We want to thank those who have been concerned and take a moment to reply to the comments of “are we still alive?” and try to give a glimpse of why we have taken some time away from posting. Yes, we are all still alive, but because one of us who does most of the posting has been having health and disability issues it has taken us away to take care of those abounding needs.
We also have been dealing with potential transitional issues like looking for a better handicap accessible place to live, better ADA equipment, and trying to figure out how to deal with those things that are no longer physically feasible to do.
Though we have not been able to post in awhile, we have been surprised at the continued volume of visits and views from all over the world and thus has given us a strong incentive to get back to posting. If health issues improve and we can better accommodate those things that surround disability issues. Lord willing, we will be posting more often.
We thank those who have been able to help and those who pray for these often painful afflictions and difficult times.
We thought we would add a few videos and website links (below) that might be helpful for the disabled or for those of you who are healthy and have the means to help the disabled. Though we cannot endorse all those videos and links, we hope it will give you ideas of what could really help some to be more independent and less of a burden on others. Let’s not forget that in bearing burdens we are fulfilling the law of Christ:
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
These burdens are not necessarily people with disabilities, but they could be. The word “Bear” certainly gives the idea of enduring another’s weight of difficulties or troubles. These burdens surely could also be peculiar temptations, easily besetting sins, sorrows, and errors one needs help in overcoming (Gal 6:1). Romans focus is also on the stronger bearing infirmities (ασθενημα: scruple of conscience; ignorance) of the weak brother (Rom 14:1) pertaining to days and eating (Rom 14:5):
Romans 15:1-3 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Galatians 5:13-14 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Church history has shown that Antinomians, Licentiousness, and the Liberty of the flesh has a strong tendency of misusing the doctrines of grace (2 Pet 2:1-22; Jude 1:4; Tit 2:11-13). “To be freed from the ceremonial law is the Gospel liberty; to pretend freedom from the moral law is Antinomianism.” (Adam Clark). The true manifestations of grace should be serving by loving one another.
Philippians 2:1-8 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
When I’ve seen others carry large loads for the disabled (and myself) they tend to grow weary in bearing the weight and the concern is that they endure and faint not in the bearing of the weight.
Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Perhaps before we start in our well doing, we ought to take some time and think about Christ’s LOVE for us and what He DID for us:
1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
We have seen many types of infirmities of the weak:
– Infirmity in youth and inexperience (there is a great need for the stronger to bear these weak youth, often in teaching and guidance)
– Infirmity in age (there is a great need of visiting those aged in afflictions and can easily be found in nursing homes, adult homes, by knocking on a door …)
Let’s not forget James 1:27:
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
– Infirmities mentally (developmentally disabled)
– Infirmities in physical disabilities (blindness, deaf, mute, paralysis, etc.)
– Infirmities in lack of education and spiritual discernment
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
Comfort the feeble-minded (ολιγοψυχος little-spirited): The dispirited; faint-hearted; the downcast.
The weak: Who are weak in faith and knowledge.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Having been around many disabled people, most do not want emotional pity, but a true compassionate commitment of actions and understanding of what is helpful.
Matthew 9:36-38 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Often those with infirmities can experience fear, frustration, isolation, fatigue, loneliness, unanswered questions, longing for escape, apathy, hope for healing, anger, etc.
Also, we have seen those who neglect those with infirmities because of fear, awkwardness, jealousy, embarrassment, frustration, losing heart (or “burnout”), choosing pleasure of sins instead of suffering in well doing, etc.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Hebrews 11:25-27 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Soldiers of Christ can assume no liability in the recommendation of any of the below product(s), service(s) or organization(s), nor does this necessarily represent an endorsement:
(Caution: Joni is very ecumenical and sadly ignorant on some health issues)
Mark 7:32-37 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
Mark 2:1-12 And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Matthew 11:4-5 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Leviticus 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.
Deuteronomy 27:18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Exodus 4:10-11 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
John 9:2-7 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.infirmities [ασθενεια feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally, frailty:—disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness.]