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When I was in college and new in my faith, a young lady friend kept using a phrase about our relationship with God. She’d talk about being “under grace,” and I had no idea what she meant. She explained grace means God gives us not what we deserve, but forgiveness and blessing instead. Under grace, His many gifts and promises are given unconditionally and made possible by the work of Jesus on the cross for us. Grace is an entirely different operating system and the only system which grants us access to God. Over the years, I’ve grown in grace for everyday life, due in part to my young lady friend, whom by grace I now call my wife, Terri.

The concept of grace was so helpful in the greatest storm of our lives when Stage IV metastatic melanoma cancer wracked my body 17 years ago. We identified two large ditches lining the road of our cancer battle. Next time, I’ll discuss the 2nd ditch – Self-righteousness. The 1st ditch is Guilt, a relentless and merciless master which presents in several forms or “voices.” Consider two voices that if received, will land us in the ditch of guilt, and how to pull out of each ditch.

1) “Sickness and cancer are always due to some attitude, behavior or lifestyle I practiced.”

God blew up any airtight connections between sickness and sin in the Book of Job. God rebuked Job’s friends who blamed Job for his troubles, which included a horrific skin disease which tormented his body. God made it clear the sickness was not a punishment on Job.

Jesus’ disciples were operating in the ditch of guilt and punishment, when they asked Him if a man born blind had sinned or his parents. They evidently had no 3rd category which Jesus revealed, “God allowed this blindness for the glory of God,” and Jesus promptly healed the man (John 9).

These Old and New Testament examples teach me to run from judgment about the exact roots of mine or another’s sickness.

2) “I did something horrible in my past, and God is punishing me with this cancer or sickness.”

If God punished sin with sickness, we’d all be in the hospital! See my past blog dedicated to this issue. We’ve all sinned in the past, and if we’re honest, we continue to sin. Why would God arbitrarily punish some folks sin with sickness and not others?

In addition, don’t forget that “good things happen to bad people.” In Psalm 73:3-5, Asaph says from the thralls of the ditch of guilt and the ditch of self-righteousness,

“For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.”

If God punishes sin with sickness or cancer, surely the wicked would be first to be diagnosed!

Embrace the fact that for those who believe on Jesus as Savior, God put His punishment for our sin on Jesus Christ on the cross. The penalty and wages of sin is not sickness, it is much greater – spiritual and eternal separation from God. We cannot work off our sin through suffering. The GREAT news is Jesus worked it off for us!

Let’s stay on the Grace Road and out of the guilt ditch!

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” – Hebrews 10:14.

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Humans are intrigued by super-powers. The Greeks and Romans had their god-human heroes and we have our super-humans. There’s a long list of super-charged comic characters who’ve become mainstays in our movie houses.

While it might be nice to take down the local crime syndicate, I think most of us would be content with basic powers that exceed our own in a few key areas:

  • To be able to pull out of a depression.
  • To quickly regain our emotional footing after being insulted by someone who’s supposed to be on our side.
  • To not fall to pieces when the oncologist says, “It spread.” Happened to me.
  • To be patient when a crying child keeps us awake most of the night.
  • To overcome the bully at work, in our social circle, or on our kid’s playground. 

At the point of our most pressing needs, the Most Powerful Being in the Universe injects some really Good News. In the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has not only displayed His power over the worst of all circumstances – death – but He offers that very same resurrection power to us for coping in daily life! His Resurrection power lifts up fallen moods, broken relationships, sick bodies, wounded feelings, and every hardship we can imagine.

Too good to be true, right? In Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23, he speaks to our tendency to neglect, miss or doubt His offers. So he asks God to give us “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him” and that “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” He knew we’d need help to even “see” God’s amazing offers! Makes me want to meditate on this entire promise to grasp and apply it better. Will you join me this Easter season? Open the eyes of our heart, Lord!

Happy Resurrection Day!

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During my intense battle with Stage IV metastatic melanoma, I had plenty of time to surf TV stations. I often heard preachers encouraging people to speak to obstacles and command them to go away, and if they believed and didn’t doubt, God would do it for them. I’ve heard other preachers call this type of teaching, Prosperity Theology; or Name it and Claim it; or derisively, Blab it and Grab it. So who to believe here?

