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Leading a Normal Life

By Ken Jones / December 8, 2020 /

One of the most frequently asked questions from people considering coaching is about the “process,” or about what it looks like to work with a coach. Because thousands of individuals have decided they are coaches because they have a particular expertise or experience in a specific area (i.e. sports coaches, writing coaches, even life coaches), it can be difficult to know how to choose a coach or even whether coaching is the right choice.

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Growth Spurt

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 8, 2020 /

Sometimes reality is far more awe-inspiring than anything even the most imaginative of writers could dream up. Decades ago, the idea that a woman could become pregnant with her adopted child seemed like science fiction. However, reproductive medicine has long since crossed biological boundaries in ways that once seemed impossible, creating complex problems that require morally sound, technology-driven solutions. Since 2003, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) has been the national leader for one such solution: embryo donation/embryo adoption (ED/EA). The NEDC specializes in honoring life in its very earliest stages and facilitating pregnancies for women who want to carry their adopted children. And these days, the ministry is busier than ever, adding new initiatives and team members to expand the quality and scope of its life-affirming work.

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I Got My Joy Back…Now What? A Deeper Understanding of Joy Through a Trip to Israel

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 8, 2020 /

In the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, I wrote an article about burnout stealing joy in my personal and professional life. I am thankful the Lord brought me out of that low place. He has continued to work on helping me understand what I initially wrote:

“Joy is not a feeling of happiness; it is a daily commitment. According to Psalm 51:12, joy stems from understanding our worth in Christ and what we receive through His salvation. Joy starts with having the humility of a child that Jesus talks about in Matthew 18:4. Joy continues through an obedient life and trials that lead to perseverance according to James 1:2-3.”

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Feed My Sheep

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 8, 2020 /

As Christians in healthcare, we are called to take our faith into the workplace, whether it be in a clinic, in a hospital or in academia. My journey in medicine led me from the clinic into academia. I actually consider myself an accidental academician who never meant to end up in charge of training a portion of the physician assistant workforce. This, however, is exactly why I am writing this story, to encourage my colleagues and help them understand who the sheep are, why they need feeding, how to feed them and when to stop feeding them.

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Everything That Has Breath

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 7, 2020 /

Bubbles billowed heavenward with every measured breath as I adjusted my mask, cleared my ears, checked my depth gauge, and glanced down at my Luminox Navy Seal dive watch. Kneeling on the silt floor of the Red Sea, 41 feet below the water surface, we watched and waited, hoping to spot a dolphin.

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Dentally Impacting the World for Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 7, 2020 /

Over the last two years, CMDA’s dental outreach has developed into a two-pronged approach, ministering to traditional private dental professionals and also those seeking to serve the underserved, both domestically and internationally. Vice President for Dental Ministries Dr. William “Griff” Griffin focuses primarily on engaging with our dental members, while Vice President for Dental Education Dr. Jeff Amstutz is developing general practice dental residency programs to equip dentists in ministering to the poor in the name of Jesus. Both aspects of CMDA’s Dental Ministries have been made possible by the generosity of the late Dr. Pete Dawson, who we seek to honor in this article, as we trace the Lord’s guiding hand over the last decade.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2020

In this edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, learn more about the growth of the National Embryo Donation Center. Plus, discover the importance of mentoring, explore CMDA’s Dental Ministries, earn continuing education credit and more.

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Saving Marriage

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 4, 2020 /

Dr. Mark Regnerus joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book, The future of Christian Marriage.

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On the Side: December 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 3, 2020 /

We don’t watch It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas—it is always on our must-watch list, but I am pretty sure that is because it is my favorite and so the family tries to appease me. But trust me, if schedules are too busy, and we don’t get through our entire Christmas list, this is definitely the one that doesn’t get watched.

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New Religious Freedom Survey Provides Encouragement

By Jonathan Imbody / December 3, 2020 /

An encouraging new nationwide poll reveals that Americans see religion as a core part of who they are and how they navigate trials, that they feel the faith community should play an even greater role in social justice and that elected officials should protect religious freedom.

Those are the key findings of my valued friends at Becket, the phenomenal public interest legal institute that has represented Little Sisters of the Poor, the Christian Medical Association and individuals of all kinds of religious persuasions from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.

