And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”--Revelation 14:13 (NASB)I heard the sad news today that Dr. Leonidas Fengos, had departed for heaven on Friday, November 24, 2017. He was a powerful pastor in Greece that was highly used by God. He was a dynamic and Spirit-filled preacher with an anointed message. Brother Louis, (Αδελφο Λουη) as we called him, was a chosen servant of God who gave his whole life for the Gospel. He had a long and effective ministry and a tireless zeal to preach anywhere and everywhere. He stood without apology for God's Word. He constantly read his Bible, studying it all day long for many hours and underlining important passages. He exemplified what it was like to live a holy life. Over the years, our family had become friends with his and his life matched his preaching. I thank God for this truly one-of- a-kind man of God. He encouraged me in so many ways in my walk with God to grow closer to Him. Over ten years ago, I decided to translate his book on Revelation from Greek to English. It took many months of tedious and careful study and it became such a blessing reading Revelation and his commentary on it. How I wish that I could be there for his funeral! I know it will be a blessing to be in the same church that he preached in countless times and to say farewell. I know that they will sing this timeless hymn.
There’s a land that is fairer than day, And by faith we can see it afar; For the Father waits over the way To prepare us a dwelling place there.
Refrain: In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore; In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore The melodious songs of the blessed; And our spirits shall sorrow no more, Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above, We will offer our tribute of praise For the glorious gift of His love And the blessings that hallow our days.--Words by Sanford F. Bennett (1868) and Music by Joseph P. Webster
And so, farewell for now, Brother Louis . . . you will be missed.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones.--Psalm 116:15 (NASB)