“I FEEL GOOD…..”

Yesterday I had an appointment at the State Office and while I was there I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with  the Bishop, all of our Directors, and a number of the office personnel. I have to tell you that the day was a very enriching experience for me because all of those with whom I spoke expressed genuine concern for me, my health, and my family.

I am once again assured of their continuing prayers and when I left the building I felt very connected and loved.

The predominent question of the day was, “How are you feeling?” My response was, “I feel good and I am waiting for the report of the Lord. Partial Remission (as the doctors have diagnosed) is not acceptable.”

I just believe that God does a complete work everytime He becomes involved and I have stepped out of the way so that He may have complete control.

Keep praying….Keep expecting.

 

In The Bonds of Calvary

A thought about Faith and Healing

I have been thinking a lot about FAITH and HEALING.

The time between the prayer and the healing taking place allows for a lot of thinking. Even if you are endeavoring to stay positive you can’t help but wonder WHEN

I am continuing to look for the Promises of God because I noticed that when Abraham did that he experienced the miracle.

When Jonah, while in the belly of the great fish, called the symptoms and circumstances that seemed to stand in the way of God’s mercies, “lying vanities” he was in fact expressing his faith and total dependence on God.

Abraham’s faith was not based on anything he saw. Everything he saw was contrary to what he was expecting.

After the children of Israel had marched around the walls of Jericho and nothing happened….they did not cast away their confidence but kept their faith in God’s Word, “I  have given unto thine hand Jericho”.

I had a picture in my mind today of Noah putting pitch in the cracks of the Ark to keep the water out. In his mind, the fact of the coming flood was settled and the Word of God was the sole reason for this state of mind.

I want that….no matter what the circumstance….no matter what the symptoms………the Word of God is settled in my heart and it shall be just as He said.

 

In the Bonds of Calvary

So, What’s Your Sign?

Everywhere you look you see signs.
The sign in front of one church could be a little confusing.
That sign says, “Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help.”
A sign on a plumber’s truck said, “We repair what your husband fixed.”
A sign in the waiting room of a veterinarian said: “Be back in five minutes. SIT! STAY!”Some door signs say either “push” or “pull.”
In a hospital in Minneapolis, there’s a sign on the door going into Labor and Delivery
that says: “PUSH! PUSH! PUSH!”Some signs are absolutely useless because they state the obvious.
In Tennessee, a highway sign says: “When this sign is under water, this road is impassable.”

I read about a sign on a fencepost somewhere in Texas that says:
The farmer allows walkers to cross the field free, but the bull charges.”Many signs are often ignored.
Speed limit signs, no parking signs, and even stop signs may be ignored.
The one sign almost always noticed and followed is the “Out of order ” sign

Of course, we don’t like to see that sign.
Have you ever been dying of thirst and when you find a soft drink machine,
and there’s an “Out of Order” sign on it?

But the worst, of course, is when you’re on a trip and you need to take a restroom break,
but on the door of the restroom are those three terrible words: “Out of order.”

Sometimes our life becomes “Out of Order“.
Have you ever found your life to be so full of dysfunction and pain that you felt like
you should walk around with an “Out of Order: sign around your neck?

When things are out of order, frustration occurs.
We want our life to function.
When we do what’s right we expect life to work well for us.

But sometimes we do our best, and still hurt.
As a husband or wife, you tried to make your marriage work — and he or she walked out.
Out of order.
As a parent, you raised your children to know the Lord and to live right,
and yet they have made bad choices.
Out of order.
You worked hard at being a good employee – yet you got laid off.
Out of order.
You ate right, exercised faithfully, and took vitamins, but still you got that bad diagnosis.
What’s going on?

Don’t panic.
God tells us that sometimes we can do everything right and we’ll still suffer.
Then He tells us how to live when that happens.

 

 

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
We can’t understand why good people suffer, and bad people seem to be prospering.
Then we say: “It just isn’t fair!”
Life isn’t fair, but God is good……..all the time

In the Bonds of Calvary,

My Faith is Challenged

When I awoke this morning I was thinking about Faith….my faith.  What is that anyway? The scripture comes immediately to mind,”Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”.

I suppose that includes believing…… and trusting ……and a plethera of other things.But, I still felt challenged. Do I speak the words of hope and faith just because I know it is the right thing to do, or is it that deep abiding faith that says it just can’t be any other way.

I want to operate in faith. I want to live in faith. I want to preach faith. To do that I must understand, in my spirit, just what that is and how I arrived there.

Faith grows through testing and the testing of my faith builds character.

Tested faith allows me to encourage and comfort others.

Tested faith increases dependence on God for wisdom.

Tested faith encourages us to lead a productive and effective Life

Tested faith helps us to identify with Christ

Tested faith allows us to focus on our future hope in Christ

Oh, I think I get it now……..I’m being tested so I can be better at what Christ called me to do.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

P.R.

Yesterday I learned that in the field of oncology the letters PR stand for Partial Remission.

That is what the diagnosis was yesterday as I met with the oncologist who read the scan that was done last Friday.

There is quite a bit of necrosis (dead cells) in and around the original tumor and a significant amount of shrinkage.

I feel real good about the diagnosis and in general feel very good physically. I don’t have anything else scheduled with the doctors until November.

Since April 14th I have had numerous chemo-therapy treatments. There were 36 radiation treatments, and thousands of prayers offered on my behalf.

Since there are no treatments scheduled for the next three months(and the prayers for divine healing will continue) I believe it is the opportune time for God to receive all the glory. No chemo….no radiation….no distractions…..just God.

I have heard the doctor’s report. The report of the Lord is on the way and I can’t wait to testify of total healing.

I remain In the Bonds of Calvary.

My Current Situation

Don’t be afraid, For I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand..(Isaiah 41:10)

I have struggled with the idea of posting this blog because for the most part I remain a private person. For now, that struggle is over!

Since the diagnosis of stage 3 lung cancer on April 14th it has been busy for me and my family. “Denial” was never an option but FAITH is a necessity. For more than 35 years as a Christian and most of those years as a Florida pastor I have preached and lived FAITH and HEALING. It only makes sense that I will not give up at a time when I need them both.

I am completely overwhelmed with the numbers of telephone calls and e-mails with commitments to both prayer and service to Sandy and me. I cannot even begin to describe how meaningful and encouraging they are. By the way, none have ever been a bother or an imposition. Thank you for continuing to hold me up in prayer for the miracle that God has in store for us all. I am looking forward to that moment I will testify of a great healing.

The original prognosis was not good. Chemo and Radiation was recommended. I underwent chemo every day last week as well as the radiation. Chemo will resume for an additional five days beginning on June 2nd. The radiation is scheduled for each day through June 7th.

The toxins that are used to combat the cancer also affect the natural body immune systems and while there are many side effect the universal side effect is fatique. That perhaps, has been the most difficult for me.

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