Monthly Archives: March 2008

Acts, Chapter 4.

Persecution.  Have you faced any?  Do you think persecution still exists? 

Acts, chapter four, shows Peter and John as they face the courts over the healing of the lame man in chapter three.  Actually, it wasn’t the healing that got them in trouble with the court, it was the credit given to Jesus.  The court did not want them to speak “in the name of Jesus”.  They were even released after an overnight stay in jail, but were told to not speak in that name again.

Little did the court know what would happen….

Enter the Holy Spirit again! 

Encouraging, uplifting, pointing the way to Christ and all He is, and giving boldness…boldness that quickly multiplied among the believers and jump started a whole new movement for the Lord.

These are the basic details of chapter four.  I don’t feel like I can expound on them in any better way than to explain the details of yesterday’s gathering at Cornerstone.

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Weather Report.

Just a warning….the four year old gave us a weather report this morning.  According to him, all the leaves are going to fall off the trees today, especially in Dallas.

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*Urgent Prayer Needed*

Please pray for Josh Davis and his family.  He was involved in a wreck while on vacation and needs a miracle today.  He is Susan’s (Faithwalk) son-in-law.  You can read more about it here. 

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Acts, Chapter 3.

“Peter and John went to pray.

They met a lame man on the way.

He asked for alms and held out his palms,

and this is what Peter did say.

Silver and gold have I none,

but such as I have, give I thee.

In the name of Jesus Christ

of Nazareth, rise up and walk.

He went walking and leaping and praising God!

Walking and leaping and praising God!

In the name of Jesus Christ

of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

This chapter reminds me of the song I used to sing as a child.  The words explain verses 1-10 of chapter 3. 

The lame man was lame from birth.  This was not a trick.  Because the lame man was brought to the temple daily, most people recognized him and were familiar with his disabilities.  It was especially peaking to their interest when he was healed, because they had personal knowledge of his life before the healing. 

Peter and John acted “in the name of Jesus Christ”, not crediting self, but pointing the action and the power of the miracle to the appropriate owner.  Jesus was the One who healed the man. 

Also note that the lame man instinctively gave praise and credit back to God.  He went “walking and leaping and praising God”.  It was a natural response.  He was excited.  He was grateful.  He didn’t thank Peter or John, he thanked God.  The healed man gave immediate testimony of the miracle to all those present that day.  There was no doubt that the man was healed, and there was no doubt who was responsible for the healing because the man, himself, gave credit to God.  Who better to know the Healer’s name, but the one who has been healed?

The name of Jesus holds immeasurable power.  Have you ever just expressed your faith by audibly speaking in the name of Jesus Christ?

There are times in my life where I remember Christ’s name, audibly spoken, evoking power over the situation.   One such time was during a 5 1/2 minute seizure my son was having.  We were practicing with the praise team when he fell to the ground seizing uncontrollably.  My husband ran toward us holding him and screaming my son’s name.  It was horrific.  I had never seen my husband that scared.

I took Brett, laid him down on the floor, called his name over and over, trying to figure out what we could do to help him.  I think there was several people who were near us, others trying to keep children away, one running to call an ambulance.  A lot of the ordeal was subconsciously blanked out, but what I remember is someone saying they called 911, the images of him jerking violently, his lips turning blue, then hearing the words of one of our paramedic friends say, “There’s just nothing we can do for him right now“……time just ticking by, still seizing, praying in my mind, “Lord, he’s only two…God, please help him, help him Lord“….then, suddenly I hear Cherie’s voice,

“In the name of Jesus……through the power of Your Name….”

Her prayer will always be a remembrance of that day, because the name of Jesus echoes over and over in my mind.  It was Jesus who heard our cries.  It was the name of Jesus that calmed my motherly panic and assured me that Brett would be okay.  The name of Jesus rang out, bursting through all the chaos and noise and confusion, as if it were blasted through a loud speaker in my ear.   Even now, 2 years later, I cannot fully describe the whole power that His name gave over that whole situation.  It is just wonderfully unexplainable.  

The name of Jesus is a powerful weapon.  It cuts through fear and doubt and hurt.  It reminds us that we don’t have to face situations alone.  It brings our ally, the most powerful and victorious One, to our side to comfort, strengthen, heal, and destroy the futile attempts of satan against us.  

