November 30, 2015

Don't Waste Your Cancer & Our Youth

Recently, I had learned that one of the members of the congregation where I pastor has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and it was quite disheartening to learn this too.

In the parsonage where my family and I live, there is evidence of Dennis Reeves' handiwork throughout the house because he and his wife Linda helped to lay the flooring down throughout the house.  Not just in the parsonage, but in the homes of other people too.

His handiwork goes even further because Dennis has been passionately serving the Lord Jesus Christ, teaching a Sunday School class here at the church and he's also done what he and Linda could, to the best of their ability, to help others get out of the rut they've been in and turn their lives over the Lord and live for Him as they have.

About 2 weeks ago, Dennis was asked to lead in prayer before our senior adult Sunday School class Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner and his prayer was so deeply heartfelt.  He said how thankful he was for so much of his life and how God has used him for His glory and now he just wanted to be used even more by Him in his current circumstance.  He said that he just wanted to know Him more now, more than ever before too.

That following Sunday, during our worship service we had a time for prayer and he and his wife walked up to the front and had 2 of our other members to pray for them.

Within in a matter of a few seconds there were a number of others who surrounded them, to lift them both up to the Lord, for strength, comfort and for the will of God to be done in their lives.  

Are we praying for a miracle for him to be healed?  You bet we are.  Will we be disappointed if God doesn't heal him, but allows the cancer to run its course and bring him home?  Sure.  But God's will is more of what we want for both of them and either way, God will be glorified and praised.

Yesterday though, Dennis came to church using crutches because the cancer has begun to affect his lower torso making it very uncomfortable to walk.

During the service yesterday morning for a time of prayer, Dennis and Linda walked up again to the front, to have people pray for them.  What happened next completely astounded me.

November 24, 2015


Well, it certainly has been a long while since I last shared a post here.

There's quite a bit to catch up on too.

In one of my past posts, I shared with you that my family and I had arrived in Arlington, Texas where I was going to serve as the pastor of a small church, but unfortunately, a year later, that didn't quite work out so well and I had to resign.

But 11 months later, after beginning a new work experience in Financial Services with a MassMutual in Ft. Worth, I had a scheduled meeting with one of my clients and little did I know how encouraging that appointment would be for me.  It was and I'm grateful even more, for how God used Steve Farrar, to let me know that God was still going to use me.  Neither of us knew where or when, but Steve wanted to encourage me and to have faith that He would.

So, on August 7th, I was in Flower Mound visiting with a client of mine and he says hello to this guy and introduces me to him and it's Steve Farrar.

His name isn't popular, as a pastor, but he's written several books for men and as I shook his hand, I said to him with embarrassment that it was nice to meet him and haven't read ANY of his books, but I will, eventually. He jokingly said they probably weren't any good and I shook my head in disagreement knowing they are, based on others who've commented about them.

Steve was informed that I served as a pastor and was working in the insurance/financial services field and after I gave him a 30 second summary of what happened and he told me that he had to resign too and that he became depressed for 3 years after that. 3 years! 

Then Steve said to me, "God's not done with you yet. He'll use you again.", and he then said think about all the people in the bible whom God used greatly, after they had something happen to them where they felt they couldn't be used by God anymore.

The first person that came to my mind was the Apostle Peter, who said he would die for Jesus, denied knowing him 3 times and he was the first person whom Jesus said to tell him that He had risen from the grave. Steve then just said to me again, "God's not done with you yet. He'll use you again."

Then my client, after Steve said goodbye and left, began to choke up with tears filling in his eyes and he tried to calmly convey the real reason I met with him and he said, "Your appointment wasn't with me. It was with him."

Just about 3 months later, after a series of unexpected phone calls and preaching visits to a church in Port Neches, Texas, I've been called to serve as the pastor of Magnolia Church and what a blessing being here has been, too!

While I had wondered if God would ever use me again, looking back at that meeting on that day was just another example of God showing me that He did have plans that will be fulfilled in His timing and it makes me love Him all the more, when I haven't been as loving and faithful to Him as I should be, but I'm working on it.

God's not done with you yet. He'll use you again.

Have a blessed day, everyone.  I'll be writing another post soon.  I PROMISE!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, 
for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1

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