Sunday, February 22, 2009

Do Not Fear

My wife has compiled a list of biblical verses on resiting fear by faith in the God of the Bible. If you would like this, send me an email and I will send you an attachment. These have been very significant to us.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Modes of Coping

One of my dear students spent several months in South Africa, ministering to the poorest of the poor. While stopped at a street light, her car was broken into and all three women were robbed. Thank God nothing worse happened. It wasn't until they got to the police station that they realized that they were also bleeding from the glass that cut their faces when the front windshield was smashed.

Our minds and bodies switch into emergency gear during emergencies. This is how we are designed by God (not mindless evolution). But when the crisis wanes a bit, other items come into view. For us, this means thinking about how an acute problem that required radical treatment will affect the previous chronic problems. Healthy bodies bound back after trauma. Unhealthy bodies are another story. So, we are fairly confident the infection will be mastered by the drugs and that therapy will bring back proper functions. We continue to pray to that end, as do many others. But what will be the long term consequences of six weeks of infusion antibiotics, a pic line and the rest? We do not know. But we will hope and storm heaven with Scripture, pleading the promises of God on our behalf for healing and restoration for God's glory and our good.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Little Max is out of the hospital, having improved for 24 hours straight. It was anticipated that he would have to stay another few days. Thanks for your prayers. He is still very sick, but his blood oxygen level is normal.

Pray for Sick Baby

Dear Friends:

I want to preserve the family's privacy, but a good friend of mine's four-month old boy is very sick in the hospital with influenza and other complications. Please pray for little Max.