“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'” – Revelation 14:13
My dear friend and Finding Purpose board member, Sam Simpson, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 26 at 8:42 a.m. I was honored to deliver his eulogy at White Memorial Presbyterian Church yesterday before a packed crowd of more than 1,000 people.
Sam surrendered his life to the Lord about 35 years ago after attending a Bible study with his beloved wife, Debbie. The message that he heard that day delivered by Anne Graham Lotz changed the course of his life. Thereafter, he began to attend weekly Bible studies, a habit that he continued until his declining health during the last couple of years prevented him from doing so.
Sam was a man’s man and the Pied Piper of Raleigh as he led countless men to Bible studies. Many men testified during the last couple of weeks that Sam was the catalyst God used to draw them into a Bible study where their faith in Jesus was born.
Sam is now in heaven. He has entered a place of eternal rest. This doesn’t mean that he’s lying around. In fact, just the opposite. Sam is more alive now than he has ever been, and he’s just now realizing how blessed it truly is to die in the Lord. I will miss you, Sam. However, I know I will see you again one day.