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self | January 17, 2003 | sola gracia

Posted on 01/17/2003 1:13:58 PM PST by sola gracia

Dear Friends,

On Thursday January 16 at 8:10 p.m. CST, my father, Lee R. Shelton, Jr. passed away after a short bout with pneumonia. He was 79 years of age and last August celebrated 60 years of marriage together with his life-long sweetheart Loraine. He was the pastor of Mt Zion Bible Church and President of Mt. Zion Ministries/Chapel Library for the past 23 years. He retired from the full time ministry some 3 months ago.

Although we are sad at his departure, the Christian Faith gives us hope of the hereafter. After a life of suffering, some 26 major surgeries and living with pain most every day, it is a blessing that he no longer suffers and has an eternal rest with his Lord. Through the midst of his pain, God gave him the grace and ability to develop a printing and distribution ministry of good Christian literature that circulated throughout the world.

His funeral will be from the Mt. Zion Bible Church, 2603 W. Wright St., Pensacola, Florida on Tuesday, January 21, at 11 a.m. Reviewal will be at the Bayview Funeral Home on Scenic Highway in Pensacola on Monday evening, January 20, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Our family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.

Lee R Shelton, Jr. was also the grandfather of sheltonmac, dawntreader, and greenthumb who post here often.


TOPICS: Prayer
KEYWORDS: death; father; homegoing

1 posted on 01/17/2003 1:13:58 PM PST by sola gracia
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To: drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; JenB; Thinkin' Gal; Jerry_M; BibChr; enemy of the people; ...
Prayer bump.
2 posted on 01/17/2003 1:14:30 PM PST by sola gracia
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From the brief description of your father he sounds like a mighty man of God. Prayers sent for you & yours for wellness, wholeness, fullness and comfort during this time of grief... God Bless.
4 posted on 01/17/2003 1:21:46 PM PST by WhatNot
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and don't ya know he is grinning from ear to ear now that he is with Christ. :)

Amen brother, Amen!!

6 posted on 01/17/2003 1:26:21 PM PST by sola gracia
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To: sola gracia
Whoops sorry I hit the wrong link, Prayers sent!
7 posted on 01/17/2003 1:30:07 PM PST by WhatNot
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To: sola gracia
Thankfully, your father has no more pain and infirmity... only the glorius company of the Lord. His grace and peace to you and the family in his absence. You will see him again. 1 Thes. 4:13-18.

-drstevej
8 posted on 01/17/2003 1:35:36 PM PST by drstevej
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To: sola gracia
Prayer bump
9 posted on 01/17/2003 1:49:14 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: sola gracia
Lee my prayers are with you as you say good bye to your dad..

You know you will see him again..

Blessings to all of you

11 posted on 01/17/2003 2:25:06 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Dawntreader
Dawn, God bless you honey...
12 posted on 01/17/2003 2:25:58 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: sola gracia
Requiescat in pacem. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and your family.
13 posted on 01/17/2003 2:34:08 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: sola gracia
My prayers and blessings be upon all those touch by this event.

Quester


14 posted on 01/17/2003 2:35:57 PM PST by Quester
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To: sola gracia
After a lifetime of devotion to his flock, it's your father's turn to be tended to in Paradise.

The happiest lives make the saddest good-byes. How fortunate you are.

15 posted on 01/17/2003 3:25:03 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg
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To: sola gracia
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

We are praying with, and rejoicing with, you during this time.

Jerry

16 posted on 01/17/2003 4:16:32 PM PST by Jerry_M (Matthew 25:23)
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To: sola gracia
My condolences, sola.

May your sorrow be eased with the understanding that our Lord and Savior is all sovereign and knows best when to take his sheep home.

May you be comforted by knowning that the one wish your father shared with those Greeks who came to see Jesus has come true:

"The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus." -John 12:21

When peace like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well...with my soul... It is well, it is well, with my soul...

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well...with my soul... It is well, it is well, with my soul...

He lives--oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Oh my soul.

It is well...with my soul... It is well, it is well, with my soul...

And, Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound, and the Lord shall descend;
Even so, it is well with my soul...

It is well...with my soul... It is well, it is well, with my soul...

Horatio Gates Spafford [1873]

Jean
17 posted on 01/17/2003 4:35:41 PM PST by Jean Chauvin
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To: sola gracia; sheltonmac
As one who has lost not one, but TWO beloved parents, the state of whose souls is hopeful but not certain, I say to you:

It's perfectly Christian for you to mourn and miss your godly father/grandfather, and you just go ahead and mourn him all you need; and

Never underestimate what a wonderful balm it is to your soul that you know that your loved one's Redeemer lives, that He has conquered sin and death, and that your father/grandfather wouldn't leave His presence now for all the riches in the universe.

