people but we harbor any resentment, bitterness, or anger of how badly … Continue reading

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A test to tell if you’ve really forgiven someone

We tell people all the time that we have forgiven them, but the truth is, in most cases, we haven’t really done so. If we say we have forgiven people but we harbor any resentment, anger, or bitterness of how … Continue reading

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Study confirms abortion negatively impacts women’s health

A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has concluded what pro-abortion groups have tried to discount for decades: abortion substantially increases a woman’s risk of mental health problems.

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A Christian view of caring for a dying parent

I have a dear friend, Tim, who is a healthcare profession and now involved in providing loving care and caring for his mother as she approaches death. He recently faced some difficult decisions about pursuing care versus withholding care. I’m … Continue reading

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Catholic Church: Unborn children have a soul at conception

For those of us involved in caring for women and their unborn children, we must face squarely the question, “When does an unborn child have a soul?”

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Spiritual talks boost hospitalized patients’ perceptions of care

HealthDay reports that hospitalized patients who are “able to talk about their religious and spiritual concerns are more satisfied with their care,” according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Patients are asking me how to manage their diabetes during fasting

I have the privilege of being the Medical Director at the Mission Medical Clinic, a Christian clinic for the working poor in Colorado Springs. Because we care for our patients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and because so many of … Continue reading

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How to find the right doctor

On the road to becoming highly healthy, I recommend each person have a personal physician to serve as their health care coach. Usually I recommend a primary care physician. But, how do you find the right doctor?

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People who let go of regrets are happier and more satisfied with life

The Bible teaches, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry …” (Ephesians 4:26). In other words, let go of your anger, regrets, bitterness, sorrow, etc. Why? Wallowing in these … Continue reading

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Prescribing Jesus gets doctor unjustly censured

A Christian doctor in England has been threatened with an official warning from his professional body for discussing Jesus with a patient, The (London) Sunday Times reported.

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Meditation calms irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

A study presented recently at a medical meeting revealed that a form of meditation called “mindfulness training” was associated with significantly improved symptom scores for irritable bowel syndrome patients compared with a support group. Below I’ll discuss the study and … Continue reading

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An expose on teen sex and dating: What’s really going on and how to talk about It

My dear friend, Andy Braner, is releasing his most recent and explosive book yet. An Expose on Teen Sex and Dating: What’s Really Going On and How to Talk About It is being released TODAY!

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The Christian divorce rate myth (what you’ve heard is wrong)

It’s been proclaimed from pulpits and blogs for years — Christians divorce as much as everyone else in America. But some scholars and family activists are questioning the oft-cited statistics, saying Christians who attend church regularly are more likely to remain … Continue reading

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It’s Easter, and ‘He is risen’

Today is the holy day in which Christians celebrate their redemption. And a newspaper editorial tells the “old, old story” as well as any preacher:

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