Conquering Cancer

Through Faith In Christ

In all these things (including cancer)...
we are more than conquerors.
Romans 8:37
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PK's Books


Christian/Lutheran Hymns (Series A)

Christian/Lutheran Hymns (Series B)

Christian/Lutheran Hymns (Series C)

*each bookis $10

Revelation Preview


Now finished:
Christian/Lutheran Hymns (Series B)- hymns using Sunday morning's scripture reading as lyrics - $10
Revelation: A People’s Commentary...$10 A theological interpretation of the book of Revelation; a verse by verse Commentary put in an easy to understand form that lay people may understand as well.


Standing on the Promises $10

(100 poems; at least one from each book of the Bible, all based on the promises of God as well as 33 devotions with inspirational colored pictures

Psalm Psonnets (Lighthouse Publishing) -$10

(a book of poems, 1 for each Psalm, plus 24 limerick poems for the longest Psalm 119 and numerous personal poems from PK’s life.)

Conquering Cancer Through Faith in Christ...$8 or 2 for $15

(published by Thorncrown Publishing Co.)



PK has published 5 books and you may purchase them from Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com or from PK directly by contacting him via email: ljkath@midco.net (preferred) or his address 918 8th Ave. No. Wahpeton, ND 58075 (see costs above). Solo Deo Gloria (to God be the Glory).

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Conquering Cancer through Faith in Christ Excerpts

Standing On The Promises Excerpts

Psalm Psonnets Excerpts



SALVATION IN A NUTSHELL
Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes unto the Father but by me. John 14:6

As down life's highway I traverse
I'm guided by this simple verse
'Bout Jesus and salvation's key
And how it's meaningful to me

Not only me but all God's kin
Who have His Spirit 'live' within
For each of us, we bear His Name
Lord Jesus is our claim to fame

Yes Jesus is the only Way
The only, only, only, Way
To God The Father, heaven too
Depends on Him, not me or you

Just because we think we're good
Be it ever understood
That's not the way we enter in
For Jesus is the Way wherein

The world needs truth, a certain kind
That's absolute, and not opined
Be it now forever known
That Jesus is that Truth alone

Since Jesus and His Word are one
His Word is truth, that certain one
Absolute, so all may live
And held not by a lie captive

Life is Jesus, Jesus life
Now and for the afterlife
His Spirit's part of everything
Including us, He dwells within

Life in Jesus, though there's pain
There's joy unbounded, peace the same
And by His grace we're all set free
To praise His Name eternally
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Son-Jesus, and His showing and being for us-the Way, the Truth, and the Life, in His Name, Amen.




"PRAISE GOD!" (SAID HIS CREATION)
Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy" Psalm 98:8 and
"Praise the Lord.....you great sea creatures,.....lightning and hail, snow and clouds,....you fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds Psalm 148:7b-8a, 9-10

Recall the day our Lord road in
A donkey small, amidst the din
Of praises from both young and old
A situation long foretold

Some hollered, "Teacher, make them CEASE!
Their praise of You ruin the peace!"
"Can't do!" said Jesus with a shout
"For rocks and stones would then cry out!"

"Praise God!" all His creation cheer
A worm, a fish, a white-tail deer
Peas and squash and bread with leaven
Angels here and those in heaven

Nails and screws and chunks of wood
All know that it's understood
The great I AM is worthy praise
From all His own for all their days

Dear Heavenly Father, your promises which You keep 100% of the time, cause we, your creation, to naturally praise You. We praise You for your mercy and love which endures forever, in Jesus Name, Amen.



CHEWING THE LEATHER

"Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door will be opened unto to you." Matthew 7:7

Chewing the leather! Paintings of people doing that very thing have been found on walls in Egyptian tombs dating from 3000 B.C. Closer to home, American Indians 'chewed the leather;' for shoes, garments, coverings, tents, containers, etc. The expression-"I can't chew the leather anymore!" speaks primarily of those Seniors who can no longer do the things they once did, or, be as productive as they once were toward their household and society. Such is the human condition for all God's elderly children. True, seniors can't do many of the things they once did, but they still can do one very important thing....pray. That's exactly what the song-'What a Friend in Jesus' calls us to do-'Take it to the Lord in prayer.'