If you tuned into Israeli media 2000 years ago, you would have heard of a controversial, young “faith preacher” who was teaching the same basic concept – “Speak to obstacles; tell those obstacles where to go; believe and don’t doubt and God will do it!” But I paraphrase, let’s quote him:

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. – Matthew 17:20

“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. – Mark 11:23 

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”- Matthew 21:21-22

It’s likely Jesus proclaimed the mountain-moving offer on three separate occasions to demonstrate it’s not some “one-off” teaching. Yet why are these passages on prayer perhaps the most ignored of all of His instruction? For many, Jesus’ teaching on faith and miracles should be relegated to another time, some other place. When some do address their relevance for today, they end up “balancing” them into oblivion. I don’t think Jesus intended this approach to His Word.

In future blogs, I plan to revisit questions on Divine Healing; God’s will; miracles for today; and promises on healing. Yet today, might we agree that Jesus intended to stir up greater faith with these passages? Meditate on them for a few minutes and allow yourself to absorb His words. Perhaps we can all admit that the “Buts” and “Balances” mentioned above could be classified as doubts, the very thing He’s discouraging in these passages?

So with the boldness of faith which Jesus cheered frequently during His days on earth, I offer three observations from these passages for those who are hungry to pray – Jesus’ way:

1) Jesus is not teaching us how to ask, but rather how to command! Do you ever command in prayer – for anything? No? So perhaps baby steps for you then, right?

2) Do not doubt; believe what you command will happen! I encourage myself to quit overthinking, just do my part and speak to obstacles, and believe God will do His part. I can’t control Him, but I can do what He asks me to do, even with imperfect mustard seed-sized faith. Speak to that mountain!

3) He teaches us to extend this approach to ALL of our prayers. Note the last passage cited above, Matthew 21:22 – “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Wait. “All things”? Then how about healing cancer, that’s a “thing”? To us, cancer is an impossible mountain thing, but it’s “no thing” to God!

Perhaps you’re thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about. Perhaps God used our bold prayers to give me a story, and dare I say, a road map for others. The doctors gave me days to live in 2003, yet we “foolishly” commanded my Stage IV melanoma to be cast into the sea. That was fifteen years ago and here I am in 2019.

I’m determined to pray as instructed by Jesus and to watch what happens. Join me, if you dare, in telling cancer where to go!!!

Lord, we want to experience ALL of your amazing promises!

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Stronghold Ministry by Joe Fornear - 4M ago

Did it have to be so hard? As I look back on my Stage IV cancer battle which began in 2002, three tendencies made the physical beat down of the cancer and treatments much more exhausting.

1) My Religious tendency placed the burden on myself to perform FOR God and people. I needed and was determined to fight cancer “right.”

2) My Can-do tendency caused me to wear out quickly. I had set out to “beat cancer” with smarts and inner strength.

3) My Self-important tendency caused me to question why God allowed this “senseless” chapter in my life. As a pastor of a church, I definitely had more important things to be doing!

Jesus addresses these very tendencies in Matthew 11:28-30, to help lighten the crushing load on weary warriors:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus invites us to learn how to fight, and here’s what I’ve learning about my battle plans compared to His:

1) Fight from the resting position!

My religious instinct is to start with “Do,” but Jesus starts with “Rest.” Watchman Nee’s outline of the Bible book of Ephesians is so simple and profound, “Sit, Walk, Stand” (free PDF here). Each word covers a major section of the book, starting with “Sit.” Many think of standing and walking first, and only then do we get to rest – but not God. The work begins and ends with Jesus’ work on the cross and all that He has done FOR us! In this way our battle can be fought from the resting position! REST.

The battle is not yours, but the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15).

2) Know Who does the heavy lifting!

A “yoke” is a harness which straps two oxen together. Farmers often pair an older, stronger ox with a youngster to teach the plowing process. The stronger bull does most of the work. In the same way, Jesus does the work for us, in us and through us! Fighting cancer or any trial is not a do-it-yourself project. LEAN.

 “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).

3) Surrender to succeed!

Jesus is honest with us, most of our burdens are self-imposed. Yikes! If I’m moaning or complaining over the path God has permitted me to walk, I needlessly waste precious energy. John the Baptist found himself in jail for his preaching, and Jesus sent him encouragement not to “stumble” over the path God had allowed. But this type of yielding requires humility, admitting that God is smarter than me! YIELD.

Lord, I want to learn how You rested on, leaned upon and yielded to Your Father. Make me like YOU!

