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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Church Based Programs (Overview)

Church-based programs draw on similar religious beliefs to help people accomplish goals.


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Are we separate from godliness if we don't go to church?

Godliness: No. There are many ways to godliness. Hindus believe in self realization and this does not require regular visits to temple/church. Muslims require you to surrender to prayer 4-5 times a day. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Church Based Programs (Overview)

Church-based programs draw on similar religious beliefs to help people accomplish goals.


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What value is movie rating system if our church disagrees?

Movie rating: This is a clear separation of state and church. Movie ratings are the state and the church teaching are the religion. Typically the state tends to be ultra open and the church teaches based on belief and faith in good. Nothing wrong with the latter. It all depends on which of the two provides better satisfaction to you. ...Read more

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Is it important for adults to chaperone HS kids even on a church outing?

Is it important for adults to chaperone HS kids even on a church outing?

Kids are kids: It's always important to remember that kids are going to be kids, church or no. As a pediatrician, i very definitely know that church going kids are only a little bit less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior and sexual activity. There should always be proper adult supervision and monitoring of behavior on outings. You don't need to have "room for the holy ghost" but look for normal behavior. ...Read more

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My church is fasting for 45 days will that raise a health concen i weigh 240 will i get sick or anything ?

My church is fasting for 45 days will that raise a health concen i weigh 240 will i get sick or anything ?

Fasting: First there has to be more to this story. I know of no medical professional that would bless you with recommending a fast lasting 45 days. Fasting, in my book, means avoiding any food or liquids. Fasting for 45 days seems very dangerous to one's health. Even jesus christ did not fast this long. ...Read more

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I want to fast with my church for 21 days and i weight 250 will i gain my weight back after these days when i eat ?

I want to fast with my church for 21 days and i weight 250 will i gain my weight back after these days when i eat ?

No, not unless..: No, a person doesn't gain back excess weight unless he cannot stop himself from eating more calories than he needs. After the fast, one should be sure to eat less than before the fast. Count up all the calories taken in each day after the fast. If one's weight creeps upward, then cut back on the calories right away. ...Read more

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Does going to church change people or do people change people? Does me not going to church make me a bad person even though i believe in god?

Does going to church change people or do people change people? Does me not going to church make me a bad person even though i believe in god?

Depends : There are good people in every faith and even without faith. It's how you treat other people, the good you do in the world, etc. In history Religious people have murdered, tortured , suicide bombed thousands if not millions. Hundreds of wars were fought between different religions. The evidence would suggest NOT going to church makes you less evil and more moral ...Read more

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17 mth baby boy just started screeching and screaming two wks now. cant take him to places like church. How do I stop this? I just yell a firm NO

17 mth baby boy just started screeching and screaming two wks now. cant take him to places like church. How do I stop this? I just yell a firm NO

Likely normal: This is likely normal behavior for age. While consistent discipline is good for unwanted behavior, if you yell at baby, baby learns that yelling is a good way to communicate. If you are worried about baby's development, see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is there a best age for kids to start attending church service?

Is there a best age for kids to start attending church service?

Church age: I think if you want to instill the goodness of religion and it's teachings then take them to church as early as possible and get involved in church activities. ...Read more

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Why does my son limp after church after sitting on the wooden benches?

Why does my son limp after church after sitting on the wooden benches?

Nerve compression: Must be a long church service! i wouldn't worry too much so long as he can "work it out" fairly quickly with walking around. If it persists, why don't you get him checked out by your doc? He can ask you some relevant questions, and examine him to make sure there's no medical reason for it. ...Read more

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I'm asking is it alright to excerise while doing a 21 day fast with my church ?

I'm asking is it alright to excerise while doing a 21 day fast with my church ?

Moderate OK: The biggest key is not as much the food intake as it is the water intake. Keep hydrated with sufficient water especially while exercising. Take small amounts very frequently to stay hydrated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently become aware of church goers preaching hateful messages, what should I do?

You may not be: able to do anything to change their behavior. Use it as an example not to follow. Christ never preached hate. ...Read more

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I'm more than 50 years old, and worked in the community church but no medical insurance since the church cannot afford it. . How can I can i get a cheaper medical insurance for myself and my wife? Could you recommend a legitimate insurance co. And what sh

I'm more than 50 years old, and worked in the community church but no medical insurance since the church cannot afford it. . How can I can i get a cheaper medical insurance for myself and my wife? Could you recommend a legitimate insurance co. And what sh

Insurance when aging: Hi my first thought is to get to aarp. If you are 60 years old you may qualify for their plans or supplemental plans. Then there is the medicaid programs in your state if your income is low enough. There is no reason to despair. It just may take a bit of digging to get some coverage. ...Read more

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My husbands was white around the lips the other morning at church. I am concerned.?

My husbands was white around the lips the other morning at church. I am concerned.?

Yes: From just being cold to being anemic to to having something serious going on with his circulatory system, there are many things that can cause pale lips - too many to mention in a short space. Bottom line - the safe answer is to have him make an appointment to see his doctor for an evaluation and appropriate testing. ...Read more

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Who can provide pastoral counseling? How do the philosophies at different churches vary?

Who can provide pastoral counseling?  How do the philosophies at different churches vary?

Your pastor: Great (and tough) question. Denominations can vary greatly in their philosophies. If you are established with a church, it is best to stay with your pastor or someone from your denomination. If not, find a well qualified psychologist who demonstrates in their day-to-day life the kind of christ-based life you want for yourself. Good luck and god bless. ...Read more

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Also I was wanting to know when it would be safe to have unprotected sex with a boy from my church?

Also I was wanting to know when it would be safe to have unprotected sex with a boy from my church?

See below: Just because he is a boy from church, does not me he does not have an std. Also, you greatly enhance your risk for pregnancy. Use protection. ...Read more

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I am so excited to be going to church camp that i can't even sleep.. Does anyone have any tips to help me?

I am so excited to be going to church camp that i can't even sleep.. Does anyone have any tips to help me?

I agree w Dr. Ali.: 1.Keep regular bed & waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep & sex. No work materials, computers, & tv in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hr. ...Read more

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Aunt had to take husband off life support in '09. Thinks he went to hell bc didn't go to church. Complicated grief. How can I help?

Aunt had to take husband off life support in '09. Thinks he went to hell bc didn't go to church. Complicated grief. How can I help?

See chaplain...: Sounds like she might need to talk to her spiritual leader. I am certainly not religious, but I am unaware of any religion banishing one to hell for not attending church. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat sugar-free candy before going to church?

Is it okay to eat sugar-free candy before going to church?

Yes: This should not affect your spirituality nor attentiveness. If you are going to Catholic church, you are told not to eat prior to communion so this could be an obstacle. Otherwise it is not a problem. ...Read more

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