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Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019–The Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based professional medical organization, responded today to their victory in federal court for the conscience rights of medical professionals. The case, Franciscan Alliance v. Azar, sought relief from a 2016 federal regulation that threatened to drive religious doctors out of practice if they would not perform gender-transition procedures that violate their medical judgment and beliefs. Today’s ruling struck down the rule.

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What the Heck?

By Al Weir, MD / October 15, 2019 /

“…But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8, NIV 1984).

I had just heard that his son was in the intensive care unit and wondered why he had not called me. When I got him on the phone, he explained his son’s illness. All the while I was thinking of his wife, who had just come through difficult treatment for cancer, and his daughter, who had recently died after delivering her first child. He and I are close, and he explained his lack of communication. “I was just so worn out,” he said. “I told God this time, ‘I’m not going to let go of you, God. I know you’ve got this.’ But all the time in the back of my mind I was saying, ‘What the heck?’”

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Promises in the Dark

By Eric McLaughlin / October 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Promises in the Dark

Promises in the Dark by Dr. Eric McLaughlin strengthens the hearts of readers to persevere in God’s calling to walk with those in need. As a missionary doctor in Africa, McLaughlin knows how walking closely with those who suffer and bearing others’ burdens can easily lead to burnout or cynicism—unless we find the path to perseverance that the Lord provides.

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Endodontic Position Near Atlanta #327183

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 10, 2019 /

Well-established, faith-based Endodontic practice 30 minutes southeast of Atlanta seeking part-time Endodontist.  Practice has main office and currently opening up a second facility in nearby town.  Practice is limited to Endodontic only (Root Canal Therapy, Endodontic Retreatment, Apicoectomy, etc.). 

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FM with Operative OB needed east of Springfield #137120

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 10, 2019 / Comments Off on FM with Operative OB needed east of Springfield #137120

Hospital owned group seeking Family Medicine associate with OB and C-sections. Physicians also interested in doing scopes would be welcome. Staff consists of 9 physicians (Four currently doing OB – 3 FM physicians with OB and 1 OB/GYN) and 6 advanced practitioners.  Inpatient and outpatient medicine required and call schedule is 1 in 7 and for OB is 1 in 5.  Census runs 10-12 or less in the slow months of the year, flu season can run 15-25 on the high side. OB numbers are about 200 deliveries a year divided up between the 5 providers.  Loan repayment available through NHSC as area has HPSA score of 18.

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FM with OB in South Central Missouri #143273

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 10, 2019 / Comments Off on FM with OB in South Central Missouri #143273

Rural clinic located in south central Missouri seeking a Family Rural clinic located in south central Missouri seeking a Family Medicine physician with OB with C-sections if desired. Practice consists of 5 physicians and 4 advanced practitioners. Primarily outpatient only practice with inpatient for OB and Pediatric only. Physicians would average 25-30 patients daily and the number of annual deliveries per physician is 55. Call schedule is currently 1 in 6 on both weekdays and weekends. Loan Repayment available through NHSC as area has HPSA score of 18.

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Being Known: Weekly One Hour Conversation with a Friend

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / October 10, 2019 /

Shifting from daily to weekly habits sends me to the trellis/calendar to chart out next steps. No doubt a one hour conversation with a friend provides an opportunity for accountability, including the practice of Scripture Before Smartphone.

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God Uses Flawed People

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 10, 2019 /

If you ever want the entire world to know about the skeletons in your closet, run for political office. In the last year or so, we have heard countless accusations thrown at almost all of the potential presidential candidates, judicial nominees and current senators and representatives. A few of these may even be true! We may never know. Nonetheless, our country continues to function reasonably well under the guidance of these allegedly flawed leaders.

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Joint Letter from Christian Medical & Dental Associations, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists and American College of Pediatricians

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 8, 2019 /

As organizations representing over 25,000 medical professionals, we would like to correct the errors and assumptions of the recently released joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH).

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Freedom to Become

By Al Weir, MD / October 8, 2019 /

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory…” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV 1984).

He pulled me aside after I had spoken to a group in the Midwest. He was short, stocky, 70 and built like a brick, a hard man who seemed pleasant, soft-spoken and at peace with life. “May I tell you something?” He asked. “I know this is not your business and I have been going to another doctor with this, but you speak like someone I can talk to.” He continued. “You know all those stories about the priests and young boys? I was one of those boys. Some bad things happened to me when I was young. And I grew up and did some bad things. Now I’m trying to live well and relate to my wife in a good way, but it’s hard.”

