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Milestones: We Remember Arnelious Crenshaw Jr.


On Aug. 28, 2017, we lost a great spiritual leader and friend — the late evangelist Arnelious Crenshaw Jr. 

As we approach the first anniversary of his physical death, his family pays tribute to this powerful, humble man of God!

Arnelious Crenshaw Jr.

“Remembering you with love and thankfulness on this first anniversary of your leaving us. God had a purpose for you, and He blessed you to open the Word and bless many. I am at peace with the legacy you left us to follow. The way you opened up the parables and teachings of Jesus helped all who were privileged to hear you understand more fully what Jesus was teaching. You opened our eyes to our individual evangelistic responsibility as children of God to share the good news every day. We must continue to move forward as we remember our past while planting seeds for future generations to follow. I cherish the time we had together with our children, grandchildren, family and friends, and all those He put in our lives to be a blessing in the Kingdom. Missing you every day, loving you always.” — Dollie

“Oh, Don Vito Corleone, godfather, it’s so hard to believe a whole year has passed since your departure. We’ve never known this present world without you, but are thankful for the memories. Mom and Dad were our first and best teachers about right and wrong, love, and having joy and peace always in Christ Jesus, but, dear brother, as your faith and knowledge of God’s Word grew, ours did too! You were always eager to share your revelations from God’s Word, and we were excited to learn them. Thank you for being the greatest storyteller of all time. As you made so vivid the Godfather trilogy, you did even greater with the Holy Scriptures, lifting them right off the page and implanting them directly on our hearts — Proverbs 3:1-8. We love you always, Bud, always!” — sisters Gwen, Rosalind, Lutricia, Valerie and Ruthie 

“You are considered blessed if your father leaves a financial inheritance. Many would speak well of him and how lucky the children must be. As we reflect on this journey of life without our daddy, the common societal view couldn’t be any further from our collective truth. Daddy would always say, ‘You can’t go wrong going back to Scripture.’ Reflecting on what a rich legacy means, we revisit the writings of the Psalmist in chapter 112:1-3. We are the daily manifestation of God’s choice to use daddy to teach us the importance of our Kingdom relationships, fear of the Lord and bringing glory to His name as we navigate among the people. We are and will be his spiritual legacy.” — children Arlisa (Walter), Ollie Mechelle (Kevin), Jennifer (Jeramie), Arnelious Crenshaw III

“A year already, it seems like just yesterday we saw you earn your wings. We love you so much, and words can’t express how tough it has been without you, but we are taking care of one another just like you taught us to. This year has brought all of us through high moments and low moments, but because of the foundation that you laid in our lives and familial relationships, we hold each other up and reflect on our many memories of you often. We love you so much and thank you, too, for the hilarious memories, life lessons and unconditional love.” — grandchildren Sydni, Anthony, Kori, Londyn, Livia, Leila 

“Arnelious Crenshaw Jr. was our uncle, godfather, and spiritual influence who demonstrated his love deeply for his nieces and nephews. We cannot take credit for the family we are born into or in some cases adopted into, as it is the divine providence of God. We consider it a blessing from God to identify as part of a rich family of faith, hope, and love. Uncle was someone we could always count on during our moments of joy, those in-between times, and especially times of personal struggles. As our spiritual advisor and family counselor, we thank you for giving guidance whenever it was needed, providing words of inspiration that are forever engraved in our hearts. For every important occasion — performing wedding ceremonies, parenting and career advice, home purchasing, or simply conversations on the porch — you were always there. Thank you, Uncle. Our lives are blessed because you helped to order our steps in the way of the Lord. Acts 10:2 (KJV) — ‘A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.’ We remember.” — Melody, Tommy, Lee ShaNe’, Joseph, Courtney, Nekia, Henry, Ronnie, Josh, Sarah, Roman, Naomi and all of your great and great-great nieces and nephews. 

“We remember how our Father blessed you with the ability to transport your listeners back into the ancient world in order to introduce us to Biblical principles. Then you would return us back to present time with the challenge of applying God’s Word. It was also from the parables of Luke 15 that the love of the Father was preached to us through Arnelious Crenshaw Jr … ‘Not from our western eyes, for the Bible was written through eastern eyes. Wrestling truth from familiarity.’ He simply exposed the text. We remember the many nurturing sessions filled with prayer and careful investigation into our Father’s will.  Nehemiah 8:8 (KJV) – ‘So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.’ This was the essence of preaching to Arnelious Crenshaw Jr.” — family ministers Tommy Palmer, Ron Ward, Kevin Overton 

O Thou Man of God

Ὦ άνθροωπε του Θεού

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