A Child Is Healed

In 1963, my son Brett was born with a physical problem that doctors first had a difficult time diagnosing and then didn’t know how they were going to treat. But when Brett was two and a half, God stepped in and did a miracle. Here is the story I wrote about three years after he was healed (with minor edits) . . .

A Child Is Healed
 . . . Many Lives Have Been Changed

Brett was born unable to swallow. Part of what he ate went to his lungs instead of his stomach because of a constricted muscle. He was being fed through a tube going directly to his stomach.

Here is a summary of what happened three years ago:

Mrs. Evelyn Murdock, Brett’s babysitter, called me at work one afternoon to ask me if she could keep Brett for a while that evening. There was an evangelist in town who was supposed to be able to help people be healed through prayer. I told her she could take Brett, as I couldn’t see any harm in his going, although I was quite sure this evangelist was a hoax. I had a feeling I should go to the meeting also but talked myself out of it. I convinced myself that there was nothing to it and going would be a waste of time.

When Mrs. Murdock brought Brett home that evening, she told me she had talked to the evangelist about Brett and he had told her to come back the next night with me and Brett . . . and a sandwich! I looked at her in horror. “I’m not going to give Brett a sandwich–he could choke to death on the spot.”

My fiance and  discussed the whole situation later and decided that it might be interesting to go see this fellow for ourselves, anyhow. And I did hate to hurt Mrs. Murdock’s feelings–I knew she had her heart set on going.

We planned to go that night right after work without eating dinner first–that would give us a good excuse to leave early. We were all set to leave–without the sandwich–and stopped to tell my fiance’s parents about it on the way. They suggested we take a sandwich–just in case we decided we wanted it. So I tucked one away in my purse so no one would even know I had it.

We picked up Mrs. Murdock, her daughter, and Brett and off we went–Mrs. Murdock filled with hope and prayer. My fiance and I filled with skepticism with just a faint gleam of hope. We arrived late at the auditorium and had to sit in the back row. Soon a man came to us and asked us if this wasn’t the little boy who belonged in the front row (which was now filled). They promptly made a new front row for us.

We were quite impressed with the evangelist’s appearance. He was a captivating speaker. But whether or not he could perform miracles was another question.

It wasn’t long before he came up to me and asked me to stand and briefly explain Brett’s problem. He said he was going to pray for Brett that night and that he wanted me to take him back to the doctors and run the tests they had before. I assured him I would, although he knew I was quite skeptical. He told me and the congregation that if Brett died, he would bury him, give me a million dollars, and take full responsibility. Obviously, he believed Brett would not die.

Much later in the evening after praying for many people in the audience, the evangelist again approached me and told me to bring Brett up to the stage near the pulpit. I took the sandwich with me. He prayed for Brett. Brett was healed. The next day I took him to the doctor and he said his gag reflex, which had never worked properly, was quite active. They x-rayed him and found nothing wrong. His esophagus worked a little sluggishly, but this was to be expected since it had never been used.

It has been three years now since Brett was healed. Through this healing God has blessed us and others. Many have received encouragement and increased faith through knowing about this wonderful miracle of God. I have come back to the Lord. Brett is now five and a half and is growing up with the knowledge that Jesus healed him and is learning to trust him for all things. He even testifies to people about his healing on his own and we find out about it later.

As you can imagine, that was a real turning point in my life. I learned later of other children being healed because their mothers had heard about Brett’s healing. Their faith grew because they knew if God could do that for Brett, he could do that for their child as well.

I didn’t receive this awesome blessing because I deserved it. Far from it. I received it because of God’s grace and love. Just as he reached out to me and to Brett, he offers his grace and love and power to you as well. Whatever your need, I encourage you to trust God for the answer.

And Brett? All these years later, he is walking with God. He is a husband, father, and grandfather and runs his own computer business. Through the years he has blessed many lives–especially mine. Here is a picture of him and his family. Grams (that’s me!) is sitting with our great-grandchildren.

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Brett Webber and his family. Praise God for healing him all those years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are You, God?

Because of my husband’s health issues, we usually are limited to “TV church.” We regularly watch First Baptist Church Cleveland. Recently Pastor Allan Lockerman preached from the book of Habakkuk. Although I’ve read that book any number of times as I read through the Bible, if you had asked me what it was about, I wouldn’t have had a clue. From now on, I don’t think I’ll ever forget–thanks to Pastor Lockerman’s teaching.

Habakkuk described the world as he saw it:

“Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT)

Fear - Jigsaw Puzzle with Missing Pieces. Sound familiar? What a fitting description of today’s world.

Habakkuk was questioning God. He wondered why God had deserted them when times were so bad.