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Practice Southeast of Atlanta Seeking Family Medicine or Med/Peds Physicians #326970

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 7, 2019 /

Have the best of both worlds residing in a smaller, family-oriented community while being in close proximity to big-city amenities of Atlanta, GA. Independent, outpatient only practice southeast of Atlanta seeking Family Medicine or Med/Peds physicians. Group consists of six physicians and seven advanced practitioners. Physicians average between 15-20 patients daily and call is telephone call only and once every 10 weeks. Would consider either a full or part-time physician.

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Opportunity Located in Southwestern Oregon #144541

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Opportunity Located in Southwestern Oregon #144541

Wonderful opportunity for Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant to join independent single-specialty group in beautiful southwestern Oregon. Staff of 5 physicians and 3 advanced practitioners. Physicians average 15 to 20 patients daily. 4 or 4 ½ day work week. They are a cohesive group with a very good reputation in the community and with their medical colleagues. They were the first clinic in Oregon to be designated a Medical Home and were designate as a Tier 4 medical home based on our emphasis on prevention and coordinated chronic disease management.

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On the Side: October 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 7, 2019 /

Paddington and Winnie, I know them well. As a mom, I’ve read a few chapter books aloud and these bears, Paddington Brown and Winnie-the-Pooh, are two favorites. And what’s not to like? The epitome of their problems revolves around honey and marmalade. As I read, I have confidence it’s going to be okay. Chapter after unfolding chapter, everything is hunky-dory.

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

First Things: Scripture Before Phone

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / October 6, 2019 /

“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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National Poll: Faith-based Health Professionals Care for All but Need Conscience Protections on Moral Issues

By Jonathan Imbody / October 3, 2019 /

Faith-based health professionals care with compassion and respect for all patients, but they will leave medicine rather than violate their conscience if forced to participate in morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions.

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September 2019

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July 2019

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Under-served Area in South Carolina with Loan Repayment #249052

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Under-served Area in South Carolina with Loan Repayment #249052

501(c)3 primary health care organization in lower South Carolina currently seeking Primary Care physicians. Group has been providing health care services for over 25 years and has several satellite clinics. Outpatient only opportunity with a staff of 13 physicians and 13 advanced practitioners. Physicians would average 20-25 patients daily and call is telephone call only and 1 in every 14 weeks. Group provides all aspects of family medicine, behavioral health, Ryan White Early Intervention Program, and also has Ophthalmology and Podiatry, as well as  Women’s Health. Recruiting due to growth and expansion. Loan repayment available through the National Health Service Corps as the area has an HPSA score of 21.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp is joined by Dr. Ruth Haley Barton, the CEO of the Transforming Center, about her book, Pursuing God’s Will Together. Next, he interviews Barney Davis, Jr., MD, a general psychiatrist, about the importance of sabbath and rest.

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Dementia

By Al Weir, MD / October 1, 2019 /

“…There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4, NIV 1984).

I try to visit her twice a week, but sometimes only make it once. My mom is suffering from severe dementia and requires round-the-clock attendants. She can barely carry on a conversation and, when she does, it is often like, “I haven’t seen Mother in a while. How is she doing?” … with her own mother gone for 30 years; or, “Where is Bud?” … about our dad, who has been with the Lord for four years. My goal when I visit is to bring a moment of joy into her mental chaos, to produce a smile or a bit of laughter, even if she doesn’t understand.

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Resisting the “Siren Song” of the Smartphone

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 30, 2019 /

“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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Doing More By Doing Less

By Amy Givler, MD / September 30, 2019 /

Faith-based health professionals care with compassion and respect for all patients, but they will leave medicine rather than violate their conscience if forced to participate in morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions.

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The VIE Poster Session FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 25, 2019 / Comments Off on The VIE Poster Session FAQs

Membership Donate to CMDA VIE Poster Session FAQs What time is the poster session? The poster session will take place on Friday, April 17. Where is the poster session? The poster session will be located in the Event Center II of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. What should I wear to the poster session? Business…

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Waiting

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 24, 2019 /

Waiting…I’m terrible at it. My guess is I’m not the only one. In fact, among an audience of healthcare professionals, I feel certain the terrible wait-ers make up the majority. We are generally goal-oriented, focused, committed, get-her-done sort of people. Just the sort of people for whom waiting is an agony.

