Good News - March 2022

This month Good News Wants to Know... Have you ever witnessed a miracle? The greatest miracle I have experienced is the day I gave my heart to Jesus. I was raised in a Christian home, but my parents separated, and I became bitter toward God. My life went downhill fast. The day I forgave my father and committed my life to Jesus marked a drastic change in my life. A change that I could never have imagined. Jesse Carroccio, Station Manager, WRMB, Moody Radio This morning I experienced a miracle. I woke up! I could breathe, see, hear, smell, sit up, stand up, walk, read His Word and speak and interact in relationship with my wife, Jane. God gave me another day — now, that's a miracle. William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott PA In 1994 my father went to a doctor due to pressure he felt in his chest. He came out of the visit having been diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. He had a tumor the size of a grapefruit behind his heart and lungs. Due to the size and the proximity to vital organs the treatment options were limited, and the prognosis was grim. He was given only a few months to live. It was a devastating time for my family, but we never gave up hope. We prayed the Rosary daily while we planned for what we'd been told came next. But it never did. My father battled the cancer for the next year and a half, but in the end he won. His oncologist said his recovery was nothing short of a miracle. Though he never told us at the time, he said there were multiple points at which he had clarity that he could have given up, but that he was made aware that his work here wasn't done yet. My father, and that work, continues to this day. He's a walking, talking miracle. Brian Mudd, Program Director and Host of The Morning Rush & The Brian Mudd Show , iHeartMedia I feel like I have witnessed multiple miracles through the work of my uncle and godfather Rev. John Mericantante, the longtime parish priest of a small migrant community church in Pahokee, Florida. He was gifted a 16th century Russian icon, which is a jewel-encrusted painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child from a Palm Beach business owner and friend. This icon has been displayed at the 1933 church that resembles an early farmhouse church. The church was known as a shrine where pilgrims seeking miracles could come to pray. Over the time that my uncle was the pastor of the church, the miracles said to have occurred after people prayed at the church include a woman who had prayed for 10 years to have a baby and then gave birth, and a boy who was cured of a skin disease, as well as a woman who said her husband was cured of cancer. Fr. John said that people are not worshipping the artwork itself, but as they look at it, they view it as a “window into heaven,” and are asking the “Blessed Mother” to intervene. Additionally, the contributions of many generous people, Catholics and Jews alike, made the creation of a new church to replace the 90-year-old building a reality. Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 93 I think that many people neglect to see the many miracles that happen every day. The greatest miracles that I have seen have been people getting saved. Life transformation, people going from being dead in sin to alive in Christ, is the greatest miracle of all. To think that someone can go from an eternity in hell to a palace in Heaven because of what Jesus did on the cross is an amazing miracle! Chris Lane, President First Priority of South Florida I’m a real simple guy when it comes to the things of God, as I believe God does miracles all the time! My joy is that I get to occasionally see the part that I get to play in his work on this side of heaven. Twice per year, I see men make decisions for Christ at the semi-annual Gathering Of Men Breakfasts. And regularly I have men in the marketplace ask me, “can you pray for me,” and then weeks later I hear those very same men say, “I saw God do this.” These very things are miracles and impact the Kingdom and the community that we all love. “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:8-9). Be Encouraged! Dennis DeMarois, Executive Director, Gathering Palm Beach County In ministering to international graduate students at FAU, a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to pray for the young wife of a Hindu couple from Calcutta. Both were in graduate school. She was depressed and in great pain, severely crippled with diagnosed incurable, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her dear husband had to feed her and care for their three-year-old daughter as well. The Lord glorified Himself as the true God and compassionate healer to this beautiful family when He completely healed this precious wife and mother. Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship My life is a miracle. Christ sees me, loves me, calls me, forgives me, has mercy on me, and gives me hope day by day, night by night. Yes, my wife and I have also seen the miracles of God’s provision and healing; lots of stories. But could I recommend the tremendous work by Dr. Craig Keener of Asbury Seminary, Miracles Today: The Supernatural Work of God in the Modern World (Baker Academic, 2021)? It’s a follow up to his two-volume must-read study entitled Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011). Gene L. Green, PhD, Dean, Trinity International University – Florida Miracles do happen today!! Ours was almost thirty-five years ago. Though they are ongoing everyday of our lives, some are undoubtedly a miracle we can see. Our daughter was born at 26 and a half weeks gestation, two and a half pounds at birth and down to 1.6 pounds and spent three months in Jackson Memorial. We saw God’s hand as the doctors and nurses cared for her around the clock. I won’t go into detail, but she is here and thriving! A college graduate and working in ministry. That’s God!!! Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty One of the greatest miracles I had the privilege to witness has been the transformation that the Love of Christ ignited in a twenty-year-old victim who survived William “Bill” C. Davell Brian Mudd Chip LaMarca Chris Lane Dennis DeMarois Deborah Cusick Wants to Know… Jesse Carroccio