The man who led me to Christ and discipled me (and so many others) in the things of the Lord died recently. It was not unexpected. He’d been frail for some time.
Pastor Stan gave his entire life in the service of others. Born in the 1920s in West Virginia, he grew up in unimaginable poverty. At 18 he left home and signed up to serve in World War II. He saw hard active service and even stood in Hitler’s Bunker in the last days of the war.
When he returned, he married his high school sweetheart, and became a teacher. In an effort to better his family, he tried (and failed) at every possible other job. Real estate, insurance… the list went on.
But one night, at the age of 50, he gave his heart sincerely, and completely to Jesus…His Savior, and His Lord.
Eventually he and his family went on to Bible college and returned to start a church. And that church, which started in their home, grew & grew and now operates out of a huge facility and continues to grow even now.
Pastor Stan was a humble man. Courageous, patient, loving and kind. But he knew His Heavenly Father and poured out his life for the church the Lord gave him.
As Christians, we believe Pastor Stan has gone on to Glory. We believe he’s in the Presence of the Father, evermore to enjoy the Richness of His Grace.
But if you died today, where would you go?
The Bible says:
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Please say this prayer with me:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust you and will follow you as my Savior and my Lord. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and guide my life today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”