Hello Brothers & Sisters,
This past Sunday we began a new 4-week sermon series called, Jesus Heals. If you missed the sermon, you can listen to Healing is Here (1 of 4) at our website or on the go via our podcast on iTunes. As always, you can get the sermon slides, the bulletin, and the small group discussion questions at our website.
In this first message, I began by addressing the believability of miracles and focused a bit more on the physical aspects of healing, since we will be looking at various examples of these kinds of miracles each week. While physical healing wasn’t the only kind of healing in view on Sunday, it seemed fitting to start there in the introduction.
Also, I wanted to address that in the first message so we can move on from the credibility of instantaneous miracles of a physical nature to thinking about multiple levels and different types of healing that Jesus makes possible.
As I said on Sunday, the Lord is willing to heal you. Do you want to get well? Please be thinking and praying about the areas in your life that need the Lord’s healing touch.
This coming Sunday we will go deeper in thinking about the problem of evil and suffering. Why are things the way that they are today? Why are some healed and some not? Should we always pray for healing? Why does it seem like how God answers our prayers is arbitrary?
I will invite us to consider how we are living in a warzone---a real struggle between good and evil. I’ll share my understanding and perspective on the many factors that make knowing “why” certain things happen mostly unknowable, but still offer us a hopeful way forward through our pain and loss.
Also, I’ll be helping us think about how we can pray and seek healing in the midst of this present evil age. Despite living in a broken world where spiritual war is continually going on around us, we can know that God is for us and not against us. We can rest assured that he is fighting on our behalf. And we can know that healing and wholeness is possible on this side of glory.
I believe the Holy Spirit is leading us through this series, so I look forward to hearing the stories of healing that come out of the next few weeks.
Finally, you may recall that not long ago I informed you that Jennifer Whitcomb stepped down as secretary of the church board. I wanted to let you know that Neil Weaver has graciously agreed to serve on the board for the remainder of the year as an at-large member. We are very happy to have Neil join us as we discern together how God is leading Grantham Church.
Please be in prayer for each other as we keep our hearts open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. May God continue to bless Grantham Church.
Grace & Peace,
P.S. We have a big announcement coming about our new Worship Arts Pastor! Stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks.
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