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Off To Florida -- Really??? Posted 3.18.2016

This weekend we bid farewell to a faithful friend of Peninsula.  He followed his daughter over here when she became our worship director many moons ago.  When we hired Erin Theriault to lead worship, she brought with her a host of folks…well, her family.  That included her hubby, Dave, and her kids, and her sister, Lisa, and her dad, Jim Clanton.   When hubby, Dave, left his job in Hollywood for a ministry position in Florida with Ligonier’s, inside I wondered what would happen to dad.


But Jim Clanton never left.  I will never forget him for that.  He has made a home at Peninsula.


He’s been faithful (he sits right behind me at The 10:30) in his church attendance.  He’ll only miss for travel or sickness.  He’s never just stayed home because it was cold out or something.


He’s been faithful in His walk with God.  What I will remember about Jim is that he is, in the best sense, a modern day Berean (Acts 17:11).  By that I mean that he loves the Bible and will take the time to dig into the Scriptures of the sermon and check to make sure that I what I said was true to the text.  I appreciate that spirit – and that energy and love for the Bible.  I will miss our theological discussions.


He’s been faithful in his love for Peninsula. When we were doing some capital campaigns, Jim would make sure he participated and then fulfilled what he had promised.  He was thoughtful and reflected true generosity.


So there are many reasons I’m a bit sad this morning.  This week, a moving van will arrive and Jim will pack up the rest of his stuff and then fly off to Florida.  It’s too late to let him know how brutal Florida summers can be.  But, he’s always welcome back out here where we all know how amazingly comfortable summer always is.


Next month, Jim will turn 90.  So if you want to wish him well on that amazing milestone, you’ll have to do it this morning. Come Thursday, he’ll sleep in Florida. So give him a hug.  I did get an invite to the big 90th birthday bash, but that’s a little far for my Passat.


So farewell, my friend.  You have been a joy to have around and I will miss your friendly smile and warm handshake each and every Sunday morning.  And I will miss your insight into the Scriptures and the model you are to me of a faithful and mature believer in Jesus. 


I just have one last thing to say.  Well, maybe two.  First from Jude to you, Jim Clanton, “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”


And then, just to be clear, I still blame Dave T for all of this. Sheesh, you had to take a job in Florida.  Florida?  Wake up and come home. As long as you bring Jim with you!

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