Encouragement

Am I On the Right Track? Encouraging Good News on Nivolumab (Opdivo)

In December 2016, when I first embarked on my latest course of prostate cancer treatments, it seemed logical to me to treat the cancer first by stimulating my immune system; therefore, Provenge® (sipuleucel-T) was my first choice. That course of three treatments were administered quite readily. Immediately after receiving Provenge®, I was unexpectedly made aware more »

From Prostvac to Fear Then to Faith

As many of you readers know, I have early stage, asymptomatic but advanced prostate cancer. After treatment with Provenge, I was informed (perhaps divinely through a former colleague) of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trial currently recruiting patients like myself. The protocol involves treatment with the vaccine Prostvac and the antibody therapy, Opdivo. I more »

Mightier Than All Our Troubles; Never Measure God’s Unlimited Power by Your Limited Expectations.

 Psalm 93 states: 1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;     the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;     indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. 2 Your throne was established long ago;     you are from all eternity. 3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,     the seas have lifted up their voice;     the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the more »

My Presentation With Dr. Jacek Mostwin (Johns Hopkins) at the 5th Conference on Religion and Medicine, March 25th, 2017, Houston, Texas

A few months ago, my long-time Johns Hopkins urology surgeon, Dr. Jacek Mostwin, suggested that we prepare a joint presentation for the meeting cited above. I readily agreed. The annual conference on Religion and Medicine encourages physicians, care-givers and hospital pastoral staff to see their patients as more than data, results and medical information but more »

When God Does Not Heal

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). If God is all-powerful, why do we witness so few miraculous healings? There are many reasons for this. Sometimes we do not ask Him. more »

Help For Our Healing

God cares about our physical well-being. After all, He made our bodies as a temple for His Spirit. And while He is able to heal sickness, His original intention was not for His perfect creation to experience disease. But in this sinful world, ungodly choices at times lead to illness. So when we’re afflicted, it’s more »

A Faith Savings Account

Imagine God or Jesus Himself writing this to you. “Every time you affirm your trust in Me, you put a coin into my treasury. Thus you build up equity in preparation for days of trouble. I keep safely in My heart all trust invested in Me, with interest compounded continuously. The more you trust Me, more »

In the Hands of God

Hans Edvard Wisloff was a prominent Norwegian Lutheran Bishop, theologian and writer in the mid 20th century. Being of direct Norwegian ancestry myself, I found this short essay of encouragement. “God has given us permission to bring everything to Him in prayer. Nothing is too big, nothing too small. He has promised that He will more »

Anxiety!!!!

Three weeks ago, a good friend called me from his vacation to say his PSA had jumped from 4-5 to 8-9 within a few months. My friend was a Christian who definitely had a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. But he was very anxious as we probably all would be or have been more »