Tithing Brings Financial Favor

Kaley started to tithe for the 1st time in April of 2018. After taking this step, she not only received a raise at work but her boss also decided to pay in full for her health insurance.

Overcoming Crohn’s Disease

Vinny was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 16 years old during his sophomore year of high school. Crohn’s is an autoimmune disease that affects the entire digestive system. Vinny had always been healthy up to that point, played high school basketball and baseball, and weighed an athletic 165 lbs. That year, Vinny started getting sick and was having awful stomach pain. He couldn’t eat without feeling immediately ill. Even when he didn’t eat, there was rarely a time throughout the day that he was not in pain, and, at night, he couldn’t sleep more than an hour at a time. For four months, he stopped going to school or out in public completely because he physically and psychologically needed to be within feet of a restroom. Throughout that year, he was on all different types of medication that were not helping, and he even tried all sorts of special diets. Nothing seemed to help as he slowly wasted away to 100 lbs. 

The last treatment the doctors were pushing for was to do multiple surgeries in order to remove sections of Vinny’s intestines. However, this was not a cure or even a guarantee for improvement in his symptoms. Vinny and his family had been at Lifesong for a little while, and, one Sunday after church, they received prayer for Vinny. Over the next few months that led into years, Vinny’s health progressively improved, and he never got the surgery. He went on to his senior year of high school that next year before continuing on to college, and he has been free to live his life without diet restrictions and free of pain and fear. Now almost 27 years old and looking back on the past 10 years, Vinny can see God’s faithfulness in his life time and time again. His health has been great for years, and tests from doctors have confirmed how he has felt. He declares today, “The power of prayer cannot be understated in my life.”

Knee Healed

For two years, Brian struggled with pain in his knee due to fluid buildup and inflammation, which hindered his ability to effectively bend and use it. He had been advised that there was nothing that could be done medically for him because he was too young. On Sunday November 11, 2018, he went forward for prayer after service. As he was prayed for, he felt a burning feeling in his knee. After praying for him, the Prayer Team members asked if it helped. Brian shared that it did a little, so they proceeded to pray for him further. After this second time, the pain was completely gone, and Brian had full range of motion back in his knee.

No More Knee Pain

One Sunday before church, Pastor Jake noticed that Caitlyn had a brace on her knee. He asked her what happened, and she shared that she has had very bad knee problems and had surgery on both of her knees. The one with the brace was acting up again, and the doctor told her that it was getting worse and would require a more significant surgery that would cause her to have to stay on bed rest for a while. Pastor Jake asked if he could pray for her, which she gratefully accepted. A few weeks later, Caitlyn shared with Pastor Jake that, since the day he prayed for her knees, they had gotten a lot better. In fact, she had no pain and was now able to do the physical activity she was previously unable to do.

Children All Serving God and Healed of Arthritis

Alice’s journey with Lifesong began when Pastor David asked her if she would be on the launch team. For many years, she had been a member of the church that Lifesong launched from, and she felt secure in that place. Although she didn’t want to leave, Alice had complete faith in the path that God was leading Pastor David and Ginelle in and felt in her heart that God’s hand was on them to build an amazing church. She told Pastor David that she was going to come because she wanted her whole family to serve God at this new church. Her son Robbie was about 13 or 14 years old and attended church with her, but her other two sons and daughter were not at a church. On Lifesong’s opening day, Alice’s daughter attended with her 15 month old daughter, and she and her husband became members.

Alice continued to pray for her other two sons, Keith and Dan, who both struggled with addictions. One had been in and out of prison for years, and the other had no desire to serve God. When Lifesong was preparing to move from the movie theater to the permanent facility on 65 Gilmore Drive, bricks were handed out to the congregation, and people were encouraged to write the names of friends and family members who they wanted to come to Lifesong and begin a relationship with God. Alice wrote the names of her sons on her brick, and God has proven faithful. Keith began volunteering with the Lifesong Parking Team at the end of 2016 and attending small groups in 2017. On December 10, 2017, both he and his brother Dan were baptized at Lifesong!

Furthermore, during the winter small group session of 2018, Alice signed up to attend The Case for Healing small group. Attending a group was new for her as she hadn’t previously attended because of her busy work schedule. However, she knew God was prompting her, so she went for it. Alice had been diagnosed with arthritis in her right hand. There isn’t a conventional cure for arthritis, and the pain was so severe that Alice was losing the ability to use her right hand. During the first night of small group, the small group leaders asked the group members to raise their hand if they needed prayer. While the group was praying for another person, Alice’s hand was healed! Though they weren’t praying for her specifically, she was completely healed in that atmosphere of prayer and has been pain free every since.

