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CharlesC

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Seen a brother arrive at church, a few weeks ago. He had been previously hospitalized and fed through a tube. He was at church, on a ambulance gurney and laid in the back, so he could hear the sermon and be close to his brothers and sisters in Christ. Never quite witnessed anything like it. We were saying prayers for him, on the prayer list. It just showed remarkable faith. I got to thinking on his faith and thought how God answered our prayers also. Well see, the brother was on a gurney, but graduated to a wheelchair, and now a walker. So God really answered prayers. Faith set him free.

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forgot a few letters like at came out as a seen as see
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Wow, wonderful story Charles :RpS_smile: Thank you for sharing it with us!

 

God bless you!

 

--David

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Charles,Fantastic post!

 

find this mans determination to be part of his church and close to his church family stunning. I can't imagine the effort it took to arrange for him to be there. This was his open statement of faith, that God was going to heal him, or the church was going to have to help him stay involved. I applaud his fortitude and the churches willingness to keep him within the body regardless of what condition he was in or how he got there. This mans faith is extraordinary!

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