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Prayer for Jim Whorton

Dear Friends,

South African preacher Andrew Murray famously said, “Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only in unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect the unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’”

My wife, Bev, and I have experienced this the past two years. When we first discovered her breast cancer had returned and was going to require a double mastectomy, we were privileged to be joined by thousands of followers of Christ around the world praying for her healing. Six months later, the cancer had spread to her bones, and for a year she experienced daily excruciating pain.

Then remission . . . then remission with more good days than bad days . . . then almost pain free.

We have another prayer request, this time for Jim Whorton, the Compass North Florida Director. Jim and his wife, Christy, are extraordinarily godly people. They have had a massive impact on Compass worldwide by their example and prayers.

Recently, Jim began to experience something usual: his eyelids wouldn’t open on command; it’s called Blethora Spasm. Many prayed for Jim’s healing, and the control of his eyelids is much improved. However, just as with Bev’s cancer spreading, Jim’s condition has migrated to his neck and shoulders (medical name for this is Bystonia) and in his words, “I have become a Bobble Head!” He can’t keep his head steady and erect, and is experiencing relentless severe pain.

Soooooo, would you please join us in praying for this amazing brother in Christ to be healed?

Thank you VERY much!

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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If two of you agree

A remarkable promise from the lips of Jesus found in Matthew 18:19-20 should energize our prayer life with a sense of boldness: “If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered in my name, there I am in their midst.”

Let’s look carefully at this passage:

• “If two of you…” (your spouse or a Christian brother or sister)

• “agree on earth about anything that they may ask” (Confirm it doesn’t conflict with God’s will as revealed in the Bible then fully agree together)

• “it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.” (Jesus promises an answer by His Father.)

Is there something that you need the Lord to Continue reading If two of you agree

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Anatoliy & Ukraine

Years ago, a friend challenged me to expand the ministry of teaching God’s people God’s way of handling money beyond America. He asked me one penetrating question: “Is there any follower of Christ anywhere that shouldn’t know what the Bible says about money?”

The obvious answer was, “Of course, not!”

The Bible contains 2,350 verses dealing with money and possessions. These financial truths are applicable to every generation and every culture. They apply to sophisticated economies like ours, as well as to very simple economies often found in the developing world. After all, when the Bible was penned, most economies were very basic.

It’s clear that teaching these principles is on God’s heart. He alone has brought Compass world-class, godly Continent Directors for South America, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and India (we treat India as a continent since one out of six people on the planet live there).

Today, Compass serves 48 countries. Some of our country leaders courageously Continue reading Anatoliy & Ukraine

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Operation World

Dear Friends,

Has the Lord given you a heart for the world? Would you like to develop a heart for the world?

I’ve got just the book to help you. It’s called Operation World written by Jason Mandryk. Joni Eareckson Tada of Joni and Friends said this about it: “For years I have used Operation World to pray for people in every tongue, tribe, and nation. It is a time-honored global manual of prayer which will provide you everything you need to bring the nations of the world before the throne of God.”

I try to read about one country a day and they are all researched in the book  – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. I learn about the nation and pray for revival and for the Lord to raise up an indigenous leader to serve with Compass so that the people of that country will learn God’s way of handling money. Yesterday it was Aruba.  I’ve discovered that Continue reading Operation World

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Perseverance & Bev’s Cancer Update

Dear Friends,

We received the best news in more than a year when we met with Bev’s oncologist yesterday. He knew Bev had been dealing with dealing with some challenging side effects from the new medication for her breast can that had metastasized to her bones. But he walked in said, “Finally, after a year, I have some good news. The cancer markers in your blood have gone down from 98 to 50! You’re not out of the woods, but this is good news.”

All we could think about was the many prayers from God’s people on Bev’s behalf. Perseverance on Bev’s part and perseverance on the part of those who have stood by her in prayer. James 1:2-4 says it this way: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Saturday mornings I walk the neighborhood with Jordan, a great friend who lives next door. Jordan was training to run the Disney marathon. His training was going well until about a month before the race. Knee problems and then a bad cold threatened to derail all his hard work . . . but he persevered! And finished the 26.2 miles in his best time ever!

