Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Miracles

Sunday service in the LaPorte Methodist Church included the pastor's sermon, "Do you Believe in Miracles?" His sermon was very bold, I felt, for a Methodist. He gave four modern day miracles and asked, "do you believe in miracles." By modern, I mean within the past three years.
He encouraged people to pray in faith.

Yesterday, I had a property inspection with a family for the farm they are buying. The buyer's brother told a story from his own Vineyard church service in C-Bus the day before. Upon arriving at church an acquaintence told him he had been in severe back pain for weeks, and could not move, sit, bend, or sleep. At the end of the service the pastor invited people to come to the front for prayer for any need and even healing. The pastor's wife came up to the the brother and asked if would pray for people as there were so many up front to pray for. The broher felt the desire to pray for the man with the back pain and looked for him. He saw the man go forward and the pastor walked up to the guy and started praying for him. The brother still felt he wanted to pray for the man, but the pastor was up there. What would the pastor think? "Hey, go get your own guy to pray for..." ?? He finally gave in to the "pull" and went up to pray for the guy.
Get this. The Guy's eyes were shut. He didn't see the brother walk up. The brother started praying and the pastor decided to walk away and pray for someone else at that point. The brother felt specifically he should put his hand on the guys lower back, and when he did so, the brother said he felt such a flow of power go through his body and hands and out of him and he knew the guy was healed, but didn't say anything to the guy. The service ended. They went their way. The brother kept thinking about this, and thinking, "he had to have been healed, but you'd think he'd let me know if had been."

While we were at the farm the brother got a cell phone call and he went outside to take the call. On the phone was the guy with the back pain. He told the brother that when he was in the back of the church and the pastor invited people forward he thought "If B--- prays for me I will be healed." So, he walked up front, but the pastor came up to him to pray for him. He thought, "darn, I wanted B--- to pray for me" and was disappointed but closed his eyes to receive prayer anyway. He told the brother that while he had his eyes closed suddenly the pastor's voice changed to B---'s voice! He said when the brother put his hand on the guy's lower back he felt intense heat and sensations in his back. After the service, he went to get his child from the nursery and without even thinking bent down and picked up his child! He realize, "wow! I have been completely healed." He told the brother he has been completely pain free, and able to fully move, and sleep for the first time in weeks!

Do you believe in miracles?

1 comment:

  1. I love this.
    I do believe in miracles! And sometimes I need to be reminded that they do happen it was not just a one time thing that the apostles could do and only apostles (and of course jesus).

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