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Thursday
Sep272012

CBC's School of Healing Seeing Fruit

Andrew ministers to a visitor at CBC's School of Healing during the first anniversary of the school's opening. (Click to enlarge)Earlier this year we posted a story about Charis Bible College's School of Healing. Since the time of that article, the weekly program, which trains and equips students in all things related to healing, has continued to grow and has brought forth tangible manifestations God's will to heal.

Over the past year, the staff at the School of Healing has trained more than 300 prayer ministers. To become part of the prayer ministry team, each person is required to attend weekly training sessions. These multi-faceted sessions include an eight hour course during which students learn not only how to minister healing, but about how to receive healing. Throughout the CBC staff member Carlie Terradez (SA) and Director, Daniel Amstutz keep things fun. (Click to enlarge) training, staff members monitor each student's academic work, and they also evaluate the character of each participant. It is only after the staff feels the student is comfortable and confident that they will recommend the student be allowed to minister one-on-one. The process produces effective ministers, bold in faith and confident in the Word of God, and as a result the prayer ministry teams see many miracles each week.

One example of the tangible fruit being produced at the school can be found in the story of one woman's healing. The woman's Nadine (white pants) lays hands on Jamie, and heat begins to flow.
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name is Jamie, and she visited one Thursday seeking relief from multiple issues stemming from several past accidents. She suffered from the after effects of a concussion, including difficulty reading; she also had pain in her back and jaw, and her right arm was cold and numb. Her minister, Nadine, listened carefully to what Jamie said, and then began to address the issues. First Nadine ministered the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which Jamie gladly received with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Then, the Lord showed Nadine that Jamie was suffering with condemnation as a result of her multiple accidents. Nadine shared scripture with her to free her from the condemnation (Romans 8:1), and as Nadine spoke she saw Jamie relax. Finally, Nadine, Jamie, after receiving her healing, holds up her testimony report. (Click to enlarge)led by the Lord put just her fingers on Jamie's neck, and she spoke to her body. Both Jamie and Nadine felt heat in the area Nadine's fingers touched. Jamie noticed a change in her body right away. She said, "I felt my arm warm up, numbness go away, and my body started getting warm—feeling good—now I am healed!" Nadine's ministry report about her time with Jamie reads, "No numbness, no pain, she could read, and she was feeling relaxed—Hallelujah!"

"God is blessing, we are growing, and people are sharing every week about how blessed they are to be a part of it! We are not only receiving practical teaching on various topics related to healing, but we are seeing the students growing in confidence as they minister the laying on of hands on a weekly basis," said Director, Daniel Amstutz.

Retired Air Force pilot, Glen came to receive healing for his foot. Prayer ministers addressed his issue, and spoke healing from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. The foot is getting better, but since the prayer his vision (top of his head) has cleared to 20/15 (better than he's ever had) and all signs of Diabetes have left his body (working down toward his feet)! Glen believes he is completely healed. (Click to enlarge)Staff member, Carlie Terradez said, "Due to the large number of students who want to help, we have prayer ministry teams and they each serve on a four-week rotation." She went on to say that many prayer ministers come each week, whether serving or not, just to take part.

The School of Healing averages between 60 and 70 outside visitors and 10-15 new people each week. Many of the new faces come from out of state or abroad; one family traveled from the UK just to attend. "Healing and miracles are happening, and the word is getting out. We have people who have come here for the Healing School, who are now enrolled in the college as a result. We have people coming from all over to have someone that really believes the Word of God minister to them, instead of what has become the accepted norm in many places of mostly unbelief with a bit of faith mixed in," said Daniel.

The school, which is free to all and open to the public, meets weekly on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the CBC campus auditorium on Elkton Drive. Each session opens with a time of worship, then testimonies of God's goodness are shared, followed by teaching. The program culminates with a team of students ministering healing to whoever comes forward to receive.LaDawn, was paralyzed when she came for prayer. Here, with the help of her husband, she stands. "I was moving my legs and could feel my muscles tightening!" she said excitedly. (Click to enlarge)

"Learning to walk in health is a big topic, especially in our culture today with all of the issues of medical care. We are being bombarded with all of the prescriptions that we just have to have to live a productive life, and people are really growing tired of it. They are realizing that just maybe God’s Word really did mean life more abundantly," said Daniel enthusiastically.