What challenge is facing you today? Bev and I are learning to pray, trust in Christ alone, and persevere.

Warmly in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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Bev Cancer Update 11.18.13

Dear Friends,

Our appointment for MD Anderson for a second option on Bev’s breast/bone cancer has been rescheduled for this week. She continues to feel great, although is more easily fatigued than normal.

We have received soooooo many kind prayers for us and her healing. We were especially touched by the prayer that a long time friend, Pat Morley, sent us. I hope you are moved as much as Bev and me when we first read it.

Our Dearest Father, Patsy and I join the throng of believers around the world who are praying for Bev and Howard. Grant them the wisdom of Solomon, the faith of Abraham, the perseverance of Joseph, the courage of Joshua, and the healing of Job. Lord, we implore YOU defeat this disease in such a striking way that you alone can get the glory.

We pray as Asa prayed when he called upon you in 2 Chronicles 14:11, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O Lord, Continue reading Bev Cancer Update 11.18.13

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Government Shutdown 2013

Dear Friends,

These days the news is dominated by the shutdown of the Federal government and the war of words between the President and the Republicans in congress. There is much wringing of hands and dire predictions of what will happen if the shut down continues.

If that’s not enough, the battle over the debt ceiling is upon us as of October 17th with the same two sides rattling their sabers and warning of financial Armageddon if the other side does not cave in to their demands. So, what should you and I do in light of this brinkmanship on Capitol Hill?

I have two suggestions:

(1)    Limit the amount of news you watch or listen to. The media loves to hype this type of news, after all in times like these, ratings go up and advertisers pay up. The media onslaught can steal our sense of peace, fruitfulness, and joy that we should be experiencing in Christ. In Matthew 13, Jesus told the parable of the sower. In verse 22 he said, “And the one on whom the seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it become unfruitful.”

(2)    Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of those serving in leadership of the government. Pray that the Lord would give them good hearts and a desire to honor one another. Pray that they would humble themselves before God and together seek resolution to these challenges. “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of  all men, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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The most of your time

Dear Friends,

An update on Bev’s battle with cancer and some practical things I’m learning about – time.

First, my bride of 42 years has decided not resume the second round of radiation until she recovers from the awful side effects of the first three of fifteen treatments of round two. She has definitely improved the last several days and actually enjoyed her first pain-free day in two months. Despite experiencing more discomfort today, Bev is thanking our Lord for His kindness and care as she walks closely with Christ while dealing with breast cancer that spread to her bones.

This morning we held our monthly conference call with Compass leaders from around the world. What an encouragement to learn Bev is being prayed in Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Mexico, and in churches throughout India just to mention a few! We are sooooo grateful for your prayers!

Now, here’s a little of what I’m learning about time as I work on finishing the Business God’s Way small group study: Just as we use a budget to prioritize the spending of our money and to avoid unwise impulse spending, so we should be Continue reading The most of your time

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Bev Update 7.26.13

Dear Friends,

Today was a hard day for Bev and me. We visited her radiologist, and he showed us the results of her latest MRI. The Lumbar (lower portion) of the spine is infected with large cancerous tumors on each of the five vertebrae. We were unaware of this, but it does provide us the reason for her extreme discomfort in this area.

Tomorrow we return to the hospital for the outstanding staff to prepare Bev for a series of 15 radiation treatments in this area along with vertebrae T-7, which is located on the spine around the height of the shoulder blade.

We remain incredibly thankful for all the prayers on Bev’s behalf. We remain completely confident in our Lord: in His amazing love, His almighty power, and His unfathomable wisdom. We keep asking each other: How do people face this with any type of peace and keep their wits about them when they don’t know Jesus and His tender love for them? Do they wonder what will happen to them when they pass away? What comfort in knowing with certainty that we will spend eternity with God Himself, our loved ones, and all those who know Christ as their savior.

I remain so grateful that I am married to a godly woman that I love more than my life and have been for 42 years.

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