GLEANINGS (May 19, 2017):
- ALBANY, OR – Healing power of prayer
- GROVE, OK – Forgiveness and healing
- VIETNAM/ENGLAND – 25 years of caring for orphans
_____________________________________________________________________________________THE STUNNING SCIENCE BEHIND THE HEALING POWER OF PRAYER
Dr Don Colbert (https://drcolbert.com/the-stunning-science-behind-the-healing-power-of-prayer/) shares good news…Even a mere 30 seconds of prayer, acknowledging God and giving thanks for all the blessings in your life, can have a powerful effect on your body, mind, and spirit.If you have a regular practice of prayer, then you are well aware that benefits are very real and wide-ranging. Many people who engage in these activities report psychological and spiritual benefits such as a sense of greater clarity, purpose, gratitude, presence, sense of connection, and overall well-being. However, these sorts of subjective benefits can be hard to measure scientifically.A beneficial ancient practice
Interestingly, despite the difficulty in quantifying the spiritual effects of prayer, there have been many studies looking at the physical benefits of this ancient practice. (more…)
(May 15, 2017) GodReports’ Mark Ellis reports a great testimony
Nabil* and his family were refugees and had recently settled in a small apartment that happened to be near a Christian named Greg. Nabil found work at the lowest rung of the income ladder, as a manual labourer.
One day Nabil suffered a severe ankle injury that kept him off the job. Greg began visiting Nabil’s apartment regularly to help him rehabilitate, according to a report by Frontiers.
After months of therapy and rest, Nabil’s ankle was still so swollen that he could only take a few tentative steps across the apartment. It seemed it would take several more months before he would be pain-free and able to return to his demanding physical work.
Mysterious man in white
But one day Greg called Nabil and was surprised by an urgency in Nabil’s voice. ‘Greg, I need to see you immediately! Come over now and bring your Bible.’ (more…)
August 5, 2016 – Mark Ellis shares yet another incident of answered prayer and the supernatural…
As a staff physician at the University of Texas Health Center he was well acquainted with the symptoms of a heart attack. But this time, the MD wasn’t examining someone else – he was grappling with troubling signs of his own.
At home, Dr Gerry Landry (55) felt overwhelming fatigue and crushing pain in his chest for more than an hour. ‘Denise! This is serious! Please pray!’ he called out to his wife.
Peace defying understanding
Denise Landry began to pray after she called an ambulance. She also called Christian friends to pray. (more…)
Andrew Corbett reminds us of a great congregational truth…
Of course, when I say ‘medicine’ I’m not just thinking of the stuff that pharmacists supply in bottles of packs.
With the greatest respect to all my doctor friends, the best medicine frequently consists not of carefully composited chemicals, but words! (more…)
Mark Ellis shares an amazing story of God’s miraculous power …
Leon Freitag thought he had a stubborn case of bronchitis, but when he couldn’t make it up a staircase without stopping to catch his breath, he knew something wasn’t right.
‘My wife Diane said to go to a doctor and he discovered I had mesothelioma,’ says the superintendent of the North Dakota district of the Assemblies of God Church. (more…)
Missionary statesman George Forbes – often endeared as ‘the storyteller’ – shares from his compilation of amazing stories from trusted sources in the missionary world…
Missionaries regularly report about the man in white as they continue to see how God is working in the Muslim world. They are praying regularly asking God to give dreams and visions to their Muslim friends as well. (more…)
Mark Ellis (with Michael Ashcraft, Special to ASSIST News Service) brings an inspirational story of trusting God:
Chris Van Heerden wasn’t supposed to get anywhere near a boxing ring. After doctors operated on his kidney at 3-months-old, he was strictly forbidden from contact sports. (more…)
Mark Ellis brings another great testimony of God’s goodness:
As a 19-year-old lifeguard in Laguna Beach, California he was living the lifestyle many only dream about.
‘In the beginning, everything was a new adventure that reminded me of stories I had read as young kid,’ says Dale Ghere. In his free time he dived for abalone, lobsters, clams and halibut. He also pushed beyond his comfort zone with night dives, swimming through blowholes, and making rock rescues. (more…)