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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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Jul 19, 2019

Today's podcast comes from this article, Adrenaline-Deficient Anxiety

Jul 12, 2019

Today's meditation comes from Proverbs 3:1-10

Jun 28, 2019

Today's meditation is on James 1:17. A few notes on the Greek: 

  • Every = pas = all, every, whosoever, whatsoever, daily
  • Good = Agathos: of good constitution or nature, useful, salutary, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished, upright, honourable
  • Perfect = teleios = brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, absolute human integrity and virtue
  • Change = of turning = tropē = of the heavenly bodies (casting shadow)

Additional verses discussed: 

  • 2 Peter 1:3
  • Matthew 7:7-8
  • Luke 12:32
  • Matthew 6:31-33
  • Hebrews 13:8
  • John 10:10
Jun 14, 2019

Today's meditation is on Phil 4:19 but jumps around a bit. Here's a few others: 

  1. Lev 26:5: “Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely."
  2. Luke 12:31-32: “Instead, seek his kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
  3. Prov 10:3: “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked."
  4. Romans 8:31-32: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” 
  5. Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved."
Jun 4, 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

May 31, 2019

Today's meditation is on Genesis 11:6.

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!

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."

 

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