Good News Update (02/16/2013)

Medical Update

I was just disconnected from the pump and I’m feeling fairly well so far.  I’m very happy with how fast the rash is subsiding. As I reported on Thursday, the doctor withheld the Erbitux for Treatment 2.  And he prescribed an additional antibiotic.  Thanks to my wife (Dr. Connie) who is making sure I wash, use lotion, take pills on time!  Surely it is her dilligence that has resulted in a very quick improvement (see comparative pictures).

progress update

I’m managing through the other side effects from this treatment as well (mostly fatigue and some sleeping pattern challenges).

Connie's Roses

And I have to let you all know.  My beautiful wife gave me a kiss everday thoughout this terrible rash.  I told her that she is kissing a frog that hopes to become a prince for her once again. And I did buy her some beautiful roses yesterday as a little post-valentines day surprise too. I Love you Connie!

Basketball Update

I managed to make it to both the 9am and Noon game today. Marshall won them both and is now 2-0 in the tournament and undefeated for the season overall.  Hopefully after a short nap I’ll be up for the 4pm game as well.  The 4pm game is a regular season game.  The tournament games begin again on Sunday.  And I need to save some energy for tomorrow’s 11:15am service followed by a 1pm and 3pm basketball games.  I should be good to go as my part will be sitting and watching, and avoiding too much cheering. 🙂

Wondering Minds

I thought I would also include in this update a little thinking I’ve been doing…  Friday morning I found myself wide awake at 1:30am.  Something I’ll do if I can’t sleep is read random bible verses.  Anyway I flipped to a couple of passages both raising questions about Faith, Hope, and Love.  I thought I would share these verses with you and raise a couple of questions to reflect on.

So the two verses I mentioned above are:

  1. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified self with its passions and its desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit.  Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other. (Galatians 5:22-26 CEB)
  2. Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 CEB)

The questions to reflect on…

  1. What is the difference between Faith, Hope, and Love???
  2. And why is Love the greatest of these???

I’m going to do a little research and reflection on these questions and will include my findings in upcoming posts.  And I would LOVE to hear your thoughts/insights on these verses/and questions (

To be continued…

Meditation to share

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.  Nahum 1:7

  • I put my life in God’s hands.
  • I will trust God’s Guidance.
  • I leave the outcome to God.

5 Comments on “Good News Update (02/16/2013)”

  1. Tim Dechant says:

    What a great update! Looking forward to seeing you this week.

    Faith: Believing something to be true when there may not be strong evidence of it being so.
    Hope: Believing that things will be better in the future and working to make them so.
    Love: Willingness to sacrifice oneself for another.

    Love is the greatest because in some ways, it is an expression of Faith and Hope. Expressing Love demonstrates Faith in something greater than self and often results in enriching the future of others and of ourselves.

  2. Little Brother, Geo says:

    I will for sure send my thoughts to your email. I hope to see you soon and put in the motion and smoke detectors

  3. Krea says:

    Phil: It is good to see that you are keeping your heart and mind fixed on Jesus. Thanks for the challenge. One of my favorite verses is 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
    I love the King James Version of the Bible so that’s what I’ve quoted it from.
    I’m praying for you and your family daily. Thanks for sharing your testimony with us.

  4. Mary Salens says:

    Love is all about action and action speaks volumes about faith, hope and many other things. Love to you all. The flowers are beautiful!

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