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Going to Church is Good for You!

by Robert J. Young
©, 2001, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

I recently ran across some older statistics that remain intriguing. A few years ago, a Johns Hopkins University medical researcher, reporting in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), said fatal heart disease is twice as high among infrequent church goers as it is for men who attend church at least once a week. Richard Coleman, a Stanford Medical School clinical professor says "Monday morning blues" are caused by not getting up early enough on Sunday morning. For example, if you normally awake at 6:00 a.m., staying in bed until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday will throw your cycle off by four hours all day. When Sunday night comes, that 11:00 p.m. bedtime may feel like 7:00 p.m. and the next morning, awakening at a normal 6:00 a.m. feels like it's 2:00 a.m.

Missing sleep doesn't throw the body off so much as oversleeping. To feel your very best, you should vary your time for getting up no more than an hour. Coleman says, "You'll feel better all day Sunday and you'll be in much better shape at work on Monday."

Add to this the fact that research continues to show that the likelihood of accidental injury is less at church than at any other place you can be, and the conclusion is obvious. Get up early enough to attend both Bible class and worship. You'll feel better, and it's good for you--both physically and spiritually!

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Last updated November 23, 2001.