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The Knowing That Leads to Trusting(version #2)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cathi and I want to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  This is a repost of my January blog. (please note I changed the health update below)  I’m learning a lot about trusting God these days, and it feels good!  As I enter my twelfth year battling cancer, I’ve come to understand where solid, authentic trust comes from.  It comes from really knowing God.  This is the key.  Jesus prayed to his Father in John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life:  that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”


The difficult places in life give us the great opportunity to really know and trust God.  But, this requires time.  It requires diligent waiting and seeking. Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I am still confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  It’s in this place of waiting and seeking that we really come to know God.  And, it’s from this place of deepest knowing that flows the deepest trust. 


Psalm 46:10a says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  This Hebrew word for “know” is the word yada. It refers to a deep, intimate knowledge.  It’s sometimes used of the sexual union between husband and wife.  It’s out of this place of deep, intimate knowing that we really experience a deep and confident trust.  In Proverbs 3:5-6 we’re told to “Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your way acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  The Hebrew word for acknowledge is actually yada – to know.  This means that in every situation, we must seek to really know the Lord!  When we do, we will have a growing trust in God.


These are difficult days for many of us.  But the good news is that in the middle of the tough stuff, we can get to know God better, and trust him more fully.  And out of that deep trust flows amazing peace!


Let me give you a brief update on my health.  I have been battling peripheral t-cell lymphoma.  We have been basically watching and waiting. My last three PET scans show the presence of cancer, but with little advance.  Thank you, Jesus!  We’ve decided to move ahead with treatment.  We decided against another stem cell transplant at this time and we’ve consulted a doctor at Stanford who is recommending a type of chemo therapy.   Stanford agreed that another transplant was the only way to seek a “cure,” but that there are a couple of chemo regimens that can provide some good “control.”  They even have some cases in full remission!  The good news is that it can be infused here locally. (God’s still capable of a TOTAL CURE!)


A NEW PLAN …  For a number of reasons, my oncologist wants me to wait until after a cruise Cathi and I have planned. (January 8-16)  He said “Enjoy Christmas and your cruise, and we’ll begin when you get back.” 


Cathi and I agree and feel confident that we’re following God’s lead and he is healing me!  He’ll use this therapy as part of my healing!  He is the Great Physician!  It is in him that we trust!  There have been so many miracles along the way, there’s no reason to doubt or fear!  I’m planning on continuing my ministry with as little disruption as possible, including leading as lead pastor and regular preaching.  I will of course lean on our great staff and teaching team during this time.  We’ll appreciate your prayers!  We’ll continue to move ahead!


These are great days as a church!  We’re seeing many people come to Christ and growing in discipleship!  We’ve baptized over 90 believers this past year!  Attendance strong and giving is solid and believe it or not, we now have over 1,000 people in regular, volunteer ministry!  Amazing!   I believe 2016 will be a GREAT year!


So dear ones, let’s have faith not fear!  Now is the time to trust God more fully than ever before!  And as we do, we will come to know him better and trust him more completely.  I’ll keep you posted!  Happy New Year!


Amazingly Graced,

Pastor Ron Salsbury

Last Updated Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 01:46 AM.