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Alec Rex smaller ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (ANS - January 23, 2018) Alec Rex was driving down a busy street in Adelaide, Australia on February 15, 2016 when he suffered a massive heart attack and his heart stopped. He slumped forward on
the steering wheel, traffic stopped around him, and a woman came rushing over to his car. “She opened the door and tried to get me out but I was in a seatbelt,” Alec recalls. As she struggled to free him, she forgot to turn off the ignition and the car began moving forward. “The car took off and got up to about 30 miles per hour. She was still hanging on to the car.” When she saw they were going to hit another vehicle, she let go and fell headlong to the pavement. “It was a miracle she wasn’t killed. She hit the ground and saw me hit the vehicle. She pulled herself together and ran 100 yards.” The young woman was a corrections officer who just left her shift. When she started CPR she was
certain Alec was dead. Providentially, an ambulance was among the vehicles caught in the traffic jam. “A couple doctors raced over and started working on me. In the police report it says they resuscitated me five times. That means I died five times. They put me in the ambulance and took me to the hospital. I was dead.” Doctors could find little reason for hope, but then Alec surprised them. “They didn’t know what to do with me. I came back to life. I was thrashing about, punching them. I came back to life. They were stunned. “According to the MRI, my heart was badly damaged because one of the main arteries was blocked. They put a stent in there.” The hospital also discovered pneumonia in his
lungs, so they placed Alec in an induced coma following his surgery. “My heart was so badly damaged they said to my wife there is a possibility I would have a 10 percent chance to live. If I survived, I would be a vegetable.” But God was about to demonstrate his power in a way that would surprise the doctors. And while Alec was hovering between life and death, he was transported to a nether region beyond this world. “In front of me was like a veil, the gates of Hell,” Alec recounts. “I was at the gates of hell, but not in hell.” Everything appeared two-dimensional to him, like he was watching a TV. Then he heard a voice say, “Jesus I know but you I don’t.” But to his right another
Alec Rex (Screengrab from Facebook Messenger) voice said: “I am the Lord God. I am going to heal you and make you new.” Alec recognized that Jesus was speaking to him and He could read Alec’s thoughts. Jesus’ presence provided
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Oh, Hallelujah! What a wonderful word we have for you today! Madeline and I have witnessed a marvelous, life-changing MIRACLE of HEALING that our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, graciously performed just a few days ago! How Awesome is our God! How Wonderful is our Savior, Jesus Christ! On January 7th of this
year, 2018, Madeline, my wife; our daughter, Janetta; and I attended a Pastor Billy Burke service in Sarasota, Florida. That’s NOW! This year of Our Lord – 2018! As usual during the service, which was attended by three hundred or more people, Pastor Burke brought forth the Word of God and praise and worship to Him. He then called for those with spe-
cific needs and infirmities to step forward to the front, where they received their healings and answers to their situations from Almighty God. Healings come from GOD, not from any man, as Pastor Burke affirmed. During this time, our daughter, Janetta, who has been suffering from a genealogical disorder for over ten years, obediently went forward and waited
her turn to be addressed by Pastor Burke. I might mention here that she went with us that night as a true believer, specifically expecting to be totally healed of this malady. When Pastor Burke approached Janetta, he asked her what... Continuation on Page: 3
pital, I felt and heard the Holy Spirt for the first time. An intense wave of peace came over me and He said to me “You’re alive for a reason. I kept you alive through the cancer. You can trust me Chris. You will do something special with your life.” When this happened every single bit of bitterness towards God was gone, instantly. Continuation on Page:
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Dear Reverend, There is so much that I want to do in God’s Kingdom, but the bills need to be paid. My vehicle has old tires; we really want our own home; and no one recognizes the gifts within me. In fact, they try to stop me at every step! People whom I consider friends turn cooler toward me for no apparent reason. Doors are shut, and that awful control is always rearing its ugly head! Do you think I should move to another state or go to more Bible schools? I know there is something more for me. Pressed But Not Broken ----
