peace, fear, joy

Peace

By J. C. Corcoran

10/28/2014

Yesterday, October 27th, I went in to the Cancer Center in Indianapolis for my post op with my Urologist, Dr. Chamru Sundaram. The nurse said she needed blood samples and she extracted 3 vials of blood from my arm. I said, “Wow, that’s a lot of blood. Is one of them to check my iron level?”

She answered, “Yes, one of them is to check your hemoglobin.”

I said, “Hemoglobin? Does that mean if I were female it would be HERmoglobin?”

My wife was there and we all laughed at my silly joke; and the nurse said, “Well, he’s still in good spirits after all this, that’s good.”

Today, as I think back on her statement, I have to thank God for that because he has kept His promise from John14:27 where Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

“Good spirits?” Yes, it’s the Holy Spirit within me that brings me the peace that was promised. And I have no fear even though I’m facing another surgery in less than two weeks. This time they will remove my right kidney, which is totally covered with this “renal mass” (cancer), and leave me with 70% of my left kidney.

“God does not give us the spirit of fear” (2 Tim. 1:7), that comes from somewhere else. The way I see it is this; if I make it through this ordeal, I will know that God is not through using me yet because in Philippians 1:6 it says; “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…” And if I don’t make it… WOW! I will be with Christ Jesus.

It’s a win/win situation, and that is PEACE.

I am the way

Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter, pastor, author and theologian said in his book “Explore the Book”

“Our Lord’s message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel. He Himself is that Gospel. he did not come merely to give bread; He said, ‘I am the bread’. He did not come merely to show the door; He said, ‘I am the door.’ He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, ‘I am the shepherd.’ He did not come merely to point the way; He said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’

Prayer

Prayer

By J. C. Corcoran

10/19/2014

 

You know, I am simply amazed at the Christian community for their constant grumbling over prayer in public places. “We’re not allowed to pray in school” or “We’re not allowed to pray at sporting events” etc., etc. etc.. And not only do they grumble about it but they broadcast it on all the news media. So, I think it’s about time we set the record straight.

The bible, which is the manual for Christian living, tells us not to pray in public as the hypocrites do but to pray in secret as Jesus did. Let me start with Mark 1:35 where it tells us that; “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

Several times throughout the gospels Jesus tells his disciples to “follow me.” So, why all the grumbling and wailing about not being able to pray? Why don’t we follow Jesus and pray in secret? When Jesus’ followers prayed, they met together, usually behind closed doors, (Acts 12:5 and 12:12 and Acts 4:23-31), not out in public. In fact, Jesus calls those who pray out in public hypocrites (Matthew 6:5-9). In fact, look what He says in verse 6; “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Quit complaining about not being able to pray. “Follow Me.” Follow Jesus’ example and pray in secret. There are only a few times in Scripture where Jesus prayed in public for everyone to hear. And when He did, it was miracle time; As in Luke 3:21-22. After He was baptized by John, Jesus prayed and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, landed on Him; “And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

And again in John 11:41-42 when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. And when was the last time you saw something like that happen after praying at a baseball game? And what do you pray for at a ball game, that your team will win? I certainly hope not because then you would be asking God to take sides. When you pray in school, what do you pray for, good grades; good behavior? You don’t need to pray aloud for those things.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” And first Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray continually”.

 

How do we pray continually? We pray in the spirit; in our minds. Remember, God knows our minds and He hears our prayers when we pray silently. You can walk down the halls of any school praying in the Spirit and no one can stop you. They might wonder what you’re smiling about but that’s okay; there’s no law (yet) about smiling in school.

So please my Christian brothers and sisters; quit grumbling about not being allowed to pray in public. You’re not supposed to pray in public; you are supposed to pray in secret and God will reward you; Matthew 6:6… “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

And may God bless you as you follow His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. To God be the glory.

 

 

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Every Day is a Blessing

Every Day is a Blessing

By J. C. Corcoran

10/12/2014

I got out and drove my car today. The first time I’ve been behind the wheel in 3 weeks. I was feeling pretty lousy this morning; my belly hurt but I ate a small breakfast. Charlie, my wife, fixed eggs and smoked sausage, which I didn’t think I was going to be able to eat, but it went down okay.

I waited for her to go to work before I took my little jaunt around the neighborhood because I was pretty sure she would have argued against it; especially since I was feeling so lousy. But I actually think it did me some good. Praise God, I’m feeling better this afternoon. Ever since the day the doctor told me I had cancer, I wake up each morning and think every day is a blessing.

Matthew says in 6:34, “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” I thank God for today; I woke up feeling sore and lousy but I woke up.

Praise God for every day is a blessing from Him.

New dog in the house (literally)

new dog in the houseMy wife, Charlene, has this huge heart for stray animals and, I’m sorry to say, I do not share her passion. But this time it taught me a lesson and got me a harsh word from God. Several days ago, this dog that you see in the photo, showed up on our property. Of course Charlie wanted to bring it in and nurse it and whatever else and I flat put my foot down and said no. I said, “we already have two dogs in the house and what if that dog poops on the floor while you’re at work. I can’t bend over to clean it up. (I was still recovering from surgery). And what about my comfort? How am I going to relax with 3 dogs running through the house?”

When she left for work she wouldn’t even speak to me.

A little while later I settled down with a book I had been reading; “I Never Thought I’d See the Day!”  by Dr. David Jeremiah. I picked up where I had left off on page 134 and when I got to page 135, I began to receive my lesson for the day from my Heavenly father.

Dr. Jeremiah was speaking on Christian morality and on page 135 he says;

“”Third, Paul puts an even sharper point on making moral choices by saying, ‘All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.'”

OUCH! Lord, are you telling me I’m being selfish?  The question wasn’t even necessary. Of course, I could see it now. I was being selfish and I broke my wife’s heart. She was concerned about a puppy left out in the cold and it looked like rain might be coming. I was only thinking of myself; I even remember what I said as my argument: “what about me, what about my comfort?”   O Lord, forgive me. That sounds terrible just writing it here on this page.

I turned my attention back to Dr. Jeremiah’s book. I wanted to see what he had to say next. He writes: “The Christian Gospel moves us to a higher plane in life. No longer do we look out only for our well-being but also for the well-being of others.”   I closed my eyes and thanked God for showing me how wrong I was and asked Him to help me do better.

I looked out the window of the front door and there was that little pup curled up on the bench. The temperature had dropped to somewhere below 50° and it had just started to drizzle a little. I really felt good about myself when I picked him up and carried him inside. Our other two dogs were not to happy about it at first but I yelled at them for being selfish. I really did.

Charlie’s face sure lit up when I later told her how I had prayed about it and how I realized I was being selfish and how I also realize that selfishness is sin. The smile on her face when she holds that pup puts a smile on my face. And then I recalled a story Dr. Jeremiah told on page 105 about Art Linkletter.

It seems that Larry King had interviewed Art Linkletter on his 90th birthday and, in that interview, Larry asked Mr. Linkletter if he could explain the secret of longevity in marriage.

Art said, “I always say yes to anything she says.”
Larry asked, “so how do you stay happy?”
Art said, “hey, when she’s happy, I’m happy.”

And that’s the absolute truth as I see it. I know for a fact that whenever my wife smiles, I smile.

Cancer sucks

Oct. 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

I slept through the night for the first time since my first surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 24th. And, praise God, there is no more pain or even discomfort. I am so tired of pain pills and stool softeners. My next surgery isn’t until  Nov. 7 and I think it might go a little better since I now know what to expect.