Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The journey that we are on is different from others, yet friends are the supporting ones on the path. When trials come our way, the greatest support is God and friends. Reach out today and touch the heart of someone you know that has cancer. Join the "Hope Through Cancer" Blog at http://www.hopethroughcancer.com/
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
When tragedy strikes, as it will; when suffering comes, as it will; when you’re wrestling with pain, as you will – and when you make the choice to run into His (God's) arms, here’s what you’re going to discover: you’ll find peace to deal with the present, you’ll find courage to deal with your future, and you’ll find the incredible promise of eternal life in heaven for those that believe.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Another Positive Side Of Cancer
A Better Understanding Of Love
Charles H.Spurgeon said “I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness.Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has.
I would add, that sickness or cancer has a marvelous use in turning people, believers and nonbelievers to God and all that He has done, which brings them into a great relationship with the Almighty God. It also brings them to a better understanding of love. God’s love, and the love from friends and family. It can bring to you a better understanding of love.
A. Towards God. B. Towards life. C. Towards others
Today we are going to spend a few moments on the love towards God.Many cry out to God in their lives because there is none other to turn to. Better have cancer crying out to God than having health and neglecting God and eternity.
All of a sudden God has a place in one’s life because there is no one else to turn to. Rightly so because God is the only one that can do anything about the feelings about sickness or to prepare for the future.
1. The Need
Love is as needful for the spiritual life, as blood is for the natural life. In neither case can the one exist without the other. Yet, though all the regenerate have love to God, not all of them are equally aware of the fact, nor are all Christians sensible of it in the same way at all times. But a personal persuasion of our love to God is most desirable. Those things which the more deeply concern us, ought the more seriously to affect us. None should deny its existence, simply because they are dissatisfied with the degree or intensity of their love.
2. The Extent
Love to God consists in a satisfaction in having Him as the soul's all-sufficient portion, of a delight in Him, of satisfaction in Him. Sometimes it is expressed in longings after and yearnings for Him. "At night my soul longs for You. Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently!" (Isa 26:9). Sometimes it is declared in speaking well of Him to others (Psalm 34:1-3; Mal 3:16). Often it is breathed forth in prayer (Psalm 84:2), and in praise (Song 5:10). Occasionally it is revealed in exclamations of wonderment (1 John 3:1). It is manifested in sincere efforts to please Him, making His glory the purpose and end of our actions, and therefore in detestation of all sin. It appears at its best when, in a time of sore trial or sickness, and temporal difficulties its possessor "rejoices in the LORD" (Hab 3:17-18).
Suffering and sorrow are a part of life. Knowing this, however, doesn't make it any easier to cope when you find yourself in the midst of the deepest, darkest trials of faith. However when all we have left is Jesus, we still have everything we need. If you are suffering to the point of despair, let these words of encouragement help you hang on to your faith and to turn to God for encouragement and strength to have victory.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Knowing the power of God and the power of prayer, we have the privilege to hope for healing. None the less we must remember 3 truths about the Hope for healing.
1.To Heal Or Not To Heal Is To The Glory Of God
Sickness unto the glory of God
4 "But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to
death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Listen, God provides grace to help in time of need. So in the weakness and difficulty of illness we cry out to Him and He can answer in this regard in one of, or a combination of ways.
First, God can heal miraculously.
2. Healing Could Be Through Medicine Or Miracles.
Second God can heal through means. He can and still is a God of miracles
He can and does use medicines, therapies, exercise, counsel, surgery, rest, dietary change and a whole host of other ways to ameliorate, change, improve or remove the issues which people face in their sickness.
It is God who created every human being, and who put in us the
ability to think –so He is the author of the discoveries that
medicine has made. This is part of the mandate in Genesis 2 to subdue the earth and rule over it.
3. Healing Is Sometimes Replaced By Grace
Third, God gets glory when He grants us grace when He says ‘no –you must live with this.’
Listen, the very man who raised Eutychus from death in Acts 20 also wrote so clearly about his own experience:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me."
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Do you know when someone will really understand God’s plan?
When we are in His presence and in His Glory. Then will we say and understand that He had a good plan for us.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The positive side of cancerhelps us focus on healing.
There comes a time in most people’s life when we find ourselvesbattling with an illness or sickness of one type or another. For
some there are small bouts with minor ailments, but for others
very significant battles with chronic issues, like cancer.
It is seldom that a person is not touched by sickness over an entire
lifetime, and virtually impossible that we are not touched by the
illnesses of those within our sphere of care and influence.
God has a plan even when it is sickness or cancer.