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FCPA – Donate

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 24, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Donate

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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Life Happens at the Table

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 24, 2019 /

“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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FCPA – Mission Trip Matching Grant

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 24, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Mission Trip Matching Grant

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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Power

By Al Weir, MD / September 24, 2019 /

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15, NIV 1984).

A resident I know who loves the Lord and is dedicated to following God’s will for life told me his story at a conference recently: “In order to complete the mission God has for my life, he showed me I needed to travel far away to a city where I know no one. I learned recently that the period of time required there would cost me $5,000, money I do not have. I prayed, exasperated, for God to help me with the cost and help me get there. The next day, I was visiting a house church where people prayed for me and for God’s will in my life.

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Polling

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Polling

Key Findings 2019 Survey.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019—The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org) the nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, today released findings of a national survey showing that conscience-protecting laws and regulations help protect patient access to healthcare while addressing rampant discrimination against faith-based health professionals.

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A Prayer for Current Healthcare Professionals

By Bill Melone / September 17, 2019 /

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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FCPA – Mentorship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 17, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Mentorship

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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FCPA – Leadership Requirements

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 17, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Leadership Requirements

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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When It’s Our Time

By Al Weir, MD / September 17, 2019 /

“However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:16, NIV 1984).

I love my brother’s wife. Tonight, I sat in their home surrounded by their children and told her she had an aggressive cancer. When I returned to my home, my son called and told me his infant daughter has suffered head trauma and had a bleed in her brain. This was a bad day for those I love.

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Faith-Based Outpatient Only IM Group #261591

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Faith-Based Outpatient Only IM Group #261591

Independent, faith-based Internal Medicine group located in southeast Memphis suburb seeking an Internal Medicine or Med/Peds associate.  Outpatient only practice with a staff of 5 physicians and 2 advanced practitioners.  Physicians would average 23 patients daily and call schedule is telephone call only and 1 in 5 on weekdays and 1 out of every 6 weekends.  Very low call volume, family-oriented practice with a solid patient base.  We have five Christian doctors representing various denominations.

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Non-profit in Northern Georgia Needing Primary Care Physician #278000

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 /

A non-profit 501c3 organization in northern Georgia seeking to employ full or part-time family physicians, OB optional.  Organization has provided quality primary healthcare services to all members of the community, including the medically, socially and economically disadvantaged since 1984.  Network of five primary care medical offices, a school-based health center and a dental health center. Physicians average 22 patients per day.  Outpatient only opportunity but physician would have option of doing inpatient and outpatient medicine if desired.  Loan repayment available through National Health Service Corps and we currently have an HPSA score of 21.  Fluency or conversational in Spanish a plus but not required.

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Rural Area Between Nashville and Chattanooga #301857

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Rural Area Between Nashville and Chattanooga #301857

Well-established dental practice of a CMDA member in southeastern Tennessee seeking a General Dentistry associate with a broad skillset and compassionate heart.  Practice has 2.5 Dental Hygienists and 3 Dental Assistants.  Practice has 4 operatories and a dentist would average 14 patients per day.  Owner would ideally like to sell the practice but is open to the idea of starting a group in the community if the right colleague comes along and desires to form one.

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FCPA – Leadership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Leadership

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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FCPA – History

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – History

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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A Prayer for Future Healthcare Professionals

By Bill Melone / September 12, 2019 /

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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Actually Making Better Human Beings

By David Prentice, PhD / September 12, 2019 /

There continues to be a push to “make better human beings” using genetic modifying technologies. This includes the use of gene editing enzyme tools such as the much talked about CRISPR-Cas system, as well as large scale heritable genetic technologies such as creation of three-parent embryos. As discussed previously, one aspect of gene editing has a very positive aspect: actually attempting to treat patients with genetic conditions and other maladies. Those clinical trials include potential treatments for cancers, sickle cell disease and even the first in-body gene editing to treat blindness. These are truly therapeutic trials, attempting to alleviate diseases in affected patients.

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Habits Always Frame Our Day

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 11, 2019 /

“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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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on About Us

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Atlanta

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Atlanta

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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2020 CMDA National Convention – Psychiatry Section

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on 2020 CMDA National Convention – Psychiatry Section

The Psychiatry Section will host a banquet for fellowship and encouragement on Friday evening and host a psychiatry seminar tract on Saturday afternoon. This will be a great time for worship, fellowship, encouragement, professional stimulation and CME credits. See the main CMDA National Convention information link for speakers, schedule, and registration.

