Our thinking: “I’m not smart enough.” #God promises: “I will give you wisdom.” #breastcancer #Jesus #Christ

The wisest man that ever lived was King Solomon.  What made him smart was that he was humble enough to realize he didn’t know enough to govern his people.  A contrast to present day’s fake-it-tip-you-make-it leadership style.

How did he gain such wisdom? He asked God for it. 1 Kings: 3-13

The process: 1) Ask Jesus to help your unbelief. He will help you if you are sincere.  2) Ask him for wisdom. 3) Read John and then read Romans. 4) Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.

It is that simple.  You will then receive the Holy Spirit.  With the Holy Spirit you have access and will receive the wisdom of God who will guide you in day-to-day decision making if you listen.

1 Corinthians 1:30

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

To learn more about my wife and son’s battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

My wife and I are so thankful to everyone for their prayers and support.  My son had his last surgery on July 10 and is now cured of his cancer.  On June 4, my wife had a double mastectomy and on July began chemo.  She has five months of chemotherapy and we’ll find out the results of our son’s bone scans.  So, we are going to place our faith and hope in the Lord because he loves us.  Thanks and may Christ be with you.

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#Freedom: 21 verses that illustrate the #Bible is the source. #Jesus #Christ #God

Here’s 21 verses that illustrate God’s take on freedom.  Freedom from the bondage of sin and guilt.  Freedom of will.  Freedom of people from oppression.  Freedom from God’s protection. Freedom from death.  Freedom from the wrath of God.  You have the freedom to choose God or not.

  1. Galatians 5:1 [ Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
  2. Psalm 119:45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
  3. Isaiah 61:1 [ The Year of the Lord’s Favor ] The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
  4. Jeremiah 34:8 [ Freedom for Slaves ] The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves.
  5. Jeremiah 34:15 Recently you repented and did what is right in my sight: Each of you proclaimed freedom to your own people. You even made a covenant before me in the house that bears my Name.
  6. Jeremiah 34:17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom to your own people. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for you, declares the Lord—‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.
  7. Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
  8. Romans 8:21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
  9. 1 Corinthians 7:21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
  10. 1 Corinthians 9:19 [ Paul’s Use of His Freedom ] Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
  11. 1 Corinthians 10:23 [ The Believer’s Freedom ] “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
  12. 1 Corinthians 10:29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience?
  13. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
  14. Galatians 5:1 [ Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
  15. Galatians 5:13 [ Life by the Spirit ] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
  16. Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
  17. Colossians 2:16 [ Freedom From Human Rules ] Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
  18. James 1:25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
  19. James 2:12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
  20. 1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
  21. 2 Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

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Our thinking: “I don’t have enough #faith.” #God promises: “I will give you faith.” #cancer #breastcancer #Christ #Jesus

Doubt is the opposite of faith.  For someone facing cancer, doubts can barge in and throw a bucket of cold water on hope. Faith is the oxygen that feeds hope’s flame.  Faith is an especially important thing in battling cancer.  Faith in doctors, faith in medicine, faith in one’s ability to cope, and faith of one day being cancer free.

I think doubts are an attempt to protect oneself from disappointment, to prepare for a let down.  You shouldn’t ignore the reality or the facts of the situation, but to assume the worst will happen in an attempt to keep from being let down is basically launching a preemptive let down.  Have you ever known a happy cynic? One who can notice the most obscure cloud in a blue sky or point out that the sunshine can damage their eyes.  Cynics live by this debbie-downer mantra.

The opposite end of the spectrum is not all that much better.  Unrealistic optimists live in a world where they think if they keep thinking positive and repeating positive things that all will turn out happy, happy, happy.  That is assuming they really believe what they are saying and not just being overly positive to keep from facing an unhappy outcome.

Anyone dealing with cancer or any other life-threatening disease needs an anchor.  An anchor that keeps the cynic and optimist in each of us from taking our emotions on a nauseating roller coaster ride.

People can let us down, so doctors can let us down, medicines can let us down, we can let ourselves down, family and friends can let us down, so is there anyone or thing that won’t let us down.  Anyone we can put our faith in and who in turn can give us faith?

Yes, there is someone.  His mom called him by the name Yeshua and he is commonly known by english-speaking people as Jesus Christ.  If you need faith that everything will be okay, seek Yeshua and ask for his help.  When he walked the earth he did not make sick people repent or demand they believe in him before he helped them.  He just helped them even if they did not have faith.  He helped them because they wanted to believe (Mark 9:21-27) but if they did not want his help he did not force it on them (Mark 6:4).

