For the first time in almost two years Dr. Adams was in the pulpit last Sunday morning! Here is his message presented at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC. Rejoice with us in the strength God has given to Jay and for the encouragement he still brings to God’s people from the Word of God. Click on the link below to navigate to our podcast page.
Psalm 11, May 26, 2013
Jim Halla is a local physician, biblical counselor, NANC Fellow, author, and good friend. He visited Dr. Adams in the hospital yesterday and sent me this report. I thought you would enjoy it.
The MDs were able to turn off the dopamine drip last night. I saw him at 2:00 and his vital signs were stable. They have moved him to restorative care.
He is still short of breath at rest but obviously progressing from previously. He is still being anti-coagulated. He has a long way to go.
It is interesting to talk with him. I have seen Jay as a real person who has preached, taught, and struggled. I told him that living as if God was sovereign was a great testimony to his and our God. He accepts reproofs, exhortation, and encouragements. He is now ministering to hospital personnel.
He appreciates nurses praying for him and company. He is just like you and me in that sense. I told Jay that watching and hearing him live (think, desire, act) has about trumped all that he has written. He and I talked practical theology and he recalled much of our conversation. Praise God.
God has been very good to give us people who in a large way “put their money where their mouth is” (we would say heart). Jay thanked me for that and reminded me he was not perfect/he was a sinner. I readily agreed. He laughed. Then we talked theology.
You may have noticed that our blog went dark for about a month. Fear not. We are back. Events of this past month required us to focus our attention on other things including
- Moving into our new home and office
- The hugely successful launch of our online school
- The birth of our newest GRANDDAUGHTER!
- But most importantly, a serious decline in Dr. Adams’ health
Dr. Adams has become steadily weaker this past month and his Doctors have been at a loss to explain it. About three weeks ago we learned he had several brain tumors but they were eventually diagnosed to be benign. Last weekend Dr. Adams had a serious neurological event of some sort and he was rushed to the hospital in grave condition. By Monday his condition had stabilized and he has been in the ICU until today when he was moved to another facility where he will be monitored and treated for several weeks.
I am glad to report that he is awake and, though very weak, still retains his sense of humor. One hospital chaplain who stopped by to visit explained to Jay that even though he was a Baptist minister he loved Presbyterians and, in true ecumenical form, declared that we were all God’s children. On his way out the door he offered to be of whatever help to Jay he could be. Jay responded by saying, “It sounds like you are the one who needs my help!”
Please pray for Jay and Betty Jane. This has been a difficult week and there are more hard days to come. Pray also that his doctors would have wisdom as they seek to understand his condition and find the proper balance of various medications and IVs. He was not pleased when I suggested that one of his problems seemed to be a “chemical imbalance.”
If you would like to send Jay and Betty Jane a greeting you may do so via a special email address we have established for him. You will not receive a response but we will print out each email and deliver them to the Adams at the hospital. If Jay has been a blessing to you over the years it would be an encouragement if you would communicate that to them.
OK, this may not be as dramatic as Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing but with our new online school we are able to deliver over the internet in ways the astronauts could not have imagined in 1969. Its a pretty big deal for us and we think it will be for you as well. Check out our all new website and learn how you can begin studying with Dr. Jay Adams today!