Sunday, March 25, 2007


Healing, particularly healing for the physically sick, is an emotionally charged subject. And it still is for me.

I’m a product of the Jesus Movement of the early 70’s…hippies, druggies, musicians, artists by the thousands were coming to Christ across the U.S., an alternative culture that had shrugged off the mores of the previous generation. Tune in, turn on, drop out. If it was mainstream, if it was the establishment, I wanted no part of it. The Vietnam War was in full blaze and a mandatory military draft in place. Every year a lottery of birthdates was held; my number was 162. Massive protests were held regarding the war and civil rights; the country was polarized. The Evangelical Church, personified in some ways by Billy Graham, was seen as a partner with the Nixon administration policies. It seemed like a Continental Divide between the generations. And into that setting swept the Jesus movement and the charismatic movement, crossing over denominational lines and shaking churches all over the world. Who let the hippies in here?

Before I came to Christ, I had rejected everything that represented The Man. I had to unlearn everything, including all the good and bad elements that come with revolutionary rebellion. I stumbled into a Pentecostal church and drank in everything that was offered…including the radical idea that Jesus was still doing the same things, and I mean everything, that He did when He walked this planet. Including healing and casting out devils. Whew.

That required a total paradigm shift for me on every level. Eventually I wanted more, and ultimately thought my church was too churchy, too conventional, too safe. Hey, if Jesus wanted to multiply Wonder bread and Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks, He could do it…if we had faith. I would leave church services and confess my healing, pop out my contact lenses (I can’t read anything unless it’s 3 inches from my eyeballs), and drive home. Frighteningly. Anita wouldn’t get in the car with me. It just seemed to me that if you were going to go for it, go for it. Don’t be double-minded, don’t be wishy-washy.

Okay, I’ve mellowed out a bit. Maybe it’s a thin line between presumption and faith. I went through a period of no doctors, no medicine, no movies, no TV…just Jesus. My dad refused to take medication for his heart (very treatable), and ending up dying from heart disease. I remember seeing him in the hospital before I drove to Orlando to begin a recording session, and he looked at me and said, “This faith thing is different when it’s you.”

That was the last conversation I had with him. He took a turn for the worse within a few days and I flew home to see him. He didn’t pull out. My mom went into shock; she was convinced that dad was going to be healed. It never entered her mind that he wouldn’t. She was like a “faith-bulldog”. But it didn’t happen.

It took me awhile to pray for anyone again. I think I came into a healthier balance. I don’t have all the answers. But I still believe Jesus heals; as a matter of fact, I’m more convinced than ever that He has called us to heal the sick. I can’t read the gospels without running headlong into it. I’m just not as self-assured of the mechanics.

But I now know it has to be driven by compassion. Nothing more, nothing less.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8


  1. Hi Dave,

    I DO believe! I believe so much that I will ask anyone who comes across this blog to pray for my nephew who has cystic fibrosis and is awaiting a double lung transplant in NC. Also for my two nieces who have this horrible disease also.

    I DO believe in miracles.

  2. I know you have a limited time on Sunday and you can't share all you'd want to...Thanks for posting this, it's great to have some extra insight throughout the week!

  3. (from the weekend message)
    Top Five Healing Myths...

    “God doesn’t do that anymore...”

    “If ‘faith healing’ is real, why don’t you go to the hospital and heal everybody?”

    “If it’s God’s will, He will heal you...”

    “If you’re sick, you must have some sin in your life...”

    “If you’re sick, it’s because you don’t have enough faith...”

    #1, #2, #4 and #5 are straightforward enough, but what about #3? IF IT’S GOD’S WILL, HE WILL HEAL YOU …

    I agree, we should not use “if it’s God’s will” as a cop-out. But other not using this as a cop-out, where is the myth in this statement?

    We should pray and ask for healing, but also acknowledge that when and how the healing takes place is entirely in God’s hands.


    P.S. Praying for the nieces and (especially) the nephew in NC with cystic fibrosis.

  4. I agree that healing is different for each of us. I also have cystic fibrosis, but I am now 58yrs old. Way past the median lifespan of the now 36yrs predicted for CF patients. I've been told all of the "healing myths" as well as "it's your mother's fault" and the latest "I am double minded". Despite all these I continue to get prayer when my condition gets worse and I continue to rely on and be thankful to my Lord for every new day he gives me. My healing is not just physical, but in the faith and dependance I have on His strength. I pray His mercy and healing for your nephew and nieces.

  5. Hi Dave,
    This is the first time I comment on your blog. After reading about your journey to and in Christ, I could identify "BIG time".I threw away 2 pairs of glasses and crushed my contacts as a 3rd year nursing student( I couldn't see either). I even felt I had to renounce nursing to show my sincerity of love to God. My husband and I often laugh at the time when we were missionaries in Malysia. A great missionary leader was sharing with our group and both of our lives were affected by his message and the purity of his heart. But we had one question as we walked out of that meeting... How can God use a man who wears glasses?
    Just yesterday I was thinking about this matter which is why I decided to comment on your blog. How absurd to believe that medicine, glasses, doctors, etc. can prevent, restrict, or negate God's power. We believe that God creates the earth from total void and darkness, calls dead men back to life, but somehow hides in defeat to the above restraints!
    We have mellowed out also, but we know God is a God who does not change and is the same yesterday , today and forever. We have seen healings through the years, some in a moment, some through a period of time, some are still believing, and then some died still believing. We may tend to focus on the "Why or why nots of healing," but lets focus more on the one thing we know that we can do for God when sickness occurs. Math 26:36... I was sick and you looked after me..." Can't miss it on that one!
    Sounds like the direction your church continues to move in. May your latter years be greater...

  6. I am a true believer that by going to our family of believers and asking for prayer will make a difference, and I do believe that miracles can happen.

    Thank you to all who are praying for my nephew and nieces.

    Thank you to the encouraging words from the 58 year old with CF. YES! MIRACLES OCCUR EVERY DAY!