matt chandler addresses the village :: cancer, faith, strength

December 8, 2009

Matt Chandler is the Lead Pastor of The Village Church, a church in Dallas, TX.  His Thanksgiving Day didn’t exactly go as planned this year.  On Thursday morning, Matt had a seizure and woke up in the hospital.  After a battery of tests, a two inch wide tumor was found in his brain, and his only viable course of treatment was potentially life-threatening surgery to remove the growth.

This Sunday, before undergoing surgery, Matt talked (in this video) with his church family… and with believers around the country who were lifting him and the Chandler family up in prayer.

NOTE: All copies of Matt’s video greeting to his church before surgery have been removed from YouTube at the request of his church.  To see his faith-filled message, visit The Village Church website and watch it here.

Thank God for faith like this.  I can’t imagine facing my fragile mortality eye to eye without an assurance of Jesus’ advocacy on my behalf.  Faith that God is strong and real and mine.  I know that the Bible tells us – God tells us… Do not be afraid.  But if anything would shake me it would be cancer.  My family has fought it together.  My very closest friends have fought it together.  Cancer is ugly.  And I’ve seen it up close.  And I don’t want it.

But “whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say… it is well with my soul.”  Only faith does that.  For my non-believing friends, I don’t want you to miss out on this very real benefit of knowing Jesus.  Fear is overwhelmed by faith.  When things are clicking and the world is beautiful, we have reasons to shout our praise to God.  But when the very real pain and heartbreak and fear come close – we still have reasons to shout our praise to God.  Only faith does this.  Only Jesus.

Some day I will write about what it means to share one another’s burderns – what is was like to watch and walk with a close friend battling cancer.  But not today.

Someday I will write more about my own eye to eye look at my fragile life – and about the defibrillator in my chest that reminds me everyday.  But not today.

Today Matt Chandler is showing us the strength that comes from deep, foundational faith.  Cancer can scare me in my weak moments.  But faith brings irrational peace, and it turns cancer on its head.  Matt Chandler will never be the same after this.  As his faith sustains him, it will be increased.  Exponential blessing for Matt.  Exponential blessing for the Church.

UPDATE 12/28/09 >> Prognosis is cancer.  Read the latest from his church and keep up to date here >>

God protect and bless Matt and his family.  Increase my faith, Lord, by whatever means necessary.  May Your goodness be revealed, may you receive the glory, and may Your Church have ears to hear you in times like these.



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3 responses to matt chandler addresses the village :: cancer, faith, strength

  1. Dude I loved this video. It was simply incredible. As Matt Chandler would say…full of angst.
    75k views that wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t sick! I love it.

    • I agree – this was deeply inspiring. It shows me the difference FAITH makes when real pain and real uncertainty and real danger are present in a person’s life. Without faith = FEAR. With faith = strength, peace, and hope. Unreal. Thanks for checking in Stephen. God bless.

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