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The words – finishing strong. Maybe even graphic of Phidippides & first marathon

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In the year 490 BC, the hordes of the Persian Army that had been victorious from India’s Indus River all the way to the Nile and from the Danube River to Hellespont—modern Turkey—were again on the move. Transported by 600 six hundred galley boats, the Persians landed on the Plains of Marathon. Their goal was to capture and destroy Athens, whichthat lay southeastsome 22 25miles (45 kilometers).across the peninsular.

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The Greeks numbered their troops on the overlooking hills. They were outnumbered by the Persians tenfour to one. General Miltiades sent his most able runner, Phidippides, to ask for reinforcements from Sparta, a city-state to the southwest. He made the trip of 140 miles on foot in about 36 thirty-six hours over rugged, mountainous terrain. The Spartans were willing to help against a common enemy, but would march only when the moon was full because of their religious customs. That would be many days hence. Returning 140 miles, Phidippides brought the message that no military help was immediately forthcoming.

 

Miltiades decided he must attack immediately, and thus the battle started against the a surprised enemy. Phidippides, weighted down by heavy armor, participated in the battle.,whichThe Greeks broke the Persian lines and hurled them back into the sea. Six thousand four hundred Persians lay dead, while only 192 Athenians were killed. However, as General Miltiades viewed the Persian galleys sail away to the south, a fear gripped his soul. Maybe those ships were heading for Athens, which was almost undefended. Athens knew nothing of the outcome of the day’s battle and might surrender.

 

Summoning Phidippides again, he sent him on yet another vital mission: Tell the city fathers in Athens that they must not surrender, for the Greek forces had been victorious at Marathon. Over the mountains, across rocky terrain, now on the road, Phidippides sped toward Athens. The destiny of Greece might well depend on his faithfully delivering the message. Pushing himself nearly beyond the limits of human endurance, tired from his almost 300 300miles on foot the previous days and the day’s battle, he pressed on. Now his blurry vision made out the walls and gate of Athens. As his energy seemed to drain out of himAlmost completely drained of energy, he still rushed on into the agora, the marketplace. Totally exhausted, he sees saw one of the city fathers.

 

“Phidippides! What is it?” the city father anxiously queriesd. Falling to the ground as he breathesd his last breath, the dying Phidippides gaspsed, “Rejoice! We have conquered!”[1]

 

 

 

 

Historians consider the Battle of Marathon as to be one of the 15 fifteen crucial battles of history up through the nineteenth century. It contributed to the saving of Western civilization.[2] In our own lives there are times we have to go almost beyond the limits of human endurance as we fight for victories in our own “marathons” and life situations.

 

 

 

 

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We too are striving for victory – victory in our personal lifestyle so as to LIVE—live longer, healthier, happier, and holier.Celebrate Your Freedom

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We too are striving for victory—victory in our personal lifestyle so as to LIVE—live longer, healthier, happier, and holier.

 

 
 

We too are striving for victory—victory in our personal lifestyle so as to LIVE—live longer, healthier, happier, and holier.

 

 

 


                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

 

As you have studied the three books, Getting Started, Pressing Forward, and Finishing Strong, you have been challenged to follow body, mind-spirit, and relationship guidelines. In WIN! Wellness we have taken the basic health principles and related them to these three essential dimensions for wholistic, integrated, balanced living.

 

 

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Winning is your goal, and to achieve this you need to develop harmoniously in these three dimensions. If you have problems in any one area, it profoundly influences the other two, and your overall well-being and health will be affected. We all struggle to follow these life-giving rules, and with God’s help we can be victorious.

 

If you have gained many or even a few victories, we congratulate you and encourage you to write or print your name into the victor’s laurel at the end of this chapter.

 

What Are Keys to victory in life’s race?

The wreath of laurel from the ancient Greek Olympics has been the common symbol used at the opening of each of the 29 twenty-nine chapters you have studied in the three books of WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope and Health. Unlike the Greek games, where in which only one could be a winner in each event, in life’s race we can each win in life’s race regardless of our handicaps, the season of our life, or our circumstances.

 

 

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Unlike the Greek games, in which only one could be a winner in each event, we can each win in life’s race regardless of our handicaps, the season of our life, or our circumstances.Celebrate Your Freedom

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Picture of victory, possibly including olive wreath.

