Inspirational Videos

Rev. John Arnold
1st Video

Dear Facebook Family and Friends,I have been struggling with multiple heath issues for the past two years, In addition, this last year I also received a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Unfavorable. I am now 4 months past what I call my "Expiration Date" or the time my doctors said I had to live. My doctors are amazed but I know without a doubt that your prayers and support have gotten me to this point. I am eternally grateful for the outpouring of love given to me and simply want to give back that same hope and encouragement.The Lord placed upon my heart the needs of the community based on my experience and the experience of friends. With the help of some good friends, I have recorded three video's that I pray will encourage people going through the difficult experience of a terminal medical diagnosis or the loss of a loved one. It is also my hope that you might find inspired ways to use these videos, perhaps as a personal study, a family devotional, or used in a small group discussion such as Sunday School or Bible Study.To aid your review, you will find a study guide below that can help you process these videos. Each person on the video has helped me in preparing questions for your use to process the material. I also encourage you to share this video on your Facebook page. I feel led to encourage as many people as possible who might be experiencing difficult times.Today's video features Ben Williams, retired US Army Colonel and retired manager at ServPro. Today we are talking about living in God's grace with the diagnosis of cancer. I hope this video is a blessing. Study Guide:[1] What was your first reaction when you were given a diagnosis of cancer? How did your feelings change over time? [2] How did receiving a diagnosis of your cancer and developing an honest relationship with your Doctors become a source of strength for you? [3] What can you do "to deposit good memories in your family bank?"How does a diagnosis of cancer touch the lives of your family and friends?[4] (Read John 9:1 - 3:1 in several different Bible translations)Even in the midst of hardship and difficulties, how is the work of God being displayed in your life? [5] Ben said that what God wants to do with his life is what is important.What does God want to do in your life?How can His working in your life bring you and others hope and peace? [6] (Read Luke 5:12-13 in several different Bible translations)How does knowing that Jesus wants you to be made whole bring you hope? [7] How does knowing that God loves you deeply bring you hope and comfort?

Posted by John William Arnold on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rev. John Arnold
2nd Video

Dear Facebook Family and Friends,I have been struggling with multiple heath issues for the past two years, In addition this last year I also received a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Unfavorable. I am now 4 months past what I call my "Expiration Date" or the time my doctors said I had to live. My doctors are amazed but I know with a doubt that your prayers and support have gotten me to this point. I am eternally grateful for the outpouring of love given to me and simply want to give back that same hope and encouragement.The Lord placed upon my heart the needs of the community based on my experience and the experience of friends. With the help of some good friends, I have recorded three video's that I pray will encourage people going through the difficult experience of a terminal medical diagnosis or the loss of a loved one. It is also my hope that you might find inspired ways to use these videos, perhaps as a personal study, a family devotional, or used in a small group discussion such as Sunday School or Bible Study. To aid your review, you will find a study guide below that can help you process these videos. Each person on the video has helped me in preparing questions for your use to process the material. I also encourage you to share this video on your Facebook page to encourage as many people as we can who are experiencing difficult times.Today's video features Jonathan Dow, worship leader and past Executive Director of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. We talk about where God is in the midst of struggle and loss. I hope this video is a blessing. Study Guide:[1] (Read Isaiah 61:1-3 in a couple of different Bible translations) Sometime the process of healing in our grief takes place when we experience a divine exchange.What things in your journey of grief might God be inviting you to surrender?As you surrender, what gifts of grace does God offer “instead”?[2] (Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 in a couple of different Bible translations)In how many tribulations or trials does God offer comfort?It appears that we are recipients of the gift of God’s comfort for more than one reason.Who might be comforted as you share the grace of God that you have received in your journey of grief?[3] Jonathan speaks of God preparing him and his wife for the losses they would encounter.How do you experience God's gentle preparation for difficult times?[4] (Read 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:1 in a couple of different Bible translations)We grieve over many things.Considering the duration and the significance of their relationship, why do you think Saul was grieving?What is significant to you about the way that God addressed the fact that Samuel was “stuck” in his grief?[5] Why do you think a lot of time we interpret sickness and difficult times as punishment?How does knowing that God loves you and forgives you 100% help anchor your soul through challenging times?[6] (Read John 11:32 in a couple of different Bible translations)Why do you think that Mary fell at the feet of Jesus?Is it significant to you that Mary responded this way before she spoke to Jesus?What comfort and hope do you receive as you see how Jesus responds to both Mary and earlier in chapter 11, to Martha?[7] Jonathan makes a statement that the people that we lose to death are not in our past, but in our future because they are with Jesus.How does that knowledge bring hope you hope and comfort?

Posted by John William Arnold on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rev. John Arnold
3rd Video

Dear Facebook Family and Friends,This is the last of the three videos created to help you cope with challenges and emotions during illness and grief. My prayer is for these videos to give you peace in the midst of the storm. If you have not been able to view the other two, please go to my FB page.To recap: I have been struggling with multiple heath issues for the past two years, In addition this last year I also received a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Unfavorable. I am now almost 5 months past what I call my "Expiration Date" or the time my doctors said I had to live. My doctors are amazed but I know without a doubt that your prayers and support have gotten me to this point. I am eternally grateful for the outpouring of love given to me and simply want to give back that same hope and encouragement.The Lord placed upon my heart the needs of the community based on my experience and the experience of my friends. With the help of some good friends, Amy Herrin and Gloria Herrin, we recorded what these fine men, Jonathan Dow, Ben Williams and Dr. Ted Hill lived through. We are praying these videos will encourage people going through the difficult experience of a terminal medical diagnosis or the loss of a loved one. It is also my hope that you might find inspired ways to use these videos, perhaps as a personal study, a family devotional, or used in a small group discussion such as Sunday School or Bible Study. To aid your review, you will find a study guide below that can help you process these videos. Each person on the video has helped me in preparing questions for your use to process the material. I only ask that you share on your Facebook page to encourage as many people as we can who are experiencing difficult times. Today's video features Dr. Ted Hill, a Medical Doctor and a Deacon of the United Methodist Church. In this video, we are discussing the medical and Biblical understanding of healing. Study Guide: Read in several translations - Isaiah 40:28-31[1] What does this discussion tell you about God? Study Guide: Read in several translations – Job 3:24-26[2] What does this discussion tell you about humanity? Study Guide: Read in several translations – Psalm 41:2-4[3] What did this discussion tell you about the relationship between God and humanity?Study Guide: Read in several translations – Psalm 55:22[4] What is the difference between healing and curing? Study Guide: Read in several translations – Malachi 3:2-4[5] How does the connection between our spirituality and our physical well-being play out in our lives? Study Guide: Read in several translations – II Corinthians 1:5[6] What does Jesus mean when He says that He offers us "abundant life?" Study Guide: Read in several translations – Romans 8: 38-39[7] How does knowing that we are not alone in our struggles give us strength and hope?

Posted by John William Arnold on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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