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giveness. Just recently, I asked God for healing from negative and depressing thoughts. I would lie awake at night thinking of all the pastors, music ministers, even people on the praise team who used to tattle on me, make disparaging remarks, and all the others who made my life quite miserable. Wow! All those memories are ugly! But…praise God! I continued to stay steadfast, not running away (I did this on occasion) and looked to God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2: “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” I studied to show myself approved, so I would not be ashamed. 2Timothy 2:15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” God has recently allowed
us to evangelize much more through a radio program. He is graciously providing the funds through gifts and unexpected surprises. There has been much healing in our immediate family! Matthew 11:22-24. Stay steadfast! Forget about everything being “just right” before you go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Ask yourself, “Will I be glorifying God in what I envision? Or is it for my own recognition – so people will see me.” Hint: If all you do is talk about yourself and all the good deeds you do, stop! People need to see Jesus in you! It’s boring to hear all about yourself. Jesus will never share His glory with anyone. He will anoint you with His Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit will not stay with you if self-exaltation and pride push him away. Oh, Lord, do not take your Holy Spirit from me. For I am nothing without You. That’s my prayer. Okay. First off, pray and spend a lot of time in God’s Word. He will speak to
you and give you inspiration and directions. Stop looking to others to help you out financially. Find a faith-filled pastor and trust him to advise you. Attend church and make friends, but not so you can use them. Next, go visit people in nursing homes; talk to people in Walmart and elsewhere. Visit your neighbors. Ask your pastor how you can help him. Now, wait and see what God will do! It’s so exciting to be a Christian! Forget all the unimportant things concerning other people. You don’t have time for foolishness. 2Corinthians 10:4-5: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Now – go! Just go! God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19. This is God’s Truth! Rev. MMD Write to Rev Madeline at PO Box 14931 Bradenton, FL 34280 or by email at Hesalivenews@yahoo.com. Not all letters are from readers. Letters may be fictitious in person but true in content. We reserve the right to edit or refuse any questions submitted. Hear Rev. Madeliene 0n wwpr 1490am radio Thursdays 8:30 am
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... the power of the Holy Spirit. Then an astonishing sight met Alec. “Around me was a sea full of people,” he recounts. “I couldn’t see their faces. They were joined together in chains.” Jesus impressed on his heart: These people call themselves Christians but they couldn’t forgive their brothers and sisters. Jesus mentioned to Alec to pay attention to the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant and instructed him about its meaning. “I was taking this all in. He only allows you to remember what he wants you to remember. I can’t add to what he told me.” During his near-death experience at the gates of hell, Alec says that Jesus also told him a worldwide revival is coming that will be greater than Azusa
Street or the Welsh revival. There will not be anything like it, Jesus told him. “It is not just people getting saved,” Alec adds. “It is the bride being made perfect, without spot or blemish. The Lord communicated to him, What the world deems insignificant is what I am going to use in this revival. Alec was in the coma for three weeks. During that time, doctors debated about whether or not to turn off his life support. But then God breathed new life into his body. “They were going to switch off the machine,” he recounts. “God brought me back to life. It is a medical fact I was dead for 20 minutes in the hospital. My brain is now 100%. “Praise God everything changed. I am one miracle
after another.” After Alec came out of the coma, the head ICU nurse told his wife Beth, “Your husband’s vital signs are 100%.” The next morning Dr. Matthew Worthley, a cardiologist and professor at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, came into his room, looked at his file and said, “You were dead but you’re alive. You’re a miracle.” Other doctors were equally amazed. “At the surgery there was a vascular heart surgeon, Dr. Raja. He shook his head and said, ‘I was there when you came back to life. I was there when they took the MRI of your heart. It was so badly damaged. I can’t understand it. There is no sign of a heart attack, no sign of any scarring. Your heart is 100%.’” When Alex left the hos-
pital he got a standing ovation from the nurses. “They said, ‘This is the guy who was dead and came back.’ I thanked all the nurses and doctors. There were doctors there with tears.” While Alec is grateful to be alive, he is even more ecstatic about what God is doing. “I believe the bridegroom is coming soon — two years, five years, 10 years — I don’t know when, but it’s exciting.” He believes God will use the current U.S. president, “as crazy as Trump seems,” in the revival. “God will use him. Impossible things are happening. The bride is going to be beautiful — her appearance, her apparel and her beauty.” The ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net).