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Worthy of Glory

By Al Weir, MD / September 10, 2019 /

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power…” (Revelation 4:11, NIV 1984).

We had a terrible time getting his myelodysplasia under control. With the first cycle of decitabine he developed bleeding and sepsis. Now, he was seated before me, doing much better. “You know, those days in the hospital were good for me,” he said. “I just spent my time focused on the Lord. I never even turned on the television.” He then added, “I want all of this I’m going through to glorify God.”

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Dental Mission Manual

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Dental Mission Manual

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. II

By Bob and Diane Meyer / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. II

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. I

By Bob and Diane Meyer / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. I

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Three New Regs and two CMDA Court Cases Aim to Protect Faith-centered Professionals

By Jonathan Imbody / September 5, 2019 /

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and Freedom2Care (our center for freedom of faith, conscience and speech) recently submitted official comments on three federal regulations that significantly impact faith-based organizations and conscience-guided health professionals. We also have engaged in court cases, described below, related to two of these regulations.

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Our Habits Form Us

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 4, 2019 /

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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On the Side: September 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 4, 2019 /

When Wade and I were going through our pre-marital counseling, our beloved minister had us take a personality test. It was more than just our thoughts on ourselves, though. I had to fill one out on Wade, and he me. We had to have several friends fill out the test and mail them in, and then all the results were sent to our minister who carefully went through a weekend retreat with us and two other couples to discuss how our unique personalities would affect our relationship, our interactions with each other, our view of the world. It was amazing. And a bit jarring.

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Overcomers Al Weir, MD December 4, 2018

Christian Doctor’s Digest – September 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp interviews author and physician Dr. Walt Larimore about his new book, Fit Over 50. Next, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Drs. Timothy and Maureen Gaul, the leaders of Medical Education International’s teams to Macedonia. Finally, Vice President for Campus & Community Ministries Bill Reichart interviews Dr. Ron and LeAnne Blackmore about their recent trip to Macedonia.

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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2019 / Comments Off on About Us

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Richmond

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Richmond

CMDA Richmond facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with likeminded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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How to Share with Patients in Despair

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / September 3, 2019 /

I have a handful of patients every month who mention all the pain and brokenness around them when asked what prayer requests they have. Sometimes it’s directly in their lives, and sometimes they are just overwhelmed by all the hopeless stories on the news and the anger people have at each other over different things.

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Count the Cost: and Spend It

By Al Weir, MD / September 3, 2019 /

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them…He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me…’” (Mark 10:13-14, NIV 1984).

It was 1984 and the occasion was our daughter‘s sixth birthday. My father had become very concerned I was working so hard. Up to 60 to 80 hours a week. It was good work. Comprehensive patient care including spiritual care. Teaching residents, students and fellows in our teaching practice. Performing nationally recognized peer-reviewed, community-based studies. Faculty appointments at 10 medical schools. All was good.

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Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 1, 2019 /

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

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / August 29, 2019 /

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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Dental Practice Located South of Nashville #326283

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Dental Practice Located South of Nashville #326283

Wonderful opportunity for ministry-minded General Dentist to purchase a well-established dental practice in beautiful south central Tennessee. Located an hour south of Nashville, this practice could be appealing to someone living south of Nashville and commuting  45 minutes to an hour with predictable traffic patterns or someone interested in rural dentistry.  Already established patient base for new dentist in a modern facility with up-to-date equipment along with 3 Dental Assistants and 2 Dental Hygienists.  Practice currently has 5 operatories and averages 19 patients per day.  Terms to be negotiated. 

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Faith-based Hospital Seeking Primary Care Physicians #138167

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Faith-based Hospital Seeking Primary Care Physicians #138167

Faith-based hospital system in northwest Georgia seeking BC/BE OB/Gyn.  New OB/GYN physician would be joining a group of 3 other OB/GYN physicians.  This hospital is home to a variety of specialties, including inpatient and outpatient acute care, a state-of-the-art surgery department, an accredited wound care program, cancer care, full-service orthopedic and sports medicine care, and home care. This system employs more than 120 providers in in an ever-growing area.