However, we have a weakness. The Bible says, "The Spirit helps us in our weakness for we do not know what to pray for. But, The Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." How wonderful! Not only does the Spirit help us with what to pray, but when to pray. Since the Bible also says, 'Pray continually.' and we, in and of ourselves simply cannot, it's The Spirit that fills in the blanks! For times we feel we can't chew the leather anymore or were simply feeling low, He hears that little 3-word prayer which we see so often in God's Word...'Lord have mercy!' His Word also promises-'the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.' Thus, we can still be an important and productive provider to both our immediate families, the family of God, and His Kingdom. Through prayer (God's gracious gift), we can still chew the leather, and chew it well!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for answering my prayers past and helping me understand Your perfect will, especially as my strength and abilities decrease. May I find peace and joy knowing You will continue to hear and answer my prayers present and future, and help me understand that my prayers continue to make me useful in Your Kingdom, in Jesus Name, Amen.





FIRST THINGS FIRST

"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you"
Matt. 6:33

Mosquitoes can be a pain in the neck! Or arm! Or leg! Or wherever! Ever lay in bed at night and you hear a mosquito buzzing about? You think to yourself, 'if I don't get him before I go to sleep, he's gonna get me!' But then you can't find him anymore! So you lay awake wondering, worrying about when that mosquito is going to land! Mosquitoes aren't the only worry that keeps us awake at nights. It can be one of the many problems we may have; our aches and pains, or family problems, or problems where we live, or problems going on in the world, just to mention a few.

When it comes to worries and problems, WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) He prayed to His Father. What Jesus says for us to do is to 'Seek first the Kingdom of God. In other words, like the beautiful hymn-'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' suggests, "we take it to the Lord." Why? Because getting things in proper order can save us from a lot of useless and unnecessary worry and anxiety. In other words first things first! By seeking God first and putting our worries and problems in His hands (rather than wringing ours), we're given His peace and strength. Then in His time, all these other 'things' (including answered prayers) are added unto us! For He promises to answer all our prayers according to His good and perfect will. Since God knows better than we, our problems and how to take care them, it makes perfect Godly sense....First things First...God and His Kingdom.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for answering my prayers past. Continue to help me in seeking You first and your righteousness that I may believe in and fully experience the abundance of your grace, in Jesus Name, Amen.




WELCOME LORD

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in. Psalm 24:7

O King of glory enter in
And fill me with your love therein
My gates and doors are closed no more
They welcome You whom I adore
We're close as though two vines entwined
On words of You I feast and dine
No more does Satan hold this place
It's filled with solace, joy, and grace
Nor guilt or fear be 'hind these doors
But Your true Spirit, life, and more
You speak to me with words so clear
And proves to me You're ever near
I praise You, Lord, O King divine
You make my gates arise and shine

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your presence and care in my life, in Jesus Name, Amen.




LIFE'S CHANGES

"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed (changed) into His likeness with an ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is The Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18

Standing in God's House of Prayer
Our wedding day, Your love we share
We promise love till death we part
We're two now one, yes, one in heart

Then came the day my wife gave birth
Your gift to us brought joy and mirth
Again my life was filled with change
Tis wondrous how you rearrange

Then came the day my spouse grew ill
You took her home against my will
It left me reeling, full of pain
Twas like a fog the day death reigned

You called to mind another day
Your Son, the cross, our sins He paid
He changed for us our pit'ful plight
And made us holy in Your sight

The greatest change of which I speak
Took me from pride to humble, meek
You transformed me by Your pure grace
That I might one day see Your face

Old man new man, holy changes
Quite a diffe'ence what the range is
'N when my life here's changed for good
Then all these changes.....understood

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the transformation taking place in me even now through faith in Jesus, in His Name, Amen.


