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Easter and Church Health Reader (chreader.org)


In preparation for Easter this coming Sunday, the editors of the Center’s Church Health Reader have created a slideshow that features images that celebrate the season of resurrection. Each image focuses on a passage from this Easter Sunday’s Lectionary Readings. Click here to see the images: http://www.chreader.org/contentPage.aspx?resource_id=476.

You can use these images in many ways:

Print them out to post around your home or office
Select one to put in your church bulletin or on your Web site
Make one the background of your computer desktop
Download our Hi-Res PowerPoint to show before or during your worship service (look for it on the right side)

If you missed this wonderful piece on Holy Monday, please check it out here: Knee Deep in Ashes by Ashley-Anne Masters.

Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference 2011

If you are attending the Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference in Nashville this week, I hope you will stop by the Church Health Center booth and say hello. The CCHF is a wonderful organization based in Memphis, Tennesseee that supports Christian clinics across this country and encourages people of faith to ‘live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor.’ Visit their website at http://www.cchf.org.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 118:1-2, Psalm 118:24 & Matthew 28:5-8

Thursday, April 21, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Psalm 118:1-2O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Leading Cause #4 – BLESSING: “How are you doing today?” I asked one of our patients. “Fine and blessed,” was her reply. We give blessings to each other and we receive blessings from others. But blessing also occurs through the ages as we connect with our parents and their parents on through the years. Through blessing, we are connected to forever.

Prayer: Steadfast God of the beginning, middle and end of time, stand by us in our now. Help us be a blessing to those around us, and may we be blessed today. AMEN.

Friday, April 22, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. And from Matthew 28:5-8But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

Leading Cause #5 – HOPE: The final of the Leading Causes of LIfeTM is real, grounded hope. Such hope comes from the interaction of all the other causes discussed previously this week. How does one have hope in the midst of deep despair, for instance, if their life is not connection and coherence-filled? If one feels powerless to act and has no sense of blessing how can they experience hope? Today, take a moment to embrace that for which you hope most.

Prayer: Steadfast God of hope, even in our despair, we know you are by our side. Help us be better instillers of hope in those around us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Acts 10:34-36

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Acts 10:34-36Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-he is Lord of all.”

Leading Cause #2 – COHERENCE: We strive for lives that have a sense of meaning and purpose. Imagine the coherence the disciples felt through their work with Jesus. Now imagine how that life-giving meaning was upset when Jesus was killed as a common criminal. Today, consider those people, those connections and those beliefs which bring the most meaning into your life.

Prayer: Faithful God, for those people, those institutions, for all that brings rich, life-giving meaning into our lives, we thank you. AMEN.

Setting a New Table this Holiday Season

Church Health Reader is an online and print publication that provides resources for you and your church. Church Health Reader is a part of our outreach efforts at the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn. To learn more about Church Health Reader or to subscribe visit www.CHReader.org.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington in 1963

Public Domain. Additional source and credit info from the National Archives: Creator: U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service. (ca. 1953 – ca. 1978) ( Most Recent)

Church Health Reader to Focus on Parenting & Pregnancy

Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas are a time of family for many people. Throughout this season, Church Health Reader will focus on parenting, in particular on pregnancy. In the coming weeks, you will see various articles around these topics.

My friends at Church Health Reader begin this week with an interview with Kimberly Hahn about the importance of a healthy family. To read the interview, click here.


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