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  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
  • “Stronghold Ministry Healing Prayer” Facebook Group – Prayer and support for you as you fight cancer! Become a member to submit prayer requests and lift up others. Join here.

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In the first year of Stronghold Ministry, a radiation oncologist told me I was doing a great disservice to people fighting advanced cancer. He said I should just get them ready for heaven and not give them hope that God might heal them. I said, “Can’t I do both?” I told him I personally would rather die with hope than live a single day without it.

Sooo, how does a person get ready for heaven? Click here.

Hope is warranted because God is way bigger than anything, including advanced stage cancer, and He STILL does impossible things. Yes, He healed me from Stage IV metastatic melanoma after being given “days to live” in 2003. I know many others who were healed as well. But what if He doesn’t chose to heal?

To me, hope goes way beyond physical earthly healing to the Person of Jesus Christ Himself. This is truly what Christmas is all about – He is the ultimate Consolation Prize. And by that I don’t mean receiving an inferior prize of earthly blessings just to placate us. Jesus is First Prize, God’s very Son and BEST Consoler! IN HIM is EVERY spiritual blessing! (Ephesians 1:3).

So why then is hope hard to find, especially over the Thanksgiving-Christmas season? I think from childhood, we have been encouraged to dream big about what we might “get” for Christmas! And not surprisingly, we’re caught in a cycle of disappointment over unmet expectations. In addition, many believe the lie that everyone else is doing wonderful. Thanks, HappyFacebook & InstantSlam!

It’s even harder to be hopeful when you’re fighting cancer! I had surgery on December 23, 2002 to remove a large mass in my lymph nodes under my arm which my doc thought was “just a cyst.” So I was really banged up on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas Day, my surgeon called to give me the diagnosis that it was Stage 3 melanoma, and that I had better get strong systemic treatment asap. The news kind of spoiled that particular Christmas. My hope was not going to come from my circumstances.

Yet God is called “the God of Hope.” He is The Manufacturer of hope, and He wants us to “own” hope as well! But how? Check out four keys to finding hope at Christmas – and all year round:

1) Be Informed – In the Bible, God actually explains the purpose of suffering pretty well!

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

2) Be Confident – Good will ultimately prevail, as God Himself is GOOD!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

3) Be Patient – This doesn’t all happen over night! We may not be soaring outwardly, but we can always soar inwardly.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

4) Be Determined – Fight for hope, settle for nothing less!

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

Can we have hope, no matter what? I hope so! Will you join me in sowing HIS hope together?

Lord, pour out Your hope into our minds and feelings!

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ONLINE Prayer Opportunities

  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
  • “Stronghold Ministry Healing Prayer” Facebook Group – Prayer and support for you as you fight cancer! Become a member to submit prayer requests and lift up others. Join here.

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Stronghold Ministry by Joe Fornear - 7M ago

There is a difference between powerlessness and hopelessness. We can confuse the two, making our trials so much harder, just as I did during my battle with Stage IV metastatic melanoma cancer back in 2002-2004.

Powerlessness is not our enemy, it is an unbending fact we do well to embrace. We were never intended to navigate life without our Creator’s constant enablement (more here on starting a relationship with Him). Making self-powered, independent-from-Him humans was never on HIS to do list. So to expose our lack of power, He allows major life difficulties, like battling cancer. Jesus spoke about coping well, bearing good fruit in the midst of trials, but He said, “You can do nothing apart from Me!” (John 15:5). In other words, we’re powerless.

There’s ALWAYS Hope with His Power!

Hopelessness, on the other hand, is a lie straight from the pit of hell. It moves us past “I can’t do this,” to “God can’t do this either.” This lie creates despair, numbness and defeatism, all poisons to our human makeup.

Yet, what Paul learned is also so true, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!” (Philippians 4:13). We always have hope with God! There is a “win-win-win” dynamic for the born-again child of God who is fighting cancer or any trial. We ALWAYS win with Him, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

He will either:

  • Heal our physical body in this life (Matthew 8:16-17).
  • Heal our physical body permanently and blissfully in heaven (2 Corinthians 2:16-18).
  • Or He will transform us “from glory to glory,” allowing the trial to linger while building HIS strength in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

So don’t grow hopeless when you simply need to embrace your powerlessness!

Lord, teach us how to tap into Your power to be encouraged, healed and set free!

