9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalms 119:9-11, ESV)
If you have seen American Gospel Film you will be familiar with the medical struggles of Katherine Berger. Through all of this the Lord has shown His Grace in their lives and we can help our family in this time of need.
Please ask the Lord what you can do. If you can donate, please do so via Go Fund Me. Pray and Share.
For the past ten years, I (Russell) have watched my wife Katherine battle a rare genetic disorder. It has affected her connective tissues, her autonomic nervous system, and multiple organ systems in her body.
Despite her doctor’s best efforts, Katherine’s condition has deteriorated. Last year, she was diagnosed with intestinal failure. Since September of last year, her only source of nutrition and fluid has been through a central line to her heart. She has also continued to receive bimonthly infusions of immunoglobulin that help to keep her disease from progressing further. Katherine is currently being treated by some of the best gastrointestinal doctors in the world, and has been recommended for intestinal transplant.
Though we are thankful for these life-saving interventions, they present a constant risk of complications. She has had multiple hospitalizations over the past few months, and had three central lines replaced due to infection.
As Katherine’s illness has progressed, she has lost the ability to drive, and struggles to complete many simple daily tasks on her own. Our 11-year old has also begun to show symptoms of the same disease, and has lost the ability to walk. Out of necessity, I have become a full-time caretaker for our family. This has been very difficult for us financially.
Katherine’s IVig treatments are $12,000.00 per month. Her TPN is $6,500.00 per month. Her IV fluids are $2,700.00 per month. The transplant her physicians have recommended would cost $2 million dollars. Medicare/Medicaid won’t approve many of the treatments Katherine’s doctors have prescribed for her. When they do approve treatments, they only pay a fraction of the cost, which would leave us owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A private health plan would cover the majority of these expenses, but the monthly premiums for a plan like this are upwards of $2000.00 per month. In order for Katherine to be listed for transplant, we will have to obtain one of these plans. Katherine’s transplant team has advised us to start fundraising for those expenses not covered by insurance. These funds will help us cover deductibles, the cost of traveling to and from D.C. for appointments, housing near the hospital during her 6-month recovery, and living expenses while I serve as her full-time caretaker.
We thank you for your help and kindness. If you can’t help us financially, please also consider praying for Katherine’s doctors to have wisdom, and that our two children would be comforted as they deal with so many challenging situations.
— Russell Berger
Pastor Chris, Anchor Bible Church, Plymouth, MN, has been teaching from 1 Thessalonians. In part 4, Paul presents a very clear plan on how to abstain from sexual immorality as we obey the will of God, which is our sanctification … listen below as Pastor Chris speaks from 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.
Be Set Apart part 4 – audio
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.
7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 (ESV)
Start your year off on the right foot with Dr. Lawson, One Passion Ministries and the Men’s Bible Study. Catch the replays if you are unable to attend or watch live. See One Passion Ministries website below for dates, times and to watch the replay of Getting the Gospel Right from Romans 1:1-3.
In the fall of 2018, I remember reading #Jude and it was the first book I went to for answers. I’m not quite sure why that book but it began a journey through the Bible. And for every question I had, God had the answer. It was His kindness that led me to repentance. And He who lived righteous because I could not, paid my ransom, which I deserved to have to pay, and he defeated death and gave me Himself as the gift of eternal life. He created in me a clean heart, a new life In Him. My old life is dead. Praise The Lord for His Grace and His compassion and long suffering for a sinner like me.
I read in the book of Jude again last night and the highlighted passage jumped out at me. Here is more but you can read the whole book at ESV.org
5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day-
7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. – Jude 1:5-7 #ESV #Bible #Truth
#Remember #Jesus is the only #hope for the world. He calls us all to repentance.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. – Romans 8:1 ESV
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? – Romans 2:4 ESV
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Romans 3:21-24 ESV
#minneapolis #mn #twincities #gospel #faith #areyouinchrist #believe
“We are of a new kind. We are a new creation. We are not what we once were. We are a regenerated people… We are friends with God – no longer enemies. ” – Pastor Chris Grazor, Be Set Apart (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, Jan 5, 2020), Anchor Bible Church, Plymouth, MN
Over the last few weeks, each message, each passage and each book I’ve been reading comes to this important Truth from God’s Word – we are to know who we are In Christ. By knowing who we are In Christ, we can walk worthy of our calling, be pleasing to God and be sanctified by the truth, which is the word of God.
My prayer is that this post will bless you with good resources to help you in your walk this year.
- The Bible, a notebook and writing instruments.
- Sermon Series on 1 Thessalonians + other great teaching from Anchor Bible Church.
- The Christian’s True Identity book and sermon series from Jonathan Landry Cruse.
- Ligonier Ministries learning series on the Westminster Confession of Faith and the book Truths We Confess by Dr. R. C. Sproul.