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Surrey, British Columbia was once recognized as the car-theft capitol of the world. It still competes for the bragging rights but nobody in the Vancouver burb seems disappointed that they’re no longer number one. Cindy and I drove from Portland to the southwestern corner of Canada in May of 2014 where I spoke at a men’s conference at Cedar Grove Church.
Between our time in Bonaire and our trip to Canada, I had continued to see God work in amazing ways. But Cedar Grove church stands out.
For 19 consecutive years Bonaire has been voted the best shore diving destination in the world. The boomerang shaped island is almost 24 miles long from north to south and only 3-7 miles in width. There is little current on the leeward side and over 70 marked dive sites where divers park their pickup, don their gear and wade into the turquoise water.
I’m too often like a cat living in a palace. What cat ever pondered the brilliance of the architecture or the art that adorns the palace walls? Surrounded by beauty it focuses on the bird perched on a branch just outside the window. It places a padded paw on the pane as it craves the feathered food beyond its reach.
This Thanksgiving let’s give thanks for something we easily take for granted.
Tell someone you believe demons afflict people today and you’ll likely get an eye roll. Except for a few Catholic priests and extreme elements of the Charismatic movement, most people take the idea about as seriously as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Most sound thinking people view demons as the fodder for horror movies and Halloween costumes.
Over the years I’ve seen a couple unsuccessful exorcisms.
I have no idea over the course of my life how many people I’ve asked God to heal. It has to be a lot though. Through the years I always gratefully accepted invitations to pray for the sick. I prayed with sincerity and I believe my prayers accomplished something good. They brought comfort to the sick and their family. They brought God into the situation. And they strengthened my relationship with the people involved. But nobody got healed. At least, none that I’m aware of.
Now days I expect people to be healed and occasionally they are.