Yesterday, I conducted my first funeral as pastor of Vision Baptist Church. It has been over four years. We have had some funerals but not of our members or their immediate families. I did conduct my dad’s funeral but they were no longer members of Vision

This is the message that I preached for little Wesley Allen Wei Tolson’s graveside.

More Precious than Gold

I Peter 1:7

Your faith has been tested and proven
Faith put on trial
It has been a fiery trial
Everyone has trials and this one in particular is not uncommon
What is uncommon is your love for God and your faith in Him


Your faith is more precious, worth more than gold
You have trusted God with your eternal destiny
You have trusted God with your earthy future
You have trusted Him with the daily trials
When the why and the why me loomed so great on the horizon you trusted God


Passing the test brings praise, honor, and glory to Jesus
People have marveled at the way you have been able to deal with it
You and little Wesley Allen Wei Tolson has been used to bring great praise, honor and glory to Jesus
I am personally challenged to trust God more and honor Him in my trials and testings
You have shown how the grace of God can carry us through the fiery trial and still bring honor and glory to Jesus

In Heaven they sing the song you have lived over the last few months

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Mark and Natasha have been shining examples to all of us. I am so blessed to know them and to see the grace of God over all their lives. Please continue to pray for them.

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