Healed of Foot Pain

In the winter small group session of 2018, Louisa hosted The Case for Healing small group in her home. During this time, she began experiencing severe pain in the heel of her left foot. After dealing with it for a few days, it got so bad that she thought of staying home from church on Sunday. However, she wanted prayer, so she hobbled down the stairs to her car. The pain continued to increase by the time she got to church, and it was very difficult for her to walk. As she entered the church, the first person she saw was her small group leader, the very person she wanted to pray for her. After she explained what was going on, he said he could pray for her after service, at which time he gathered a few people together to lay hands on Louisa and pray for her. As they did, she felt heat radiate in her foot. When her small group leader asked what her pain level was, she told him she didn’t feel any. She limped into church in great pain and walked out with none!

Alarming Lump Disappears

After a few weeks of discomfort in his neck, Chris decided to take a closer look one day when it was bothering him more than usual. He noticed a decent lump on the right side of his neck that really protruded when he turned to the side. It was an unnerving discovery, and his mind immediately thought the worst. That night, at his small group (The Case for Healing), he told the group what was going on. The small group leaders laid hands on the lump, and the entire group prayed over him. One of the leaders had previously shared that someone told him not to always close your eyes when praying because you could miss a miracle. A group member sitting next to Chris kept his eyes open and stated that he saw the area turn red and the lump decrease in size. A week later, Chris had an ultrasound, and the technician checked everything and couldn’t find anything. The lump was gone!

Healed of Sinus Infections, Herniated Disc, and Cancer

Kate suffered for years with sinus infections, and, despite surgery to help address the cause of them, they persisted and caused her to struggle with regular headaches. As a result, she was facing the likelihood of additional surgery. On Sunday January 8, 2017, a few small group leaders prayed for Kate. They also spent some time talking with both Kate and her husband, Dante, about faith and healing and encouraged Dante to join them in praying for his wife, which he did. Within a few days, the sinus infections, including the headaches they caused, ceased.

A couple weeks later on Sunday January 22nd during a time of corporate prayer at the end of service, Dante sensed the Lord direct him to pray for his back. Since 2005, he had struggled with a herniated disc that caused severe pain. He went regularly for shots to help with this but had been told for years that he needed surgery, which he had just had an initial consultation for. However, Dante proceeded to pray for his back, and, since then, he has been completely pain free!

In June of 2017, Kate found a lump that doctors diagnosed as stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer). Upon hearing the news, Kate and Dante took Communion together, received prayer, and began standing in faith for Kate’s healing. In the coming months, Kate went through chemotherapy treatment, and, during the fall of 2017 as this was going on, Dante attended The Case for Healing small group while Kate also went through the curriculum from home. Kate completed chemotherapy in January of 2018, and she posted this on Facebook January 24th: “Miracles happen every day, and I have news for you- God has worked a miracle in my body. I had an MRI yesterday to confirm what we already knew- my cancer is GONE. I got the call tonight from my doctor- I had a complete response to chemotherapy- something that rarely happens with breast cancer. The radiologist asked my doctor ‘What surgery did she have?.’ There’s no sign of any cancer. No sign of the 9cm tumor I was told would not be gone with chemo alone, and no sign of the other tumor I felt that initiated this diagnosis. NO SIGN”

Leg Grows Out Instantly and Osteoporosis Healed

Brian suffered a back injury while snowboarding in 2003 that fractured some vertebrae and resulted in curvature of the spine and a diagnosis of osteoporosis, requiring annual bone scans. In 2015, his chiropractor found that one of his legs was shifted and out of line (likely due to the effects of the injury from years prior), causing it to be slightly shorter than the other. During this time, Brian was attending The Case for Healing small group, and, a few days after getting this news, he received prayer in his weekly group gathering. While he was being prayed for, his leg grew out to be the same length as the other right in the hands of his small group leader! Furthermore, Brian stopped claiming osteoporosis and confidently stood instead on God’s promises of healing, restoration, and wholeness. On January 22, 2018, his bone doctor confirmed that he is free from osteoporosis and requires no further testing or drugs.

Healed of Herniated Disc

In 2017, Matt was struggling with debilitating pain due to a herniated disc in his back. Because of this, he became very limited in what he could do as a member of the Lifesong Video Team. One Sunday, some of the team members gathered around him and prayed over his back. As there was no immediate change, he made preparations for back surgery. However, one day sometime later, he woke up completely healed and, as a result, canceled the surgery because there was no need for it!