Mark Hall’s Surgery Went Well

Mark HallAccording to the Christian Post, Casting Crowns’ lead singer, Mark Hall, is out of surgery, and all went well.

Praise, God!

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With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Please Pray for Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall

Mark Hall

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Friends, I’ve just been made aware lead singer with Casting Crowns, Mark Hall, will have surgery March 11th, 2015 to remove his right kidney due to a solid mass presumed to be cancerous.

Please lift Mark, his family, and Casting Crowns up to the Great Physician for peace, comfort and complete healing. Thanks.

Quoting from his announcement that he released on the group’s Facebook page, the singer states,

 

“Hey Casting Crowns Family, I would appreciate your prayers.

Doctors found a solid mass in my right kidney about a week ago. They are 90% sure it’s cancer and they are going to remove the entire kidney next Wednesday, March 11th. They believe the cancer is contained in the kidney, which is also a great hope. They will know more once it is out and Pathology can see it.

I’ll be in recovery for a month or a little longer because of the surgery. Please pray for healing and for God’s peace for my family.

Praising Him in This Storm,
Mark Hall”

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With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Deep Roots Support Our Limbs

bing imagesBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

I’ve just finished reading Casting Crowns’ lead singer, Mark Hall’s book, Thrive. Great book!

In his book, Mark talks about an enormous oak tree in Alabama. He explains that the invisible roots that support everything going on above ground are as massive as the visible limbs that we are able to see.

He compares the tree to us.

We need deep roots to support our limbs. We need to dig deep into the Bible to learn how we should live, but we need to move from merely studying. bingWe need to reach out our limbs to help others, and apply the knowledge we gain by allowing God to use us.

Mark says we were made to thrive, not just survive. He writes that the only way to thrive is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

To do that, we have to study who the Bible says God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are, and who we are in relation to them.

It is our personal relationship with Jesus that defines us. Not our parents’ relationship. Not our siblings’ relationship. Nor our neighbors’ relationship. But OUR relationship.

In writing this book, Mark’s goal is for us to realize a relationship with Christ doesn’t happen just because we sit in a church. Or because our family did. We have to make the commitment to continue to grow in our own personal relationship. That’s the roots.

Strong roots support the tree during life’s storms.

When I was a pre-schooler living in Norfolk, Virginia, a hurricane uprooted a huge Weeping Willow tree in our back yard and sent it crashing through the back porch, and through part of my bedroom. That tree looked healthy on the outside, but  underneath, it’s roots were shallow.

We can look like we’re living the life God wants us to live with all the busy-ness of “good works” we’re involved in, but if we haven’t dug our roots deep into the Bible, we’re apt to topple over when the storms hit. Just like that Weeping Willow in my backyard.

On the other hand, we can spend all our time studying, studying, studying, digging those deep roots, and never bing imagesreach out and apply what we’re learning to help others.

That’s what a friend of mine calls a stinky sponge. You know, the sponge that has soaked up the water and is left to sit on the counter without being used.

If the water is never squeezed out, that sponge is going to stink.

Let’s not be a stinky sponge. Let’s dig our roots deep into the Word of God, and then squeeze it out through our limbs of outreach to others.

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Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely. They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Dared Abraham to Dream

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

When God pulled Abram, who he later re-named Abraham, aside, God told him to look up at the stars. God said Abram would have descendants like the stars … too numerous to count.

Of course if you remember the story, there was one little problem … Abram had no children and at his age it was looking like he never would. But God had a dream he dared Abram to dream.

When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife, Sarah, was 90 they had a son. Isaac. (side note: Some time after Sarah died at 127 years of age, Abraham remarried … he and his new wife, Keturah, had at least six more children. Genesis 25:1-2)

God was faithful to keep his promise.

Before Abraham was ever born God knew his plan would be fulfilled through this man. Same thing with you and me. Before we were ever born God had a dream, a plan for our lives.

Sometimes the plan is clear to us. Sometimes it’s rather foggy. Doesn’t matter. It’s God’s plan and it will be accomplished. Even when to us it may seem to take an awfully long time to fulfill.

Abraham wasn’t perfect. Neither are we. Still God chooses to use us to accomplish his will on this earth. He asks us to believe him.

God wants us to dream with him. To step out in faith. To trust. To act on that trust.

Easier said than done sometimes. Can I get an amen?

Like me, are you struggling with the dream you believe God has dared you to dream?

Maybe it’s something others are getting in the way of or trying to snuff out. Maybe fear to actually grab hold of that dream and run with it is keeping you from moving forward. Maybe doubt has moved in and made itself waaay too comfortable.

Whatever your situation, if you feel God’s asked you to believe what you can’t see, remember good ole Abe. Hopefully, it won’t take 100 years for our dream to be fulfilled.

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Then God brought Abram outside beneath the nighttime sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!” And Abram believed God; then God considered him righteous on account of his faith. Genesis 15:5-6

I wish you well.

Sandy

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