Attached here is the obituary of our brother, fellow laborer, and fellow soldier of the cross of Christ, Skip Spurlock. Many of you did not know Skip as I had the privilege of knowing him, but you know his wife of fifty-one years, Brenda. Yep, Miss Brenda! What an extraordinary lady and what a God glorifying family they have given to us. The family did most of the home-going service with Pastor Gary Coleman, a longtime friend of Jesus’ precious preborn children, officiating.
Below please find the email I sent to Miss Brenda upon hearing of Skip’s passage into the arms of Jesus. The section of Scripture I shared with her has often been a great source of encouragement to me.
Thank you Jesus for the absolute certainty of the resurrection! Goodnight for now Skip – We will see you in the morning!
Dear Miss Brenda,
We are so sorry to hear the news of Skip’s passing. He is rejoicing with Jesus and things a very well with him. But I am sure that things are a little different with you on this side of heaven. We love you and are praying for you, the kids, and grandkids. Faye and I received the news late last night from Dorrie.
Just got off the phone with you this morning and God gave me a few verses of Scripture for you. He revealed to Martha, for the first time ever, a truth that He could not reveal to Mary. Mary was offended perhaps that Jesus had not come to be with her brother Lazarus during his time of sickness. But Martha’s theology and faith brought her to Jesus and she, before anyone else on earth, received this amazing truth:
“Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that beliveth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea Lord I believe that thou art the Christ the Son of God, which should come into the world.” John 11: 21-27.
Yes, the very same Martha whom Jesus chastised for being worried about many things and not taking the best part like her sister Mary, was the one to whom he revealed this incredible truth. Her strong and true theology brought her to Him. She was not offended, no matter the woes the world could bring upon her. Mary came to him only later and, even then, had to be coaxed.
We love you Miss Brenda!
Faye and flip