Hey Gang...I want to pass on a few tid-bits...
1. We are going to do the Healing Workshop 2.0 on Sunday, June 11th, right after lunch, 12:45-2:45. I will be giving a little "heads-up taste" for any and all in the congregation who might be interested at both the June 4th and 11th services. Fred, HT and I think it a good thing to open the workshop up, while at the same time encouraging you, the core, to personally invite folks that you see as good candidates for expanding our team. Of course, the elders are invited also.
2. I came across the following passage in book that Fred is currently reading entitled Miracle Work. I find it refreshing and right on. (BTW... this book carries a back-page endorsement from Bishop Todd Hunter, an Anglican Church of
America bishop, who just so happens to have been one of our students at Calvary Chapel Bible School, and who I first introduced to John Wimber and subsequently went on to become John's right hand man at Vineyard Ministries.)
"Can we be confident that God wants to try to heal the suffering person standing in front of us? Actually yes, we should be very confident-- bold even. It's theoretically possible that God might refuse to allow a given healing for some reason, but in the Kingdom of God, healing is the default position.
"Unfortunately, believers can get exceptionally complicated in how they think about God's will for healing. If a person comes to us with life questions, we don't doubt that God wants us to tell the good news to him or her. If we walk into a desperately poor village, we don't doubt that God wants us to feed the hungry. But for some strange reason when we encounter sickness in a person, some of us worry about whether God wants the sickness healed, or it it's God's timing for the healing. I think this sort of thinking is awfully unhelpful."
3. We are still waiting on delivery of the John Wimber book, Power Healing, as it is on back order.
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Stepping In (To Christ) to Step Out (With Christ)
Something to keep in mind when setting about the work of praying for the healing of another person:
1. Man was originally made in the image of God. ("Let us make man in our image." -Gen 1:26)
Its' important to bear in mind what God IS in order to be aware of the 3-part construct of the human being standing in front of us.
God is a spiritual being. ("God is Spirit... John 4:24)
God is a moral being. ("The Lord is righteous... He will do no unrighteousness." -Zeph.3:5)
God is a materially creative being. ("God said, 'Let there be light', and there was light." -Gen. 1:3)
All these elements carry with them God's power and authority, all are interwoven, and all will be "in play" when we set about to pray for someone.
2. The Temple, the dwelling place God designed for His habitation, was also a 3-part construct. ("Make it after the pattern I show you... Outer Court, Inner Court and Holy of Holies" -Ex. 25:40)
3. Man is the temple of God. ("Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?" -I Cor. 3:16). So man is a 3-part aggregate of spirit, soul and body.
What this all adds up to is that whole-person healing may very well involve the interplay of the spiritual, soulish and physical realms and dynamics. And that we, as prayer practitioners, will have to pay attention to what God may be doing in more than just the physical realm when dealing with some malady brought before us.
I'm leaning toward the next workshop being by "invite"... which would include any individuals (including husbands) that you think would resonate with this ministry and also a blanket invite to the SCC elders. The intent being that we expand our group. So be thinking about who you might invite.
BTW... I should have those copies of Wimber's book, Power Healing, in hand this week to distribute to you all.