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Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of Peace will be with you. – v. 9

Francis Allen led me to Jesus, and now it was nearly time for Francis to meet Jesus face to face. I was at his home as it grew time for him to say goodbye. I wanted to say something memorable and meaningful.

For nearly an hour I stood by his bed. He laughed hard at the stories I told myself. Then he got tired, we got serious, and he spent his energy rounding off some rough edges he still saw in my life. I listened, even as I tried to sort out how to say goodbye.

He stopped me before I got the chance. “You remember, Randy, what I’ve always told you. We have nothing to fear from the story of life because we know how it ends. I’m not afraid. You go do what I’ve taught you.” Those challenging words reminded me of what the apostle Paul said to the believers in Philippi: “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice.” (PHIL. 4:9).

Francis had the same twinkle in his eye this last day I saw him as he had the first day I met him. He had no fear in his heart.

So many of the words I write, stories to tell, and people I serve are touched by Francis. As we journey through life, may we remember those who have encouraged us spiritually. — Randy Kilgore

Who has been your mentor?

Are you mentoring others?

Live so that when people

get to know you, they will

want to know Christ.

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