When Bayless Conley was critically injured in a boating accident in January of 2014 no one knew if he'd ever preach again at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, California, according to an article in today's Christian Post. But Bayless delivered his first sermon this past weekend after the traumatic accident off Catalina Island.
News reports on Jan. 31 reported that Conley, Jeff Perry and Keith Johnson all were injured when the 22-foot Glacier Bay catamaran slammed head-on into sheer cliffs on the famous island's north side near Isthmus Cove. The subject of a popular song, the island is well known for its scenic cliffs which jut high above the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.
Church members were concerned following reports he underwent surgery for soft tissue injuries sustained to his neck and throat area. Positive reports followed the surgery in which his doctors said all his vital organs and spinal cord were fully intact and without injury.
A second surgical procedure was done to address facial injuries, possible broken ribs and a fractured sternum.
Known for applying the Bible to everyday life, Conley grew up in Southern California. According to a recent article in Charisma News he experienced several near death incidents during his teen years when he suffered from drug and alcohol abuse.
A twelve-year old boy reportedly shared God's message in a park one day with Conley when he was searching for the truth. Jesus' message of hope resonated with Conley and convinced him that was the way to go.
Answers with Bayless Conley is a televised program which reaches people across more than 200 nations.
His wife Janet and he have three grown children and grandsons Asher and Sawyer.
Together they lead Cottonwood Church as they "passionately pursue life, God and family."
Conley tweeted before his sermon, "Sat night service begins in a few hrs. I will be sharing five lessons from the last five months. Hope u can join us. cottonwoodchurch.org."
Following his first sermon back he made the following entry on his Twitter page, "Well, I did it. Preached lst time since the accident. Thanks be to God, I had enough vocal strength to get thru the entire message."
A person sent the injured pastor the following message, "The Lord will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land, and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The Lord will sutain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness. Psalm 41:2-3."
His program Answers is carried on Trinity Broadcasting Network. Answers is also broadcast on CNBC in Europe, N. Africa and the Middle East. Genesis Television carries the program to Mexico.
Conley and Cottonwood had to fight local authorities in the early 2000s to build a new church building, according to Wikipedia. The federal court ruled the city of Cypress was illegally exercising eminent domain. After winning the case, the nondenominational church resold the property to due to a better offer for a nearby plot of land spread across 28 acres.
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