Most of us don’t like to suffer…we don’t like pain, we don’t like discomfort, we don’t like to not have control.  Well, “News Flash”, suffering and facing trials are part of the life of a follower of Christ.  Disciples of Christ are not immune to going through difficult times, which is an idea that is in direct contrast to the “health & wealth” gospel that many evangelical leaders might throw at you on TV.  What we as believers must realize is that our response to these trials and sufferings can often times proclaim and reflect God’s glory more clearly than even our words might be able to…not to discount the need for sharing the true gospel in word, but to highlight the effectiveness of a life lived in obedience to the Father, even in tough times.

Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in suburban Flower Mound just outside of Dallas, TX.  He is 35 years old and married with 3 young children.  He has become very well-known over the last few years for his ability to clearly communicate through his sermons the message of the Bible, carefully exposing the truth book by book, verse by verse, word by word.  But what he may be most well-known for now is his ability to live a life of obedience to the Father in the face of a great trial.  Over the last few months, Matt has been diagnosed with a primary brain tumor and is currently going through very severe treatment after a very serious surgery.  Matt’s situation is extremely difficult, but it is his response to the scenario that has prompted the media to investigate further and report on his life.  The AP recently released an article that I want to provide for you (linked below) and I hope that you will take the time to read it and have a time of reflection on the trials that you are facing at the moment…asking yourself what type of response you are portraying to the world and what does that say about you and most importantly, what does that say about your Heavenly Father?

May Matt’s story bring you encouragement as you face the trials of life…realizing that the Father is in control and has a specific purpose and will for your life so that His Kingdom might be expanded and enhanced!

Matt Chandler’s Story 

*Please note that at the bottom of the article is a link to his blog on which he is providing video updates each week!

Until the nets are full,


~ by Wesley Dunn on February 2, 2010.

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