How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! (Habakkuk 1:2 NLT)

As we look at today’s world, we may be tempted to ask the same question. Where are you, God? Everything has gone crazy and you aren’t doing anything! Here is part of God’s reply to Habakkuk:

“Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” (Habakkuk 1:5 NLT)

As we look at what is happening in this world these days, it would be so easy to be overcome by fear . . . anger . . . frustration. It would be so easy to lose hope, to wonder where God is. But God promises He is here! Just as He was in all that was happening in Habakkuk’s day, He is in all that is happening today. That doesn’t mean He is causing it all, but He is working through it to bring about His perfect plan. He is in control. Jesus promised He will always be with us.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

HopeInstead of giving in to fear or anger or doubt, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Keep looking up. Live with an eternal perspective. Only then can we walk in peace and hope. Only then can we move forward to do what God is calling us to do. He has a plan for each of us. Let’s not get distracted by the confusion around us. Let’s remember He is in control and will bring good from it all.

I encourage you to read Habakkuk. It’s a short book, only three chapters. In the end, here is Habakkuk’s conclusion:

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields,  and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LordI will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer,  able to tread upon the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT)

Please join me . . .

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The Christian Church is under attack around the world. Almost daily we see end time prophecies being fulfilled. We must band together as Christians to encourage one another . . . to pray for one another . . . to glorify God in all we do . . . and to reach the lost.
I have started a blog that I hope will help draw believers together to pray for ministries around the world. And that’s the name of the blog . . . PrayForMinistriesAroundTheWorld.blog.

I am posting praise reports and prayer requests I am receiving from ministries around the world. And more and more people are following the blog so they can join me in praying for these ministries. I hope you will join us.

“Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers
for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

Here are just a few examples of the ministries we are praying for:

From Bungoma, Kenya

KIBACHENJE CHURCH WATER NEED:

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Sister Irene looking at the new borehall being dug. We pray and hope to finish it as God enables.

Due to a big need for clean, safe domestic Water in the area, BY FAITH we started digging another Borehole Well as we expect the Lord to complete it; The Borehole is expected to go down over 40 feet and needs Culverts, Cementing and a Manual or Electric Pump and possibly Storage. All by His Spirit…

Read more.

 


From Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sharing the Gospel

Beloved Sister, Reaching the unreached with the good news of gospel of Christ with a great burden. I drove along with our team to many houses in the Tribal villages by walk to share the good news which change their lives. I know many people are perishing without knowing the gospel. The villages that we minister don’t have facilities for proper  living. They eat wild roots and honey most etc. . In our second visit one of the village ‘GANDIKOTA’ we have distributed provisions (Rice & Dhal). They are so excited. It’s our spiritual responsibility to share the good news to the unreached and people who didn’t hear the gospel for the first time in their life. It’s challenging thing because I worked among Non-Christians . And I was financially week. I request each and every one to pray for the efforts that we have been doing in difficult areas for the extension of the Kingdom.  Read more.


From Visakhapatnam City, India

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Water project in 2016. By God’s grace, they were able to reach out to even more people this year.

WATER PROJECT to HINDUS & MUSLIMS (Non Christians) who can read in our Language (Telugu). By this Project many came to the knowledge of CHRIST and wanted to WALK in the LIGHT. Pray that these people stand for Christ in these end days.

Read more.

 

 


From Pakistan

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Hello, I want tell you about the Pakistani Christian peoples how spend spiritual life in Pakistan. They don’t know about God and Bible but they are just naming Christian but they nothing know about Christianity but I am go there and tell about the God and Bible and now they know what is importance of God in our life. Now they accept the Jesus Christ. I am work outreach peoples.


I invite you to browse through the many posts already there and follow the blog so you can join me and others in praying for these ministries. And tell others about this prayer opportunity.

“Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers
for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

The Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) on a bird table.This morning as I was having my quiet time with the Lord, I gazed out my kitchen window at the wonders of his creation. In this case, I focused on the birds flocking to our bird feeder and the squirrels eating the seed that had made its way to the ground.

My son and his wife recently purchased the bird feeder for us, and my husband and I have enjoyed it so much. So have the birds and the squirrels! In fact, so many frequentsquirrel the spot, I’ve come to think of this little area in our yard as a sanctuary for them. They seem to feel pretty safe. Yesterday one of the squirrels climbed up on our kitchen window ledge and peeked through the window!

As I was thinking about our bird and squirrel sanctuary this morning, the thought came to me that God is my sanctuary. He protects me . . . provides for me . . . and gives me peace even in the midst of storms. Recently he brought the thought to me that he has put a blanket of peace over my anxieties, and he reminded me to keep my eyes on him.

