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September 9, 2015, 4:20 PM

Understanding Healing

The first of our monthly Healing Services will take place this Sunday at 6 PM. 


Because of misunderstandings, as well as quite a bit of abuse throughout the history of the Church, there are often misconceptions about the ministry of “healing.”  


Healing is NOT:

  • Exploitive faith healers slapping people on their heads.
  • Telling people that God would heal them if they “only had faith.” 
  • Only for those with extreme terminal illness.
  • Only for physical issues.
  • Solely being anointed with oil. 


Healing IS:

  • Receiving God’s anointing through prayer and the laying on of hands.
  • Being restored through God’s love: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Allowing God to lift our burdens and relieve our pain.
  • Interceding on behalf of others.


It is this last point that is the most crucial. Perhaps the biggest obstacle that we must overcome is seeing that we are worthy of God’s healing and blessing and anointing. Too often we look at the pain and suffering around us or in the world and deem that "others need healing more than us." But God’s love and healing is not finite; there is not a limited supply. God longs for all of us to be completely healed and restored to fullness in body, mind, and spirit. 


Therefore, I invite you to come and experience this service of healing, where we focus on receiving God’s restorative love. May we proclaim the words of the centurion to Jesus, which many speak before coming to the altar for communion, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and I shall be healed.”


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