Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…Did you know people of faith generally live healthier lives? This is becoming an established fact as more and more evidence points in this direction. Some of us are getting cheaper insurance rates because of this fact. Our Fellowship has an affinity program with an insurance brokerage that gives our constituents quality and cheaper insurance because big insurance companies see this reality. People of faith are a better insurance risk, period.
A major new study tracked more than 12,000 Canadian over a period of 14 years and discovered that regular attendance of religious services offers significant protection against depression. In an April, 2013 National Post article, researchers of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) were quoted as saying that the incidence of clinical depression was 22% lower among those who attended church services at least once a month. The head of the psychiatry department at U of S, Marilyn Baetz, co-authored the new study. When asked why this was the case, she admitted it remains something of a mystery. She was quoted as saying, “The feeling is that if you belong to a religious organization, what you are really getting is just social support, nothing else. But it would appear it is something over and above that.”
The researchers discovered that people who frequently attended church had the least depression and those who never attended worship services had the most. The study also found that those who considered themselves spiritual but did not attend worship services experienced the same rate of depression as those who rarely or never attended. Baetz said, “It might be something about the organized component of religion that is the healthful component.”
The article goes on to say:
“Dr. Baetz began researching the connection between religion and health about 15 years ago and said at that time the questions she was asking were considered controversial. But she said the medical profession has become more accepting of the role of spirituality.
“‘Although in some ways we’re secular, in other ways, particularly when people are stressed and have health problems, you do tend to look outside yourself for other means of coping or support,’ she said.
“Of course there’s no guarantee that any individual will benefit from religious attendance. ‘And you can’t really prescribe it,’ Dr. Baetz said. ‘But it’s interesting to see a 22% decrease in something that’s pretty common.’”
People of faith generally live healthier lives—physically, emotionally and spiritually. Maybe that’s one other reason we should share the command in Hebrews 10:25 (NLT):
“And let us not neglect our meeting together as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.”
Have a blessed week.
P.S. Why not consider registering for our upcoming Fellowship National Conference (formerly Fellowship 48) on November 11-13, 2013 in Richmond, BC. Take a peek at the attachment for more details.
Our 2013 Fellowship theme verse is:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7