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Health Issues / Pain Management



A Primer on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
QUESTION: What’s the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia? ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have...
January 13th, 2014
Proper Palliative Sedation Not Same as Assisted Suicides Terminal Sedation
The assisted suicide movement is ever about blurring vital distinctions and deconstructing crucial definitions.  One target has been the proper pain control technique known as...
May 11th, 2010
Declaring a 'Right to Suicide'
I have become so sick and tired of the baloney that swirls around assisted suicide advocacy like gruel in a blender. Assisted suicide is not really about the rare case when nothing...
August 10th, 2008
The Hospice Care Option
“When is he going to get to it? Someone has to talk to Mom about dying!” Such was a part of a conversation I recently had with a friend. No one (the patient, her daughter,...
October 24th, 2007
Facing Eternity - Ready and Willing
Ellen began to experience the slow passing of a generation. Her father died when all three of her children were in high school. It was sudden – a heart attack while he slept....
January 27th, 2006
Facing Eternity - Saying Good-bye
Clarence had been married 51 years when he lost his dear wife, Clarice. “It was cancer that took her,” he said, as he clenched his jaw and tears filled his eyes.Like a bitter...
January 5th, 2006
Facing Eternity - Making Decisions
Jim knew he wasn’t feeling quite right. Though normally hesitant to even visit a doctor for life’s bumps and bruises, this time he thought he should go in for a checkup....
December 20th, 2005
Facing Eternity Without Fear
She called me with a determined tone in her voice. She wanted me to come by and talk. She did notsound panicked. Yet there was an undeniable sound or resolution in her voice. Lilly...
December 8th, 2005
Myths and Wisdom About End-of-Life Decisions
Have you discussed your end-of-life preferences with your loved ones yet? A blessing that came from the Terri Schiavo tragedy is that end-of-life issues have led to better planning...
November 23rd, 2005
Q&A on Terri Schiavo and Other Related End-of-Life Issues
Q: Thank you for your sincere concern, and brutally frank appraisal of the utter contempt and disdain modern society shows for God's precious gift of life. First Terri Schiavo, next...
June 15th, 2005
Q&A on Suffering
QUESTION: My mother has multiple sclerosis and has been given only a few years to live. Our family is concerned about Mom spending the last few years of her life suffering. What can...
April 1st, 2005
Spiritual Comfort at the End of Life
We all want to bring comfort to those we love as we see them coming to a point where their end may be near. The question is, how can we do that in the most effective way?I use the example...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 10
Psalm 46:1-2 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.There are times when the words of Psalm 46 seem hollow to us. After all,...
October 1st, 2004
Whose Pain Is It Anyway? - A Look at Pain Management
A while back I attended an ethics seminar in which the speaker said that 50% of pain medication requests come from family members, not the patient. In another survey, nurses estimate...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 9
Hebrews 13:5 - "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."Why should the Lord be my daily companion? He has every reason to abandon me. My lifestyle has not always...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Questions and Answers (Part 1)
QUESTION: What's the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia?ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have his...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 7
Isaiah 55:8 - "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the Lord.I have received all sorts of advice from well-meaning friends. One suggests...
October 1st, 2004
Nutrition and Hydration (Food and Water)
Intravenous FeedingHow feeding is providedNeedle is inserted into a vein, usually in the hand or forearm, allowing the person to be nourished through the circulatory system.General...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 6
John 14:6 - "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."The way we walk in life leads to a definite end. The truth we follow and...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Questions and Answers (Part 2)
QUESTION: Out of Christian love and concern, am I ever able to make a decision to remove a feeding tube?ANSWER: Providing a feeding tube is what we do when a person is no longer able...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 5
John 3:16 - God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. The word "love" has been abused...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 27
Psalm 37:7 - Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.Don't you wish you were in one of those hospitals you see on television? You come in, they cure you, and out you go...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 1
Luke 2:29-31 - Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people....
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 25
Matthew 28:20 - Surely I will be with you always...I miss my room! I miss my bed! I miss my TV and stereo! I miss my toys and my dolls and my pet! I miss my mom and dad! I don’t...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 2
Job 14:14 - If a man dies, will he live again?No one likes to think about death. I’ll freely admit I am no exception to the rule. But as I grow older, it becomes more and more...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 26
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.Do you know what’s frustrating? Thinking abut how easily you might NOT have had to come to the hospital. If you’d been fifteen seconds...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 3
John 20:27 - Stop doubting and believe!At times I find myself doubting God’s many promises to help in times of trouble. It’s not that his Word is unclear. It’s me....
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 24
Matthew 10:29 - Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from the will of your Father.People lying in hospital beds often spend the hours...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 4
Matthew 11:28 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Restlessness seems to be a daily companion lately. Questions about my diagnosis and prognosis...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 23
Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.""I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said,...
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on a Christians Concern about the End of Life
QUESTION: What is the God-pleasing attitude I should have as I approach the final days of my life or that of a loved one? ANSWER: You have asked the right question when you ask about...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 22
Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.""I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said,...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 21
2 Timothy 4:18 - The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.It is not a pleasant thought, perhaps, but one which has to be faced sooner...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 20
Galatians 3:26 - You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.The hardest part of being a parent is having to watch your child in pain or illness. It seems unfair that a child...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 19
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.There doesn’t seem to be a good time to be in the hospital. You have other things you need to be doing. Your life did not need this kind...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 18
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.There doesn't seem to be a good time to be in the hospital. You have other things you need to be doing. Your life did not need this kind of...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 17
Isaiah 49:16 - See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.At any given time, there must be millions of sick people in this world. There must be hospitals, nursing homes, and...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 16
1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - The body that is sown...is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.This must be said about long life: it really can wear a person out. When you were 20, you...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 15
1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - "The body that is sown...is sown in weakness, it is raised in power."This must be said about long life: it really can wear a person out. When you...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 14
2 Corinthians 12:9 - My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.People used to think that sickness and accidents happened to people because they had done...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 13
Acts 17:26-27 - And he determined the times set for them....God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.As we think about the approaching end...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 12
Acts 17:26-27 - And he determined the times set for them....God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.As we think about the approaching end...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 11
Luke 11:9 - Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.There are times when it almost doesn’t seem worth it to pray. It...
October 1st, 2004


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