Bev Cancer Update & Easter

Dear Friends,

Great news! The doctor was almost giddy in telling us that Bev’s bone scan confirmed that the tumors haven’t grown and the cancer hasn’t spread to other parts of her body. He went on to say that the tumors of this type cancer remain, they are not killed, but as long as they are not growing or spreading, it’s in remission.

So, she keeps taking the medication and has a monthly visit to the oncologist for blood work and a shot to strengthen her bones.

It has been wonderful to see her spirits raised the past three months, knowing that the Lord is answering your prayers and the prayers of so many of His people on her behalf. God is good all the time.

Yesterday, I was reading in Matthew 24 and 25 about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He knew that He would be facing the cross in just five days. Imagine the stress that must have had on Him. Yet, He was kind to heal two blind men just before riding into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey. And immediately after chasing the dishonest money changers out of the temple, Matthew 25:14 tells us, “And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.”

Jesus Christ is still in our healer. Sometimes our physical bodies need healing. Other times it may be a relationship or our finances that need healing. As we approach the celebration of Easter, the day that God the Father raised God the Son from the grave, I want you to consider a question. Do you know Jesus Christ personally?

Jesus was willing to die on a cross and take upon Himself the penalty for my sins and your sins so that we could come to know Him personally and become part of His family forever. Do you know Jesus Christ personally?

If you want to know Him and aren’t certain whether you have this relationship, I encourage you to receive Jesus Christ right now. Pray a prayer similar to the one I prayed four decades ago:

“God, I need You. I’m sorry for my sin. I invite Jesus to come into my life as my Savior and Lord, and to make me the person you want me to be. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life.”

If you asked Christ into your life, you have made the most important decision anyone could ever make. I urge you to find a church that teaches the Bible, one where you can begin to learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

 

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Business School

“Not to us, O  Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory” (Psalm 115:1).

On Friday, March 28, Bev and I experienced an unforgettable and humbling day.

We attended the dedication of the Howard Dayton School of Business Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Asbury University is a terrific Christian university that was founded in 1890. Dr. Sandra Gray is an amazing college president and visionary. The Lord has provided the business school with an outstanding Dean, Dr. Michael Kane.

I’ve been asked, “Why another business school with an MBA program? There are hundreds of business school s in our country. We don’t need another one. What’s different about this one?”

This is a legitimate question. So, here are the distinctive of this school of business:

  • Every course will be built on the foundation of God’s word. The Bible contains 2,350 dealing with money and possessions and hundreds of verses have application to business. There is no other school of business built on this foundation.
  • Every student will have a mentor for their entire time at the school of business. A business woman or man who is actually managing their business God’s way
  • Every student will be involved in an internship in a business managed God’s way.
  • Every class will be practical and have an adjunct professor attached to it who is actually applying what God says about operating a business. For example, if you are enrolled in an accounting class, how would you like to have Tracy Schmidt, the former CFO of FedEx, as your adjunct professor?

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Name Your Blessings

Remember the world of wonders he has made,
his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered…
- Psalm 105:5

Our son, Cash, is almost 20 months now. It has been an incredible experience seeing his personality develop over these months. He is a sweet boy and the “apple of Daddy’s eye”! The Lord is constantly using Cash to teach us about Himself- patience, trust and faith are all areas we have grown in as a result of our son. The latest teaching moment was really eye-opening to us.

In our culture of want and consumerism, it can be very easy to forget the ways that God has blessed us. It is sometimes easier to look at what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Generally speaking, I always thought that Danielle and I have done a pretty good job of being thankful for the ways that The Lord has blessed us- until Cash showed us up one night!

We had put Cash to sleep, and as we often do, we watched him on the video monitor as he went to sleep- it is a precious thing to see. While we were looking at the monitor, Cash started chanting “Mama, Daddy, Elmo, Blanky”. He did this over and over again until he fell asleep. The next night he did the same thing and every night there after- “Mama, Daddy, Elmo, Blanky”.

