Acts 29 – Memorable – 8

If Jesus did it, believers can do it.  Some people don’t believe this, but the Bible says it’s true.

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Acts 20:9 – And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

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Have you ever witnessed a cripple man walking, a mute man talking, or a blind man with sight?  I have, and the Scriptures tell of such things on many occasions.  I have also witnessed, on more than one occasion, someone who was pronounced medically dead, living a full and active life.  My first encounter with this was in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in the mid-seventies.  I was very early in my pulpit ministry, and played guitar for a Gospel singing group.  We had ministered in a Saturday night meeting in Rocky Mount and returned late that evening to our home church.  The next day was when it happened.

When you have the privilege of serving a true New Testament evangelist, you can expect healings and miracles.  That’s the way it was for the one I write about here, Wayne Smith.  On Sunday morning, the Spirit of God was moving powerfully.  The children had been released from children’s church and were playing in their play area outside.  The adult service was still going on, with signs and wonders taking place for many people.  A man in the service had come under great conviction of Holy Spirit, and decided to hurriedly leave the church.  He got in his car to leave, and as he turned the corner, driving too fast, he ran over Wayne Smith’s son who had gone into the street to retrieve a ball for his playmates.  By the time they had brought Wayne to the scene, paramedics had already done all they could, and the boy was lying in the street, covered by a sheet.

Wayne Smith knelt by his son, cradled his lifeless body in his arms, and cried out to God, saying, “You said if I would preach the Gospel, You would take care of my family.  Lord, I hold you to that and thank you for it.”  As the people looked on, the boy opened his eyes and spoke to his father.  After a quick ride to the hospital, they could find nothing wrong with the body; not a mark on him.  Only his glasses were broken. 

The following Saturday night our group was back in Rocky Mount to minister in music.  The event I just described was the talk of the town.  Those meetings lasted for several weeks beyond what was scheduled.  And his son was just fine.  There were medical people in the service when the accident occurred.  One was a doctor.  He verified the boy’s death, and great extent of his injuries.  Yet there he was, a week later, and not a mark on him. The dead had been raised to life again; Acts 29 still happening.

Manna for Today – Acts 20:7-12; John 14:12-14; Isaiah 55:11; John 17:18; John 20:21