Ridge Baptist Church
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Building Hope In Jesus' Name


Increasing Our Hope

     I went to the doctor today for my 3 month checkup. The blood work was perfect. My doctor is well pleased that after 18 months since I started treatment the disease is not growing. I remain in 4th stage cancer but at present I'm in remission. Next visit is in January -  3 months. To God be the glory great things He has done!
     I went to my oncologist today for my three month checkup. The bloodwork indicates there is still no signs of cancer. Gail and I give praise to the great physician Jesus Christ!
     Psalm 30:2-4
O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. 
Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. NIV

     On Monday December 9th, I had a bone marrow test. This is the same test that was done in April to confirm that I had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Today the Physician Assistant called me to tell me that the test showed that there is no sign of CLL anywhere in my blood or bone marrow. PRAISE THE LORD!!!  When I first was diagnosed, the test revealed that 70% of my bone marrow contained CLL. I feel great now.  I have my energy back. My immune system is gaining strength as I write. She also said my bone marrow is producing normal cells. I will see the doctor again on Jan 5th to get details about further tests to watch me closely in the days ahead.
  I'm eternally grateful to God and all of you who have prayed for me. I cannot thank each of you enough for your e-mails, calls, cards and visits. May God richly bless you. To God be the glory great things He has done!!!
    Psalm 28:6-8
Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.  NIV

     I apologize for not writing sooner. My second series of treatments ended four weeks ago. The Campath shots lasted for six weeks. I took three shots each week. Needless to say the shots were not as bad as the chemo.  However, I did have some side effects that ranged from fevers to being tired a lot. My blood counts as of today have not returned to normal but are gradually improving. Dr. Keogh told me on Wednesday, November19, that He would probably be able to test my bone marrow again and do a CT\PET scan sometime in December. He is anticipating finding no Leukemia in the bone marrow. I am too. I started in April with 70% of my bone marrow containing Leukemia.
     God has been good to me and my wife Gail. This journey through the Valley of the Shadow of Death has not been easy. But with the Lord at our side and all of your prayers and support we have made it this far. Many of you have commented on how good I look. I jokingly told the church that I must have looked worse before cancer.  LOL. Once again I am amazed at God's grace and mercy not only bringing me through but keeping me physically able to carry on with my normal activities.
     God's Word expresses it better than I can:
     Psalm 73:23-28     
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.NIV

     My results finally are known concerning the post chemo tests. The blood stream is free from CLL. All of my lymph nodes are normal. My organs are clear of any cancerous activity. My spleen has returned to normal. The only area with residual cells is in my bone marrow. The percentage of CLL was 70% when I started. As of today there is less than 1% present. Praise the Lord.
     However, my doctor doesn’t want anything left and so do I. So in about two weeks I will meet with him again. In the meantime he will consult some other oncologists and come up with a plan. Right now he said it looks like I have got about 12 more weeks of therapy. The good news is this next battery of chemo will not be as severe as last time. I will only be taking one drug that targets the cells with the cancer.
     I believe in miracles. I believe with God nothing is impossible. Gail and I continue to trust in Him as he leads us through this valley. We know He is with us regardless of the circumstances. Keep us in your prayers.
     Psalm 23:1-4
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

     When I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia \ Non Hodgkins Lymphoma back in April my prognosis was not very good.  The cancer was in an aggressive stage which meant it could spread everywhere quickly and be very difficult to treat. Life expectancy was down to just a few Months. 
     As of yesterday I have completed 6 treatments of chemotherapy (R-CHOP). Everything went well.  My blood counts are all normal. Dr. Keogh is well pleased and believes the cancer is in complete remission.  On August 7th I’m scheduled for a bone marrow test to confirm the blood tests.  On August 14th  I will receive the PET\CT scan of my body.  This test can detect cancer  cells anywhere in my body.
     If all these tests show remission then I will be watched very closely for the next few years.  CLL has a stubborn tendency to relapse.  Usually 4-5 years later or maybe longer.  If it does come back there are  several new drugs just released and many more soon to be approved for this cancer.  I remain hopeful because my hope is in  Jesus who is the hope of glory.
    This journey through the valley of the shadow of death has not been easy.  Each day brought new fears, pain, disappointments, loneliness, weakness and other feelings that can’t be put into words.  However, I can truly give praise to God who made this journey so much easier to bare.  When I was weak He made me strong. When I felt pain He heard my prayer and took it away. The Joy of the lord is my strength and truly helped me cope with all the side effects of Chemo.
      My wife, family, friends and my church and other churches have been God’s  fingers on earth providing for me all the things needed to assist me.  I’m eternally grateful to God and to all of you who have been apart of this prayer team.  Keep it up.
      I have good Doctors but I believe that God can heal.  I will continue to trust in His name.
  God’s Word has helped me through it all,  so I pass these words along to you.
    Ps 119:105  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.        
     Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Ps 115:11  You who fear him, trust in the LORD--he is their help and shield.