There are two simple steps to gain the faith needed to face any trial or tribulation this life throws at you.  First, ask Christ to be your Lord and Savior and be willing to truly believe, to extend your humanly-originated faith as far as you can.  That’s your humble humanly part.  Once you do that Christ will send the Holy Spirit and impart spiritual gifts and one of those gifts is faith. A faith that exceeds human understanding (1 Corinthians 12:9).  So, we should follow Paul’s divinely inspired instruction.

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

All believers are given a measure of faith the moment they are saved.  And like a newborn, that Spiritually-imparted faith grows in the believer as the believer grows in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

For a detailed theological article of how the faith of salvation differs from the faith given to believers by the Holy Spirit click on  Is Faith a Gift of God or a Human Exercise

To learn more about my wife and son’s battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

My wife and I are so thankful to everyone for their prayers and support.  Next week, she begins five months of chemotherapy and we’ll find out the results of our son’s bone scans.  He will also have surgery to remove the margins around his tumor.  So, we are going to place our faith and hope in the Lord because he loves us.  Thanks and may Christ be with you.

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Our thinking: “I’m always worried.” #God promises: “Cast all your cares on me.” #Christ #Cancer

Every human on this planet faces trouble, trials, and tribulations.  Every human, no matter how rich or how poor.  No one is exempt because everyone is terminally ill.  Everyone will die and death is the greatest source of worry there is.  We have a great ability to think we live forever, especially when all is well.  That sort of thinking is a good thing because if we were constantly aware of how fragile life is we’d be a nervous wreck.

It’s only when we face a cancer diagnosis or some other life threatening event that the worry of dying comes barging in.  But there are other worries besides dying.  Ask anyone who has kids.  There’s a multitude of things to worry about when it comes to them.  From health to school to sports to social activities to leading them toward Christ, parents care for their children because they love them and they love them because of the time and attention they’ve given to them.

So it is with our father, our Abba (Daddy), who is in heaven.  And yet while he is in heaven, he is not far from any of us. Acts 17:27.

God is our spiritual Dad and created all of us. The Devil does not have the power to create anything, he only perverts and destroys.  All of us has had a parent, grandparent, or guardian who cared for us as an individual.  Ultimately, God cares more about an individual than any mortal.  And God cares more about your soul than anything.  More than any country or nation or people group because reaching all the nations and people groups is a major way God reaches each person’s soul.

As individuals we can cast all of our worries and cares upon God.  He will listen when we ask in Christ’s name.  When we ask Christ to be our Lord and Savior we also receive the Holy Spirit who also asks God to help us.  So there are three righteous voices petitioning God to answer our prayers: Christ at his right hand who can show the scars that covers our sins, the Holy Spirit in the individual who groans for us, and the individual who is the child of God.

As a father myself, I want to make my kids happy but I don’t give them everything they ask for because everything they ask for is not always good for them.  God is the perfect Dad and yet we see evil in this world.  The evil is because God made man perfectly free as he also made the angels.  Being perfectly free means freedom to make choices.  So life on this earth is not perfect, yet God works all things for the good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.  The Bible shows example after example of how God takes care of those who humble themselves.

1 Peter 5: 6-7
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

To learn more about my wife and son’s battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

My wife and I are so thankful to everyone for their prayers and support.  Next week, she begins five months of chemotherapy and we’ll find out the results of our son’s bone scans.  He will also have surgery to remove the margins around his tumor.  So, we are going to cast our worries upon the Lord because he cares for us.  Thanks and may Christ be with you.

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Our thinking: “I’m scared.” #God promises: “You were not given a spirit of fear.” #Jesus #Christ #breastcancer #cancer

We’ve all been scared from time to time. Fear can be a good thing.  Without fear and the ability to be scared, there’s a good chance we’d attempt a ridiculous number of unnecessarily risky things.  Things that might end our life before we’re ready.

So fear is protective.  Fear can be playful, too.  My mom and I used to love to go see scary movies.  The creepy music, the sitting on the edge of your seat, the tension, then the hair stands up on the back of your neck and you get chills and goose bumps.  Finally, the uncontrolled ‘Ahhh!’ when something jumps out of the screen and almost gets you.  Scary movie magic!

So there’s protective fear and there’s playful fear.  But there’s also paralyzing fear.  That paralyzing fear is the fear that Paul was talking about in 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

When a lost soul asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, God sends the Holy Spirit to reside in their body to help their soul, mind, and body become the new creation the Lord Jesus intended that soul to become.  The Holy Spirit is a helper, not a hindrance; He is a paraclete (supporter), not a parasite; He is a comforter, not a cancer.