Unlike the Greek games, in which only one could be a winner in each event, we can each win in life’s race regardless of our handicaps, the season of our life, or our circumstances.

The words – finishing strong.

 

 


                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

The mind-spirit-emotions dimension

WhHolistic health is the integration of three dimensions: the body, relationships, and mind-spirit-emotions.Let’s consider the mind-spirit-emotions dimension first.While we were made to excel in all areas, yet in this life the body is not supreme. Humans on this earth will never have the strength of a gorilla or the speed of a cheetah. The human body is made to support the mind. The mind is the true you; it is where you learn, where you make choices that affect health, life, death, others and relationships.You were not made to lift 500five-hundred-pound barbells. You were made to think great thoughts, to love in lasting, meaningful relationships, to enjoy a destiny beyond the stars.You were made for eternity and to live a life that measures with the life of God.

 

 

Never think that you have learned enough, and that you may now relax your efforts. The cultivated mind is the measure of the man.  Your education should continue during your lifetime;  restore footnote

 

 

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Never think that you have learned enough, and that you may now relax your efforts.  The cultivated mind is the measure of the man.  Your education should continue during your lifetime; every day you should be learning and putting to practical use the knowledge gained.

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“Never think that you have learned enough, and that you may now relax your efforts. The cultivated mind is the measure of the man. Your education should continue during your lifetime; every day you should be learning and putting to practical use the knowledge gained.[3]

 

In 1964, Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review, headed a cultural delegation to Russia and had an extremely stressful trip. After his return to the U.S. he was hospitalized and diagnosed with a disease of the spine, and was given only months to live. The specialist informed him that his disease was terminal. “What are you going to do?” questioned Cousins. His physician answered, “There is nothing to do. Your condition is terminal.” Cousins asked, “What are my chances?” The physician responded, “Mr. Cousins, you don’t seem to understand. The disease is fatal. Set your affairs in order.” “What are my statistical chances?” insisted Cousins. The answer was, “One in 500five hundred.” Cousins said, “I will be that one!” His motto was, Don’t deny the diagnosis, but defy the verdict.

Norman Cousins called his editorial assistant and commissioned him to find a treatment. The doctor had said he would die if he left the hospital. Cousins said, “If I stay here I will die,, and against his physician’s orders, he checked himself out and moved to a nearby hotel. Hours later his assistant called apologetically and said that he had consulted numerous authorities, and the only treatments that offered even a glimmer of hope was were “laughter therapy” and large doses of intravenous vitamin C. Cousins hired a nurse to attend him, had regular laboratory tests run, and started to watch humorous films that made him laugh and laugh. Within two weeks he was off his medication, and within six months he was back at work. He died 16 26twenty-sixyears later at the age of 75.[4]

 

The president of the University of California at Los Angeles was so impressed by Norman Cousins’ healing that he asked him to start a new university program in the scientific discipline of psycho-neuro-immunology.

 

Cousins states,

“Hope, purpose, and determination are not merely mental states. They have electrochemical connections that play a large part in the workings of the immune system and indeed, in the entire economy of the total human organism. . .”

 

 

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Hope, faith, love, will to live, festivity, playfulness, purpose, determination—are powerful biochemical prescriptions…”Celebrate Your Freedom

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Hope, purpose, and determination are not merely mental states. They have electrochemical connections that play a large part in the workings of the immune system and indeed, in the entire economy of the total human organism. . . . Hope, faith, love, will to live, festivity, playfulness, purpose, determination—are powerful biochemical prescriptions. . . . In short, I learned that it is not unscientific to talk about a biology of hope—or of any of the positive emotions. The emotional state of the patient has specific effects on the mechanisms involved in illness and health..[5]

 

 

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The scientific discipline that has emerged to study this relationship is called psycho-neuro-immunology.

The emotional state of the patient has specific effects on the mechanismsinvolved in illness and health.

 

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Picture of olive wreath.

Unlike the Greek games, in which only one could be a winner in each event, we can each win in life’s race regardless of our handicaps, the season of our life, or our circumstances.The scientific discipline that has emerged to study this relationship iscalled psycho-neuro-immunology.

 

The emotional state of the patient has specific effects on the mechanisms involved in illness and health.(This last sentence should be a different type face than the first sentence).

