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Old 05-01-2007, 08:59 AM
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Still praying Steadfast. You are much loved Elder and much needed in this hour.
God can still work a miracle and can confirm it through the Doctors.

I hope you realize Elder all of the things said in this thread are done out of a deep Love, Respect, and Concern for you!

Continuing in prayer.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:51 AM
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Someone needs to call him and get info for us.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:58 AM
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I would like to say that I am not responding directly to any posts that

have been posted! The love and concern and support for Bro. Steadfast

is precious. But at the same time I respect Bro. Steadfast's reluctance to

rush into anything. He is a man of God and is seeking God for divine wisdom

as to what God would have him do!! Waiting on the LORD is not "doing

nothing". Waiting on the LORD is renewing our strength. I thank God for what

the physicians can do with God's help. God doesn't really need any help

as it is He that hath made us and not we ourselves. WE ARE His people,

the sheep of HIS pasture. We are admonished all through the Word of God

to trust in the LORD, it is better to trust in the Lord than....! Etc., etc.

Israel wanted a king like the other nations. God wanted to be their king!

He gave them the desire of their hearts but it cost them. God wants to be

our all. ALL in ALL!!! I want Him to be my ALL!! God gave them the desires

of their hearts but sent leanness to their souls!!

This is not intended in any way to be condemning or other to anyone.

Is the big c word...cancer, bigger than my God! Nay, I say. Is numbers

on a blood pressure bigger than my God! Nay, I say!!! My GOD is bigger

than any disease, problem we might encounter!!! Can we prove Him!!

Bro. Steadfast can well make a decision as what he feels he should or

should not do. No one should try to override his personal decision. That

should be his right to decide!! We can pray for him and ask God to give

him the wisdom to make the right choice. But the decision rests with him

and His God!! How do you exalt God. You build HIM UP!!!! Not just in words

but in deed!!!!MY GOD can do anything but lie and fail!!! JESUS NEVER FAILS!

Just because the decision God makes doesn't fit what we want, does not

mean HE FAILS! HE NEVER FAILS!!! OUR GOD IS GREAT and GREATLY TO BE

PRAISED!!!! Let us exalt His NAME together!! JESUS, JESUS, PRECIOUS

JESUS, OH, FOR GRACE TO TRUST HIM MORE!!!!

Blessings,

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Old 05-01-2007, 12:37 PM
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First of all, let me thank each of you for your prayers. Yesterday was quite a traumatic experience to say the least.

At this point I've been in bed for a little over 24 hours I think. I did get up for about an hour late last night and tried to eat a little with my family and ventured into the living room to look at my new Grandbuddy. I haven't even gotten out of bed today and debate the wisdom of doing it at all.

After taking the proper medicines I've gradually gotten some of the fluid off my heart and my blood pressure has come down to 197/103. They say that's still high but it's much better than the 234/123 at the time I went to bed yesterday. I still feel like I've been stomped in a serious way about the chest and have a headache of magnificent proportions.

One of the key reasons for not going to the hospital yet is that when we went looking for insurance several years ago they gave me the option of covering my wife/kids or myself/kids. Something about a surgery she had some 6 years earlier that wouldn't qualify both of us with our children. I obviously opted for covering my family and we recently started shopping for insurance that is going to cover both of us. In fact, during a recent business meeting over the building program the Church asked us to find some kind of medical insurance that covered us all. Needless to say, if something like this was on my medical records we wouldn't be able to even acquire insurance.

Continue in prayer for me as I have a 'lot on my plate' and my health has now demanded to be an issue. Though I have my laptop at my side which stays logged on I've spent the majority of my time sleeping and a lot of time praying. Perhaps this is God's way of demanding I take better care of myself as I have to preach 5 camps back to back as well as several other meetings over the next few months.

If there is ONE voice in my life that I NEVER question it's that of my Bishop. One of my sons called him when I was in the throes of trying to breathe yesterday and he called me back a few hours later and, shall we say, 'expounded' (key word being pound) the way of God more perfectly. I made him a few sincere promises to take care of myself better and his 'discourse' included a final demand: "You get away from there for a few days! I don't care where you go but get away from that building program and that Church for a while." He went on to say "If they can't survive without you a few days you, as a Pastor, haven't done something right. If they don't understand you needing to get away they don't deserve you."

Well, I'm not sure where I'm going but... I guess I'm going somewhere when I get the strength to do it.

Thanks again for the prayers...
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:42 PM
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Glad to hear this Steadfast!

It sounds like to me that you've had a heart attack. God is with you, but God also gave you the sense to take care of his vessel and you haven't been.

So, just add me to the ones harping to ya!

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Old 05-01-2007, 12:47 PM
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Perhaps this is God's way of demanding I take better care of myself as I have to preach 5 camps back to back as well as several other meetings over the next few months.
Meetings can be canceled.

I know .. I know .... but just saying is all.


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Old 05-01-2007, 12:51 PM
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Well, I'm not sure where I'm going but... I guess I'm going somewhere when I get the strength to do it.

Thanks again for the prayers...
Bro. Steadfast..

One of the best places to recoup.. is Northern California.. from San Francisco to Yosemite.. Stay downtown Frisco overlooking the Ocean.. Go down below the Golden Gate Bridge over to the Oceanside..

or Monterey/Carmel California...

This is the place to find rest!!!

I know many preachers come here just to relax.. and watch the ocean...

just a thought..
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:10 PM
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Sounds wonderful to me... my friend Pastors in San Francisco and it would be fun bugging him along the way.

Not sure what we're doing yet. My daughter graduates in a couple weeks and I'm preaching in Jackson, Tennessee earlier that same week. If I'm going to get away at all I have to do it pretty quick.

However, I NEVER disobey my Pastor and - trust me - I'll do something simply because he requested it!
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:13 PM
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One of the key reasons for not going to the hospital yet is that when we went looking for insurance several years ago they gave me the option of covering my wife/kids or myself/kids. Something about a surgery she had some 6 years earlier that wouldn't qualify both of us with our children. I obviously opted for covering my family and we recently started shopping for insurance that is going to cover both of us. In fact, during a recent business meeting over the building program the Church asked us to find some kind of medical insurance that covered us all. Needless to say, if something like this was on my medical records we wouldn't be able to even acquire insurance.
Thanks for the reply and I'm glad you are better, but you are still in danger.

I took out this part of your post because I hear people use this as a reason for not seeking medical care, and I think it's pitiful that people have to resort to the above and have more damage that will result in more doctor visits and medications later on than if they'd went to begin with. Not berating you, but I totally understand the reasoning you have...I really do.

That being said, let me ask what kind of burial and funeral insurance you have.

Oh, don't have any? Unless you plan on being cremated, your funeral expenses will come to about 10G. All that money spent with nothing but a headstone to show for it, which will cost extra. And what price do we put on the loss of a loved one?

Like I said, I understand the issue with lack of health care, and I think this country is horrible in providing for our own while we give free health care to the illegals in this country, but I'd rather owe a large bill for the rest of my life and have one (a life) than pass away, be gone forever, and leave my family with the large bill to pay.

Think about that, my brother. I love ya.
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Glad to hear this Steadfast!

It sounds like to me that you've had a heart attack. God is with you, but God also gave you the sense to take care of his vessel and you haven't been.

So, just add me to the ones harping to ya!

Still praying~!
And people who have had heart attacks are at extreme risk of developing blood clots. Clots cause more heart attacks and strokes.
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