Daily Scripture from
Jack's Story of Faith, Courage and Trust.

February 9, 1973 - September 10, 2003

Psalm 118
Give thanks to the LORD , for He is good;
His love endures forever.
... I cried to the LORD, and
He answered by setting me free.

Jack is free... Hallelujah!

Jack (John Roy Farrell, Jr.) died September 10 at 9:15AM after a long battle with brain cancer. It was a battle he fought with faith, courage and trust in the will of his Lord Jesus. Jack's favorite scripture was Psalm 118. The selected verses above are engraved on the urn containing his ashes.

The first and final chapters of Jack's story are about love. God first loved Jack. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV Jesus gifted Jack with His love in this world and eternal life with Himself. John 10:27-28 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. NIV Jack's faith, courage and trust are the fruit of his love for his Lord, and those to whom the Lord sent him. The scripture describing this love is from Mark 12:29-31 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." NIV

Rabbi Cohen wrote us we are not mourning the dead that has gone on to a better place, we are mourning ourselves who are still here awaiting our opportunity to go home. Amen! As we mourn, we are mindful of Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. NIV Throughout this entire experience, the Lord has been telling us not to let Satan steal our joy and gladness so we focus on the joy He provides each day, and overlook everything else.


BACKGROUND: Jack had a brain tumor. He had surgery and radiation treatments in 1998. At that time it was an oligodendroglioma, which the doctor said had likely been growing since childhood. In 2002, routine examination found there was new tumor growth. By this time, the doctors said it likely had changed to an astrocytoma tumor, which is faster growing. Jack did not have another biopsy to know exactly what type or stage it had become because the treatment options were the same. The MRI's provided the needed information to guide the doctors and show us what was going on. Chemotherapy treatment #1 in the Fall did not stop the growth. Chemo treatment #2 in the Winter did not stop the growth either. His doctors advised that re-radiation was the next best treatment but at the end of May Jack decided not to undergo re-radiation.

Jack never failed to believe that God would heal him. He completely trusted in God's will for his life. Jack's faith and trust carried him through his first surgery and radiation treatments, and through each new day thereafter. He always had a positive attitude and never complained or worried about tomorrow. His thoughts about the future were always "what will happen after I'm healed?" Jack never gave up the hope for his future. Please know that God cared and provided for Jack's needs through every time of trial in his life. He lived with his family who loved and supported him but the Lord clearly cared and provided for Jack's needs. Jesus was glorified by Jack's life and the faith and confidence he had to the very end of his life.
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Personal Scriptures:
Jack's favorite scripture was
Psalm 118
Donna & John remain standing on scripture in
Hebrews 3, 4 & 10

Hebrews 3:13-14 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first
Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. NIV
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Supporters:
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. NLT.
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Wednesday, September 10:
Jack is Safely Home Hallelujah!

DAILY SCRIPTURE
Tuesday, September 9:
Psalm 43:1-3 How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. NASB
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Monday, September 8:
Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV
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Sunday, September 7:
Romans 8: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us... For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. NIV
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Saturday, September 6:
Psalm 5:1-3 & 11-12 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD , you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD , you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. NIV
Romans 8:26 ... the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words NASB
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Friday, September 5:
Philippians 1: Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. NLT
Psalm 16:3 As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. NASB
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Thursday, September 4:
Psalm 116:1-2 I love the LORD, beacause He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore, I shall call upon Him as long as I live,
Hebrews 3: ...fix your thoughts on Jesus... Christ is faithful... if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. NASB
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Wednesday, September 3:
Hebrews 3: Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. NIV
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Tuesday, September 2:
Psalm 108:12-13 Oh give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we will do valiantly, And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries. NASB
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Monday, September 1:
Psalm 143:1,8,&10 Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness! Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. NASB
Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. NASB
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Sunday, August 31:
Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. NASB
Isaiah 43:10&13 "You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. "Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?" NASB
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Saturday, August 30:
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. NASB
Isaiah 41:9-13 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. 'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' "For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.' NASB
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Friday, August 29:
Psalm 66:16-20 Come and hear, all who fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me. NASB
Isaiah 40:28-29, 31 The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. NASB

Psalm 16:3 As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. NASB
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Thursday, August 28:
Psalm 145:18-19 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. NASB
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Wednesday, August 27:
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. NLT.
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Tuesday, August 26:
Mark (
12:29): "Hear O'Israel the LORD your G-d the LORD is ONE! Amen" Harvey explains "the Hebrew word for "hear" also means "obey." Since all those in the Abrahamic Covenant are consider "Israel", we are to hear the Word of G-D and to obey it. If we do this, He will fulfill His Word to you."
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. NASB
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Monday, August 25:
Psalm 62:5-8 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. NASB
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Sunday, August 24:
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God NIV
Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. NKJV
Isaiah 43:1 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine." NKJV

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Saturday, August 23:
Psalm 41:3 The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. NASB
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Friday, August 22:
Psalm 143. As you read these verses, know that the Lord has, is and will continue to answer these prayers as they are spoken.
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Thursday, August 21:
Psalm 34 tells us about praise, petition and the promise of deliverance.
Psalm 118:29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. NASB
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Wednesday, August 20:
Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. NIV
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Tuesday, August 19:
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. NASB
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Monday, August 18:
Psalm 91:14-16 Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. "He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. "With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation." NASB
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Sunday, August 17:
Psalm 41 :1-3 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness. NIV
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Saturday, August 16:
Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" NASB
Psalm 23

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Friday, August 15:
James 5
Psalm 25:5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. NLT
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Thursday, August 14:
Psalm 40: 4-5 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. NLT
Psalm 127:2 ...for he grants sleep to those he loves. NIV
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Wednesday, August 13: Psalm 66 "How awesome are Your works!" NASB
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Tuesday, August 12:
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, and 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. NASB
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Monday. August 11:
James 1: 12: Blessed is a man who perserves under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him, and 17: Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. NASB
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Sunday, August 10:
Psalm 138

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Saturday, August 9:
Psalm 34
James 5

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Friday, August 8:
James 5
Psalm 34
Psalm 16
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. NKJV
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Thursday, August 7:
Psalm 143

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Wednesday, August 6:
Psalm 100

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Tuesday, August 5:
Psalm 18:1-2 "I love You, O LORD, my strength." The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
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Monday, August 4:
III John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,
Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness,
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, yea and for ever,
Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; ASV
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Sunday, August 3:
1 John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him,
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." NKJV
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Saturday, August 2:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;
Romans 8:28 And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.
Matthew 6:34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. ASV
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Friday, August 1:
Psalm 66
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Thursday, July 31:
Psalm 103

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Wednesday, July 30:
Psalm 116

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Tuesday, July 29:
Psalm 22:24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden His face from him: but when he cried to him, He heard.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. NKJV
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Monday, July 28:
Psalm 73: 23-26 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. NIV
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Sunday, July 27:
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD , my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. NIV
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Saturday, July 26:
Psalm 145
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Friday, July 25:
Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. and Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. (NLT)
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (NIV)
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Thursday, July 24:
Psalm 27
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Wednesday, July 23:
Psalm 34
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Tuesday, July 22:
Psalm 40
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Monday, July 21:
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (NIV)
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Saturday, July 19:
Psalm 50: 14-15: "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; Call on Me in your day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." (NASB)
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Thursday - Wednesday, July 3 & 2

Tuesday, July 1

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