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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)

TITLE: The Crown of Glory
By John Hunt


The senior pastor of our church was a man that rarely spouted a frivolous word. His mild, southern manner of speech contained no eloquent phrases or overly impressive analogies. The seasoned pastor would preach from the heart, most often speaking simply of his anticipation of going to “Glory.” The way that he referred to heaven was especially endearing to me. With his pleasant, meek voice and joyful twinkle in his eye, he made it seem like such a warm, happy place to be.

Although Pastor Wilson was a man short in stature – about five feet tall with his shoes on, he always seemed so much taller when standing in front of the church. His balding salt and pepper hair spoke of years of wisdom, and his rotund belly portrayed a jolly sense of humor that flavored his personality. A frown never adorned his face, nor a negative word his lips. His words always seemed to be in season, and his speech entwined with cords of love.

The Bible tells us about the many rewards that we will receive when we get to heaven. Among these, there’s the prophet’s reward, the righteous man’s reward, the disciple’s reward, the Crown of Rejoicing (soul winner’s reward) and the Crown of Glory (the pastor’s reward) – just to name a few. Now, I am certain that if there were anyone on this earth who deserves these rewards, it would be Pastor Wilson. But if you were to ask him, I think he would say that he just wanted to be with Jesus.

I mention this because I just found out last night that our wonderful, sweet, senior pastor of many years passed away yesterday. While I am obviously saddened by the news, I do realize that he is now in “Glory.” And being home with Jesus is the greatest reward of all.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Member Comments
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Teresa Lee Rainey10/04/04
John, Is this true? If so, isn't God wonderful to have you writing on rewards at such a time! Your senior pastor sounds like someone worthy of remembering and you have done a great job of that. May God comfort you and your church family.
Marcell Billinghurst10/04/04
What a fine tribute to your Senior Pastor. May he truly receive a crown of glory for his life of Christian service and faith in Christ. May God be very real to you all as you remember the life of this man. Very well done.
John Hunt10/04/04
Just a quick note, here to let everyone know that his is a true story.
I had quite a silly article all prepared to post, when my wife called me at work and told me the news.
I try to stay sensitive to the Lord's timing in things, and it seemed apropro to write a tribute to our wonderful, sweet Senior Pastor. I look forward to seeing him in "Glory" on day.
Joanne Malley10/04/04
What a sweet, touching tribute to your pastor! A short, concise and full-bodied article with so much hope. A good lesson for us all not to pay attention to the rewards; even in heaven. Being with Jesus should be reward enough. Well done.
Melanie Kerr 10/07/04
A wonderful description of a man and a fine example for all of us to follow. I am sure you will miss him.
Mitzi Busby10/07/04
John, you ended with one of my favorite scripture. Great job!
L.M. Lee10/08/04
wonderful tribute to a man of powerful influence.
darlene hight10/08/04
I'm sorry for your loss but can't help smile at his reward.Thanks for sharing this tribute.
Kenny Paul Clarkson10/08/04
Excellent. We need more men who, like you, appreciate the value of their pastor.