 

 

 


                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

 

 

What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

 

Most people are just about as well as they decide to be. You can will yourself sick, and with the help of God, in many cases you can will yourself well. In simple other words, the mind affects the body. So we need to have positive mental-emotional perspectives, because this will affect the body.However, the relationship goes two ways. The state of our body also affects our emotions and attitudes.

 

 

 

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However, the relationship goes two ways.

The state of our body also affects our emotions and attitudes.

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However, the relationship goes two ways. The state of our body also affects our emotions and attitudes.What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

 

 

 


                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

The physical dimension

One Bbody.[6]

 

One eEarly one morning on a tropical Caribbean island, as the waves splash against the sandy beach, an elderly man local creates a sculpture in white sand under the shade of spreading palm trees. He thoughtfully sculpts with his fingers an image—a chest emerges between broad shoulders, the abdomen forms, and powerful legs are shaping into a human likeness. The arms laiye motionless at its sides, and well-formed fingers are shaped carefully as he rearranges the soft wet sand, patting it down and reshaping it until it looks life-like.He moves to refashion the head with care. There is a gentle nose, and the motionless lips and eyes that see notthat cannot see are shaped.He thoughtfully views hiscreative image and is satisfied. It is his masterpiece indeed.

 

 

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It is his masterpiece. (Are we going to be able to find a graphic which represents the above story?)What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

 

 

                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

 

The Creator Father God, and Jesus and the Holy Spirit also had a plan of creating a human form. In fact it was their idea. They thought it all through so that it would be in Their image, perfect, designed well, and formed beautifully. Since it was made in the image of God, it had to be magnificent—handsome and functional beyond imagination. It This was a divine plan carried out as a sacred creation on the sixth day of creation week.

 

 

After God created man in His image, the form was perfect in all its arrangements, but it had no vitality. Then a personal, self-existing God breathed into that form the breath of life, and man became a living, breathing, intelligent being.All parts of the human machinery were put in motion. The heart, the arteries, the veins, the tongue, the hands, the feet, the perceptions of the mind, the senses, were placed under physical law. It was then that man became a living soul. . . . A personal Godcreatedman, and endowed him with intelligence and power.[7]

 

 

The body was a gift blessed by God and passed through the reproduction act from one generation to another. The Ddivine plan was for each of us to have one body guaranteed for a lifetime, until death do us part.

 

If, daily, we treat this one body of ours well from our young age through our older years, it will give us good service so that we can have a long, high-quality life. It The body needs respect and protection from destructive forces, which the media and the enemy of the soul and body promote. If not, our body suffers the consequences of disease and illness—even death. Our body is like a child’s toy that, if cared for, will last long, but when bumped, broken, crashed, and improperly used, then it starts wearing down and becomes dysfunctional. But iIf we, the stewards of this body, follow the biological, physiological, psychological, and emotional laws of nature and health, this one body will perform well with magnificent and meaningful quality of life. This is our choice—m. My choice.,yYour choice.

 

Our body is a sacred place for us to live within, but not only for us: the Divine dwells in it, also. The Bible tells us that our body is the temple of God. This is another reason that we need to respect this one body and care for it well. It merits the best of care throughout our earthly journey. It needs balanced living to perform well and must be treated with awe and reverence as well as respect. There is only one body to a person—no exchange, trade-in, or replacement.Care for it. Do not abuse it. It must last you a lifetime.

 

 

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Healthy care of our one body is a daily choice.

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What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

Healthy care of our one body is a daily choice.

 

 

 


                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

The Hhealth laws, when they arefollowed,, prolong life. As we study health laws, we learn the secrets of a balanced lifestyle and longevity. It is a challenge for us to live well. Up-to-date health information can save us from pain and even early death. Plan well and care for your body. Healthy care of our one body is a daily choice.

 

In the foregoing chapters, the theme has been developed of how to have a strong body, strengthen it against disease, and apply proper health habits. Our goal is also to have a strong mind in a strong body, enjoying meaningful relationships.Let’s look at the relationship dimension.

 

The relationship dimension

Some people live in a nightmare of suffering where a spouse man under the influence of alcohol or drugs comes home and beats his wife and children and robs them of what little money they do have in order to feed his habits.Do you think that this might affect the physical well-being of the family?

 

On the other hand, let’s suppose that Dad and Mom have a growing love bond and that they spend meaningful time every day meeting their children’s needs and going interesting places together. Do you think these children will have less fewer health problems and will do better in school? There are natural laws that make common sense, and they that s suggest that happiness and physical health are more likely to be the results in such a home.                       

