TESTIMONIES OF ANSWERED PRAYER

The Lord has answered my prayers and brought me through many trials. As I thought about His mercies this morning I thanked the Lord for all He has done for me. I want to share some of those answers to prayer here …

Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

Answered prayer …

1.  My father had an autoimmune disease that caused him to have an outbreak of blisters all over his body. He was in a nursing home at the time. The staff was ready to put him in hospice because they said he wasn’t responding to medication and they said he was in pain. But although the blisters looked really bad my father told me and others that he was not in pain. I felt that talk of hospice was inappropriate. I prayed and asked the Lord to stop the blisters from spreading, especially to his his face. It would have been so difficult to bear that. The Lord answered, the blisters did not spread. Instead, the blisters healed. The Lord healed him and all talk of hospice was dismissed. The nursing staff spoke for some time afterward of my father’s recovery telling me that his skin had become smooth like baby skin and that God answers prayer!

2.  The Lord healed my mother when the doctor said she wouldn’t survive her emergency surgery and that her case was one of the worst he had ever seen. She went on to live another 15 or so years and during those years she became a child of God.

3.  We wanted to purchase little booklets of the Gospel of John for evangelism but didn’t have the resources. Not long after praying we were given 300 boxes of Gospels of John. Each box contained 300 booklets. We had to rent a small truck to bring them home.

4.  Years ago, when we wanted to sell our home, we had some plumbing issues that we thought would be a hindrance to the sale. The Lord sent a plumber who bought the house and who absolutely loved the house (and still does). He was not in the least concerned about the plumbing issues because he was a plumber, that was his profession.

5.  Another time when a realtor came in to evaluate our home he said it looked good except for the dark brown rug. He thought the rug might be a hindrance to selling the house even though it was a brand new carpet. I told the realtor that the Lord can send a buyer who loves brown rugs :-). Well don’t you know that when we met the buyer she specifically mentioned how much she loved the brown rug!

6.  Another time, when our whole church prayed, a law was actually changed that we benefited from. We were told that would not happen, but it did happen!

7.  I also want to testify that in 2012 the Lord healed me from a month long illness. I went to several doctors, was tested, but remained undiagnosed.  I prayed that the Lord would heal me, as He healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and that the illness would leave me as “it left her”.  The Lord did heal me and I am better now than before I became ill. (I also prayed that I would not be subjected to unnecessary testing and medication. The Lord answered both those prayers and it is amazing to look back and see what He has done and how He did it.)

Luke 4:38-39 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

To God be the glory!

REMEMBERING MY MOTHER …

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My mother left this world five years ago today. March 12th. This is her story of God’s amazing grace …

These are all the articles I’ve posted about my mother. The Lord Jesus Christ is the “Man Under Authority” and with Him all things are possible. The Lord still heals and He still saves, even in the eleventh hour.

A MOTHER’S DAY STORY A story of reconciliation.

Man Under Authority – I My mother was dying, and she was not born again. I asked the Lord to give her more time on this earth.

Man Under Authority – II My mother’s road to the Lord.

Man Under Authority – III What I spoke at my mother’s funeral service.

GLORIOUS RESURRECTION LIFE Contains a poem my mother learned in Italy as a child. She recited it to me for the first time when she was in her 80’s.

PHOTOS

Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

SIMON SAYS

I was recently wondering how we as Christians so often fall prey to false doctrines. One of the false doctrines I was thinking about was dispensationalism. This heresy has permeated the church world. I was reading up on the topic and came across these random comments. They say a lot. As I read the comments, the children’s game “Simon Says” came to mind. If you remember the game you’ll get the picture.

Comments …

“- I was now amazed how dispensationalism and pretrib rapture stories could be accepted as gospel and never questioned. Could it be too much reliance on mere men instead of on the Holy Spirit and His Holy Scriptures?

– Careful examination of the scriptures can put this entire issue to bed. The Bible is complete in and of itself. It needs no writings and thoughts of scholars to be understood by the careful student.

– Let me encourage you to read your Bible and test what I and these other men are telling you.

– If you are to be a faithful Christian, you have a duty to understand God’s word, not a duty to have some other fallible man interpret it for you.

– Are we to be more devoted to a system than we are the plain teachings of the Bible?”

– George Mueller said: ‘My brother I am a constant reader of the Bible, and I soon found out what I was taught to believe (by Darby’s doctrine) did not always agree with what my Bible said. I came to see I must either part company with John Darby, or my precious Bible, and I chose to cling to my Bible and part from Mr. Darby.’ – (George Mueller, a contemporary and one time supporter of John Nelson Darby)”

MORE ON DISPENSATIONALISM

PROPHESY NOT

Amos 2:12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.

Barnes Bible Commentary:

If the Christians would have abstained from converting the world, they would not have been persecuted.

The more God reveals His Will, the more direct and more determinate the opposition of those who will not yield. God’s perseverance in trying to win them irritates them; they oppose grace, and are angered at not being let alone.

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary:

When men reject God’s word, adding obstinacy to sin, and this becomes the general character of a people, they will be given up to misery, notwithstanding all their boasted power and resources.

Those are very unjust who complain of ministers for preaching of hell and damnation; for it is from a desire to bring them to heaven and salvation.

THE MAN WITH THE APPLE …

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A touching story written by my hubby …

“THE MAN WITH THE APPLE

During the 1990′s while living in New York City, I had the privilege of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the streets and subways of that large City. I have many memories from those days and I truly wish that I had written down the dates , times, and places of some of my experiences. I remember one day in particular on the subway. As I entered the subway car the first thing I noticed was a very tall and lanky man fast asleep on the opposite side of the car. It appeared that he was homeless and he had that whole section of the subway car to himself because nobody would sit near him. I also noticed that the man had a large red apple sitting on his chest. Someone probably had left it there, as it is not unusual for people to give food to the homeless.

I felt a little guilty about preaching because I knew that this subway car was the man’s sleeping quarters and I did not want to disturb him, but the roar of the train was so loud that it was necessary to raise my voice. As I started to share the Word of God with the folks on the train, the first time that I mentioned the name of Jesus Christ the homeless man spoke the name ”Jeeeeesus” with a long drawl. He did this while still lying on his back with his eyes closed. The next time that I mentioned the name of Jesus Christ the man said the name Jesus again in the same long drawl as before only louder. The people in the subway car reacted to this with laughter, some of them covering their mouths to hide their smirks others bordering on being hysterical.

In the middle of all this a man with an upturned hat entered the subway car looking for donations. He was talking twice as loud as I was, and this was the icing on the cake for the folks on the train. The laughter increased. I prayed inwardly and remained silent until that man passed through the car and then I resumed preaching. As I looked over toward the homeless man I was absolutely amazed that the apple never left his chest. It remained on his chest during the whole time I was there.

As I resumed preaching the homeless man started to rise up in slow motion, first sitting up, taking the apple in his hand and eventually standing up completely. Except for the roar of the train there was now complete quiet and every eye was upon this man as he walked toward me. He handed me the apple and said “this is for you, I like Jesus.”

The atmosphere on the train completely changed, and went from laughter to a somber silence. By the look on the man’s face you would think that he had given me a million dollars. I dared not refuse the apple, telling him ”thank you my friend” and meaning every word of it. The Lord Jesus Christ was truly glorified down in the subway system of NYC that day. Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him! Peace and Shalom.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9)

Here is the link to my PERSONAL TESTIMONY of how I came to know Jesus Christ.”