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The Miraculous Healing of Delia Knox

Following on from my earlier post about sceptism and healing I just wanted to emphasise that I do believe that God heals today and give a verifiable case that I feel demonstrates this well.

Delia KnoxThis link about the healing of Delia Knox was published in the Daily Mail. It has stood the test of time and scrutiny from the press.

Delia Knox was paralysed from the waist down. In 2010 she was dramatically healed and has been walking ever since. A British preacher Nathan Morris prayed for her and the moment she first regains use of her legs was captured on video and become a YouTube hit.

Here is a quote from the Daily Mail article:

When she agreed to attend a meeting with preacher Nathan Morris, she had no idea healings were happening. She said: ‘I knew it was an evangelistic meeting but I didn’t know healings were taking place. To be honest I’ve stayed away from healing meetings… and rarely responded to altar calls. ‘But Nathan Morris called my husband forward and I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t want to make a scene when Nathan was praying for me.

‘Then all of a sudden I felt a voice which I knew was the Holy Spirit saying to me, “Get up”, and I felt feeling in my legs and then faith came on me to walk.

Please have a look and investigate the links. It would be great to know what you think.

Read the Daily Mail article here.

February 19, 2013 at 8:44 am Comments (2)

5 Wonderful Traits of Traditional Worship

It is great being part of a charismatic church that meets both in homes and in a community centre. There is a wonderful sense of God’s presence when we meet together. But having been to more traditional services on occasions I feel that they too have some very positive elements that we can learn from and try to recapture.

1. Love of liturgy

Well written words that everyone says together can be a great blessing. There is a poetic depth that can enhance our worship. Our sense of corporate worship is enhanced by the knowledge that congregations across the world are joining with us following the pattern of the church year through the lectionary. Why not pick up on the lectionary or using scripted corporate prayers even on occasions?

2. Planning and preparation

The people contributing have obviously thought through what they are going do how each part fits together to make a whole. In many Anglican churches and in other denominations hymns, liturgy and sermon often fit together seamlessly. Activities such as communion and praying for current affairs are often regularly scheduled. Let’s not make a love for spontaneity an excuse not to prepare. In fact planning can release people in their gifts.

3. Beautiful backgrounds

Not only is there a value of a beautifully put together service but care is taken in arranging the setting. This is helpful in minimizing distractions but even if your concentration is drawn by the background it is still getting you to meditate on Christ. I remember being wowed at the icons when I visited my local Orthodox Church. It would be great to use art in worship. But even an awareness of how your room looks like to people would help!

4. Heritage of hymns

There is a depth of lyrics in some of the old hymns written by some great hymnists of the past. There is plenty of theology is them to ponder as you sing. The tunes too are very easy to sing as a congregation. My wife comments that she is always embarrassed at how loudly I sing at carol services. In choosing our songs for worship lets not forget some of these great hymns of the past.

5. Space for silence

I love the way traditional services are not afraid of silence. They often give time to mediate on the words that we say and to respond to the words of the sermon. I do find that in more tradition services there is space to interact with God in a quiet and calming atmosphere. Let’s not be frightened of periods of extended silence in our worship.

If you are part of a tradition church I would encourage you to value these elements. If you are part of a church like mine then take time to visit churches like this and if and when you have opportunity to lead worship seek to incorporate these elements in whatever way is appropriate in your own times of worship.

February 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

How Skeptical Are You?

It’s a blog thing!

Have a go at this little quiz to determine how sceptical you are. (I will spell it with a ‘c’ because I am British!) I just did the quiz and got this result. Well I suppose I am fairly sceptical so I shouldn’t really be surprised!
 


You Are Fairly Skeptical


You’re not the type of person who will fall for anything…
But you do keep your mind open to all sorts of possibilities. You figure that anything could be true. After all, the world is a strange place.

However, you’re going to need some convincing before you can believe in aliens or reincarnation!

How Skeptical Are You?
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Having a play with it I can only find three outcomes ‘Very Skeptical’, ‘Fairly Skeptical’ and ‘Not Skeptical in the Least’. So that means I am probably fairly balanced. I’m not taken in by every new flaky idea, But neither do I doubt everything. I actually feel that this is a good place to be as a Christian. I think we should be discerning after all but still people of faith.

I was recently reading a book on aromatherapy. I was really enjoying the book and learning about the different ways to use the many essential oils. But past half way through the book it began talking about using crystals and energy points and even links to horoscopes. I was very sceptical about that!

But what do we make of the claims of miracles by some of the big healing evangelists? Recently I shared the following video on facebook. As a Charismatic Christian I do believe that God heals today and that this could be a real example of God moving.

The woman’s response certainly looks authentic. But I still think we need to be cautious before making such claims. Could this be a result of suggestion? I was recently discussing this on facebook and one comment I agreed with was that there is a lot psychological pressure to believe that you are healed in a situation like this in front of thousands.

I agree that the real test must come later when we hear her testimony a few months down the track. If and when we hear that she is truly healed then we can rejoice that with her and give praise to God. But I don’t think saying that makes anyone a sceptic.

What do you think?

February 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comment (1)