NOTHING COMPARES

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18

"Hey Mom! You gave Leah more ice cream than me!" "The gas is a penny cheaper at the Co-op!" "Compared to all others she's beautiful!" Comparing...we all do it and we've all have been doing it for a long time! Even as we get older, we still can't help from comparing. Some may say, "when I was young I could work all day and never get tired!" Or, "Ooooh, I never used to have aches and pains like this before!" Or, "I never took a pill all my life and now it seems that's all I do!" We're reminded of that old song-"The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be!" Such is life.

The Bible says "There is a time for everything under heaven." So we know we're going to have suffering. How then are we to address it? Because when it comes to comparisons between our sufferings and our joys and pleasures, it's joys and pleasures hands down! Our text offers encouraging words of hope. In essence, they say there is no comparison to what we suffer now compared to what awaits us. But more than that, as we compare even now our faith and eternal hope to that of the world's temporal hopes of fame, fortune, or power, there's no comparison! The beauty of our hope in this comparison is based on God's record of keeping His promises...100%! Thus, our hope is really not hope at all- it's assurance! And nothing compares to it!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your peace that goes beyond our understanding and for your promises that are 100% sure. We especially thank you for Your Presence in our lives and knowing our suffering is not worth comparing to what you have in store for us for eternity, in Jesus Name, Amen.


SPECIAL? WHO ME?

For what is our hope, or joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes, is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy. 1 Thes.2:19

Birthdays are special! (especially if we're the person having one!) Though we may be a little embarrassed, or feign like we don't want others to make such a fuss, yet deep down, we really enjoy and appreciate it! The text above are words from Paul to the Thessalonians. They were suffering persecution at that time. Some were being put in jail and having to post bonds, as well as having their property confiscated. Why? All because they were Christians. Special? Hmmm. Still, Paul recognizes them as being special! They are the crown in which Paul, other Christians, and most importantly, God Himself, find glory and joy in!

Being special and suffering as a Christian includes not only mistreatment by others, but other innocent suffering; such as taking the pain of an ailment, living through loneliness, accepting the fact we can't do the things we used to, just to mention a few. Regarding those quiet pains we suffer, they often seem to go unnoticed by family and friends, even God. We can rest assured HE DOES NOTICE! Like it says in 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus,' 'HE knows our every weakness.' HE knows! HE cares! So it's natural that we 'take it to the Lord in prayer.' Despite our weaknesses and sins, HE sends us His peace; the kind that goes beyond our understanding, and His love. Why? Because we are soooo special to Him! And....because HE truly loves us! In fact, we're so special, HE was willing to give HIS SON to die in our stead. Special? Me? Yes indeed!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for making me special to You through Your Son, Jesus. Ever remind me when I'm feeling low and focused only on myself, to look to Jesus and how HE made me special, in His Name I pray, Amen.





He Knows My Name

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." Jeremiah 1:5a "He (Jesus) calls His own sheep by name and leads them out." John 10:3b

"Hello! My name is Gottlieb and I'm an alcoholic." "Hello Gottlieb!" his fellow Alcohol Anonymous group reply. From there, Gottlieb goes on to tell 'his story;' past and present, with alcohol and how God and his fellow members have been helping him. Some stories are sad and speak of failure to 'stay on the wagon!' Or spiritually speaking, 'to master' the Enemy's temptation(s) and one's own physical/mental/ emotional addictive behavior. Some stories are happy and speak of periods of time in which the speaker has now gone without a drink. It's never easy. A.A.'s Step 5 of their 12 step recovery program says, "We're to admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." Christians call that Confession. We know the only true help and healing comes from God and His Absolution cures our greatest disease....sin.

