Saturday, April 6, 2019
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I joined Remnant Fellowship Church with my parents – Marcus and Marayet Francis – when I was eight years old. We moved to Nashville when I was 10 years old which allowed me to be nurtured daily in the Word of God. I don’t remember my life before Remnant. I do realize that our family would not have been able to endure the physical challenges of my father’s health without the perspective given and teachings learned here at the Remnant Fellowship Church. This Remnant body armed our family with the ability to fight cancer with true joy in our spirit. The Word of God is so eloquently taught here, and we have learned how to walk out any trial at this Church by Gwen Shamblin Lara. I witnessed the peace that my father had, in spite of his terminal diagnosis that led to his passing in 2009, to serve Saints as he was physically suffering but spiritually strong. This Church body helped me to endure the most painful experience of my life which is losing my father – Marcus Alonzo Francis – when I was 14 years old. I learned here how NOT to allow grief to overwhelm or defeat me. Only God’s grace and mercy would allow my life to be abundantly blessed after losing my father as a teenager. God’s mercy allowed my father’s best friends – Mark Jost, Kent Smith, Tom Law, and others – to step in and be fathers after my father passed away and guide me during my teenage and young adult years. They made sure when they spent quality time with their sons that I was always included. The spiritual guidance that my father instilled in me continued with these Godly men. I am a product of their spiritual generosity. God used the way that I handled my father’s death to be a Godly example to my classmates at Brentwood High. I finished Brentwood High and obtained a scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University while working part-time...and then obtain my master’s degree in Computer Information Systems. I was named employee of the month by my employer several times and have been recognized as an example of an obedient worker, which has been ingrained in me from what I've learned at this Church. Along the way, I was armed with Godly brothers who spurred on my relationship with God with purity. These Godly young men kept me accountable and focused on the blessings that come from self-denial and obedience. Psalm 119:9 asks how can a young man stay pure? By obeying the Word of God. These words were put into actions through my lessons learned here and in my relationship with my brothers and sisters in Christ here at the Remnant. The Middle School/High School/College-aged youth events were tailored to keep me on the narrow road. I attribute any success in my life directly related to principles placed in my heart from the principles taught here that made me more devoted to God. This helped to mold me into the Godly man I am today. I learned to be in the world but not of the world.
"I attribute any success in my life directly related to principles placed in my heart from the principles taught here that made me more devoted to God. This helped to mold me into the Godly man I am today. I learned to be in the world but not of the world.” - Marselis
Song of Solomon 8:4 says not to awaken love until the time is right. It’s only God that my eyes wouldn’t open to a Godly relationship with Laura Lewis until the Spirit of God allowed. When God allowed Laura to enter my life, it was perfect timing for me as I was completing my studies so that I can be a Godly provider of our family. It also coincided with my spiritual maturity that life lessons have afforded me. I’m so grateful that God would allow the perfect complement to me in Laura Christine Lewis. She spurs me on to the best version of myself by being my Godly cheerleader. I’m so excited to become her husband on April 6th and see where this Godly adventure and journey will take us...for I had the greatest role model of a Godly husband in my father, Marcus Francis.
I am so grateful to God for all he has done in my family’s lives and my own life. First of all, God allowed us to find Weigh Down back in 2000 and second, my parents became members of Remnant Fellowship Church in 2009. We lost sight of the Weigh Down Workshop in 2001 and what happened during those eight years was full of trials that God ordained, but since becoming members we realized that we were finally HOME! Since that time our lives have completely changed for the better! I am very thankful for my parents' decision to join because it has spared me of a life of misery, pain, and a lack of fulfillment in life. Our family has been taught HOW to put God first in our daily actions and then how to love others above ourselves. We have also learned the true and very deep meaning behind Deuteronomy 28, blessings for obedience to God and curses for disobedience. This has allowed us to have such a blessed overflowing JOY-filled life of pleasing God first! I’m so grateful for this Church, its teachings, and this body of people that will help me stay on this path all the way to the heart of the Father!
"Marselis and I are so grateful for this place and this Church body that has lived it out and has taught us how to do this step by step!"- Laura
n my life here, I have had the amazing blessing of making so many God-fearing friends and lifelong friendships. The most important one of them was with Marselis Francis. I always knew about him since I was young (and I always had a crush on him) and one day prayed about it with my mom for God’s will about it...and I gave those desires to God and let it go. So as the years went by, I forgot about those desires and was completely surprised at God’s timing at allowing our friendship to blossom to becoming best friends...and then into being in love. Looking back when my mother and I prayed about Marselis, it makes me in awe of God’s timing and boundaries that are so perfect. It makes me love God even more. We serve a great God! In summary, Marselis and I are so grateful for this place and this Church body that has lived it out and has taught us how to do this step by step! We have had the most blessed life because we've put what we are leaning here into practice, and now we get to live this out together for the rest of our lives. We pray that whatever God allows in our lives, whether it be trials and tests to blessings and joy, that God will be glorified in our marriage and our lives. A quote that we both live by is from Marselis’ father Marcus Francis, who was one of the most precious and God-fearing Saints this Church and I have ever known...
"No matter how crazy it gets, there’s only one focus. Listen to only one voice: God’s"- Marcus Francis