“Now May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may about in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” –Romans 15:13
What we believe about the future dramatically affects how we live in the present. Without hope we lose strength to labor in the moment and we lack vision to press through difficulties. The Bible is saturated with this message on almost every page. It’s what King David talked about when he said “I would have lost heart, unless I have believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Ps 27:13).” And it’s what Paul was referring to when he said “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a fore more exceeding & eternal weight of glory (2 Cor 4:17).” Hope is vital to our survival as Christians.
This is a very precious subject to us right now because of my Dad’s health. A few weeks ago the doctors found another brain tumor located in the back part of his brain. This has caused him to have blurry vision, fatigue, and other problems the last couple months. On one hand, it’s a relief to know what has been causing these symptoms. But on the other, finding the problem was not an easy thing to hear. The only option available is radiation treatments, which will be done 5 days a week for 5 weeks. He started his first treatment Aug 21 and we visited Wisconsin from Aug 30 – Sept 9 to help them laugh & smile as much as possible during this difficult time. Surprisingly, my family has a lot of peace. We have no doubt that it’s because of the many prayers that have been spoken for us the last few weeks. If you would be willing to join with us in prayer, we would be so grateful! We are praying for a few things: 1) Complete Healing. We believe God’s ways never change and that he desires my Dad to be completely whole. Pray that the tumor is replaced with healthy brain tissue and that a miracle takes place! 2) For Radiation Treatments to go well. If he has to continue radiation, we are praying that he responds well to the treatments and that no negative side effects occur. 3) Hope & Peace. The first thing the enemy tries to do when sickness is around is fan the flames of anxiety & fear so that the problem becomes worse. We are shutting the door to all fear and choosing to rest in our Savior.
Here in Kansas City, things are going well. Loretta & I became puppy owners a couple months ago and are in the middle of training our furry friend. It’s been a small preparation for the baby that will come sometime down the road.
Ministry is also going well. As we stand in the Prayer Room we remember that one day there will be no more pain, sorrow, crying, or pain. As we intercede for the crises in the Middle-East we remember that one day all the nations will worship the Jewish King in Zion. As we pray for orphans in Uganda we’re reminded that a time is soon coming when there will be no more fatherlessness. As we pray for revival on College Campuses and send out missionaries to the nations, we look forward to the time when every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Our labor is not in vain. Every prayer, every good deed, and every kind word will be remembered for eternity. Unlike the world, we labor in hope. When there is no sickness, no fatherlessness, no lost person, and no sin left on the earth, the Prayer Room in the New Jerusalem will keep going. Not because a breakthrough is needed, but because He is worthy. As we stand on the sea of glass, with all the saints our hearts will be bursting with joy. Yet even now, ask darkness surrounds, we can still enter into that same hope. “We…have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil (Heb 6:18-19).”