For more information about the School of Healing or to watch a session via live feed, be sure to visit charisbiblecollege.org.

Monday
Sep242012

Charis Shatters the Grip of Legalism 

2008 Charis Bible College-Atlanta graduate, Carolyn Schrock with Andrew. (Click to enlarge)As a young girl, confusion clouded Carolyn Schrock’s mind and heart. She grew up hearing about God, and she knew He was real. She was also taught that He was the Creator of the world and that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for her sins. Carolyn believed that heaven and hell were real, and she wanted to make sure she ended up in heaven one day.

But though she knew all of these truths about God and the Bible, she was being taught many false doctrines at the same time. One such doctrine was that in order to make it to heaven, she must follow certain church rules and regulations, including a specific dress code that had to be adhered to.

So, which is it? Carolyn wondered. Was Jesus’ death enough for me to get into heaven, or do I have to obey all the church rules and do good works as well?

Carolyn being prayed for at the 2011 Gospel Truth Seminar in Atlanta, GA. (Click to enlarge)Carolyn’s genuine hunger to follow God and make it into heaven set her on a quest for truth. She had a difficult time accepting her church’s teaching that its members were the only ones who had discovered God’s “special ways” of doing things. She wondered how it could be that they were the only group who had any hope of making it to heaven, while the rest of the world went to hell because they didn’t know the “truth.”

The more she pondered the teachings of her church, the more she began to long for a different kind of relationship with God. She used her youthful imagination to help her escape from the rigid doctrine of her church. She wondered what it might be like not to have to obey all the dos and don’ts that constantly hung over her head, and how freeing it would be not to always wear the mandatory women’s head covering and to be free to purchase clothing instead of having to make her own dresses.

Even more importantly, she wondered what it might be like to be able to actually think for herself, making her own choices—Carolyn and her parents, Herman and Elise. (Click to enlarge)not just about clothing but about all aspects of life. So far, her parents and her church had made all her decisions for her.

She had asked her parents many times if God was really the one who gave them all the rules they had to keep. This thinking didn’t reconcile with the God of love she saw within the pages of her Bible. She wanted to know why Jesus wasn’t enough and if God really required her to follow all the “extra” rules to make Him happy. Her parents’ only response was, “The preachers know what’s best for us, dear.” But even though they gave her that answer verbally, she could sense an unrest in her parents and saw a wrenching look in their eyes. She later understood that look when she found out that they, too, were searching and crying out to God for answers and help.

Not having anyone to turn to for answers added to Carolyn’s confusion. She felt stuck in the middle of wanting to obey God but not wanting to obey all of the church’s rules. In her heart, she knew Carolyn serving at CBC-Atlanta.
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that something wasn’t right. But even thinking about fleeing from the “system” indicated that she was rebellious. She continued to conform because she was afraid to disobey the rules. So, instead of getting answers, Carolyn learned to quickly dismiss such questioning and repent for her disobedient thoughts.

But the Holy Spirit wasn’t about to leave Carolyn alone. While, in her mind, she was pursuing God for answers, the Holy Spirit was pursuing her to show her the truth. The confusion and nagging questions just wouldn’t go away, no matter how hard she tried to squelch them for fear of being in disobedience.

Then one day, at age twelve, Carolyn heard a clear message of the true, uncompromising good news of Jesus: She could be saved simply by believing in Jesus Christ, period. No extra rules. No additional work on her behalf. She could go to heaven because of Jesus alone.Carolyn, Easter 2012.
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Carolyn had found a new freedom in God. He gave her a brand-new identity in Jesus, and her relationship with the Lord had begun. Many questions about how to actually live out her Christian life remained throughout her walk with God. She often struggled because she didn’t have a clear understanding of God’s true nature and character.

