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Calvary Calls article and invitation to our Healing Workshop

Posted on Thu, Mar 16, 2006

Everyone is welcome to the Healing Workship on March 30!

March 2006 Calvary Calls Article

Luke 6:18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.  19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

When you hear the words “healing” or “to be healed” in the context of the church, what kind of image comes to mind? For some people, the old fashion image of the circuit evangelist coming to town for a few days to preach and heal before quickly moving on comes to mind. For others, we recall the countless television evangelists who put their hands on peoples  forehead and then pushing them over, presumably healing them from every conceivable physical malady that comes to mind as well…

Frankly, I am not going to presume anything about either of these two images; who knows, there may have been thousands of people who have been healed by these two kinds of ‘services’ over the years… All I know for sure is that, Jesus healed. Wherever Jesus went, Jesus was about 1) preaching, 2) teaching and 3) healing. Jesus preached about God’s promise of mercy and grace in the Kingdom of God; Jesus taught that, as called, forgiven, and blessed people of God, we are to share God’s mercy and grace by living according to faith, quick to forgive and offer mercy; and then Jesus taught us to ‘heal.’

“Healing” can have many meanings; for example, mental, emotional, relational, spiritual and physical healing to name a few. Most often, but not always, Jesus first preached “The Word,” or taught about the Kingdom of God before healing; other times Jesus simply healed with a command or a simple touch. The most important fact is that Jesus was the one acting, and in most cases, Jesus was present when he healed. Jesus also sent out disciples to preach, teach and heal in His name. They were amazed when they found out, according to Jesus’ Word; they too could heal people just like Jesus.

But what was Jesus intention when he healed? Why did he give us the gift of healing? We all know, no matter what we would like to happen in our lives, one day our physical body will ‘give out.’ For some of us, our minds tell us we don’t want to die or even be sick, and we would like to live forever… for others, whose faith has become the foundation to their minds, understand that even though one day my body will cease to function, GOD IS FAITHFUL and my relationship with God is strong, and I know that when my body gives out physically, I will be reunited and made whole again with Jesus in heaven… and this gives us great peace.

No matter what we would like to think, for everyone Jesus healed, everyone would eventually die (Think about Lazarus!), however, after meeting Jesus and learning of his saving power, they knew that even if my body does give out, Jesus’ Word of forgiveness, mercy and grace IS TRUE, and therefore through the Gospel, my heart, mind and soul are forever healed and in good hands.

Our mind cries out, “Hey pastor cure my aching back so that I can run and work for another day!” but my heart says, “hey pastor, cure my aching heart, tell me that what Jesus says is true and that Jesus is with me now, so that I can live in peace and hope forever…” 

It is an amazing command, Jesus calls us to go out to preach and heal; lay your hands on someone, anoint them with oil, pray over the place where it hurts… Do what Jesus did, and let Jesus do what Jesus may do. Oftentimes, people come back totally surprised to learn that 1) they were healed, or more importantly 2) God used them as a vessel, and used them in order to heal someone else. The important thing to remember is that when we come to someone with a humble and compassionate heart, non-judgmental but with a heart ready to serve, then we become “Jesus” to those who are sick, lonely, or lacking in hope. When people feel the presence of Jesus in their lives (in your faith and presence), the mind, body and soul open up for every possibility.

Did you know that we have a “Healing Service” on the fourth Sunday of every month at 6:00 p.m.? Did you know that we will have a very special guest, Pastor Mark Dahle preaching about healing on March 26 AND conducting a healing workshop on March 30th? Let us gather in the hope and faith of Jesus, ready to be healed or to be used as a vessel of healing for the heart, body and soul.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Tim

Luke 9: 11 When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.

 
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