For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain..... In memory of a departed brother-in-Christ (WFW and TT)


This picture is taken by my friend at Saipan.

This picture and verse reminded me of the purpose of our life here and the blessed hope we have for all eternity. I post this in remembrance of a dear brother-in-Christ that just went home to be with our Lord recently. Please read my sharing below...

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by! Thank God for His goodness to us daily.

♥ Thanks for your prayers and encouragements! I missed all of you so much and it is so good to be back to post a picture and Bible verses on Word-Filled-Wednesday and to count my blessings and thank God together with you on Thankful Thursday!

♥ Thank God for strengthening me day by day and I am much better now. I do still experience a little dizziness every now and then especially when I am tired but the intensity has lessened and so I am more functional. I am still learning to pace myself and everyday is a challenge. Recently, besides weakening health some unforseen circumstances cropped up and thank God for helping me to cope.

♥ Thank God for restoring me from a bout of very bad throat infection and cough which triggered off my asthma. The Lord is good and has given me much peace and simple joy in Him as I wait upon Him. I had to take a break from usual activities. Thank God that I am feeling so much better now. There were very bad haze in Singapore recently due to forest fire in our neighbouring country, Indonesia. This has been bad for my asthma and I had to stay indoor most of the time. Thank God that the haze is clearing and my asthma is stabilising.

♥ Thank God for His goodness and mercies to one of my brother-in-Christ who was just called home to be with Him recently. I have known this brother and his wife for almost 20 years and greatly saddened by his sudden home-going. But I am comforted that God is in total control and His timing is the best for us. While we are here, we labour for Him for the extension of His Kingdom and when our work ordained by Him here is completed, He will then take us home to enjoy our eternal rest and unending worship and fellowship with Him. It is at that time that we shall enjoy too the fullness of His love. What a blessed hope!

Thank God for enabling my brother-in-Christ to maintain a very good testimony for Him, by His grace, at home, at work, in church and in the University where he just graduated with a Master Degree. They all have such high regards for him and loved him and missed him very much. He was a teacher for 10 years and almost 400 students wrote notes of condolences on Facebook even students who did not know him but have seen him before in school. He left such a deep impression in their heart and many of them wrote that they will never forget him and his contributions to the school and the difference he made in their life.

Shortly just before he was called home, he shared with his beloved wife when they were talking about the behaviour of some people who fear death, who live in fear as if there is no hope. He told her, “A true believer should not fear death, because he knows that it is better to depart and to be with the Lord, and to die is gain.”

From this conversation, we are greatly comforted because we know he was ready to die, even though it had to be so sudden. This conversation is God's token of mercy to her family and to my church, to assure us that our dear brother was not afraid, and was ready for the Lord to take him home. His work on earth is done, but the Lord still has work for us to do. Saying goodbye is always hard. But one day when our work on this earth is done, the Lord will take us home too and we shall all meet again never to say goodbye.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 2 Corinthians 5:7-9

...thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15 : 57-58

Here is a very touching video his students did for him with the following encouraging words in between the pictures:
"He always love us, more than he love himself
He always make us happy when we're sad

He enjoy life to the fullest, yet never neglect us
Teaching us everything in life and making us a better person

He'll give chances when we make mistakes
Allowing us to learn from the mistakes we've made

His life make all our lifes a better life
Paving the path of our life, never letting us walk alone

We love you
We miss you"

♥ I thank God for my family, my church, my friends and everyone of you, my dear blogging friends, and for your prayers and encouragements. They mean a lot to me and I thank God for every one of you. You have made a great difference in my life and used by God to encourage me and show me His love by your friendship and encouraging notes. You are in my thoughts and prayers too.

For more Word-Filled-Wednesday, visit here.

To read more Thankful Thursday, visit here.

Thank you for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm Regards,

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26 Kind thoughts:

Amanda said...

It is one of the most precious blessings from the Lord: not fearing death. He is our hope beyond the grave. I am sorry for the unexpected loss of this Brother, but I know he is no doubt enjoying it! ;)

Happy WFW and God bless...

