The Face of God in Disability - John Van Sloten

May 22, 2011

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Today we’re going to talk about disabilities; how they drive us (all) to God and how, in a very mysterious way, they reveal him.

In 1996 the World Health Organization estimated that 10 to 11% of the world’s population has a disability, “up to 600 million.”
World Health Organization.
Declining Resources for Rehabilitation: A Matter of Concern. January 30, 1996

“If we were to place these 600 to 650 million people together, they would comprise the world’s third largest nation with the highest rates of homelessness, joblessness, divorce, abuse, and suicide.”
World Health Organization. Declining Resources for Rehabilitation

“I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations… At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, “My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 MSG

“Christ is God's ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can't begin to compete with God's "weakness."
I Cor 3:23-31 MSG

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>>CBC Radio 1010 talk show on disability (mp3 audio)

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>>Read the story of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick

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May 02, 2012
kbot: I am going to assume you are ainskg, why help people who can not help themselves and were born with disabilities, not of their own choosing .*If you have to ask, then there is really no hope for you. I can only hope you are personally adversely impacted by one of these diseases and have to rely on others. Only then will you understand their lives and know why they need our help.*Normally I would not wish that on anyone, but someone like you needs to know what it is like.

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January 25, 2012
we all have had our sickness, but the time of healing came
when we sat at Jesus feet, some time you asked but with out faith, this time ask to be put in a place of healing, not all churches beleive, i watch people get up and walk ,deaf hear, etc, read your bible ,Jesus love us always, its all
in his time, but you have to ask him to put you in the right spot for healing, i watch a man in a wheel chair
that his mother had took so many preacher to pray for her son, yes a mother will never give up, and yes his healing came, right preacher and the rigth time amen,just ask and see,

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December 09, 2011
Actually wheels, If you look in the Bible it shows people who had been dead and their skeletons grew flesh and they lived. Also when one of the disciples cut a mans ear off and Jesus stuck it back on his head and he was healed. There are countless stories of people who have been miraculously healed even today.
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January 01, 2008
What an interesting view of disability! An all-powerful God that let's people suffer disabilities - does that make him evil?

Actually, what the case is is that the delusion of a god forces people to pray yet there is no god there to hear and help. Anyone heard of a person having lost a limb regrowing it? of course not as there isn't really a god at all.

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2Corinthians 12:7-10 MSG,I Cor 3:23-31 MSG,person,culture,disabled,handicapped

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