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What Cancer Taught Mark Hall & Darlene Zschech

Mark Hall
Casting Crowns has released a new song written by lead singer Mark Hall after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015.

During a doctor’s visit for what Hall thought was acid reflux, a mass was discovered on his right kidney.

“You don’t really hear the words You have cancer,” Hall told Guideposts.org. “You hear the words You’re going to die!

At first, he tried to keep the news a secret.  But soon he realized that was the wrong approach.

“God showed me that was just pride,” Hall told Guideposts.org. “I realized I need to talk about this, so I told my church, I told a few friends at Christian radio and the next thing you know the whole world is praying for me.”

Word spread quickly on social media and billboards even appeared in Atlanta that had Hall’s photo and said “Praise You In This Storm” (the title of a Casting Crowns song).

The mass turned out to be an aggressive form of cancer but it had not yet spread and doctors were able to remove it along with the kidney.

During the low point, Hall remembered the words of Psalm 43: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”

He wrote the song “Oh My Soul”:
Oh, my soul
You are not alone
There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down
'Cause you're not alone

Darlene Zschech
Former Hillsongs Australia worship leader Darlene Zschech has released her first album since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.  Some of the songs were recorded while she was undergoing chemotherapy.

Zschech says, “The medical world doesn’t like to use the word ‘healed.’  They like to say the word ‘remission’… but I’m believing God’s report over my life.  I speak Psalm 91 over myself every day, I take my medicine and I take the word of God and I do my best with what I can do in the natural and trust God with those things over which I have no power.”

Martin Smith (formerly of Delirious) flew to Australia and helped Zschech write the song “You Are Great” during her treatments:
You are great
Greater the world has ever seen
Higher than the heavens over me
You are great
No one in this world can have Your fame
So let the earth declare Your holy Name Jesus

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