I want to express my sincere thanks for the repeated words of encouragement and support that have been coming to me from so many of you. The promises of your prayers have been a great source of encouragement, and I can testify that those same prayers have been effective through these early days of this journey. My actual treatment plan will begin on Aug 19, scheduled to last 6 weeks of radiation with chemotherapy treatment being added in on weeks 1 and 5. As it has been described by the doctors and staff at the cancer clinic, we are preparing for a fight in which my opponent appears to be pretty intimidating. What was going through David’s head when he says to Saul “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight him” (1 Sam 17:32). Goliath is over nine feet tall, he’s wearing armour in excess of 125 lbs (probably weighed as much as David himself), carrying a spear with a 15 lb head. He’s not intimidating. He’s unbeatable. There is no match for him, no equal, no solution to the problem he represents. So, what’s going through David’s head? The answer to that question is the primary point of the whole story, and it’s captured in one sentence.“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine” (1 Sam 17:37) That’s what David was thinking. That’s the central point of the entire story. The story of David and Goliath isn’t about having courage. It’s not about standing up to bullies. It’s not about overcoming big obstacles or celebrating the victory for the “little guy”. While all those things can be found in the story,the central point is this: I have every good, evidence based reason to be confident that the same God who has sustained me through every single trial I have ever known in the course of my life will sustain me in this one - regardless of how unbeatable it appears. It was not by David’s brute strength and skill that he killed mountain lions and bears to protect the sheep of his flock. He acknowledged that it was by God’s deliverance that he had ALREADY overcome unthinkable odds before he even knew or heard of Goliath. That’s why Goliath didn’t intimidate David like he did everybody else. While everybody else was terrified because they didn’t posses what they needed to confront Goliath, David wasn’t seeking an answer in what he had or what he could do. David was confident that if he stepped forward to face the threat, with the same foolishness that it would take to face a mountain lion or a bear, God would accomplish the same unexpected things he had done before. Goliath wasn’t David’s problem, he was God’s problem, and David was unreservedly confident that God was big enough for it. Six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy with all the nasty side effects that come with it are not my problem. They are God’s, and while I can’t honestly claim that I am as fearless as David appeared to be, I am absolutely confident that God is big enough to sustain me in them. As He has done in the past, I anticipate that God will show just how big He is, and your continued prayer and support will be a huge part of how He will do that.