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Email: Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org It has been on my heart for quite some time to do a study on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or more commonly known as PTSD. You may have heard of it and like me think of it as a mental health issue linked to a war veteran. There are several TV Ads from veteran organizations, news stories, and Internet posts to make the term PTSD almost a household word. I admit I was very casual about studying it as a possible addition to my prayer ministry, until my brother came to visit. Dale (not his real name) and I were always very close even when life took us in different directions.
We are both grandparents now and we live many miles apart, so we call each other often, but haven’t seen each other for nearly 5 years. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to find out he was coming to see Nick and I for a few days. After he arrived we celebrated his birthday, and for two days reminisced about every memory we could think of. Then, the evening before he left, he began to share something he has kept mostly to himself for over 50 years. The horrors of being a soldier in Vietnam. He was a Marine deployed to Da Nang and then Caisson. He was part of a team that refueled
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planes and incoming helicopters filled with supplies and battleground soldiers. I knew about these experiences but then he shared much more, especially how he and the other soldiers survived. He shared stories about being a young man barely out of High School being ordered to dig under ground holes deep enough to sleep in as protection from snipers, to take enemy lives to save his and others, to work with hundreds of gallons of fuel and to be careful not to cause a spark. He himself was wounded and received the purple heart and he witnessed those who didn’t survive being transported
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she needed. She replied, “I have schizophrenia, and I want to be healed.” She stated that she had been hearing dark, ugly, evil voices in her head for years and years. Now, Madeline and I, her parents, have been well aware of this for those years, aware that she was suffering horrendously, daily, from those voices, and from the medicines (many of them) which the doctors of the natural world administered to quell those voices, which we know were from our arch enemy, the devil. Nothing worked. The medicines dulled her mind, slowed her reactions to a crawl, and made her physically sick. The
conditions worsened as time went by, even involving police and mental institution situations. Janetta has been a believer since she was about eleven years old, when she received Christ as her Savior, and she is very strong in her faith. Many prayers have gone up for her over the years, but all seemed to no avail. How little faith we seem to have at times! God always hears His children! All three of us attend Faith International Christian Center (FICC) on Ninth Street in Bradenton, Florida. Our wonderful Pastor, Dr. Charles Kennedy, preacher, teacher, and friend gives out the true Word of God in uncompromising manner. REAL
FAITH! REAL BELIEVING! Real praying, trusting in God for all our needs in this life we are living – right NOW! In the Sunday morning meeting at FICC, after the service, I asked for prayer for Janetta, shouting to the devil to get out of her, leave her alone; that he had no right to afflict her, and his time with her was ended! He had to leave! We all agreed. That evening at the Billy Burke meeting in Sarasota, Pastor Burke stood back from Janetta after her declaration, quietly studying her – obviously listening to God. After a minute or so, he went to her and stated quite forcefully, “You are healed. No more schizophrenia or voices.”
- Admit that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” - sinners suffer, their pay is death. Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death...” - God’s gift to sinners is Jesus Christ, He came to save us. Romans 6:23b “...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Now give your life to God... Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” -Repent of your sins and call upon the grace of God-
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home. He said he couldn’t tell anyone about his experiences because after his tour of duty he was hired as a new police recruit in our home town. He felt if they knew he was suffering from the emotional effects of war they would not hire him due to possible mentally instability. Plus, the Viet Nam war was so unpopular that when he was in uniform in the U.S. people would spit on him, or call him horrible names. So, he kept his tears, his nightmares, his guilt, his terror, quiet rarely talk about it and coped the best way he could. Recently his VA counsel or suggested he begin to share his deepest experiences with others. I was so glad he shared his story with us. It made me realize that there are so many who have stories like his, buried deep out of their own shame, fear of rejection or misunderstanding from others. We heard Dale’s, and it was close to home. Dale is getting help but in my studies, I realized PTSD is not only the result
of war. It is most recognized as that, but other traumatic events may trigger it like violent personal assaults, natural or unnatural disasters, accidents, or life-threatening events such as rescue workers from terrorist attacks like 9/11, survivors of accidents, rape, physical or sexual abuse and other crimes. What are the signs of PTSD? Becoming upset if reminded of a past traumatic experience. Having nightmares, vivid memories, flashbacks, feeling numb, losing interest in things a person used to care about. Becoming depressed, anxious, jittery, irritable. Feelings of being in danger and “alert” for potential threats. Chronic nerve pain, difficulty sleeping. Not able to keep mentally focused. Using alcohol or drugs to numb feelings. Considering or harming yourself or others. Pulling away from other people, and become isolated. If you or someone you know has symptoms like these I would urge you to find help. As a Military Ve-
teran you can contact your local VA office. Talk to a pastor, a trusted friend or family member. If you know of someone with these symptoms, please talk with them or encourage them get the help they need. I offered to pray specifically for Dale, but he wasn’t ready. I am glad he has been getting VA counseling and someday I hope to have the opportunity to do some prayer ministry with him. For the pastor, prayer minister, Christian counselor there is a CD and prayer ministry guide offered by Dr. Michael Hutchings at mikeh@globalawakening. com. He is with Randy Clark’s, Global Awakening ministries. It’s an 8 Step Healing Prayer Model for PTSD. There is a cost, but it’s minimal compared to the treasure of information in how to pray for and help others.