Dan

18 posted on 01/17/2003 5:24:31 PM PST by BibChr
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To: sola gracia; OrthodoxPresbyterian; JenB; Thinkin' Gal; Jerry_M; enemy of the people; Matchett-PI; ..
I had no idea your father was L.R.Shelton, Jr. He was one of the finest preachers of the Twentieth Century, in my opinion.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

19 posted on 01/17/2003 6:55:53 PM PST by the_doc
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To: sola gracia
Greatful to L.R.Shelton as one of those God used to get my thinking straight. He will be missed.
20 posted on 01/17/2003 7:38:46 PM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord (Once more dear friends into the breach, once more!)
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To: the_doc; sola gracia; sheltonmac; Jerry_M
I had no idea your father was L.R.Shelton, Jr. He was one of the finest preachers of the Twentieth Century, in my opinion. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." ~~ the_doc

I confess that I did not know that L.R. Shelton was one of the finest preachers of the Twentieth Century... though, thanks to FReeper "sheltonmac", I definitely had heard of the name of "Lee Shelton".

Well!! I know his name now. I guess I will have to correct my Ignorance, and apply myself to the reading of a bit more Lee Shelton. After all, I still have very MUCH to learn in my own walk upon this mortal coil.

Which just goes to prove:


21 posted on 01/17/2003 8:15:47 PM PST by OrthodoxPresbyterian (We few, we happy few, we band of Brothers)
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To: sheltonmac; A.J.Armitage
Prayers requested for Our Brother sheltonmac and all his family, AJ.

God, in His Good Providence, has decided that his Grandfather Lee Shelton has fought the good fight for bloody-well long enough on this cursed Earth, and the Faithful Servant is deserving of His Everlasting Reward.

22 posted on 01/17/2003 8:22:11 PM PST by OrthodoxPresbyterian (We few, we happy few, we band of Brothers)
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To: sola gracia
Prayers offered...peace to you.
23 posted on 01/17/2003 8:51:13 PM PST by rwfromkansas (www.fairtax.org: It is time for a FAIRTAX!)
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To: OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Matchett-PI; RnMomof7; Jerry_M
Do a Google search. You will find audio sermons and written sermons and tracts.

(See also the important work of L.R.Shelton, Sr., including expositions of Daniel 9:24-27 and a very famous message called "How God Saved a Baptist Preacher." )

24 posted on 01/17/2003 8:54:18 PM PST by the_doc
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To: BibChr
Never underestimate what a wonderful balm it is to your soul that you know that your loved one's Redeemer lives, that He has conquered sin and death, and that your father/grandfather wouldn't leave His presence now for all the riches in the universe.

That's because he already has all the riches in the universe.

25 posted on 01/17/2003 9:37:53 PM PST by A.J.Armitage (When we've been there ten thousand years/ bright shining as the sun...)
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To: OrthodoxPresbyterian
Thanks for the ping.
26 posted on 01/17/2003 9:44:59 PM PST by A.J.Armitage
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To: the_doc; sola gracia; sheltonmac; Polycarp; MarMema
Do a Google search. You will find audio sermons and written sermons and tracts. (See also the important work of L.R.Shelton, Sr., including expositions of Daniel 9:24-27 and a very famous message called "How God Saved a Baptist Preacher." )

Thank You, "Doc".

May I ask permission, of the Heirs of Lee Shelton (I ask of SOLA GRACIA and SHELTONMAC only), to post an observation on the Reformed Doctrine of Victory over the Grave, and our Laughter against the Sting of Death??

I ask only for the opportunity to explain Reformed Protestant doctrine to those Roman Catholics (Polycarp) and Eastern Orthodox (MarMema) who, though they be our Brethren, do not perhaps fully understand our Reformed Doctrine of the Saint's Victory over Death??

Nonetheless, you Heirs have a bit too much sad-but-Joyful Kingdom celebration at hand right now to bother with my little request for a doctrinal discussion. If you forbear, I will wait for another time.

God Bless!! The Promise is to Lee Shelton, and to Lee Shelton's children.

OP

27 posted on 01/17/2003 10:25:50 PM PST by OrthodoxPresbyterian (We few, we happy few, we band of Brothers)
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To: sola gracia
Prayers sent.

It's a great thing we serve a Risen Savior.
28 posted on 01/18/2003 3:14:26 AM PST by Wrigley
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To: xJones; CindyDawg
If you're a Calvanist and questioning, it probably doesn't matter, you're predestined to be damned anyway. But if you believe II Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (NIV), then it really DOES matter. Thanks again.

