"The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of 10,000 temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters that at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the one mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled one upon another."

- A. W. Tozer

Rebo Jo Leverton Eulogy

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

Rebo Jo Leverton Eulogy

Leverton'sMaMaw & GinaReba Leverton Eulogy …

November 11, 2015

Throw away all your mother in law jokes … They don’t apply here …

I had lowwwwww self esteem …  I would have never have had the courage to ask Gina out … Until the lady I then called Sis. Leverton said to me … Regina was hoping you’d ask her out at camp meeting … You’re kidding … No … Bingo … Gina would have freaked out had she known that Mamaw said this to me … But I’m still saying “Thanks MaMaw” …MaMaw & GinaMaMaw & Gina

Myself, my kids and my grandkids called her MaMaw … The twins called her Memaw … Papa … Gina … Jana … and Bart all called her mother … Freda (sister) called her Reba … Most of you called her Sis. Leverton … She was cool with whatever … Just so you called her … She loved for people to call …

Some things Mamaw liked … Home grown vine ripe tomatoes … Squash … Okra … Beans … From her own garden … Or your garden … Home grown hot peppers … Emphasis on hot … Hot sauce … Emphasis on hot  … Spicy enchiladas … Emphasize spicy … Hot and spicy … Some habanero peppers are growing in her back yard now …

More things she liked … Scarves … Grapevines hanging everywhere in every room … Decorating … Crafts … Flowers and plants … Southern Living Magazines … Christmas trees … (She finally won that battle a few years back) … Inside joke …

Something she really liked a lot … Getting Christmas cards from her many friends and relatives … Especially if there was a picture in the card … Something she liked more than this … Making us look at every picture … All the while giving you a running commentary on every picture 

Something else she liked … Cooking for friends and family … Who all did she cook sweets for one Christmas a couple of years back … Everyone on her street …

Something else she really enjoyed … Cooking for Reba … She knew she could cook good … She really enjoyed her own cooking …

Foods Mamaw didn’t like … Ummm … None … She just liked some foods less than others … She claimed she loved Thai food … I used to think that she just loved her Thai friend …

Something Mamaw didn’t need … Recipes … If she did use a recipe she tweaked it … She had a knack for knowing how to make something better …

People Mamaw liked … Everybody … No really … Everybody …

People Mamaw loved … Everybody … No really … Everybody

People Mamaw loved a whole lot … Everybody … Really … everybody …

People Mamaw considered special friends … Anyone she ever met …

People that Mamaw knew that she thought you should know … Anyone she had ever met … When you said you didn’t know them … She tried to convince you that you did …

People who did not love Sis. Leverton … I’ve never met anyone who didn’t … So I don’t know …

Things Mamaw would do to grow a church and minister to the people in the church … Anything …

Preachers Mamaw liked … All of them … Preachers who were her favorites … Young preachers getting a start … They were always “really good” … Seriously … She always said that …

Sermons she thought were really good … All of them …

Sermons she didn’t like … Well … Some she thought were too long 

Mamaw’s favorite preacher … (Pause) … Me …

Places Mamaw liked to go … Church … Any time anywhere … Especially her home church … More places she liked to go … To anything going on at church … Emphasis on anything … Prayer meetings … Socials … She would go to youth service if they’d let her … She did bus ministry for years every Saturday in Abilene …

Something she wouldn’t miss for anything … Church

2nd favorite place MaMaw loved … The Farm in Boswell (The old home place where she grew up) … Steve and Freda’s house … Especially thanksgiving because lots of family were there … And everyone there bragged on the trunk full of food she brought …

3rd favorite place … Her recliner … On the phone with Gina … Or a friend … With Jana waiting on her … She loved it …

Favorite animal … A dog … Puddles … Bart’s dog … who else liked Bart’s dog … no one …

Things Mamaw worried about … #1.  Bart … #2.  Bart … #3. Bart … Last 5 months Papaw … and one more thing  … Gina lecturing her about her meds and Drs visits and Bart … Yes … the mother/daughter roles reversed a few years ago with Gina and her mother …

People she was most proud of … Kids and Grandkids … Anything they did … Anything … She would tell the world … or at least anyone who would listen … 

Things that made Mamaw cry … Joshua’s sudden tragic accidental death … There was never a close second … She loved her twins … That’s an understatement …

Mamaw’s biggest challenge … Tough love with Bart … He was the God child … Her baby boy … She was afraid … She tried so hard … Prayed a jillion prayers … Never gave up … In the end perhaps she won …

Two things I had in common with my mother in law … Reading good books … And … A cold hot dog on a dry piece of bread … (Mamaw and I still called them Weiner’s) … My kids tell me I can’t call them Wiener’s anymore …

What Jana and PaPaw will miss most about Mamaw … All of the above …

What Gina will miss most about MaMaw … Monday mornings … She ALWAYS called on Monday mornings … ALWAYS … Often when the phone rang on Monday morning … When … Not if … I never looked to see … I just said … “Hello Mamaw” … I was always right … This Monday morning the phone won’t ring … Dear Lord … help Gina …

Our family’s request … pray for Gina and Jana and PaPaw … we need direction … God will provide … He always does …

One more thing … When MaMaw sees my dad … I’m sure he will ask her to do the jitterbug for him (another inside joke) … I don’t think Jesus will care … I love you MaMaw …

