Divine Healing--then And Now (4 Of 11) by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Divine Healing--Then And Now"
Acts 3

Sunday, 2/25/96, 9:30 a.m. Service

You're in an accident. Somebody you love is critically injured. Who
do you call? You go to the doctor and you receive a report that
you have a life threatening illness. Who do you call? Where do
you turn when your physical life is threatened? An illness or an
accident? Who do you turn to? Where do you go for help? It's a
very interesting question, and it's an interesting question,
particularly in America, because health is such a prime concern in
this country. Twelve percent of our national gross income is spent
on health care, either to keep healthy or to get healthy. It is a thing
that politicians have made one of their prime issues because it is
an issue to the American people. Political fortunes are won or lost
on the issue of health care.

How we deal with that and how the Church deals with that in this
age is a very important question that for some reason has been
pushed to the side. I was interested in what James Wynn, as the
program director of a corporation, had to say about the subject. He
said, "The Church lives out its calling in the midst of this
enormous, ambiguous and complex quest for health and healing.
To be sure it has often been at the forefront of the quest,
fashioning distinctive institutions like hospitals, hospices and social
services agencies to provide care and cure for the ill and suffering.

"Few institutions, if any, can rival the churches of our land in their
attempts to mobilize people for ministries of healing and practices
of healthy living. Yet the churches, notwithstanding these
impressive and often under-appreciated contributions, have often
found themselves pushed to the healthc ...

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