Did You Know - January 2009

The Green Bible

As concerns for the environment grow, a new version of the Bible seeks to help readers trace environmental themes through scripture. Printed in soy-based inks on recycled paper, The Green Bible uses green ink to highlight over 1,000 passages that speak of creation and God’s charge for mankind to care for it. Readers will find study guides that track environmental themes, as well as essays by conservationists and theologians. The Green Bible is available through HarperOne.

Hope for the New Year

"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

–Charles Dickens

"I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance."

–Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)

In Step for Life

This year the North American Division is pioneering a program, encouraging physical activity for every member in the division. In Step for Life emphasizes walking—the most common form of physical activity in the U.S. Individuals and groups who sign up for the program can track progress online and participate in GetFit Adventures, such as virtual hikes through North America and Europe.

Here are some benefits in a walking program:

People who walk half an hour daily cut their risk of a heart attack in half compared to those who seldom exercise.

People who are physically active are happier, cope better with stress, have less depression and sleep better.

If you walk half an hour daily, you will burn the equivalent of 15 pounds of fat in a year.

For more information about getting In Step for Life, see this month's feature or visit www.instepforlife.com.

Faith Like a Child

According to a new study by the Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, 57 percent of young people (ages 12–25) worldwide see themselves as spiritual. One in three youth saw themselves as highly spiritual. More than 70 percent say being spiritual is good, and 67 percent agree being religious is good. Despite this outlook, 18 percent say they have no one to provide spiritual guidance.

Source: Christian Post (www.christianpost.com).

January 01, 2009 / Did You Know?