Preaching from the Grave

A year ago today, Rockford lost a great man, Pat Clinton. Because of his service to Christ, he is one of those we are to “hold in high regard” (Philippians 2:29).  Pat pastored five different churches and spent his last years serving the needy at Rockford Rescue Mission. As a young pastor in Rockford, I will always remember the way that Pat welcomed me and loved me and gave me a bit of helpful advice.  Because his death wasn’t sudden, he was able to write his own obituary. Let’s let him preach another message from the grave. Pat wrote in his obituary, …

“After a two year battle with brain cancer, I graduated to heaven at 1:12 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2011. When I was 9 years old, I believed John 3:16 and received eternal life. As it says in Scripture, I am fully rejoicing in the wonders of the triune God. … It is my heart’s desire that each of you would come to love and trust Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior. His death and resurrection provided the way for us to have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Inviting Christ to be the Lord of your life, seeking His merciful forgiveness, and believing He is indeed the Son of God will ensure that you also receive eternal life. … On my grave stone that will one day be shared with [my wife] are these descriptive words: “Lovers of Jesus Christ” and “Rejoicing & Waiting for You”. If you have never decided to love and trust Jesus as your Savior, don’t wait. It is the most important decision you will ever make.”

One thought on “Preaching from the Grave

  1. Thank you for sharing these words from my dear brother reminding us that our hope is in Christ. Jaimasih! Bob

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