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Saint Thomas Catholic Church

3774 Jackson Street, • Riverside, CA 92503 • United States • (909)689-1131 • Catholic

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In Memory of Paul Louis Minter

Paul Louis Minter, a lifetime resident of Riverside, California, died on Sunday, June 10th, 2001 at his home as a result of complications from having a seizure. He was thirty years old. Paul was born November 21st, 1970, the son of Anthony and Helen Minter. He graduated in 1988 from Ramona High School. Paul was Sacristan and the Director of Liturgy at this congregation for six years, and worked in management for McDonalds Restaurants for approximately 14 years. His father, Anthony Minter, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Helen and John Fairfax of Riverside; sister, Shannon Minter of Riversiede; stepsister Kimberlee Smith-Fairfax of Livingston, Montana; stepbrother and wife, Ryan and Pamela Fairfax of Riverside; grandmother and grandfather, Lawrence and Dorothy Minter of San Antonio, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Tony Briones of Riverside. Paul will be missed by all that knew him. God Bless.

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"My Redeemer Lives" "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth" (Job 19:25). Our area has been stunned by several tragedies recently. A devoted church member fell off the church roof he was repairing and died, leaving a wife and young children. A young youth pastor right out of college died when his own car ran over him, leaving a new bride of only six weeks. Several months back a farmer accidentally ran over and killed his own child with a piece of farm machinery. Though I am not personally acquainted with any of these situations I can still sense the agony and great testing of faith. The daily text is one of the great statements of faith in the entire Bible. Most Bible students place Job historically in the time of the patriarchs. Thus he had absolutely none of the written revelation of the Bible as we know it. At this point he had lost his children, possessions and health. He had endured several discussions with his "friends" which essentially sum up the false philosophies of the world. He had the quintessential nagging wife. Throughout the nineteenth chapter Job recounts his afflictions and they are certainly serious. Physical, social, financial, this guy really came upon tough times! He sums up his troubles with the colorful phrase "I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth" (19:20). Yet he musters the faith to declare the great affirmation of today's text. He does so without the benefit of Romans 8:28 and countless other Scriptures of assurance, encouragement and hope that we have in our Bible. He states "I know that my Redeemer lives". This appears to be the first chronological reference to God as Redeemer in the entire Bible. What an example Job is to us. He is recognized years later by the prophet Ezekiel as an example of righteousness, along with Noah and Daniel (Ezekiel 14:20). James refers to him as an example of perseverance: "As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy" (James 5:11). Job states with confidence that in the end God will stand. Indeed God has always prevailed, is always prevailing and will always prevail. At times His ways are a supreme mystery to us, but what tremendous peace we have as we also recognize this truth. Today, my believing friend, let me encourage you to make Job's affirmation your own. Be encouraged today, Stephen C. Weber ***************************************** To receive the free "Daily Encouragement" e-mail devotional perspective (published Mon.-Fri.) merely send a blank e-mail to: dailywords-request@dailyencouragement.net and place the word "subscribe" in the subject line and your name will immediately be added to the list. Your e-mail address is held in strict confidence in a password protected mail list and is not used for any other purpose but this daily list. You may unsubscribe at any time. Information on this ministry via an email autoresponse: Send a blank email to: info@dailyencouragement.net "Agora" is a weekly email article to equip Christians who desire to be a witness for Christ in the marketplace. ("Agora" is the Greek word used for marketplace in the Bible.)

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