Michele Williams said...

I am so sorry for your loss of your close brother in Christ. But I also rejoice with you in knowing that you will see him again one day. What a precious testimony he had for all those that knew him. I continue to pray for you dear friend. I am having health problems as well.

love you dear sister...

Joan Hall said...

Hi Nancie:

I am sorry for the loss of your friend, but know that you are comforted in that he is with our Savior now.

Glad to see you again, I've missed your posts.


Nancie said...

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for sharing the verses on your WFW post. Thanks for your visit too. Happy WFW and God bless...

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Michele, Thanks for your prayers and encouragement. I am praying for your husband and the team. Praying for you too. Thanks for your visit. Missed you :) Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Joan,

Thanks for your visit too and encouragement.

Amen to the verses you shared on Ephesians 2:8-9. Thank God for reaching out to us in His mercies and grace and saving us. Such precious reminder! Thanks for sharing. Take care and God bless!


gemini said...

Very inspiring messages. And i will try to keep in my heart. Keep on inspiring others. Visit mine for other thoughts of inspiration.

Peggy said...

Blessings Nancie as always filled with a Godly attitude and gratitude!

I am deeply sorry for such a great loss of your dear, close brother in Christ, and so very young and well loved. How beautiful the video and the remarks! Your beautiful photo from your friend and the verses you have chosen are so very uplifting!

I'm encouraged that you are being strengthened and recovering. Sorry about the tough season you are in with asthma and all, physically, emotionally, psychologically, but NOT SPIRITUALLY! I see Christ's strength holding you up to keep the course and be more than a conqueror as always. I know this all has been such a thorn but I was so blessed to see you today, that I'm just thankful and praising God for you & that you are able to do all things in Christ who gives you strength!

I love you and have really missed our sweet exchanges. I dropped over here the other day and had seen no post since August, so I said a prayer for you... and now I get to send a hug and His love with my prayer. Hold on! You are in His hand.


Nancie said...

Hi Gemini,

I really like the verse the share on John 3:16. It is such a precious verse and so nice to see it presented in different languages. I can surely understand the Chinese one :-)

Thank God that His mercies extended to people all over the world who belong to Him irrespective of race and language.

Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your visit too. Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Peggy,

I love the pictures and verses you shared. "Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of Jesus." How true that is!

Thank God that He is your peace in the midst of the many ups and downs in life. I am sorry that you too are coping with the loss of a dear one. It is hard but our comfort is God is in control and He has a purpose for everything. May His peace and love continue to strengthen you daily.

Thank you for your visit and very sweet note! It is always very encouraging to hear from you. I do missed you and many other friends as I have not been able to blog for quite a while. It is so good to be back! I am keeping you in prayers. And I send a hug and His love back to you. You are in His hand too! Take care.

Warm regards,

i said...

Hi Nancie! So happy to hear from you again and welcome back to blogging too! Sure have missed your encouraging and inspiring posts. I've been on a long break myself ;-)

PTL that you are coping well in spite of some rough times there. So sorry to hear about the passing of a dear friend. But there's so much comfort in knowing that he has returned to his eternal home.

Lots of love from me and Happy!

Rita T. said...

Hi Nancie, I'm glad you're feeling better. I always enjoy my visits here. You are a great encourager and a special friend. Have a wonderful week.

Nancie said...

Hello LS!

Thank you for your visit and encouragement! It's so good to hear from you again.

It's indeed a comfort in knowing that my brother-in-Christ has returned to his eternal home. Thank God for that.

It sure is good to be back after a long interval. So glad you are back too :) I missed you and Happy. Looking forward to read your posts too. Take care and God bless!

Lots of love to you and Happy too,

Nancie said...

Hi Rita,

Thank you so much for your visit and encouragement. I look forward to read your posts too.

Thank God for working so wonderfully for your son! So glad to know that he passed the physical test by His grace.

Thank God for providing for your family too. It's encouraging to hear of how He provided through the people around you. Truly He knows our every need and able to provide in His many wonderful ways. I am reminded that He said all the hairs on our head are numbered and we are of more value than many sparrow. So you and family are very precious to Him!