Even though she had found freedom in the saving power of God’s grace, she often fell back into her old patterns of trying to please Him and get her prayers answered based on her performance. She wasn’t able to fully walk in God’s grace and live her life knowing that God accepted her despite the things she did—or didn’t do.

In the midst of her struggle, she learned of Charis Bible College (CBC) in Atlanta. As soon as she heard about it, she knew in her heart that she had to go. “I am so grateful for Charis,” says Carolyn. Carolyn with her graduating class, flanked by Andrew and Jamie to the left and CBC-Atlanta Directors Tom and Cindy Boyd. (Click to enlarge)“Coming here has been a blessing beyond words. It has given me an understanding of the nature of God, the love of God, and the grace of God like never before.”

Charis, which means “grace,” was revealed to Carolyn in a life-changing way through CBC-Atlanta. Her heart and thinking became saturated with God’s grace as the truths she learned at the school taught her how to practically walk in God’s love and freedom on a daily basis—something she had never known before.

Many of Carolyn’s questions about her relationship with God have been answered through the teachings and relationships she has developed at Charis. Through her time there, she has finally learned how to rest in the finished work of Jesus and step off the performance treadmill.

“Living in legalism and living in the freedom of a personal relationship with God that focuses on the heart are opposing ways of believing,” explains Carolyn. “Legalism doesn’t allow you to live out of your heart. But hearing truth being taught from the Word has set me free to live out of my heart.

“Thank you to everyone at CBC-Atlanta for helping to set me free. My life has been changed forever!”

 

 

Reprinted from the article Charis Shatters the Grip of Legalism, first printed in the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of the Gospel Truth Magazine.

Thursday
Sep202012

Karly Gutierrez: Healed from Tourettes

The Gutierrez family (L-R): Helen, Gabriel (6), Ed, Karly (3), and Andrue (8). Karly was diagnosed with tourette syndrome at the age of six.
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A couple of years ago, Ed Gutierrez and his young family were struggling to navigate life's sometimes turbulent waters. He and his wife Helen were being tossed by financial issues, and their marriage was being damaged in the process. At the same time, the Gutierrez' six-year-old daughter, Karly, was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called tourette syndrome. These pressures were a great strain on the family. In the roughness of the storm, Helen turned to the Lord. Ed on the other hand, did not know God and blamed Him for their situation.

Ed's anger and frustration grew with each day as he watched his little girl was ridiculed and bullied and became the brunt Karly became the brunt of jokes and was bullied as a result of her outbursts and physical tics. (Click to enlarge) of many jokes. When Karly turned eight, the symptoms of her disorder grew worse. She began to have extremely loud outbursts with violent shrieks and barks as well as random muscular tics, twitching movements throughout her neck and body. And, it didn't take much to set Karly off; when she would hear simple words such as: pizza, cheese, awesome, and face, she would react by screaming them loudly. Ed was losing it.

"One night I screamed and yelled at God and said things I should not have said. I told him to leave her alone and to take it out on me instead. Nothing changed. A few months later I couldn't take Karly holding her school homework folder, age 5.
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it anymore. We had lost the house, Karly was getting worse, and my marriage was not where it should have been," recalled Ed.

In March of 2011, Ed cried out to God. Unable to fight anymore, he asked God for help. "I was on my knees crying, like a baby, and I begged him to help me. He did. He began to work on my heart, and one month later I became born again on Easter morning 2011," said Ed brightly.

Newly born again, Ed still struggled to understand God's true nature, and he had lingering thoughts that it was God's will for Karly to be sick. Although misunderstanding still loomed, Ed's salvation brought he and Helen closer. As the two sought the Lord together in prayer, their marriage was strengthened.

Ed prayed relentlessly for Karly and waited for some sign that she was healed. Morning after morning his heart would break Karly showing off the space left by her first lost tooth, age 5.
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as he waited for her to wake up, hoping that the Lord had healed her overnight. If he didn't hear a screech or a yelp right away his heart would begin to soar, but then, soon enough the noises would start, and his heart would sink.