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Between Atlanta and Chattanooga #138167

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Between Atlanta and Chattanooga #138167

Faith-based hospital system in northwest Georgia seeking BC/BE Primary Care physicians. Outpatient only opportunities with inpatient referred to local hospitalists. Hospital currently has 8 Primary Care clinics located within 30 mile radius of hospital. Home to a variety of specialties, including inpatient and outpatient acute care, a state-of-the-art surgery department, an accredited wound care program, cancer care, full-service orthopedic and sports medicine care, and home care.

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Faith, Mental Illness and Psychiatry

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 /

Is mental illness a spiritual issue (the result of sin), or is mental illness a medical issue? Is a person with mental illness struggling spiritually or are they physically sick? Is a Christian supposed to have mental illness? Can’t God cure mental illness?

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General Dentist Needed in Richmond #306926

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on General Dentist Needed in Richmond #306926

Ministry oriented dental practice in Richmond, VA area seeking General Dentistry associate. Prefer candidate with 5 years’ experience or completion of a general practice residency or AEGD. Practice consists of 1 Dentist, 2 Dental Assistants, and 3 Dental Hygienists. Procedures performed: Invisalign, Esthetic Dentistry, Dental implants, crowns, bridges, fillings, extraction, bone grafting, and busy hygiene department. Skills preferred: molar root canals, gingival grafting, experience with children, and willingness to participate and network in the community and have an out- going personality.

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NP or PA Needed for Direct Primary Care Practice #326088

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on NP or PA Needed for Direct Primary Care Practice #326088

Direct Primary Care practice with two locations seeking Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. The practice was founded by CMDA member and staff consists of 3 physicians and 1 nurse practitioner. Patients pay a low monthly fee as they do not bill health insurance. This enables the providers to maintain a manageable patient panel (600 to 800 patients), and offer same and next-day visits, extended time with the provider, lab work at substantially discounted rates, dispensing of medications from our in-house pharmacy (again at substantially discounted rates), house calls, and 24/7/365 call (which is quite light actually). We use state of the art telemedicine to maximize and streamline our patients to care. Practicing medicine in this way removes our providers (and our patients) from the treadmill of insurance-based primary care

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Pediatric Opportunity Within 20 Miles of Denver #170873

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 /

Pediatric practice seeking to add another pediatrician.  This is a single-specialty, in-patient/out-patient practice.  There are currently 5 pediatricians in the group.  Call is once a week and every 5th weekend.  Full-time is 4 days per week. They seek to develop meaningful, long-term relationships with their patients.  Several of the physicians have well over 200 2nd generation parents.  The work environment is fun and supportive with most of the employees staying 15-20+ years.  It is a very encouraging, family-like atmosphere.

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Opportunity to Practice in Beautiful Southwest Virginia #317517

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Opportunity to Practice in Beautiful Southwest Virginia #317517

Excellent opportunity to join an established and well-respected rural pediatric practice with two existing Pediatricians in Southwest Virginia. This is an opportunity to build your own patient base and provide continuity of care from birth to adolescence while surrounded in a relaxed environment. The two Pediatricians in the practice have backgrounds in child psychology as well as many other pediatric interests including breastfeeding, sports medicine, and developmental pediatrics. The independent practice is located on hospital grounds, so it is very convenient when needed to go to hospital to see patients. There are light hospital call duties, but no practice call and the hospital operates a Level 1 nursery. It is preferred if candidate has experience performing circumcisions and minor surgeries in the clinic.

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Direct Primary Care Opportunity #326088

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Direct Primary Care Opportunity #326088

Direct Primary Care practice with two locations seeking Family Medicine or Med/Peds associate. The practice was founded by CMDA member and staff consists of 3 physicians and 1 nurse practitioner. Patients pay a low monthly fee as they do not bill health insurance. This enables the providers to maintain a manageable patient panel (600 to 800 patients), and offer same and next-day visits, extended time with the provider, lab work at substantially discounted rates, dispensing of medications from our in-house pharmacy (again at substantially discounted rates), house calls, and 24/7/365 call (which is quite light actually). We use state of the art telemedicine to maximize and streamline our patients to care. Practicing medicine in this way removes our providers (and our patients) from the treadmill of insurance-based primary care.

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Excellence

By Al Weir, MD / August 27, 2019 /

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24, ESV).

