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Rick Warren about his dad- My father was a minister for over 50 years, serving in small churches. His favorite activity was taking teams of volunteers overseas to build church buildings for small congregations. In his lifetime, Dad built over 150 churches around the world. In 1999, my father died of cancer. In the final week of his life the disease kept him awake in a semi conscious state nearly 24 hours a day. As he dreamed, he’d talk out loud about what he was dreaming. Mostly, he relived one church building project after another. One night near the end, we were by his side, Dad suddenly became very active and tried to get out of bed. My wife insisted he lay back down. But he continued to persist so my wife finally asked, “Jimmy, what are you trying to do?” He replied, “Got to save one more for Jesus! Got to save one more for Jesus!” During the next hour, he said that phrase probably a hundred times. “Got to save one more for Jesus!” As I sat by his bed with tears flowing down my cheeks, I bowed my head to thank God for my dad’s faith. At that moment Dad reached out and placed his frail hand on my head and said, “Save one more for Jesus! Save one more for Jesus!”

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