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El Plan Daniel Sesión 5

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Welcome back to session 5. This week we have the privilege of being able to look at the essential of friends. We have found that in Saddleback Church that we are so much better together we have coined a phrase with the Daniel Plan routes that Everybody needs a buddy! whether it in the area food, fitness... or growing in our faith. We do it so much better as we collect and come together. or growing in our faith. We do it so much better as we collect and come together. We have the privilege of hearing from Pastor Rick this session where he'll talk about the Biblical inspiration for making lasting change and building a sustainable and deep and rich community and I have the privilege of interviewing pastor Steve Willis and I have the privilege of interviewing pastor Steve Willis He's a pastor from West Virginia that is not only had an amazing impact in his own personal health but also his family's heath, within his church and his church has been a catalyst throughout the whole community. It is our hope and prayer, that as a result of hearing pastor Rick and pastor Steve, You will be inspired to grow in your own friendships and community as you move forward. Thank you so much forward to you being with us. The Daniel Plan is a really big change and it's a very good change but it is a really a big change and a lot of people fell off, kind of right away maybe people did it for three or four weeks it wasn't something that they wanted to stick with. So pretty soon after, I found myself on a pretty lonely path. Michelle and I met in college, actually, and we just transferred into University, and we both realized that this was something we wanted to pursue, living healthier lifestyle. When I did the Daniel Plan, I did it with the group, my men's group on Saturday morning, it ended up being a huge thing for our friendship I enjoyed it just because of all the friends that I've been able to bring to it and just to be able to hang out with them and workout at the same time and killing two birds with one stone. It's awesome! It's a lot easier to exercise with other people and to be in a group of people who don't judge you if you do the exercises incorrectly and to be in a group of people who don't judge you if you do the exercises incorrectly most times I'm going to the left while everyone else is going to the right. And that is ok. What worked best for me, with the Daniel Plan, was doing it in community with my friends and my small group that gave me a great amount of accountability and it offered me the opportunity to give accountability to others. and it offered me the opportunity to give accountability to others. When we start talking and sharing life together and we decided to motivate each other and we started running around the track together We embrace new eating habits, we cleaned out each other's pantries and we had a lot of laughs, about what was in there, God did give me a body, I'm not getting younger and if I don't start taking care of my self well, two things: number 1, I'm gonna lose my health, because I'm not getting younger and number two, it isn't honoring to God I need to be a good steward of what He gave me. The power of the group, just talking about it gives me chills, because it makes a huge difference Every person in that group changed, including some who came in and not even originally wanting to change. Every person in that group changed, including some who came in and not even originally wanting to change. and just because we're so connected with each other, we loved each other, we encourage each other it was a good safe environment to make those changes and even when there were times that some people didn't make the change, encourage them to get back on track. It worked really well as a whole group together. encourage them to get back on track. It worked really well as a whole group together. Hi everybody. Welcome back to the Daniel Plan. Now in this session, we're gonna explore the Daniel Plan essential of friends. Friendships and how important they are to your health. This session is all about how we get healthy in community. God designed us to thrive in relationships, we are better together! The Bible says you need two things to follow through with the big challenge, like getting heathy. You need God's power and you need a partner. Any change you make won't stick unless you have those two things in your life. Any change you make won't stick unless you have those two things in your life. God's power and a partner. That is why you need a small group to help you through the Daniel Plan. It is one of the five essentials. You're not gonna get heathy on your own. You need the help of other people. Now the Bible says it like this: Ecclesiastics 4:9-10 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work, if one falls down, his friend can help him up. As a member of God's family, we're to support each other and build each other up. Romans 14:19 says "Always be seeking ways in which to lead peace.. and ways in which we can support one another." The word support in this verse, literally means to increase each other's potential. I've been in my small group eleven years and it has been a lifesaver in my life, personally, even in this last year, when I lost a son. You know the Bible says that God wired the universe in such a way that we need each other we get stronger, we get healthier, we get well in community. One day Jesus was walking down the street, and a guy comes up to Him and says: Lord, what's life all about, and Jesus says this: Life is all about love! It is not about accomplishment, it's not about acquisition, is not about popularity or power or prestige. Life is about love! It's all about relationships. In fact Jesus said: you can summarize the purpose of life in two sentences: love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. That's called the Great Commandment. You make a connection with God and and you make a connection with others. I Corinthians 14:1 says: Let love be your highest goal, so ought to be your number one goal on Daniel Plan. I wanna learn to love. If I want lasting change, if I want permanent change in my life I wanna learn to love. If I want lasting change, if I want permanent change in my life I must fill my life with love. Why? Because love can change the unchangeable. