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Health Ministry | 2022

By promoting whole-person health principles we demonstrate the love of God.

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings.

And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture”

Malachi 4:2

Image by Johannes Plenio

Health & Trust Go Together

Health involves many facets of life, with a myriad of influencing factors It cannot be put in a box.  That’s why our health team has chosen the  well known acronymn NEWSTART to guide us.  


NEWSTART encompasses  8 basic laws of health.  It covers nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air (as in deep breathing fresh air,) rest, and trust in God

There may be a few more such as laughter, forgiveness, thankfulness that are not mentioned in NEWSTART but also influence one’s health to a great degree.  It is a known fact that having a heavy heart and /or holding a grudge may in time lead to illness or even death.   

Trust in God!

Now, just a final word. Please don’t  be mistaken.  


This is not to do away with the other 7 laws of health mentioned above that are so important, also. When we think of health we often think of the food we eat or the exercise we need -and for good reason.  However, trust in God can actually trump all.  


Take a look at your habits and ask yourself - is this encouraging me to trust in God or is it pulling me away from it.  The most important thing you can do for your health has more to do with your relationship to God.  Protecting and preserving that aspect of your life is foundational for good mental and physical health


This is why our health team here at Danbury-Bethel believes the most important formula for health is simple, leading all others in its train:  Trust in God!

Image by Josh Hild


Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is easy to grow and hardy.  It can withstand a lot of conditions as long as it gets water and sun.   The coneflower grows into a tall, lovely pink or purple flower and is a great addition to any garden


Echinacea is a very effective and potent immune-enhancing herb with little to no side effects or build up in the body so it is safe with children and the elderly. All parts of the plant are safe for use. It works by boosting macrophage and T-cell activity against viruses and bacteria.  It also has some anti-fungal properties. It’s especially good for bronchial and respiratory infections.


Have this herb on hand and take early, at the first sign of illness.  Maybe it will be enough to fight off the infection!

(from Medicinal Herbs - A Beginner’s Guide. By Rosemary Gladstar)

A Plant-Based Recipe

Maple Walnut Cookies

Walnut Maple Cookies

2 1/2 c  ground walnuts

2/3 c whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 c flaxseed meal

1/3 c  butterscotch chips

1/2 c maple syrup + 2 T

1/2 tsp vanilla



  1. In a small bowl add all ingredients in order. Mix well

  2. Spray cookie sheet and preheat oven to 350F 

  3. Drop onto cookie sheet with spoon. Flatten with fork

  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown (Check often. Burns easily)

  5. Let cool before removing from cookie sheet. Makes one dozen cookies 


(From Depression, the Way Out by Neil Nedley, MD)

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