How to Reach Us

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Hello Truth in Grace readers! We wanted to provide another way for you to read our most recent writers. I consider these writers my personal friends and encourage you to continue reading their blogs.

J.L. Pattison has been a close friend since 2008. He is an excellent writer and has his own website. Over the last few years, God has blessed him with the talent to be able to write in a way that really makes the reader think. He has published three books including his latest The Man Who Thought He Could Fly. His fourth book will arrive in 2022. You can buy his books on his website or even here on Amazon. If you have not considered the influence of Christian fiction, I would also recommend reading his latest blogpost here on Truth in Grace.

Manfred or Stuart Brogden has written many book reviews and is also a published author including Captive to the Word of God: A Particular Baptist Perspective on Reformed and Covenant Theology. This can be ordered online at Amazon. Currently, he is also writing a commentary on Isaiah. Several of his latest posts are just a small insight to his exposition of this beautiful book.

Sony Elise has been a close friend since 1999. She works with her brother, Israel Wayne who is a homeschool and apologetics conference speaker. His site is Family Renewal. Sony has her own online book store that I encourage you to support. She is also in demand as a professional editor and was the editor for both of my books. Sony also writes on her blogsite called Southern Gospel World.

As a bi-vocational pastor, my time has become much more limited when it comes to writing. I still enjoy writing and have two books available through Amazon. Heroes of Courage is the first of a series on Biblical characters. My intention is to have the second book out by 2022. From Scam Into Blessing is a short autobiography dealing with my first missions trip to Liberia, West Africa in 2007. In addition, as time permits, I will also write on our church blog where I pastor in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The church also posts our sermons at SermonAudio.

Thank you again for the memories and for walking the road of Truth in Grace and Defending/Contending through the last 13 years.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mark Escalera – The Desert Pastor

The Pain of Cancer in a Child

Preaching and teaching about handling the trials and tribulations of life is always easier than the day you personally encounter those difficulties. When our family spoke of going to Liberia as missionaries, we were not prepared for the very real eventuality that it came close to taking the life of my daughter and myself.

However, through that painful time, we had a small handful of family and friends who supported us financially as well as in prayer. One of those is my dear friend and close brother in Christ, J.L. Pattison, and his lovely family.

J.L. has been a long-time contributor to this blog since the time that it was Defending Contending. I have had the privilege of being their pastor in the past when we lived in deserts of Nevada, and have watched them grow.

Yet, nothing could have prepared us for the news that we received this last November.

This was the beginning in his words —

On November 15, 2019, an x-ray for persistent leg pain in our five-year-old son’s left leg revealed a large tumor that originated in the bone of the upper portion of his femur. After an MRI, we were told by an oncologist in Reno, Nevada that it is likely Ewing Sarcoma. A week later a biopsy was conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah where we were told it was Osteosarcoma.

With only a 70% survival rate, our family has moved from the mourning phase of this life-shattering news, to the action phase where we are fighting for Kohen’s life.

Kohen is a precious little boy and has one of the sweetest personalities. His brothers and sisters have been very supportive through this painful process, but this is taking a toll on everybody. They are all aware that this cancer may end this little life at the worst scenario, or that during his upcoming surgery in March, may require the amputation of his entire leg.

While J.L. and his family are not perfect, they have learned to depend on the sovereign purposes of He who alone is Perfect in every way. They know that the wrong question is “Why did God…?” The Biblical question that they are praying for strength to ask every day is “God, how will you use this to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ?”

I want to encourage each of you to go to “The Kohen Chronicles” and follow the Pattison’s journey through this valley.

Pray for them. Pray for strength, for grace, for healing, for wisdom for the medical teams, and most of all that God will be glorified through this trial. Send a card or gift to them and to Kohen. Any outpouring of support would be greatly appreciated.

Our hearts ache with each new blogpost. While our tears will never match those of the Pattison family, we know that in Christ we share a bond that is anything but common.

J.L. asked us to hold off until now to share this news, but we will now be posting regular updates to Truth in Grace.

Brother, you and your family are dearly loved! There is nothing else I can say right now, except to share this short poem written many, many years ago by a British minister, and the beautiful hymn from the Gettys.

“We cannot Lord, Thy purpose see,
but all is well, that is done by Thee.”