"Hello! My name is Lyle and I'm a sin-aholic." So are you my reader friend. Yet, as children of God and best friends of Jesus, we are 'recovering sin-aholics.' We don't wish to sin, yet we still do. Paul says in Romans 7, "I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do good but I cannot carry it out. O, what a wretched man I am." But like Paul and Gottlieb, you and me are forgiven. The inspired words God gave to Paul He gives to us all; "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Being in Christ Jesus (faith - God's gift), makes us a part of His spiritual "organization", The Church. It also makes us a child of God and part of His holy family. Thus, we're also able to say, "Hello! My name is (our name) and I'm a Saint.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the undeserved mercy and amazing grace You give me through Jesus. Help me to master sin and to lean upon Jesus instead of my own weak strength and understanding, in His Name, Amen.




IT'S JUST STUFF

"What good is it if a man were to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit his very self?"
Luke 9:25

"You can't take it with you!" That's why you never see a u-haul hitched to a hearse! Yet, people still try. Humphrey Bogart was buried with a whistle given to him by his wife-Lauren Bacall, which had the inscription-'if you need anything, just whistle!' Other people have been buried with stuffed animals, millions of dollars, Hershey bars! One person was buried with a pack of Lucky Strikes and a zippo lighter! Another...in his favorite '55 Chevy! Most of the 'stuff' people are buried with are things that were important to them in life. The Bible says, "Where your heart is, there your treasure is also."

For many who enter a Nursing Home, most of their stuff has either been sold, stored, or given to family and friends. 'Stuff' is not just limited to physical things either. For example, the ability to drive, or the strength it takes to do the things you used to do, or beauty/appearance; it's all just 'stuff!' Yet, it still can hurt knowing we no longer possess it nor ever will again (at least in this life). This 'stuff' can perhaps be one of the reasons why, like in the song, 'What a Friend we Have in Jesus,' we are 'weak and heavy-ladened!' and...'cumbered with a load of care!'

While on the cross, Jesus watched as soldiers cast lots for His last and only possession in life, His clothes. However, His concern was not for His 'stuff,' but rather His mother, the very people who were crucifying Him, and you and me. He told John to look after His mother, and referring to all of us He said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." What love! Because God is love and knows our every thought and pain, He wishes to comfort us. Rather than seeking comfort in stuff, He calls us to seek Him. In Jesus and His Word and Sacraments, we find the 'stuff' that makes us whole, content, and where we want our heart and treasure to truly be.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the 'stuff' You give me such as faith and your innumerable spiritual and material blessings, in Jesus Name, Amen.




IN MY FINAL HOUR
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you a crown of life. Rev. 2:10

So many've gone before me
'N kept these words so true
Today they wear that crown of life
A promise Lord, from You

'N when my final hour comes
'N Death before me stands
You'll draw me ever close to You
And ne'er let go my hand

The moment aft that final hour
No more are fearful times
You'll still have hold my humble hand
As golden stairs we climb

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your promise that we will receive the crown of life and that You will be with us always, in Jesus Name, Amen.



CHOSEN
Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you. John 15:16

Dear Lord, I don't know what to say
I thought it was the other way
That I chose you, not you chose me
You're sure that that's the way it be?

My pride still thinks it's all my choice
And in myself I can rejoice
But I'm a fool to talk like that
It's best that I remove my hat
'N sandals too, for Your good Word
Tis holy ground, and...You're The Lord

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word that says, 'w love, because You first loved us. That answers it! Though I am unworthy and wretched, thank you for your mercy that endures forever and for choosing me, in Jesus Name, Amen.


IMMEASURABLE LOVE
...to know the love of Christ which surpasses all understanding that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God Ephesians 3:19

It only goes so far, Lord
My mind and what it knows
But when I see your scars, Lord
Immediately it grows

Still.....

Your love I cannot fathom
Tis far past finding out
You started it with Adam
Tis what life's all about

Your love it brings us fullness
Your love it makes us whole
Though we can't grasp its vastness
Our praises we extol

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your promise to have and know Your love. Continue to teach us to love that we live in the fullness of You, in Jesus Name, Amen.