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I doubt that there are many of you reading this that have not been personally effected, or know someone personally effected by the virus that is Covid-19. Many are living in fear of it, because they have no hope of recovery and no hope of life after death. But we live in the joy that is life after death and in the knowledge that God still performs miracles today.
As we will see in the life of Barbara, nothing is too difficult for our God.

 Kerner went on to to discuss another case not in his book for which there are significant documentation. “I've personally interviewed Barbara, who was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with progressive multiple sclerosis,” Keener said. “I've confirmed the facts with two physicians who treated her. There are numerous independent witnesses to her condition and years of medical records. In fact, two of her doctors were so astounded by her case that they written about it in books.”

One of those physicians, Dr. Harold P. Adolph, a board-certified surgeon who performed 25,000 operations in his career, declared, “Barbara was one of the most hopelessly ill patients I ever saw.”…

Barbara was [w]as a budding gymnast in high school, playing flute in the orchestra. But symptoms began appearing: she would trip bump into walls, and was unable to grasp the rings in gym class. Eventually after her condition worsened the diagnosis of progressive multiple sclerosis was confirmed through spinal taps and other diagnostic tests… Over the next 16 years her condition continued to deteriorate. She spent months in hospitals often for pneumonia after being unable to breathe. One diaphragm was paralyzed, rendering a lung nonfunctional; the other lung operated at less than 50 percent. A tracheostomy tube was inserted into her neck with oxygen pumped from canisters in her garage… “Mayo [clinic] was her last hope, but they had no recommendations to help stop this progressive wasting disease except to pray for a miracle.”

By 1981 she hadn't been able to walk for seven years. She was confined to her bed, her body twisted like a pretzel into a fetal position. Her hands were permanently flexed to the point that her fingers nearly touched her wrists, her feet were locked in a downward position…

One day someone called in Barbara’s story to the radio station of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. A request was broadcast for listeners to pray fervently for her. Some 450 Christians wrote letters to her church saying they were lifting up Barbara in prayer.

On Pentecost Sunday, 1981, her aunt came over to read her some of the letters in which people offered prayers for her healing. Two girlfriends joined them. Suddenly, during a lull in the conversation, Barbara heard a man's voice speak from behind her even though there was nobody else in the room. “The words were clear and articulate, and spoken with great authority, but also with great compassion,” Marshall wrote.
Said the voice, “My child, get up and walk.”…
“Barb felt compelled to do immediately what she was divinely instructed, so she literally jumped out of bed and removed her oxygen. She was standing on legs that had not supported her for years. Her vision was back and she was no longer short of breath even without her oxygen. Her contractions were gone and she could move her feet and hands freely.”

Everyone moved to the living room to offer a tearful prayer of thanksgiving, although Barbara found it hard to sit still. That evening there was a worship service at Wheaton Wesleyan Church where Barbara’s family attended.

“O LORD God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” 2 Chronicles 20:6

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