The Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:13-17 ESV
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17 ESV
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Love Language ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, March 7, 2015 ~ Surviving Cancer ~ Guest: Dr. Andy McQuitty ~ Featured Resource ~ Notes from the Valley: A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer by Andy McQuitty ~ Building Relationships ~ Hosts Gary Chapman, Chris Fabry and Andrea Fabry. ~ Image: The Baptism of Jesus ~ Matthew 3:13-17 ESV. ~ Easter: Sunday, April 05, 2015
Building Relationships Radio
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Notes from the Valley
A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer
Andy McQuitty officially entered the Valley of the Shadow of Death at 2:58 PM on July 14, 2009, with these post-colonoscopy words from his doctor. "Andy, you have a massive tumor that has broken through the wall of your colon. It's cancer. It's serious. Get in here now."
More than a warning of mortal danger, for Andy and the roughly 1,665,540 new cancer patients diagnosed in America this year, that pronouncement was an emotional and spiritual change of address to the land that David calls the "valley of the shadow of death" in the twenty-third psalm.
Yet the serendipity Andy discovered in that Valley mirrors that of King David, whose experience of God's presence was magnified, not diminished, by the shadow of death. He found that the joy of his walk in faith with Jesus Christ actually increased with the difficulty of the terrain. He found that, though the Valley presents new difficulties, it also teams with deep blessings. And in the grateful discovery of God's faithfulness to His children in the Valley, he found that he had a compelling desire to encourage the many travelers who would soon follow him there.
And so, in the persona of a travel writer sending notes back from the desert valley of the shadow of death, this stage-four cancer survivor writes to those who want gut level answers to questions like:
"Is God as big after I get sick as when I was well?"
"Why did God let me get cancer?"
"Is it God's will to heal me and how on earth do I pray about that?"
"How can I endure this suffering?"
"Can any good thing come of all this wretched waiting and uncertainty?"
"If this Valley is indeed the beginning of the end, how can I face that?"
"What are the most important things for me to see and do in this Valley of the Shadow of Death?"
Notes from the Valley was written for anyone on their cancer journey who is craving words of God's wisdom for their journey that are simultaneously pastoral, evangelistic, theological, and, most of all, authentic.
About Dr. Andy McQuitty
DR. MCQUITTY spent his high school years in Paris, Texas where his father served as Senior Minister of a Presbyterian church. Andy is husband to Alice and father to Julie, Elizabeth, Bonnie, Jonathan and Jeffrey. And most recently, grandpa to Drew and Madeline.Andy is an avid reader, tennis court rat, golfer, and writer; but his favorite pastime is spent with his family.He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois and of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Andy earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1997, receiving the C. Sumner Wemp Award in personal evangelism as well as the John G. Mitchell Award for outstanding scholarship and effectiveness in ministry. Andy has served as a youth pastor in Washington State, and as Associate Pastor of a Bible Church in Garland, Texas. He has faithfully served as Sr. Pastor to Irving Bible Church since 1987.
Gary Chapman, Chris Fabry and Andrea Fabry
Building Relationships Radio
Saturday, March 7, 2015
As a pastor, Andy had taken many trips to distant lands. From Haiti, to the Congo, to the Columbian Rainforest. But he began a journey in July of 2009 he never expected to take. On this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, Pastor Andy McQuitty details his journey through cancer. The lessons he learned and the way God intervened were nothing short of miraculous. Don’t miss this encouraging conversation.
Guest: Andy McQuitty
Featured Resource: Notes from the Valley ~ A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer by Andy McQuitty
Hosts: Gary Chapman, Chris and Andrea Fabry
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