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Spoken on 27 April 2008
at Shiloh Baptist Church
In Honor of
Pastor Walstone E. Francis
16th Year Anniversary
Pastor Johnson, fellow Ministers, Shiloh Family, I also stand this morning with the monumental task of providing Words of Encouragement to a man that I have come to respect and admire, a man that I am glad, in the humblest sense of the Word to call my Pastor.
To Sister Francis ... anybody worth their salt will realize that there would be no him without you. Truth of the matter – heap seek but few know what it takes to be a minister’s wife. It takes a special kind of women to be married to a preacher. Thank you for being an example to Wanda, to these other ministers wives and to the women of Shiloh Baptist Church.
From the beginning, God has called men like Walstone Francis to serve His People.
•Abraham left his homeland.
•Moses declined Egypt and its riches.
•Joshua destroyed Jericho.
•Elijah confronted King Ahab.
•Daniel faced the lions.
•James and John forsook their nets.
•Matthew left his customs booths.
•Paul left a life of power and prestige.
And ... in 1971, Pastor Francis gave up the golden sand beaches, warm weather and the sunshine of the Bahamas and came to these United States to prepare himself for the call that God had placed on his life.
Now that may pale in comparison James, John, and Paul, but I am sure that there is one or two of you who would agree with me and say... I am glad that he did.
Truth of the matter ... in this day and time, we need more men like Pastor Francis. Tall timbers that are willing to stand true to God’s Word, and truly Pastor, Teacher, Dr. Walstone E. Francis’ record speaks for itself.
Well ... Pastor Francis, as you know I do not even do Alter Calls without taking a text.
I don’t know if this is out of order are not but in order for me to do a good job with this – I feel it necessary for me -- to be me; and be allowed to look to the scriptures for some help so support what I am about to say.
Help me Paul... In Philippians 2:19-22 we find these words...
(v.19) But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
(v.20) For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
(v.21) For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
(v.22) But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Pastor and Sister Francis ... I want to holla at you for a few minutes and encourage your heart from the following perspective
JUST RIGHT FOR THE JOB
Brother and Sister we live in a day where the word tolerance is being used and abused. We are constantly being asked to lower our standards and expectations ... and to accept any old kind of behavior and any old body.
However, I am a firm believer that we need to pick some folks -- that is just right for the job.
Don’t believe me ... watch this, if you ever been sick, with pain running through your body and you were looking for a physician ... any old doctor won’t do.
Nawl, nawl, you want a first class physician; you want somebody that is just right for the job.
How about this ... anybody ever had car trouble. Oh, but if you can ever find the mechanic that is just right for the job?
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