My Pastor…

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  1. Sarah says:

    Michael. Praying for you tonight.

  2. nancy says:

    Oh Michael … I’m so sorry so much is hitting you at the same time … joining Sarah in praying for you tonight.

  3. Captain Kevin says:

    I know this pain well. That was a great tribute, Michael. Praying for you.

  4. BrianD says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Michael. It was a great tribute. Thoughts and prayers, for this and for you.

  5. Scott says:

    Great testimony, Michael. You represent the brother well. I look forward to meeting him some day.

  6. Michael says:

    I feel like I should have felt when my father died.

    You wouldn’t believe what that man put up with…he was convinced despite the evidence that God had his hand on me and he never wavered…never .

    He knew my reputation, so I was commanded to sit next to him and his wife on the front pew before every service…if I sat in the back he would call me up in front of everyone.

    I’ll never forget that.

    Whatever mark for good I ever will make has his fingerprints on it.

  7. Scott says:

    Just goes to show the powerful impact (good or bad) a Leader, or anyone really, can have on someone’s life. Something we should take to heart for sure.

  8. Michael says:

    Scott,

    Look at that list…risk, mentor, equip, and dispatch…and do it with passion.

    Do it again, God…do it again…

  9. Scott says:

    I can remember how powerful an impact my friend Mike McIntosh, who died a couple of years ago, had on me when as a really messed up teen looked me in the eyes and told me that God loved me. That sticks with me to this day.

  10. Scott says:

    God loves me! I was pondering that today while driving a 40 ton truck and trailer down the highway. I still can’t get over the fact that God loves me. It is incomprehensible. Yet, I know it’s true.

  11. brian says:

    Truly a man of God, I hope someday I can be like that in some small way.

  12. Psalm62 says:

    praying for comfort

    “… I was commanded to sit next to him and his wife” … there was a time when pastors sat next to their wives if they weren’t preaching, wasn’t there?

  13. Bob says:

    I had a mentor named Eli who very much resembles Marian in how you describe him. It leads me to believe that mentoring young men is one of the most important things we can do as we get closer to being called home. Like you and Marian, Eli is irrevocably stamped in my character. I pray that I will found worthy to have a similar impact on younger men in the future.

  14. centorian says:

    Michael,
    My sympathies to you……

    “I feel like I should have felt when my father died.”

    I understand that all too well. It further complicates the issue and makes your loss all the more painful……….

  15. Xenia says:

    May his memory be eternal.

  16. jlo says:

    Thanking the Lord for the mentoring couple He sent into my life. Michael thank you for this post. I’m going to send them an email tonight.

  17. Babylon's Dread says:

    I’m confused…. I thought from the post he was a priest… “the Father” then you mentioned his wife… anyway… what a great tribute.

    So many pastors wonder if they make a difference… obviously this one did

  18. Erunner says:

    I’m sorry Michael. Because of your faithfulness his rewards have increased and yours will increase as you have encouraged others through a different medium. I pray God would bring you through this season stronger and refreshed. God bless.

  19. Michael says:

    The local pastor who faithfully tends his sheep is a giant in the kingdom of God.

    Pastor was not a great preacher or teacher…I can’t remember any of his sermons.

    What he had was the presence of Jesus like no one I’ve ever met.

    I hope my brothers who toil in obscurity but with love and great faithfulness know how important they are…

  20. Michael says:

    One Sunday night he told me that I would be baptized in the Holy Ghost that very night.

    I graciously said, “like hell I will”…

    I explained to him that such things had ceased and I didn’t want to embarrass him so don’t try that laying of hands stuff on me.

    This budding Calvinist wasn’t able to speak in his own tongue for two hours afterwards…

  21. Nomans says:

    Oh Michael…
    I am so sorry for your loss, and so blessed for his gain.
    Praying for you tonight, dear friend.
    ~Nomans

  22. Babylon's Dread says:

    Shaba! I love the guy….

  23. BrianD says:

    If it’s okay, I’m going to delay LInkathon until Thursday. No time to work on it until tomorrow.

  24. Michael says:

    BrianD,

    That will be fine… I know about hard schedules. 🙂

  25. brian says:

    Michael are you doing ok it has been a rather tough few days for you and yours / us? Do take care.

  26. Sister Christian says:

    “Pastor was not a great preacher or teacher…I can’t remember any of his sermons.

    What he had was the presence of Jesus like no one I’ve ever met.

    I hope my brothers who toil in obscurity but with love and great faithfulness know how important they are…”

    Michael,

    so sorry to hear of this great loss, and that you didnt get to say goodbye,
    I know how very difficult that is.

    Oh but his life and legacy live on in you,
    and the encouragement above to Pastors:

    People will long remember what you do and their lives will be affected in that you cared
    far beyond and above the forgotten messages you have preached…
    One doesnt have to be a charismatic, flamboyant, energetic cutting edge Pastor to make a great influence in the lives of people for eternity, but they do have to care.

    I only remember a couple words from a message in all of the 5 yrs I sat under a particular teacher:

    “You know when you are loved”
    as i stood there in the service, I thought long and hard about that
    and realized how very right he was.
    I knew my children loved me, I knew my grandparents had loved me.
    even though they didnt say the words,,, I knew they loved me…
    and I realized, If I knew the people who loved me,
    yet I didnt know the people where i was in that service, loved me…
    well then they must not…love me
    so i left… that was the last time I ever attended church there
    interestingly enough no one ever called or stopped by to see if I fell off the face of the earth… well, not to make a pity party,

    But simply to make a point,
    With out love,
    all our words, even if we speak with the eloquence of men and angels
    we are as clanging cymbals,
    without love,
    we can know all mysteries, have the gift of teaching/prophesy
    have all faith, yet be nothing.

    Michael,

    Thank you for sharing of this dear man and his wife,
    who were highly influential in your life,,,
    not with eloquence and mastery of speech and teaching,
    but the bond of love, the encouragement in Christ
    that far exceeded lectures from a pulpit.

    Praying Gods comfort and healing
    for Trey, and for God to guide the medical staff precisely in your surgery
    for a flawless procedure and rapid recovery.

  27. Tim says:

    Michael,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, but rejoice with you for how our God used this wonderful man in your life (and many many others). May God comfort you as you mourn him…and I’m also praying for your upcoming surgery.

  28. sister D says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost such a man in my life this year and I miss him everyday. Praying for your comfort and looking forward, as you, to the day we are all reunited in Christ face to face. What a celebration!

  29. Linnea says:

    What a beautiful reflection on this wonderful pastor. Praying for you in this time of loss…

  30. ann says:

    my pastor died last night in a road accident. am devastated. please pray for us.

  31. BrianD says:

    Ann, I’m so sorry. Is there anything we can do?

    Also, feel free to post this prayer request at https://phoenixpreacher.com/cms/?p=4454. There’s a community of people who will not only pray for you, but love on you. Please keep in touch.

  32. nancy says:

    Oh Ann … I’m so sorry to hear this … such a painful loss … please know many are praying for you & your church. Like BrianD mentioned … go to the link he posted … it leads to a great community of sweet … & wide variety people who love the Lord. And yes … keep in touch so we know how to pray for you …

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