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Honoring One Who Paved the Way: Brother Lee

“Honor your father and mother, that it may be well with you and that you may live long in the earth.” This was the first command God gave that came with a promised blessing. Certainly this applies in the natural, but I believe it also applies in the spiritual and that we are to remember and honor those who have gone before us like spiritual mothers and fathers who paved the way for us to walk in the Kingdom of God.

 

So today I must take a moment to remember and honor one of our own spiritual fathers, Brother Lee Skidmore. I thank God for bringing him into my life. I only knew him for a little over four years but in that time he stood out as a wonderful example of Christ living in and through a man. From the day I was baptized on, he encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. He always showed me love and was happy to see me.  He always wanted to talk – about my life, about his life…and he was truly interested enough to remember details about my life that I sometimes didn’t even remember telling him. Yes, I know… he did that with most everyone. Exactly the point!!! What an example for all of us.

Each Sunday Brother Lee slowly made his way over to me, if I didn’t get to him…thus my nickname for him- “Speedy.” He always laughed at that. He allowed me to joke with him and he allowed me to pray with him.  He always smiled and was ready to praise the Lord no matter how much pain he was in. He was precious to me and I am so thankful for his friendship, his service to our community and our country, and for the spiritual legacy he left to me and all of Life Church.

 

I press onward on the roads that others built. Thanks for paving the way for us Brother Lee!

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Many Eyes Are Watching Your Response!!!

God bless our Military and their good work to defend and protect us. A job well done however does not necessarily make it a day of celebration. I don’t believe that the Lord rejoices in the death of the wicked. Neither should we. I mourn the death of Osama who most likely died without the Savior. For in doing so he is forever lost.

Christian brothers and sisters, we are called to love our enemies. They and many in the world are watching our responses. Let’s overcome and displace evil with good rather than celebrate the death of another.

This scripture comes to my mind: Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him. Proverbs 24:17-18

To not take up satan’s offer to gloat in the presence of someone else’s downfall is wisdom and a good allegiance of faith. It says, “I surrender my will to God on this occasion.”