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Churches that heal : becoming a church that mends broken hearts and restores shattered lives

Author: Doug Murren
Publisher: West Monroe, La. : Howard Pub., ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While my friends opinion of the church is somewhat jaded, he did hit on a key: Churches should heal because people need healing! That is the major reason any compassionate community of believers should want to create an environment where healing can take place.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doug Murren
ISBN: 1582290709 9781582290706
OCLC Number: 41231315
Description: xv, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Why churches don't heal --
What happens when churches don't heal --
Creating a healing environment --
Contending for the extended family --
Majoring on relationships --
Becomers --
Is there room in the inn? --
Just people --
The healing journey --
Guilt-free zones --
Nurturing optimism --
Contending for reality --
Walking in another's moccasins --
Respecting boundaries --
Expecting the miraculous --
From pain to healing.
Responsibility: Doug Murren.

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While my friends opinion of the church is somewhat jaded, he did hit on a key: Churches should heal because people need healing! That is the major reason any compassionate community of believers should want to create an environment where healing can take place.

And theres a higher reason: We want to heal because it glorifies God. Like worship, healing is a form of ministry to our heavenly Father, the Great Physician.

Healing can mean the mending of a body that is physically broken. It can mean the restoration of emotions that have been battered and bruised. But I have come to believe that the greatest healing next to salvation itself is the turning of a stony heart into a thankful heart. I want to turn your attention to a Scripture passage that we will refer to again and again. I call it The Periscope of the One Healed Leper.

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, Jesus, Master, have pity on us!

When he saw them, he said, Go, show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked himand he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, Rise and go; your faith has made you well. (Luke 17:1119).

As I will explain later, I believe that thankfulness is the final act in a complete miracle of healing. So as you read on, read thankfully, and soak up anything that will help you make your own church a church that heals.

I have become convinced that God uses the churchs environment, as much as our prayers, to bring healing. Not all churches have an environment that is conducive to healing. There are many toxic churches todaycommunities where guilt, manipulation, fear, and shame reign, poisoning the spiritual atmosphere and making healing all but impossible.

What traits can churches aspire to that will allow them to avoid these toxins? How can we build churches that heal?

Through extensive study, prayer, and practice, Ive identified what I believe are the main characteristics of healing churches. I share these characteristics with you as a fellow journeyer in the Spirit who longs to see more true healing taking place in the church today.

I am a pastor, an evangelist, and a leader. But Im not a theologian. Thus, in this book, I will not give you a theological treatise. Instead, in the process of looking at biblical texts and sharing true stories, I hope to give you practical knowledge and skills that will help you create a church that can actively bring healing to your community.

I encourage you to read this book with an attitude of openness, appreciating whatever benefit it offers you while having patience with any shortcomings you may detect. If you have this attitude, you may find that you are being healed as you read.

And thats importantbecause in order to develop a healing church, we, as wounded healers, must be willing to acknowledge the toxins in our own lives that could affect the healing environment we seek to create.

Ultimately, the best healers are the ones whove experienced their own pain. Its like having a doctor who has the same disease you do; you realize he probably knows more than just what the books have to say, and that makes you more open to his diagnosis and treatment.

So, from one wounded healer to another, lets discover how we can begin to develop churches that heal.

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