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Why? Because God is LOVE. Doesn't say God has love it's says: God IS love. So, when you are most like God, is when you are loving. Love invigorates, love revitalizes, love renews love refreshes love heals. What do you need healed in your life? Love strengthens. What do you need strengthened in your life? Love gives you energy. Where do you need more energy? Love empowers you when you don't have the power. The Bible says in Song of Solomon: "Love is stronger than death" now think about that. Love is stronger than disease or doubt or anything else, So if you want to be consistent in getting healthy, you gotta fill your life with love Because it's the strongest power in the universe! And the Bible's very frank about love. It's says this: "Don't just pretend that you love others:" "...really love them... Love each other with genuine affection..." "... and take delight in honoring each other". Romans 12: 9-10 And I love that, it says, take delight in honoring each other. You know what that means? It means... when are people in your small group have a small winning, health, or in finances or, in any area, our goal is that you need to party, you need to celebrate with them You need enjoy their victory, celebrate their small wins. The first way you can show love and honor to people in your small group and anybody else is to listen to them. We are to listen to each other. The Bible says: "We must be quick to listen and slow to speak... and slow to become angry." James 1:19, by the way, if you get the first to right, if you are quick to listen and slowly to speak, if you get the first to right, if you are quick to listen and slowly to speak, then you're automatically going to become slow to anger if you have a problem with angry it's because you're quick to you are quick to speak and slow to listen. You know I can tell you this that after being a pastor for nearly 40 years. That nothing shows honor more to somebody than listening to their story. People are dying for attention. They are starving for attention. The second way you can support and honor other people in your small group or anybody else, it is to learn from each other. don't just listen to them, but learn from them. If you're truly listening, you're gonna learn something. and we can all learn something from each other, because everybody is ignorant, just in different subjects. So, you need to ask: What do I need to learn in the next year, that will help me get healthy and help me serve God more effectively and then you need to ask: Who do I know that I can learn that from, Who is having success in areas that I wanna have success in. Who can teach me what they know. We show love by listening to people and we show love by learning from people. The third way you can show love is by leveling with other people. You need to be able the level with others the Bible says better is open rebuke than hidden love and wounds from a friend can be trusted but the enemy, an enemy multiplies kisses. That's Proverbs 27: 5-6 what does that mean. Well it means that when someone that truly loves you they won't be afraid to tell you what you need to hear. Here's what the Bible says in Ephisians 4:15 "We speak the truth in love growing in every way... ...more and more like Christ." Notice it says We speak the truth in love, not in anger, not in Pride not out of irritation, not in self righteousness or because I'm frustrated not in judgment, but speak the truth in love Love is our motivation, so when you level with others in love you're actually helping each other grow, growing to be more like Christ. So, if we gonna show real love, and we're going honor and support each other, we've gotta listen to each other, we gotta learn from each other, we gotta level with each other and there's one other way to show love. We must liberate each other. The Bible says it like this: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other... "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other... just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 I do to others what God has done for me, in other words, I don't go all legalistic on people I do to others what God has done for me, in other words, I don't go all legalistic on people My job is not to make people feel bad if they're not stain in the program. My job is not to make people feel bad if they're not stain in the program. It's not my job to play the Holy Spirit. It's not my job to condemn or Correct. It's not my job to play the Holy Spirit. It's not my job to condemn or Correct. My job is to simply speak the truth in love and then to love them unconditionally. My job is to reach out to people when they fall and help them get back up on their feet because, I will need them when I fall. See? Your job is to say: Hey I know you're going through a tough time but I believe in you, and I know you can do this, and I can help you do this, and I hang in there with you and believe me. There's nothing more liberating than to know that somebody... ...believes in you. Now these four things, listening to each other, learning from each other leveling with each other and liberating each other these are the keys to building strong healthy relationships, that are gonna give you a strong healthy life. You cannot ignore the friendship factor in the Daniel Plan You cannot ignore the friendship factor in the Daniel Plan Let me pray with you. Would you bow your heads. God, our desire is that we will become people who are healthy but more important than that people who have a heart for you who love you with all our hearts and