Tag Archives: spirituality

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interview: Dr. Walt Says Opportunities Abound To Bring Faith Into Medicine

Here’s an interview with me, from HCJB Global, about my teaching time at a large international medical conference in Quito, Ecuador, last month.

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Dr. Walt Teaches “Spirituality Plays Key Role” at Annual Medical Conference in Ecuator

Last month Barb and I were privileged to travel to Quito, Equator to participate in a medical mission trip and for me to teach at a large international medical conference. Here’s an article from HCJB Global about my teaching and … Continue reading

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 6 – The Spiritual Wheel of Health

Here’s the sixth of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you … Continue reading

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Yoga: Should Christians Be Concerned?

Yoga is an alternative therapy that raises difficult questions for Christians. The physical and breathing exercises taught in yoga classes may improve general well-being. However, as a deeply religious practice with the goal of union with the divine, it is … Continue reading

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Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Healthcare Professional

Take a Spiritual Inventory Finding a doctor and other health care team members who share your spiritual foundation and practices may be crucial for you—and thankfully it’s fairly simple. You can use a spiritual inventory. Doctors are increasingly using spiritual … Continue reading

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Positive Brain Changes Seen After Meditation (What is Christian meditation?)

A number of Christian scriptures recommend meditation as a spiritual discipline: Psalm 77:12: I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Psalm 119:15:  meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. Psalm 119:27: Let me … Continue reading

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Belief in God Relieves Depression

I wanted you to read an excerpted from, “Belief in God Relieves Depression,” an interesting article in the The Washington Times by Jennifer Harper: The “Big Man Upstairs” is getting accolades from mental health specialists who say they are finding … Continue reading

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Increased spiritual support may be linked to higher quality of life in cancer patients

This headline is likely not news to most of the readers of this blog — or likely to most people. We all seem to know intuitively that terminal diagnoses cause people to begin to think about spiritaul and eternal issues. … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt’s Testimony Before Congress on Faith-based Perspectives on the Provision of Community Services

Back in 2004, while serving as Vice President of Medical Outreach at Focus on the Family, I was asked to testify before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources on the topic of “Faith-based Perspectives on the Provision of … Continue reading

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“Christmas Firsts” – A Christmas story from “Bryson City Seasons”

My most popular books, at least based upon sales and letters, are the Bryson City series, made up of: Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor’s First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains (read a chapter here) Bryson City … Continue reading

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How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 12 – Prayer

This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 5 – What Causes Sickness?

Theologians tell us that, in one sense, from a Biblical perspective, all sickness has its ultimate origin in sin because human suffering stems from the fall and the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:15 – 17; Romans 1:28 – … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 12 – Biblical Principles on Which to Base Medical Decisions and The Power of Faith

This is the last entry in this series — which has been one of the most popular I’ve written. I hope it’s been helpful for you and hope you recommend this blog series to your friends as the Bible gives … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 11 – Look to the Bible, Not Inner Voices, for Guidance

When investigating an alternative therapy, be concerned about those that involve listening to other spirits. But what about listening to an inner guiding voice? Guidance by intuition and inner voices has become more in vogue today than guidance through reason … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 10 – Biblical Characters Condemned for Pursuing Certain Forms of Healing

The Bible recognizes the great temptation inherent in healing by evil spirits and illicit healers. The Old Testament describes an intense conflict between legitimate and illegitimate approaches to healing and spirituality. An incident involving King Ahaziah, the eighth king of … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 9 – Life Energy and Medical Magic

Alternative therapies based on “life energy” use principles just like those generally attributed to magic. Although “magic” is difficult to define concisely, magical practices do have common features. Magic involves specific techniques or rituals by which people attempt to manipulate … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 8 – Illegitimate Spiritual Practices.

Alternative medicine as a whole is not rooted in any particular religious tradition, but some therapies are. A number of healing rituals and traditions are part of the Wiccan religion (also called “white witchcraft”). Eastern religions often view healing as … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 7 – Not All Healing is From God

How we pursue health and healing is very important. Our concern, as Christians, is that there are wrong ways (even evil ways) people can pursue and receive healing. We wish to make the case that healing achieved by inappropriate means … Continue reading

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Ironically, the most devout are the most likely to utilize death-to-the-end treatment

The New York Times reports, “Terminally ill cancer patients who drew comfort from religion were far more likely to seek aggressive, life-prolonging care in the week before they died than were less religious patients.” What does this story mean? More … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 6 – Why God’s Response to Prayer Isn’t Always to Heal

Despite what many television preachers tell us, the Bible does not teach that God’s response to a prayer to cure illness is an immediate physical healing. The overall teaching of the Bible is that sickness can have different origins. Therefore, … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 4 – Can Faith be Unhealthy?

While faith can have positive effects on health, it can also have negative effects. Although religious beliefs are a source of comfort and support for many people, for others they are a source of stress and emotional turmoil. More Information:

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