From Tragedy to Blessings – Stories of Grace – God is on Your Side
by Dararell Creswell
https://darrellcreswell.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/from-tragedy-to-blessings-stories-of-grace-god-is-on-your-side/

 

I met a man named Jared this week that told me his incredible story. I noticed that he was limping and I asked him if he had injured his leg. He began telling me his unbelievable story.

 

Earlier this year, he was in a retail store shopping. He was standing at the check-out counter when he felt something push him from behind. The next thing he was on the ground and a car was above him. A driver had lost control of their vehicle, and plowed through the front of the store running him over in the process. The car had broken his hip and leg.

 

Jared had struggled over the last year financially as his business has fallen on hard times and he had become quite distraught as he struggled to make ends meet. As he rode in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, he wondered what he was going to do. Not yet knowing the extent of his injuries, he knew that he would be out of work completely for quite some time.

 

As the doctors examined him in the emergency room they decided to give him a full body CAT scan to see if he had any internal injuries. It was at that time they discovered the life threatening aneurism near his heart. An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in an artery. Arteries have thick walls to withstand normal blood pressure. However, certain medical problems, genetic conditions, and trauma can damage or injure artery walls. The force of blood pushing against the weakened or injured walls can cause an aneurysm.

 

When an aneurism ruptures and bursts it causes dangerous bleeding inside the body. The split causes bleeding into and along the layers of the artery wall. An aneurism is often fatal. The doctors told him that he had the aneurism a long time, and according to the size of it, he should have already been dead. The car hitting him had saved his life as the CAT scan enabled the doctors to see his life threatening condition. He was taken into emergency surgery where doctors repaired the aneurism, saving his life.

 

As we talked he told me that up until that time he had never believed in God, but he had an instant change of heart, believing that God’s grace had saved his life. “God works in mysterious ways, look how he found me” he said with a twinkle in his eyes and a big smile on his face. Pain and suffering notwithstanding from the injuries from the car wreck, he was given a handsome settlement from the insurance company.

 

He had found a verse in the Bible that he quoted to me from Genesis 50:20 saying, They intended to harm me, but God intended it for my good to save my life. Even though he did not quote it exactly right, it works for him and it sure worked for me, touching my heart – bringing tears to my eyes.

 

I never tire of listening to stories of God’s mercy and saving grace touching and saving people’s lives.

 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10  We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t been broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us – trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, He does in us – He lives!

 

So even when things are looking bad, never give up. Even though on the outside it often looks like things might be falling apart, look on the inside where God is making a new life for you. Not a day goes by without his unfolding, life-saving, renewing grace.

 

 

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby, incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which separated him from God, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinner in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thereby, become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

 

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Mission Statement

Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship offers a place for Christian men across the globe to come together in fellowship, lifting up in prayer and encouraging one another in the spirit; striving to become more Christlike through surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ.


Vision Statement

The Vision of Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship is best defined by the following Holy Scriptures: As Christian men, "We stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Philippians 1:27, Ephesians 4:3

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting "I am saved." I'm whispering "I was lost"; That is why I chose this way.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble, And need someone to be my guide.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak, And pray for strength to carry on.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed, And cannot ever pay the debt.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are too visible, But God believes I'm worth it.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, Which is why I speak His name.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I do not wish to judge. I have no authority; I only know I am loved.

 

As Christians, we are part of the fellowship of the unashamed. We have Holy Spirit power. We have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. We're a disciple of His. We won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. Our past is redeemed, our present makes sense, our future is secure. We're finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals. We no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, or popularity. We don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. We now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power. Our face is set, our goal is heaven, our road is narrow, our way is rough, our companions are few, our guide reliable, our mission clear. We cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back. We will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. We won't give up, shut up or let up until we have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. We are a disciple of Jesus. We must go till He comes, give till we drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops us. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing us, our banner will be clear.

 

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Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship 

Oath Of Allegiance To Christ

 

Christ with me, Christ in me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ under me, Christ over me,

Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,

Christ in my lying down, Christ in my rising up;

Christ, my all in all.

 

[Adopted 2003]

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Brothers in Christ Men's Fellowship was formed as an outreach to our Christian brothers when Kenn Bruner and Mike Donahoe recognized a need and an opportunity for fellowship with other Christian men across the globe.

 

Our fellowship is fostered in two ways: a weekly devotional and a weekly prayer list. The devotion is updated each week on our web page. The prayer list is also updated each week on the web page so that you may receive intercessory prayer from other brothers.

 

You can also join us on Facebook and Twitter by following the links listed below.

 

We invite any man who has professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life or who are interested in finding out more about following Christ to join us in fellowship. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Your Brothers in Christ,

Mike Donahoe and Kenn Bruner

 

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Brothers in Christ will be celebrating our 15th Anniversary on July 1st.

 

 

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BIC ON FACEBOOK

 

Brothers, we have a Facebook page that you can join. As a member, you can meet other BIC members, post prayer requests and any other post you want to share with the group. There you can also log into Facebook Chat and talk with other members anytime.

 

How to start a chat with members of your group:

1. Click * at the top right of your group and select Send Message

2. Use the checkboxes to select who you want to message, or click ‘Select All’ to message the entire group

3. Click Start Chat

Note: Anyone in the conversation can add other people, whether those people are in the group or not. Anyone added will be able to see all of the previous messages in the conversation.

 

Click on this link, sign into your account and join us on Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/brothersinchrist2001/ ).

 

 

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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Follow us on Twitter by clicking on the following link. ( https://twitter.com/BICmensgroup )

 

 

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Prayer Requests

 

Please feel free to send us your prayer requests to be included on our list so that other brothers can be praying for you. Email them to:

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Brothers in Christ Men's Fellowship

is headquartered in

St. James, MO   USA

 

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Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship
Founded 2001



"We stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together
for the faith of the gospel;
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace."


Philippians 1:27~Ephesians 4:3

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