"The Adjectival Biography of Duane L. Smith,"

Author, Bible Expositor, Teacher, Lay Minister,

by Ronald Ginther

Designed, destined, distracted, entertained, diverted, intercepted, called, encouraged, defiant, rebellious, independent, self-seeking, rolled over on, trampled, pressed down, squished, broken and contrite, called, restored, used, raised up to serve as a teacher and lay minister...

Impatient, self-seeking, diverted, struggling with flesh (his own) and others, rolled over on, trampled, pressed down, pounded, squished, bedeviled, be-angeled, bewitched, ignored, belittled (back to the bread board), called, anointed, encouraged, God-seeking, repentant, still some self-life active, rolled over on, trampled, pressed down, pounded, squished (back to the bread board), wholly surrendered, loving, patient, delivered, kind, used, cheerful, forward-looking, servant-hearted, sacrificial, rightly dividing the Word of God, faithful to the end, faithful to the Cross of Christ, taken at his highest point Of spiritual maturity in his short life.

Part II

Heaven's Haven of Rest (resting by the still waters of Jesus):

Approved (“Well done, good and faithful servant!”, commended, crowned, blessed forever, rejoicing in Jesus forever.

*Duane L. Smith was a true saint, and is enjoying the manifold, indescribable blessings now of Christ his Savior and Lord. He was never recognized by the world, but he is well-known in heaven as a man of God who finished his race like the champion he was. This is the kind of man of God that St. Paul was-— only without the notoriety and recognition. Duane Smith went through every kind of shipwreck and imprisonment and even torture, and he came through spotless, with a shining garment, a victor’s laurel crown on his head. Jesus, to whom Duane surrendered by stages and finally in total degree, was the means by which Duane overcame the devil, the world, and his own self. No disappointment or disaster or depreciation by others could stop him. Jesus was sufficient for him, and so Duane L. Smith is an example of grace and mercy the angels are rejoicing over right now in heaven as this is written. Praise be to God. To God be the glory for Duane L. Smith’s life that evidenced many, overwhelming sufferings for Christ, and we thank God for his faithfulness and love for others and his Bible-inspired accomplishments. This "butterfly" of the Lord has emerged at last from the darkness and inner turmoil and painfulness of the chrysalis and is now soaring on his glorious, new wings!

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