Some random thoughts after my first Earthquake


A Dutchy; I never experienced a earthquake and this was quite an introduction. So excuse me for being incoherent, distracted, or sensible even. What a crazy weekend and start of the week this has been. How lucky and blessed we feel for the little damage suffered (one plate and potentially a sector or two on my hard drive which was running in the midst of all of this.)
I wish everyone had been that lucky. At ten the house was filled with people cats and a dog and all  could think off was to play guitar, quietly in the background!?!? And at night when everyone is asleep that’s want  want to do more than anything. Quietly to God, as my way of saying thanks and being in His presence.

Look at the news and one could easily say: thanks!!!????  But I look at all the damage and the force of the quake is so clear. What an incredible miracle that the damage is limited basically to property only. NO CASUALTIES I could not help but thinking that there may be more to the name of this city: Christchurch.

Sunday, Father’s Day: we tried but it was definitely different. No church, which felt strange and unsettled in the first place, but safety comes first of course. My camera was burning in my pocket but at the same time what a horrendous thought; so instead time was spend contacting the homeland via email and phone. I did not want to be away from the family in any event and we were advised to stay at home to keep the roads clear as much as possible.

It is on these occasions you realize how the way news is presented can be traumatizing for the left-behind family and friends. My mother at some point told me to be honest as how could it be that after what she just saw on the news in the Netherlands that there was nothing major a few kilometers down. But that is how it is: in some parts of town it seems like nothing ever happened.

Monday was officially kids day. The weather was bright and we took our children together with those of other families in and out, so parents could go and check up on their workplaces or just have some time for themselves. Well the kids certainly seemed to need it, there was all the blowing off of steam in all possible senses, good friends fighting  and making up again, running, screaming, laughing, crying, attention seeking. I found a new respect for pre-, prep- and primary school teachers. At the end of the afternoon day the barbeque was lit and we shared a meal ( with as a special rule: you are not allowed to go to the supermarket: a what’s in  the fridge barbeque and it worked out great), some drinks and updates with parents from the neighborhood.

Tuesday went out for guitar lessons it all felt quite uneasy going away from the family with aftershocks still occurring and so surreal, knowing that a few miles down people had lost their houses, their businesses, their jobs . I drove through the northern part of the city and it is so hard to imagine that the devastation in the city center is so severe. More students in the afternoon and evening. It is quite strange if you feel guilty about doing your work.

Today we were rudely awakened by an aftershock of 5.1 telling is that things are not over yet. It was this one that finally got to my nerves especially considering that my wife just advised she’d go in to work. She was luckily enough back soon as buildings initially declared safe would need a re-inspection. Cousin over so he would not be alone while parents were at work, what a great guy!

On News Coverage

I also realized how the way news is covered worldwide, must have left many in the Netherlands (family an friends) in a complete shock. I personally found the updates in the New Zealand Herald the most useful, hence the link below.

Read Latest updates: Christchurch earthquake – National – NZ Herald News.

Other sites I found useful are:

One site that gives a clear yet distant scientific picture is Christchurch Quake Map where you can see graphically over time the quake and aftershocks as a movie that can be played and paused and well… the rest.

And now later in the evening this silly feeling is creeping in again: it has been quiet for too long, that must be the silence before the storm; for yet another massive aftershock, the biggie we have not had yet. Ain’t it crazy: I get unsettled from the aftershocks when they are there just as much as when they are not there!!??

On procrastination

I don’t know how many times I told myself that I should take a day to photographically record all the beautiful spots an architecture my eye has fallen on in the last year. Many of those places /buildings will no longer be there. So from now on no more “manana”: DO IT WHEN YOU CAN as you never know what tomorrow will bring: in our case an earthquake.

FAITH

It was in these days that I realized how easily things work in good times when it comes to our faith. Well grounded in daily reading of the Bible an a continuous  state of prayer by now, I found it hard to read as well as pray an concentrate. It is very easy to skip all this in times when we need our prayer and Bible reading most! And Psalm 121 especially spoke to me.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121 and God’s protection. The psalmist looks at the mountains not so much because that’s where he expects his protection to come from but because that’s where he’s reminded of his creator; God who created the universe, and hence he’s reminded of the divine sources available to him.

