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I know you folks have blessed me with your prayer, so today I have came to share with you my testimony from the heart transplant and how our Lord and Savior was their through it all. So I’m going to talk a deep breath and will share what the Lord as shown me and how he used me for changing lives.
Your bulletin insert is here for three reasons.
Your bulletin insert is here for three reasons.
To keep me on track
1. To keep me on track
To provide you with verses that helped me through the tough times
2. To provide you with verses that helped me through the tough times
To help you also become spiritually stronger when tough times strike
3. To help you also become spiritually stronger when tough times strike
ü A little background on my heart before transplant:
A little background on my heart before transplant:
Born with Transposition for the great vessels
o Born with Transposition for the great vessels
o Through high school life was normal as a kid
Through high school life was normal as a kid
o Then from the age of 20-38, those 18yrs included
Then from the age of 20-38, those 18 yrs included
At least a dozen heart oblations to stop arrhythmia's
§ At least a dozen heart oblations to stop arrhythmias
Problem with my heart pausing
§ Problem with my heart pausing
Seven pace makers
§ Seven pace makers
With the last pacemaker/defibrillator they were had to go in by opening my chest cavity just to get it in
ü With the last pacemaker/defibrillator they were had to go in by opening my chest cavity just to get it in
They noticed the heart would need replaced in some time down the road but it never sunk in fully
o They noticed the heart would need replaced in some time down the road but it never sunk in fully
About a year half later I was sick enough I needed to be added to the transplant list in November of 2011
o About a year half later I was sick enough I needed to be added to the transplant list in November of 2011
At this point my life changes beyond what anyone can fully understand. It’s not like most medical issues where meds and/or surgery can save you. Only, only the death of another person can save you.
ü At this point my life changes beyond what anyone can fully understand. It’s not like most medical issues where meds and/or surgery can save you. Only, only the death of another person can save you.
One of my main prayers in my time of waiting was that I not get the heart of a lost soul I would rather they have time to change their life and the Lord take me. And as I waited on the Lord here is what I learned in this time.
ü One of my main prayers in my time of waiting was that I not get the heart of a lost soul I would rather they have time to change their life and the Lord take me. And as I waited on the Lord here is what I learned in this time.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
ü Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Waiting: it is a mental war
Waiting: it is a mental war
o Having so many days and long nights lying in a hospital bed hoping for someone to die, for some family to suffer the pain of loss. Knowing if that didn’t happen I was laying on the bed and in the room not that I might die in, but will die in. For me it was like a death chamber.
Having so many days and long nights lying in a hospital bed hoping for someone to die, for some family to suffer the pain of loss. Knowing if that didn’t happen I was laying on the bed and in the room not that I might die in, but will die in. For me it was like a death chamber.
As of Tuesday 2:03pm the waiting list of people needing organs or they will die in less than a year, 120,860 Organ Transplants done January - October 24,132 Different numbers when it was me but the same bad odds.
o As of Tuesday 2:03pm the waiting list of people needing organs or they will die in less than a year, 120,860 Organ Transplants done January - October 24,132 Different numbers when it was me but the same bad odds.
o I know you and many others around the world had been praying for me and for that I say thank you
I know you and many others around the world had been praying for me and for that I say thank you
o Friends and family that visit help immensely in keeping you upbeat and as a release for the mental anguish. Also the relationships you build with nurses and nurses aids makes friends available 24/7
Friends and family that visit help immensely in keeping you upbeat and as a release for the mental anguish. Also the relationships you build with nurses and nurses aids makes friends available 24/7
o Yet I was still hurting until the Lord smacked me with His 2x4 to get my attention.
Yet I was still hurting until the Lord smacked me with His 2x4 to get my attention.
So in my wait The Lord reminded me of this next verse
o So in my wait The Lord reminded me of this next verse
ü I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
Meditate on His ways: Recall the why in your faith
Meditate on His ways: Recall the why in your faith
At times like this our faith is the best crutch to lean on
o At times like this our faith is the best crutch to lean on
o It is recalling in my head and heart why we have faith and how the Lord has already blessed me.
It is recalling in my head and heart why we have faith and how the Lord has already blessed me.
It is applying scripture to my troubles and the Lords promises
o It is applying scripture to my troubles and the Lords promises
for me this was the first step to copping and getting back on focus
o for me this was the first step to copping and getting back on focus
ü I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
Meditate on His decrees judgment: Fetal position or fighting
Meditate on His decrees judgment: Fetal position or fighting
o Faith without deeds is death
Faith without deeds is death
I recalled if I don’t lift up my hands, my voice, my time, in what could be my last days why should the Lord even give me a new heart. In that moment I decided I’m going out swinging.
o I recalled if I don’t lift up my hands, my voice, my time, in what could be my last days why should the Lord even give me a new heart. In that moment I decided I’m going out swinging.
o The doors it opened with a captive audience that had to help me was great. A nurses aid= the small group she started at her church. Quite a few Nurses= about their personal relationship issues, their kids, their faith or lack of faith, their living arrangement issues, other religions they follow (Hinduism), and anything affecting them.
The doors it opened with a captive audience that had to help me was great. A nurses aid= the small group she started at her church. Quite a few Nurses= about their personal relationship issues, their kids, their faith or lack of faith, their living arrangement issues, other religions they follow (Hinduism), and anything affecting them.
