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This month we cover contentment, conversion, and hormonal medicine.

  • Two Outhouses: In this month’s cover article, WORLD Magazine founder Joel Belz points out the foundational problem with laws that make sex-specific restrooms illegal.
  • Training in thankfulness: Rob Slane says there is a connection between helping our children learn to be thankful eaters and developing contentment in all areas of their lives. Also, Samaritan member Lindsey Tollefson asks what Biblical contentment is.
  • Member Spotlight: This month’s Member Spotlight features Kabeer and Eileen Gbaja-Biamila. Kabeer is a former Muslim and retired NFL player who is now a Christian financial advisor. The Gbaja-Biamilas also explain why they joined Samaritan: They didn’t want to support abortion.
  • The Miracle of Natural Hormones by Dr. David Brownstein is reviewed by David Lehnert. Brownstein says that hormone problems can be an underlying cause of major diseases like heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression, headaches, and autoimmune disorders. He also explains why it is important to use natural hormones, not synthetic, and why it is important to find a doctor who will correctly dose and adjust the hormones.
  • Member movie: Samaritan members Jonathan and Monique Einwechter suffered every parent’s nightmare on February 24, 2014, when two of their young children died in an accident. In their grief they felt called to give glory to God by telling the stories of Elise, 3, and Enoch, 6 weeks, on film. Visit ThroughDeepWaters.com to view the trailer.
  • The Doorpost: Editor Ray King explains why we need to walk in the light and stay out of the dark.
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Cooking up a recipe for contentment

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By Rob Slane

One of the most common complaints I hear from other parents is how they have been unable to get their children to eat certain types of food. As you will no doubt guess, I am not talking here about burgers, or candy, or other items packed with sugar or fat. Somehow the problem most of us seem to have with those sorts of foods is getting our children to understand the idea of moderation. But when it comes to green things that have come out of the ground, or things off a tree or bush that contain vitamin C, somehow many of us struggle.

I have watched more than one parent giving up. The battles took their toll and the child won. And so they have a whole list of things that they “can’t” give to their children: They won’t touch broccoli, they can’t eat parsnips. They won’t touch carrots, they can’t eat peas. They’ll eat potatoes, but only as long as they are roasted or fried. If they’re boiled or mashed, you can forget it.

I believe that this battle is a far more important one than we might be tempted to think. It is not simply a case of physical health, though that is important. Nor is it just a case of establishing parental authority, though that is crucial too. Even more important than that, the meal table in our formative years is very much a training ground for how we will end up coping with the things that providence will throw at us over the course of our life. Why is that so?

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By Jaclyn Lewis

God has shifted Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila in some surprising directions.

For example, after a nine-year career as defensive end with the Green Bay Packers, and breaking the franchise sacks record held by Reggie White, God led Kabeer to use his business degree to serve as a volunteer financial adviser at his church.

Yet even before pro football and financial advising, and before Kabeer put his faith in Jesus, he kept busy. Kabeer was raised in South Central Los Angeles to Nigerian immigrant parents, Mustapha and Bola, who required him to be involved in school activities when he wasn’t at home. He played high school football and was named a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame scholar athlete. He also volunteered with a student-run natural food company, Food from the Hood.

His father, Mustapha, was Muslim, and his mother, Bola, converted from Islam to faith in Jesus shortly after coming to the United States.

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Why SMI-

“It’s been a blessing to be a part of this ministry,” says Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

He initially heard about Samaritan Ministries through Kirk Cameron’s website, then on the radio, and finally through Colin Gunn’s documentary on the American health care system, Wait Till It’s Free.

Kabeer knew he had NFL health insurance for five years after leaving professional football, and thought he would have to buy a government-approved plan under the Affordable Care Act. But, Kabeer says, “I don’t want to be supporting abortion.” So in December 2015, he and his family joined Samaritan Ministries.

“One thing I like about Samaritan,” says Kabeer, “is the accountability of going to your pastor and verifying needs, just to get them in the loop to know what to pray. I don’t mind being accountable to someone.

“The second thing is praying for the person in need who you’re sending the check and letter to, and being able to do that with my kids. I literally look forward to getting that mail and seeing who’s the next one we’re going to pray for, and who we are going to send a check to. We bought a whole bunch of cards just to be able to do that. I like that it gives us the opportunity to live out what Christ chose to do in this world, to bear one another’s burdens and to pray for one another.

“That’s the way it should be,” Kabeer says. “We’re helping real people and knowing that, ‘Hey, if we’re ever in that situation, there will be people there for us too.’ Not that I’m looking for that situation—the only time I want to look for that is when we have babies.”

When his son “busted his head” at a family visit to the Creation Museum, Kabeer says that while the process was a little different than what he was used to with insurance, he was able to call and get reassurance from a Samaritan Ministries member advocate that everything had been handled correctly. The advocate also gave tips for working with providers as a cash-pay patient.

“The advocate prayed for me,” says Kabeer, “prayed for my son, for our trip, that we would get home safely, and it was just like ‘Wow.’ That is just neat, you know, to have brothers and sisters lock shields together and pray for one another.”

Read the Member Spotlight on Kabeer and Eileen Gbaja-Biamila.

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By David Lehnert

Dr. David Brownstein says that many diseases and chronic conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression, headaches, autoimmune disorders, etc., can have the same underlying cause—hormone deficiency. He says that hormonal deficiency frequently plays a significant role in all these health problems, and he has seen thousands of patients recover using natural hormones.

In addition to these more serious diseases, people suffering from hormonal deficiencies can experience a wide range of other problems including weight gain, irregular cycles in women, accelerated signs of aging, and dry skin. In The Miracle of Natural Hormones, Dr. Brownstein shares his clinical experiences to show that people with chronic disease or other debilitating symptoms may have a hormone deficiency as the underlying cause.

Sometimes doctors who recommend hormone supplementation to address these problems prescribe synthetic hormones, which are not like natural hormones. The hormones that our bodies produce match the receptor sites in our bodies, and it is possible to produce hormones from natural substances that are very similar to our own hormones’ structures. Because these hormones occur naturally, they cannot be patented, dramatically reducing the potential profit for pharmaceutical companies. This gives these companies an incentive to create synthetic hormones, even though they aren’t compatible with our bodies’ systems and sometimes cause negative side effects.

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