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DATE: May 25

TOPIC: Ruthless Elimination of Hurry—Practice 4: Slowing



Steve Ike Testimonial | Given Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chuck asked me to keep this one short and there are plenty of jokes about giving a consultant two minutes to talk - so we will leave that alone. 

I will honor that request and do my best to keep this short. 

I want to use this time to encourage all of us to lean on each other - Six months ago we began the diagnostic process to find the root cause of my back pain and nerve issues affecting my left leg. I went through a series of 4 MRI's and 2 CT scans which led to the Emory team determining that it was a tumor on my nerve root below the S1 area of my spine causing the pain and numbness ... a very frightening outlook for me and my family. 

As some of you know I went in for spine surgery just 4 weeks ago. 

In preparation for the surgery I asked Chuck, Jay, Brian, several Elders, my table and several other table leaders to join in prayer as I prepared for surgery the next morning. 

At Peachtree we have something we refer to as a James 5 service; this is sponsored and led by our ministerial team. I encourage you to look into this if anyone is facing a health issue. 

From James 5-13: Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

We also called on the Holy Spirit to be present during our prayers and during the surgery. 
Christ told the disciples that the Holy Spirit was coming to be a counselor - comforter and guide - we asked specifically for that comfort and guidance in preparation for and during that surgery 

Through this experience I was able to focus on the healing, comfort and peace that it brought as I went into the surgery. I went into surgery with minimal anxiety and know that I was in "His Hands". 

The miracle is that the healing began long before my surgery - God had his hand in everything - long before any of us knew what was happening. Just an hour into the surgery they let Nancy know that it was not a tumor as initially thought. The tumor was a synovial Cyst which required a less risky surgical procedure and I was up and walking within 24 hours. 

In closing - Lean on each other - pray for each other - carry each other's burdens. We are a community in Christ - the Holy Spirit binds us together. 

Grace and Peace-

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