Dear church, In the first chapter of Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes that whatever imprisonments, beatings and trials he may have suffered, they all "serve to advance the gospel" of Jesus Christ. We implore you to keep the gospel of Christ as the main focus as we walk with Matt and Lauren through this trial.
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I have been there. In that all too familiar situation where my kids have done something so unthinkable that brings great embarrassment to me as their father. In that instant, there is a quick heart check that takes place - is this about me? I really have to ask myself if I have made parenting all about me.
Matt's doctor is meeting with him and Lauren and the family late today (Tuesday) to provide them the pathology report's findings. We hope to communicate those results to you by noon Wednesday. Many of you have speculated that we know the results, but haven't shared them. Actually, the family will learn the results for the first time today.
How often do you consider Christ? How often do you truly contemplate Him, think on Him, reflect upon and mull over who He is and what He has done? This weekend Beau Hughes, an elder and the Denton campus pastor here at The Village, commends us to do just this in accordance with commands of the book of Hebrews:
Church family, The Lord seems to be forming patience and a call to endure in us. This time of uncertainty beckons us to either trust in the Lord, His goodness and His timing or slip into paralyzing anxiety. Throughout the scriptures we read about Spirit-filled courage and a solid trust in the goodness of our God.
We taped this video of Matt a few days before his surgery and aired it this weekend at our worship services. We pray your heart is challenged and encouraged by it. Thank you for your continued prayers. [VIDEO]
Matt was moved out of ICU on Sunday and continues to get plenty of rest as part of his recovery, per doctor's orders. Please continue to pray for patience during this recovery time and to honor family-only visitation until further notice. Pathology results of the tumor are due sometime mid-week, and we will keep you notified whenever possible.
Matt Chandler recognized his surgeon and was responding well after a seven-hour surgery to remove a brain tumor. The operation started at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The tumor's pathology report, originally thought to be available on Friday, is not expected until next week. Doctors were pleased with the surgery, especially after Matt responded to questions in recovery.