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Signs, Wonders and Miracles Magazine ISSUE 121
COVER STORY: 12. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MIRACLE TO ME? By Tamara Cornelius
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I DIED AND CAME BACK TO LIFE!
By Percell Gaskins
As a college student I was the parents worst nightmare student; into everything but studies. I was wild and crazy, doing drugs and drinking constantly. I thought I was free at last from all constraints and other peoples influence, free to live life at the fullest – my way. But I knew in my heart that things were not right. God had been trying to get my attention to follow His plan for my life and I knew it. One night I was leaving the bar so drunk and high that I was ashamed of myself. I knew I needed help. I decided to go the chapel on campus where I knelt down and just said, “Lord, you see my condition. Please, if you are who you say you are, come and see about me”. Suddenly as I spoke these words, the spirit of God fell upon me so powerful that I began to speak in another tongue and sweating to the point of drenching my clothes. As I rose to my feet I knew something had taken place in me, but had no idea what. A few years later, after being drafted into the NFL and playing for the St. Louis Rams, I had gone to a friend’s house. He was smoking weed with another friend of his. So, I walked up and decided
to indulge myself in the weed, not knowing it had been laced with cocaine and speed. After about four hits I fell down dead. My spirit left my body and I could hear my so called friends saying “we need to find a dumpster to put him in.” While they were searching for a dumpster my spirit continued to hover above them. I remember saying “NO NO THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!” But it was and I saw the headlines right before my eyes; “ST. LOUIS PLAYER FOUND DEAD.” As I was crying out I remembered the experience in the chapel and the spirit of God that was filled into me that night. The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead was living in me. That same spirit rebuked death and sent an electricity through my body that felt like 2000 volts. I went from face down on the floor to standing –from dead to ALIVE! When the ‘friends’ came back into the room with garbage bags they were shocked to fine me alive and standing. God had done the impossible to man. Man was prepared to put me in a dumpster and call it done. But God had a plan. He has a plan for you too. He is no respecter of persons; He is willing to do the ‘impossible’ for you also. Just ask and wait on Him. I now am serving God in all I do and have been ordained as a minister of HIS word. I’ve seen people healed, delivered and saved and pray the same for you.
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After Percell had a brush with death, he was traded to the North Carolina Panthers in the NFL, and then God had another path for Percell. He is now a book author and Percell works with youth in North Carolina. Now Percell Gaskins is a Youth Pastor for World Worship Church in North Carolina where Pastor Loyd Bustard is the head pastor. Percell is also apart of Upon this Rock Solutions, it is a multi dimensional company that serves a diverse group of Companies, School Systems and Everyday Businesses. Offering a variety of resources and services. Where Intellectual Knowledge ends & Revelatory Knowledge begins! Percell-M-Gaskins Visit the website today! http://www.uponthisrockpmg.com
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FROM HOPELESS AND HOMELESS TO HAVING HOPE AND A HOME! By Cherie Rhoden
through, I was so depressed that I attempted suicide. I had taken a lot of pills with alcohol. When found and taken to the hospital, they had to pump my stomach. During the procedure I heard the doctors and medical staff talking, saying that I was not going to make it to see another day. But God had other plans. When I gave up, family, friends and others & the doctors gave up and told me I wasn’t going to live to see another day, God never gave up on me and spared my life. After he delivered me from the attempt at taking my life I found Jesus. Thank God He is a God of second chances! After two years of being homeless on the streets, I met a wonderful Christian couple that helped me get back on my feet. Now God has blessed me with a place to call home!
My life had been a multitude of calamities from an early age. Family members rejected me because I did not fit in. I was born in Turkey then came to USA to attend school. I was very shy and unpopular with other kids because I did not socialize well with others. I suffered mental and physical abuse in relationship with guys. I was pregnant at 15 and had to try to hide it because my parents would have made me abort the baby. I ended up having a beautiful baby girl.
God healed me from all grief from family members, friends and others dying in front of me. I had been diagnosed with breast cancer, blood disease and mental illness. God healed me of every one of them. I now pray for the mentally ill and share my testimony with them. I have also been set free of smoking, sleeping pills and strong medications. Now I serve God daily.