It was difficult to recruit a surgeon who would work with her, given her eccentricities and wavering decision-making. Finally, she was forced to proceed; her abdominal pain predicted an impending disaster. I visited her the day before the planned procedure and asked her how she liked her surgeon. At 80 she could get away with her reply, “If you bought him for what he was worth and sold him for what he thought he was worth, you would make a fortune.”

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Reinforcing Children’s Sexual Identity: A Review of Ellie Klipp’s I Don’t Have to Choose

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / August 22, 2019 /

Parents have asked if I could recommend any books to safeguard young children against trans-ideology. Their concern is well founded. Pro-trans indoctrination is ubiquitous, its repetition tireless and rebuttals are punished. The educational system from pre-K right on through, television, print, social media and much of the web broadcast the siren song of gender fluidity and trans identity.

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 1

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 22, 2019 /

“…To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11, ESV).

Everywhere I go I carry a little brown NIV Bible. This particular Bible possesses significant sentimental value to our family. Firstly, it is the Bible my father used during my wife’s and my wedding. In between the pages are love notes from my wife, drawings from son, an ultrasound of my daughter, our wedding vows and other cherished memories that are all used as bookmarks. Furthermore, inside the cover is a note written by my father. This note details some of his emotions regarding his role as a first-time officiant of our wedding. Despite his fears, he found comfort in the fact that his role was ultimately “all about God.” In other words, it was a moment for God’s glory and our glorification of Him. That is the ultimate message that will be discussed in this blog series.

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A Mother’s Plea

By Al Weir, MD / August 20, 2019 /

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).

Janice died last week. I had visited her daily in the hospital until her discharge but was unaware of her death at home. During her stay, in spite of her suffering, her chief concern was for her son and daughter who were not walking with the Lord. I promised to pray faithfully for them, and I do. Today, when I discovered her death and called her husband, he reminded me how their two kids came to be. Many years ago, when radiation was needed to cure her malignancy, I had advised Janice to consider having her ovaries moved out of the field of radiation, so that someday she might conceive. She agreed; her malignancy was cured; the children are now grown and beautiful and wandering away from Jesus.

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Birmingham

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Birmingham

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Seeking Ministry-minded General Dentist #321390

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Seeking Ministry-minded General Dentist #321390

Well-established dental practice in western New York seeking a full or part-time General Dentist. Practice incorporates the highest standard of oral care by providing a variety of services such as Implants placement and restorations, conventional and Invisalign orthodontics, extractions, dentures and TMJ care. Practice currently has 5 operatories and averages 27-30 patients per day. Expanding her services to another location and looking forward to meeting her new partner in the field of dentistry with who she can share her vision, skills, mentorship, love of Christ, respect and outstanding quality of care to others.

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Full Gamut of Family Medicine with Surgical OB #325520

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Full Gamut of Family Medicine with Surgical OB #325520

Hospital owned practice in southeastern Nebraska seeking Family Medicine physician to do the full scope of Family Medicine, including surgical obstetrics. Endoscopy would be optional. Practice consists of 4 physicians and 5 advanced practitioners. Inpatient and outpatient required with an average of 18-19 patients daily. Call schedule is currently 1 in 4 on both weekdays and weekends. Number of annual deliveries is 120 with ample room for growth. Close proximity to both Lincoln and Omaha. Excellent compensation and benefits.

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Join an Expanding Critical Care Department in Eastern Illinois #259407

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Join an Expanding Critical Care Department in Eastern Illinois #259407

Physician group seeking a BE/BC Surgical Critical Care physician to join expanding Critical Care department at their main campus. Must have completed training at an ACGME-accredited Surgical Critical Care fellowship. Join a team of 13 Critical Care physicians and 4 APPs. Schedule will be a mix of part-time ICU and part-time Acute Care/Trauma Surgery. Closed ICU. Practice will be at a 433-bed, nationally-ranked regional hospital, 46 of which are licensed ICU beds. This is the area’s only Level I Trauma Center and offers Acute Care Surgery services. Adult patient only practice. Opportunity for academic and/or research affiliation at a local medical school, which is the nation’s first medical school focused at the intersection of healthcare and engineering.

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Keeping Your Eyes Open

By William Roger Matkin / August 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Keeping Your Eyes Open

This book is a compilation of stories, metaphors, insights, and personal experiences not organized around a particular theme. Throughout his 41 year career as a minister to students, the author had numerous opportunities to speak and write. Often the inspiration came straight from the humdrum of daily living and the various arenas that defined his life as a husband, father, minister, carpenter, fisherman, hunter, and gardener. The author leans heavily on his admiration and respect for the Scripture drawing parallels between Biblical truth and everyday life lessons.

