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A few years ago, my family went on vacation to a resort hotel that offered massages. My wife said I should get one, so I made an appointment.

“Your massage will be with Al Pacino,” the scheduler said.

“With whom?” I asked.

“With Al Pacino.”

“That’s who I thought you said.”

My heart skipped a beat. A massage with The Godfather? This was not the vacation I had signed up for. My mind tripped into WORRY mode. What had I gotten myself into? I was on pins and needles waiting for my appointment.

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On Christmas Day, I went to the emergency room with pain in my left chest and trouble breathing. After a series of scans and blood tests, the doctors concluded I had a blood clot in my left lung. Officially it’s called a pulmonary embolism.

“So I won’t be going home tonight?” I asked.

The doctor’s serious, I-know-more-than-you look on his face answered the question.

Apparently a pulmonary embolism is serious. Each year 60,0000 – 100,000 people die from it and it calls for lifestyle changes and regular monitoring. Oh Chauncely, please fetch my luggage and bring it to my room, we’re going to be here for awhile.

Since checking in, I’ve been plucked, prodded, CT-scanned, MRI-ed, ultrasounded, medicated, IVed, examined. It’s a little more than my family and I wanted for Christmas. I’m not home yet, but hoping to go home soon, once my INR number reaches 2.5. The INR is how fast the blood clots and through blood thinners, they’re raising mine, which at last check was 1.4.

But this experience hasn’t been all bad. Here are 10 good things about my blood clot:

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I’ve been on my knees asking for inspiration.

I was asked to lead the closing session for a conference in my hometown. The topic of my session is seeking God for creative solutions, so I’ve been seeking God about creativity.

By the way, if you’re in the central PA area, please consider attending this conference. It is a gift to Happy Valley that the conference is here. It runs Oct 16-Oct 19 and you can attend any part you want. Registration is free.
People from MD, OH, VA, NY, and DC are bringing this conference to our little town. There will be powerful messages, personal prophetic ministry, and times of equipping on topics like:

– Walking in Identity
– Condition of the Church
– Shine for Jesus Where You Are
– Plus there’s a special Friday night service at Penn State and a luncheon on Effective Transformation: embracing the five-fold ministry and spiritual gifts in the church, marketplace, and nations.

Don’t miss this important conference for your life and our region.

Get the conference brochure here.

Okay, back to creativity. As I’ve prayed, God has showed me some specifics about creativity.

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Note: This post covers our Philippines Crusade in August 2013. I hope you’ll take the time to look at the pictures, watch the videos, and read the words. We filmed a five-minute video recap the morning after.

Some walked three miles each way from the mountains.

Some were pregnant, some carried babies, some were very old. But that didn’t stop them.

On the way to, there was light. But not on the way back. On the way back, it was dark.

Dark and rainy. This was the rainy season. But that didn’t stop them either.

About 1,500 people live in the village of Bat-Ongan in the province of Masbate.

Masbate is an island located in the center of the Philippines. Geographically, it’s sort of the heart of the nation.

Bat-Ongan is a rural village. Pastor Roy’s extended family lives there, and he started a church there.

From my perspective, it’s a difficult place to live. There is much poverty there. The people rejoiced at the new sandals we gave them. And when we passed out Bibles, you would have thought they were gold. For some, it was the first Bible they ever owned, like this woman:

One family’s story really touched me. Torn by tragedy, they are moving forward. I just wish it was a little easier for them.

Here they are.

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Has God’s Power changed you tonight? People respond during the Bat-Ongan Gospel Crusade in Masbate, Philippines in August 2013.

What is the Gospel?

Chris Heinz —  August 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

The good news is that while we are lost, God finds us so we can be part of God’s family forever. Preaching from the gospel crusade in Bat-Ongan, Masbate, Philippines in August 2013.

There’s destiny on my heart. There’s thanksgiving, joy, anticipation.

God is full of grace and mercy. Time and again, it amazes me. Maybe it shouldn’t. He has heaped ridiculous blessing on me already. So maybe I should learn this is his way.

But still it comes as a surprise when my heart is full and it seems no more goodness can be held.

But there he is again—my forever friend, my heavenly father, my maker, my helper, my Lord. He has come to touch me and hold me and give me himself. Oh how he loves me!

My life’s about to change.
He’s calling us to deeper waters.
He’s calling us to trust and behold.

We don’t know what’s in store, if we will sink or if we will swim.

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How’s Your Heart?

Chris Heinz —  July 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

I recently joined a fitness club to get in better shape, and I’m feeling good about the results.

This club electronically tracks your workouts. I came home from a workout and told Colette I lifted 19,000 pounds.

She said, “Don’t get puffed up.”

I said, “My muscles are puffed up,” as I flexed my arm.

I thought it was funny, but she walked away.

That was annoying. But not because she walked away. It was annoying because God has been saying the same thing to me. I can’t get away from it. Oh how they sound the same sometimes!

As I’ve looked in the mirror at increasing muscle and decreasing fat, God continues to say, “Yeah, but how’s your heart?”

I suppose it’s the heart that really matters.

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We’re waiting for Asher. We’ve been waiting for three years.

Asher is a boy in the Philippines. He’s our boy, we’re adopting him. In August Asher turns four. We should hear soon that we can schedule our trip. Then we’ll wait another four or five weeks until we can go.

It’s not easy to wait, would you agree?

Asher’s picture is on my phone and when I look at him, my heart hurts. We haven’t met yet, but we love him already. He’ll share a room with Rex, our other son. We just want him here.

Waiting is a fact of life. Sure, none of us wake up and hope to wait today. We don’t pray, “God, let me wait extra long.” If we get into waiting, we look for a way out. Waiting is painful.

But since we can’t avoid waiting, let’s make the best of it.

Here are some thoughts on how to wait well.

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This past weekend, Colette and I had a fight. We usually don’t argue, but this one stayed alive for 20 hours.

Sometimes I see newlyweds, and they’re all starry and smiley, and they could never dream of having mean thoughts toward the other. But one day they will. Welcome to marriage! (By the way, congratulations Gerald and Janice on your engagement!)

The question is not if you will fight, but rather how you will. Here are 7 ways to make a fight with your spouse even worse. I’m happy to say Colette and I avoided all of them (this time).

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