Summary: Lay aside every stumbling block that would hinder you from running the Christian race.
July 11th, 2003
To the family, to all friends and love ones, we at The First Church of God in
Harvey grieve with you in the passing of one whom we all dearly love, in the person
of Bro. Rodney Casimere. Even though we all love Bro. Casimere, there is someone
who loves him more, and because of this love, when Bro. Casimere heard his name
being called last Saturday morning by his friend, he had to answer the call. Bro.
Casimere had no time to say good-bye to his daughter Allison or to his son-in law
Rhay, because they were both in Jamaica. He had no time to say good-bye to his
brother, Bro. Shedrick Casimere. He had no time to say good-bye to his many
friends, because when God calls your name, you have to answer. Bro. Casimere was
able to call his nephew William, and shortly after, answered the Lord’s call, and left
this world of trouble and sorrow to be with his Lord.......elaborate...Bro. Casimere is
absent from the body, but he is present with the Lord......
It was about 8:30 last Saturday morning that I received the call that Bro. Casimere
had passed away. I was a bit surprised when I heard the news, but came to realize
that each of us one day will have to leave this world.............elaborate......each of us
one day will have to stand before God for ourselves......
Bro. Casimere was a very soft spoken man who loves sports, and everytime I visited
him he would be watching foot-ball or baseball, or some other sports, or listening to
When my son played foot-ball for Northwestern, Bro. Casimere and I would talk
about Northwestern foot-ball team, and we would later talked about UPenn where
my other son currently plays foot-ball. Bro. Casimere enjoyed talking about current
events, but did not like to discuss too much politics.............elaborate........he was a
good listener, he would listen and say what he had to say............
Bro. Casimere was a member of our church, but because of illness was not involved
as he would like to have been. He started this Christian race about 5 years ago, and
ran until time for him, was no more. All of us here today are in a race, and how we
run the race will determine where we go at the end of the race.
I would like to speak for a few minutes on the to-pic, The Christian Race. In
Hebrews 12 verses 1 and 2 we read these words. Where-fore seeing we also are com-
passed about with a great cloud of wit-ness-es, let us lay aside every weight, and the
sin whih doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set
before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith. In our text,
the Christian is represented as a runner competing for the prize. The runner may
not run anywhere, but must pursue the course marked out for him. Beginning at the
starting point he must pursue the definite course until he reach the goal. In this
Christian race we all do not start at the same time, some might start when they are
young, some when they are older, but everyone should have the same desire of
completing the race. Bro. Casimere ran, and completed his race on July 5th, 2003.
In this Christian life the race is set before us and it is marked out by the Word of
God by the examples of the faithful servants of God who have finished their course,
and is that cloud of witnesses with which they are compassed about.
In order to run this race successful there are certain things we must do, we must lay
aside every weight, cast off everything that would hinder us running this race. We
must lay aside every sin which doth so easily beset us, and run the race with
patience and perseverance. There will be need of patience to encounter the
difficulties that lie in our way, and perseverance until the goal is reached. I believe
as Bro. Casimere was running his race, he might have got a bit impatient along the
way; he might have wondered why do I have to go through all this. He might have
wondered why do I have to suffer so much. He might have wondered how long will
this last. I believe the witnesses in the grand stand of glory were watching Bro.
Casimere as he was running this race. I believe they were encouraging him. I believe
they were saying to him don’t stop brother just keep on running. Don’t give up now,
the finisher line is almost in view. On Saturday morning, July 5th, Bro. Casimere
saw the finish line, and he ran until he came to the end of his journey.......elaborate