 

 

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There are natural laws that make common sense, and they suggest that happiness and physical health are more likely to be the results in such a home.

 

 

 

 

There are natural laws that make common sense, and they suggest that happiness and physical health are more likely to be the results in such a home.                                                                                                She was blaming him, and he was blaming her.

                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

 

But beyond natural forces there are also powerful,supernatural forces that work to build or destroy relationships.The interplay of natural and supernatural forces in the family is illustrated by the experience of Ed and Nora.

 

Powerful, Supernatural Forces Work to Build or Destroy Relationships

Ed and Nora’s marriage relationship had reached a seemingly impossible intractable impasse.They needed help. As Ed dropped by Millie’s university office he shared that he loved Nora, even though their marriage was having problems.She had gone on a fling away from home, was seeing other men, and had run up bills on their credit card which he didn’t have money to pay. Ed was happy that Nora was back home again and taking classes at the university. Maybe things would work out. Millie listened as he shared, and she could sense his pain.

 

The next evening as Millie was going out to her car, Ed appeared again. With tears Ed lamented, “It’s bad at home. Unless something changes, our marriage is over!”

 

When John arrived home, Millie shared that Ed and Nora were in deep trouble. John responded, “We need to go this very night to see them.” Because it was exam time, Millie had deadlines, making it impossible for her to accompany him. John was strongly impressed that he must go and find this couple immediately.

 

I (John) will never forget that winter night. In the darkness heI drove down the highway looking for the right house numbers. No luck. The numbers are going the wrong way. I must have passed it. About 6:30 p.m. Ihe found the address. Ed had told Millie he was going to the library that evening, but surprise! Thishe car was still in the driveway, and the outside light was on!.

 

JohnI knocked on the front door. As he Ed opened the door, Ed he looked at me John as though Ihe were a ghost. He and Nora had just arrived home just a few minutes before. If JohnI had found the house number on my his first drive by, Ihe would have missed them. Ed invited me him in.

 

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She was blaming him, and he was blaming her.Celebrate Your Freedom

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God’s angels drew near as they fervently prayed, and Satan’s angels were forced to flee.She was blaming him, and he was blaming her.

                        

 

                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

 

Within moments it was evident that IJohn had walked into the middle of a major family crisis. She was blaming him, and he was blaming her. The charges and counter-charges continued for a few minutes. Then God intervened. IJohn raised my his hand asking for silence. The fuming stopped. IHe said, “Let’s give credit where credit is due. Ed, you’re not to blame for this problem. Nora, you’re not to blame. Satan is to blame for this misunderstanding. He is intruding in your marriage. But I come to you in the powerful name of Jesus. He is the One who breaks down the dividing wall of hostility. Let’s get on our knees.”

 

 

 

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God’s angels drew near as they fervently prayed, and Satan’s angels were forced to flee.Celebrate Your Freedom

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God’s angels drew near as we they fervently prayed, and Satan’s angels were forced to flee. As we they claimed heaven’s promises and concluded this theintercessory prayer, we they rose from our their knees. IJohn saw Nora and Ed in tears, hugging each other in a lingering embrace, and he realized it was time for me him to leave.

 

To me John it was just another day’s work, although a pleasant one. It wasn’t until tThe next day that Ihe heard “the rest of the story.” Two evenings before, Nora was had been at the university in a photographicy darkroom, processing film in the laboratory for one of her classes. In the darkness she was overwhelmed by the failure of her relationships and of her personal life. She decided to end it all, right there! Nora picked up the tray full of poisonous chemicals and decided was going to drink it. Then as she held the tray trembled iin her trembling hands, she cried out to God and prayed a desperate prayer. “God, I give You 24 twenty-four hours. Unless there is a break in 24 twenty-four hours, I covenant that this marriage is through!” She turned on the light and looked at the clock on the wall—it marked said 6:47 p.m. During the next day she kept watching the clock—10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

 

Ed continuedtold John, “And then at 6:30 p.m. came your unexpected knock at the door. It was just 17 seventeen minutes before Nora’s looming deadline, which she had shared with no one. It was the first visit we have received in three years from a professor or pastor.”

