February 10, 2007
I am currently reading a book edited by Dr. G. Scott Morris, MD entitled "I Am the Lord Who Heals You." It is a collection of sermons by great preaching on the theme of healing, wholeness and restoration. I would recommend the reading of these sermons for pastors, lay speakers and anyone interested in the church's role in bringing about healing, wholeness and restoration in individuals and in systems.
I see so much hurt and pain in those who I come into contact with and long for the day when our churches and our ministries become safe places for people to admit their hurt and seek healing. So what do you think?
Posted by Bishop at February 10, 2007 06:36 PM
Dear and Gentle Reader,
I commend you on this beautiful posting. So oft we are ready to preach the fire and brimstone of conversion and not the healing nature of the continual transformation into the image of God.
Since I last had the pleasure of visiting ye, I have had many thoughts upon ye and your work in this, our online community. Keep hold the faith and continue to run the race! We will praise God for what he has done through your ministry and I cherish your willing spirit and compassion.
Who knows but it may please God to make ye an instrument in His glorious work? In effecting an union among the labourers in His vineyard? That He may direct and bless you in all your steps is the prayer of my heart.
Your affectionate and obedient servant,
Posted by: John Wesley at February 20, 2007 07:43 PM
Church is often too competitive a social environment for people to admit brokenness and a need for healing.
Posted by: John at February 16, 2007 06:28 PM
In many ways I do feel as though churches are a safe place. To go further, in the world that we live in many find the church so safe that they bring their anger and troubles with them and unload said feelings on the church and the leadership of the church. It might be helpful if we as Christians learn how to release that stress and anger in a Holy and Spirit-filled way. This would allow everyone to be involved in a prayful and helpful manner.
Posted by: Joey Manis at February 15, 2007 09:04 AM