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David Wayne: “A few random thoughts on cancer and mental and emotional health”

David Wayne was recently diagnosed with a serious colon cancer which has metastasized. He is the pastor of Glen Burnie Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie, MD. His weblog has had several thought-provoking and inspiring messages from his journey.

Please read his entry “A few random thoughts on cancer and mental and emotional health”

A brief excerpt:

But I also wonder if this may turn out to the good, whether I live a short time or a long time, in that I may find more joy after cancer than I have found before.
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I’ve had tastes of joy (and sorrow!) I never had before and it may be that this brush with death is simply recalibrating my life and re-aligning it to the realities of life in a fallen world. I think I may have never experienced God as I could have because in seeking so hard to avoid suffering I was really seeking to avoid ever needing Him.
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And so I give you all of that simply to say that you are going to die and you can live with that. Some of you will die suddenly and won’t have time to think through things as I am doing now. I hope that even now you will take the time you need to realign yourself with the reality of your mortality. Many more of you will probably die from a long and extended illness. And I hope to encourage you that it is possible that during the time of your illness you may still experience joys and a quality of life you have never experienced. You don’t have to be one of the statistics of those whose mental and emotional health declines precipitously and permanently.

David M. Bailey Sings “The Word”

“The Word” is a beautiful song with lyrics on God and some of our deep, lingering questions. Listen and please be encouraged.

David is well-known as a 12+ yr survivor of a brain tumor that was to have killed him in 6 months. His amazing story of hope and survival has been shared with and inspired thousands of fans all over the world. In late 2008 he had another surgery to remove a new tumor and is undergoing treatment while still playing concerts.

David’s website is: http://www.davidmbailey.com/

Brandon Gordon

Brandon Gordon passed away today, February 22, 2009, after a two-year battle with osteosarcoma. The Gordon family is one of our Christ and Cancer guest families, having used Matthew’s Miracle House in December 2008. We are happy that we were able to be involved in his life, even if in a small way.

Please pray that God’s Holy Spirit brings comfort to this family. Wish them well and encourage them here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brandongordon

We know that the adopted children of God through Christ are given eternal life with Him. We are looking toward meeting Brandon in eternity with our Lord.

Dr Michael Brown - “Where is God When it Hurts?”

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Stock market crashes and financial ruin, Auschwitz, cancer…where is God when the world seems mad and the pain is unbearable? Think It Thru host Dr. Brown has some ideas and so do some people he ran into on Wall Street in New York City.

Dr. Michael Brown hosts an interesting show worth watching. You’ll need to view at their site because the video can not be embedded here.

http://www.inspiration.net/thinkitthru/index.cfm/video/6687532001

Christ and Cancer earns 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

February 9, 2009

Today we received notification that Christ and Cancer is a tax-exempt public charity here with the United States Internal Revenue Service. This is a major step for our organization as this is a key element to raising funds and growing.

Obtaining this status with the IRS can be time-consuming and expensive if lawyers need to be used. We are blessed that two of our Directors have legal experience.

Our tax-exempt status is retroactively effective from May 7, 2008. So all prior donations qualify for a tax deduction under section 170 of the IRS code.

Part of the letter we received today:

Dear Applicant:

We are pelased to inform you that upon review of yoru application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

We determined that you are a public charity under the Code section(s) listed in the heading of this letter.

A testimony about the application process from Denise Rager:

God has heard our prayers.
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A month ago I was told by the IRS that the tax exempt applicatin for Christ and Cancer would not even be looked at until late Spring. The last few weeks I have been asking God to help. You see many organizations will not help a charity unless they are tax exempt (501 (C) (3) corporation). Without tax exempt status donors to the charity do not get a tax deduction. My hands were really tied to do any big fundraising events.
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Today I received notification that Christ and Cancer is a 501 (C) (3) corporation and we are tax exempt!!!! We are also considered a public charity (something we wanted). This is a MIRACLE. The IRS is currently processing applications that were received in August 08, I filed in late October 08. God can move mountains and he can move the IRS!!!! Friends out in cyber space please don’t put limits on God, He does hear our prayers. We might not always get the answers we like, but when we are walking the narrow path, nothing, nothing can hurt or interfer with the plans he has laid out for us.
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Anyone who donated to us this past year, I will get another receipt out to you in the next week that you can use on your 2008 taxes.