 

“We have now reconciled. Our relationship, our marriage has been saved!” The miracle had happened; the relationship victory had been won. True, they still had to continue to work at their marriage, but they were making progress. They had forgiven the past and were focusing on restoring their love.

 

 

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Ed and Nora learned by experience that it is better to focus on restoring love than on problems.Celebrate Your Freedom

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Ed and Nora learned by experience that it is better to focus on restoring love, rather than on problems. In the chapter on Ccommitment, we mentioned a point that bears repetition repeating as a part of the summary of the WIN! Wellness model. After decades of helping couples with marriage problems, Dr. Willard Harley stated that his emphasis “in marital therapy changed over the years from resolving conflicts to restoring love.” He suggests that if people learn to restore love, then communication, conflict, and problem solving will be resolved at a higher, more effective level.[8]

 

So iIf we focus on thea problem, it usually gets bigger, not smaller. We begin with a problem, emphasize it, and end with a problem. There is need of a new perspective, a higher level—and that level is love. “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”[9] First Corinthians 13 says that the greatest factor in life isn’t power, money, or even generosity. It is love. “The greatest of these is love.”

 

This faithful runner delivered the victory message, “We have conquered!” It cost him his life, the supreme sacrifice.

We are saying that love is a plant of heavenly origin that will blossom and bring fragrance and happiness to the family if it is cultivated.

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

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We are saying that love is a plant of heavenly origin that will blossom and bring fragrance and happiness to the family if it is cultivated.Celebrate Your Freedom

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We are saying that love is a plant of heavenly origin that will blossom and bring fragrance and happiness to the family if it is cultivated.

 

Pulling it all together

Where the three WIN! Wellness dimensions are brought together in the lifestyle, health will be dramatically improved.Wellness is not so much about taking this medicine or that one in order to get well. It is more about employing natural means to prevent disease. If we remove all hindrances such as addictions, toxins, hostility, negative emotions, self-centeredness, and self-defeating behaviors, and provide the right nutrients,, exercise, sunlight, pure water, fresh air, rest, hope, trust, love, joy of service, positive thoughts, forgiveness, appreciation, and commitment, the body will tend to heal itself.

 

If we balance and obey life’s rules in the three master dimensions—mind-spirit, body, and relationships—we will LIVE: live longer, healthier, happier, and holier. WholisticHolistic, total health is the synergy of these dimensions.

 

 

This faithful runner delivered the victory message, “We have conquered!” It cost him his life, the supreme sacrifice. “It is finished! We have conquered.”

 

Let’s return to Phidippides[10] and the running of the first marathon.

                                                                                                      

 

                                                                

                                                                                           

 

 

 

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The faithful runner delivered the victory message, “We have conquered!”  It cost him his life, the supreme sacrifice.Celebrate Your Freedom

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Let’s return to Phidippides[11] and the running of the first marathon. This faithful runner delivered the victory message, “Rejoice! We have conquered!” It cost him his life, the supreme sacrifice. But there is another race to consider. The Apostle apostle says,sSince we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight. . . and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” like Jesus—“who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame.”[12] As Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross, in trumpet tones that resounded and echoed through the entire universe, He proclaimed,

“Rejoice! It is finished! We have conquered.”

 

 

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It is finished! We have conquered.Celebrate Your Freedom

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“It is finished! We have conquered.”

What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

 

 

 


                                                                

                                                                                           

 

Jesus announced not just a military-political victory but also a moral, personal, and planet-wide victory. Yes, even triumph for the galaxy and the universe. The battle with our archenemy Satan has been won! Nobody needs to give up. Jesus’ victory on the cross has conquered death and guaranteed eternal life and health to anyone who is willing to accept it.The cross is the attraction which that gives meaning to our existence and holds the otherwise disorganized factors of our lives together. This is illustrated by the presence and function of laminins in the human body.

 

Laminins   

Have you ever wondered, what is the “glue” that can physically hold us together? There are 50 fifty to 75 seventy-five trillion cells in the human body.[13] But does each one of these trillions of cells just do its own thing? Or is there some kind of glue that binds or unites cells together in a given organ so that they can work together join in a special function? As protein chemists have discovered, a great number of glycoproteins are involved in holding cells together. One large family of these binding proteins is laminins.Laminins are cell adhesion molecules in the form of crosses that bind cells together. So there are literally trillions of crosses in the human body that connect cells. Note the following graphictaken by an electron microscope.

