Welcome to Stage4 Ministries. There is hope for the hopeless.
Welcome to Stage 4 Ministries. It is our desire to love and pray for those who are in their “stage 4” time of life.
Stage Four is a term associated primarily with cancer patients. When cancer metastasizes (moves from one organ to another) a patient is declared to be, “Stage 4.” At that point, the patient is in an “end of life” situation. The cancer is active and on the move.
In some cases, there are drugs and other treatments that can counter the growth and spread of tumors and cells. However, every stage4 cancer patient must prepare themselves for their death. Cancer patients face this in a variety of ways. Cancer is a strange disease. It can appear as though you are completely healthy for years without any symptoms. Therefore, the patient can simply deny that they have the disease and not focus on it. Another way is to become absolutely overwhelmed and not able to cope. They have no hope in this life, nor in the next. Finally, there is acceptance. This patient understands what stage4 cancer means and, although they do not want to die, they have prepared themselves for the eventuality while they are fighting to do all they can in this life.
Stage4 ministries is for all three. We seek to bring hope to the hopeless. We desire to point people to where they can find strength and solace. Stage4 has some unlimited possibilities, and we will eventually realize those, but for now, it is a ministry where stage4 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) cancer patient, Steve Marquez, shares what he went through, speaking all over the country, encouraging people that there is hope in Christ in this life and the next, and a ministry of prayer.
If you or an immediate family member are fighting cancer of any sort, we’d like to encourage you to sign up for prayer. A group of dedicated prayer warriors will pray together weekly. Others will pray daily.
We will be updating this site with new teachings, helpful articles and a whole host of other helpful information for Stage4 patients and their caregivers. As you peruse the site, please be in prayer for how you might help with the ministry. And, don’t forget about the BLOG section where we will have more up to date updates. May the LORD be with you as you traverse on this path.
Is the Lord good all the time? Of course. Steve Marquez shares the power of a testimony out of Psalm 107 where there are four examples of God’s goodness. What happens if we find ourselves in deep trouble that we had nothing to do with? God is good. What happens if we find out that it was our own stupid mistakes that caused our heartache? God is still good.
Message title: God is Good. Click here for audio.
The Way of Intimacy. A message delivered at Calvary Chapel Parker, in Parker Colorado in 2016. At this point Steve’s doctors had said that there were no visible signs of cancer. He was this way for 2 years. Currently he has four sizable tumors in his lungs. (2 in each lung). He is still fighting and this message is still very relevant. Enjoy.
Message title: The Way of Intimacy. Click here for audio.
Rough Seas Ahead
Steve Marquez shares his testimony interwoven in scripture. What do you do when the storm is so bad that your boat is sinking? You look for Jesus and find Him sleeping! Listen as Steve shares about how the Lord brought great encouragement through his darkest hours.
Message title: Rough Sees Ahead. Click here for audio.
“…the LORD has kept you back from honor.” Numbers 24:11b At first glance, you might think that this is in response to some sin. The Lord has kept you back from honor… because you have sinned and done evil in His sight. But that wouldn’t be the case. In fact, it was quite the opposite. …
For those of you who know me, you know my story. I am a stage four cancer survivor/battler who endured four surgeries, three of them major, where my left kidney was removed, the cancer later metastasized and then was removed from my nerves, muscles and spine. I have a cage where my L2 and L3 …
On this, the 4 year anniversary of the day Steve received his official stage 3 kidney cancer diagnosis, I wanted to share some prayerful thoughts. April 21st – 2014 Dr. Tompkins – Confirmed Kidney Cancer, 7cm tumor in kidney by way of CT scan. April 22nd, first meeting with oncologist Dr. Arzoumanian, and another CT …
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