Scott over at Verum Serum dropped me a note this morning to let me know about a situation in which a good deal of prayer and support is needed for a fellow brother in Christ and blogger, Ken Silva.

Ken posted a short note this to CRN yesterday:

My family learned yesterday afternoon that my youngest brother made the tragic decision to end his life. Unfortunately, there was no warning or prior indication something like this could occur and he leaves behind two teenage sons.

Whether we agree about issues of big or small import to the church, it is incumbent upon all brothers to have compassion and to be compassionate on those who are suffering.

Please lift Ken, his family and his two nephews in prayer and keep them in your prayers during this time.   If you would like to leave notes of encouragement, you can mail them directly to him at or leave them in the comments to this post.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

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18 Comments(+Add)

1   Eugene
July 11th, 2009 at 3:54 pm


I will be praying for you and your family. May you all be comforted by the Holy Spirit during this difficult time.

Grace and peace to you

2   AnonymousJane    
July 11th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Thank you Chris for letting us know.

3   merry    
July 11th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Praying for you and your nephews, Ken. God bless.

4   nc    
July 11th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

This is tragic news. Jesus heal them all.

5   Jerry
July 11th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

This breaks my heart. I will lift up brother Ken. May God’s grace pour down like rain upon his family.

I hate death. I hate sin. I pray God’s grace and mercy through His Holy Spirit will comfort Ken and his family during this time.

I pray the man’s sons will be comforted and that their hearts will not grow hard because of this.

Grace and peace.

6   Phil Naessens
July 12th, 2009 at 3:47 am


Please know I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Phil Naessens

7   Nathanael
July 12th, 2009 at 9:06 am

Ken, dear brother, there are no words.
Just know that our Lord’s love for you and your family far exceeds your ability to comprehend it and take it in at this time.
And know your spiritual family praying for you and yours.


8   Chad
July 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm


“The LORD bless you
and keep you;

the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Praying for you and your family.

9   John Hughes    
July 12th, 2009 at 5:48 pm


So sorry to hear of this terrible tradegy. The Hughes family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



10   thegroundworks    
July 15th, 2009 at 3:21 pm


I will be praying for you and your family.

11   Rick Frueh
July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 am

All things in love?

I believe the Spirit is grieved, not with strong arguments about truth, but about the visceral hatred that is spread accross the blog horizon. Isn’t love the highest calling of the church, for without it we can do nothing? And “telling the truth” is not multitasking for love.

Here is my post.

12   Mark    
July 21st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

[Post deleted by Chris L - gross, outright, insensitive hatred - particular in a time of loss - is not something we condone in any fashion.]

13   Rick Frueh
July 21st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I believe #12 should be deleted.

14   iggy
July 21st, 2009 at 10:32 pm


That to me, is more vile than anything Ken has stated. Repent… and I will pray that bitterness does not continue to harm you.


15   Chris L
July 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 am


Your response is no better than the behavior you criticize. We are to mourn with those who mourn – not only those who are kind and compassionate brothers, but all men.

We take no comfort in the distress of others – none. Period.

Rick – we don’t delete comments here. It is better for the community to repudiate such responses than pretend they never happen. How else to learn & correct?

16   Phil Naessens
July 22nd, 2009 at 5:20 am


A little over the top eh?

I’ve seen Ken say some darn hurtful things in the past but nothing live you’ve displayed here Mark.

I think you should apologize to Ken Mark…..whatcha think?


17   Douglas K. Adu-Boahen
July 22nd, 2009 at 6:27 am


That is an absolutely disgusting and vile thing to say. I wonder whether you would appreciate it if I were to say the same to you, provided you were in the same situation.

18   Nathanael
July 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 am

Seriously? That is not even remotely a human response, let alone a Christ-like one.

Please apologize to Ken.