1. I received my drivers license back on December 23rd, 2009! This day will forever be etched in my brain and heart. Without a doubt this is the second best Christmas present ever! Continue reading The second best Christmas present ever, a wedding anniversary, and a house problem.
The following is a message that was placed on the Village Church website by the elders of the church:
In the first chapter of Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes that whatever imprisonments, beatings and trials he may have suffered, they all “serve to advance the gospel” of Jesus Christ.
We implore you to keep the gospel of Christ as the main focus as we walk with Matt and Lauren through this trial.
On Tuesday, Dr. Barnett informed Matt and Lauren that the findings of the pathology report revealed a malignant brain tumor that was not encapsulated. The surgery to remove the tumor, the doctor said, was an extremely positive first step; however, because of the nature of the tumor, he was not able to remove all of it.”
Matt underwent surgery last Friday afternoon to remove a brain tumor in his right frontal lobe (sorry ’bout that I said it was on the left side previously). He was moved out of the ICU on Sunday December 6, 2009.
The following are two Twitter messages from Matt about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (from Lauren Chandler’s [Matt’s wife] Twitter account):
As of the time of this posting (10:15 p.m. Friday evening Dec. 4, 2009) the web site for The Village Church had nothing new posted regarding Matt’s surgery, but if you are interested in reading of some of the ways that Matt’s heart was (and is full) as he headed off into brain surgery today at 2:30 p.m. then click here http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/blog/hvpastor/
I spent fifteen very special minutes yesterday (Thursday Dec. 3, 2009) talking with Matt on the phone. I am glad that I was able to encourage him in a 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 kind of way: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” I was in a very similar situation less than 10 months ago. Christ is enough. Now and always.
What’s the deal with pastors and brain problems?