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God has brought me through numerous difficulties over the years, even when I did not know Him or care that he existed. My early life while trying to find God was also a series of abuses by non-spirit filled churches and occults leading me in wrong teachings. I was severely grieved at the death of my father when I was younger. I was so depressed I cut off all my hair and was bald for awhile. In addition to the previously mentioned attacks of satan, I suffered through a drunk driver hitting me while I was on a moped, that should have killed me. I escaped with only a few scratches. I was hurt and on disability and had to give up my job. Due to not being able to keep my job, I ended up homeless for two years. At one point because of losing my job and all I was going
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No Matter What You Go Through, You Are Not Alone!
By Regina Eiland
Most of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm and many of us know it by heart. A lot of us learned it as children and were taught to recite it. For me, it is a Psalm I would recite in church with the rest of the congregation or every now and then if I felt kind of “down”. So, I didn’t know what to make of it wh en all of a sudden during the week leading up to Friday, when July 13, 2007, it was impressed upon me to include this Psalm in it’s entirety as I said my morning prayers each day before I went to work. I had gotten into the habit of saying “The Lord’s prayer” before talking to the Lord, giving thanks and asking Him to guide me through the day. This particular week, for reasons that would be revealed to me later, the Holy Spirit spoke to me each morning as I recited the 23rd Psalm. It was strange as I “heard” Him say “Personalize it”. So, without understanding the instruction, I simply obeyed and found myself saying “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down….He restoreth my soul…” This continued for two or three mornings, and then I heard the Spirit say more succinctly “Plug your name in there”. So, my prayer went thus: “…Yea, though Regina walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Regina shall fear no evil; For Thou art with Regina; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort Regina…Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow Regina all the days of Regina’s life…” How was I to know that at the end of that week on Friday, July 13th, 2007, I would be traveling home from work at a little after 12:00 in the afternoon when those simple words would become my reality? I was actually talking on my cell phone one minute, trying to stay awake because I was exhausted, and the next thing I knew I was waking up with my car “T-boned” (that’s how the officer described it) around a tree in somebody’s front yard. As I slowly came to, I became aware that both my air bags had deployed and there was a cloudy, powdery mist all around me. I was quite disoriented as I looked up at the blue, cloudless sky and inquired out loud “So Lord, am I dying now?” I felt no fear; just a sense of wonderment. Then I heard, as if from a great distance, a man’s voice say “Hey! We’ve got to get her out of there! That car is on fire! I snapped to attention then, and it was almost comical later when I relayed to friends and relatives how I
thought to myself “Oh! Uh-uh, I ain’t tryin’ to burn up! Still somewhat dazed, I quickly unbuckled my seat belt, opened the door, which could not open fully because the car was too close to the cement porch. Thank God for that 40-day juice fast I had recently completed! I never would’ve been able to squeeze through that small opening before. Someone grabbed my hand and helped me out of the car while a man with a fire extinguisher went to work under the hood of my car, dousing the flames. Still disoriented, my flesh was determined to focus on, and take care of fleshly things: “Here”, I said to the lady who had helped me out of the car. Removing my wig from my head (yeah, I said wig!) I told her, “Please put this up for me; it’s new, I just bought it”. I know she had to be thinking “This fool is crazy for real!” I was serious though. I’m sitting there on this stranger’s porch, on whose house I had just realigned the foundation, hearing sirens in the distance and I was just protesting. “I don’t want to go to the hospital. Just let me go home and lay down.” I was hurting from my head down to my toes and I felt like if I could just get home to my bed I’d be O.K. Voices telling me to be still, “You might be hurt more than you realize.” “I’m fine”, I insisted, crying because I felt I was being held against my will; that and the fact that my car, which I had finally paid in full a few months previously (I was so glad I had no more car note!) was sitting there in front of me, smashed up against a tree, looking like a red accordion. Boy was I mad! Now, all these people are telling me I have to get into this big, red fire truck-looking ambulance. Well, I didn’t want to go in an ambulance at all but if I had to, why couldn’t I get one of the little cute ones? Anyway, I was thinking “I don’t have time for this! I have to go find me another car. I have to go to work Monday. Nobody would listen to anything I had to say. I almost felt kidnapped. I don’t know who made me sit still on the porch until the Paramedics came and checked me out. After surveying the damage, they determined I definitely needed an expensive ride to the emergency room. Once the paramedics loaded me on the stretcher and placed me in that fire truck-looking thing, they started checking me over more thoroughly. Man, did my flesh rise when they started cutting the leg of my brand new jeans! “No!” I yelled, “I just bought those! Don’t cut my new pants!” “Ma’am, we have to be able to check for injuries”. I was devastated. First my car, now this? They could’ve at least cut them on the seam. Then, I saw those scissors inching towards the bottom of my brand new blouse (I told you I had just come off a 40-day juice fast which resulted in a whole lot of weight loss, so I had a bunch of new clothes). “You are not cutting my new blouse” I declared. “You might have internal injuries” was the reply as I grabbed the bottom of my blouse with both hands and pulled it up to my shoulders. A lot of good that did. They zoomed right in on my all-in-one brand new undergarment and cut the shoulder straps. I really started crying then. That thing cost me almost $40.00! Can you believe that? God had just spared my life and all I could think of was car notes, new clothes, getting to work; all things that would pass away. “…vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 (KJV)