Your security as a child of …God does not so much depend on you holding on to the Father but the Father holding onto you. That’s certainly how it seems to me.

I found this beautiful rendition of the Psalm in Hebrew on youtube.

I did not understand a word but it spoke to me just the same.

Another appropriate Psalm was recommended by a good friend.

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [a]

2 I will say [b] of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Footnotes:

1. Psalm 91:1 Hebrew Shaddai

2. Psalm 91:2 Or He says

So fitting as well and it certainly comforted me reading these words. It is so very easy to say: well look at the center, quite a protector. Bit from both these Psalm it becomes so clear that God, which Jesus so eloquently teaches us as well, is in the business of saving lives not so much saving property and ‘stuff.’ And what was the dead toll again? ZERO! It truly is a miracle, and that’s all I can say about it.

Well that’s it for today, I guess I am still too confused to write anything sensible or coherent. I will try to be better next time.

Quote of the Day: Graham Truscott


You Shall Receive Power

Today I started reading Graham Truscott’s  “You Shall Receive Power” (http://www.truscottmissions.com/GrahamBooks.htm) and I’d like to share the following quote from the book the title of which is derived of course from Acts 1:8:

“We simply have not had the the Power to obey our Lord’s command “to preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 which is understood be me as all creation a in the NIV translation.) Because of our lack of vital contact with the Source of all Power, we have failed to make an impact in our cities and villages that the early church did.

But the hunger is yet more than this. We are tired of sub-standard Christian living. Our lives do not burn with the Purity of the Fire from Heaven that first ignited the Church. We read in the Bible, “Sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14) and it sounds like a dream. We read: “Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14) and it reads like a translator’s error.

God speaks to out hearts, “You shall receive Power, after that Holy Ghost is come upon you” and for a brief moment our hearts thrill with expectancy. Then out senses tell us remind us that we have been taught, “But that is not for today”, or “You have received everything at conversion. Just struggle on as best as you can, and when you die, God’s Power will take you to Heaven.” How we have been robbed from out spiritual inheritance in Christ.

Further comments

In Isaiah 5:13 we read:

13 Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding;
their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.

This is not about scholastic abilities, if that were true the world would have been evangelized and the churches perfected in the past 20 centuries. Isaiah’s burden is for a knowledge of the truths of the Word of God. Where the earliest disciples went the power of the Holy Spirit was doing great work with and through them, so that men and women may believe in Christ and experience his transformative salvation. And wherever they went signs accompanied their presence (see Acts). From Hebrews 13:18 we learn that Chris is the same today, yesterday and forever, and therefore we can still be filled with the Holy Spirit, just as he id in the Acts of the Apostles.

I want to see these things happening again, don’t you?

Did a Bible Miracle Prove Itself?


By Dean Smith

Special to ASSIST News Service

NEW YORK, NY (ANS) — Dr. Oliver Sacks is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. In his book, “An Anthropologist on Mars,” he tells the intriguing story of a man who received his sight after nearly a lifetime of blindness.

Dr. Oliver Sacks

In 1991, Sacks received a call from a retired minister about his daughter’s fiancé Virgil who at 50 received his sight. Virgil was diagnosed as a young boy with retinitis pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease that destroys the retina causing permanent blindness. This diagnosis was compounded by cataracts that were so thick that Virgil’s retina could not be seen. His doctor labeled Virgil as irreversibly blind sealing his fate.

Virgil’s fiancé Amy who was seeing an eye specialist because of her diabetes dragged her soon-to-be husband in for an appointment. After close examination, the doctor wasn’t so sure about Virgil’s genetic disease, since Virgil could see light and shadows. The doctor suggested removal of the cataracts. The cataracts were removed and incredibly after 40 years of blindness Virgil could see.

But there was a problem.

Sacks described it this way, “His retina and optic nerve were active, transmitting impulses, but his brain could make no sense of them.”

In her journal, Amy recorded her husband’s journey to normal sight.

Read the rest of the story via Did a Bible Miracle Prove Itself?.

‘Raising the Dead: A Doctor Encounters the Supernatural’


ROME, ITALY (ANS) — The audience of more than 270 doctors from some 40 countries around the world sat in stunned silence today (Friday, May 21, 2010) in the eternal city of Rome, as a renowned heart doctor produced evidence of how, after he had prayed for a patient who had died and was being prepared for the morgue and then he was brought back to life after that prayer.

Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall IV, who serves at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach, Florida, told this story during his dramatic presentation on the first day of a two-day conference at the 7th Annual World Christian Doctors Network “Spirituality and Medicine” Conference held at the Sheraton Roma Hotel and Conference Center in Rome.

Crandall, a born-again physician, produced dramatic evidence that was shown on big screens at the front of the hall where the medical professionals were meeting.

I joined the gathering and can report that you could literally feel the electric atmosphere as it swept through the hall, as Dr. Crandall told of the day — October 20, 2006 — when a middle-aged auto mechanic, Jeff Markin, walked into the Emergency Room at the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital and collapsed from a massive heart attack.

Forty minutes later he was declared dead. After filling out his final report, the supervising cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, started out of the room.

In a later interview Dr. Crandall told me, “Before I crossed its threshold, however, I heard the audible voice of God telling me to turn around and pray for the dead patient.”

The doctor told the audience that he had learned to “follow that impulse” even if he was embarrassed.

“Father God,” he said, under his breath, “I cry out for this man’s soul. If he does not know you as his Lord and Savior, please raise him from the dead now, in Jesus’ name.”

With that and Dr. Crandall’s instruction to give the man what seemed one more useless shock from the defibrillator, Jeff Markin incredibly came back to life — and remains alive and well today.

Read the rest of this incedible story here ‘Raising the Dead: A Doctor Encounters the Supernatural.

COMMENT

What shall I say? You cold have told me this a year ago and I would have laughed in your face.We are born and raised in a a world that does not accept miracles as they go against anything that is natural and cannot be explained in that context. Miracles, raising people from the dead, that was mythology of the ancient times: or is it?  Yet, after seeing incredible things at two healing seminars myself, finding my own hearing substantially recovered just like that, and seeing the other amazing stuff happening at Harmony Church, especially amongst the youth this can no longer come as a surprise.It was bound to happen somewhere.

I remember well how Chad Dedmon brought healing and deliverance back to matters of expectation and perseverance and how thus it is all brought back to a question of faith.I guess these two bible verses summarize it exactly:

12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. (John 14:12,13)

And

20For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

Praise the Lord.

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Chad Dedmon Bethel Healing School coming to Christchurch


Easter Monday 5th of April, Harmony Church will be hosting Chad Dedmon from Bethel Healing school who will be taking a Healing Seminar 2-5pm ($20 admission). Open meeting at 7pm(Offering taken).

About Chad

Chad is good friend of Joaquin Evans (Bethel Healing Rooms) who was with us at Harmony in March for Healing meetings where we saw some amazing healings.

Chad is in NZ for a series of conferences up North with Heidi Baker and other Bethel Church Staff and agreed to visit us in Christchurch for a day.

Chad and Julia Dedmon are ordained ministers through Bethel Church and the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Chad has appeared on the 700 Club and Sid Roth “It’s Supernatural”, and in Charisma Magazine. Julia is sadly not able to be with us on this occasion, but is also a gifted speaker, worship leader, and moves in prophetic song. Together they are passionate to see the Spirit of the Lord fully poured out on all nations and have travelled to 14 countries in the past year alone! The have seen the Kingdom of God come in love, power, salvation, and healing miracles!

Chad is bringing 2 interns from the School of Supernatural Ministry to minister with him.

via Chad Dedmon Bethel Healing School.

Hosted by Harmony Church, Christchurch

For more info call 03 338 4253 – harmony@ihug.co.nz – www.harmony.org.nz

What others say

England 2009:

New Wine Conference –
Legs grew, deaf ears opened

Chiswick Christian Centre-
Woman healed of fibroids on her uterus- doctors report verified of this!

South Africa 2009:

Wednesday night: legs grow, people healed

Thursday night: Julia did a soaking night with all the worship team members from Joshua Generation.  About 250 people showed up and the Father’s love was so strong.  People were healed and delivered all just by resting in the Father’s love.  I had them bring pillows and blankets to the church for the soaking time.  Myself and another team member, Kris played music and invited the Father’s love to come and minister to people: Jennie and Lexi prayed for people while they were resting in His love.