I thought only Calvinists were rude and unfeeling..how nice that we are not alone

30 posted on 01/18/2003 7:49:31 AM PST by RnMomof7
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I do not know how many of our Calvinist family are on Lees bump list..so I am flaging those that may not know of the death of Lees dad..please read docs post so you see it was also a loss to all Christians that believe God is sovereign
31 posted on 01/18/2003 7:54:46 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: the_doc
I went to read the link..this stood out to me so i am going to post it

This continued for three weeks, and I began to lie awake for hours at night going over my entire religious life, trying to find the time and the place when and where I had ever realized, or had come to the knowledge of the fact that I was a lost sinner, and where I had taken my place as such before God and found pardon. Late in the night I would give up in despair and drop off to sleep, waking the next morning with the same question still before me. All day I would reason, "Maybe he is wrong; he has been saved only a few months and is just a young Christian. Here I am his pastor; I finished high school, college, and have had several years of Bible study in the seminary, and have preached for twenty-five years; surely I ought to know more about these things than he does." I argued, "He must be wrong; but if perchance he is not wrong, then surely I am an exception." By the time services came again, I would be all patched up and in my place to hear him, thinking, "Well, maybe he will use some other expression tonight."

Churches are full of people that have never had this moment...

32 posted on 01/18/2003 8:05:56 AM PST by RnMomof7
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I would ask you to remove my post #29 because it was out of place and I have offended others. Sorry.
33 posted on 01/18/2003 8:27:24 AM PST by xJones
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To: sola gracia; sheltonmac; Dawntreader; greenthumb
God be with you.
6 For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: 8 henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day; and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.

34 posted on 01/18/2003 9:20:22 AM PST by lockeliberty (Take with you words, and turn to the LORD)
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To: OrthodoxPresbyterian
I ask only for the opportunity to explain Reformed Protestant doctrine to those Roman Catholics (Polycarp) and Eastern Orthodox (MarMema) who, though they be our Brethren, do not perhaps fully understand our Reformed Doctrine of the Saint's Victory over Death??

Permission granted! I look forward to your post.

35 posted on 01/18/2003 10:35:28 AM PST by MarMema
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To: sola gracia
memory eternal.
36 posted on 01/18/2003 10:39:39 AM PST by MarMema
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To: lockeliberty
Thank you..and thank you all for your kind words and prayers.

My mom and dad (sola gracia) are heading down there tomorrow I believe. We grandkids, at least the ones here up north, unfortunately won't be able to make it to the funeral.

We were blessed and fortunate enough to have seen him this past August. I'm definitely grateful for that.

My mom has been sending us e-mails they have been receiving from people saying how he had touched their lives. It's really something to see how God worked through him to reach so many people.

I'll miss him so much, but I'm so comforted knowing he's finally home.

But I just wanted to say a thank you to everyone..it really means a lot.
37 posted on 01/18/2003 11:45:21 AM PST by Dawntreader
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To: sola gracia
Our family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.

Amen,.........More Grace and Mercy,........In Jesus' Precious Name, Amen!

38 posted on 01/18/2003 11:52:47 AM PST by maestro
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Thank you for your prayers and words of comfort. As sad as the death of any loved one can be, we who have eternal life know that we will all be reunited in that home prepared for us.
39 posted on 01/18/2003 8:18:56 PM PST by sheltonmac
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To: drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; JenB; Thinkin' Gal; Jerry_M; BibChr; enemy of the people; ...
Dear brothers and sisters, thanks so much for your kind comments and prayers. My wife and I will be leaving in another 3 hours driving down to Pensacola for my dad's homegoing celebration. Will report on my return Thursday evening.
40 posted on 01/19/2003 12:00:55 AM PST by sola gracia
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To: sola gracia
My prayers are with you....
41 posted on 01/19/2003 4:54:18 AM PST by jude24
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To: sola gracia
May the Holy Spirit provide comfort for the Family and all who knew him.

Praise His Holy Name

chuck
42 posted on 01/19/2003 8:20:50 AM PST by Uri’el-2012
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To: sola gracia
Chapel Library is the best source of Christian literature I know of. A large portion of the material given out at tract tables our church sponsors comes from Mt. Zion. In fact, I need to order more. Your father headed a tremendous ministry, and he had the foresight to provide for its continuation. His zeal for proclaiming the true knowledge of Christ was, and will continue to be, even after his death, an inspiration for many.
43 posted on 01/20/2003 7:37:26 AM PST by Tares
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To: sola gracia
Abundant blessings in the name above all names;Jesus Christ, Sola.

So sad to hear of your fathers passing and yet rejoice that he is in the presence of our Lord.

We have utilized the ministry of your father and Mt. Zion Bible Church to God's glory. Still go to the link for M'Cheyne's calendar for daily readings.

Your family will be in our prayers.

44 posted on 01/20/2003 9:32:19 AM PST by 4Godsoloved..Hegave (http://www.mountzion.org/)
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