“The Daniel Plan is unique in that it is quite simple,” said Reba Thompson, program facilitator for First Baptist Church of Eupora. “Dedicate your body to God, being involved in a small group that will support you on your journey, start making healthy choices-replace that donut with a piece of fruit, make whole foods a regular part of your diet, live a more active lifestyle and cut down on stress! All of this is good, common sense. After all, God expects us to use the brain he gave us!”
FBC Eupora will host The Daniel Plan: 40 Days To A Healthier Life Bible Study at 5 p.m. each Sunday, Sept. 28-Nov. 9. Lead by Reba Thompson, the program is open to anyone in the community. Interested participants need to purchase The Daniel Plan book and journal and come join the fun beginning Sept. 28.
“This study will give us an opportunity to examine our overall health,” said Rev. Travis Gray, pastor of FBC Eupora. “It will also offer opportunities to build Christian friendship and fellowship.”
Last Fall, Carol Freels lead a group from First United Methodist Church of Eupora in The Daniel Plan Bible Study. Thompson joined that group and was inspired to host the Bible study at FBC Eupora.
“I made great new friends, who helped me start walking in the morning,” Freels said. “One of them and I are still walking.”
Thompson said The Daniel Plan has impacted her personally by helping her become a healthier child of God.
“The simple changes in my diet and God’s Spirit refocusing my thoughts have given me a new perspective of being the best me I can be while serving the Lord,” Thompson said. “My willpower will not hold out, but my God power will!”
Thompson said many diets and fitness plans use guilt as a motivation, but that never works in the long run.
“You can guilt yourself into doing anything short-term but the love factor of The Daniel Plan is the motivation,” Thompson said. “The Bible says, ‘Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance,’ (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT). It is love—not fear, not guilt, and not peer pressure — that causes us to keep going when we feel like giving up. The Bible also tells us that lasting change begins with committing your body to God. Romans 12:1-2 says, ‘…give your bodies to God…Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.’”
Thompson said research shows that not only do our minds affect our bodies, but also our bodies affect our mind. The Daniel Plan is based on five radical truths about our bodies that we learn in the scriptures, including: my body belongs to God, Jesus paid for my body when he died for me on the cross, God’s spirit lives in my body, God expects me to take care of my body and God will resurrect my body after I die.
“When we finish this Bible study I trust the participants will remember lasting changes,” Thompson said. “Lasting change requires building your life on the truth Lasting change requires making wise choices. Lasting change requires new ways of thinking. Lasting change requires God’s Spirit in your life. Lasting change requires honest community.”
For more information about The Daniel Plan Bible Study, purchase a book and journal at Wal-mart or online bookstore and join the study at FBC Eupora at 5 p.m. Sept. 28, or call the church office at (662) 258-3491.
See this story in the September 25, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/09/25/fbc-eupora-offers-the-daniel-plan/