Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Life Well Loved

I have been sharing with my readers the heartbreaking story of our sister in Christ, Joey Martin Feek. Thousands of her brethren held a recent prayer vigil for a miracle of healing. Joey's husband, Rory, said that she had a good day following, but later that night she was rushed to the hospital because her tumors were painfully inflamed.

Joey has been home receiving hospice care while spending time with her family and saying goodbye to friends. But this inspiring story of faith, hope and love doesn't begin or end here.

In July 1994, Joey's brother, Justin, headed out to the county fair. He looked back at Joey and hollered, "See you there!" Less than a mile down the country lane that ran in front of the Martin's farm-house, Justin crashed his Jeep. A neighbor ran back to the house to tell the family. Joey and her mama rushed to the accident scene and held Justin's hands as they awaited the ambulance.

He never regained consciousness, and Joey was grieved that she didn't have a chance to say "goodbye". Joey and Rory set up a website (for the purpose of healing and closure) where people could upload videos in memory of their passed loved ones. You can watch Joey's message to her brother here.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Prayer for Joey

A Prayer Vigil for Our Sister in Christ 

Joey Martin Feek 

Thursday Nov. 5, 2015 

8 pm (CST) 

Brothers and sisters, Peter exhorts us to cast all our cares upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7), and Paul teaches us to share one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2). 

What do you do when doctors say no more can be done? (See Rory Feek's blog post.)

The woman who suffered bleeding had spent all her money on doctors, but faithfully clung to this hope, "If I only touch His garment, I will be healed" (Matthew 9:21). 

We may not have faith to move mountains, but we have enough (at least) to believe in Him. Please join us in prayer as we ask the Lord for a miracle.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Does God Heal?

A woman gave testimony that she was to undergo surgery to remove a cancer from her body. When doctors performed a pre-op scan there was no evidence of disease. The previously detected growth was not visible. The tumor was gone. The woman's doctor could not explain it as anything but a miracle.

I have been sharing the story of Joey Martin Feek. Last year she gave birth to a precious little girl -- born with DS. A follow-up examination revealed that Joey had cervical cancer. Her doctors performed a radical hysterectomy, but the cancer had spread to her colon. Additional surgery and a first round of grueling treatments have failed to halt the spread of the disease.

Tens of thousands of people have prayed for Joey. A prayer service was held in the barn at her farm in Tennessee.

I ask, is the instruction of James relevant today?

Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:14-16).

Contrary to popular teaching, James may be speaking of spiritual healing -- for by the confession of your sins you may be healed -- and not physical. That the one who is (spiritually) sick will be restored and raised up suggests a recovery of holiness and righteousness. This interpretation, however, is not sufficient. The word "sick" (ἀσθενεῖ, asthenei) literally means physical weakness or bodily illness. And James is not restricting this gift of healing to the apostles, but calls upon the presbyters to lay their hands upon the sick.

Some Bible expositors suggest that the gift of healing has ceased -- that the miracles of the first century were for the purpose of spreading the Gospel -- that Jesus healed only as a testimony of His divine authority.

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