James 5: 13-16
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Health is a gift from God, but sickness is a gift greater still.” Throughout his time in this world, Spurgeon suffered with various physical ailments that eventually took his life prematurely. He longed to be well but he recognized the supreme value of being sick and he thanked God for it because it was his pain that caused him to desperately draw near to God.
Let’s quote Spurgeon again he said
“I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has.”
What is he saying if not that we actuallylearn more in the place of pain and suffering and disease than we
often do in the place of comfort and ease.
So when we hear a quote like that from Spurgeon we must not
Pass it off as rationalization and pie in the sky avoidance of the
reality of pain and loss here, but the recognition that we were
made for eternity, not time, we will live eternally, not only in time
in these mortal bodies, and that therefore the reality of our
eternal life and heavenly home IS far better than even the best
day we ever experienced here on earth.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It took cancer to make me look at my life and how
I should live it. (A positive side to cancer.)
I should live it. (A positive side to cancer.)
"I love life and do everything I can to live each day better than the day before. I know I sound like a greeting card," Gary Bonacker says, "but it's a good way to live."
In the spring of 2003, Gary was diagnosed with a stage 2 brain tumor. But just 10 months after surgery that removed only half of the tumor, Gary rode alongside Lance Armstrong at the Ride for the Roses cycling event in Austin, Texas.
"It was something I'll remember for the rest of my life," Gary says. It inspired him to go home to Bend, Oregon, and start his own cycling event to raise money for cancer. The Tour des Chutes
The years since have not been easy. Gary was diagnosed with his brain tumor in 2003, and he still battles it every day. He requires ongoing treatment to slow the growth of the tumor and is on anti-seizure medicines. With fatigue and multiple health problems, he has had to limit his work a great deal.
"There's not a day that I don't go into a dark place, thinking about things I might miss," he says. "But my family, workplace, and friends, and my event help me through it. My other coping strategy is to read about research and learn everything that I can about my disease. I've surprised doctors with information they weren't even aware of.
"I have heard people with cancer say it is a gift," he jokes. "Well, I would take that gift back, if possible."
Gary continues to do his best and move on with his life. Besides planning his annual fundraiser, he says that spending time with his family, gardening, and fishing are his best coping strategies. And, of course, cycling.
"What's sad is that it took getting cancer to make me look at my life and how I should live it," Gary says. "We take a lot for granted. But I don't any longer." (From National Cancer Institute)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
We are introduced to hope when we have cancer because from that point on we hope that we will get better or we hope we can have the grace to go through it victoriously.
A Definition of Hope
What is hope? Is it a wishy washy maybe or a kind of unsure optimism? The modern idea of hope is “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.”
“Hope” in Scripture means“a strong and confident expectation.”
In summary, hope is the confident expectation, the sure certainty that what God has promised in the Word is true, has occurred, and or will in accordance with God’s sure Word.A Description of Hope. If we were to describe HOPE we could say that…..
It is Dynamic or Active.
June Hunt has an interesting note on the use the anchor to symbolize hope...
For centuries, anchors have been a symbol of hope. This emblem was especially significant to the early persecuted church. Many etchings of anchors were discovered in the catacombs of Rome, where Christians held their meetings in hiding. Threatened with death because of their faith, these committed Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross and as a marker to guide the way to their secret meetings. Located beneath the ancient city, 600 miles of these tomb-like burial chambers served as a place of refuge during perilous times of persecution. Thus, the anchor—found even on some tombstones today—has become the symbol of guaranteed hope for the eternal security of true Christians. (Biblical Counseling Keys on Hope: The Anchor of Your Soul)
It has been said that man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, and about eight minutes without air—but only one second without hope! (Anon)The Italian poet, Dante, in Divine Comedy, penned this inscription over the world of the dead...
“Abandon all hope,One might paraphrase Dante's dismal declaration...
you who enter here!”
you who enter here!”
Life without Christ is a hopeless end
but life in Christ is an endless hope
If our hope is biblical and based on God's promises, it will put us in gear.It has Results
(1) It changes how we see ourselves. It changes us into pilgrim persons, people who see this life as temporary sojourn.
(2) It changes what we value. Hope, if biblical, makes us heavenly minded rather than earthly minded.
(3) It affects what we do with our lives—our talents, time, treasures.
The Christian life, if it is grasped according to God's truth, is a magnificent obsession with an eternal hope, a hope that does not lead to an escapist attitude, but to the pursuit of life on a whole new dimension. It makes you bullish, as we might say today, on the potentials of this life as stewards of God. It gives us power to live courageously, to be all God has called us to be in Christ.