January 19, 2016
We are extremely grateful for your prayer support last week. Hundreds of you responded to the call to prayer and we thank God for your friendship and support.
Ecclesiastes 3 says:
For everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
However, the death of our 35 yr old nephew certainly seemed “out of season” to all of us.
My sister’s family (The Nails) experienced great grace to walk through the death and funeral service.
January 12, 2016
Many of you responded to yesterday’s prayer request for my nephew Rick (See below). Rick is the youngest son of my sister Jane (who passed away two years ago). Since Jane & I were the only 2 kids- our families are very close.
After many heroic efforts (multiple surgeries, procedures, life-sustaining machines, etc) the medical staff concluded he will not survive.
The family members are saying their goodbyes. Thanks for your prayers.
Now pray for what lies ahead.
January 11, 2016
We are at the hospital with my 36yr old nephew, Rick Nail.
He had emergency abdominal surgery yesterday and went into septic shock–his organs are shutting down and he is very, very critical.
The amazing staff at Emory Hospital are trying every drastic measure possible to give him a chance to live.
Everything modern medicine has to offer – Rick needs a miracle.
Thanks for being our prayer partner.
January 11, 2016
Yesterday I preached from Col. 1:9-14. This prayer of Paul is a great model to use when praying for others– and it expresses what we desire for our own walk with God. Notice what Paul prays:
- Filled with the knowledge of His will.
- not simply a Choice to make- but a Direction to take
- God’s Will is known in the realm of Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding (not prideful intellect)
- Walking Worthy and Pleasing
- Walk: ordering our lives-
- God’s will not just for our heads but for our feet
- Worthy: appropriately; not because we deserve it-but because He has made us worthy in Christ and our new life responds and corresponds to Him
- Pleasing: Pleasing God vs. Pleasing Man (Gal. 1:10)
Resulting in these 4 things:
- Bearing Fruit in Every Good Work
- Growing in the Knowledge of God
- Strengthened with All Power
- Joyfully Giving Thanks
December 10, 2015
It’s been a year & KK is cancer-free.
Today she had the follow up (reconstructive) surgery to her mastectomy. She’s been told to expect some pain and discomfort as she begins a 3 month process.
She’s in recovery now and the doctor says everything went as expected.
Thanks for all of your support and prayers. We are blessed to have great prayer partners.
November 27, 2015
What a difference a year makes! This time last year KK was facing surgery and the uncertainty of her cancer. We knew it was “aggressive” and did not know if it was in her lymph system. She faced surgery, chemotherapy and lots of unknowns.
A year later she is cancer-free and feeling great.
We are thankful for her health and the opportunities we have to serve Christ together.
And we are thankful for you—our prayer partners and friends.
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