“The Lord is good and a stronghold in the day of trouble. And He knows all those who put their trust in Him.”
When I look back, I can see the Lord’s gracious and preserving hand on my life that brought me to my twentieth year in which the Lord saved me; this was forty-two years ago. The longer I live, the more certain I am of what Paul said in Ephesians chapter 1 –
“…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
-Ephesians 1:4-7 (NKJV)
The longer I live, the more certain I am that my salvation was God’s initiative, and most certainly not my own, I being on my way away from God with accelerating momentum. Praise to the Lord who has richly lavished His grace on his elect.
In June and December of this past year, the doctors declared me to be in cancer remission. Indeed every sign indicated that this was true. But when one has an aggressive cancer, which I do, being rated on the Gleason Score a 9 out of possible 10, there may be additional battles to fight. So it is in my case. The blood markers continued to go up for several months, indicating cancer activity once again. I am currently at Oasis of Hope Hospital, under the care of the doctors who “brought me back from the dead” a year ago. The doctors thought I was likely to die when I first arrived at Oasis last year. I was brought in by wheelchair, but three weeks later I walked out on my own. They did wonders for me. Even so, a cancer is capable of an aggressive return.
Please pray that the treatments I am now receiving would hit the cancer so hard that it will not return.
May God bless and strengthen you and yours! May God’s rich grace be your portion as you call upon Jesus our Savior!
In the service of Christ our King,
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