Cancer. There’s a word that causes paralyzing fear.  Anyone who’s read any of my latest blogs is aware that my wife and son both have cancer.  They were diagnosed within days of each other.  My wife has breast cancer and my son has adenocarcinoma.  We are two months into the battle, and are hopeful both will be cured by Christmas.

But in the first few days of learning of their cancers, fear had the upper hand with help from its greatest comrade, the unknown.  We didn’t know how bad each of their cancers were, how far it had spread, how it would be treated, or how we were going to cope, or even pay bills.

Those questions and the shock of the fearful reality that one or both could die evokes emotion to say the least.  The helpless feelings and shock also causes one to ask God why he would allow this to happen to us.

The only answer for me was to ask God for help  And it’s not only me asking Him, but it’s also the Comforter that resides in me and the Christ that stands at God’s right hand.  The Bible is God’s word and a Christian’s Constitution.  We go there to hear what God says and to learn his will for our lives.  We learn in 2 Timothy 1:7 that the Spirit God gave us is of power, love and self-discipline and most certainly not fear.  The Spirit of Fear is from the enemy of God and mankind, he’s a liar and the father of lies.  But remember the Spirit within the Christian is greater than the enemy of God and mankind that is in the world. 1 John 4:1-4

My wife and my son’s battle with cancer began two months ago but each person begins a battle with fear and God begins a battle with the enemy for their soul the moment they are born.  Each person has free will and fear plays a great part in choosing to seek God or not.

In the first few days when we knew little about the extent of their cancers and I felt my emotions begin to run away towards the worst case outcome I recalled what God had promised.  Fear was not what God gave me.  God gave me a Spirit of self-discipline so I could stop myself from giving way to negative thoughts in the midst of the unknown. God gave a Spirit of love so I could think of them and how to help them more than myself.  God gave me a Spirit of power so I could have the mental and physical and spiritual strength to be the husband and father and caregiver and counselor that they need.

To learn more about my wife and son’s battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

Ben right before surgery. Our brave 11 year old boy.

The art studio Creative Soul threw a fundraiser for us and here’s Alison with her painting and Ben – aka Hero 1 and Hero 2

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Our thinking: “I can’t manage this.” #God promises: “I will supply all your needs.” #Jesus #Christ #breastcancer #cancer

Regardless of how brave you are, when you first hear that someone you love has cancer a wave of fear hits.  When you get over the shock, you wonder how you will manage the whole thing. The unknown future, the uncertainty, the potential for the worst possibility to come true.  Your mind can carry you away like a wild river. If it’s your wife or husband and you’re a two income family, then you wonder how you will pay your regular bills, not to mention the additional medical bills.  At that point, it’s easy to hit your figurative and literal knees.  “I can’t manage this,” is a humbling phrase.

My wife and I had to deal with the news about her grade 3, stage 3 invasive ductal breast cancer and our son’s adenocarcinoma within days of each other.  There was a ton of uncertainty, the potential for a lot of bad things to happen in the future, and the potential for a lot of very difficult decisions.  But one thing we knew for certain was that God could still be trusted and that he would see us through.  So why we knew we couldn’t manage, we knew God would supply all of our needs. Here’s his promise.

Phillipians 4:19

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

It’s been almost two months since they were diagnosed and both have had surgeries. My son has one more surgery and my wife starts 20 weeks of chemotherapy on July 8.  God has supplied us with strength, he’s supplied us with friends and family and neighbors we didn’t even know who pray for us, cleaned our house, had fund raisers for us, and brought us meals.  I expected God would grow our faith through this and he has – both in him and in our friends, family, and neighbors.

There’s still uncertainty.  My wife’s surgery went well but they could not remove all the cancer because it had encased her brachial artery and nerves.  But we have faith in God and that the chemotherapy and radiation will kill it all and she will be cured.  For our son, he has a couple of more scans and if that comes back as we expect then he will just have one more surgery and follow up monitoring.

God has more than met our needs. He has blessed us and carried us through the storm.  I can’t manage and I’m glad I can’t.  God is a much better manager than me.  After all, he spoke the universe into being and breathed life into every living thing.

To learn more about my wife and son’s battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

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Our thinking: “I don’t have standing before God.” God promises: “Your faith in Christ is your standing.”

It does not matter where you are from or who you are. Christ will hear your cry when you rest all your hope and faith in him.