Lord, thank you for being my sanctuary.

I love you, Lordyou are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (Psalm 18:1-2 NLT)

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Kid Stuff

Kids

Discover stuff for kids on Find Christian Links!

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Come back daily for devotions from Keys for Kids and Down Gilead Lane. Parents, share a special devotion time with your children. Teachers, print them out and share them with your class.

 

 

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I’m sure there are many things on the Internet you don’t want your kids to see. But there is also a lot of good. On this page you will find links to websites designed to provide your kids tons of fun while they learn more about Jesus and the Bible. Check them out! You’ll find games, stories, coloring pages, printables, radio programs, camp information jokes, videos, sing-a-longs, and so much more!

I hope you’ll check all this out. Please let me know what you think by commenting on the post! Are there other sites you’d recommend for the page? I’d love to learn about them. Please post a comment or email me.

God Is Still Here!

dear-godDo you find yourself avoiding news reports? They usually seem like bad news . . . and more bad news. Some days it would be easy to let fear take control.

Do you ever wonder where God is in all this? Good news! He is right here. And he is in control.

In control! How can that be! The world looks like chaos to us. Frightening chaos. But his perspective is different. He told us this was coming. Here are just a few of the multitude of scriptures drawing a picture of the world in the last days.

Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. (2 Peter 3:3 NLT)

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You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

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 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:4-14 NLT)

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“There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:11 NLT)

My husband and I tuned into Rev. Allan Lockerman’s message Sunday (First Baptist Church Cleveland). He preached from Habakkuk. Such a timely message. The world then was in a mess too–and Habakkuk wondered where God had gone. He started out this way:

How long, O Lord, must I call for help?
    But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
    but you do not come to save.
Must I forever see these evil deeds?
    Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
    I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
    who love to argue and fight.
The law has become paralyzed,
    and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
    so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT)

Ever feel that way?

Habakkuk continued with more complaints and God responded to each one. Bottom line? Yes, God is here. Yes, he knows what’s going on. In fact, he is in what is going on. His perspective is so different from ours. He’s working out his plan–and his plan is perfect. The scene is being prepared for Christ’s return!

So what should our response be as we watch the horrors going on around us? Faith in our Lord. Faith that he will indeed work all things together for good. Faith that no matter how senseless and chaotic things appear, he is still on his throne. Faith that he will never, never leave us alone. No matter what we have to face here on earth, he will be with us. And if we have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have the promise of heaven. A perfect eternity with him.

Another response should be to take Jesus’s Great Commission seriously and personally. lightstock_76141_xsmall_user_6214500Share the love  of Jesus with others. Lead them to his saving power! God has a job for each of us. We need to carry out our assignments! The time is short.

We also need to stay informed. To understand the last day prophecies and how they are being fulfilled daily. The disasters. The deception. The immorality. The persecution of believers. The shifting of world powers. The increased natural disasters. And on and on. One way to do that, of course, is to study the scriptures and stay up on world news. Another way is to follow blogs and tweets and newsletters of Christian teachers on the subject. Please visit this page on Find Christian Links. It will give you some ideas about where to get started. I’ve recently updated the page. Please send me any input you may have about websites or ministries that should be added by commenting on this post.

“And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert! The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!” (Words of Jesus in Mark 13:33-37 NLT)

 

 

Defending Our Freedom

Word cloud for Religious persecutionWe have all heard for years about people being persecuted for their faith. In the United States, many of us have been lulled into complacency, thinking such things could never happen here. But they are. Christians are being threatened, losing their jobs, losing their businesses, and suffering other such treatment for living and sharing their beliefs. In many people’s eyes, Christians have become the “bad guys.” Anti-Semitism is also raging.

In a nation uniquely founded upon the Judeo/Christian ethic and “Freedom of Religion”, Americans have been witnessing committed Christians being persecuted in their own country. Over the last six-plus years, there have been rapidly expanding attempts to marginalize, demonize, and criminalize the free practice of the Christian faith in the US Armed Forces and in the United States in general. Restoring Liberty

I hope you will take a few minutes to read this eye-opening article from Liberty First: “10 Ways Hostility to Religious Freedom Has Hurt These Americans.”
Each of us has a choice. Will we turn a blind eye? Will we wait until it affects us personally before we take a stand? This is a good time to recall Edmund Burke’s words: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 

What can we do? First, stay informed. Read the Tweets listed on our website and others like them. Subscribe to pertinent newsletters. Take action by helping others stay informed . . . serving as you find opportunity . . . donating to organizations you feel are making a difference . . . whatever the Lord leads you to do. And above all, pray.

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power
and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16 NLT