By Rebecca Holland, email@example.com
LONGVIEW, TEXAS: Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, with its satellite campuses in east Texas, including Marshall, is in a mourning period right now – and it is not just because of the uncertainty of the times we are in – the coronavirus and what is next with it.
Sitting on the couch, my eyes scrolling news sites, my heart skipped a 1,000 beats. The headline said ‘Mobberly Baptist Pastor Glynn Stone dies in auto wreck.’
On Thursday, Stone passed away, as a result of a one-vehicle crash in Longview.
“Oh, no.” Those words escaped out loud. My mom thought it was something else about the coronavirus. I told her no, and explained, “My former pastor in Texas died today in a car wreck.”
Though it had been years since I had been there, as I now live in Georgia, and he had a ‘zillion’ members of his congregation, he still had a presence in my life – as he posted regularly on Twitter.
In fact, just days before his death, in response to all going on with the nation – the world – with the coronavirus, Pastor Glynn had posted the following on Twitter, ‘All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16). I choose faith over fear, and taking precautions does not negate faith. #GodisinControl.’
Pastor Glynn and his family came to Longview in 2007. Under his leadership, Mobberly Baptist Church has most certainly took some big leaps in the growth for ‘God’s kingdom’ through many, many baptisms and commitments of faith. Last I heard, there were six morning services in three languages with more than 3,000 in worship and a church membership of close to 9,000. In the last decade or so, Mobberly has planted churches in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Texas.
And those are just the ones here in the states – if I remember correctly, there were churches being planted in Romania, Ecuador, Mexico and India. The list of his credentials is long. The lives he touched through his sermons and even his one-on-one conversations are beyond counting.
Just imagine, had he not accepted the calling on his life to be a preacher when he was 16, had he not the Christian upbringing he had, where would some of these lives be?.
After I heard of his loss, I remembered meeting him, some exchanges on Twitter and his conversation sermons. He was the one who introduced a friend and I … well, his whole congregation to the Christian Standard version of the Bible. We went and got our own CSBs after he told us what he used.
I went to his Twitter account in a moment of reflection and just like I knew I would, because Bro.Glynn was like that …I found the perfect Jesus-led, encouraging Tweets.I could sit here and write all sorts of flowery words, and memorialize my former pastor. But I think I am going to let his own words do it for him.
He wrote on January 29 of this year. “Sometimes, when you feel you are in the dark, it could be because God’s hand is covering you. ‘When My glory passes by, I will put you in the crevice of the rock, and COVER YOU WITH MY HAND until I have passed by,’ Exodus 33:22 CSB. Thanks for the great reminder, @BethMooreLPM.”
Pastor Glynn quoted Dr. Charles Stanley in a later Tweet, “God straightens up all the messes when women and men are willing to get right with God, but there are some opportunities that only come up once. So it is critical that you wait on God’s will and God’s timing.- Dr. Charles Stanley.”
Other tweets from Pastor Glynn that tugged at my heart were: “Don’t lean on any blessing from God more than you lean on God.” (February 7); and Hope allows us to push forward even when truth is distorted – Bryan Stevenson #JustMercy.” (February 6).
“Seasons of desperation really teach us what trust means, and they train us to actually trust in God” was his tweet from February 12 with a link to an article on a website.
“God uses broken people to reach a broken world,” Pastor Glynn tweeted on February 16, and then he added a quote from Alan Redpath, “When God has an impossible task, he first takes an impossible person, and crushes him.”
On March 20, in quoting St. Francis de Sales, Pastor Glynn tweeted, “The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you form suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.”
Five days before he died, Pastor Glynn tweeted a quote from Peter Marshall, “Our choice is plain – Christ or chaos.”
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