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The LORD is My Shepherd

By Caren Abraham, DDS / December 3, 2020 /

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:8-11, KJV).

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

Bristol, Tenn.—December 2, 2020— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement showing physician support of ethical vaccines. CMDA joins in this statement with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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Physician Support for Ethical Vaccines

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 2, 2020 /

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our society has had to adapt to unprecedented restrictions and limitations. During this trying time, it has been difficult to find points of optimism. The rapid development of vaccine candidates utilizing varied techniques remains encouraging.

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Thank You for Your Gift Christmas 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Thank You for Your Gift Christmas 2021

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Thank You for Your Support Christmas (reusable)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Thank You for Your Support Christmas (reusable)

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Advancing Healthcare Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 1, 2020 /

Dr. Doug Lindberg joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the new Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions.

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Stoic Expectation

By Al Weir, MD / December 1, 2020 /

“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ …From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:60-66, NIV 1984).

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First Do No Harm

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / November 24, 2020 /

I got to hear Philip Yancey, one of my long-standing heroes of faith, speak in person a few weeks ago. My college-age daughter and I attended a conference (which, lest you are concerned, was sparsely attended, socially distanced and masked) where he spoke to a group of about 100 people. The minute I received the invitation, I knew I was going to attend if humanly possible. I am a huge fan of Philip Yancey, have read all his books and find him to be one of the most simultaneously encouraging and convicting Christian authors out there. I certainly was not going to miss the chance to hear him speak in person in a small group! I spent the intervening weeks in eager anticipation.

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Hard Teaching

By Al Weir, MD / November 24, 2020 /

“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ …From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:60-66, NIV 1984).

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A Plea to Our Churches

By Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Bioethics) / November 19, 2020 / Comments Off on A Plea to Our Churches

The daily rendering of the news informs us that the rate of COVID-19 infections is skyrocketing. The time it takes for the U.S. to accumulate one million cases has dropped from 44 days to just seven days. The pandemic has not only arrived; it is hitting with hurricane force and has reached a crisis point.

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Dr. Leonard Sax: Why Gender Matters – Part 2

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 19, 2020 /

Dr. Leonard Sax joins Dr. Mike Chupp and Dr. Jeff Barrows on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his book Why Gender Matters and how the transgender movement is harming our youth.

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A Gospel Rhythm

By Al Weir, MD / November 17, 2020 /

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:11-12, NIV 1984).

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Ethical Science at Warp Speed

By David Prentice, PhD / November 16, 2020 /

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to us all—medical, ethical, societal. It has also intensified and sharpened the focus of some ongoing bioethical challenges, especially regarding fetal tissue research and the related topic of abortion-derived cell lines and vaccine production. We looked at both of these issues in the spring of 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Time for some updates, new information and analysis.

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The Method Behind the Madness

By Ken Jones / November 16, 2020 /

One of the most frequently asked questions from people considering coaching is about the “process,” or about what it looks like to work with a coach. Because thousands of individuals have decided they are coaches because they have a particular expertise or experience in a specific area (i.e. sports coaches, writing coaches, even life coaches), it can be difficult to know how to choose a coach or even whether coaching is the right choice.

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Dr. Leonard Sax: Why Gender Matters – Part 1

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 12, 2020 /

Dr. Leonard Sax joins Dr. Mike Chupp and Dr. Jeff Barrows on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his book Why Gender Matters and how the transgender movement is harming our youth.

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Donate-App

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 11, 2020 / Comments Off on Donate-App

Your gifts ensure Faith and Healthcare will be ever-present, working hand-in-hand all over the world. Support the mission that is transforming healthcare globally.

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Leaders & Well-Being

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 10, 2020 /

Healthy Doctor episode 24

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Another in the Fire1: Addendum

By Al Weir, MD / November 10, 2020 /

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not…” (Daniel 3:17-18, NIV 1984).

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The State of CMDA: a Presidential Perspective

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 5, 2020 /

Dr. Gloria Halverson joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss her goals for the new CMDA RED (Racism, equality, diversity) Committee.

