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Bev Cancer Update & Easter

Dear Friends,

Great news! The doctor was almost giddy in telling us that Bev’s bone scan confirmed that the tumors haven’t grown and the cancer hasn’t spread to other parts of her body. He went on to say that the tumors of this type cancer remain, they are not killed, but as long as they are not growing or spreading, it’s in remission.

So, she keeps taking the medication and has a monthly visit to the oncologist for blood work and a shot to strengthen her bones.

It has been wonderful to see her spirits raised the past three months, knowing that the Lord is answering your prayers and the prayers of so many of His people on her behalf. God is good all the time.

Yesterday, I was reading in Matthew 24 and 25 about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He knew that He would be facing the cross in just five days. Imagine the stress that must have had on Him. Yet, He was kind to heal two blind men just before riding into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey. And immediately after chasing the dishonest money changers out of the temple, Matthew 25:14 tells us, “And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.”

Jesus Christ is still in our healer. Sometimes our physical bodies need healing. Other times it may be a relationship or our finances that need healing. As we approach the celebration of Easter, the day that God the Father raised God the Son from the grave, I want you to consider a question. Do you know Jesus Christ personally?

Jesus was willing to die on a cross and take upon Himself the penalty for my sins and your sins so that we could come to know Him personally and become part of His family forever. Do you know Jesus Christ personally?

If you want to know Him and aren’t certain whether you have this relationship, I encourage you to receive Jesus Christ right now. Pray a prayer similar to the one I prayed four decades ago:

“God, I need You. I’m sorry for my sin. I invite Jesus to come into my life as my Savior and Lord, and to make me the person you want me to be. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life.”

If you asked Christ into your life, you have made the most important decision anyone could ever make. I urge you to find a church that teaches the Bible, one where you can begin to learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

 

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Prayer for Bev

My wife, Bev, needs your prayers!

After struggling with sciatica for four month, Bev had an even more excruciating series of back spasms. Yesterday morning they were so painful that we went to the ER at our local hospital. After an x-ray and CAT scan, the doctor came back with the diagnosis: three spots on the spine!

He believes that Bev’s breast cancer has metastasized to her spine. Today and tomorrow she will undergo four tests so her oncologist can make a determination.

The past 30 hours have been a roller coaster of emotions for us: surprise, concern, tenderness, and faith. We thank the Lord Jesus Christ that He has proven His consistent, faithful love and care for our family for more than four decades. Hebrews 13:5 contains one of the Lord’s precious promises: “I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.” We also know that He is able to do anything, As Jeremiah said, “Nothing is too difficult for Thee.” And our God is in complete control of this challenge, “We adore you has being in control of everything” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

We would be incredibly grateful is you would join our family and the Compass family in praying for Bev. Specifically, that (1) the spots would not be cancer; (2) if they are cancerous, that they would not have spread to any organs; (3) that the Great Physician would completely heal her.

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!

Love in the Healer,
Howard Dayton