Psalms 119:112 Unto The End

Psalms 119:112 (KJV)
I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

It has been a few years now that one of the best men I think I have ever known suddenly and very unexpectedly, past from this life into the next. At his funeral, I focused my message on ending well. I am aware that he was not a perfect man and had, no doubt, made mistakes. Some of them, of which I am aware. Inevitably there were many more of which I am not. I can assume that he was not always in complete agreement with me. He never let that be an issue. 

  • He was encouraging. 
  • He was supportive. 
  • He always smiled. 
  • He never missed a single church event, and 
  • He was always an encouragement and help at them 

I believe he just wanted to end well. 

Within just the last few days I saw where a pastor remarked, “Ending well is much more difficult than beginning well.” I’m finding that to be truer than I would have dreamed.  Perhaps that is why so many pastors are retiring right now to finish their lives retired and traveling but calling it ministry. Perhaps they knew they could not finish well as a pastor in today’s church culture. 

Here’s what I want to do in my final years. I want to so incline my heart to perform God’s statutes that I perform them unto the end. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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