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Christian Natural Health

Christian Natural Health is the podcast that teaches you about natural health from a biblical perspective. I'm Dr. Lauren Deville, a practicing naturopathic physician in Tucson, AZ. In this podcast, my guests and I will cover topics ranging from nutrition, sleep, hormone balancing and exercise, to specific health concerns like hair loss, anxiety, and hypothyroidism. Once a week, I'll include a bonus episode, meditating on a Bible verse or passage. I'll also interweave biblical principles as they apply throughout the podcast--because true health is body, mind, and spirit. Learn more about me at http://www.drlaurendeville.com/
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May 24, 2019

This week's podcast comes from this blog post, Infrared vs Regular Sauna

May 17, 2019

Today's meditation is on Joshua 21:45. God is faithful!

May 3, 2019

Today's meditation jumps around a bit: 

Matt 8:28:32

Mark 5:2-13

Luke 4:33-35

Mark 1:23-26

Mark 1:34

Luke 4:41

Matt 8:4

Apr 19, 2019

Today's podcast comes from the betrayal of Jesus, in John 18 and in all of the Gospels. 

I am indebted to Rick Renner's terrific book, Paid in Full for some of these insights into the Greek meaning and interpretations! 

Apr 12, 2019

Today's podcast comes from this article: The Gut-Brain Axis and Autism

Apr 5, 2019

Today's meditation comes from Joshua 3:10-17

 

Mar 29, 2019

Today's podcast comes from this article, Low Alkaline Phosphatase

Mar 22, 2019

Today's meditation comes from Deuteronomy 12:5-12

Mar 8, 2019

Gen 15:13: God said the Israelites would be servants and afflicted for 400 years; Ex 12:40-41: it was 430 yrs. They were 30 yrs late. Perhaps bc Moses killed the Egyptian and fled?

Ex 2:10: Moses became Pharaoh’s grandson

Ex 2:11-15: he kills an Egyptian and flees (he’s 40 years old here: Acts 7:22-29)

Ex 2:24-25: “God remembered… God saw… God knew”

Ex 3:2-4: the burning bush (bushes often lit up in the desert) — this is 40 years later (Acts 7:30)

Ex 4:10-13: Moses asks God to send someone else

Ex 4:14: Aaron, Moses’ brother, becomes his mouthpiece

Ex 4:24-26: the angel almost kills Moses for it, but blood saves him

Ex 4:31: initially the people believe and worship

Ex 5:7-23: Pharaoh won’t let them go, and makes them work harder; the people blame Moses, and Moses blames God

Ex 6:12 and v30: Moses is still protesting to God that Pharaoh won’t listen to him

Ex 7:3-5: God tells Moses that he will harden Pharaoh’s heart

Ex 7:7: he is 80 now

Ex 7:13, 8:15, 9:12, 9:35, 10:20, 10:27, 11:9-10, 14:4: Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, as God said

Ex 8-10: the first nine plagues:

  1. the Nile turns to blood
  2. frogs
  3. gnats
  4. flies
  5. death of their livestock
  6. boils
  7. hail
  8. locusts
  9. darkness

Ex 8:18-19: the magicians could not make gnats too, though they did turn their staffs to serpents and the Nile to blood and made frogs come up out of the waters. They told Pharaoh the gnats were the “finger of God.” 

Ex10:1-2: God says again why he is doing this.

Ex 10:7: Pharaoh’s servants plead with him to let the people go - “do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?”

Ex 11: pause from the plagues while Moses prepares the people to flee after the tenth.

11:2-3: they plunder the people

12:1-13: explanation of the Passover feast and the blood on the doorframe: a type of Christ. Resets their calendar to this as the first month.

12:15-20: Passover is followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread: leaven (yeast) is a type of sin (Gal 5:9)

12:29: the tenth plague: death of the firstborn

13:17-18: God doesn’t lead the Israelites to the Promised Land through the land of the Philistines bc he knows they might change their minds if they meet war that soon. That’s why they go to the Red Sea.

Ex 13:19: Moses takes Joseph’s bones with him, as he instructed (Gen 50:25) and was later commended for this as an act of faith (Heb 11:22).

Ex 13:21: Pillar of cloud by day and fire by night

Ex 14: the people grumble, Moses cries out to the Lord, and God is annoyed; the Red Sea parts. Egyptians pursue; God throws them into a panic, and they retreat. Then the waters cover them (v28). The path is about 9 miles.

Feb 22, 2019

Today's meditation comes from Genesis 37-47 on the life of Joseph. 

Gen 37:2: he was seventeen

37:3: Israel loved him more than his brothers and gave him the coat of many colors

v4: but the brothers hated him

v5-9: He makes it worse by sharing his dreams (double dream: it’s decided)

v18-22: the brothers conspire to kill him, but Reuben to spare his life

v27: They sell him into slavery

v32: they lead Israel to believe he’s dead

 

Ch 39:2-3: even in slavery, Joseph is blessed.

v12: his master’s wife tries to sleep with him. He flees, and she accuses him of attempted rape (v14-15)

v20: Joseph gets thrown into prison (no idea how long this took — months at least I’d assume)

v21-23: Joseph gets blessed in prison and is in charge there.

 

Ch40: years later at least, the cupbearer and the baker get thrown into prison and have dreams Joseph interprets for them.

v12-14: Joseph tells the cupbearer he will be restored, and to remember that he’s innocent and in prison

v23 but the cupbearer forgets.