Have a wonderful week. Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,

Peter Stone said...

Hey Nancie
Thanks for dropping by my blog again, and for leaving this touching tribute. Philippians 1:21 is a verse I hold dear to my heart too. For me, to simply be alive is all about Jesus, and I long for the day that I go home, for then I shall finally be able to see Jesus face to face.

Isn't it amazing how your friend shared this with his wife just before He went home - God's compassion shines through so clearly here.

God bless

gemini said...

God has blessed you so much my friend and am celebrating this TT with you, because He loves you so much.

Pia said...

hi nancie! i'm glad you're feeling better. sorry for your loss. yes, God is in control. that is very comforting to be reminded of, isn't it?

Toia said...

This is a very inspiring and heartfelt post. I am sorry for the loss of your brother. I love reading about how he made such an impression on so many people. Thanks for sharing.

Nancie said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for stopping by. So glad that for you too, to live is Christ and to die is gain :) This is the blessed hope of all believers in Christ.

Thanks for sharing the post on Depression: Good Days and Bad Days. I can fully identified with it as the road to recovery from depression is a process and there are good days and bad days which can at times be confusing. Eventually when I began to understand it, I became less discouraged and learn to wait upon the Lord through all its ups and downs.

I also slowly learn to discover what can help me to cope at such times. Though it is still difficult, but it became more manageable and I began to have assurance in my heart that God will deliver me in His time. He is good in all His ways and He is able to do far above what I can imagine.

May God bless you with His peace, joy and grace daily. Take care!

God bless,

Nancie said...

Hi Gemini,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree with you to God be the glory! We can never stop praising Him for His goodness and mercies to us. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Pia,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It is always encouraging to hear from you. I have not been able to blog or join TT for some weeks and I missed you and all my blogging friends. It is so good to be back again and to count my blessings with all of you and to read of God's goodness to all of you.

Thank you for sharing the encouraging verse in Numbers 23:19 "19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Amen to it! I am so thankful too that He is forever faithful and true. Men may fail us and we may fail ourselves but God is unchanging and He never fails us nor forsake us. Thank you for this precious reminder! Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi, Toia,

Thanks too for stopping by my blog. It's so nice to hear from you.

I love the verses you shared from Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" and Psalm 25:4-5 "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."

Thanks for the reminder that we are made by God for good works, to give God the glory, to preach the gospel, to win souls for Christ, and anything else that is and will edify the kingdom of God. And God will guide us in the ways He wants us to go and teach us to do the things we wants us to do for Him and extension of His kingdom. Yes, He's the only who knows our destination, and we can wait on Him and be of good courage.

Take care and have a blessed weekend.

Warm regards,

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancy!Great to "hear" from you agian!Thanks for stopping by & commenting. It was a gift to me yesterday. I didn't know you had asthma too. Smoke tends to set mine off also. So glad you are doing better now. That is a blessing. Sorry to hear about your friend but this is a wonderful post and tribute to him. I know he is smiling down from heaven at you.
The photo is just beautiful too! I had posted my TT post after you commented on my other post if you feel up to going back & reading it.

Karen said...

Glad to see you back, Nancie...thankful you are feeling some better and recovering from your ailments...

Very sorry for the sudden loss of this brother in Christ...but in the family of's never good-bye...but "see you soon"....

Nancie said...

Hi Becky,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your encouragements. It is so nice to "hear" from you too :) Wow, looks like you have had a very eventful week. Glad you were able to help your friend. It must have been a blessing to her.

So thankful to know that Don has started a new job. May God continue to provide for your family in His many wonderful ways. I am praying for Helen and Barbara. Keeping you and family in prayers too.

Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for stopping by. It's so good to hear from you again. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements. I missed you and so many others. It sure is good to be back :)

Yes, thank God that in the family of God it's never good-bye but "see you soon". That's our blessed hope!

Take care and have a blessed weekend.

Warm regards,


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