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U.S. Sends Shot Across Bow of UN, WHO with Multilateral, Pro-Life Health Declaration

By Jonathan Imbody / November 5, 2020 /

“At stake in this battle is the funding and prevalence of abortion, influencing societal views on abortion and securing or losing conscience freedom for pro-life healthcare professionals.”

At a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 22, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar laid out a multilateral agreement that sends a clear message to the United Nations and the World Health Organization: Stop pressuring countries to submit to a radical abortion agenda and focus instead on consensus global health issues.

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On the Side: November 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 4, 2020 /

In a few days, we will be voting on who will be the President and Vice President for the coming four years. To say that this is important to us all is an understatement. It is not only important to the United States of America, but it is also important to the entire world, especially in light of COVID-19 and its subsequent fallout. Countries all over the world have been affected by the pandemic and by the economic consequences of it as well.

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Another in the Fire

By Al Weir, MD / November 3, 2020 /

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not…” (Daniel 3:17-18, NIV 1984).

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Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability

By Jonathan J. Bonk / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability

Written for field workers and those who support them, Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability is a critical resource in member care.

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Health For All

By Daniel E. Fountain / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Health For All

Health for All tells the story of an ever-increasing vision—from curative care to community health, from a barely functioning hospital to a network of successful health services, from a lack of qualified workers to a local residency training program, from biomedical reductionism to whole person care, from cultural stalemate to worldview transformation.

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Saving Truth

By Abdu Murray / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Saving Truth

Saving Truth provides arguments from a Christian perspective for the foundations of truth and how those foundations apply to sexuality, identity, morality, and spirituality. For those enmeshed in the culture of confusion, the book offers a way to untangle oneself and find hope in the clarity that Christ offers.

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Bridging the Gap

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Bridging the Gap

Developed by expert healthcare professionals, this new small group study is designed to ask difficult, thought-provoking questions as we seek the truth found in God’s Word about the ethical issues facing Christians today. This curriculum will help you courageously stand up for what’s morally right according to your beliefs.

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Church Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Church Resources

Be an advocate for God’s Word and speak truth into today’s ethical issues. These resources will help you learn how to answer difficult questions with grace, kindness and truth.

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Go to God First

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / November 3, 2020 /

To reduce no-shows and late cancellations by getting three critical matters right from the start and to get them in the appropriate order.  Otherwise, who knows what will happen. 

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Servant Leadership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 2, 2020 /

Andy Lamb, MD shares about his experiences with GHO, becoming a team leader and the incredible bonds of brotherly love that have developed with other team members, national partners and those GHO serves.

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Doing An International Rotation During Med School

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 2, 2020 /

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1st Amendment on College Campuses

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 29, 2020 /

Kim Colby joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the present state of religious freedom on college campuses and the Department of Education’s new rule.

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The Filter of Human Rights

By Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Bioethics) / October 29, 2020 /

As the 2020 election draws near, I’ve been contemplating the underlying reasons some of my family members will likely vote differently than me in this election. They believe the core Christian doctrines and affirm the Bible as the Word of God. They passionately seek to follow after the Lord in all they do. Yet, when they cast their ballot this year, their choice for President will probably differ from mine. It isn’t that they disagree with me on the abhorrence of abortion or the importance of conscience rights. Factors not yet understood by me are causing them to support the alternate candidate. It seems we are viewing political issues through different filters. After musing on this question for several months, I’ve concluded that one of those filters is human rights.

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Getting Out of Purgatory

By Al Weir, MD / October 27, 2020 /

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV 1984).

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Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

Bristol, Tenn.—October 22, 2020—The nation’s largest faith-based medical organization, the 20,000-member Christian Medical Association* (CMA, www.cmda.org), today heralded the signing of a multilateral agreement on consensus global health issues, following a signing ceremony cohosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

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The Church & Bioethics

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 22, 2020 /

Dr. Mike Chupp talks to Dr. Darrell Bock about the impact of faith in the practice of healthcare and the need for relationship between the church and Christian healthcare professionals.

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Overcoming the Bombardment of COVID-19

By Doug Lindberg, MD / October 22, 2020 /

Carpet bombing, also known as saturation bombing, is a large area bombardment done in a progressive manner to inflict damage in every part of a selected area of land. The phrase evokes the image of explosions completely covering an area, in the same way a carpet covers a floor.

