God Will Get His Glory

As many of you know that have seen us over the past few years, God has laid on our hearts the message that all things work together for good for those that are in Christ. (Romans 8:28) Basically, everything that happens, Good or Bad, is for the Glory of God. We have been saying this and some of us living it on an everyday basis for a while now. Bring the Rain was written out of these very situations. I attend the Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. Over the last couple of weeks, we as the body of Christ have been in one of these Trials. Our lead pastor Matt Chandler has been in the hospital for a brain tumor. We found out today that it is malignant. For those that have ever heard Matt teach or know him personally, you know he practices what he preaches. This has hit our small church hard as you can tell. My reason for writing is two fold.

1. To ask those of you that would, to join our church in prayer for the Chandler Family. Pray that whether in complete healing or not, that this will bring God Glory and be for the advancement of the Gospel as Paul says in Philippians.

2. To let this help examine our own lives to see where we may be putting something else or someone else as ultimate before Christ. I know that in my own family, it has rocked our world. Spiritually, God has revealed himself to us like never before.

Here is the link to our pastors blog. Its a video that Matt recorded for our church before he had surgery about a week and a half ago. It wrecked me. Not in a mourning sense, but in a spiritual sense. I hope that it will encourage anyone that may be going through the same thing. Thanks to all who read this.

  • Ruth C

    prayers are with you and your pastor/friend. Gods grace will sustain you all. My heart hurts for you all.

  • http://www.gotworship.net Jason Whitehorn

    Praying for Matt, family, the Village, and all whom he continues to inspire.

  • http://www.scrapingirl.blogspot.com Jen

    Prayers are going out to him and his family, both physical and spiritual.

  • Nancy Wilson

    Just watched the video blog and read the church’s most recent blog. Praying for all of you.
    In Christ,
    Nancy

  • Paisley

    My heart just broke for Matt and his family while watching the video. I’ll be praying for him and his family.

  • Gillian

    Thank you for posting it. Please keep us updated on his progress. Praying 4 him and his family.

  • http://twitter.com/mtbullis Mikel

    Constantly praying for Matt, family, church and all those involved. Matt’s story has been a living witness to many, including a those afflicted with cancer. As painful as it is in the moment… Jesus bring the rain. God Bless you Robby! thank you.

  • http://www.whatsthislifefor.org Toby

    Praying brother!

  • Sandi

    I will be in continuous prayer for him, doctors, and family. This is truly inspiring. Please keep us all updated on this situation. Thank you for sharing with us and reaching out for additional prayer. God will have all the glory, look how many are talking to him right now.
    love ya guys.
    God Bless!

  • Tunde Adelodun

    I agree and join my faith with each person that offers a prayer with respect to the Malignant Tumor,I command that the tumor will dry up and that God will glorify Himself in this situation.We will stand strong forever because our God is with us.Amen

  • http://tjconwell.blogspot.com TJ Conwell

    We are joining you in prayer for Pastor Matt’s immediate recovery, but most importantly for God’s glory to outshine all these earthly circumstances. We are also praying for the church to be strengthened as well in this … May God bless you all in a mighty way. ~ Rev TJ and Mrs Lisa Conwell

  • Jenn

    Praying for your pastor. He is a great testimony to God’s love and obviously glorifying Him through this trial. May his family be comforted by God’s great love and the love of those in the body of Christ who will surround them now. Please, please, please keep us updated.

  • Kim

    We lost a very dear friend to brain cancer last year and followed another friend down the same road soon afterward. Your pastor’s words were amazing and so inspiring to all Christians (and hopefully non-Christians as well). I will continue to pray for them and all who are around him in his life. It’s a difficult path but we are not promised the easy road as Christians. We are to stand out, not fit in and with the video, Pastor Chandler certainly stands out!!

    Praying in Michigan!
    Kim

  • Dee

    I am praying. “To God be the glory, great things he hath done”

  • http://www.layingonGodsAnvil.com kelly (race_12_1)

    Nearly 15 years ago the Senior pastor of my church in Chino died of cancer. The Lord was amazing through the trial, drawing Dan, his family, and the church into closer fellowship with Him and each other. As a church we decided to see what God was doing despite what was happening to Dan’s physical body. How I have handled my trial the last 4 years has been marked by how I saw that man of God handle His. I am forever grateful for how he told us, and lived his belief that God is an unchanging God regardless of what trial we go through. The Lord fulfills His promises of strength shelter comfort and peace and our hope lies in Him not in anything here on earth. My prayers are already with the Chandler family.

  • Sheryl

    I lost my best friend last year, December 26, from glioblastoma; she was just 46 years of age. I cannot put into words how much of an inspiration she was to me even at the end of this life. I know that God has used her as an example to many people who are left behind. I pray that if it is His will, that your friend will come through this, but we know that God is in control and he will use this for his Glory!

  • Susan

    I was just this morning revisiting a caringbridge site and re-reading the entries of a girl who had a malignant brain tumor. She was diagnosed two years ago, endured surgery, chemo and radiation, and is now cancer free. (She is at this moment having a follow-up MRI). Her journey was difficult, but her faith was strong and she held on to hope. I am holding on to hope and praying fervently that Matt, too, will fight this battle with optimism, faith, and great courage. God is so much bigger than this disease! You all will be continuously in my prayers! Please keep us up-dated.

  • Scott B

    Since reading about this, you and your pastor have been in my thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray that you all have a very Merry Christmas. Keep the faith!

  • Ronald Crawford

    May God bless you Pastor Chandler, and may He be with the Chandler family as well as the Village family.

  • David

    I am assured in my heart of two things:
    1. Pastors and the like are subject to the keenest interference by satan and so we have a responsibility to pray regularly for their protection and that of their families. Illness seems to be one of satan’s pet weapons with cancer in particular. A few years ago one of our pastors in Papua New Guinea had a brain tumor. He had surgery in Australia to remove it. It came back 2 years later, he visited us here in Auckland NZ, had prayer, went back to the hospital for surgery but the tumor had gone completely!
    2. God Almighty is implacably opposed to illness and so should we be, so keep praying and seeking the Holy Spirit to learn how to pray and act more effectively in this area (goes for me as well).

    Cheers
    David

  • http://Klove.com Sandi Strom

    Robby, I am in prayer for Pastor Matt and his family. I believe and know for a fact, the God is so much bigger than any disease or sickness ever. I know, that to God be the Glory, Amen

  • Thehoneyheads

    Thanks for sharing your heart Robby.