“If there’s anything you really want to do, write it down, save your money, and go do it; because just yesterday, I was a teenager!” These are the words of my father to me on his death-bed in October 2011. He was 79 years old, and very aware that his final day in this world was swiftly approaching. I was age 48. He spoke candidly about his faith, confidently about going to heaven soon, and about making sure his bills were paid. A few days later, dad was gone. After speaking at his funeral service, I went home and began thinking about his statement. I made a “dream list,” more …
Today I give God thanks for, and commemorate the friendship and ministry partnership of Rex Pair, who passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the age of 52. He fought stage 4 lung cancer valiantly and relentlessly since his diagnosis September 2013. Rex served as my Executive Pastor at Midway Church for the last 12 years, from July 2004 until his passing. As Executive Pastor he assisted me
Earlier this year, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and many of you have heard me speak on what an amazing testimony to the Christian walk she was in life and especially so after receiving her diagnosis. Momma went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 12. She passed away at her home in Tallapoosa, Georgia, just a couple hundred yards from where she was born.
I was in Germany, on my way to a speaking engagement in Belgium when I got the news. I knew mom had not been communicating clearly at times lately, sometimes forgetting basic details or getting people’s names confused. Some of it was understandable since she was in her 70’s. We passed it off as old age, maybe the beginning stages of dementia, or perhaps she had gotten her medications mixed up. No one considered the possibility of brain cancer! After talking with mom on the phone one night, an almost daily routine when I’m traveling, I knew her communication struggles had worsened; and I asked my daughters and nieces to …
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