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Ministry and Dentistry: No-Shows and Late Cancellations

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / October 20, 2020 /

To reduce no-shows and late cancellations by getting three critical matters right from the start and to get them in the appropriate order.  Otherwise, who knows what will happen. 

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Seven to Two

By Al Weir, MD / October 20, 2020 /

“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15, ESV).

It is always nice to see God’s successes when you’re an oncologist. On his recent evaluation, Rob Fortner demonstrated no trace of myeloma. We had treated him with standard chemotherapy followed by an autologous stem cell transplant. After completing his exam, I asked him, “How long has it been since your transplant, two years?” He smiled, “No, it was 2013 (seven years).” I sat there stunned that time and life had passed so quickly. Nine years with all of the intense moments, all the life stories, all the joy, all the tears. Gone in a blink.

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A Word About Blessed Events

By Ken Jones / October 19, 2020 /

Because October is Down Syndrome Month …

A Word About Blessed Events

Everyone knows that phrase: A Blessed Event.

         A blessed event is what happens when a baby is born.

        A blessed event occurs when that familiar sound splits the air,

                And a neonate cries for the very first time,

And an heir is born who can help carry on the family name and lineage.

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Call to the Middle East – Adam Algam, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2020 /

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Dentist to Missionary – Michael O’Callaghan, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2020 /

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Victims of the Sexual Revolution

By Steven Willing, MD / October 15, 2020 /

Too often, it seems, Christians engaged in culture are fighting yesterday’s battle. Probably, most who are engaged in apologetics still believe the worldview of secular culture is premised upon values of tolerance and moral relativism. We are way beyond that. Having emerged victorious (according to some) in the “culture wars,” tolerance and “rights-speak” are no longer useful to sexual revolutionaries. Their narrative has shifted. Opponents of Christian morality now assert far more than equivalence. They claim moral superiority, along with intolerant disdain for traditionally-minded folk of most religious or conservative persuasions. The prideful often fall by overreaching, as Napoleon did by invading Russia. Opponents of Christian sexuality have badly overreached. It is a battle they cannot win.

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Saving Truth

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 14, 2020 /

Abdu Murray joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book Saving Truth.

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Cultural Intelligence

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Cultural Intelligence

Cultural intelligence requires that we understand the changing world around us, and engage these changes in ways that edify the church and winsomely seek after the lost.

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Malpractice Peer Support

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 13, 2020 /

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Jars of Clay

By Al Weir, MD / October 13, 2020 /

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV 1984).

He walked into the room with a smell that preceded him. Short, thin, with a scraggly gray beard, he looked like a homeless addict who had neglected his health until it was almost too late. But he was not intimidated by the large tumor on his forehead. He spoke clearly and intelligently as I recorded his medical history. When I began to discuss therapy for his cancer, he said, “I’ll try the treatment, but I’m not afraid of this. I’m a Christian.” I told him I was as well. As he left, I placed my hand on his shoulder and prayed for him. He then said, “Let me pray for you.” He placed his hand on my shoulder and lifted me to the Lord. My nurse sprayed the room for the odor after he had gone.

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 12, 2020 / Comments Off on surveyconteststaff

Membership Donate Now Thank You for Participating in the Survey! Enter the Drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card Enter Below Please enter your information below in order to be eligible for a $100 gift card from Amazon. Entry form best viewed in the Chrome or Firefox browsers. Name First Last Email Phone Phone number…

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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on About Us

The mission of the CMDA CHEC Section is to encourage connection, promote excellence and integrate faith and work. The vision of CHEC is to be a community of Christian healthcare executives that inspires and supports one another.

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TeleMedicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 8, 2020 /

Dr. Amy Givler and Dr. Julie Griffin Steward join Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss how telehealth is changing the way healthcare professionals interact with patients.

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Brief Reflections on My Recent Education in American Racism

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 8, 2020 /

CMDA’s Board of Trustees recently created the R2ED Team, which is a taskforce focused on racism and reconciliation, equality and diversity. As followers of Christ, we want to see persons of all colors and ethnicities blessed by the gospel of Christ and involved in the work and ministry of CMDA as much as possible.

