On May 2, 2012, my wife (Diane) and I were told that I have inoperable stage IV pancreatic cancer that had spread to the liver.  That diagnosis was later tweaked (May 11) insofar as the oncologist was not ready to concede that the lesions on my liver are cancerous.  In any event, the doctors’ prognosis is that I will live about a year, give or take a few months — although they do acknowledge that some people live longer . . . even years longer.  Shortly after this diagnosis my close friend told me that my purpose in this, as in all things in my life, is to glorify to God.  Hence this blog.

It seems to me that if I live, people will be inclined to glorify God, but if I die, some folks may conclude, wrongly, that there is no God.  Or that He is somehow cruel or uncaring.  And so I want to keep a “real time” diary of sorts, that memorializes how the Lord walks through this with my wife Diane, my daughters Megan (20), Cara (18-1/2), and Mallory (17-1/2), and me.

My family and I are grounded and rooted in Christ, and trust that these circumstances have been filtered through the fingertips of our God in heaven who loves us and is with us.  We trust that He decided it was ok for us to go through this with Him, and pray that we would glorify Him as we walk through these shadows, no matter the outcome.  Although our tears have been many and deep, the Lord has upheld us with grace, love, and peace — and even a deep abiding joy, knowing that we are in the hands of the King of Kings.  As a close friend asked me long ago, “where else would we want to be?”.

I fully trust Him — my Abba Father, my Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit — and trust that He will reveal more and more of how beautiful He is – and how utterly, lovingly invested He is in us — as our days move forward.  That is what this blog is about.

(For purposes of this blog, May 2, 2012, the day we found out, is “Day 0″, and each subsequent day is numbered accordingly (e.g., May 12, 2012 is “Day 10″).)


6 thoughts on “Background

  1. Hi Joe,

    I was just reading through your blog again. Your faithful walk with the Lord is genuine, inspiring and humbling and I thank you and Diane for sharing this very personal experience with us. While you have taught and given me more in your words than I can ever return, I thought I would share the chorus of a song that has helped me keep my perspective and focus through many difficult circumstances over the past years. I hope you also will find encouragement in this prayer.

    So if I stand let me stand on the promise
    That you will pull me through
    And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
    That first brought me to you
    And if I sing let me sing for the joy
    That has born in me these songs
    And if I weep let it be as a man
    Who is longing for his home
    Rich Mullins – If I Stand

    Know that you and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers.

    With our love and in His name,

    Jim & Lynelle

  2. May the LORD richly bless you and your family through this time of suffering. May He continue to uphold you in his perfect love which casts out all fear. We may not know the future, but we do know the God who holds the future. Rest in His sovereignty.
    The Menefee family (KOK helpers)

  3. Mr. Korpics,
    Just wanted to send you a quick note letting you know that you are such a wonderful blessing to me, my family, and all of our mutual acquaintances in CCA. You might not have realized it, but I have always looked up to you in a very real way. A couple months ago I was compiling a list of some of the top people that I look up to and want to model myself after, and assuredly, you were on the list. God has been working so powerfully through you to touch the hearts and minds of many, including myself. Your devotionals through CCA have been awesome, challenging many students in CCA to keep their eyes set on the cross and the plan that God has for their lives. Specifically, the message you gave at the Parkside debate tournament earlier this year really touched me. Being brought up in a Christian household an environment, I have heard the gospel story of Jesus’ death and resurrection many times; however, the passion and sincerity that you displayed in your sermon on Jesus’ death and resurrection opened my eyes to a new perspective on the gift God has given us and inspired me to wholeheartedly thank the Lord for all he has given us. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    Warmest regards,
    Nathan Putrich

  4. I just want you to know that you all are in my prayers! We serve a great God, and nothing is impossible for Him. “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULLNESS.” Lam. 3:22-23

    Thanks you Mr. Korpics for blessing us so much in CCO. Your devotions have been so meaningful to my family and I. So much so that we remember them even 2-3 years later. Thank you for faithfully serving and edifying God’s people!

    Praying for you daily!
    In Christ’s Love,
    Sarah Houser

  5. Joe and Diane, Megan, Mallory, Cara,
    I love you all so much. I am here if you need anything . . . . you would not be bothering us to ask for anything at all. . . . at any time of day or night. I will start sleeping with my cell phone. Your thoughts in the blog, Joe, are so meaningful to my life. Standing with you, and loving you and praying.

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