An Update from Max

Update October 22, 2021 — Hello, my friend, I have a brief, and very encouraging, health update to share with you. You might recall that in mid-August I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm. It was quite large. It certainly seemed that surgery was going to be a part of my future. After undergoing a couple of more tests however, just a few days ago we were given some surprising and unexpected news. The measurement of my aneurysm has actually diminished. No one saw this coming! The medical team credits a more precise test, and they very well may be correct. But I want to credit a good God who, in this case, is choosing to keep a hand of grace around the aneurysm. The bulge is actually reduced to the point that I don't even have to go back to the doctor for a year. Such wonderful news for which my precious wife Denalyn and I are deeply, deeply grateful. A dear friend of mine has been framing his prayers for me around a text found in the book of Job. In chapter 38 God presents himself as the one who shut in the sea with doors, who made garments for the clouds, who fixed the limit for the waves and he said, "...this far you may come but no farther" (vs. 11). We thank God that he did the same with the aneurysm. He has spoken to it and said, "this far you may come but no farther." Denalyn and I are so grateful for your prayers, so grateful for our medical team and, most of all, we are so grateful for our gracious heavenly Father.


A Letter from Max

Dear Friends,

I want to take a moment to share with you some personal medical news.  Recently I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm.  Because this is a serious condition, I wanted you to hear from me personally.

Though surgery is a possibility, none is planned at the moment.  The current strategy is to wait, watch, and pray that the aneurysm doesn’t increase any further in size. I am maintaining my normal routines and commitments; my ministry is undisturbed by this news.

Here’s the good news:  I feel fine. I am under the care of an outstanding medical team, and most of all, I am in the hands of a good God.

If there is other news to share, we will post updates at

For now, please know that I am fully trusting our heavenly Father.  I am grateful for your prayers for me and for my family.

God bless you,



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