1) Introduction (Updated: 2010)
Since 2008, I’ve been very interested in healing. It started with being introduced to Bill Johnson’s ministry, reading his books and watching YouTubes of Christians (who have been impacted by Bill Johnson and Bethel Church, Redding) doing healing inside and outside the church walls. My journey into healing greatly accelerated in 2010 when I encountered Curry Blake’s teachings on healing (his Divine Healing Technician teaching – see below) around May and also hanging out with people (see below) in the United States who were going around healing people on the streets in early July. Since returning to Singapore (mid-July 2010), I’ve been hitting the streets and praying for people. Through this blog, facebook and various forums on healing, I’ve gotten to know others in Singapore passionate about healing, many of whom have been greatly impacted by Curry Blake’s teachings. We’ve been encouraging and challenging each other in this exciting journey, meeting regularly (almost weekly) to study and practice healing. The journey continues and will only get more exciting as God teaches us more about this area. Meanwhile, below are some resources (which will be updated regularly as I learn more and more) on healing that have helped me and will help you in your journey into healing. For Singaporeans reading this (or people coming to Singapore), we want to connect with you. Please scroll down this page to the last section “Calling Singaporeans!”
2) Curry Blake
Curry’s Divine Healing Technician (DHT) training – a series of 19 freely downloadable mp3s (slightly under 20 hours of teaching) – has transformed my life and the lives of many of my friends who are now passionate and active in the healing ministry. I consider this the most foundational teaching on healing available anywhere. That’s not to say I agree with everything – I do agree with most stuff but also feel it ought to be complemented by the resources below. I believe in learning from the strengths of different people. However, it’s the place to start to get inspired and lifted in one’s faith for healing. Curry, the prophesied successor of John G. Lake (the Christian with perhaps the greatest healing ministry of all time till now) and now overseer of John G. Lake Ministries (JGLM), is pretty dogmatic and quite confrontational as he destroys a lot of traditional “sacred cow” teachings on healing believed by many Christians. While I don’t normally like dogmatic teachings and am very open to learn from various places, I have to acknowledge that it’s the confrontational and dogmatic nature of his teachings that challenged me and transformed my thinking and practice.
3) Bill Johnson
I’ve read almost all his books. While I think Curry’s teachings on healing are better (or at least more foundational) and inspire greater faith and action, Bill and his church (Bethel Church, Redding) have inspired a generation of believers to move in the miraculous and they are perhaps more balanced overall. If there’s one Church in the world that I think functions as a great model with regards to how things ought to be (teaching, equipping, loving, serving, honoring, etc.) this has got to be the Church. Bill was the one who got me started in my journey into healing and the supernatural. His two major books on healing are When Heaven Invades Earth and The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind. I read these two books a while back and so I can’t remember much – need to re-read them. But they’ve definitely played a great part in me having my now subconscious bent towards the miraculous and healing. A lot of his sermons can also be downloaded for free here. For an overview of the differences between Curry Blake’s and Bill Johnson’s teachings on healings, see this Youtube done by Ryan Rhoades.
4) Andrew Wommack
Andrew is probably my overall favorite Christian teacher. He comes from the Word of Faith tradition and is probably one of the best and most balanced representatives of that tradition. He has tons of audio teachings (all free!) on every kind of topic. He has so much good stuff that I’ve listened to over and over again. His healing series is God Wants You Well. This goes very well with other series like The Believer’s Authority, A Better Way To Pray, You’ve Already Got It and Spirit, Soul & Body. His teaching on healing is pretty similar to Curry except that (in accordance generally with the Word of Faith tradition) the focus is more on believers receiving their healing, than on us ministering healing to others, which is Curry’s primary focus.
5) Roger Sapp
I like Roger’s New Covenant, Jesus-centered and gospel-centered views on healing, and his relaxed rest-centered approach to the healing ministry. Out of all the books I’ve read on healing so far (still waiting for the release of Curry’s book), his book Performing Miracles and Healing is probably my favorite because of its simplicity and its right focus (on studying Jesus’ miracles and healing thoroughly). His Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt is also a good book. You can also download some free files (including audio teachings) here as well as watch hours of recent teaching sessions (9th to 12th November 2010 in Ohio) by him here. Searching for “Roger Sapp” on Youtube will yield some good videos of him demonstrating healing while you can download some of his healing teachings if you go to New Life Christian Fellowship’s past sermons (25th and 26th March 2007).