Janetta fell back and lay in the peace and healing presence of Almighty God. A few minutes later, after ministering to several others, Pastor Burke called her to her feet, and asked her how she was doing. She replied, “The voices are gone. They’re gone!” Oh, Hallelujah! She was healed! Applause and thankful praise broke out all over the conference! She was, and IS healed of one of the worst afflictions that the devil has in his arsenal. But – GOD is Greater than that evil one. Have faith in God, Friends! In His Word! It is REAL! It is for NOW TODAY! Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (My emphasis added) Janetta WAS, and IS healed Now, in 2018! So much for those doubters who say that healing and God’s promises are not for today! We saw it! And it is permanent! I asked her this morning, two weeks later, how she was doing. She affirmed, “No voices! I’m healed! I feel great! I’m off the medi
cine, and I’m more alert! I can do things better!” And she went on to describe how much more she is now able to carry on in her job and elsewhere. God’s Word is true! Make up YOUR mind that you can receive God’s provisions for healing today, in 2018 in your own life, if you have Faith and Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, healer, provider – everything. Confess honestly with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross, shed His blood for the forgiveness of your sins, and for your eternal salvation. Believe that He rose from the dead, and that you have eternal life with Him when we pass from this earth into eternity! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Romans 10:8-11: “But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is,
the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whosoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” We bless You and thank You, our God! We thank you for healing Janetta and others who believe and trust in You for all things. Folks, this is our God! Our God who is alive evermore, Who stands behind His Word, Who never fails! This is Jesus Who lives in our hearts and carries out all His promises to us that are in His Word. This is our God, when we faithfully receive Him as our Savior and seek His presence. Believe and receive, my friend. May God open your eyes and heart to Himself and the reality available right NOW for YOU in this earthly life, for your health and your eternal life with Him, in Jesus Name. Amen.
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Coptic Christian man thrown out of village over alleged attacking a Muslim
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BEHEIRA GOVERNORATE, EGYPT (ANS -January 24, 2018) -- An Egyptian Christian man has been thrown out of his village after it was alleged that he attacked a Muslim woman, ANS has learnt. According to a press release by Open Doors UK (www.opendoorsuk.org), the Coptic community has been forced to pay the equivalent of nearly 3,000 US dollars to the woman’s family, though, they say the allegations are baseless. The release stated that Awad Zaki, 55, a Coptic blacksmith from a village in Beheira Governorate, northern Egypt, was owed money from a customer. Zaki, the release stated, went in person to the
house of Mohammed Sobhi Abu Ahmed to collect what he said he was owed, around US$17, after having sent repeated reminders to Ahmed. According to the release a quarrel broke out between the two men. Mohammed and his brother pulled Awad into the house, said the release. “They tried to hold him in one of the rooms, accusing him of trying to assault Mohammed’s wife, but Awad managed to escape,” the release quoted Medhat Gamil, a local villager, as saying. The release quoted the Coptic community as saying that after Awad left the house he was followed home by members of Mohammed’s family, who,
then attacked him and his family with sticks. “My uncle Awad is an old man and he could not do that. This doesn’t make sense… He is a married and very religious man and has worked for years without doing anything immoral.”, the release quoted Sameh Mansour, one of Awad relatives, as saying. It went on to say that when police arrived, they arrested Awad, his brother and nephew. Their mobile phones were confiscated at the police station, and they were beaten. Medhat, according to the release, told Open Doors that dozens of Muslim villagers gathered in Awad’s neighbourhood, and attacked the Coptic homes. “They threw stones and
bricks, breaking the windows of three homes and destroying some of their contents,” It maintained: “They destroyed a glass shop and book shop owned by Copts, and injured five Copts, including one woman. Some of them threw petrol bombs on roofs of houses, trying to set them on fire, but the owners put them out”. The release quoted Medhat as saying that the police were able to restore calm, but none of the attackers were arrested. It added: “A customary ‘reconciliation’ session was held in the village, in the presence of the mayor, several MPs and representatives of senior families in the village. Awad was ordered to leave the village