love our neighbors love everybody else as we love ourselves We believe that your Word teaches us the truth about love. Help us to become loving people. Help us to practice listening, and learning, and liberating and and even, standing with that person when everything goes wrong. Help us to level with each other in the truth but help us to always do it in love, not out of frustration not out of fear, not out of guilt and not out of pressure. Help us to treat each other, Jesus, not out of fear, not out of guilt and not out of pressure. Help us to treat each other, Jesus, the way you treat us. And I pray this in Jesus name. Amen. Now you know, you're gonna have to really deepen your friendships and deepen in your relationships, if you want make permanent lifestyle changes in your life and deepen in your relationships, if you want make permanent lifestyle changes in your life and now we're gonna hear from Steve Willis, who's helped his own congregation get healthy, and through that process Steve experienced, in firsthand, the power of community and the amazing transforming ability of getting healthy when a group of friends surround you for support. Let's listen to Steve. Thank you so much Pastor Rick It's great to hear some words about how friends and community really have the power to heal It's my privileg and honor to be here with pastor Steve Willis today, thank you for join us, Steve made it all the way out from Huntington, West Virginia and we specifically wanted him to come out for this message on friends and community because he has an amazing experience both personally, and in his family and some really, I just want say crazy things that happened within his church and his church family. I know as a result you'll get into the story but it will be fun for them to hear a little bit about the book that you wrote as a result of your journey. Right. I wrote "Winning the Food Fight" just kind of to tell the story of how our church and individuals of our church affected the entire community and really Huntington, West Virginia at one time was considered the most obese city in America Wait, say that one more time... the most obese city in America 46% of our adults were obese....Wow we lead the nation in just about every negative health category you could and what we're seeing now is that the obesity trend, one of the few cities in America that the obesity trend is beginning to reverse Wow, and you would attribute some of that to... ... I know a lot of different things but What role did the power friendship or community play as you saw these changes happening within your own church family and community. well I would say first it started with me and a friend when you live in an area where most of the people are overweight, out of shape you know I looked at myself with kind of a basketball build I was feeling pretty good about myself compared to everybody else and then I saw a friend of mine from graduate school you know, about five or six years ago and as soon as I got of the plane he looked at me ...uh-oh...poked me in the belly and he said "well you're letting yourself go" I had increased about five or six inches of my waist line and so I thought "Ahh, it's not that big of a deal" but then soon after I got back home my son was in kindergarten he didn't finish in the top 50th percentile in schools he wasn't doing well within 3-6 months of changing his diet, we changed our diet he went from 50th percentile to 80th, 90th percentile in school was an "A" student in math, I mean, he just went from C's to A's, almost overnight you know, if our children aren't being all that God wants them to be if they're not achieving what they could just because they're not eating the right foods then that's a moral issue. It's something that I, not only as a father, but as a pastor what about the other kids in our church how many kids can be good scientists, or lawyers, or teachers but they're not getting the nutrition they need? Then really the next big marker that hit me personally in my life is one day I was doing a visit with a really good friend someone who's very involved in our church and I was there with him when the doctor was doing his pre surgical, cause I always pray with people and the doctor said "you know, after this surgery you're really... going to have to change your lifestyle... ...if you're going to live very much longer" and you know we kind of laughed and joked "Hey... no more pizza!" and you know after surgery was over I went back in the room and he was supposed to wake up soon and something went wrong in post op and literally I watched my friend right there, die on the table...Oh my goodness... and thats...that's when it hit me this is a big deal. You know, people are dying over this issue. And I went back to the church that evening and we were having a potluck dinner and I saw what everyone was bringing, and all the food, I just looked at it, and nothing on the table was healthy and I just thought what are we doing as the church to contribute to this problem? You know, where one out of two people are obese? so I went our church leaders and I said, "This is something we have to address... this is a moral issue..." when people are dying and kids can't learn the way they're supposed to and they said, "You know, we'd rather you didn't because people will be offended, this is such a sensitive issue with this whole thing with food, nutrition, ...body image..." And I asked them to pray about it for a month. and they came back and they said, "You can do it..." "...but if you're going to talk about this do it with a feather not with a hammer..." so I came back, and my wife said, "you know people aren't going to realize what a problem we have around here..." and literally the Friday before the Sunday I preached this sermon the Center for Disease Control released a report that said that Huntington, West Virginia, ...our city... was indeed the the fattest, unhealthiest city in America. ...I was, like, crazy! ...the fattest city in America? ...Right, it's