Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Raised from the Dead

Here is an article on raising the dead through prayer and faith in Jesus' name. It features numerous accounts of people who were brought back to like in this way, including:
  • The testimony or Mrs. A. C. Eastham concerning her daughter, Marilyn who, at the age of two and a half, died and was restored to life. It is related by her son-in-law, Marilyn's husband, Dr. Horace S. Ward, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Church of God in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and former Assistant General Director of Education for the Church of God. The events were also confirmed to him by Rev. and Mrs. Buford Alford, who were also present at the event.
  • An account related by Dr. Charles A. Blanchard, former president of Wheaton College, in his book, Getting Things from God (Moody Press), of a railroad engineer who was raised from the dead in answer to his wife's prayers.
  • A Hungarian woman who died of strike and heart failure at an evangelistic meeting. The preacher, a missionary from Brazil, felt faith rise up in him and the Holy Spirit telling him to raise her up, prayed for her and commanded her spirit to return. The woman revived and her heart was completely healed. She had been an unbeliever before, but experiencing the resurrection power of Jesus, she came to Christ.
  • At Port Authority in NYC, three Christians came across the body of a man slumped on the pavement with no vital signs. One of them felt an intense compassion for the man and prayed for the Lord to extend his life. The man revived and described this experience, that he was in a place that was progressively darker and colder, and that he heard the voice of the Christian man, who was praying in tongues, then felt like he was sucked by a wind back into his body. He became a Christian because of this.
  • Many other accounts.
Ben R. Peters of Open Heart Ministries has written about raising the dead in Resurrection: A Manual for Raising the Dead.

Raising the dead is nothing new. Elijah, Elisha and Ezekiel did it in the Old Testament. Jesus, Peter and Paul did it in the new. Today, Christians all around the world are doing it. As Paul asked King Agrippa, "Why should it be thought incredible by you that God should raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8). Raising the dead is not for super-Christians, but is in the DNA of every believer. Ben Peters fully expects to see literal, physical resurrections, as well as spiritual revival, take place before our eyes, through faith in the Living God. This little book will help you discover some of the valuable life-giving principles revealed in Scripture, including:
  • Who is able to raise the dead
  • What you do and don't need to raise the dead
  • How not to raise the dead
  • The most important key to raising the dead
  • Prophesying life to dry bones
  • Understanding breath, wind and spirit
  • How to minister life to the dead

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