Update on Josiah Tuley ( a young boy with brain cancer)--- and a beautiful testimony of God's love and grace from his mom

From Dianne Hance,

Remember, a few months ago I requested prays for Josiah Tuley, a little boy with brain cancer?  Following is the most beautifully written and heart felt update I have ever
read.  It really is beautiful and will make you hope & pray that you could handle a situation like this with such love & grace.   This family is truly in th palm of
our Lord.

Almost four months ago our youngest son, Josiah, had a fourteen hour brain surgery to remove a large tumor from the center of his brain. The tumor was wrapped around a major artery in his brain. As a result the neurosurgeon was only able to remove approximately 97% of the tumor. Today we had our first follow-up MRI to check how his brain is healing from the surgery and to see if the tumor is growing back.
The MRI results were not exactly what we were hoping for. The tumor is growing. The neurosurgeon compared the results of today's MRI with the MRI taken immediately after surgery. Looking at the MRI it appears that the 3% of the original tumor has doubled in size. I would estimate his tumor to be about the size of a dime. As a result Josiah will begin chemotherapy in the near future. We do not have many details at this time, but will know more once we meet with the oncologist sometime in the next few days.
As I look back over these last four months, I have no doubt that God has been with us. Amy and I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and prayers from family, friends, and even people we have never met praying on behalf of Josiah and our family. It still blows me away that thousands of people around the world have been praying on our behalf. 
I have spent countless hours over the last few months trying to understand why. Why does my son, my perfect, innocent little boy have to suffer and go through this? I have often asked why can't I take his place. Why did God allow this to happen? I have prayed and sought God's wisdom and perspective with all I have. While I may never fully understand why, I may never completely see the big picture, or how God is using Josiah to glorify Him; I have never doubted God. As I was driving home tonight a song came on the radio that really hit home: One Thing Remains by Kristian Stanfill.
Verse 1:
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing Remains (repeat)
Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me (3x)
Verse 2:
On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains
In death, In life, I'm confident and
covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there's nothing that can
separate my heart from Your great love
Despite all that we have been through, despite all the questions left unanswered, despite all the trials that lie before us, one thing remains...God's love. And as tears streamed down my face tonight as I attempted to praise God while I drove home, I have never been more sure in my life that God's love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me. Tonight, just as it has so many other times during these last four months and throughout my life, God's love overwhelms and satisfies my soul. As I look at the long road ahead for Josiah and our family, I know that I never have to be afraid and that nothing can separate my heart from God's great love. 
My question for you is, do you know God's love? Have you experienced his overwhelming and satisfying love? Do you have any fears or doubts? As I mentioned earlier, I may never completely understand why, but it has given me a greater understanding of God's great love for us, for you and me. As a father the hardest thing I have ever had to experience is to watch my son suffer, and to not be able to do anything about it. I am completely helpless in curing Josiah, and as a father I hate that I can't fix this for him. God has a son too. Knowing that we could do nothing to save ourselves from our sin, God offered his perfect son, Jesus, on our behalf. God watched his son suffer and die on a cross so that we could spend eternity with him. There is no greater love; of that I am sure.

Update on Ruth Walter's brother (Art Kelm)


Just to let you know… Prayer of Thanksgiving as my brother (ART Kelm) is home recuperating after the Drs were able to take care of the problems he was having. Thanks for your prayers.


Ruth A. Walters



101 Mockingbird Ste 100

Warren County Health Dept. 

636-456-7474 Fax 636-456-4966

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Thurs. Jan 31, 2013

DEVOTION:  And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.  Exodus 32:20

