Where Contemporary Healing Ministry meets a Theology of the Cross.
THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION DOULA
Rediscovering the Cross
"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Have we missed the real power of prayer because of insufficient faith?
Are Contemporary Healing Ministries really equipped to deal with the healing we need?
What is faith anyways? How do we find healing?
“Everything is possible for anyone who has faith.”Mark 9:32 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24
On Death and a Theology of the Cross
The new creation, as promised in Scripture, is coming whether we want it or not, and it is most likely that, when pressed up against our death, we do not want it. At times the cross will seem to us to be a horror and God the devil. But that is what it takes to end the old life in order for the new one to begin. It is here we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. And we must not forget if we are to be raised as new.
Books by Christian authors on faith healing and positive thinking sell out to hundreds of thousands and even millions of readers around the world. Early in my work in ministry, I experienced deep and painful losses. This caused me to question a sort of ministry which emphasizes a Word of Faith or Prosperity Gospel -- any charismatic experience at all. Many Christian healing ministries emphasize the Law as a requisite for healing, and it is my assessment they ignore a basic Biblical insight:God uses broken people to carry out His will.
If we are to make any real sense of this shift in looking at a healing ministry from the perspective of 'dying', we will need to begin at the very beginning. The Scriptures tell stories of the blind receiving sight, the sick receiving health, the lame rising to their feet with their mat in hand, and the dead being raised. It is not good enough to just give up and adopt an attitude that God has not healed that way since the days of the early Church when Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue to heal in his Name. The issue with many healing ministries today is that they do not really work when taken out of the context of God's eschatological plan for his creation. So, to get to the end, we must begin at the beginning.
This ministry does not disparage any ministry who's effort is centered in the hope of a merciful and healing God or suggest that any experiences you may have had with charismatic healing practices are not legitimate. This ministry is an alternative contemporary and charismatic healing ministry based on the following: 1. The Bound Will: God’s original creation, the fall, and the nature of sin
2. Tentatio: The mission of Christ and the salvific experience of suffering
3. Eschatology: The arrival of the Kingdom of God as the future of God’s creation
THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION DOULA
There is a direct correlation between seeing death and the stability of our faith. If death is a reality we wish to deny,then our faith for healing will be at risk. If the ability to see death is taken away, in the context of a faith healing ministry, we might ask, "With our faith, how were we not able to raise the dead?”