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Some of you might be saying "This is bad news!”
However, the truly "bad news" goes back to Genesis 3 in the bible. When Adam and Eve sinned, that resulted in "bad news" for mankind's relationship with God. Since then, mankind has suffered the devastating consequences of sin–including sickness, death, cancer, etc. Sin separates us from God the Father. The bible tells us in Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All means every one of us…
There is nothing humanly possible we can do for our sin problem. We cannot work hard enough to get to heaven. We cannot “suffer” enough, pray enough or go to church enough to earn our way to heaven. There is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven.
Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” We earn, or we deserve eternal punishment for our sins. We are all sinners. God, in His perfect character, cannot allow sin into heaven; therefore, our eternal destination is hell.
The GOOD NEWS is that Christ provided THE WAY for us. Jesus Christ came to earth to take care of mankind’s sin problem. Romans 5:8 says, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He was the perfect sacrifice. His blood shed on the cross for you and me atoned for or paid for our sins. He covered our debt. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
So, how do we take advantage of this? The Bible tells us, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31). “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Salvation is a free gift. There is nothing we can do to earn it or deserve it. To go to heaven, we must have faith (trust) alone in Jesus Christ alone that He died on the cross to pay for our sins.
If you have questions about your eternal destiny or maybe you have not considered it before, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to discuss this great opportunity for salvation that is available to you. Your decision to trust Jesus Christ is of far greater consequence than Gus's cancer or CaringBridge updates that discuss diagnoses and prognosis.
So what is the basis of Gus's hope as he negotiates this difficult challenge in his life? If he can trust God with the "big thing" (salvation and his eternal destination), then certainly he can trust Him with the "little things" like cancer and his daily needs. If He did the most for Gus on the cross, He won't stop taking care of him now: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:31-32
How/When This All Started (Initial Diagnosis - January 2020)
Gus had not been feeling his best for a few months. Weight loss, fatigue, and occasional nausea prompted him to see his doctor. Based on initial evaluation, Gus was referred to a gastroenterologist who ran tests and assessed Gus's situation. It was determined he should see a liver specialist in Dallas for further tests and evaluation. In preparation for that appointment, blood work and an MRI were ordered. Initial evaluation of the resulting images showed that Gus has a mass on his liver and suspicious spots on his lungs as well.
On Friday January 24, Gus traveled to Dallas for an additional CT scan to get better images of the lungs. He then met with the liver specialist who confirmed the images from the MRI and CT scan showed typical signs of cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer, a rare but aggressive form of cancer. The spots on the lungs could be the spread of the cancer or signs of past pneumonia. To determine the exact nature of the cancer, liver and lung biopsies were ordered for February 5. In the meantime, labs taken that day have since shown that Gus's bilirubin score has spiked nearly ten-fold since his initial labs. This corresponds to the evident jaundice and confirms Gus's liver is not functioning normally.
While Gus waits, the family and his medical team are researching treatment options including the possibility of an investigative trial. Please pray for wisdom for Gus and the family as they consider the best course of action and seek God's will in this time of testing and tribulation.
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Gus Wolf 3464 Almond Rd Big Sandy, Texas 75755 email@example.com