July 31st, 2012
Come for a mid-week boost Wednesday evening for one hour of worship, prayer and a verse by verse study on the life and teachings of Peter. Youth will meet in the Garage at 7p.m and Believing kids in the main church building. See you Wednesday!
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Healer “Celebration of Life Sunday” Believers Statesboro 07-29-12
Lori Grice: God healed Lori of cancer. The big “C” is not cancer. The big “C” is Christ.
1 Thess 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)
Lindy __________: When Lindy _____ was a single mother of 3 young children, working 2 jobs just to survive, she received the devastating news that she had cancer. But God was faithful and healed her as well!
Gerald and Lori Spoon: God healed Gerald of flesh eating disease and in the process brought the family back into Himself.
Ed Claxon: By the time I was 40 years old I had had 3 major back surgeries, each one approximately 10 years apart. After the third surgery I was told if I had another I would no longer be able to do my job as a logger, due to it being strenuous work. At this same time we were going to a Baptist church that was involved in church-wide prayer and fasting one day a month. On a Friday night, we met at the church to pray for people’s needs, much like we do here on Wednesday nights before the service. I had been fasting the whole week, something I had done before, even though I was in great pain. When it came time to go to the prayer meeting, I didn’t want to go because of the pain I was in. I went despite the pain and asked for prayer for my back. I was expecting God to heal me right at that moment, but He didn’t. Still in excruciating pain, I went to bed. The next morning I got up and realized that I was walking straight and without pain. God had healed me during the night. It has been approximatley15 years since that time without any back problems!
My second healing took place about two years ago. I am having trouble with the muscle in my right shoulder causing pain and burning. A cervical spine x-ray revealed bright spots on my third ribs, bilaterally. The spot on the left side measured 9 mm. The following Sunday, Pastor Scott called me down front, had the leaders of the church come down to pray, and anointed me with oil. A couple of weeks later the follow up CT scan showed no spots on either side of the ribs. Praise God, I was healed.
Norma Malone: God healed Norma from a mass on her right kidney. When the doctor showed it to her on the ultrasound she said, “This thing does not belong to me.” I took communion every day to remind myself who Jesus is and what He has done for me. Every Sunday and Wednesday, no matter what town we were vacationing in, I went to God’s house. Three times I went forward at church and was anointed with oil and prayed for. I prayed, I praised, I quoted healing scriptures, I took communion, I talked faith, I believed God to the best of my ability.
About a month after the original appointment I returned to the specialist for the CT scan. NOTHING. No mass. All was well. Jesus did it, and because of the love of the body of Christ, I was able to receive His wonderful healing grace. Someone touched God for me.
Ps 118:23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. (NIV)
Wynn and Jude Pearson: When Wynn was pregnant with Jude– it was probably the lowest of lows in her life. She was 19, unmarried, pregnant, had no money and was not in a relationship with the father. Wynn said, “I was ashamed, sick all the time, and unstable emotionally.” To make matters worse, at thirty weeks her doctors realized her body was failing, separating from the fetus and she needed an emergency C-section in order for her or the baby to live! That’s when it happened. Instead of freaking out- she experienced this awesome presence of God like she had never felt before. She said, “It hit me and this crazy peace swept over my body and God said, “’Don’t worry.’”
Jude entered the world very pre-mature, weighing 2.lbs. 7 ounces. Wynn just looked at him and said, “His name will be Jude” and she was rolled away. Jude was in the IC unit for 10 weeks and he was the smallest baby in the IC unit, but the day he left to come home, Jude was the healthiest baby in the IC unit. He came home on his original due date and today is a very healthy awesome kid. Wynn said, “Although this was the lowest of low in my life physically, it was the greatest time spiritually! I had never felt God’s presence more than I had felt then and at that point. I had never before put my trust in Him and got to experience His presence. So this is why this is a story of the healing of my body, Jude’s body, and my soul. PRAISE JESUS!”
Brandi and Isaac Bittner: When Brandi was pregnant with Isaac he was diagnosed with Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV). They also said his kidneys were multicystic dysplastic and Brandi was encouraged to terminate her pregnancy. Brandi said, “I was told that his lungs would not be developed and that his kidneys would not work.” But Brandi believed it was God’s decision and not hers so she prayed for him every day (Norma and Diana were some of my prayer warriors for this situation). “When I went for my first ultrasound in Savannah, he had almost no amniotic fluid (which the baby needs for lung development) which is another reason I was encouraged to terminate because they said his lungs wouldn’t be developed and they didn’t know how long he had been low on fluid,” Brandi said. But when she was transferred to Augusta, his fluid amount was perfect, and they could not explain how he went from having almost no fluid to having plenty! That was a miracle in itself! Brandi was given no hope of Isaac surviving which is why he is named Isaac because one, Sarah laughed and two, because God made a promise to Abraham and Brandi believed that those same promises were for us today! For her and Isaac as well! Brandi said, “I was frequently reminded of the scripture that talks about asking your mountain to be moved in faith and it will be moved. I constantly read scripture and prayed.” When it was all said and done… God healed Isaac and he is a true miracle from God!
Declaring A Healing.
Monica Williams: The doctors told me I had MS in April. I will have another MRI in 6 months, around October or November. I believe that God has healed me. Our God is awesome and powerful beyond measure, regardless of what the doctors tell me or what I might feel in my body. I am healed. It says so in His Word. When Jesus came to earth, to bear our sins, He came with me in mind, me and countless others. He knew in His infinite wisdom that in the year 1975, I would be born. He knew every thought and deed I would commit all the days of my life. He knew a doctor would tell me about MS and He covered me in His Blood of salvation, redemption and perfection. I am healed by His wounds. The price was paid long before I was even a thought in a human’s mind. I am healed because Our God loves me. Now, no doctor has confirmed this and I have no clue when there will be scientific confirmation of my miracle. I was comforted today when the Spirit of the Lord told me that our timing is not God’s timing. All I need to concern myself with is the truth in the Word of God, knowing that when God promises you a thing, it will come to pass. He is not like us. So, I take comfort that I am healed and one day, doctors will support that and if they never do, that doesn’t change a thing. I was healed the moment I accepted the precious gift of salvation, and I give God all the glory and the praise. I love the way God works!
The Ultimate Healing
Angee Edenfield: On Jan 12, 2002, I found out that my oldest sister had kidney cancer. I began praying every day and we did everything we could to get her well; healing services, pills, drinks, food and every doctor we could see. But she passed away on April 23 of that same year.
I began to think that I didn’t pray or love my sister enough so that is why she had to die. It was a very hard time for me, a lot of tears and just missing her terribly. But in a dream one night I saw my sister Cindy and God. She asked me what was wrong and why was I crying. I told her that I just missed her so much. Then I asked God why didn’t He heal her? Were my prayers not enough? Then He wrapped His arms around me and said "I did heal her. Look at her. She is not hurting and can walk. She is healed.” So, even if it was not the way I wanted, God did heal her and she is living and well in Heaven! So even in death, He does heal and one day we will be together again.
The Meal That Heals:
1 Cor 11:24-25
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." (NKJ)