"2019 Has Gone"
Dear Friends and Family,
Where has 2019 gone? It only seems like it just began, but now it’s ended. Remember January 1st 2019 and all the New Years Resolutions we may have made? We thought we had plenty of time to achieve all of them. But instead we have fallen short and are now caring them over into the New Year. It is surprising how soon we forget the promises we made to change. Some people write them down in a book and put a completion date behind them, but then they forget where they placed the book. It is much easier to stay the same than it is to change. We cut back on some of our old habits, but it isn’t long before we are right back into the same old rut, doing the very same thing that we said we were not going to do anymore. It is said that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. I guest it could also be said, “It’s easier to teach an old dog new tricks than it is to keep our new years resolutions”. But just as the Old Dog we too get set in our ways, and it is hard to change unless we have help. I’m not talking about getting help from medical professionals. I’m talking about getting help from God. It’s not in Self Help Books either. It’s in the Books of the Bible. The book of Proverbs is a good place to start. In Proverbs 2:6 it says, “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding”.
The definition of insanity is “doing things the same way and expecting something different”. We have to learn new ways, because doing things the old way doesn’t always work. Sometimes it is as simple as admitting we are wrong and being willing to change. I guess one of the biggest things that stand in our way is Pride. We can’t always do things on our own. Maybe seeking the Lord first for help is the answer.
I believe that the Lord is saying that the year of 2020 will be a Year of New Vision, being able to see things clearly and keeping our sight focused on the things of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. It goes on to say in Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Are you looking for peace and rest in your life in 2020. For now more than ever before is the time to make the biggest resolution you could ever make, and that is to turn away from doing things your own way, and turning your life over completely to Jesus.
So now would be a good time to forget about the past, for it is gone forever. But we can now look forward to setting our sights on the Kingdom of Heaven, for there isn’t much time left before Jesus comes back for His own. So get ready for the Kingdom of God is at Hand.
Overview of 2019 Ministry
Last year we seen more people saved and many more rededicating their lives to Jesus than any of the previous years in our ministry. God has been healing people of things we haven’t ever seen before in our ministry. And that isn’t just in the healing and miracle services, but outside the church as well. God wants to be God outside the church as well as inside the church. It seems as if we have forgotten what our commission is as Christians. We were saved for a purpose, not just for ourselves to be saved and satisfied with the status quo. STATUS QUO is defined as ONLY EXITING, but that’s where we find ourselves much too often.
As we look back over the past year we find that God has truly been faithful. There were many that came our way, but by the grace of God we were able to overcome.
It has been truly amazing as to what we were able to accomplish through all the obstacles. Starting this year in May when I had emergency heart surgery and again in December when I broke three of my ribs. Like a broken bone, once it heals it is stronger than ever. The more the Devil tries to put us down, the more determined we are to get back up and do even more for the Lord. Life is like a tug-of-war. The team that is the strongest will win. God is the strongest, so it just makes good sense to be on the winning side, God’s side.
In 2019 we were able to minister in 4 States, 12 Cities, and in 30 different Churches. We continue to minister outside the church as well. We have prayed for many people in restaurants, businesses, hospitals and homes, and see God heal them and see them come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
One day we were at Walmart in the frozen food isle. I was headed straight to the ice cream. Lena told me, “No, No don’t you even think about it.” Just then a lady came up to us and gave me a hug and said, “Oh let him have just one”. The lady had carpal tunnel, so we told her about the miracles God has been doing. While talking with her, her sister stopped by and looked at Lena and said, “I need a hug from you. So Lena hugged her. She then said again, “I need another hug from you”. Then we turned back to the lady with carpal tunnel and prayed for her, and all her pain left. Then her sister looked at Lena and said, “I have backslidden, I need to come back to the Lord”. Lena said, “How about now?” Then Lena took her hands and led her back to the Lord. She then broke up crying and said, “Who are you, where did you come from?”
Here are just a few of the different types of healing miracles God has been doing:
--- Couldn’t stand without pain in back, all pain left. --- Pinched sciatic nerves, all pain left.
--- Cataracts gone. --- Pressure behind the eye, all pressure gone. --- Seeing floaters in the eyes, gone. --- Not able to move their neck without pain, all pain gone. --- Only seeing 40% in one eye, sight restored. --- Bad rotator cuffs, restored to full motion without any pain. --- Padding in the knee was gone leaving it bone on bone with much pain, all pain left. --- Problems breathing due to asthma, breathing restored to normal. --- Carpal tunnel, all pain gone and had freedom of movement in wrist. --- One leg shorter than the other, both legs now the same size. --- Pigeon toed, feet straighten. --- Hole in the heart, funny feeling in the chest when breathing, could now breathe normal. --- Knee would give out to the side while walking, knee stayed in place. --- Knee pain due to arthritis, all pain gone. --- Growth on the nose completely went away within a month, left no scars.
It was truly an exciting year, and to God be the Glory for all He has done.
We serve an Awesome God and He loves and cares for you. Would you like to accept Jesus into your heart as your Savior ? If so just ask Him to forgive you of all your sins and ask Him to come into your heart.
Richard and Lena McNees
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