This was perhaps one of the most awesome weekends I have experienced in a very long time. Our Lead Pastor, John Stumbo, made an appearance in each of the five weekend worship services!
On Saturday evening prior to the 5:00 pm service, the worship team and band was asked to come to the green room and pray for the services. As we entered the green room, there stood Pastor John and his wife Joanna! I was taken back for just a moment but realized — we at Salem Alliance Church have experienced one of God’s miracles! We have seen what JEHOVAH–ROPHE: “The Lord Who Heals” [Ex. 15:22-26] has done in the life of our pastor. I felt honored and blessed to be standing in the same room with John at this moment, praying for him and over him. John’s presence at church this weekend reminded me of the teaching we had last fall about Jehovah-Rophe, the Lord who heals.
Prior to John’s personal sharing with the church family, we were given the opportunity to watch a video, narrated by John and Joanna about their journey since mid-October.
In the services, John told about God being there for us in the daylight and in the darkness, that He is always there. John gave us Psalm 139 as a key verse to remember in our own darkness, when we don’t think God is there. It says:
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
One point that remains with me is when we feel like our life is not going the way it should for whatever reason (loss of job, loss of financial resources, relationships gone bad, etc…) there is HOPE! God has provided that hope for us if we come to Him and let Him into our heart!
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our pastor since October, and continues to pray for him! John thanked the church family this weekend and was very appreciative of the many prayers!
I am hoping our church will post the video on www.salemalliance.org in order for the many people around the world to view!
Praying Psalm 37:4
PS: For those who have not discovered John Stumbo’s Blog, you can find it at http://www.salemalliance.org/serendipity/. John himself is writing about his journey. I encourage you to read it if you have time! It’s uplifting!