 

 

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Laminins Illustrate the IImportance of horizontal and vertical relationships

Could this molecule illustrate for us how human beings could best connect and also unite in relationships? Is there something that connects, unites, binds, and inseparably joins us in relationship? Do we want to live by ourselves in “splendid isolation”? No, Wwe need horizontal connectedness with others. The most intimate of these relationships is the husband-wife union. Beside thisat, there are connections to family and friends. We were made for companionship and togetherness.

 

When sin entered this world, it brought separation and alienation into horizontal relationships. The connection was broken. It is only in Jesus, by means of the vertical tie, that the horizontal relationships can be fully reestablished and strengthened. The Bible says, “He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God,. . . . a All things were created by him and for himll things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold togetherHe is before all things, and IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER.”[14] The cross “he bore is health for us and by his scourging we are healed.”[15]

 

(GLESNI-Under the diagram of the cross put the following caption). The Cross Carries us to the Victory Circle—vertically carrying us to the finish line and horizontally reaffirming our freedom to accept or reject eternal life and health

 

 

The Four points of the cross of calvary have great meaning.

The cross is represents the race course of our lives.We can move upward on it from failure to victory.In our relationships with others we can move from rejection to acceptance. However, the cross it also represents freedom.The cross doesn’t push us,; it draws us.If we don’t want to accept the victory of Jesus—“the Man in the Middle”—we He won’twon’t be forced us into everlasting life and health. We can choose.

 

Do you want His cCross to be the “laminin” to hold “all things together”—your marriage, the connection to your children, your personal and professional relationships, your physical lifestyle, your eternal fellowship?

 

 

 
 

 

Glesni new graphic. Please include the 2 lines underneath.The following graphic of the cross, with words underneath.What role do you think faith and belief play in a person’s physical health?

Does wanting to be well or even deciding to be well have anything to do with healing?

 

 

 


        

        

 

 

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The Cross carries us to the Victory Circle—vertically carrying us to the finish line and horizontally reaffirming our freedom to accept or reject eternal life and health.

 

 

At the finish line of life’s marathon, do you want to be in the victory Victory circleCircle—complete physical, mind-spirit and relationship victory? Jesus Himself is ready and anxious to give you that victory—not a laurel wreath that will wither and fade. The ancient Greek contestants in the race ran to win a perishable laurel garland, but we run for an imperishable crown, a literal crown of gold that indicates our kingship, or queenship. and wWe will co-reign with Jesus forever.[16] Is any price too high to pay for that eternal reward?

 

You may have seen aAt the end of the Olympic Games there is one a great extravaganza, a celebration with flags waving, the playing of national anthems, marching of the victors, glistening gold medals, singing, fireworks, media a gala in all brilliant colors—a , dramatic display of success.It’s a magnificent and festive event.

 

 

However, thisatvictorious extravaganzafestival of victory is nothing compared to the spectacular celebration that will take place when the trumpet sounds, and Jesus the Life-giver opens the graves, while thousands and thousands of angels descend in clouds of brilliant color, singing praises in tones never heard before. What a triumphant celebration that will be!

 

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What a triumphant celebration that will be!<br />

 

The regal celebration continues when we arrive at the Holy City, the New Jerusalem—capital of the universe.Jesus is there..TThe Jesus One whom His loved ones have been awaiting for the past two millennia makes His regal approach, not now as a babe in Bethlehem’s manger, but as King of kings and Lord of lords. He marches forward with His royal splendor, accompanied by His angelic entourage. With His own hand He crowns our brow, not with a wreath of laurel but with a glistening golden crown. Each victor is given a harp for rejoicing over a battle well fought and won.The spectacular orchestral concert floods the entire universe and is heard by the amazed inhabitants of amazed other worlds.And all bow their knees and proclaim, “God is love.”

 

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory . . . standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.. . .”[17]Revelation 15:2,3.

 

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb![18]

 

 

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Will you be in that triumphant throng?

 

Will you be in that triumphant throng?  Just think: you will have a newly created body, a massive intellect ready to study mysteries of the universe, and friends everywhere—“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”[19] WIN! Wellness for eternity.I call that Finishing Strong!

 

 

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Prayer

Lord, help me to be faithful and strong and cross the finish line and receive the crown of life. Thank You for Jesus, who finished the race and won the victory. Prepare me to join my loved ones in that heavenly home. Being like You and with You is my ultimate WIN! Wellness goal. Today I accept Jesus’ victory for me, and I choose to stand with Him in the victory circle. In Jesus’ powerful and winning name, amen.

