JOHN 9:25 (paraphrase)

 Whether “Jesus Culture” is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was sick but now I am Healed!

It took me two days deciding to write this testimony. Not because I would have been ashamed, not because God not deserves all the glory, not because I wasn’t sure about my healing……but the fear to be misunderstood.

Since January, unbearable pain on right leg made ​​me completely different person. I did not know the cause, I did not know the diagnosis, I did not know the treatment, and all I knew was pain. I started researching online and terror seized me at the moment: maybe are blocked veins in the leg and blood circulation is compromised. I went to my family doctor and she concludes:  the pain is from the sciatic nerve. She prescribed me Percocet 10/350 mg for a month 2 per day, along with Naproxen 550 mg for a month every 6 hour. No great improvement, on the contrary pain has increased and I started taking the pills every 4 hours, including Percocet some time every 3 hours. Sleep was reduced to an hour or two per night….. I could not sit or lay down, could not sit on a chair or standing … life became a nightmare.

I tried normal massage, I tried cupping therapy, I tried massage with essential oils, I went to the sauna, and nothing helped. Already I felt inside of me no chance of recovery. I announced my close friends to pray for me, many of them Pastors; I went to the prayers meeting….unanswered prayers…..It seemed that God had closed His ears for me. I went back to the doctor because I ran out of pills and I look for remedies online again. I started looking for everything seemed relevant. I tried everything I could get: Meloxicam, Cyclobenzaprine, Neurontin…. all in vain, the pain grew worse. Actually were nights when I walked in the living room crying like a baby. Time is silenced and move forward and for me pass already six weeks of torture.

On March 10 we had tickets for Night of Ministry and Worship with Jesus Culture and Pastor Scott Thompson, concert at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. It seems like everything is against me, the concert was moved outside, with the crowd standing. We snuck with my wife near the fence, which separates the VIP and the rest of the crowd, to have a little support. 

After a time of worship, Pastor Scott starts his testimony on the stage. At the end assistance was challenge to pray, announcing: all who have problems with their feet because of car accidents, sports or any other cause, those who have bone pain, back pain, raise your hand and all who are around them will pray. I raised my hand…..

Behind me was a group of young Koreans. They approached me, and together with my wife began to pray. Prayer has not yet ceased when from the crowd people began shouting….. Healed people start shouting and Praise to God and testifying healing.

Besides a wonderful fellowship, I still do not feel anything. I continue to pray silently but suffering in my heart.

Seems understanding my hopelessness, a young woman about 20 years old from the Korean group approached me and said: I believe that God can heal you after you leave. And she told she was healed the day after an evening of Worship and Ministry of Jesus Culture few months ago.

After 4 hours of standing I went home. I took all the pills again and tried to sleep. To my and my wife’s surprise I slept all night. Yesterday morning I got for the last time the pills. Driving the car for a few errands I realized that my foot no longer hurts. I came home and told my wife that I am healed. Has passed all day Tuesday, Wednesday and my pain went away. Now is Thursday morning, March 13, 2013 and I’ve never took the pills again.

God touched me when He wanted, where He wanted and how He wanted.

What matters to me – I am healed.

All the Praise be to God!!

If you don’t hear crying, the church is dying…

To You Who Bring Small Children to Church


There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”………

Read full article: http://veritasvenator.com/2013/09/25/to-you-who-bring-small-children-to-church/

Worship is not a matter of feelings….

Write by Douglas Small on February 20, 2013

Recently, in a meeting of prayer leaders, I began to share regarding our ‘familiarity’ with God, the use of intimate language without any reference to God’s ‘otherness’ – and I will never forget the look of shock that registered on faces. It was as if I was saying something they had never heard before. In fact, as I persisted with the idea of approaching a God who was ‘past finding out’ it became clear that I was taking some of them into new territory.

Frankly, we have become too familiar with God. Intimacy is in; reverence is out. Listen to the praise music. It is almost completely devoid terms that describe God’s transcendence. The wonderful and rich theology of the old hymns is rarely heard, at least in Pentecostal churches. It is forty-minutes of ‘everybody on your feet, and put your hands together for Jesus.’ It is not a worship service, but a ‘pep rally.’ YHWH is now presented as ‘daddy’ God; and Jesus as our buddy – or lover, who is greeted with a ‘sloppy wet kiss.’ Ron Auch, a prayer leader, who I dare not impugn with this article, noted in a conversation, that the level of intimate language in praise music, language which we should note as, at least in some cases, inappropriate or border-line so, is a manifestation of people who are attempting to do publically, what is only appropriate privately. Public worship is attempting to compensate for the almost total lack of a private regular prayer life. Prayer does involve loving God and letting Him love us; there is a level of inexpressible intimacy in our relationship with God. Some things appropriate in private prayer and worship, are not necessarily appropriate in public worship. Bottom line – there must be a ‘private’ component to ‘public’ worship and prayer. Together, we sing declaratively, we affirm our theology, we offer praise at a different level. Privately, God deals with us in ways that break our hearts; or cause us to exult in passionate personal worship.

We now have a one-dimensional and almost exclusively emotional connection with God reflected in only in our public worship and prayer; and it is far too shallow. Worship must involve the heart and the head, as should prayer. Worship is not a matter of our feelings; it rises out of Scripture, and lays hold of God’s action in history. What is happening now in the praise and worship movement is promoting a less than reverent view of God. It is promulgating cheap grace. Few take off their shoes and tip-toe. We lift up unclean hands. We sing through unsanctified lips. We rush into a house of worship without the preparation of hearts and minds, as if we running by Grandpas house on the way to the lake, with little or no lifestyle impact. We kiss God, tell Him we love Him, thank Him for still being around, and rush off to the important matters in our life. Church services assure us by songs and sermons that all is well – God loves us, no matter how unfaithful and naughty we have been. Truth is dead; love has smothered it. Even Santa Claus keeps a list; but not the modern God. He has chronic amnesia, to our benefit. But does He?

This superficial, single-dimension of God is deadly. It is the essence of worldliness. It is a religious drug to which we are now culturally addicted; and it keeps us from seeing a whole God – one who is both love and truth, and utterly holy; and therefore we are prevented from understanding the full picture of justification and sanctification; of consecration and sacrificial service. So we have brushes with the Spirit, rather than transforming encounters in the Spirit, patterned on the Bible. We are numbed with the superficial lyrics and feel-good praise music. It actually prevents us from feeling real conviction and being motivated to get well spiritually. On this drug of superficial and syrupy worship, the Church is starving and dying; too anemic to do battle; and yet falsely feeling too well to get help.