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German Biologist Cheese Mixtures

Two weeks ago my wife and I lost our beloved pup of all to the dreaded disease of cancer. Spencer was only 8 years old. He was one tough Schnauzer and probably my most favorite pet of all time. Spencer was always a spry ‘manly’ little guy, full of spunk, character and for some reason had a crazy high pitch bark of a girl dog! I never knew a more loyal dog and never had an animal love me in return as much as Spence. So it was really hard to say goodbye when we did. 

When Spencer was first diagnosed earlier last year with lymphoma he went from his playful self to being completely couch-bound in less than 48 hours. The vet gave him only days to live, with the possibility of 2 weeks at most. Andria and I were both in shock and amazed at how fast the disease quickly began breaking down his little body.  We sought some immediate relief through chemotherapy which bought us time to seek the Lord in prayer. In 2 Kings chapter 20, King Hezekiah was diagnosed with a life threatening disease and was told by the prophet to put his house in order because he was soon going to die. Hezekiah turned to the Lord and cried out for his life and God in turn gave him 15 more years. So I figured if God would grant a king 15 years than God could grant this dog 15 months – so I cried out to the Lord for just that. We also changed his diet to high alkaline and gave him a formulated cheese mixture from a German biologist to supercharge his blood cells. The result? Spencer had a good 15 months up until September 2016, when the cancer finally took over. The oncologist praised the work of chemotherapy and wrote a paper on Spence as he beat all the odds. But we know better. Looking back we just wished I had asked God for more than 15 months! 

My life has had more twists and turns than I could have ever imagined. How about yourself? I had always thought that being tough, being positive and having tenacity was the only way forward but I’ve learned a few things. While those are some great attributes and from time to time much needed attributes, they aren’t the ones that are on the top of God’s list of things He’s looking for. God is after the heartfelt core of who we really are. He’s not interested in what motivates us and makes us laugh, but rather what hurts us and makes us cry. He cuts deeper than we want to go and touches thought patterns we’re afraid to admit. With God there’s no faking it until you make it. You can’t beg Him for something while covering some hidden agenda. It explains why Jesus had such a problem with pretenders – and why pretenders have such a problem with this. God goes deep. He’s after those who don’t have what it takes to make it, and they know it. He redefines our success by our willingness to surrender. Jesus said it best one day:

Matthew 5:3-8
"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 4 "You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. 5 "You're blessed when you're content with just who you are — no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought. 6 "You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat. 7 "You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for. 8 "You're blessed when you get your inside world — your mind and heart — put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. 

May you be you this week!
Pastor Shian

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