In the 4th chapter of the epistle of James, disciples of the Lord Jesus are warned against making future plans without humbly regarding the brevity and frailty of our lives and the limits of our wisdom and knowledge.  Simply put, though we do not and cannot know all that our future holds, in Christ, we do know who holds our future, and in Him, we can put our trust.  James, therefore, urges us when making future plans to trust God fully, desiring above all His glory and purpose and so to prayerfully say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that” (Jas 4:15).

Helen and I have been living this biblical principle through all the years of our life together, and we attest that the Lord is always faithful to make His will known to those who prayerfully seek Him, clearly directing us for His glory and our good.  We are now again trusting God to lead us according to His will, as we prayerfully prepare to move to the Twin Cities in Minnesota.  “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this”.

Twice before we have lived in Minnesota – when I attended Seminary from 1977-1980, and when I served as Conference Minister of the CCCC from 2003-2011.  Now our oldest son Carl lives there, as does our youngest son Jonathan with his wife Jackie, and their two sons Archer and Theo.  Being near children and grandchildren would be a blessing to us and also to them.

My local oncologist has reminded me that the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers the best care available anywhere for fighting Multiple Myeloma.  Because I have thus far not responded to chemotherapy as expected, such expertise could be very helpful to me.  I would also have access to the care available at the highly-rated VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Helen and I have therefore listed our home for sale.  We are making preparations to move with James 4:15 in mind, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this.”  For this to happen we must have a buyer soon, and I must be physically well enough to make the move.  Because Stem Cell Transplant (SCT) is still the treatment goal for me, and because it is recommended as soon as I become medically eligible, this could very well alter our plans, as I would then not be well enough to move and I would be required to remain wherever I am for at least a year.

Would you please pray with us about this matter, asking God to accomplish for us His perfect will and in His perfect time?  Helen and I love you all in the Lord, and we thank you from the depths of our hearts for your sincere love for us and for your prayers and support.  We so love the fact that in Jesus Christ we are forever family.  We often thank God for Church of the Apostles, praying for the leaders and for every person who is part of this wonderful family.  Our loving God has us all in His grip, and we know He will never let us go.

In our every decision and in every way, may Jesus Christ be praised!

In Christ’s great love,
Pastor Steve Gammon
Bishop Emeritus


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