Friday, June 27, 2008

Miracle story

This seems like a pretty good time to implement another new part of my blog which will be making a regular appearance. I plan to share first hand witness accounts of people I know and trust and their first hand accounts of powerful miracles that God has allowed them to experience. I know that stories you hear of and read about in media outlets may be easier to at least harbor some doubt as to the truthfulness of the stories, but these are people whom I trust intensely and know well enough to trust in their truthfulness. I hope these stories, as I present various accounts occasionally in the future, will spur you on to consider asking around to discover the people within your own circle of friends and acquaintances that have stories like these to share and can be used to strengthen our faith and challenge the unbelief of ourselves and others.

10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:10-12

Steve McCarty was my pastor in Trussville, Alabama. Before he was a pastor there, he served at a church in Nashville, TN as youth pastor. They took a trip to Nicaragua to do some missions work there. He witnessed some amazing things on that trip. This is just one of the stories he has shared with me.

He was praying for a man who was blind. The man had milky white cataracts that covered his eyes, and as Steve prayed, he began to see the milky white film clearing up. Suddenly, the man said, "You're a white man!" Steve continued praying and said that the milkiness had cleared even more by the time they left the man's house, and he had limited sight that seemed to be continuing to improve.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I suppose it would be a bit of an understatement to say that I am looking forward to meeting him. I do have a little more awareness this go around, thanks to Ella's arrival, in regards to what to expect at the hospital and in the days to come. I know that having Ella has been a blessing that I never seem to be able to appreciate enough, and I know Elijah will only exponentially increase this because not only do we get to have another beautiful baby, but they now get to interact with and are blessed with each other. Seeing this unfold will be a priceless treasure. Myndall has already bonded with him in deeper ways than I could hope to because of her physical connection with him. He's a mover and a shaker. Big time. :) Please pray that Myndall and I would grow into the most godly parents that Ella and Elijah could have. Pray that Ella and Elijah will be extremely close friends and will be encouragements to one another as they grow to pursue Christ with their whole heart. Happy Father's Day to me!! ;)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

“Beware of the barrenness of a busy life”—Corrie Ten Boom

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Our righteousness and our rest

This is just a little free flow thought that I've been churning in my mind. It is very unpolished so be forewarned. Basically, it is in regards to Christ's righteousness, and three basic aspects of how it is integrated into our lives.

Three points

1. Doing-- Christ is our example. He is the one we look to as the ultimate person to pattern our lives after. The letters to the churches in the first generation of believers are full of exhortation to "put on" Christ and make every effort. This is the first aspect of how we integrate His righteousness into our lives. We consciously and consistently DO!

2. Becoming-- Christ is alive in us. We are to die to ourselves, and as we surrender ourselves more fully and become truly consumed with Christ, He does not just become what our lives are primarily about. He becomes life. As this truly begins to transpire, we are transformed internally and are BECOMING different not only during times that we consciously try to live in a Christ like way, but when we are not consciously thinking about it, the people who know us best should begin to see us change.

3. Being--Christ is our redeemer. In the midst of all this effort and the expectation, there is a blessed reprieve. The amazing truth is that Christ is not only our example and our transformer. Most of all, He is our redeemer. We become alive in Him because of His work on the cross. The sabbath was a type and shadow of Him and the work he did on the cross. He is our rest. This provides a great relief from the merciless crushing affect of effort and expectation. If we do not ultimately trust in His work and power to save, we are taking the first two aspects and turning them into a teaching that will "shipwreck" our faith. Our righteousness rests in His BEING. Our faith must rest in Him, and we must rest in Him.

Or ya know.... something like that.