What Cancer Gave To Me - Lisa Willman

Here is a touching and thought-provoking cancer testimony from Lisa Willman.

Read the whole thing here:  http://www.myhopespace.com/index.php?page=WhatCancerGaveToMe

One excerpt:

Overall, as strange as it may sound, I’m glad to have gone through this journey. I believe with all of my heart that it made me a better person. I believe that God has a plan for all of us and that we all have a “time” in which we are destined to go onto the next life. I am very grateful to be a self-proclaimed “Cancer Babe” now, I wear the title with pride and hope for all of us that a cure will be found in the very near future. Apparently, my time hasn’t come up yet so I will keep trying to make the most of it. Life is just too short!

Is Joy the Antidote to Fear?

Written less than a month before his cancer diagnosis, Rev. David Wayne gives us encouraging teaching on overcoming fear. Follow his blog and health updates here: http://jollyblogger.typepad.com/jollyblogger/



Is Joy the Antidote to Fear


I’m working through my Christmas messages today and in a couple of weeks I’ll preach on Luke 2:9-10

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

The Holy Bible : New International Version
, electronic ed., Lk 2:9-10 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984).


By way of practical application we can note that upon seeing the angel of the Lord the shepherds were terrified. And the angel addresses their fear.

At this point we can stop and ask how we would address someone who was consumed with terror or abject fear. Most of us would tend to address the fear head on and provide logical or practical antidotes to the fear. Our message would probably eventually get around to one of two things - 1) don’t worry you have nothing to fear, or 2) take courage, you can handle this. I suppose we could go with a third - “you’re right, this is going to be as bad as you think it is and you are probably gonna die, but hey, it’s Christmas season and I’m trying to keep things on a more hopeful note.

The opposite of fear is usually courage so unless we took the “you have nothing to fear” route, most of us would take the “have courage” route. But the angel takes the “joy” route here.

This is not to say that courage is unnecessary, but I think we ought to pay some attention tothe fact that joy is offered in place of fear here and consider the relationship between joy and fear. Could it be that joy is the remedy for fear? And could it be that joy is the foundation for courage?

I don’t mean this in a Bobby McFerrin “don’t worry be happy” way - where we say “oh quit worrying and be happy.” In this case the angel was pointing to a real event as the source of joy. In other words, there joy was not to come through a change in their state of mind. Their joy was to come through consideration of a real event - the incarnation. Rather than trying to work themselves into a state of joy, the shepherds needed to consider the implications of the incarnation, and this would produce joy, and I would extrapolate from there to say that this would lead to courage.

And applying this to us I suggest that, when somneone is struggling with fear the answer is not to tell them to “take courage” as if they can suddenly turn on the courage switch in their minds. The antidote to fear is “find joy.” But this is also not simply telling them to change their state of mind. The antidote is to “find joy - by considering who Christ is and what He has done.”

Death and God are the two most fearful things that humans face. Death because, well it’s death, it’s final and it is what people in general fear most. In the Bible when people encountered God or one of his messengers the usual response was similar to the shepherds - terror.

Jesus has overcome both - He has defeated death and He has removed the barriers of sin that give us reason to fear an encounter with God.

Hence, since Christ has removed the sources of our two greatest fears it would seem reasonable that His redemption is the antidote to all our lesser fears, and every fear short of death or God is a lesser fear. In other words, the worst that can happen to anyone can’t happen to those who are in Christ. Thus based upon His objective work on the cross we have reason for joy and thus ability to find freedom from fear, and thus ability to find courage.

Whaddaya think?


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Living in Christ’s Peace by Richard Caldwell, Jr.

We highly recommend this sermon entitled “Living in Christ’s Peace.” Richard Caldwell, Jr. is the Pastor of Founder’s Baptist Church in Spring, TX.

Play on embedded media player by clicking the PLAY button below:

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Or visit SermonAudio to download the MP3 file for listening on your device: “Living In Christ’s Peace” by Richard Caldwell, Jr.

The scripture reading for the sermon:

John 14:28-31 (New International Version)

28″You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.

Larry Misenko Cancer Testimony - Part 2

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Larry Misenko Cancer Testimony - Part 1

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