“To live is Christ, and to die is gain”

February 25, 2014

I ran a 5K with Bart last fall. He’s on the far right. His son Daniel is beside him.

I’ve often preached this text from Philippians 1, in which the apostle Paul, facing possible execution in prison, tells his beloved church at Philippi that he’s torn between staying on earth to continue his ministry and leaving this world to be with the Lord. “For to me,” he writes, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

My friend and brother in Christ Bart Chandler, who died of a heart attack yesterday during his morning run, certainly believed Paul’s words, as do I.

But right now I feel like saying, “Yes, it’s his gain, but it’s our great loss!” I’m sure everyone at our church feels the same way right now.

Nevertheless, I am grateful to God for blessing me with the gift of Bart’s life, even for the all-too-brief time that I knew him.

If you would like, please pray that the Holy Spirit would comfort and strengthen Bart’s family, especially his wife, Cecilia and his sons Daniel and Adam.

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