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Remission

We finally heard the words we and many others have been praying for: It’s in remission!

More than a year ago, we discovered that Bev’s breast cancer had spread, and that my dear wife had stage four cancer of her bones. Today we learned that her blood markers were normal . . . and according to her blood work, the cancer, only by God’s grace, was in remission. She will have a bone scan scheduled soon to confirm the blood work.

Bev and I find it impossible to adequately thank you who have been praying for her healing. But we’d like to try: THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!

The medical protocol is for Bev to continue to take this medication and the doctor will test her blood each month. If the drugs become no longer effective, they would prescribe another one.

We remain fully trusting that the Lord Jesus Christ is our healer. Although we are thankful for the medication, we are ultimately placing our faith in His ability to heal.

As I’ve mentioned before, when Larry Burkett was in the middle of his fight with cancer, he was fond of saying, “If I could, I would give every follower of Christ a terminal disease and then put it in remission because it changes everything.” It has for us. We are much more careful to spend my time, money and influence on eternally important things . . . things that will last forever . . . people.

Come to think of it, we already have a terminal disease! We’ll live until we are 65, 75, 85 or whatever age the Lord calls us home. So, let’s be about making a difference for Christ in the lives of people.

Gratefully in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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The best day of my life

 

I just experienced the best day of my life!

I met with John, my son’s boss at the Orlando Rescue Mission. John is a former attorney who practiced law for 25 years before transitioning to serve in ministry. He is a seasoned leader and has been a wonderful mentor for my son, Matt.

Matt, has served at the Mission for 13 years as the Youth Director for 60 homeless kids. Think challenging! Think chaos . . . children many of whom come from dysfunctional backgrounds!

Then think of a remarkably loving environment, and caring instruction and discipline.

For 30 minutes, John described Matt as a very, very godly person. Someone who has grown to become an outstanding leader in every respect. Someone who loves God’s word and teaches it faithfully to the kids at the Mission. Someone who has a burden for as many of the children as possible to come to know Christ as their Savior.

It was the best day of my life. The only way I can describe the feeling is this: “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 4). For those of us who are parents, we can experience no greater joy than learning of our children walking closely with Jesus Christ.

Let’s all pray that by God’s grace our children will walk in the truth.

Warmly in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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Pray for Safety

The civil unrest and conflicts in the Ukraine with Russia have been worrisome and big news, but far removed from those of us living in North America. However, what if a family member of yours was living in Kiev?

Well, there is.

His name is Anatoly, and he is a member of God’s family—your family if you know Jesus Christ. Anatoly is the Compass Director for Ukraine and the entire Russian speaking world. He is a dedicated leader. He is married with two young children. They need your prayers because they live in a very dangerous place.

But Anatoly isn’t alone. There is the Compass South American Director, Andres Panasiuk, choosing to live in the most violent city in Mexico. And our Compass India Director, Richard, who often sends us a cryptic email asking for the prayer of protection for his team working in areas where there is massive hostility towards followers of Christ.

Would you please join us in praying for the Spirit of God to draw close and protect these men and women who are risking their lives for the sake of Christ and for teaching His way of handling money? May their examples be an encouragement to all us to make our lives count for our Lord.

Love in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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Deuteronomy 17:18-20

Dear Friends,

For the second month in a row we received wonderful news at our appointment with Bev’s oncologist. The cancer markers in her blood declined from 50 to 31.5 (less is better)! So, in the past two months the markers have declined from 98 to 31.5 – - – a decrease of 68%!

We are incredibly grateful for all who have prayed for Bev’s healing from the breast cancer which spread to her bones. God is good, and He is faithful.

I’ve been reading through the book of Deuteronomy lately and was struck by an interest passage this morning. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 is a command to those who would serve as kings in Israel. Here’s what it says: “when he [the king] sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll . . . he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and statutes, that his heart may not be lifted up Continue reading

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