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ONLINE Prayer Opportunities

  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
  • “Stronghold Ministry Healing Prayer” Facebook Group – Prayer and support for you as you fight cancer! Become a member to submit prayer requests and lift up others. Join here.

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Tall trees require really deep roots, so redwood trees would naturally have the deepest roots to handle high winds and fierce storms, right? Amazingly, no! I was stunned to hear on a tour of the Muir Woods redwood stand in California that the roots of the huge trees go just 6 feet below the ground! Anchored by entwining their roots with their fellow trees, together they rise to incredible 200′ heights! What an amazing Creator!

And what a picture God reveals of the mutual support among humans to hold and lift each other up in hard times, especially among cancer fighters, caretakers and survivors who bond so instantly and passionately! In ten years of supporting thousands of folks through Stronghold Ministry, I’ve felt my limitations to support so many. More and more, we’ve been committed to connect people who are fighting cancer with each other! So we want to make sure you know about connection points with a network of praying people through Stronghold Ministry.

Rooted Together

Be lifted up TONIGHT, September 18th, and every 3rd Tuesday by tuning in to our Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering on Facebook LIVE from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page. Add your prayer request to Joe’s posts about the meeting on his page. And please join us LIVE as we pray for you, but also to lift up others who are now in various stages of their battles!

A second connection point we’ve launched earlier this year is an online prayer and support group on Facebook. It’s called Stronghold Ministry Healing Prayer Group, and it’s focused on connecting praying people with Our Great Physician and one another. We would love for you to join here. The beauty of this group is the entwined root support system, people asking for prayer and praying for and lifting up others!

You may have noticed that it had been a while since we published one of these In His Grip newsletters! The reason is this summer has been a whirlwind of boxes and belongings as we’ve moved to a bigger home for Fornears & Stronghold Ministry after outgrowing our previous home office. We’re very excited for this answered prayer and fulfillment of our 10-year-old “Abiding Place” vision! For 10 years, we’ve been searching for a place to gather more individuals and groups to lead them deeper into the fullness of the love and salvation of Jesus Christ! We’ve found it now, and hope to accomplish our vision through more prayer groups, cancer and step support groups, LIFE coaching, and seminars and retreats. Please pray for us, and if you have the financial resources and desire – join us this Thursday, Sept 20th for North Texas Giving Day by donating to be roots to lift up Stronghold Ministry. We have commitments of $31,500 of challenge matching funds so that you will “double your donation.” Here is the Stronghold donation link and you can even schedule your donation today or tomorrow on the 19th or give on Giving Day on Thursday! We’d be very grateful if you help hold us up!

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ONLINE Prayer Opportunities

  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
  • “Stronghold Ministry Healing Prayer” Facebook Group – Prayer and support for you as you fight cancer! Become a member to submit prayer requests and lift up others. Join here.

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Stronghold Ministry by Joe Fornear - 1y ago

I’ve never been imprisoned against my will, except after a prison outreach when the guards forgot to let us out of a holding room. But fighting Stage IV metastatic melanoma cancer was certainly against my will and definitely felt like prison. I recall constantly thinking, “I want my life back.” Can freedom even be found in such circumstances?

Bloom or Kaboom Where You’re Planted?

After turning down the boss’s wife’s romantic advances over and over, Joseph was falsely accused of attempted rape by her and imprisoned. He had to wonder what redeeming purposes could possibly come from such injustice. But Joseph refused to be locked up in his mind and moods by self-pity or despair. He focused on the Lord, leveraging the season for good.

        “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.” – Genesis 39:21-22

How did Joseph do it? Though it was written centuries after him, Joseph practiced Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” 

Some Bible translations of this passage shift the focus from feeding on God’s faithfulness to being faithful ourselves (“cultivate faithfulness”). Let me try to combine both concepts with one thought: Good luck being faithful without first feeding on His faithfulness to you!

Break Out

So let’s be like Joseph in hard times and soak up God’s comfort, peace and joy. God has already provided these to us in the Person of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3 & 2 Peter 1:3-4), so we can always experience Him and His freedom from the prison of trials. He never leaves us! As much as He asks us to delight in Him, we need to realize why – it’s because He delights in us so much. He craves a fulfilling relationship with us! If you haven’t yet asked Jesus to be your constant companion, Savior and Lord for life, read this.