 

Ch 41: two whole years later, Pharaoh has two dreams.

v9-13: the cupbearer finally remembers Joseph to Pharaoh

v14: Pharaoh calls for Joseph. They bring him out, shave him, and change his clothes.

v25-31: Joseph interprets his dream

v32: the doubling of the dream makes it sure. (He had to remember this about his own dream?)

v34-36: he proposes what to do about it

v40-44: Joseph promoted

v46: he was thirty (so 13 yrs passed)

 

Ch 42:6-9: Joseph’s brothers bow before him (he must be 37 at least by this time). But he messes with them

v1-5: because he wants to see Benjamin, his full brother

v21-24: the brothers discuss their guilt regarding Joseph, and that is why this is happening - and Joseph gets to hear it.

v27-28: he gives their money back

 

Ch43: They go back when they run out of food

v16: Joseph sees Benjamin with them, and prepares food

v29-30: He meets Benjamin and goes off privately to weep

v34-35: he seats them according to birth order and gives Benjamin 5x as much. trying to give them a clue? Does he want them to guess?

 

Ch 44:2: puts his cup in Benjamin’s sack

v4-5: then accuses them of theft (still messing with them?)

 

Ch 45:1-4: FINALLY Joseph reveals himself

v5: he apparently forgives them; so he was messing with them for some other reason besides spite

 

Ch46:8-19: ALL the Israelites who originally go into Egypt

 

Ch 47:5-6: This Pharaoh favors Joseph

v20: Jacob blesses Pharaoh

Feb 15, 2019

Today's podcast comes from this blog post, Top Habits to Maximize Longevity. 

Feb 8, 2019

Today's meditation is on 1 John 4:18. We also jump around to some other verses: 

This is different than fear of the Lord:

"from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him"  Ps 103:17

Fear of man/evil/circumstances is the one to avoid:

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” Ps 118:6-9

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." Ps 23:4-5

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."John 14:27

"Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded." Isaiah 54:4

"I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass." Isaiah 51:12

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” Ps 46:1-3

"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.’" Romans 8:15

Faith and fear are opposites:

"And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful?  how is it that ye have no faith?" Mark 4:40

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Tim 1:7

Why have faith?

"You will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid.  I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.  You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.  Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you." Lev 26:5-8

"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord." Jer 1:8

"When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. ...For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deut 20:1-4

Isaiah 41:10-14:

"So do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; 

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

all who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; 

those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.

Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.

Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.

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.

Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel.

for I myself will help you," declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel."

 

Jan 25, 2019

Today's meditation is on Jeremiah 32:27. 

We discuss context, and blood covenants a bit. Then we jump to Isaiah 26:3-4 and 1 Peter 5:7.

Jan 11, 2019

Today's podcast meditation comes from Galatians 6:7-8, but we jump around quite a bit. Here are the verses discussed:  

Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (8) For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Prov 22:9: The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Matt 5:7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Prov 11:27: He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

Prov 26:2: Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, 
So a curse without cause shall not alight. 

Matthew 7:16: You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

No matter what a man sows, unless something intervenes to interrupt the cycle, more will be produced than was sown.

This does NOT mean that when something bad happens to you, it’s necessarily because you earned it or did something evil. (Job’s comforters: Job 11-15)

Paul in Acts 27: 14 days at sea in a storm, famished, shipwrecked on an island of barbarians,  only to be bitten by a viper… but that wasn’t where his story ended (nor was it where Job’s story ended). Paul shook off the snake, healed the sick of the land, and they “honored him greatly”.

Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world, and because we have an enemy. (And sometimes good things temporarily happen to those who are evil.) But in the long run, this principle will out.

Psalm 27:13: I remain confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

David wrote that, and he went from a shepherd of the fields to the palace (though it took him 17 years on the run to get there).

Thanks to Ben Sound at www.bensound.com for background music. 

Jan 4, 2019

Today's podcast comes from this article, Parasites: Do You Have Them? 

Dec 21, 2018

Today's meditation comes from Isaiah 7:14 but we bounce around scripture quite a bit. Here are a few of the verses we address:

Isaiah 7:14 is repeated Matt 1:23

Jesus would be preceded by a forerunner (John the Baptist): Malachi 3:1

He will come from Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 (repeated Matt 2:1)

He will be from Abraham (Genesis 12:3)

He will be of the line of David: Isaiah 9:6-7 (hence the geneologies)

He will bring a new covenant: Jeremiah 31:31

 

Thanks to Ben Sound at www.bensound.com for the background meditation music!

Dec 14, 2018

This week's podcast comes from this blog post, The Low Lectin Diet: Should You Try It?

Dec 7, 2018

Today's meditation comes from 1 Corinthians 15:37-38 (kind of). We jump around a lot, so here are my notes for this one: 

Anchor verse: 1 Cor 15:37-38 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.

The body being the fruit.

Everything produces fruit after its kind—so fruit can be good or bad, depending upon the seed.

Gen 1:11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

We can sow literal fruit, or we can sow our work:

Ecc 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Or we can sow righteousness:

Isaiah 32:17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Or we can sow our words, whether good or ill:

Prov 18:20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

Prov 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Or we can sow the word of God:

Matt 13:3-22: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

The new birth is also brought about by a seed—God’s seed:

1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

And this seed produces fruit according to its kind:

1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

They cannot go on sinning, because that would violate the principle of a seed bearing fruit according to its kind.

Matt 7:16-20: By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Matt 12:33: “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

Extrapolating here: Why is fruit the symbol of knowledge of good and evil? Maybe because the wages of sin is death — and the fruit of the seed sin is death — it’s just a consistent metaphor with the rest of scripture.

Gen 3:3: but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

Sowing is a kind of death, sacrifice, or loss—but this is required to bear fruit.

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

We don’t understand how this process works—the process of multiplication is God’s. But it does work.

Mark 4:26-27  He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

God is very interested in our producing the fruit of the Kingdom—in fact, that seems to be mainly what He is interested in!

John 15:2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

John 15:4-5, 8: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. …This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Romans 7:14 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

Col 1:10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

And what is the fruit of the Kingdom?

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

 

 

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