6) Mike Endicott
Of all the people I’ve written about here, I know the least about Mike. However, from the little I’ve heard and read from (and about) him, I can tell it’s good stuff. Mike and Roger are friends so their teachings would be pretty similar. The gospel of Jesus Christ is very central to both their healing ministries and that’s what I like about them. Mike is especially keen to keep the connection between healing and gospel proclamation together – i.e. through proclaiming the gospel even while praying for healing (through proclamatory prayers that proclaim both the gospel and healing) or through praying for healing whenever the gospel is preached. Mike founded The Order of Jacob’s Well which is involved in training people to minister healing and sells a DVD healing course entitled In His Footsteps: Rediscovering Kingdom Healing. I’m hoping to go through this and other of his materials soon and I’m quite excited about it.
7) Joseph Prince
I’m currently attending Joseph Prince’s church in Singapore and have been listening to his gospel-centered messages the past few years. Pastor Prince doesn’t focus on healing per se (his teachings on Holy Communion, very similar to Curry Blake’s, is probably the teaching most directly relevant to healing), but a lot of his materials are extremely relevant to understanding and ministering healing. He is big on understanding the New Covenant, the finished work of Christ, our identity in Christ, how condemnation and guilt hinders faith and how knowing the Father’s love for us and the grace of God inspires faith in us. I think these truths are extremely important in receiving and ministering healing and everyone I recommend here understands these truths well, though Pastor Prince is probably the best preacher of these truths in the world.
In relation to healing, one thing he’s taught me is the strong relationship between understanding/experiencing the Father’s love (and God’s grace) and our faith. The more we understand how much we are loved and how gracious God is, the more faith will rise up within us because faith is often hindered by guilt and condemnation. Therefore, the best way to inspire faith in people is to preach God’s love and grace towards them: “When you see Jesus in His grace, He sees you in your faith”. An example of this according to Pastor Prince is that the only two people in the Bible that Jesus mentioned had great faith (the Roman Centurion and Canaanite woman) were Gentiles and not Jews. The reason both had great faith is because as non-Jews they were not under the law and thus did not disqualify themselves from receiving their miracle. Focusing on the law (or what we have to do for God) produces sin-consciousness, guilt and condemnation, which causes us to disqualify ourselves from receiving God’s blessings. Focusing on grace and God’s love towards us, on the other hand, inspires faith in us to receive from God. That’s an awesome (and pretty unique – at least in his interpretation of why the two had great faith) way of looking at things.
Viewing things the above way (preach grace to produce faith) can be a good corrective to the constant focus on faith (preach faith to produce faith) by the Word of Faith tradition (of which Pastor Prince counts himself as part) which may not necessarily produce faith, but could actually turn faith into a work. Having said that, I think that just as too much preaching on faith can be harmful and unbalanced, too much focus on grace without also talking about our responsibility to exercise faith can also be unbalanced. Sometimes you need to preach on faith (and also healing) to inspire faith for healing. Andrew Wommack tries to tackle getting the balance right here in his Living In The Balance Of Grace And Faith.
In relation to healing, Pastor Prince isn’t strong on authority and dominion like Curry is. He’s more on the rest/”it is finished” side, while Curry is on the aggressiveness/”it’s a war” side. Both are true and complement each other, though it’s not easy to know how to balance both.
Anyway, what about resources from Pastor Prince? His book Destined to Reign is awesome and I recommend also buying or watching (through Cable TV) his sermons – more information at his website, JosephPrince.org.
8) Power and Love Ministries
While the above people have each got their own systematized teachings on healing (except Joseph Prince who doesn’t focus on healing) born out of their own journeys, Power and Love Ministries consists of a group of ministers that move around teaching power (i.e. healing) and prophetic evangelism in conferences. The lovely thing about this conference is that each of the four days consist of a teaching session in the morning followed by actually going out to the streets to pray for people, with the same sequence being repeated in the afternoon. I like that! Anyway, what they say is good and because of the nature of the conference (it’s not just about teaching, but also about action), there’s a balance between solid teaching and inspiring people to step out to practice what they’ve learned. The conference videos can be viewed for free here.
