VIDEO Dead For 13 Minutes, Man Makes Stunning Recovery

 

“It was a dread. It was a huge, rising up of anxiety inside of my heart. I knew, something was wrong” said Pam.

Pastor Jim and his wife Pam were visiting Jim’s parents in Maine. One evening while Jim was out for a walk, Pam had a sudden surge of fear and went to look for him.

Pam looks back to that day, “I got to the end of the driveway and down the hill at the boat launch I saw two ambulances and a police car and there was my husband.”

No one knew what had happened to Jim, EMT’s performed CPR and struggled to get a pulse.

Pam continues, “He was all purple and his eyes were fixed like glass. They were red and yellow. And it was like “My husband – this can’t be happening.”

Fearing the worst, Pam frantically called Paul, an elder their church.

Paul remembers the call, “She said, ‘Paul, Paul, you’ve got to help me, I’m in trouble. Jim is laying on the road we don’t know if a car hit him, but he has no pulse and I need you to pray.’ And the Spirit rose up inside of me, And I said, ‘Pam, he will live and not die.’ And that’s according to Psalms 118:17. ‘He will live and not die, and he will declare the goodness of God.’”

Meanwhile EMT’s were able to get a pulse and Jim was transported to Central Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Guzowski remembers Jim coning in, “The most we knew at that point was that his heart had stopped for 12-15 minutes, was reported downtime. That becomes important because for every minute that your heart is stopped beyond a critical limit, you have decreased blood flow to all your organs, particularly your brain.  And we always worry about in that settings could there be a potential brain injury.”

News about Jim quickly spread and in less than an hour over one hundred church members gathered to worship and pray.

Paul recalls, “For three hours we just praised God that no weapon formed against him would prosper, and every time throughout the day I thought about him, I did – I quoted that verse. “No weapon formed against him shall prosper, he shall live and not die.”

Jim was placed in a drug induced coma while receiving hypothermic therapy to prevent brain damage. Doctors were hoping he would wake up in 36 hours, but for days he remained unresponsive to stimulation.

Pam remembers her son working with Jim, “Our son is a physical medicine rehab doctor, and he just shouted at his father, slapped his hand, slapped his feet, moved him. I mean, he worked so hard to get his dad to come up out of the coma.”

Pam and Jim’s son Justin remembers, “The event happened on a Monday and it was a Friday and he really wasn’t making any sort of neurological recovery, and it was pretty concerning.”

According to Dr Guzowski, “Each day that passes that someone doesn’t wake up, we get more and more concerned, I know their sense of fear was there, mine was too.”

The church continued to believe in God’s faithfulness, despite the negative reports.

“No matter what we heard, the condition and that he wasn’t responding – and we didn’t let that bother any of us. Because we walk by faith. Pastor Jim has taught us that, that we walk by faith and not by what’s going on.” said Paul.

Pam continues, “Churches galore started praying for him. The Christian radio station just let it be known that Pastor Dumont needed our prayers.”

Jim remained in a coma. With an uncertain future, Justin’s wife and children prepared to say goodbye to their grandfather.

“The 6th morning, at 7:30, I’ve been told, ‘he’s got brain damage,’” said Pam.

Justin prepares his family, “And we said well, we should give the kids a chance to possibly say goodbye to their grandfather. Knowing that, you know, it may be kind of the last time they would see him.”

While Jim’s grandkids prayed and sang to him, suddenly he opened his eyes.

Pam joyfully remembers, “My son came running into the waiting room, he said, ‘mom you have got to go in there, and he’s coming alive mom.’ It was just joy unspeakable. It was a miracle before the eyes of the nurses, and the technicians, be – they came in, tears in their eyes. “We’ve never seen anything like it.”

Jim recovered quickly with no brain damage. He is grateful for the faithful prayers of his congregation and community, and the goodness of God.

“As I look back and I see how so many people rallied and I-I’m humbled. I’m most thankful for, obviously, for our faithful Lord and Savior Jesus, and, you know, because he’s faithful,” says Jim.

Pam adds, “You don’t realize how much you love somebody until you see them gone. And now every day since it’s like a gift.”

Doctors determined that an artery behind Jim’s heart dubbed “the widow maker” had collapsed and miraculously re-opened. Stints were put in to prevent any further failures. Jim’s speedy recovery astonished not only his family but the medical community as well.

Justin smiles and says, “It’s really exciting to see how he’s been able to return to his level of independence, you know he’s able to do things that you know, we’re just astonished that people most of the time in those situations we don’t see that.”

Dr. Guzowski adds, “You know, we know what we know about the medical part of things, but what we don’t know is the factors outside of our control.  And the power of people’s faith is, is real.“

“Don’t ever underestimate the power of our resurrected Savior. The Bible says, “He’s able to do above and beyond what we can hope or imagine.”
so, don’t limit God,” says Jim.

Jim continues “I’m so grateful to how our church responded. And I-I just commended them, and they said, ‘Well, you know, Pastor, we just did what-what we were taught.’ You know? So, I would say to any pastor, ‘Teach your people well.'”

 

 

https://www1.cbn.com/dead-13-minutes-man-makes-stunning-recovery

When Sharks Won’t Bite

One who is full loathes honey from the comb.  Proverbs 27:7

My children were thrilled, but I felt uneasy. During a vacation, we visited an aquarium where people could pet small sharks kept in a special tank. When I asked the attendant if the creatures ever snapped at fingers, she explained that the sharks had recently been fed and then given extra food. They wouldn’t bite because they weren’t hungry.

What I learned about shark petting makes sense according to a proverb: “One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet” (Proverbs 27:7). Hunger—that sense of inner emptiness—can weaken our discernment as we make decisions. It convinces us that it’s okay to settle for anything that fills us up, even if it causes us to take a bite out of someone.

