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Best-selling author and world-renowned speaker A.L. Gil visits Acton Fellowship and heals many peopl

Posted: January 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Renowned speaker A.L. Gil paid a visit to Acton Fellowship last Sunday as part of the launch for the new name and direction of the church. His miracle service healed many faithful followers who attended the service.

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As A.L. Gil slowly made his way to the center of the sanctuary, most may have expected a gentle message delivered by the 78 year old silver haired minister.

Instead, Gil’s voice boomed through the small country church immediately grabbing the congregation’s attention and echoing through the sanctuary, “Amen!”

His stage presence was strong and his message clear, focus on the glory of God. Look to God for help, healing and strength. A cornerstone of his teachings for many years.

Dr. A.L. Gil has been a charismatic, Christian speaker in the United States and around the world for many years, visiting more than 80 countries.

He is a best-selling author with more than fifteen titles attributed to his name. More than 20 million copies of his book “God’s Promises for Your Every Need” have been sold around the world.

River of Life Foursquare Church, formerly known as the Acton Foursquare Christian Fellowship, brought Gil to speak at the church Sunday as part of the launch for the new name and direction of the church.

Gil and pastor Cory Lovers have been friends for years. When Gil offered to come speak to the church, Lovers was more than agreeable.

“It’s great to have guest speakers,” said Lovers. “Jesus is who we worship, I don’t have all the knowledge. It’s great to get a variety of speakers to help give information to the congregation.”

Affixed to the front of the church is a large cross. On one side, the words “River of Life.” On the other side “Rescue, Restore, Renew,” the new slogan for the church. A directive Lovers takes very seriously as a pastor.

Lovers has been the pastor of the church for seven years. Prior to that he served as a Los Angeles County Fire Captain for 31 years.

He will tell you, he didn’t plan on being a pastor when he retired from the Fire Department, but God had another plan. The pastor of the church at the time asked him to help with leadership, grooming him to take over when he eventually retired himself.

Faith and Miracles

Sunday’s worship service in Acton was unique for many, including long-time church member Virginia Branch, 76. Branch has attended the church for nearly 25 years and was excited when she heard Gil would be speaking at the service.

“Being a small church, to have someone of that caliber was such a privilege,” she said later.

Toward the end of the service, Gil asked those looking for healing to approach him at the front of the altar. Slowly, church goers filed up to the front. Gil took hold of their hands.

One by one, the attendees fell backward to the ground. Gil called it a “Glory Walk” with God or the “kabad” of God. Other’s refer to it as a “Miracle Service,” where lives are touched, people healed.

“There was such a gentleness about their approach,” said Branch, who partook in the Miracle Service. “I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit just cover me.”

Many are skeptical of such experiences or claims. However, River of Life churchgoers were in agreement Sunday, the power of God was at work.

“God does the healing,” said Lovers. “ I teach my church members to think big and expect great things to happen by faith. We put ourselves in a miracle mindset.”

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