Matthew 15:21-28
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

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Our thinking: “I can’t be forgiven.” #God promises: “You can be forgiven.” #Christ #Jesus #breastcancer #cancer

When bad things happen Christians sometimes think it is God punishing us for our sins.  God’s word doesn’t comport with that view.  Sins have bad consequences here on earth that have nothing to do with God’s intervention.  God judges and punishes the unsaved, unrepentant, perpetually Christ-rejecting soul in the eternal realm.  God knows the heart of everyone on this planet. Those who live in remote jungles as well as those who live in crowded cities and there will be some who live and die in a remote jungle who will meet Jesus and hear his name for the first time when they reach heaven.  There are some who are born and raised in Church and who claim to be Christians but who will have a horrific awakening when they cross the valley of the shadow of death because the Jesus who knows all things will say to them: ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!.’ Matthew 7:22-23

Those individuals are ones who were never saved and never received the holy spirit because in their heart of hearts they never humbled themselves before Christ and rested their forgiveness on his work at the cross and resurrection.

For those that have rested all forgiveness on the name of Christ, they receive the holy spirit which gives them the power to repent and turn away from sin and be made new.  To try and turn away from sin before asking Christ’s forgiveness is basically telling Christ that you have the power to make yourself holy and acceptable and when you boil it down, that attitude is a prideful insult to the face of the living God.  The holy spirit and the help and power if gives to the individual to turn away from sin and towards healing and a new life in Christ only comes after asking Christ to save you and forgive you.

For those who have asked and received Christ’s forgiveness and subsequently received the Holy Spirit, those individuals must forgive themselves of their past sins and must keep forgiving themselves when they stumble into sin from time to time as they walk with Jesus.  Satan will lie in an attempt to mislead and discourage.  If a true Christian cannot forgive themselves after God has forgiven them, then they too have displayed pridefulness and have slapped God in the face with a huge insult in thinking their standards are more righteous than the living God’s.

Acts 10:42-44

42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

Believe in Christ and his power and ask for him to save you from God’s wrath, receive the Holy Spirit who will help and comfort you, forgive yourself, and you will be able to forgive others.  At that point your joy will not be subject to this life’s circumstances but will transcend the present challenges, including cancer and even death.  That is what he meant when he said ‘seek the truth and the truth will set you free.’  John 8:31–32

To support my wife and son and their battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

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Our thinking: “It’s not worth it.” #God promises: “It will be worth it.” #breastcancer #adenocarcinoma #Jesus #Christ

Finding the strength to keep on keeping on is not easy when waves of set backs hit you and keep hitting you.  It’s a challenge we face daily as we walk through this life.  Sometimes it has to do with school if your a kid, work as an adult, and life and death at any age when something like cancer pops up in your life.

I participated in sports and can attest that competition is a great motivator for giving it your all and not quitting when the going gets tough. But the competitive spirit cannot hold a candle to the greatest motivator of all time – hope.

To overcome and stay the course during the darkest hour, a human being must have their eyes, heart, soul, and mind focused on the finish line.  For the Christian, the ultimate finish line is standing face to face with Yeshua the Messiah.  We call him Jesus but his mother pronounced his name as Yeshua.  And yet while being in heaven with him is the ultimate, he promised us certain things to give us hope, a certain hope, during our journey here on planet earth.

Here’s a promise from God that Paul recorded:

Romans 8:26-28 (NIV)

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

So, God can and will turn anyone’s mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a lemon into lemonade if that person will humble themselves before Jesus and acknowledge his work on the cross is the only way they can avoid God’s wrath for the sins they have committed.  Remember pride., more than anything, is what led Lucifer to rebellion and got him and a third of all the angels kicked out of heaven.

Yet, God loved humans so much that he made a way for us to be reconciled. He did not do this for his angels.  So, have hope. Your life on this planet is important and has eternal significance for your soul and the souls of others.  It is worth it. It is worth living and breathing and fighting for. When it comes to cancer or life and death issues, never give up, never surrender, focus on how Jesus went to the cross and overcame death itself.

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Our thinking: “I’m not able.” God promises: “You are able.’

When you’re exhausted, the thought of being able to do one more thing is daunting.  Look at what Paul went through as recorded in 2 Corinthians 11

Despite all that, he found strength by focusing on Christ.

Philippians 3:14
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

God is able and when you receive the Lord as your savior then you receive the Helper, the Holy Spirit and with that power residing in you, then you are able to press toward the goal.

To support my wife and son and their battle with cancer, please go to Battling Cancer x2

For information about my Christian Thriller, please go to Malevolent Tide

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