One day as Ed flipped through the television channels, he stopped on God TV just in time to catch Andrew's Gospel Truth program. Ed had seen Andrew before but never paid any attention to his teaching. This day however, he heard Andrew mention healing—physical healing—and Ed tuned in. The things Andrew shared totally contradicted the things Ed was taught in church. "I couldn't believe what I was Karly running at the beach, age 5.
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hearing and I sat up and started listening," Ed said.

After watching Andrew's program, Ed logged onto awmi.net and started listening to podcasts. "The first one I listened to was God Wants You Well and then The Believers Authority. I was kind of confused between what I was learning at church and what I was hearing Andrew say. I began to read my Bible with an open mind to decide for myself what the Bible actually says about healing. Guess what... Andrew was right," exclaimed Ed.

Karly standing with the prayer ministers (L-R: Suzanne, Janet and Tonne) who prayed over her during the Gutierrez' family visit to CBC's School of Healing. (Click to enlarge)In March of 2012, Ed and his family made the drive from their home in New Mexico to Colorado Springs to be a part of Charis Bible College's Campus Days. While they visited, they planned to attend the weekly Healing School meeting. Unfortunately, Karly could not be quiet or stay still long enough for the Gutierrez family to sit in the main auditorium. The family went to an overflow room where they could watch the meeting on the big-screen TV. There a woman named Janet and two other ladies, Suzanne and Tonne, prayed for Karly and they commanded tourettes to leave. Ed was so excited because immediately following the time of prayer Karly was quite enough to return to the main auditorium. "We went into the main sanctuary and proclaimed her healing. It was the best feeling I had in my life," recalled Ed.

Ed and Helen's joy was short-lived. As they got in their car to leave, their daughter began to shriek and tic. Karly, so impressed by her father's joy-filled smile, fought the symptoms of her syndrome and had managed to control them for the short time they were in the Ed and Karly. (Click to enlarge)auditorium, but she couldn't hold them in any longer. Devastated, Ed's heart broke, and anger rose. "I had seen on GOD TV and the Church Channel where people were healed of all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. I couldn't understand why He wouldn't heal my daughter, and I was greatly disappointed. I felt like a fool for standing on stage and proclaiming her healing," Ed said.

A few weeks later, after a bout with self pity, Ed resolved not to give up on his daughter, and he started speaking life over Karly. Instead of feeling sorry for himself and his family, he chose to stand on Progressive progress! Karly, now 10, shows almost no sign of the syndrome that once stole from her. God's word is true and the devil is a liar! (Click to enlarge)God's Word. "I began praying and thanking God for sending Jesus. I began to stand on Isaiah 53:5 saying, 'And by his stripes ye were healed,'" he said.

Ed continued to pray and also started to play Andrew's Healing Scriptures CD every night at Karly's bedside. Eventually, Helen mentioned to Ed that he was so fixated on seeing an instant healing that he was missing the progressive healing taking place right before his eyes. Slowly, he realized it was true; Karly wasn't reacting to trigger words like pizza anymore. She still had her shrieks and barks, but she had definitely progressed. "I sat her down and tested her. I looked her right in the face and said her words one by one only to see her smile and laugh. What great joy that brought me. After three months, all of her outbursts and noises disappeared. Gone, gone, gone!" said Ed.

Karly's progressive healing continues today. Ed and Helen may notice an occasional, very small sound or awkward movement, but they said, "If you didn't know she had tourettes before, you wouldn't be able to tell anything."

This summer the Gutierrez family has done things they have never been able to do. Before Karly was healed, they would avoid riding in the car, but this summer they drove to Denver, comfortably, to visit with family. "We have gone to the mall and the movies, and done many other simple things we wouldn't have been able to do. Our family can do normal things now—even go out to eat at a restaurant. Jesus healed my daughter from tourette syndrome and every day I thank the Lord," said Ed with a truly grateful heart.