7\6\08 - This Update was read to the Church Sunday morning:

  The reason I’m not here this morning is because this past week the chemo started having a more aggressive effect on the good cells in my body.  This past Wednesday, my immune system finally reached a point of being totally suppressed.  This placed me in a high risk for infection.  My red blood cells also took a hit making me physically weak.  The nurse told me to isolate myself from people, get rest, and be alert for any signs of infection.  This should last for about 5-7 days.  I hope to return next week.  This morning may strength is increasing moment by moment. No infection has occurred.  Praise the  Lord.
    All of these sudden changes in my health were expected.  The doctor and many people I know have been surprised at how well my body has dealt with the treatments.  This has only been possible by the grace of God.  The weakness that I am experiencing now is necessary  to cleanse the Leukemia from my body.  The good thing is I have only one treatment left.  If it is God’s will it will take place on July 16th and will be the last one.
     I wish that I could be with you in worship. This is the first time that I can remember in 28 years of preaching that I’m not preaching on the July 4th weekend.  I miss being with you and proclaiming the unsearchable riches of God’s grace and love.
    I also want to thank all of you again for your continued calls, cards and prayers.  I can sense God’s presence in a special way. I know this is only because of the power of prayer.
    As you worship remember that today is the Lord’s Day.  The Bible tells us, This is the Day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.(Psalm 118:24)  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere (Psalm 84:10) Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.(Psalm 100:4)  I will sing unto the Lord for He has been good to me. (Psalm13:6)  God bless you as you exalt His name. He is worthy of all our praise.

          Today is June 25th. As of today I have completed 5 chemotherapy treatments. The blood work results are still indicating that the chemo is working. But I believe God was working before the chemo was started.
            When I first was tested for the cancer my White Blood Cell counts were 75,000 (normal is 3400-10000) today they were 7400. The cancer was located in the white blood cells known as lymphocytes. In the beginning the lymphocyte count was 54,000. Now it stands at 1400. Normal is 900-4000.  
            The cancer is dying (praise the Lord). I have one treatment to go on July 16th. A few weeks following the 16th the doctor will schedule a bone marrow test and PET\CT scan to determine the results of the chemo. Those results will determine the prognosis and future therapy I'm trusting in God for complete recovery.
            So far my body has tolerated the chemo better than expected. Although this time the Dr. had to stop one of the five chemicals because of some side effects that could cause permanent damage.  With chemo there are risks. But he assures me that there is enough powerful chemicals still within my body to do the job.
            Some of you who have seen me have commented on how well I look. But as you know sometimes looks are deceiving. This journey has not been easy believe me. But what has been awesome is God’s presence throughout this experience. He has made His presence known through His Holy Spirit, His Word and of course through many of you who have prayed for my family and me. Without all of these expressions of His Love and power I could not have survived this far.
            I have learned many things about how to cope with a life threatening illness. I could write a book. But since I don’t have space or time let me leave you with wisdom from God’s Word.
Matthew 6:33-34
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” NIV
            Live one day at a time. Don’t borrow worry from tomorrow. Seek God’s will each day.  Rejoice and be glad in the day the Lord has made.             

                                                       Thank you and God bless you.

                                                                          Bobby and Gail


     My doctor moved my 4th chemo treatment to June 3rd instead of June 6th . The reason was he was going on vacation. I had asked that he delay it 5 days because I wanted to have 5 good days on my vacation next week. I was told that the schedule could not be changed in order to achieve the best results. I guess He’s in charge. Anyway I finished my 4th round today with no reactions (praise the Lord).
     From this point on I have 2 remaining treatments (every 21 days, time flies when you are having fun). I have missed one Sunday preaching and one Wed. night. God has sustained me through one of the most difficult battles of my life. I have good days and bad days. But overall I have been able to carry on with my life with few major interruptions. God has been good to me.  
    I believe God answers prayer. Many of you and countless others have kept a prayer vigil going.  And for that I will be eternally grateful.
    By the way, the doctor is very pleased with my progress. The results show the cancer is under control and most likely gone. I believe God healed me in the PET/CT scan prior to my first treatment. I could tell a big difference the day after the scan. Either way I give God the glory!!!  
    When the treatments end after July 15th another bone marrow test and PET/SCAN will be done. After the tests if there is no signs of Leukemia, I will be checked every 3 mos. for a year or two. And then he will follow up probably every year with tests. They say there is no cure for CLL but then again they don’t realize that with God all things are possible.

Psalm 91:1-6
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.




    This is the most recent information I having concerning my treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
    I went for my third chemo treatment today. The blood work was done prior to the chemo. The results were very good.  My total White Blood cell count is in the normal range. The lymphocytes are just one of several white blood cells (this was where the cancer was growing rapidly). My beginning counts were 53,000. They are now 1.6 or 1600. Normal is .9-3.9 (900-3900) this adds up to over a 51,000 decrease.  The Dr. said the chemo is working. PRAISE THE LORD!!
    During the last two chemos I had reactions. Before my chemo today, Gail and I asked the Lord to deliver me from any reaction. The nurse let us pray before the needle was put into the port. Good News, there were no reactions.
    Overall my health is holding up. However, the last chemo did begin to weaken my body some. So, I have to take more rest periods. Exercise slower. Do what I feel like doing and pay close attention to my body.
    The Lord has been awesome to me all my life. He has blessed me with a wonderful wife and family. He has given me a church to pastor that has reached out to me with true Christian Love. I have friends everywhere uniting with my family and church in prayer. I am humbled by the expressions of God’s love through His people. May God bless each of You.

