Robert Hough was moved last night from ICU into a step down room. He remains in a serious condition and continues to need our prayers. Please pray for his dear wife Marjorie. She has many things to deal with and needs the Lord's help. We are thankful that her daughter and son-in-law are with her to give their support. Robert wanted to thank all who are praying for him.
Dr. Leonard Atkins came through the surgery well. I went in to pray with him when he came out of recovery and was in his room. He was awake and was enjoying the company of his children, Chrystal, Imelda, and Ellis. His wife Linda was there as well as others from The Asheboro P. H. and Hurt P. H. Church families. Pastors Rick Wilkie and Mark Hopkins also were there to support the family.
[Editor's Comment: We members and ministers in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church believe in Divine Healing.
The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness.
Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through such healing, God is at work to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity and the rest of creation. The New Testament records that Jesus Himself healed the estranged and sick and sent out His disciples on ministries of healing. James, a brother of Jesus and the leader of the Jerusalem Church, calls us also to pray for and anoint the sick, that they may be healed.
It must be understood that all healing is of God. The Church’s healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness.
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24,“May God Himself, the God Who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One Who called you is completely dependable. If He said it. He will do it! (The Message, Eugene H. Peterson).]