This last Wednesday I lost a very close friend to cancer. Chuck Friesen was one of those rare jewels who shined even in the most difficult of nights (even when he was covered in his Harley leathers). He was relentless in his study of Scripture and we would often talk at length over minutiae of this or that detail. His beloved NASB (which I occasionally gave him a bad time about) was tattered from being so well read and the pages were covered in highlighting, underlining and marginal notes. In his last year he spent himself on improving his Greek by translating 1 John and writing a commentary on its Greek text (it was heavy plowing to read with all of the details he had added...and I read A LOT of commentaries on Greek and Hebrew text). He did all of this knowing that he had been given a short life expectancy. It was a constant reality check for me to focus on the long-term and not simply the momentary (even afflictions).