August 23, 2015
This morning I referred to a lot of different Scripture passages. They are listed here for those who want to do further study.
Why do we have conflict?
- Sojourners & exiles (I Peter 2:11)
- Born of the Spirit- live in a fleshly body (Rom. 6:12-13)
What do we win? (or lose?)
- We can live like temporary residents – confident of our eternal home (1 Pet. 1:1, 1:17, 2:11)
- We can enjoy our relationship with God – now! (1 Pet. 2:9-10)
- We have the opportunity to proclaim His praises. (1 Pet. 2:9)
The fight is real:
- “…not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2 Cor. 2:11)
- “…so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.” (Eph. 6:11)
- “our battle (fight) is not against flesh and blood…” (Eph. 6:12)
- “..the weapons of our warfare…” (2 Cor. 10:4)
- ” fight the good fight of faith..: (1 Tim 6:12)
- “I labor for this, striving (fighting) with His strength that works powerfully in me.” (Col.1:29)
How do we fight?
- Run (From sin-To God) (1 Tim. 6:11)
- Remove (any provision for flesh – set boundaries) (Rom. 13:14)
- Recite (Word of God; For example- Promises) (2 Peter 1:3-4)
- Reinvest (what God has given you into the lives of others) (1 Thess 5:11; Heb. 3:13)
- Resist (1 Pet 5:9; Jas 4:7-8)
- Submit to God
- Resist the devil
- Draw near to God and He will draw near to you
July 30, 2015
During her follow up visit today, KK received the results of her recent scans & tests. All of the results are good & she is considered “cancer free.”
Today’s visit was a major milestone in her recovery and prognosis.
We appreciate your concern and prayers over these last few months. Thanks for being a part our prayer team!
May 16, 2015
KK had her “chemo port” removed Wednesday officially ending her chemotherapy.
Her blood counts are stable. She started a five-year regiment of oral meds to reduce the hormones that were feeding the cancer.
Other than fatigue, she is doing remarkably well.
Your prayers mean a lot and your words of encouragement continue to give her strength.
April 9, 2015
What a difference a few days can make!
IV Fluids (Tuesday and today)–lots of prayers–and KK is feeling tons better.
She decided to stretch out the birthday celebration over three days; a couple of special meals with Josh and a birthday cake or two.
We’ve read all of your notes of encouragment and birthday wishes.
Please know how much we treasure your friendships and know that God is answering your prayers.
April 7, 2015
Thanks for your prayers and encouragement over the weekend. It is been a hard few days for KK.
Experiencing the cumulative effect of chemotherapy, she went to bed Friday about noon and hasn’t done much since.
She has an amazing attitude – thanking God that she did not feel like this after the first treatment and praying this will only last a few days.
Our son Josh arrived about midnight last night and I know his presence will encourage her.
She is scheduled for IV fluids today—usually that gives her strength.
You have asked for specific prayer requests, so here goes:
- Pray the fluids will help.
- Pray for her to gain strength
- Pray for us to know how to celebrate her birthday—it is today but she agreed to pretend it is Thursday. :-)
April 3, 2015
We were so blessed by your response to yesterday’s prayer requests. I read the messages to KK (and the “likes” on FB) and we are encouraged that so many friends are on our Prayer Team. Yesterday’s time at the Cancer Center was filled with conversations about the grace of God. She came home exhausted.
Today she returns for a follow-up visit and an injection. She will spend the weekend resting and hopefully have enough strength to go to a Resurrection celebration. I will update you more next week. Thanks again for praying.
Passion Week Reflections
A few years ago our Pastoral Interns worked to summarize the events of Passion Week. This morning I reread the work and reflecting on these words:
Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Christ, which involved unimaginable physical pain but infinitely greater spiritual pain, at whose climax Christ cried “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)—so that believers do not have to. The cross, as Carson writes, is nothing less than “the fusion of divine, royal prerogative and Suffering Servant, the heart of the gospel, the inauguration of a new humanity, the supreme model for Christian ethics, the ratification of the new covenant, and the power of God.”
Finally, on Easter Sunday, arguably the climax of history, Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead, vanquishing the powers of sin and death. Believers happily concur with Job in his magnificent declaration: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25).
April 2, 2015
KK will begin her last round of Chemo today. We have so blessed by our prayer partners–the words of encouragement and the obvious prayer support.
Today’s prayer requests are:
- opportunities to share Christ with others at the Cancer Center
- peace in the process (it usually takes 6+ hours)
- effectiveness of anti-nausea meds (the week after has been a challenge but the meds have worked)
- strength to attend a weekend Resurrection Day celebration
We are so dependent on the grace of God and aware of your partnership as a part of our Prayer Team. Thanks for joining us in the next phase of this journey.
He is alive! He alive indeed!