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