Truth or Myth?

As we close out April, let’s look at a few Truths or Myths. I had the privilege to share these words with our Church in honor of Organ Donor Awareness Month.

TRUTH or MYTH?

8,000 folks from PA are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

TRUTH!  And nationally, more than 120,000 people are waiting.

 

TRUTH or MYTH?

Wealth and connections gets your organ quicker.

MYTH!  While You can’t buy an organ.  What your money can do though, is enable you to travel and be listed on multiple registries which can improve your wait time.  Think – Steve Jobs – liver in TN, but also Walter Payton – who died waiting for a liver.

 

TRUTH or MYTH?

Doctors won’t work hard to save my life if they know I’m a registered organ donor.

MYTH!  Paramedics, nurses and doctors will do EVERYTHING possible to save your life.  Transplant Teams are only notified after all life-saving efforts have failed.

 

TRUTH or MYTH?

You can be too old or too sick to donate your organs.

MYTH!  Every potential donor is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

TRUTH or MYTH?

Most people believe in organ donation. 

TRUTH!  BUT, only half of these folks are registered to donate.  How can you help?  Be part of the long-term solution – agree to be a donor after you are done with your body. Organ donors can help up to eight people while tissue donors (bones, ligaments, tendons), can help 50.  Skin, corneas and heart valves can also be donated.

 

TRUTH or MYTH?

Not everyone is healed. 

MYTH!  We were created in God’s perfect image.  And we will return to this perfect image when we get to heaven. Jesus showed us many examples of healing in the Gospel.  Whether it was a blind man, a demon-possessed woman or even a man who had been dead for days, Jesus healed them.  “Lord, the one you love is sick.” It’s all for God’s glory – not ours.

As John 11 continues this story…Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  Well, I plop my name in there and read it as…Now Jesus loves Jackie and her dialy-sister Katie and their husbands Bill and Brandon.  This story is all about God’s glory.

In Max Lucado’s book Before Amen, he sums up my thoughts on how I know Bill (and Brandon and everyone of us) will be healed!  Jesus will heal us instantly, gradually or ultimately…upon our arrival in eternity!  “we shall be like Him” 1 John 3:2  I cling to this promise.  I’ll believe it until I see it!

What’s Next? 

Join us on Tuesday, May 15, in Penn Township-Butler, to raise awareness for the need for donors.  All types of donors – organ donors as well as blood donors.  We are hosting a Blood Drive with Food Trucks Event!  Register for the blood drive at Central Blood Bank using Group Code Z0021051.   Blood Drive runs from 1pm-6pm. 

Food Trucks (Donny B’s BBQ, Doce Taqueria, Healthalicious, Ash&Kris Kitchen and Bruster’s Ice Cream) will be from 4pm-7pm. 

Stop in for a chance to win one of the giveaways including a Gas Grill donated by Lowe’s. 

All activities take place at 601 Pittsburgh Road (Route 8 – just north of Dinnerbell Road) at  our GENEROUS SPONSORS:   FYZICAL THERAPY & BALANCE CENTERS / BUTLER YOGA WORKS

 

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One Response to Truth or Myth?

  1. Pastor Dan says:

    I just signed up to give blood at 1:30pm on May 15th! I’ll be there by noon, and can stay till 3pm. Feel free to use me any which way you choose.

    Pastor Dan Christian Community Church http://www.cccrichland.org

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