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I’ve never met Andrew Bennett, but I liked his approach to life on the World Race, so I followed his blog and have continued to do so after he came home.   Almost all racers struggle with re-entry. There are the same relationships they left a year ago. There are the situations where the…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
I’ve never met Andrew Bennett, but I liked his approach to life on the World Race, so I followed his blog and have continued to do so after he came home.
Almost all racers struggle with re-entry. There are the same relationships they left a year ago. There are the situations where they struggled in the past. Nothing much has changed except them. They’ve seen blind eyes open; they’ve seen the lame walk; they’ve preached the gospel around the world and cast out demons in Jesus’ name. How do you top that?
As with all racers, the question of, “What do you do for an encore after you’ve seen the world?” loomed large for Andrew. His answer? Nothing stops. You just keep doing what you learned to do on the race. He shares what that looked like:
JD and I decided to go to a local hospital in Oakland about a week ago.  I saw a woman limping and using a cane.  She said she had stiffness in both her legs and was in pain.  I asked if I could pray for her and she willingly said yes.  So bending down and putting my hand on her foot I started to command the stiffness to leave her body and proclaim life and healing in Jesus name.  She checked out her legs and immediately looked amazed that it was gone and she felt better. 

By this point she was quite excited and started to open up about her life to us.  She told us that she used to be a Christian 10 years ago and had two good friends that she used to go to church with, but had lost touch with one and the other had since passed away.  We then parted ways and we laughed as she walked away forgetting her cane. 
An hour later I came across the same lady who had been healed of stiffness in her leg.  She was quite ecstatic so I attempted to calm her down and figure out why.  She said that right after talking with me she ran into her friend, the Christian friend of hers that she hadn’t seen in 10 years and was able to reunite with her.  God’s timing is impeccable!
In Berkeley we noticed a girl to the side of us being held up by two guys on both sides of her.  She was limping and not really putting any pressure on one of her feet.  JD walked up to her and asked her what happened.  She said that she had just twisted it and thought it was sprained or broken.  He then offered his “medical assistance” and leaned down to place his hands on her foot. 
After praying he asked her how she felt and I seriously wish you all could have seen the look on her face as she was able to stand on her hurting foot again.  She walked away on both of her feet feeling quite stunned at what had just happened. 
Andrew’s conclusion: “Preaching the gospel, praying for the sick, and walking in the supernatural is NOT for an elite group of Christians, but for ALL believers!  Jesus said, ‘the Kingdom of God is at Hand.’  It is supposed to be something tangible that we can touch and interact with.  The Kingdom is within us…we just need to learn how to release it by trying!”

When Jesus gave all authority to his disciples and to us, he didn’t put an asterisk on it. We just need to step out in faith and watch him do the rest.

Comments (7)

  • That’s awesome! Chinese house church leader, Brother Yun, said it great, “Miracles follow obedient people”.
    I believe that if we would step out in obedience to God’s word, we would see the blind eyes opened, lame walking, and the dead raised, and most importantly, many regenerated hearts. I love what Paul says in 1 Cor 2v4-5: “My speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”.

    Grace & Peace,

  • Seth,

    Thank you for the reminder that our radical God delivers radical results. I was walking in this type of faith 3 years ago. Since then, discouragements and skepticism crept into our lives after some very challenging life events – a failed business, having to move and start over, and basically a loss of our community of Kingdom-minded friends we had lived out life with for 17 years.

    This is a wake up call for me to continue to pursue bringing His Kingdom here to earth in my daily life.


  • We are praying for you.
    Expecting to hear from you soon.
    By your in Christ Na In His Vineyard
    Pastor K.Shakti Simon Paul&Menaka Blessy Paul
    The Delhi Vineyard Fellowship Village Rohini House No: 119/263 Dera Gaji Khan Parwana Road Near Tarun Enclave Madrasi Colony Pitampura Delhi-110034.Delhi State India.
    Ph: +91-9871533123 +91-9871533122, [email protected]
    Please pray for my family and my Two sons John Jacob and help for the X-Mas Celebrations with u, pray for the New Believers, pray for the church Leaders, pray for the John Dass Family who gve his hourse for the fellowship,pray for finance spport for my family, pray for the hand pump water in the Tamil nadu that very urgent this time.
    And I wish u very very special and Blessing
    worm Happy X- Mass to you and your friends,family,

  • This is what I have been thinking about the past couple of days. Instead of sitting in the corner and waiting for God to show up sometimes we have to initiate the conversation and trust that He will move.

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