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Gathering Quotes for Hope

What verses from scripture give you hope? Do you have a favorite verse with which you begin your day? If so, consider sharing that verse me. (I moderate the replies on this blog, so if you don’t want your verse shared with the readers of my blog, just say so in your reply, and I will keep your post from appearing.)

I am part of a team developing a website to help people affected by or interested in substance use disorders. This site will provide comprehensive information on treatment, recovery and prevention resources in western Tennessee, northwest Mississippi and northeast Arkansas. One element of the site will be a changing Quote for Hope on the homepage. Once the site goes live later this summer, you will be able to find it at

In wondering how I might gather 60 or 100 verses for the site, I couldn’t think of a finer audience than the followers of my blog.

Every blessing,
Butch Odom

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

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

An Advent Devotional on Church Health Reader

If you are looking for an Advent devotional, you might consider one I wrote. It can be found here.

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.

Veteran’s Day, 2010

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have given their time and selves in service of their country. What can be more difficult is discerning how to welcome back someone who has returned from deployment. Soldiers often struggle with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and painful experiences. For civilian families and friends, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to help.

Wheat Ridge Ministries has created a resource to assist in the care and ministry of those returning from war. You can read about the creation of this book in our featured article this week: Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal. You can also read a review of the book here by Benita Livingston, a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Regular Church Health Reader columnist Susan Palwick reflects on her own experiences with veterans in Making Peace with God. now Church Health Reader

Check out the new look of Church Health Reader.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, 2010 – Luke 16:1

Luke 16:13 – [Jesus is speaking.] “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

We are preparing for our 9th annual clergy conference, and this year’s conference focus is: Recovery: A Conversation for Faith Communities. Throughout the day, we will explore how all us are in need of recovery, how all of us place idols in our lives in front of God. While some choose alcohol or drugs, others of us choose more acceptable addictions like work or money.

Prayer: Loving, steadfast God, give us strength to overcome all barriers we place before our relationship with you. AMEN.

September 1, 2010 – 23rd Anniversary of the Church Health Center

Our first and second buildings are still in operation today housing our development, human resources and accounting staff members.

Be sure to visit the Church Health Center’s website.

Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts

My friends at recently talked with C.K. Robertson about his book Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts.

Honoring Grief – a good article from

I attended one of Ellen Morris Prewitt’s cross making programs, and it was a powerful experience for me. The cross I made remains on the wall of my office reminding me that the prayer of that day remains in my life today. I look forward to the day when I can remove the cross from my wall and give it to the person who… has been the subject of those prayers. This article describes another way Ms. Prewitt has offered her gift of cross making.

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