August 13, 2020

I realize that it has been six months since writing and updating my blog. Honestly, I may decide to delete this blog in the near future.  Why?  It has been a little over two years since completing my cancer treatment.   I have a PET scan every six months  and once again I just received the results of the last one and there were no signs of cancer.  I am truly blessed. But unless you all let me know otherwise, I will probably just do a shorter update on facebook in the months to follow.

We have been living in Amarillo for about a year now and we are enjoying being close to restaurants and shopping.  I am able to see my mom and other relatives a lot more and we are extremely happy to be a part of the Paramount Baptist church family.

Needless to say, the pandemic has made it more difficult for us to get acquainted with   people in the church and our neighborhood. With the help of zoom and taking opportunities to reach out to our neighbors we are slowly but surely getting to know more and more people.

Today I prayed for as many pastors as I could think of.  It has been a difficult period for them.  I am also praying for all of the school administrators and the teachers as school is about to start up for many.  It is difficult to please everyone in every situation.  You have  an equal number of people on both sides of every issue.  There is no way a pastor, a teacher or an administrator is going to make everyone happy.

Contentment and happiness are not found in a plan but in a person.

Today I was reminded of the simplicity of being a believer  and the love of God by reviewing John 3:16 and John 5:24.  God loves us and he has given us the gift of his Son and the promise of eternal life.  Why is this important?  Our world is in a state of chaos.  Many have forgotten that our hope is in Christ and not in politics or in rebellion.  In our brokenness and sinfulness, God still loves us.

I read the following text from Isaiah 28 this morning:

16Therefore the Lord God said:
“Look, I have laid a stone in Zion,
a tested stone,

a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;

the one who believes will be unshakable.

17And I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the mason’s level.”

(Christian Standard Bible © 2017 Holman Bible Publishers)

Fear, brokenness, pain, and confusion surrounds the world today.  However, we are “unshakable” when our faith is in Christ, “the precious cornerstone”.  Cancer has taught me one tremendous truth, regardless of our plans in this world, God has a great plan for our lives and He has a wonderful promise of eternity waiting for us.  We must not forget that God is the one in control. He is the judge.   He is the one who sets the standard and the measuring requirements.  Praise to God that he has made righteousness attainable through the sacrifice of His Son.  His judgment will be seen through the lens of our faith in his Son. He is a merciful God, but He is a judging God.  All will be judged according to our faithfulness in Him.

Once again, thank  you for all of your prayers and your love for me and my wife.  I am praying daily for several friends of mine.  Mark, Ruth, Jamie, Tim, LaDonna and their spouses.  These are just a few that I pray for as they all deal with cancer issues.  Please let me know if I can pray for  you especially if you are dealing with cancer.

JOY IN CHRIST,

Keith

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