I just did the funeral for one of the old faithful “pillars” of our congregation.  It was a great celebration of the life of a saint.  While I was visiting with the family, making plans for the service, one of the daughters handed me a Bible her dad had given her and asked me to read the note in the flyleaf.  It truly blessed me.  With her permission, I share the content of that note with you here.

Dear Jan, Scott, & Derek,
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  I urge you to use this One Year Bible to study the Word to know the way of the Lord in your life.  To fear God is true wisdom and to forsake evil is real understanding (Job 28:28).
Everyone needs to work out their own salvation but remember faith without works is dead (James 2:17).

I have gathered a few thoughts that I believe will help you as you travel life’s highway:
1. Use you mind for creative ideas.
2. Surround yourself with creative Christian people.
3. Use your time wisely.
4. Study money.  Learn how you can make it work for you.
5. Realize that God owns everything.
6. God is the source of everything.  God loves a cheerful giver and a good steward.
7. Sow a seed to meet your need.
8. Trust God and obey Him.  Remember Jesus is Lord and He is our great interceder
9. Combat stress by reading the Word.  Examine your heart to see where your treasure is.  Rebuke the devil and spend time in prayer daily.
10. The Joy of the Lord is your strength. Through it all God loves you and cares about you and your family.  Household salvation is of the Lord.
My wish for you and your family is that God will bless you with a long, full life filled with good health, happiness, and prosperity.  Give God your best and ask Him for His best for you.  I am grateful to God for His many blessings.  Among them is the privilege of living in the greatest country in the all the earth where opportunity abounds.  To have a very full life with two wonderful wives each quite different and a large loving family.  Isn’t it great when we can all get
together and reminisce the good times we have had.  My hope and prayer is that when life on this earth is over we will all be a part of the great family of God and joint heirs with Jesus.  Thank you for all your love, support, and kindness.
Love, Dad.
PS. Claim the power of the blood of Jesus Christ through faith.

Wouldn’t our world be a better place if there were more dads like this one?

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