9) The Elijah Challenge
Having gone through The Elijah Challenge in Singapore (in October 2010, see here), I’ve decided to include this course in this list. I don’t agree with everything taught in this course (and it differs in some important ways from the above teachings), but there are also some strong points that the teachings/courses above lack. Firstly, the course is short, clear and very organized with a particular focus on authority believers have over sickness. While it’s not very comprehensive (because it’s short), it gets its main point across very well. Secondly, there were tons of healing demonstrations during the course that got the audience involved in praying for the sick – or commanding sickness to go away. I think this is immensely important – there’s nothing better than practicing what we’ve learned! For free downloadable resources (Videos and Manual), go here.
All of the above people have a few things in common and that’s why their teachings are so good and highly recommended by me. Firstly, they don’t claim to be able to move in healing in a way that we can’t. They are not your Benny Hinns (bless him – he’s powerfully used by God) and don’t claim to be some specially anointed person that you and I can’t be unless specially chosen by God. The above resources are not primarily about giving you fish (healing), but teaching you how to fish (minister healing to others). Secondly, they are grace-based, New Covenant focused and understand the power of knowing one’s identity – except for The Elijah Challenge which doesn’t focus on this area. To receive one’s healing and minister healing, it’s imperative to know how much the Father loves us and wants to make us whole. We don’t receive and minister healing because we’re holier than others. Sin-consciousness will not get us anywhere with regards to receiving or ministering healing. Son-consciousness, however, will – focusing on Jesus and His Work and knowing that we too are beloved Sons and Daughters of Daddy God. Lastly, for the above people, healing is simple. There’s a lot of complex healing theology going around the church which makes healing seem almost impossible to be received or to minister to others. While Curry best dismantles these sacred cow teachings on healing, the others also do so to a certain extent – although The Elijah Challenge still mentions some sacred cow teachings.
Probably my favorite YouTube regarding street healing is this: Healing Revival Breaking out at Disneyland. I was amazed when I first saw it and I still show it to my friends and I’m moved always. These are some good YouTube channels showcasing street healings and other things related to healing: Ryan Rhoades, Pete Cabrera Jr., Brandon Lee, Joel Jackson and Tom Fischer. Search for “Todd White” on YouTube to see some good street healings by Todd.
Wanderlust Productions has produced two films on God’s miraculous power and love working through Christians worldwide: Finger of God and Furious Love. Finger of God can actually be found on YouTube (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10). I’m looking forward to Peter Cabrera Jr.’s The Power Of Attorney instructional DVD featuring “people from all around the world teaching the Body of Christ how to Preach the Gospel with signs and wonders”. It should be released in April 2011 and should be awesome!
12) Blogs and Websites
Many people have been inspired by Ryan Rhoade’s Revival Or Riots Ministries. Check out also Brandon Lee’s I am a Spirit and Dennis Botranger’s blog. I stayed and hung out with the three of them and their friends for 2 days during my stay in the States (July 2010) and seeing them do healing as a lifestyle inspired me. I also spent an awesome three days with Michael and some of his friends – Michael blogs at theJesusMethod – as well as with Nick who blogs at lyfestyle ministries. Jessie Campbell of triumphministries is a friend to some of us in Singapore and besides going to the streets in Perth, she also does healing through Skype! Contact her if you need healing :)
13) Calling Singaporeans!
For Singaporeans (or people in Singapore) interested in moving in healing, we want to get to know you. There is a group of us (from different churches) passionate about growing in healing who have communicated (and met up) regularly since July 2010. Drop me an email at jonathan at stillhaventfound.org if you’re interested to get to know this group. We’d like to get to know other Singaporeans so we can all encourage and challenge each other in the healing ministry. We have also brought (and continue to bring) various people from overseas into Singapore who can help us in our own journey and help promote the healing ministry among Christians in Singapore.
Besides good teaching on ministering healing (which can be found above), the other very important thing that helped me to grow in this area and caused me to step out to pray for strangers on the streets is simply being with a group that does that! When you’re with people doing it, you catch the spirit of it all. That’s why this group meets together – to encourage each other. And any of you are welcome to join us :)