End of Summer 2016 Journal

 

Interview with Beth Webb, co-author of More Hope!

  

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Help us spread awareness with this season's Journal on HEALING. We are focusing on our latest More! book, More Hope! Emerging from the Shadow of Breast Cancer. 
  Visit our  More Hope!  promotional video  HERE

 

Hope and Healing
by Andrea Hunter
(Excerpted from More Hope! Emerging from the Shadows of Breast Cancer)
  
Encountering cancer, we find it's a dangerous world. However we respond, and whoever we are, God wants to meet us in the midst of our pain - masks off, wounds exposed. We work so hard at trying to hide our weaknesses from other people that we often do the same with God. When we are under pressure, tired, sick, overwhelmed, sometimes a person emerges that is a "stranger" to us. We even hide from ourselves. As Debbie Driscoll, associate director of ELM, says, "You've got to get to know that stranger, baby!" But be encouraged, though our responses sometime surprise us, they never ever surprise God.
  
Getting real with God
Sometimes we feel like we need to clean up, appear stronger, more holy or forgiving than we are. We might declare God's Word one day with confidence and faith over our illness; the next we are spouting Scriptures frantically to appear in control or to gain God's approval. Thankfully, we can rest in Him no matter what. God's love, saving grace and mercy is greater than our biggest mistake, our worst attitude, or our deepest despair.

Relationship at the core of all healing
Our relationship with Christ is the cornerstone of our healing. Many of us have thought, "If I work hard enough, I might get rewarded with a 'healing'." Yet, it's really all about His sacrifice on the Cross and our simple act of surrender to His love. The enemy of our souls would love us to think of God as someone who we manipulate into doling out presents by offering sacrifices, by doing the "right" things: reading the Bible, praying, contemplating, listening, declaring. If we put together the right formula, we might just hit the healing jackpot! But that would make healing all about us. Reading the Bible, prayer, confession, and repentance are all good and necessary for our healing and transformation. However, they are part of the rhythm of a loving relationship, not coins in a healing slot machine.

God's intentions are already those of healing and restoration. One of His names is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals us. It is the Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom, which includes all manner of healing.
 
We are where Jesus is
People healed in the Bible sometimes made great efforts to get to where Jesus was. Even now, we all yearn to be taken to where Jesus is, forgetting that by His spirit He is always near; in fact if we have made Him Lord, He is in us. Beth's journey through the shadows [see video above], as she dealt with the ravages of chemo, robbed her of the strength to win God's attention through spiritual activity.
  
"After the early days following diagnosis, I had no vertical experience of the Lord's presence -- no amazing prayer times or visions. During treatment, I can count on one hand how many times I opened my Bible. The disciplines...[Scripture reading, Lectio Divina, listening prayer, etc.] were absent."- Beth Webb

Even had she wanted to, Beth could not have earned her healing by spiritual "activity." Let's release ourselves from performance-driven faith, and learn to rest in the finished work of the Cross.

Hope Redeemed
Each day is filled with uncertainty. When we confront the shadowlands of breast cancer, we find that the control we may have thought we had over our lives is illusory. In facing a life-altering condition we come face to face with our own weakness. Fortunately we also discover Christ's healing power and the certainties of the Word and the redemption of our entire lives at the Cross. Hope is built and sustained as we rehearse those certainties, meditating on them, embracing them while staying connected to God and community. Christ will resurrect the kind of faith that gives substance, life and reality to our most expansive and glorious dreams and our deepest and most God-birthed hopes.
  


More Hope!...Beyond Breast Cancer

By Debbie Driscoll

With the launch of Embracing Life Ministry's latest More! book, More Hope!, Women Emerging from the Shadow of Breast Cancer, Andrea Hunter, co-author, facilitated a pilot group to get feedback on the effectiveness of the material and the group format. I joined in as a co-leader and, of course, a participant myself with a history of cancer (although not breast cancer). I was interested to see how the content, testimonies, questions and prayers in the new book would translate to other forms of cancer. I was not disappointed. More Hope! is more hope for women no matter what experience you have with cancer.

The presenting issues of breast cancer definitely have their own set of unique challenges. However, with every topic, question or prayer in the group I was able to relate and receive ministry from the Lord for my specific experience with cancer. And I watched as the others in the group who were breast cancer survivors shared, responded openly and were revived in hope for their own journeys, as I was.

This is when I decided that when I facilitated my own More Hope! group I would open it up to any form of cancer, although it will remain gender specific, that is, women only. I am currently asking others for referrals of those who currently have or have had breast cancer (or any form of). I can then begin to form a group and set a date in my area for a More Hope! group .  

Feel free to let me know if you or anyone you know is interested in a group. Or maybe you are a survivor and you want to facilitate one for your church or area. Go for it!  The layout of the  More! books makes is simple to do and so worthwhile!

We Are Standing in Prayer for Additional Monthly Supporters

As it stands right now, Embracing Life Ministries does not take in enough monthly pledge money to sustain it's basic expenses each month. We continue to rely on the generosity of the occasional one time donations from other supporters (for which we are so grateful). However, this causes a gap in funds for many months of the year. Many of you have been personally impacted by the ministry of ELM or know someone who has. Won't you please consider a monthly pledge to us of any amount? Many times people think we are asking for large monthly donations, but our average pledge is $75/mo. So, if we can increase the number of people who give monthly by 50, this will improve our situation greatly. Start Your Pledge Today

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
                                                
I Cor. 14:3:...everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 

Healing prayer is prophetic, in that, as we pray for one another we are bringing God's "strengthening, encouragement and comfort" to the other. In this, there is healing.
         
We hope you will consider sharing this email with friends and loved ones whom you think would benefit from the ministry of Embracing Life. This is a good way to introduce the material and we would appreciate your passing it along. Thanks!

His Grace & Peace to you,
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Jonathan Hunter
Director, Embracing Life Ministries

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Vineyard Community Church
Sept. 7 - Nov. 2
A part of the Fall session of "Wednesday Night @ VCC Classes"
6:30 PM
27632 El Lazo,
Laguna Niguel
For more info, Contact
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Vineyard at the River
Sept. 20 - Nov. 8 
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1891 Alton Pkwy. #C
Irvine
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More Glory! God's Healing Voice for Shame and Self-hatred  (description)  is an open group and meets for 8 weeks. It is optimal to attend all 8 meetings but join us whenever you can, you will be blessed and healed! 
For more info, Contact: Debbie Driscoll  
(714) 319-5758
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 Vineyard Church of  Anaheim
5340 E.
La Palma,  Anaheim 
Room 107
Sept. 22 - Nov. 10
Thursdays
6:45-9:00pm  
More Life! Breaking Free...(description) is an open group and meets for 8 weeks. It is optimal to attend all 8 meetings but join us whenever you can, you will be blessed and healed!
For more info, Contact: Priscilla Lexin-Hale 
(661) 433-0358
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