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 7, 2020 / Comments Off on surveycontest

Membership Donate Now Thank You for Participating in the Survey! Enter Here to Win a Trip to Israel, Greece, Italy, or Turkey Enter Below Please enter your information below in order to be eligible for a trip for two people on one of our upcoming tours to Israel, Greece, Italy, or Turkey. Entry form best…

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The Best Medicine

By Walt Larimore, MD / October 6, 2020 / Comments Off on The Best Medicine

Perfect for anyone yearning for a simpler, slower pace of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore’s popular Bryson City series, The Best Medicine is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor’s passage from inexperience to maturity as a physician, husband, father, and community member.

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Skin Color

By Al Weir, MD / October 6, 2020 /

“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” (John 4:9, NIV 1984).

This was not the first time I’d felt the anger of racial injustice, but it was the most surprising. Lorenzo had been my patient for 20 years. He was doing better and living longer with his myeloma than anyone I had ever treated. He and I are friends.

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The Dealer

By David Beyda, MD / October 5, 2020 /

She wasn’t sure how it happened, but it happened. The sun had set, the rain had started, and the roads were slick, with cars moving slower than usual and drivers being vigilant. She didn’t see it but felt it as her car was hit. The night was going to be a long one.

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On the Side: October 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 5, 2020 /

I once finished the Chicago Marathon. I ran right through the city uninhibited by the two million people who lived there. It was really something. I ran freely through a maze of normally congested streets. There were people pressing in on every side, yet I was unrestrained to work toward my goal. Do you know why? 

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Christian Healthcare Executive Collaborative

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 1, 2020 /

This week on CMDA Matters, Warren White and Ben Anderson joined Dr. Mike Chupp to discuss the new Christian Healthcare Executive Collaborative Section.

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Presidential Executive Order Protects Vulnerable Newborns

By Jonathan Imbody / October 1, 2020 /

A Presidential Executive Order (EO) signed on September 25, 2020 by President Trump recently mandated care for vulnerable newborns while highlighting the need to enforce protections to prevent the intentional neglect of babies born with significant challenges.

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Back to Basics: Laying a Strong Foundation

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / September 29, 2020 /

“We need to get back to the basics of life, a heart that is pure and a love that is blind, a faith that is fervently grounded in Christ, the hope that endures for all times. These are the basics, we need to get back to the basics of life.”

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Christian Healthcare Executive Collaborative

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Healthcare Executive Collaborative

The mission of the CMDA CHEC Section is to encourage connection, promote excellence and integrate faith and work. The vision of CHEC is to be a community of Christian healthcare executives that inspires and supports one another.

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Multiplied Compassion

By Al Weir, MD / September 29, 2020 /

“Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them…” (Mark 2:3, NIV 1984).

I was over working at my computer when my clinical secretary called, “Guess who’s here?” No idea. “Mrs. Kushman. You took care of her husband.” I drug myself away from sterile technology and went to greet her. It had been four years, and now she was in our oncology clinic with her father. She told me her mother had cancer as well. I greeted her with an elbow bump and lowered my mask where she could see me. “How are you doing?” I asked. “Okay,” she said with her words, but not her eyes. “Do you have anyone to support you while you are going through this? Do you have a church?” She stood solidly on her faith in Christ and told me her pastor and church members were standing with her through the struggle.

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Trending

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Trending

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CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

Bristol, TN—June 26, 2020–The Tennessee-based, 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today applauded a Tennessee patient protection policy announced this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and developed collaboratively between HHS, the state of Tennessee and disability rights groups.

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A Vaccine Trial is Not a Trial: What Participating Looks Like

By Amy Givler, MD / September 24, 2020 / Comments Off on A Vaccine Trial is Not a Trial: What Participating Looks Like

I love vaccines. To those of you who have read my other articles on the subject (available here and here), this comes as no surprise. But, you may rightly say, “love” is an awfully strong word. Shouldn’t I only love people, not things?

I love vaccines because I love people. Millions of people are alive today only because they were vaccinated. Who are these people? Nobody knows, because the vaccine kept them from getting sick and dying. One of them could very well be me. Or you.

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T. Bob Davis, DMD: 2020 Servant of Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 24, 2020 /

This week on CMDA Matters, Dr. T. Bob Davis joined Dr. Mike Chupp to discuss his Servant of Christ Award and years of faithful service.

