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Jun 7, 2024

Guess what I was able to do for the first time in a while?! With God’s help, I’m slowly getting better – one day at a time...one heartbeat at a time. By the grace of God, I’ve graduated from my Cardio rehab sessions and classes. It was only a short distance, but this week, it was really special to put the cross on my shoulder and to actually walk a few miles.

Thanks for praying! Thanks for walking together with us!

May 16, 2024

Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, dear family and friends for continuing to pray for us. hanks for reaching out and asking how we are! Thanks to so many of you who have been helping us along the way. We are so blessed, humbled and grateful!

I’ve just passed the three-month mark since my surgery and I’m slowly getting better and stronger day by day, step-by-step, breath-by-breath and heartbeat-by-heartbeat. With God’s help, I’m doing everything our medical friends are asking with patience and a smile on my face!

Thanks for joining us on this journey with Jesus and the cross. And a SPECIAL thanks to our beautiful King Jesus who Has walked with us every step of the way!

God bless you!

Apr 25, 2024

I just wanted to say thanks so much for praying for my fairytale princess and me! You can’t possibly know how much your prayers and messages have meant to us! I still have a journey in front of me toward full recovery, but with God’s help, we’re out of the hospital and so, so grateful to be home!

We are honored and humbled that you would use some of your precious time to pray for us! From the bottom of our hearts -- THANK YOU! God bless you!!

Apr 11, 2024

Thank you, thank you dear family and friends for continuing to pray for us and to check in! With God’s help, I’ve just passed the two-month mark since my surgery. Even though I’m definitely not where I’m going to be, I can look at some markers and see that, by the grace of God, I’m making headway down the road. Just this last week our beautiful Lord has helped me pass these significant signposts since my surgery...

Eating out at a restaurant for the first time.
Going on a date with my fairytale princess for the first time.
Working out with weights (don’t be impressed – nothing more than 12 pounds!)
My first airplane flight.
Attending a church service for the first time.
AND... I got to put the cross on my shoulder on Good Friday!
AND... preaching my first sermon since the surgery (ON EASTER SUNDAY!!)

All that to say, THANK YOU for praying for us! Thank you for reaching out! Thanks to so many of you who have helped us along the way. We feel so blessed, humbled and grateful! Thanks for joining us on this journey with Jesus and the cross. The milestones are telling us that we’re on the right road. And a SPECIAL thanks to our wonderful King Jesus who has walked with us every step of the way on this walk even through “the valley of the shadow of death” (I’m not exaggerating – I actually flatlined for a while after the surgery -- Maybe, I’ll share that story another time...)

God bless you!!

 

Apr 2, 2024

He's ALIVE!!!!

Mar 29, 2024

CrossWords 

Wooden. Rugged. Painful. Splinters. Rough. Jagged. Sharp. Heavy. Gnarled. Uneven. Weather-beaten. Sweaty. Bloody
. . . the Cross

 Betrayal. Agony. Suffering. Condemned. Stripped. Whipped. Flogged. Beaten. Wounded. Bruised. Stripes. Lashes. Bound. Scarlet Robe. Crown of Thorns. Reeds. Scepter. Grief.  Crowds. Pushing. Shoving. Shouting. Mocking. Scorning. Threats. Jeers. Loud. Insults. Sarcasm. Cynicism. Irreverence. Despised. Rejected. Passion. Weeping. Mourning. Tears. Sorrow. Sweat. Blood. Dusty. Steep. Hard. Cobblestones. Lonely. Struggle. Tired. Fatigue. Simon.
. . . the Way of the Cross

Eyes stinging. Tears falling. Sweat dripping. Face swollen. Blood flowing.  Head pounding. Muscles aching. Cramping. Body broken. Crushed. Pierced. Heart breaking.
. . . Jesus' Body

Golgotha. Drastic. Costly. Thorns. Nails. Wounds. Pain. Thirst. Lifted up. Suspended. Separated. Forsaken. Alone. Final. End. Finished. Completion. Darkness. Death. Earthquake. "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani!" "Father, forgive them they don't know what they're doing." "Truly this was the Son of God!" Redemption. Grace. Love. Forgiveness. Ransom. Salvation. Paid in full. Calvary. Lamb of God!
. . . Crucifixion!

Risen! Alive! Glory! Triumphant! Overcoming! Victorious! Glorious!  Power! Splendor! Majesty! Lion of Judah!
. . . Resurrection!

© Keith Wheeler 2019

Mar 23, 2024

Breath and heartbeats are such precious gifts that we take for granted. May we all use them for the glory and honor of Jesus! God bless you!