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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2019 / Comments Off on About Us

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Introducing Our New CEO

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Introducing Our New CEO

Effective September 1, CMDA is excited to announce that Dr. Mike Chupp is CMDA’s new Chief Executive Officer.

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Who is Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / August 15, 2019 /

Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte is trained in pharmacy and biochemistry and is a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, in the Gene Expression Laboratories. He has been at the Salk Institute since 1993. He also held a position in Spain during 10 of those years. He helped found the Barcelona Regenerative Medicine Center (CMRB), a stem cell research institution, in 2004. He left the CMRB director’s post in 2014, citing lack of funding and support from the government. Of the center’s 21 projects, he took 18 with him, for they were his intellectual property.

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A Temporary Inconvenience

By Al Weir, MD / August 13, 2019 /

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10-11, ESV).

There was an open mike and I was compelled by His Spirit to speak. “As a rule, I don’t attend the funerals of my patients, and I have never spoken at one. But I have been so blessed to walk with Mark and his family through their struggle. I hope that all of you have watched them. This is the way that followers of Christ do this.”

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Abuse in Scientific Research

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 8, 2019 /

Scientists are often viewed as highly ethical, curious seekers of truth. In many cases, this is true. Unfortunately, in pursuit of “truth” some researchers cross important ethical lines, possibly rationalizing their crimes, in a utilitarian manner, as a means to better healthcare for the greater populace.

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Clinic Manager and an Opportunity to Practice in Northern Virginia #317932

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Clinic Manager and an Opportunity to Practice in Northern Virginia #317932

An evangelical, life-affirming ministry seeking a Clinic Manager to provide supervision of medical services, in addition to training and day-to-day management of staff and volunteer medical personnel. The Clinic Manager is responsible for coordinating workflow of medical services (pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, medical education), ensuring that all care is provided in accordance with professional standards, the Medical Director’s standing orders, and the Center’s ministry values. Training in sonography available for applicants without prior ultrasound experience.

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Opportunity in Eastern North Carolina #217232

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 7, 2019 /

Independent single specialty group consisting of 4 full-time family physicians and one part-time family physician as well as 6 full-time mid-level providers and one part-time mid-level searching for either a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. This well-established practice is an outpatient only practice with inpatient referred to local hospitalists at their 400+ beds hospital.

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On the Side: August 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 6, 2019 /

By now, some of you have just finished your first month in a new job, which also may have meant a new home and a new city.

I empathize. My husband and I moved 3 times in 6 years in between med school and career. Each location seemed more remote and further away from family than the last. Finally, we reached the exotic location where we would live for the next 30 years; Lincoln, Nebraska. When we got here, we told our real estate agent that she was our best friend in town. (She was the ONLY person we knew in town!)

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Fit Over 50

By Walt Larimore, MD / August 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Fit Over 50

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Hemiparetic Mercy

By Al Weir, MD / August 6, 2019 /

“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10, NIV 1984).

I went by the rehab facility to deliver his Christmas present. Since he was confined to a wheelchair with poor vision, I thought a CD with audiobooks might improve his sanity. He was eating lunch at the time. After we had talked a few minutes, he said, “Oh, I forgot.” He then bowed his head and prayed, “Dear God, thank you for this cup of mercy.” Since his thoughts are sometimes slightly jumbled, I assumed this was his way of saying grace over lunch. And then he raised his head, looked me in the eyes, and asked, “Did you get your cup this morning?”

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Follow the Lord

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 6, 2019 /

As you practice your faith, the words “follow the Lord” are often heard and shared. The direction of the Lord does not have a yellow brick road. The words are meant to send you to prayer and develop your sense of discernment. As a dentist, dozens of people will ask you to follow them. These requests are loud and clear and often do have a yellow brick path. Some follow their golden paths before them. God blesses each of us with guidance, and for some it is easy to determine the guidance because many of us in the dental profession can use wise counsel and success to guide our steps. There are roles in every community for successful dentists. I respect the best in my community and love all my colleagues for their shared commitment to excellence. The dangers of greed and ethical challenges are to be lifted up to the Lord likewise to turn our steps to bless those around us. We are guided by the Lord’s work in our hearts, often to avoid missteps as often as we discover blessings.

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