My name is Tieler, and Brandon has given his blessing for me to provide this latest post. Last March, Brandon and I sat down to talk about his story and from that Brandnu Possibilities was born. Togther we’ve worked to update the blog and share his message with so many of you. Little did I know what would come of it… but God certainly knew.
So I’m bringing greetings from Brandon. I visited with him yesterday and despite the challenges and setbacks, he’s still smiling (photo). These days, it’s a little difficult for him to write, type and speak. But believe me when I tell you, his light is still shining bright, and those of you who know Brandon will agree, it speaks on its own. Continue reading
As I shared, my friends have started a campaign to help raise money for my treatment and medical bills. Read previous blog to learn more. Well, one of the things they are also doing is writing letters… letters about the impact I’ve made in their lives. It’s pretty humbling to read them. They thought I should share with you. And so that’s what we’ll do for the next few months, in addition to other blog entries.
My desire to help and be there for people is just something I’ve always done. In fact, it’s hard to be on the receiving end. But we must be able to ask for and receive help when we need it. And for that I am grateful.
“Brandon has been a brother at all times. In trials that would’ve ripped our faith apart, we fervently talked and prayed that our journey’s end would make everything else in-between make sense. In times, when we both struggled with life’s trials we would reason together. In my times of needed prayer, where words were lost, when feelings were scattered, and our hearts could find no rest, he prayed for me and I for him. In times when my mind couldn’t find relaxation in my faith, plagued with questions, doubts, fears, and anger, he gave me an ear. When I was convinced that I was too unworthy to speak to God, I confessed my sins to Brandon. Expecting rebuke, expecting firm chastising, instead I found soft words for my heavy heart. I found a reminder in him that Jesus would forgive me, even when I couldn’t. I thank God for him, because were it not for the presence of God in him, I am not sure where I would be.”
-Darrick L. Brown
A group of friends have gotten together to launch a fundraising campaign, “100 Days to Save a Life.” I am humbled at their efforts and support since my diagnosis with brain cancer. The campaign began earlier this month and will end on May 12, 2013, which marks my two year fight.
Our goal is $400,000. It is lofty. It is ambitious. And yet it is the total cost of my medical and living expenses for just about six months. Just one of the cancer drugs I must take to stay alive totals $64,000 a month.
Whatever we raise, I am grateful. As much a blessing are the friends and loved ones I have. With their support and God’s grace, I continue my fight.
Thank you for whatever you contribute – be it a monetary gift, sharing this post with others, prayers, encouraging words and love.
A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
I have been talking for a little while about the story of the Prodigal Son Jesus tells in the book of Luke. Read the story here. Here are the earlier posts, Part I and Part II. For Part III, want to share my thoughts on the father.
Four things we can learn about our Heavenly Father:
1. He has great vision.
“But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him…” (Luke 15:20). Even though we may not be able to see what’s ahead of us, our Father sees. It is not our vision when it comes to faith. But it is the vision of the Father that can lead us to the expected end that Jeremiah talks about. God sees where we are, where we can be and how to get there. Knowing that gives us the courage to keep going. Continue reading
Midnight, September 27, the NFL and the NFL Referees’ Association reached an agreement to allow the original referees to go back to work. It was after a three-month long lockout that they finally reached an agreement on after three weeks of highly questionable and blatantly missed calls, culminating on Monday, September 24 (Packers vs. Seahawks), when one ref called a touchdown; the other called an interception.
A lot of people have replacements currently operating in their life. They have gone away from their first love. Who is our first love? It is Jesus Christ – the one “who is, and who was, and who is to come.” And they have replaced Him with something else. Perhaps it’s fear, frustration, career, popularity, a relationship. They decided to go with another plan because to them, it seemed much easier to attain. Yet they remain unfulfilled.
Following God is not always easy; however there is no substitute. In the book of Revelation, Jesus beckons the people at the church of Ephesus to return to him. “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love” (Revelation 2:4). It’s never too late to return home. He is waiting with open arms.
Putting Christ back in position is a game changer.