Psalms 26:2 (KJV) Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Reins? What in the world could the Bible be talking about? The first place we look is the original language, Hebrew. In 1611, as the English translators encountered this Hebrew block of words, where we see reins, they saw, right there in the mix, the word “kidneys.” Kidneys! Ancient writers, quite unaware of the complex anatomical wonders within, were aware that kidneys were a very vital part of a healthy system. They also knew that kidneys were deeply internal, responsible for well-being and healthy external responses in real life. Whereas, in modern language, we use the words heart, mind, or interior self, one of the best words to describe such for King David was the word, kilyâh, kidneys in English. Today, we join the heartcry of the Psalmist and say, “Examine me, GOD, from head to foot; order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out!”
Quick review and update on my health:
Mysteriously, at least a week ago, an infection began to creep into my renal (kidney, UT) system; exact origin, no one is certain. Subtly, the infection spread to my bloodstream by the time I made it to the emergency room. Thankfully, antibiotics were very effective in reversing the infection. In order to get a full handle on my initial symptoms, fever, rigors, pain, it took a couple of days of quite serious care in the acute section of Castle Rock Adventist hospital. For nearly a month, I will continue to be on a moderate dosage of antibiotics to fully eradicate my system of this bug!
As of today, however, I am feeling like a new man! Praise be to God! Thank God for His wondrous healing power and thank each of you for your prayers. (Here’s a snapshot of the men of CAC gathered around praying for the handkerchief delivered to my bedside).
I owe a great debt of gratitude to an entire section of CAC who most closely monitored my welfare. My wife and daughter did not leave my bedside for a moment during my 60 hours of hospitalization.
My parents and sons were constantly attentive as was my precious mother in law. I deeply appreciate the concern of my dear friends, the Dan Hammann family. What a blessing Bro. Hammann is at all times, but especially during periods of my absence from worship services. He helps guide worship services smoothly and with anointing, insuring that attention remains where it belongs: Worshiping the King! Thanks, Bro. Dan, from the bottom of my heart. Also, I would like to thank my sons for their constancy and vigilance in worship leadership. There is an inexhaustible list of others who deserve to be named in this communication, however, for the sake of space, I must hasten to a close.
Mysteriously, it may be that God truly has tried and tested my kidneys. Majestically, they are healing up nicely! More importantly, I insist that my innermost self maintain a constant dwelling place under the scrutiny of God’s attention, on the operating table, as it were, under the bright surgical lights of His observation and care. I pray never to allow any “infectious dark spots” in my innermost being to deceptively become secretive and elusive to the gaze of my loving Surgeon Jesus Christ! To be sure, such infections quickly turn deadly!
Psalms 90:8 (KJV)
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
You will notice the progression of sin: initially allowed to lie dormant, unknown to the host, its influence creeps ever so elusively into the spiritual “system.” It cannot be hidden forever. Eventually, sin will generate a spiritual feverishness, usually manifested in a critical spirit, a resentment, or discontentment toward God, church leaders, or others in His body of believers. That’s right! Early warning signs should light up when our relationships with one another are suffering. The progression can be slow and downright scary. In the wake of conflict, offenses are incurred, anger is aroused, and relationships are broken. The infected, barring spiritual confrontation and a call to true repentance, most likely ends up alone, disconnected, on a dead end road to self-destruction. This does not need to happen to any of us!
We have an amazing ER and Acute Care at Calvary Apostolic Church! We pray to serve God in the capacity of not only a military outpost, a center of spiritual development and learning, but also a hospital of recovery! Isn’t it amazing that we serve a majestic, miracle-working God?!
Collectively, individually, regardless, we owe our wonderful Savior an immeasurable debt of gratitude for His spotless, incorruptible healing blood! Its healing forgiveness reaches to places unknown and impossible to observe by the human eye.
Hebrews 9:13-15 (MSG)
 If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior,
 think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out.
 Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.
Again, please receive my heartfelt gratitude for your prayers. I can hardly wait to be back in church with my wonderful Calvary Apostolic Church. The miraculous, the mysterious, as well as the Majestic all await us in His presence!