Feb 23, 2024

If you have time, we'd love to have you read our latest FaceBook article called, "the boring now". We pray that it encourages you. You can read the article by clicking here at https://www.facebook.com/kw.cross 

Feb 20, 2024

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! From the bottom of our hearts we just want to say thanks for praying for me during this unexpected season of life! Just click this link -- https://youtu.be/aJV0RNzTX5g

God bless you!!

Feb 18, 2024

A Quick Update -- I had been feeling "off" for some time, but had discounted it as the accumulation of abuse from the years of carrying the cross. I was preparing to leave for West Africa when I finally went to the ER. Apparently, I had been suffering from a series of heart attacks. I had to have open heart/ double bypass surgery on 1 February. Thanks, thanks to all of you who have been praying for me! With God's help, I'm slowly getting better. Jesus has walked with us each step of the way!

Thanks for walking together with us!
God bless you!!

Jan 11, 2024

God willing, I leave in a few days to go to Africa for our next journey with Jesus and the cross. I would be honored if you could please pray for us. May Jesus be lifted up! May Jesus be seen! May Jesus be known! May Jesus be worshiped! May Jesus receive ALLL glory and honor! 

Thanks for loving Jesus so much and walking this journey together with us!
God bless you!

Jan 2, 2024

Happy New Year! Happy 2024!

We pray that your new year will be overflowing with the beauty and majesty of the glory of Jesus, and the nearness and intimacy of His presence!

God bless you!

Dec 25, 2023

The way to Christmas lies through an ancient gate...It is a little gate, child-high, child-wide, and there is a password, ‘Peace on earth to men of good will.’ May you, this Christmas, become as a little child again and enter into His Kingdom.”Angelo Patri

Dec 25, 2023

It burdens me that God's dream is "Peace on earth, goodwill to men", yet so many wars continue, so many are hurt and broken, and so many have never heard of or understood the real meaning of Christmas, the true Prince of Peace.  It seems so odd that so many of us seem to treat Christmas like it is our birthday.

I pray that this Christmas Jesus will receive the gift for His birthday that He wants more than anything ... a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation of this world.  I pray that He will receive the love and friendship that He created us for.  That those who can't come to Him because they don't know Him, will.   And those who don't come to Him because they've forgotten, will return.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!

Dec 24, 2023

“Jesus was born in the first century, yet He belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all places.” -- George W. Truett

Dec 22, 2023

Merry Christmas! What an incredible time of the year!  Christmas is where the beauty and the glory of the presence of Jesus becomes a reality. This is what Christmas is all about. Emmanuel – God with us!  Because of Christmas, God is with us. He’s with you and He’s with me.  We can’t get more of God, or less of Him. There is no part or portion of God. He’s all He ever was and all He ever will be.  All He ever was and all He ever will be; all He is, is with us!  Always!!  God told us to not fear, because He would be with us always.  He won't ever leave you or desert you. Jesus said He will be with you even to the ends of the earth.  Christmas!  The birth of Christ into our world and into our lives!

Dec 19, 2023

Christmas. Immanuel. God with us. The Word became flesh. Hands to heal & touch. Feet to follow. Arms to carry us. Eyes to see. Ears to hear. A mouth to speak. Flesh to be torn. Blood to be spilled. Tears to be shed. A heart to be broken. Immanuel – God with us ALWAYS...even through the valley of the shadow of death…even to the ends of the earth!

Dec 7, 2023

Let’s not forget that this is a special season to celebrate Jesus’ birthday! Let’s remember that God wants others to experience His joy and the peace of His presence, also. May we all be lights of hope and joy on this planet with so much darkness. May God give each of us the grace to be a real blessing and a living reflection of Jesus and His love and compassion in our world!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!

Nov 21, 2023 The gift of perspective puts everything in perspective! Yes, things can always get better ... but things can always be worse! What do we choose to see? A thankful heart can grow in the soil of a good perspective. Peace, joy & contentment are the fruit of a thankful heart. If we just pause and reflect, we truly can give thanks in all things! What a privilege and what a blessing! When we're thankful we can truly be content and joyful! Happy Thanksgiving!! We’re thankful for you!! God bless you!!
Nov 14, 2023 May Jesus' beauty be seen clearly, His voice heard loudly, and His glory shine through brightly!!
Nov 4, 2023 At the end of my life, I don’t want my life to be able to be explained by ANYTHING except Jesus... Not my knowledge, my wisdom or my education. Not my strength or my abilities. Not my connections -- not my family or friends. Not my heritage or my race. Not my age. Not my experiences. Not my finances. At the end of the day, I want to be able to say that Jesus did it ALL!! ALL glory to God! ~~~ “’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 2:6 “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-11