What do you think the water tasted like?  That is the first question I had when I read this passage.  It had to taste pretty nasty.  But didn't the Israelites deserve it?  Actually they deserved much more.  The Lord had just gotten them out of Egypt, and He was giving them His ten commandments when they decided, already that the Almighty God just wasn't enough.  They decided what god they would worship and left the real and true God out of it. 
If I were God, or even Moses, I'd be pretty mad too, but if I were God I would have gone a lot further.  I would have probably annihilated every one of them.  I would not have had the mercy that God had.  I would not have given them grace like God did. 
Over and over again God compares the idolatry of the Israelites to adultery.  It is as if every time they turn to other gods they are cheating on God.  And really they are. 
Did you ever think of yourself that way?  Every time you turn to something else or someone else other than the true and Almighty God you are indeed "cheating" on God.  When God says that He is a "jealous" God He isn't lying.  He really can't stand it when you turn aside to the right or the left instead of simply following, listening to, believing, and trusting in Him. 
Yet, because God is ALL MERCIFUL.  He keeps from destroying you as your unfaithfulness deserves.  Instead He gives you more grace.  He fills you with His Spirit.  He forgives your sins and brings you to eternal life. 
What is your response to His love?  Forgiving others!  That's it.  Pass it on!  Give the love and forgiveness of Christ to all who need it!  Tell others that they are forgiven, especially if they have sinned against you, but even if they haven't sinned directly against you, they still need to know they are forgiven.  Do it!
Prayer:  Lord God, I don't deserve your mercy.  I deserve eternal punishment.  Yet you forgive me by your eternal mercy and grace.  Thank you!  Amen.
TUESDAY'S QUIZ: What was the Mercy Seat for the tabernacle? 

Mercy-seat was pounded from one piece of gold.  The seat had symbolic figures with wings on each end.  Romans 3 says God presents Christ as the "antitypical Mercy-seat."
Thank you Dianne!
THURSDAY'S QUIZ: Who made the golden calf?
Sat- Gene Siebold's visitation 9:30-10:30. Memorial service 10:30, lunch to follow at at Immanuel, Wentzville. worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am

If your kids have been neglecting Sunday school for a while consider coming back as it has changed quite a bit!!  It is in more of a VBS format with science experiments, hands on activities and lots of fun!!!  This coming week they are going to be learning about blubber gloves!!  There are also several servant events being planned for the near future!  The kids who are there are seriously missing their friends!!!  We'll see you Sunday!
A video based Bible study by Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, will begin this coming Sunday.  It begins with a study on the "Relevance of Genesis".  Each study is about a half hour of video followed by a half hour of discussion.  If you have been neglecting Bible study for a while, because of the subject matter, or for whatever reason, please consider coming back and joining us!  You won't be disappointed! 
 Did you know that it can often take $20,000 or more to adopt a child.  That makes it very hard for most people. 
Yet you can help those who are trying to adopt!  Baby bottle banks were handed out yesterday to do just that.  For the next two weeks we will be filling up those bottles with all the change we can find and even putting in paper money too.  On February 10 we will collect all of those bottles at church and then forward the money to our Lutherans for Life Chapter so the money can be used to help those wishing to adopt children. 
If you would like a bottle but didn't get one yesterday, you can stop by church any day this week between 8 and 4:30.  If you don't have time this week, you can still collect the money and get a bottle to put it in this coming weekend! 
A big thanks to Denise Schlesselmann for volunteering collect these monies and take it all to LFL in St. Charles!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 9 at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 6pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
The youth will be selling tickets after church after church the rest of this month so get yours as soon as you can.  Every year is more exciting than the last, so don't miss out on a good time while helping the youth in their ministry!!  If you have any questions about ticket, please call Barb Hargrove at 456-2235, or Christy Winn at 314-479-5543!
A great time is planned for August 23-25 as we head to the Creation Museum just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.  We will be making a stop at the Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site in Kentucky on the way.  Along with the creation museum on Saturday, we will also enjoy a comedy on the Showboat majestic in the evening.  On Sunday we will tour the national museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  As usual, cost will depend on the number of people going.  As of now it should run about $350 per person, plus meals, or $506 a couple.  If you are interested in this trip, please sign the sheet on the counter in the narthex.  Again you may invite your friends and family to join us.

For SAM HARGROVE as he is commissioned this week as a 2nd Lieutenant and as he begins flight school to become a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.
For the FAMILY AND FRIENDS of GENE SIEBOLD, as he passed from death to life Monday afternoon.
For VERNON HEICHELBECH who is back at the nursing home recovering from pneumonia.

For JEANETTE KOEHLER who at The CEDARS nursing home in Chesterfield. 
 For ANITA ALTHEIDE, a friend of the Klaustermeiers, who has been put on hospice care.
For MIKE WADE, a missionary St. Johns has sponsored for at least 12 years, as he has had to take leave because of severe migraine headaches.
For JASON FIGURA that God would keep him safe as he has to work on the east coast and be away from his family.
For RUTH WALTERS BROTHER, as he is undergoing tests for heart problems.  
For KIM, a friend of the Robines who undergoing a very difficult pregnancy. 



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