I didn’t realize blood was coming out of my mouth. I didn’t know why the neck brace the paramedics had placed on me hurt so bad. God is so awesome! The blood was merely because I had bitten my tongue on impact; the pain from the neck brace was due to it rubbing the area where the seat belt had burned me as it restrained me. That burn, at the base of my throat, turned out to look and feel a lot worse than it actually was. My doctor had even suggested plastic surgery when I went to see her a few days after the accident. Today, I can’t find a trace of it; no scar, nothing to remind me of that day. I felt so sorry for my son, my daughter, and my daughter-in-law. I also felt bad for interrupting their day. That was one of the reasons I had just wanted to go home instead of to the hospital. That way, I could’ve told them about it and sort of played down how bad I really hurt. They looked so worried and scared. My son got angry with me because I kept saying “I have to go find a car; I have to go to work Monday”. “Ma, you are not going to work!” He was sooo mad! I couldn’t make him understand how important it was to me to complete this rigorous training program I was in. It had been a four-month project and I had less than a month to go. There was no way I wanted to drop out now. Everything had happened so fast, I guess I was in a state of shock because the revelation came to me slowly at first, then, WHAM! It hit me. Two days after the accident, I was sitting in church in a lot of pain but glad to be there, when a police officer came to the door. I had a feeling he was looking for me because until then I didn’t know where my car was or anything. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do to handle my situation. The pastor went and talked to the officer, then beckoned to me. My heart beating a little faster, I walked outside with the policeman. He was so polite, and asked me how I was feeling as we walked over to his cruiser. I told him I was in a lot of pain but I would be O.K. Then this kind, gentle man said to me “You know? When I walked up on that scene, I expected the worst. But you must have had a guardian angel with you, and I’ll tell you where he sat”; gesturing with his hand toward the dashboard of his car, he said “He sat right there, because the way your car T-boned around that tree, that engine should’ve come through and crushed you”. He told me he was a born-again believer and he knew God must have spared me for a purpose. He then asked me how fast I had been traveling. I told him “If I remember where I was, the speed limit was 55, and that’s what I was doing.” He said “That’s all I need to know”. He then explained to me that I had “hit a telephone pole this big around” (gesturing with his arms extended in a circle far away from his body), split it into like a match stick, kept traveling through shrubbery, across a yard, smashing the side of my car into the cement porch, and finally landing with the front end of the car smashed around the tree. He gave me a citation for failure to control my vehicle. I can’t remember how much it cost but I know it wasn’t too much or I wouldn’t have been able to forget! I started thinking. Lord, thank
You! Thank You so much Father, that no one was standing in the yard. Thank You that no one else was hurt. Thank You, my Heavenly Father, for Your Grace, Your Goodness, Your Mercy! Thank You! Thank You! THANK YOU! My son took me the following Monday to handle the paperwork concerning my car. I don’t recall the details. What I do recall is seeing that wreck that used to be my transportation. Looking at it, you would think the driver had surely perished. But I knew that wasn’t so. Thank You Lord! Tears of thanksgiving flowed freely down my face. Using the address on the citation the officer had given me, we went to the house in the hopes of meeting whomever it was who had assisted me that day. A lady came around from the back of the house to the front yard where my son and I were standing. She looked at me with wonder and asked me, “Are you the lady who was in the accident?” “Yes, that was me.” I answered. Then she said, “Oh, my goodness! I can’t believe you’re out walking about. We didn’t know what to think.” Then I told her “I wanted to come and thank you for helping me, but, I’m confused. The address on this citation the policeman gave me is not the same as yours.” Then she replied “That’s because the pole you hit was over there.” (she pointed some 25 yards away) in my son’s yard. Then you kept traveling across his yard, through the shrubbery into my yard, slammed against my porch, and then into this tree”. As I surveyed the area, I saw pieces of my car still lying in her yard around the edge of her porch. I felt overwhelmed by it all. The woman was speaking again. She said “Look, you did all that; but you never touched my angels.” In awe, I stared as she gestured towards two large ceramic angels. One was in a sitting position on the top of the two steps and the other stood proudly on the bottom step. At that point I almost felt faint as I remembered the morning I was instructed by the Spirit to “plug your name in there”. Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow Regina…! It almost took my breath away. He was preparing me for what He knew I was about to face. He is the Author and Finisher of my faith; the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. How Great, How Great is our God! And though I realize those ceramic angels, (a photo of which is now displayed in my bedroom mirror as a reminder), do not have the power to protect me, I know that God is with me always, even until the end of the world (Matthew 28:20) and I know in my heart He used those angels to show me that “…Yea, though Regina walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Regina will fear no evil for Thou art with Regina. Thy Rod and Thy staff shall comfort Regina. Surely, Goodness and Mercy shall follow Regina all the days of Regina’s life and Regina will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!” I don’t just read that Psalm anymore; I believe it! I walk in it! I live it! Next time you recite the 23rd Psalm, why don’t you try it? Go ahead; plug your name in there!
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WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MIRACLE TO ME? By Tamara Cornelius
Even though I have told you about the miracles of my
healing from God when He took the tumor out of me, I have not told you the biggest miracle of all! No one knows me better than God, no one really knows me better than my mom, brother or sister. They can tell you that I was very mean and bitter and I didn’t care for life. They didn’t understand me because I had been through things that no kid should have been through. Yet there are many kids that go through sexual abuse and other things growing up. Some kids have experienced worse than me, even though there’s no way that I should have lived to be the age I am now without God protecting me. I have been shot at 3 times, cut up and molested with one of the times I was sexually abused, one of my older cousins tried to drown me afterwards. Of course I have been teased and bullied like any other kid growing up until I decided to do the bullying so that no one would ever hurt me again! I was just trying to show that I was tough and to warn them in my own little way that no one would ever hurt me ever again. I had all my excuses on why I acted the way I did. I didn’t care about anyone because I didn’t care about myself! My mother trained me in the way the Bible teaches to train a child, but I hated church! I told her that when I grow up that I wasn’t going to go to church anymore. Yes there was more to it than that, to the point that I made my mother cry. I was rebellious and I mocked Christians. I twisted scriptures when people would tell me where I was heading if I didn’t change. I wore my favorite gold marijuana necklace to church faithfully every time my mom made me go to church. I don’t even think she knew what it was. She might have thought that it was a pretty leaf. LOL! The other kids knew what it was though! I didn’t care because I didn’t want to be at church anyway. I wrote dirty notes, played games and slept through
church and I didn't understand why some of the things that happened to me. So I just did what I wanted to do. I didn’t know that the devil was the one that caused all the evil things to happen to me. I didn’t know that satan wanted me dead and he was trying to keep me from knowing God or even wanting God. I mean, I slept through church so I didn’t get that memo! No matter what I did, or how I acted, my mom and my grandmother never gave up on me. They were prayer warriors! My mother cried about me a lot, but she knew that God would get my attention. God never breaks His promises. My grandmother reminded me many times that I was a sinner, so I would get angry with her, but she never stopped loving me or praying for me either. They didn’t know the secret life I led and how I would sneak off out of town when I was too young to be on my own. I had friends a lot older than me but they never knew. My mom never knew the secrets I kept about me being violated the times that I wasn’t in her care. Mom and dad were opposites, because my mom was strict and she tried to watch my every move, but my dad was not strict, and I got to act older than I was when I would be in his care. When people take their eyes off of their kids, they have no idea what can happen. So parents, don’t turn your back! Know at all times where your kids are! I was in the bars long before I was allowed to be in a bar by law! I was sneaking in! Don’t trust people with your kids so easily. I know its easier said than done, but talk to parents before you take your kids word that their friend said it was alright with their parents to spend the night. Don’t think your kid is an angel. I was home alone telling my friends parents in the hood that it was alright with my dad for their kids to spend the night while my dad was out, and he didn’t come back until the next morning at times! Don’t just assume, talk to a parent! I was a mess, fighting in the hood and trying to make up my own gang to show how tough I was. Yes, I thought I had every reason to want to fight and be bitter as a youth. I grew up confused about who I was because of what people had done to me. I believe that I would have continued that road if it was not for someone who met me on the way. His name is Jesus! Mom tried to get me to know Jesus but mom had to move out of His way so He could introduce Himself! (smile) Yes, it was in those times that I had no one else to turn to that God was showing me His miracles! God had shown miracle after miracle and I continued to
ignore Him. One day in the middle of the corn fields between Columbus and Cincinnati Ohio with no money and a broke down car smoking, it was God who came to my rescue and I prayed a prayer as if He should do anything for me at all the way I had treated Him. Guess what? God came through because He saw my heart! I told God that I would give my life to Him if he could help me because I was stranded with no way home. God was right there all along and He changed my whole life! That was just the beginning of many miracles to come!
