Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering

Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering

by Elizabeth A. Johnson

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Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering by Elizabeth A. Johnson

What Does God Say About suffering? As humans, we are bound to suffer physical affliction on this earth. However, as Christians, what should our response be to that affliction? Should we simply accept it and stoically go on with our lives? Seek help through prayer, but reject medicine? Attend dramatic healing services? Does God still heal sickness today? If so, how do we access His healing? Touching the Hem considers these questions and more. It starts with a thorough look upward at God-who He claims to be, what He has done for us in the past, and what He promises to do in the future. It then looks at our circumstances, observing physical affliction through the lens of God's Word. Only then does it turn the gaze inward, considering our response to physical suffering, and how to live according to biblical principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620202050
Publisher: Ambassador Emerald
Publication date: 06/24/2013
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Johnson was diagnosed with a rare disease, Wegner’s Granulomatosis, in April 2007. God has used her illness to completely rearrange her life. She and her husband were married just a few months after her diagnosis. Since Elizabeth was no longer able to work, she spent many hours at home resting and regaining strength. She re-discovered her love of writing and started a blog ministry entitled “DogFur and Dandelions.” Through her blog and other writings, she regularly encourages others toward Christ-centered living. Elizabeth and her husband, James, currently reside in South Carolina where they are preparing for a dual ministry in church-planting and military chaplaincy.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction 15

Part I A Look at God s Character

Chapter 1 God's Immutability and Faithfulness 23

Chapter 2 God's Knowledge and Wisdom 29

Chapter 3 God's Goodness 35

Chapter 4 God's Loving-Kindness 39

Chapter 5 God's Sovereignty 43

Chapter 6 Names of God 49

Chapter 7 Overview of God's Character 53

Part II A Look at God's Works

Chapter 8 Ministry on Earth 57

Chapter 9 Work of Atonement 63

Chapter 10 Promise of Glorification 71

Part III A Look at Our Circumstances

Chapter 11 Certainty of Suffering 77

Chapter 12 Origins of Suffering 79

Chapter 13 Purposes of Physical Suffering 83

Chapter 14 Examples of Physical Suffering 91

Part IV A Look at Our Response

Chapter 15 Scriptural Principles for Healing 97

Chapter 16 Physical Means of Healing 111

Chapter 17 Sinful Attempts at Healing 117

Part V A Look at God s Response

Chapter 18 Putting It All Together 127

Chapter 19 Waiting for Healing 131

Chapter 20 Lack of Healing 137

Appendix A Healings Performed during Christ's Earthly Ministry 143

Appendix B General Purposes of Trials 145

Appendix C Practical Suggestions for Dealing with Illness 151

Appendix D Suggested Readings by Topic 153

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love about this book is that Elizabeth does not simply share biblical references on how God has exhibited His healing powers. She sets up these stories of healing by first taking a look at the attributes of God Himself. We must understand who God is in order that we might understand healing. What I have learned through personal experience is that healing is not always what we envision it to be. The answers to our prayers are not always in the way we expect. We must understand that it is God who is in control of everything. I would highly recommend Touching the Hem to anyone who is experiencing a chronic illness, a debilitating disease, or to anyone who is a caregiver for or close to someone afflicted in some way. As someone coping with a significant loss, I would also recommend it to anyone who may have experienced a loss and may be having a difficult time understanding why it appears that God chooses to heal some and not others. I believe there is so much hope packed into this book!