This reminds me of another song:

“There is power, power in the name of Jesus.

There is power, power in Jesus’ name.

Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess

The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Son of Righteousness.

Hell is trembling at the strength we possess.

We have power, power, power in Jesus’ name.”

Jesus’ name gives us power, just as we receive through the Holy Spirit, to face each day.  Verse 16 points out that Jesus’ name, through faith in His name, makes us strong.   

Hell trembles at the sound of it.  We have nothing more to fear.  Praise the Lord for the freedom to use the name of Jesus!   

 

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Resurrection Cookies.

Here we are arriving on the eve of the celebration of the most significant day in history, and I’m realizing that I haven’t even spent time preparing the boys for it!  The six year old has forgotten what Easter is all about, as we found out yesterday.  {{{shame, shame….shaking my head and a big “duh” moment }}}  We’ve discussed it before, and just as I assume that the lesson has sunk in, the next year he forgets.

Wow.  What kind of Christian parent am I?  Do I only talk about the Resurrection in the spring of each year?  Note to self:  I should be audibly focusing on it more throughout the year.

Here I’m homeschooling because of all the anti-Christian things he would have to experience in public school, and I haven’t even placed emphasis on the Resurrection enough for him to remember it from year to year?!  {{hit myself on the head}}

It just serves as a reminder to me that we must constantly focus on our faith being real.  Not just on all the “stories” in the bible, but to show our children that Jesus is living and breathing still today. 

I’m “putting my foot down” with a big stomp…….STOP all the craziness!  Put down the tv remote!  Put away the toys!  Don’t anyone in my family breathe until we’ve visited the importance of this day once again!  Don’t. Even. Blog!!! {{{gasp!!}}}

The Resurrection is the very “meat” of our faith.  Jesus is alive!

We’re making Resurrection Cookies tonight.  The recipe is here

All praise to God, our Father, who presented Himself in the form of man, endured the punishment for our sin on the cross, died and rose again, and Who lives in Heaven even now, loving us in spite of our sin, and making a way for us to be reconciled to Him again.  He is alive!  Thank you Jesus!  You are truly alive!

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Bad News/Good News.

1)  Bad News – He’s running 101 fever now

2)  Good News – He’s tolerating it withOUT SEIZING!!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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The Cough Became The Croup.

Well, let me just say that the cough syrup didn’t work.

We’ve just returned from a(nother) trip to the emergency room.  Brett decided to scare us for the “umpteenth” time in his four year life.  His cough got progressively worse throughout the day and by the late afternoon, he began retracting in his rib cage.  There was audible weezing, uncontrollable cough, complete loss of voice, and much stridor.  So we packed him up and deciding to try and save some money, headed for a new “after hours” care clinic in Kaufman, instead of the hospital.

His coughing and symptoms improved from the time we got out of the car and sat in the waiting room for a few minutes.  However, after being in the examination room, he quickly regressed back into coughing.  I think he scared even the nurse that was attending him.  The P.A. actually picked him up and took him to their freezer, holding his head in it for a while so he could breathe.  (Cold air helps.)

Shortly after that, I hear the word “ambulance” and “hospital” in one sentence, and decide that it was definately the right decision to get him some help.

Since the hospital was just across the way, I opted to drive him there myself, met Dad in the parking lot, and then was met with open arms as we entered the ER.  They didn’t even hesitate, asked if it was him (because the clinic had already called), and took him straight to the back for help.

I had no idea that croup was so dangerous?!  We’ve dealt with very minor cases before, but I really had no idea that it could be life threatening like this. 

Apparently, croup causes swelling in the throat around the vocal chords and can actually shut off a child’s airway.  Characterized by a “barking” cough, it is a virus that can quickly cause major, major problems.  Wow.  I just did not realize.

It almost felt similar to what an allergic reaction must be, especially since they ended up giving him epinephrine to reduce the swelling.  The doctor told me it was like he was breathing through a straw.

Thankfully, the treatment worked almost immediately and he began feeling better.  He had a small reaction to the epinephrine — it made his lips turn patchy white, but the doctor said that will go away.

If you have a child, particularly under 5, and have not taken the time to research symptoms of croup, please read this article (click here). 

We are living testimonies that it could save a life. 

…and I give all the praise and glory to God who continually protects and heals our Brett.

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