I have felt the confinement and isolation of what doctors believed to be a terminal case of cancer. They gave me days to live in 2003. Honestly, during that time, quite a few of my tears were bitter. Yet I’m here to tell you how sweet so many other moments were with Him! Cancer does not own you – Gods does.

Lord, refocus us to feed on Your faithfulness to us and Your delight of us during our cancer journeys and hard trials.

ONLINE Prayer Opportunities

  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
  • “Stronghold Ministry Healing Prayer” Facebook Group – Prayer and support for you! Become a member to submit prayer requests and lift up others. Join here.
  • “Fighting Cancer While Raising Kids” Facebook Group– A new Stronghold Ministry sponsored Facebook group for warrior parents to connect. Join here.

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Stronghold Ministry by Terri Fornear - 1y ago

Sitting on my deck watching the birds early in the morning is one of my favorite things on my “bucket list,” which I get to do every day! A bucket list makes me feel like I’m not living yet, until … (fill in the blank), but the birds just tweet away and seem to enjoy every tree they’re in.

Jesus said to look at the birds. It’s a “command” I love to obey, commanding me to sit and listen and be still! I feel “Humility’s Presence” sitting with me.

  • I am just part of the scene, not the scene.
  • I do nothing to make nature work, just watching.
  • I hear every sound and notice … all is living without me.

Then I “hear” a smile, it has a voice.

“I made creation to share Myself with you.

I made birds to show you something about Myself.

Humility is sitting under My Mighty hand of life.

  • Knowing I see you.
  • Knowing I know you
  • Knowing I know how you best fit in my creation.

I enjoy lifting you up into My purposes made just for you …!

Let Me be on the top of your bucket list and you’ll never have to be somewhere you aren’t.”

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  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
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Joseph experienced some ridiculously hard times yet God still made him fruitful! And He can make us fruitful despite cancer!

Joseph’s 10 brothers took steps to kill him by throwing him into a deep pit. They “got a conscience” and decided instead to sell him into slavery. “Gee thanks, bros.” This was just the beginning of his troubles. He was jailed after being falsely accused of rape by the wife of a high-ranking Egyptian official when he resisted her advances. Yet God delivered Joseph from all of this and more, dramatically reversing his fortunes. God gave him a platform to be a fruitful blessing to the world, including the brothers who discarded him! And God gives the cancer warrior a platform to be fruitful for Him despite cancer!

Joe later named his first child, Ephraim, which means forget. God helped him forget his family troubles. He named number two, Manasseh, or fruitful, because God had made him “fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52).

Fruitful Like Joseph?

Can God make us fruitful despite cancer, to be a blessing to many in the midst of a battle or life crisis? Hmm, yes, that’s His specialty!

Allow me an important caution first. Sometimes we exhaust ourselves to keep up during a cancer battle. I know I did, and it wasn’t wise! Like the oxygen advice before the flight, we have to take care of ourselves first or we’ll be zero good to others! See more on this in a previous post.

Still, with this caution noted, God has given us “platforms” to share Him, just like He did with Joseph. You see, cancer patients and survivors know the desert like the back of their hand. And we know the locations of oases. We’ve found His comforts in hard places:

        He comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:4).

I was given “days to live” by my doctor in May 2003. I was also given a platform by God to share Him as our Stronghold in the midst of a cancer journey. Our non-profit, Stronghold Ministry, has now been a part of that platform for ten years. Not all of us will start a non-profit, but all of us who know Him as Savior (more on knowing Him as Savior here) can bear fruit in the land of our affliction. But how?

Here’s a few ideas for being fruitful despite cancer:

  1. Video yourself telling your story, how Jesus got you through your battle and how He saved you from sin! Keep the video short and concise – about 3 minutes. Shine that light!
  2. Give back when you feel strong enough. Volunteer at a local cancer center or cancer support group to help new warriors. Get online and support others in the many prayer groups on Facebook. See some online opportunities with Stronghold Ministry below.
  3. Connect with us here at Stronghold Ministry, we’d love to work together with you for and with Jesus – ask about our “Ambassador Project.”

Lord, lead us into Your creative and life-giving opportunities to be fruitful in the land of our afflictions!

ONLINE Prayer Opportunities

  • Stronghold Ministry Praise & Prayer Gathering – 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE – at 7:00 pm CST on Joe Fornear‘s page.
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*Do you know “The Two Ways to Get to Heaven“?

*¿Tu sabes “Dos Maneras de Ir al Cielo“?

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