not one of those things where you wanna say "we're number one!" It's not a matter of pride! No matter what your faith background... ...we all have food in common. We all have our own health in common. and we need the community to be involved. So we started doing it in our church and then we started involving the community in a lot of activities. We started doing weekly meals. Where people could come for a very inexpensive dinner but yet a healthy dinner Where people could come for a very inexpensive dinner but yet a healthy dinner families could sit down around the dinner table, eat together, get involved in a bible study afterwards if they wanted to, exercise together... and it literally has revolutionized our city. We've reversed the obesity trend! And sometimes when I think about the Daniel Plan I think about what you've been doing in your community I think it is a very grace-filled message. People don't have to feel overwhelmed to do it all, or to feel behind or to compare but it's more about just moving forward making incremental shifts You're talking about your conviction of not only your son but then a dear friend passing away the 15 hours of hospital visits. You know to say "Like, gosh let's do something different about this in a grace-filled way, but let's do it together! What type of changes did you start seeing within your church family? Well immediately we saw a lot of individual change and what the biggest blessing to me is when I would see an entire family come down there together and what the biggest blessing to me is when I would see an entire family come down there together we even did a thing like a community garden. And kids started eating vegetables And eating fruit...wow, imagine that! ... we changed our snacks at the church you know we quit giving the kids doughnuts and start put fruits and they actually liked that. Over time their taste changed but then when you start seeing people shed the pounds that's great. The biggest thing is when moms come to me and say: "you know what? I've got energy to play with my kids now." I literally had a family come to me and said, "This has saved our marriage" ...wow..." we've got energy to spend time together in the evening... Having grandmas and grandpas come to me and say "We're off our medications now this is something that we been able to share God's love with people who would never come to church otherwise. You know, we're going into the gyms and getting group memberships And it's created a culture in which we love each other, not judging each other, but we love each other, support each other, and when you see somebody getting in better shape you go and you give 'em a hug, and say "good job! Keep up the good work!" and it has literally revolutionized our community So what would you encouragement be, Steve, in a real practical way, of how to get connected to make some of these changes that we've been talking about... One of the best things that I've told people to do that I've seen it's really worked is if you want to make changes in your life, in especially in the area of health and nutrition hang out with people who get it. You know, if you see someone who takes care of themselves go to them and say "what are you doing? How do you eat? What do I need to do?" And what I've found is whether it's a single person hanging out with someone else as a single person just talking about it and going out to eating together. And what choices you make or you know, a dad sometimes won't listen to his wife, okay, but if he sees another man that's taking care of his body and eating properly. If these kids, if your kids see seen these kids over here and they will eat their fruit and vegetables a lot of times that sense and community, is what spurs us on to making the changes that we really need. It really does. You know, one of our founding doctors Dr. Mark Hyman says you're more likely to be influenced by the friends you spend time with, than by your parents genetics. And to think that your social network is more important than your genetic makeup is absolutely phenomenal. Absolutely, and what I found is people who hang out with people who get it, they make changes people who don't hang out with people who get it, a lot of times they don't So, find the power community, positive change. And you'll see life change from that. Amazing. I know that you guys have done some amazing things with the power of community around the area cooking, lifestyle changes, tell us a little more about that. our church was featured on ABC's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and it won an Emmy and when Jamie came to town it literally was Sunday and I am praying "God, send somebody to our town to teach our people how to cook! The next morning Jamie's producers called, said, "we want to come to Huntington, West Virginia and teach your people how to cook... Jamie's producers called, said, "we want to come to Huntington, West Virginia and teach your people how to cook... and what we do is This. We train people, not so it'd stop there, we train others so they can train others. It's this whole idea of "pass it on" you may not think you need community but your community needs you. Nice! Your community needs you, I like that. Right, so if you get it get involved in your community and church, get people involved in this Daniel Plan And that's when you're going to start seeing lives change is when the community gets the ball rolling in the right direction. Ah, that's fantastic... thanks... Well, thank you so much for flying all the way out from Huntington, West Virginia for sharing your story. My encouragement to you as people is to dig in with a few friends seek some people out. With that, I pray that you have a great time as you enter into your groups. And that you can take some initial steps to keep motivated and inspired on this journey towards better health. Thanks so much!

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El Plan Daniel Sesión 5

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