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Time Magazine on the Benefits of Religion

Some time ago, Time Magazine ran an article that reported on the benefits of religion and the church, and some of the observations included: 1. Heart-surgery patients who draw comfort from their religious faith have a significantly higher survival rate than those who do not. 2. The blood pressure of people who attend church is 5 mm lower than that of those who do not. 3. People with religious faith who attend church regularly experience less depression than nonreligious people. 4. Suicide is four times higher among non-churchgoers than churchgoers.

2. What’s the reason behind these statistics? It’s simple; Jesus wants to restore the whole person - spirit, soul and body!

From a sermon by Mark Schaeufele, A Messiah Who Restores, 11/3/2009

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