 

 

 

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1. As you run the race of life and strive for victory, react to Hebrews 12:1 (NLT): “Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” How can we do this and finish strong physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally? How can we finish strong as families and experience the warmth of our hearts turning toward each other?

 

 

 

 

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2.  Share what struggles and victories you have had during your WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope and Health journey.

3. At this time, what are your new goals for integrate, balanced living?

 

 

 

 

 

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4. From what you know about the athletes of the ancient Greek or the modern Olympic Games, what did they do to keep their bodies and minds in top shape toachievevictory?  What does this say to you about how you can be victorious and be in top physical, mental, and spiritual shape, so you can be a winner?

 

 

(Indents Format) below.

 

  1. 1.As you run the race of life and strive for victory, react to Hebrews 12:1 as it is found in the new Living Translation.
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“Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.”

         How can we do this and finish strong physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally?      

How can we finish strong as families and experience the warmth of heart turning with each other

 

 

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  1. At my season of life, what can I do to ensure that I keep my body, mind, and spirit competent for peak performance?
  2. How can I help family, neighbors, and friends enjoy optimal physical, mental, and relationship health?

 

 

 

 

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I will continue to improve my lifestyle so that I can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life.

I will share the balanced-living benefits that I have learned with others by inviting friends and neighbors to Homes of Hope and Health in my home.

 

 

 

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I am thankful to God for the victories that He has helped me to gain in this WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope and Health journey.  My desire is to Finish  Strong!

 

 

 

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Finishing Strong

 

 

 

                                                                

ENDNOTES



[1]. Centuries after tThe Battle of Marathon, is considered one of the decisive battles of history. Centuries later, the modern Olympic Games introduced a “marathon” race to commemorate this historic eventhe running of Phidippides. The winners in these events were crowned with a laurel wreath symbolizing victory. This emblem illustrates the first page of each chapter in this series. The first marathon was 40,000 meters or 24.85 miles. In 1908 the organizers of the Olympic Games in London, changed the marathon distance to 26 miles (46.3 kilometers) to cover the distance from Windsor Castle to the White City stadium and added 385 yards (352 meters) more so the race would finish in front of King Edward VII’s royal box. This 26.2 -mile (42-kilometer) distance is today’s official marathon.

[2]. Sir Edward Creasy, The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World From Marathon to Waterloo. (London: Dent; and New York: Dutton:, New York, 1962).

[3]. Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1905), Nampa, Idaho: Pacific Press, 1942, 499 (emphasis supplied).

[4]. Adapted from Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.

[5]. Norman Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and RegenerationHead First, New York: Norton, 1979, (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1989), 72-73.

[6]. This crafted section was written by Millie Youngberg after a visit to the Caribbean Iisland of Tobago.

[7]. Ellen G. White, This Day with God, (Washington, DC: Review & and Herald Publishing Association, 1979), 273.

[8]. Willard F. Harley Jr., His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage, (Grand Rapids, MichMI.: Fleming H. Fleming H. Revell—A Division of Baker Book House, 2001).

[9]. 1 Peter 4:8, NLT.

[10]. Tradition credits the running of the first marathon to Phidippides. Some modern scholars question this. However, the victorious death and sacrifice of Christ is unquestionable to any honest reader who accepts the authority of the ancient Scriptures.

[11]. Tradition credits the running of the first marathon to Phidippides.   Some modern scholars question this. However, the victorious death and sacrifice of Christ is unquestionable to any honest reader who accepts the authority of the ancient Scriptures.

[12]. Hebrews 12:1, 2.

[13]. “How many cells are in the human body?” eNotes.com, October 11, 2011, http://www.enotes.com/science-fact-finder/human-body/how-many-cells-huma... downloaded from the Internet on 08-11-2011.

[14]. Colossians 1:15, 17 (emphasis supplied).

[15]. Isaiah 53:5, NEB.

[16]. Revelation 3:21; 20:4, 6; 21:7.

[17]. Revelation 15:2, 3.

[18]. Revelation 7:9, 10.

[19]. 1 Corinthians 13:12.

 

 

Victor’s olive wreath certificate (or take out reference to this in the text

 

 

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