anything I liked to do. I mean, I didn’t like reading books, let alone writing one!
I thank God for giving me a praying grandma and a praying mother who cared enough to pray for me no matter how I acted. They could have given up on praying for me and allowed the enemy to take me out, but mom and my nana never gave up on asking God to save me! God bless you my wonderful mother and my wonderful grandmother! Happy 91st birthday Nana! Your prayers have been answered.
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I know that I could not change myself. God sent His Holy Spirit to teach me and guide me since I didn’t have Christian friends at first. God doesn’t leave us lonely, He always comes through if we are just patient and wait for His timing. I can't tell you how many times He has shown me that He hasn’t forgotten about me. I couldn’t change my bad habits by myself, but I had to ask God for His help and I let Him know that I couldn’t do it without Him. That is when God helped me to forgive my enemies and helped me heal from my past. When I thought I would be doomed forever, God healed and delivered me. When I thought that I didn’t want to live anymore, God showed me that life is worth living! When others said that I would never change, I also thought that there was no hope for me but then God is the one who changed my life and made me one of the happiest women in the world! Now that is a miracle!! Who else can take a bitter angry girl and change her to be a loving and happy wife? Who can take a confused girl who didn’t love God or men and would rather fight a boy than to date one and then make me a submissive grateful wife to my wonderful husband Pastor Alan Cornelius? Who else could take a sinful, selfish woman and change my will for His? Only God!! Only God can take a poor writer and reader who didn’t do good in English class or writing assignments and make her a writer of songs, magazines, movies, television programs and books. Only God could give a woman who can't play a piano the music for the world to hear and sing to Him. Only God can take a shy girl who can’t read out loud to a Sunday school class and make her a preacher for God! Saving and changing me was the biggest miracle in my life! Yes, and of course, the fact that God removed a tumor from me was a BIG miracle! The greatest miracle was that first God saved my soul from a burning hell and showed me that Jesus died and rose again so that way I could be forgiven of my sins and now I am born again with a new start at life! Of course there were many more miracles that I could fill this magazine up with that God has done in my life, but that wouldn’t be fair would it? Well, there are many more miracles in the “Don’t Give Up Your Miracle Is Coming” book that God has allowed me to publish. My English teacher would do flips if she knew that God was calling me to write! I praise God who gives me the ability because I would have never believed it myself since it wasn’t
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MEDITATE ON THE WORD OF GOD Revelation 12:10-12 (KJV) 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 1 John 2:1-3 (KJV) 1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
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If you died this very mome nt, where would you go? What if moment, Jesus came back this very moment, would He take you with Him to Heaven? Tomorrow’s not promised to no one! If you never had a relationship with God, what are you waiting for? It’s not about religion it’s all about a relatio nship with God. He relationship has been waiting for you. If you don’t know how to talk to God, here is a short prayer that can help lead yo you: u: Dear Father God, I am a sinner and I need your help, please forgive me! I do believe that you sent your only Begotten Son Je sus here to die for my sins. I believe in my Jesus heart that you raised Jesus from the dead and He sits at your right hand in heaven. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for loving me. I surrender my life to you Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit aand nd change me to be what you have called me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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