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The Bible, history books, and newspapers are full of resurrection stories. But something different happened at Jesus’ tomb. /

“Her skin had already started hardening, her hands and toes were curling up, they were already drawn,” Tim Thomas told the Charleston Daily Mail in 2009. "There was no life there."

Val Thomas, 59, had collapsed earlier at home. She then had three cardiac arrests within 24 hours. Tim said doctors told him his mom now had “no pulse, no blood pressure, no brain frequency.” In fact, she’d shown no brain activity for the last 17 hours.

"We just prayed and prayed and prayed,” he told the paper. "And I came to the conclusion she wasn't going to make it. I was given confirmation from God to take her off [the ventilator]. My pastor said the same thing. I felt a sense of peace that I made the right decision. I knew where my mom was going.”

Val was taken off life support. And as the nurses removed the tubes, she moved her arm. Then her foot. Then she coughed. Then she started talking. And asking for her son.

“My whole family gives God all the glory,” Tim told the local reporter. “I hope and pray that over this there will be many souls touched."

Tony Yahle doesn’t remember dying and coming back to life in August 2013. “I went to bed [and] woke up five days later in the hospital,” he told reporters. But his son remembers it.

Even after the 37-year-old mechanic’s heart stopped, doctors worked for 45 minutes to revive him. Finally, they pronounced him dead and a doctor went to inform the family.

When the doctor came into the room, Tony’s 17-year-old son, Lawrence, was praying. After doctors told him his father was dead, he slammed his fist into the wall. Then he straightened himself up, went to his father’s ...

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Issue 19 / April 2, 2015
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  2. Seeds—Small and Mighty

    They’ve done nothing less than transform the planet. /

  3. Why Jesus Used Bad Science

    When God humbled himself, his intellect was not exempt. /

  4. Good Friday

    ‘A horror of great darkness at broad noon— I, only I.’ /

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