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Does the Bible Endorse Racism and Slavery?

By Jerek B. Petrous, DDS, MS / September 24, 2020 /

The topic of slavery and racism couldn’t be more relevant in this age of social justice we are in right now. It goes without saying that racism is evil. Genesis 1:27 makes very clear that all are created in the image of God. The image of God, or Imago Dei in Latin, refers to the fact that humans were made uniquely and separately from all the rest of creation in a way that reflects God’s image in our moral, spiritual and intellectual essence. It means that in certain aspects, and in an imperfect sense, we resemble God. It is because we are image bearers of God that our lives have intrinsic worth, and this of course goes for all humans. It is precisely because we are made in God’s image that racism is evil. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about this frequently as the basis for civil rights. He argued that the brotherhood of man is dependent upon the fatherhood of God. Reject the latter and you erode the foundation of the former.

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My Momma Was Mean

By Al Weir, MD / September 22, 2020 /

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there… even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast…even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:8-12, NIV 1984).

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Living in the Household of God

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 17, 2020 /

Our family has an unofficial mascot—a little bendable Gumby doll. I have no idea where Gumby came from or how exactly we acquired him. He started out as a little game in which various family members move Gumby to different places around the house. When you find Gumby, you move him somewhere else where he awaits discovery by another family member. Over the years, we have adopted an unofficial motto that goes with our unofficial mascot: “Semper Gumby” (always flexible). As is true of numerous other healthcare professionals, flexibility is not my strong suit. I am really good at focus, goals, determination and persistence. Flexibility, not so much. So “Semper Gumby” is a motto for me as much as anyone else in the house. A reminder that flexibility is a necessary part of doing life with other people.

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Tara Sander Lee: COVID-19 Vaccine Update

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 17, 2020 /

Dr. Tara Sander Lee joins Dr. Mike Chupp and co-host Dr. Jeff Barrows on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss how COVID-19 vaccinations are being developed and fetal cell line research.

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Purple Heart

By Al Weir, MD / September 15, 2020 /

“…There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24, NIV 1984).

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CMDA Learning Center Dedication

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 14, 2020 / Comments Off on CMDA Learning Center Dedication

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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The Control Panel of Life

By Ken Jones / September 14, 2020 /

“Control” is a word we use all the time, have you noticed? In science, every researcher insists on the careful documentation of experiments and the importance of control groups for accuracy in successful drug development. Television studios all have some control room, where people sit staring at monitors to determine which camera angle best captures the story that is unfolding. Every large airport in the world has a control tower, rising several stories above the surrounding runways. Men and women sit in those high control towers looking out on the horizon, while simultaneously watching monitors that display the exact location of airplanes wanting to land or waiting for permission to take off. The pilots are certainly flying the planes, but the controllers are in…control.

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Darrell Bock: Cultural Intelligence

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2020 /

Dr. Darrell Bock joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book Cultural Intelligence.

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A Christian Perspective on Antidepressants

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / September 10, 2020 /

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV

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The Reflective Physician

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 9, 2020 /

Healthy Doctor episode 22

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The Power of Suffering

By Al Weir, MD / September 8, 2020 /

“…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10, ESV).

Amanda has been a dear friend for many years. She’s been a Christian all the years I have known her, but she had drifted from her devotion to God. Her sister-in-law is a Catholic Christian dedicated to Christ. Not long ago, Amanda watched her sister-in-law carry the staggering weight of her husband’s death with an unwavering trust in God. Amanda has now returned to a close walk with God and has found Him best within the Catholic Church. It is beautiful to see. What is more, Amanda’s son, a recalcitrant drug user, has followed her to faith in Christ, and he has been drug free for four years. Last weekend, we met Amanda and her husband in New Orleans for a short escape and attended the 9 a.m. mass at St. Louis Cathedral. The priest’s prayer for the suffering that morning included, “May they join their suffering with the suffering of Christ.”

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George Carneal: From Queer to Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2020 /

George Carneal joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his book From Queer to Christ: My Journey Into the Light.