Thursday night:  Chad and James went into a poor SA township and prayed for the sick.  They saw 4 deaf ears open up and a little boy whose legs did not work properly began to run (everyone knew this little boy in the community).

Friday night: Went into an African community and saw so many healings there

Saturday:  Taught and trained on the Treasure Hunt model by Kevin Dedmon.  Released 250 people onto the streets of Cape town.  Saw salvations and many healings, miracles.

Pemba, Mozambique 2009:

Bush Outreaches

Partial deafness restored and pain in the right ear gone

Right left healed to lift and bend at the hip and knee

Multiple head pain healed

Lady healed of back injury, able to bend down and over again.

Muslim man healed of back pain, then received Jesus into his heart

Man healed of rheumatitis in leg, could bend and leg grew at outreach

American woman, visiting from Washington DC, deaf right ear shortly after birth. Prayed for many times, ear pops, then hearing and repeating from 12-15 ft away.

Mozambican pastors Bible school- 5+ year students

Many had encounters and got blasted in the Spirit. One pastor saw a vision of a bucket in the centre of class and that is where the pastor who got drunk first was sitting.

Harvest School of Mission

One of the most powerful activation sessions, many were activated in Word of Knowledge and many were healed that afternoon.

Girl healed of arrhythmia of the heart

Multiple legs grew out

Korean woman’s leg grew out and her back was healed from chronic pain

Bush outreach team leader healed of chronic pain in the elbow, then her leg grew out which released the pain in the hip.

Johannesburg- Breakthrough Life Church

Children activated in healing

Young woman received holy laughter and Jesus delivered from panic attacks, extreme fear and anxiety of being robbed.

Pastor’s son healed of a neck injury from doing butterfly jumps on a trampoline.

Woman’s right ear completely healed of deafness, heard and repeated words that were 15-20 ft away in a noisy room.

Man’s knee healed, pain from a soccer injury gone, had pain for 2 and half months.

Word of knowledge for heart transplant, woman felt heat in her heart and felt a change

Young woman experienced the Father’s love for the first time

Many legs grew out

Prayed for woman over the phone, scheduled to get neck surgery the next day, bones in her neck healed, MRI results showed complete healing, cancelled surgery! (received this testimony one week after the meeting

A word of knowledge 6 months was released. Woman responded and called her friend who had been in a car accident 6 months prior. God healed the left side of her body and pain immediately left, metal screws in her shoulder and elbow dissolved allowing full mobility. Chad prophesied over her life and family, which were accurate. She came to meeting the next night.

Hluhluhwe (between Johannesburg and Durban)

Woman’s knee pain-free for the first time in one and half year, couldn’t walk or stand for long periods of time.

Several legs grew out!
Man’s elbow now pain-free, tested it out by holding a Bible and rotating his arm.
Middle-aged man healed 95% of conditions: back, sinus, head migranes. Had severe migranes since whiplash accident since he was 17.

Durban-Shiloh Ministries

Many people activated in Word of Knowledge during service.

Woman’s right knee healed, pain-free for the first time in 30 years!

Elbow healed and pain-free for the first time in 20 years!

Tailbone and lower back pain gone, pain for 6 years

man’s son healed of two rugby injuries: ankle and knee, even though he was not at the meeting.

Multiple legs grew out!

Right rib healed-Man fell off 8 foot ladder, cracked a rib and experienced excruciating pain. He felt his rib move in the meeting. For the first time in a couple weeks, he slept through the night pain-free!

Angelic presence—woman felt a hand stroke her right cheek and heard the Lord say, “I love you lots and lots like Smarties.” Smarties is the name of her favourite candy.

Kris prophesied over a young woman, she said she saw a vision of her taking the hand of Jesus and sat in His lap, and then she was the Golden Gate in heaven.

Worship leader fully healed of neck injury and hip pain from car/whiplash accident 4 years ago.

Laughed with a woman and God totally healed her knees from pain and soreness

18 year old girl’s sinuses opened up for the first time in 18 years.

10 year old boy delivered from intense fear and anxiety when Chad hugged him. Also, healed of a polio-like illness which kept him from making a fist, he was able to hold onto objects (pen and keychain) in his hand.

Woman healed from sore throat and pain in the uterus decreased significantly.

Young woman’s right eye had a cataract that changed from gray to blue and began to see light with it.