Many years ago my wife and I ran a Couples Group in our house on a Saturday night, there were about six to eight couples, who, would watch Christian movies, share meals, worship and pray together, and on occasion would visit the local ice rink or other attraction. One week one of our number told us she had cancer, we were led to pray for her. We were all young Christians and just didn't know what we were doing, we had heard of 'laying on of hands' and three of us were led to lay hands on her. I thought we prayed for her for about ten minutes, but when we stopped fifty minutes had passed. When they did her pre-opp four days later, the hospital could not find any trace of the tumor. More about that story later maybe.
WE knew nothing, WE could take no credit whatsoever, WE just gave every bit of the glory to God. However what that incident did do for me was that it gave me a life long interest in healing. Later I was the leader of the healing team of two churches we were members of, and I have seen such healing miracles that few fully comprehend. I have previously run training courses in healing, not teaching people to heal, but showing people how they can become the conduit through which God heals. I have no glib answers why God heals one and not another, and I have experienced healing my self and at other time I have experienced not being healed, but I know God always has a reason, a reason that fits His plan perfectly.
I hope that this group will remove some of the myths, dispel some of the fear, and misapprehensions that surround healing in our modern church. Over time there will be a mass of material posted here, so I will ask those interested to be patient, much of the material will need to be rationalised for posting. Also, PLEASE post your experiences with healing, we love to hear about the ways God heals, and we love to explore some of those reasons that healing does not take place.
I also would see this group as a resource, so there may be side issues that we can deal with together, and believe me when I say we never stop learning. One more point before we start; there is NO magic formula, there is no hard and fast five-step-plan, everyone is different, and has a different relationship with God. I certainly do not claim to know everything or have all of the answers. Even if you disagree with anything, please express yourself here, because that helps me, and who knows, it may help others.
Bless you for reading this.
Dr. Derek Blake
Group Leader: Dr. Derek Blake