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“How [Resilient] Thou Art”

Cancer is a meddlesome yet surmountable disease. During my internal medicine rotation at York Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, I worked with patients in the hematology/oncology unit. It was a difficult few weeks. However, as I spent more time on the wards, I grew comfortable learning medicine and, more importantly, growing closer to patients.

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You Need Rest

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“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
—Genesis 2:2-3, ESV

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Your Mind Matters To God #3: A Mind Devoted To God

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“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing…” (1 Timothy 6:3-4, ESV). “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene…” (2 Timothy 2:16-17, ESV).

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When you Fast?

When do you fast for spiritual reasons, i.e., not because you’ve lacked “time” to engage in an activity such as eating? From what do you fast?

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Your Mind Matters To God #2: Defeating Mindless Christianity

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“…‘The Lord our God is one…” (Mark 12:29, NASB). John R.W. Stott, former rector of All Souls Church in Langham Place, England, wrote a little book, Your Mind Matters, in which he lamented the anti-intellectualism along with the radical socialism and political activism among many Christians.

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Curating Media Consumption

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“Either we curate our stories, or the world of media will curate us.” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction.

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Your Mind Matters To God #1: Mental Christianity

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“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’” (Matthew 22:37, ESV; also included similarly in Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27). Mental Christianity. We tend to think of faith as a private, heart matter of the emotions, a spiritual thing that hardly involves the mind or mental commitment.

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First Things: Scripture Before Phone

“I’ve Got This.” Al Weir, MD December 11, 2018

“Once we know who we are in God, we can turn to the world to offer love. But when we don’t, we will turn to the world looking for love. And that order makes all the difference.” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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Resisting the “Siren Song” of the Smartphone

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“Our spiritual DNA longs for presence. But how often are our phones the reason we are around each other, but not present with each other?” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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Life Happens at the Table

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“Anything worth doing sucks you in. If I have an important meeting or a big deadline, I wake up thinking about it, and all I want to do is get to the office to focus on it. Breakfast easily gets sacrificed on the altar of either my nervousness or my hunger for productivity….”

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A Prayer for Current Healthcare Professionals

A healthcare professional? Receive this prayer. Not a healthcare professional? Join pastors, partners in ministry, friends, family and students in praying for current healthcare professionals with whom you are connected.

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A Prayer for Future Healthcare Professionals

A student? Receive this prayer. Not a student? Join pastors, partners in ministry, friends, family and current healthcare professionals in praying for future healthcare professionals you are connected with and/or are studying at a school in your area.

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Habits Always Frame Our Day

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“Our lives are something like a jasmine plant, and our days and weeks are something like the trellis. At best, we’re made to grow upward, blossom beautifully and fill the earth will all the rich fragrance of God’s uncountable glories.”

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Our Habits Form Us

Your mission might stand for one thing, but your habits might stand for something entirely different. Usually your habits win…Our habits form us. They form our identities, they form our loves, and thus they form our whole lives.” — Justin Whitmel Earley

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Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

Talking about Jesus while ignoring the way of Jesus has created an American Christianity that is far more American than it is Christian. Paying all our spiritual attention to the message of Jesus while ignoring his practices has not only led people like me into devastating life crises, it has also created a country of Christians whose practical lives are divorced from their actual faith.

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God at Work in a New Season of Ministry

For those whom I have not yet met, my name is Thomas B. Grosh IV. I am a child of God who has been serving as a full time ambassador of Christ for over 20 years. For most of this time I ministered to college students and faculty with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. InterVarsity / USA was instrumental in the Lord calling me to follow him and in my own discipleship, even the focus of my studies in higher education.

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Connect, Communicate with, Walk Alongside

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Our newly formed South Central Pennsylvania CMDA Chapter certainly upholds these ideals. One function of the South Central chapter is connection with the national organization and its many resources, meetings, and conferences. However, as a local group, we also can help connect, encourage and inspire each other with our walk with Jesus in healthcare on a much more personal level. We intend to facilitate this through this through this blog, small local get togethers in the various towns in the area, and Lord willing, a larger event for the whole region. The students at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine have been a focus for CMDA is the region, appropriately so. We hope to continue this but also to expand this to practicing colleagues in the region.

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