This also included ending up several of the Nurses and Doctors family members they introduced me to like their kids, their parents, and their siblings some I talked with others I prayed for and with, then they would run in the next day sharing the blessings from their actions from our talks. What was cool about this is that they were so filled with joy from the Lord they would interrupt any other visitors I had.
o This also included ending up several of the Nurses and Doctors family members they introduced me to like their kids, their parents, and their siblings some I talked with others I prayed for and with, then they would run in the next day sharing the blessings from their actions from our talks. What was cool about this is that they were so filled with joy from the Lord they would interrupt any other visitors I had.
o One of the head doctors even offered his brother-in-law to speak at the church who just returned from his mission field. And of course I said yes because blessing and helping one another as believers is what family does. It turned out it was the first time his parent heard him speak. That next week this missionaries mother was in the hospital and it gave me a chance to speak to his father about coming back to the Lord. Plus one of the desk clerks and his music group Common Garments even came to bless the church.
One of the head doctors even offered his brother-in-law to speak at the church who just returned from his mission field. And of course I said yes because blessing and helping one another as believers is what family does. It turned out it was the first time his parent heard him speak. That next week this missionaries mother was in the hospital and it gave me a chance to speak to his father about coming back to the Lord. Plus one of the desk clerks and his music group Common Garments even came to bless the church.
Hebrew 13:1–3 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
ü Hebrew 13:1–3 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Defining your prison: what do you call your prison
Defining your prison: what do you call your prison
Is it your job, your physical limitations, your home, or like mine was. The hospital bed I was laying in knowing you will probably die in was my cell.
o Is it your job, your physical limitations, your home, or like mine was. The hospital bed I was laying in knowing you will probably die in was my cell.
But then it clicked from this verse. I maybe in my bed cell but others in my cell block called 4JCW. They need someone who understands the mental war they are in and could sympathies with them but also bring them Christ heart of love.
o But then it clicked from this verse. I maybe in my bed cell but others in my cell block called 4JCW. They need someone who understands the mental war they are in and could sympathies with them but also bring them Christ heart of love.
About 1/3 of the folk were at different stages of transplant in our wing. One gentleman I met with several times got through transplant just to have cancer from the procedure. The doctor that asked me to visit this man who had only his wife visit once a week. The mental change he underwent was amazing not to mention his desire to go back to church and so did his wife after not attending for over a decade.
o About 1/3 of the folk were at different stages of transplant in our wing. One gentleman I met with several times got through transplant just to have cancer from the procedure. The doctor that asked me to visit this man who had only his wife visit once a week. The mental change he underwent was amazing not to mention his desire to go back to church and so did his wife after not attending for over a decade.
Talking with a 22yr old and his folks about his heart problem that was like mine. He felt life was ruined in the destruction of his college education by not being able to leave the hospital because the pump he was on. 20min and the pump was similar to a 5ft tall fridge requiring three people to help him walk with it. Unfortunately nothing seemed to help his depression but Praise the Lord he now has a new heart.
o Talking with a 22yr old and his folks about his heart problem that was like mine. He felt life was ruined in the destruction of his college education by not being able to leave the hospital because the pump he was on. 20min and the pump was similar to a 5ft tall fridge requiring three people to help him walk with it. Unfortunately nothing seemed to help his depression but Praise the Lord he now has a new heart.
ü you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
Ready for death: relationship with reflection
Ready for death: relationship with reflection
This is a question and a statement: Ready for death? Or ready for death.
o This is a question and a statement: Ready for death? Or ready for death.
Answer the question the scripture asks you “What is your life?” I was not going to lie down and wait for death or a heart and leave people hurting all around me. I wanted my potential death to end with my relationship with the Lord helping me reflect Christ to others.
o Answer the question the scripture asks you “What is your life?” I was not going to lie down and wait for death or a heart and leave people hurting all around me. I wanted my potential death to end with my relationship with the Lord helping me reflect Christ to others.
ü Finally one day when I was bad enough that I was bed bound and getting sicker they told me my blood work had changed and it would be much harder, to get a heart transplant match. That night I prayed lord if you’re done with me take me home, if not please provide. That week on August 29th I was told they had a heart for me and on the 30th. As I was being put to sleep I knew this would end with an upgraded heart for the Lord to live in or me in heaven. So I went to sleep praying…..Now I lay me down to sleep….And now I’m here, praise the Lord.
Finally one day when I was bad enough that I was bed bound and getting sicker they told me my blood work had changed and it would be much harder, to get a heart transplant match. That night I prayed lord if you’re done with me take me home, if not please provide. That week on August 29th I was told they had a heart for me and on the 30th. As I was being put to sleep I knew this would end with an upgraded heart for the Lord to live in or me in heaven. So I went to sleep praying…..Now I lay me down to sleep….And now I’m here, praise the Lord.
In closing I have to final thought for you to chew on this week.
ü In closing I have to final thought for you to chew on this week.
When you leave this earth to be with our Lord and Savior leave to inheritances:
1. When you leave this earth to be with our Lord and Savior leave to inheritances:
Monetary to your family and friends to bless them
a. Monetary to your family and friends to bless them
As an organ donor give the blessing to a lost soul to have more time to know their Savior, or a Christian more time to serve.
b. As an organ donor give the blessing to a lost soul to have more time to know their Savior, or a Christian more time to serve.
2. Remember these verses in times of personal struggle, family struggles, or even as a church family. Waiting on the Lord, Then meditate on His word to strengthen your faith, fight for the Lord when you are waiting scripture never be stagnate and imprisoned, and be ready to sacrifice all you have and ways you desire for the Lords will.
Remember these verses in times of personal struggle, family struggles, or even as a church family. Waiting on the Lord, Then meditate on His word to strengthen your faith, fight for the Lord when you are waiting scripture never be stagnate and imprisoned, and be ready to sacrifice all you have and ways you desire for the Lords will.
Amen, let’s pray
Spiritually Strong?
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Waiting:
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
Meditate on His ways:
I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
Meditate on His judgment:
Hebrew 13:1–3 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Defining your prison:
you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
What is your death:
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Pastor Tim Bohm
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