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Deacon And Public Servant

Proverbs 10:7

God has placed in the hand of man two wonderful lamps.

Memory is a gift of God and can be a very beautiful thing.
You have enough precious memories to last another lifetime for the Scriptures say,
"The memory of the just is blessed." (Proverbs 10: 7)

It would be impossible to write the history of this congregation without mentioning again and again the name of (name).
This dedicated deacon will always be remembered as one who loved to serve his church and his community.

Jesus said, "Whosoever will be chief among you let him be your servant."
(Matthew 20: 27)

It was his joy and delight to serve others. Our Lord was with this soldier of the cross in his earthly life, and he has now gone to be with his Lord in eternity.
This hope is based on the assurance that Brother (name) was saved by grace, and that he had that blessed hope,
which is the precious promise of every Christian.

We are told that when those who had served in the ranks of the Salvation Army die, they are listed,
not under the heading of "Deaths," rather they are listed under "Promotions,"
as having been "promoted to glory." This verse states that the aged wear a crown, not always visible to the human eye, but one that is there nonetheless.
It is a crown of glory.
God put it there.

Old age tells a story of struggle and strive, of service and sacrifice.
It points to the veteran, bruised and bent, as he returns from battle.
The graying hair, the dimmed eye, and the furrowed face -- all point to struggle and sacrifice made in behalf of others.

What moving memories they bring to mind, and how death unseats and unlocks them. "My soul is bound for Gloryland;
No pain, nor grief, nor loss,
Nor weary tramp through desert sand,
Nor poverty, nor cross,
Nor foiled desires, nor sin, nor death,
Nor Satan's piercing dart
Can quench the Spirit-kindled faith
Within my trusting heart.

My soul is bound for Gloryland;
I'll lay my burdened down
And from my Savior's nail-scarred hand
Receive the promised crown.
His love shall wipe all tears away;
I'll know as I am known.
He taught my tested faith to pray,
'Thy will, not mine, be done

Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
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