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shioners noticed that a gold ring was missing from the hand of Pastor Gideon, but do not believe the crime was a burglary as nothing else was touched in the whole building. BPCA said Pastor Gideon had been receiving frequent death threats from radical Hindu groups, including RSS, who were said to have been concerned about the rapid growth of his church and they also accused him of “forced and bought conversions.” In 2017, the church building suffered severe vandalism to the roof of the church. On another occasion during last year, the water supply to the church that had been agreed and provided via a village panchayat (gathering of elders from both the Hindu and Christian community), was stopped, by removing the bore well. BPCA stated police seem to be “dragging their feet” with the case, and have registered the case as a suicide. However, upset members of the church have been protesting on the East Coast Road calling for a more concerted
tortured, beaten and hung to death from rafters of his church
TAMIL NADU, INDIA (ANS – January 23, 2018) -- A “prayer warrior” Indian pastor, who was known for his deep devotion to God and his 5-6 hours focus in prayer, was found strung up from the rafters of his church with visible scars of a torturous beating. The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) said parishioners at Maknayeem Church at Kovathur, on ECR Road, near Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, are calling for better police investigation as initially the death has been registered as a suicide “despite clear evidence to the contrary.” Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy (43 ) was brutally beaten and tortured before being murdered, and “his body was later hung up to be found by parishioners, in the killers’ attempt to remove a prominent pastor and terrify his parishioners,” said a member of the congregation. Pastor Gideon had been ministering at Adaiyalacherry village for several
years to a congregation of around 70 people. On Saturday, January 20, 2018, members of the church were making their way to the church building for a “prayer and fasting” meeting, when they noticed the gate was shut, a very unusual situation. The members opened the gates to the church courtyard only to find Pastor Gideon hanging by the rafters of the church with a thin rope around his neck. Some of the parishioners searched the church for intruders and any evidence, while others set about trying to remove the rope that had strangled the unmarried Pastor Gideon to death. In its report, BPCA said that, on removing the rope, the frightened parishioners found a blood clot around the throat and neck area of Pastor Gideon where the main pressure from the rope had choked the pastor. Also, there were bruises and welts, but no other traces of blood on his body. Pari-
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attempt to catch the killers in what they perceive to be a clear murder. The church has now hired a solicitor (lawyer) who has asked for the post-mortem examination to be conducted on the pastor in the presence of a judge. A parishioner, who spoke to the BPCA, described his fears, saying: “This attack has terrified our church parishioners to their core; the death is a brutal murder of a devout Christian Pastor who was more vulnerable because he was alone, and trusting of people. Pastor Gideon was well loved by all and we will all shed many tears for our lost brother. His murder has removed a dedicated, learned and very influential messenger for God from this earth, which is to the detriment of India as a nation. We will continue to attend church and will provide full support to our future pastor, but the gap left by Pastor Gideon is a huge one to
fill. His death only makes us all more comitted to the church - the killers can’t defeat God.” Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Asian Christian Association,said: “Pastor Gideon is not the first Pastor to be murdered in India, and he will not be the Wilson Chowdhry. last, but brave men like this should be re- the national parliament spected and protected by and state assemblies, and India’s Government and it is the world’s largest the nation’s statutory agen- party in terms of primary membership. The BJP cies.” *According to Wikipedia, is a right-wing party, with the Bharatiya Janata Party, close ideological and ortranslation: Indian Peo- ganizational links to the ple’s Party, also known as Hindu nationalist Rashthe BJP, is one of the two triya Swayamsevak Sangh major political parties in (RSS). India, along with the Indi- The ASSIST News Service an National Congress. As (www.assistnews.net.) +++ of 2016, it is the country’s largest political party in terms of representation in
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