P. S.  I did not use this in the funeral but for those who did have the privilege of knowing my family I will write a brief biography of their lives.  Reba Richburg married Floyd Leverton when she was 17 years old.  Shortly after they were married they both received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at an independent Apostolic Church in Boswell, Oklahoma.  They never looked back.  After living a few years in Oklahoma City, they went with their pastor, Billy Wilkerson, to start a new church in Grand Junction, Colorado.  After helping there for 4 years the Leverton’s opened a new work in Montrose, Colorado.  Floyd worked two jobs while opening the new church to support his family.  They were then called to Texico, New Mexico, where they served as pastor for 6 years.  They then moved to Abilene, Texas where they led a congregation for 32 years (Gina and I were married just a couple of weeks after they moved to Abilene).  When the church in Abilene burned to the ground they built a beautiful new facility and changed the name of the church to New Beginnings.  The testimonies of the many people whose lives they touched are innumerable.  New Beginnings Church is thriving today under the leadership of Pastor Jonathan Neely. 

Bro. Leverton served both as a presbyter and the District Home Missions Director in the Texico district of the United Pentecostal Church. 

A year after retiring the Leverton’s moved to Paris, Texas.  There they attended the United Pentecostal Church led by pastor Bob Myre.  The Leverton’s deeply love the Myre family and their congregation.  I might add that the congregation also loved them.  They couldn’t have picked a better place to retire. 

The Leverton’s have three children, Gina, Jana and Bart.  Bart died suddenly last May 14th at the age of 51.  He lived within walking distance of his parents house and saw them every day, especially at meal times.  Their grandson, Joshua Bart Leverton, identical twin brother to Justin Lee Leverton, died tragically in a car accident when he was 18 years old. 

Floyd is now 83 years old.  He has been in a ongoing struggle with Alzheimer’s for over 9 years.  His wife along with Jana have been his caregivers.  Thankfully, he is still able to live at home. With the exception of Alzheimer’s he is otherwise in excellent health.  His doctor has been amazed that the disease has not progressed any faster than it has.  For this we thank God.  He is completely aware that both his wife and son have passed and will miss them everyday.  Although he may not be completely aware everything going on, he is still able to attend all the church services.  Attending church is for him the highlight of every week. 

To see Reba Leverton’s complete obituary visit http://www.guerrero-dean.com/

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Social Media Accountability

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

I fall short on keeping this blog current.  If an apology is needed then I offer my apologies.   However, I often need a little push from the Holy Spirit.  Such is the case with this blog.   Consequently I will share the following slightly revised email that I sent to 4 friends that I consider to be faithful God fearing men.  Although it isn’t necessary I would gladly give you each of their names.  Here is the email I sent to these men.

” After hearing a very stirring message by Shannon Stanley entitled The Value of Separation, I felt led to ask each member of our congregation to solicit 3 or more spiritually minded friends to assist them in watching what they post on social media.  My admonition was to choose friends who know loves you and has the courage to speak the truth in love.  I realize that not much of this kind of agape love is left in the world.  To many are afraid to speak the love in truth because of the fear that their words will not be well received.  I encouraged our members to ask the friends they choose to let them know if they ever observe anything that they have posted on social media that could potentially cause one or more  of the following.   

  • Cost me influence among my peers.
  • Bring reproach to the Kingdom i.e. the Pentecostals of Bossier City. 
  • Become a stumbling block to a weaker brother or sister.
  •  Provide anything less than a good example to new believers or younger believers.

This was not my exact words because this happened in a Spirit driven moment during the altar service and nothing was written down.  However, as J. H. Osborne has often said, you get the “gist” of it.  Confident that I would not ask others to do something I would not do myself I am asking this of you four men of God.  I do believe each of you love me enough to tell me the truth.  

 Please be honest with me.  If you should ever question  anything I have posted that would do any of the above four things I want to know.  A simple text or email is sufficient and no explanation will be required.  This is an honest request and in no way am I doing this for any other purpose other than to be an example to the wonderful people who call me pastor.  

A thousand thanks in advance.”

Okay brothers and sisters in Christ, maybe you would like to join me.  If so, take your liberty.

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September is 30/30 Month

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014

 

The world-changing Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and said, “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end, keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people)” (Ephesians 6:18 AMP).

James, that great Apostle who led the great Jerusalem church, taught that prayer was powerful and effective.  “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. (I Kings 17:1.) And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]” (James 5:16-18 AMP).

In September I will take the 30/30 challenge and I invite you to join with The Pentecostals of Bossier City to commit to pray a minimum of 30 minutes every day for 30 days.  In short, we are saying, for the 30 days of September nothing will keep us from our time of prayer.    

“When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do.  When we depend upon education, we get what education can do.  When we depend upon man, we get what man can do.  But, when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.”  A. C. Dixon

“Prayer is the coupling of primary and secondary causes.  It is the splicing of our limp wire to the lightning bolt of heaven.”  John Piper

God knew that His purpose was to increase the men of Israel and yet still he said, “This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock” (Ezekiel 36:37 ESV).  God waits on us to ask.  Through Jeremiah, God says to His people, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV).

One writer said, “Oh how we need to wake up to how much ‘nothing’ we spend our time doing.  Apart from prayer, all our scurrying about, all our talking, all our study amounts to ‘nothing.’  Prayer is the translation of a thousand different words of a single sentence: “Apart from me [Christ] you can do nothing” (John 15:5 ESV). 

Brothers, let us pray. 

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