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Communist Repression, a Secret Vatican Compact and the Universality of Religious Freedom

By Jonathan Imbody / September 3, 2020 /

If religious organizations kowtow to tyrants at the peril of religious freedom, why should the nonreligious even care?

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On the Side: September 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

The meeting with my co-leader was held two weeks before the start of the new Side By Side session. I had my planner, my Bible and the study book. She had the same. But Deb also had a box of organized, color-coded, individually-bagged Scripture reminders for each student, for every week of the semester. On top of all of this, she also had already written meticulous notes on each lesson in her beautiful penmanship.

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At the Heart of the Crisis: Personal Reflections on COVID-19

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

It is no exaggeration for me to say CMDA has had an influential impact on my adult spiritual life. Since 1999, I have been active with CMDA in one way or another. In 2017, my work with the New York City chapter was significantly increasing, and I found myself more interested in ministry activities than even my own private practice in surgery. After a couple years of praying and planning, I officially began my full-time ministry as the NYC Area Director on March 1, 2020. There was no way humanly possible we could have foreseen what would occur in NYC that same month.

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Racism in Healthcare: No One is Immune

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
—Psalm 51:10, ESV

It must start with us.

Many things have been laid bare this year. In late 2019, a novel Coronavirus referred to as SARS-CoV-2 originating in Wuhan, Hubei, China spread to the United States becoming a global pandemic. By mid-July of this year, there were close to 13 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, with around six million active cases affecting more than 200 countries. In the United States, there have been more than three million COVID-19 cases (with more than one million recovered) and more than 500,000 deaths. We would soon learn that African Americans—who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population—disproportionately comprise U.S. COVID-19 fatalities, with many having underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Income and wealth inequalities also tend to create greater disparities within communities of color, making access to adequate healthcare and healthy living an elusive and unaffordable necessity.

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Pornography and Interactive Sexual Devices

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

Pornography is any medium that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to entice sexual imagination. Pornography has no beneficial use but damages human relationships. Mass communication technologies such as the Internet have expanded its reach to an unprecedented degree. Video and virtual reality have intensified its content. The introduction of sex robots that imitate human speech and sexual behaviors and are designed to perform sexual acts with humans are an extreme elaboration of pornography. All of these have dangerous psychological, social, and spiritual consequences.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

It has been said that the best way to learn about our future is to look to our past. A historical reflection on the actions of those who have gone before us can both guide us toward monumental successes and deter us from repeating colossal mistakes. A glance to history may reveal progressive social and technological advancements, yet it also affirms that the basic principles of a man’s heart remain unchanged. As Proverbs reminds us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

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Redefining Essential in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

Am I essential? As general dental professionals, we do not imagine many of you have asked yourselves this question. By choosing dentistry as a profession, it is safe to assume a certain level of job security and financial stability. Though both of those factors may have been initial lures into the field, what inspires us daily to practice dentistry is the impact we have in the lives of our patients, each created in the image of God. As dentists, all that we work to achieve is essential to the health and well-being of our respective communities. And yet, in the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, it feels like oral healthcare was deemed non-essential. States recommended dentists limit their offices to emergency patients only. No handpieces were running. No cavitrons were cleaning. Some dentists were even finding themselves unemployed! Oral healthcare seemed low on the priority list, and any momentum we had made in terms of advocating prevention felt lost.

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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

We are now offering continuing education credits through Today’s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2020

In this edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Omari Hodge and Nicole Hayes explore the topic of racism in healthcare and how no one is immune to it. Other articles in this edition includes topics such as COVID-19 and how it is impacting dentistry, a historical look at physician-assisted suicide and more.

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Covid Lessons

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / September 1, 2020 /

This new Covid world has taught us things. We’ve learned more about ourselves, our families, our country, and the world as a whole and how connected it really is.  Have you had a chance to be still and reflect on what you have learned during this tumultuous time?  I’ve had a little time, but I’d like to take more and really sit and thank God for what He’s done in the midst of the brokenness.  Once you do get a chance to reflect, write those thoughts down and share them with someone and then ask them to tell you about what they have learned. The more you share and hear, the bigger and more beautiful the picture will be of what God is doing.  I’ll share with y’all a little of what I’ve learned.

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Uber Questions

By Al Weir, MD / September 1, 2020 /

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV 1984).

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