In all these things (including cancer)...Romans 8:37
we are more than conquerors.
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Standing on the Promises $10
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Conquering Cancer through Faith in Christ 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.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you"
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.
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.
"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.
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?"
"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.
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.