God wants more for us than a life lived at the mercy of our appetites. He wants us to be filled with Christ’s love so that everything we do flows from the peace and stability He provides. The constant awareness that we’re unconditionally loved gives us confidence. It enables us to be selective as we consider the “sweet” things in life—achievements, possessions, and relationships.

Only a relationship with Jesus gives true satisfaction. May we grasp His incredible love for us so we can be “filled to the measure [with] all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19) for our sake—and the sake of others.

By Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Reflect & Pray

What are you most hungry for in life? Why does Jesus fulfill you in a way that nothing else can?

Those who see Jesus as the Bread of Life will never be hungry.

The Picture of Baptism

Acts 8:26-39

You’ve probably heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Although we cannot negate the power of the gospel spoken in words, there is great benefit in seeing salvation vividly acted out in the baptism of a new believer. When we enter the waters of baptism, we are portraying several truths:

We are proclaiming the gospel message—that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and raised to life on the third day. Baptism serves as a reminder of what the Savior has done for us.

We are also showing what has happened to us through salvation (Rom. 6:3-14). Plunging beneath the surface pictures the death and burial of our old self with Christ. Being raised up out of the water expresses our new life in Christ and our union with Him. As our heavenly Father physically raised Jesus from the dead and gave Him life, He has done the same for us spiritually. We are no longer the person we once were, because Christ has broken the power of sin in our lives.

Baptism is also a public declaration of our faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and in our own future bodily resurrection. It points to the truth that there is life beyond the grave. Someday we, too, will receive a resurrected body and live forever with Christ.

Baptism is a commandment for all believers, not an option. As such, it is both an obligation and an awesome privilege. Our unbelieving family and friends need to physically see this truth in our life. Have you publicly identified yourself with Jesus through the act of baptism?

Wait Patiently

“I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.” (Genesis 49:18)

This heartfelt cry of the dying patriarch Israel expressed his lifelong, but still unfulfilled, yearning for the coming of God’s promised Savior. This is the first occurrence in the Bible of the word “salvation” (essentially the same in the Hebrew as “Jesus”). It is also the first occurrence of “waited for,” meaning, essentially, “looked for,” or “waited patiently and expectantly for.” This attitude of Jacob (Israel) has been shared by the people of God down even to the present day.

Significantly, the first occurrence of the equivalent Greek word in the New Testament expresses the same concern on the part of no less a man than John the Baptist when he inquired expectantly of Jesus: “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3).

Even though He has indeed come, bringing salvation, we still must wait patiently for the complete fulfillment of His promises when He comes again. It was the prayer of Paul that the Lord would “direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

It is not only believers who wait for “the redemption of our body.” Because of sin, “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” and “the earnest expectation of the [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God,” when it “shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:23, 22, 19, 21).

Finally, it is significant that the last reference in the Bible to waiting for something once again deals with the same promise. “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:21).

It may seem long, but the promise is sure: “Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). HMM

What’s Missing

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

—Exodus 3:5

Christian churches have come to the dangerous time predicted long ago. It is a time when we can pat one another on the back, congratulate ourselves and join in the glad refrain, “We are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing!”

It certainly is true that hardly anything is missing from our churches these days—except the most important thing. We are missing the genuine and sacred offering of ourselves and our worship to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ….

We have been surging forward. We are building great churches and large congregations. We are boasting about high standards and we are talking a lot about revival.

But I have a question and it is not just rhetoric: What has happened to our worship?…

I wish that we might get back to worship again. Then when people come into the church they will instantly sense that they have come among holy people, God’s people. They can testify, “Of a truth God is in this place.”   WHT009-010, 020

Lord, “I want to be among those who worship.” I’ve been guilty at times of going through the motions, and I pray that today You might fill me with a brand new sense of genuine worship. Amen.

 

We have passed from death unto life

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.—1 John 3:14.

 

For who has aught to love and loves aright,

Will never in the darkest strait despair,

For out of love exhales a living light,

The light of love, that spends itself in prayer.

Hartley Coleridge.

 

Love is life, and lovelessness is death. As the grace of God changes a man’s heart and cleanses and sanctifies him, this is the great evidence of the change, this is the great difference which it makes; that he begins to grow in love, to lay aside self-seeking, and to live for others—and so he may know that he has passed from death unto life. He may know it even here and now—yes, that great discovery of love, that learning to live for others and finding the grace and gentleness that God is keeping up all over the world—even now it is the way from death to life. Even now it changes homes, it lightens every burden, it brings peace and gladness into the hardest days; it alters even the tone of a man’s voice and the very look of his face. But all this, blessed and surpassing as it is, far above all else in the world, still is but the beginning. For that life, into which we pass, as God’s dear grace of love comes in us and about us, is the very life of heaven.

Francis Paget.

 

Look Back Then Forward

“Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.” Ezek. 16:60

Notwithstanding our sins the Lord is still faithful in His love to us.

He looks back. See how He remembers those early days of ours when He took us into covenant with Himself, and we gave ourselves over to Him. Happy days those! The Lord does not twit us with them, and charge us with being insincere. No, He looks rather to His covenant with us than to our covenant with Him. There was no hypocrisy in that sacred compact, on His part, at any rate. How gracious is the Lord thus to look back in love!

He looks forward also. He is resolved that the covenant shall not fail. If we do not stand to it, He does. He solemnly declares, “I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.” He has no mind to draw back from His promises. Blessed be His name, He sees the sacred seal, “the blood of the everlasting covenant,” and He remembers our Surety, in whom He ratified that covenant, even His own dear Son; and therefore He rests in His covenant engagements. ‘He abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself.”

O Lord, lay this precious word upon my heart, and help me to feed upon it all this day!