            Psalm 34:7
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
            Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said ...This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
            Nehemiah 12:43
And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.




 The reason I'm sending you updates about my cancer treatments is to keep as many people informed of my progress and to keep the prayers going.  Many of you have sent e-mails and cards.  If other people sent e-mails then I would include them in these updates but I can only respond with the names I have.
   Today is Friday the 25th of April.  I went for my blood work, met the Dr. and got my second chemo treatment.  The blood work was almost in the normal range.  The Dr. was very pleased with the progress.  I still remain on the strong treatments with no changes. 
   We arrived at the Dr. at 8:15 am left at 6pm.  While I was receiving the monoclonal antibodies, I had a severe asthma attack.  So they had to stop and get the asthma under control before finishing.  The good news is at 5:50 pm I finished all the treatments. Normally the treatments should be finished in about 5 hours.  This one lasted 8 hours.  Needless to say I'm a little tired.  I also have 3 different steroids running through my body.  The result is I think I'll go run the Bridge Run by myself at midnight. (LOL)
  My wife Gail is a blessing from God. She has been there by my side all the way.  She really is amazing.  I know God is giving her the strength to help me. Pray for her and my family.
  God is good!  God is great!  Thank all of you for all you are doing especially your prayers.  Since you know a lot of my friends, please share these words with them.

    Psalm 13:5-6
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.


     I went to the doctor today. He gave me the results of the Bone marrow test. The report said that the leukemia has infected 70% of my bone marrow. That’s pretty high but no match for Jesus.  He was condemned to death by the 70 leaders of the Sanhedrin but rose from the dead. Our God reigns.
     The PET\CT scan as I told you indicated no cancers transforming into tumors anywhere in my body. The blood work said it was transforming the Lord said no. Hallelujah!!
     I have already had one chemo treatment. (and survived it well). The blood work now shows the cancer is dying within my body. I still have 5 treatments to go. The doctor believes the cancer can be put into remission. I will always have the CLL and it could flare up later but who cares, Christ is greater than CLL. The new medicines given to us by God will help me to continue to live a normal life to the glory of God. How Long I live is in God’s hands. The doctor says I will become an old man. But that doesn’t matter. I take one day at a time.  Each day is a blessing from God.  I feel better now than I have in several years. I give thanks to God for His presence and for all of you who are praying for me and my family. Continue to pray and give praise to God. He is worthy of our praise. I’m still preaching and teaching thanks to God.

Ecclesiastes 8:7-8
            Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come? No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death.
Psalm 112:1
            Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.

Psalm 112:6-8
            Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
Romans 8:28
            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.

THANKS BE TO GOD! Pastor Bobby was with us for both services Sunday, April 13th. While he sat in the pew Sunday morning, he did share from the pulpit Sunday night the miraculous work God has been doing in his life. Because of his improvements he is able to receive your phone calls. Hugs and handshakes are still not allowed, but you can "shake elbows" with him!

PRAISE REPORT! The second part of Pastor Bobby's first treatment was Monday, April 7, 2008. His doctor told him that based on the PT Scan, they have caught this in the nick of time, just before it was to transform. His white cell count has dropped significantly and his red cell count has increased. He still has a long way to go, but God is working! To God be the glory for the great things He has done!

"The resurrection of Jesus increases our hope and compels us to action.
It assures us God's promises are true and proves God's power is limitless."
Dr. Bobby Eubanks, March 30, 2008
"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." Romans 8:28 NIV
In the uncertainty of the days that lie ahead we choose to trust in the Lord with all our heart and choose to lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways we acknowledge Him, believing He will direct our paths. With one voice we call out to our Heavenly Father interceding for our Pastor and his family.
"Heavenly Father we pray on behalf of our Pastor and his family, asking You to comfort them with Your unfailing love; to strengthen them with Your almighty power; and surround them with Your all-sufficient grace. We place them in Your merciful hands and faithfully wait upon You. In Jesus' name, Amen."
Pastor Bobby has CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia). The doctors are very optimistic that this disease can be put into remission or completely destroyed. Pastor Bobby's first treatment was Friday, April 4, 2008. He is to receive six treatments, one every twenty-one days. Please understand that as he goes through these treatments his immune system won't be as efficient; therefore causing him to be more susceptible to infection. The times he can be with us will be brief and well protected. Cards and letters are encouraged while phone calls and visits are discouraged. If you would like to email him please send your emails to shirley@ridgebaptistchurch.org.
Your Chairman of Deacons, Tom Kizer will be in contact with Pastor Bobby on a regular basis and he in turn will disseminate any information through the Deacon Board. Please feel free to contact your Deacon for any questions you may have. Also, check back each week with this web page for any updates.