And The Story Was Told


















And the story was told,
of a man who lived his life well.

Started out life,
on the tough streets of Pittsburgh, PA.

School of hard knocks,
a reality, not just a phrase.

Then the real education began,
at an eternal and holy school.

Humbled before a Holy, Righteous God,
acknowledged his own sinful soul.

Received forgiveness,
Jesus Christ, the atonement for sin.

Learning life’s lessons,
from the very Word of God.

Changed, transformed,
reflecting the light of our Lord.

Always found time,
to counsel a hurting, needful soul.

Wisdom, not his own,
but from the Holy Father above.

Direct from the pulpit,
a steady and penetrating gaze.

Proclaiming the gospel,
always, only, continually his aim.

Suffering and death,
a tool of salvation in the hands of a loving Father.

God, whose desire, His will,
that none should perish, but all come to repentance.

And the story was told,
of a man who live his life well.

Loved the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul and strength,
like unto it, he loved his fellow man.

by Susan Bunts 9/27/05

Celebrating a Life – Charles David Obremski

This weekend I had the privilege of attending two services that celebrated the life of my beloved Pastor, Chuck Obremski.

One was the memorial service for Chuck held at Anaheim Stadium. David Fisher at Pilgrim Scribblings posted the recap of the services from the Kindred Prayer Team “You Finished Strong”. It fully captures the services…and I encourage you to click on the above link. It will give you a picture of the man that so many people loved, mourn at his passing…and celebrate that he is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today at Kindred we had a service as a church family to remember and celebrate our very own dear Pastor. We had the opportunity to have fellow members of Kindred get up and share how Chuck had touched theirs lives and what they remembered about him. It was very touching…and amidst tears…I jotted down some notes as people spoke. My apologies to fellow Kindred members…but I didn’t get each person’s name. So…instead on some I’ll record their words, sans name. Words paying tribute and respect our our Pastor in a life lived to bring glory to God.

On the Tuesday before Chuck died, he said, “I feel like I’m being crushed”.

When selecting our sound technician Mike Farrel, he commented to him, “It’s not about me, it’s about the Word.” That was always Chuck’s primary focus.

Chuck had a great and sometimes irreverent sense of humor. So while some of these notes on the more humorous references may make you pause…trust me, his jokes and daily comments were great…and helped bring some humor and perspective to life. Mike had long hair for many years…always pulled back in a pony tail. When Chuck was loosing his hair due to chemo…many of the Kindred guys stood in unity with him and shaved their heads. Mike too shaved his head. When Mike visited Chuck towards the end…Chuck comment, “Mike, I love you. I love you so much more, since you’ve cut your hair.” You’ve got to love it…it’s totally Chuck.

Lloyd Cotton shared a funny story. Chuck was always pretty well composed…but Lloyd liked to sneak up and get him. While over at the Elk’s Club in Santa Ana, after service Chuck and Linda would greet people as they left. Lloyd loved to sneak up behind Chuck and tickle his butt. One day he told Chuck, I just love sneaking up on you and tickling your butt and giving Linda a big hug. Chuck commented, “Lloyd, I’m counting on you keep those two things straight.”

Les Nesbitt shared that he had known Chuck for 18 years. As a doctor he was able to be with Chuck during some of his surgeries. When awakening from surgery one time, true to the Chuck we know and love he said to Les, “I know it’s not heaven, because Les is here.”

“You see God shining through Chuck. He was God’s tool.” When Chuck was preaching he had a way about him of looking out at you and catching your eye during key points of his sermon. It was always very convicting. When bringing a friend to church to hear Chuck preach…the friend commented afterwards, he didn’t keep with the customary 5 second rule of looking at you…but it seemed more like 15 seconds.

Chuck and the Kindred family have always been there behind me and my family.

Chuck always shared the plan of salvation. Hebrews 12:2 – “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This person when on to say that Chuck endured the “cancer coaster” in his desire to share the gospel message to the very end.

One of the Ram’s wives commented that the football players would hear Chuck’s stories and sermons. That he really came across to the players…and brought many players to the Word of God.

A gentleman shared the scripture, Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” He further stated that following a difficult situation he felt he was at the end, but he knew who he could call for help and direction. Chuck challenged us to live a life worthy of the calling. Each of us is challenged each day and we have a choice. We can walk a life worthy of our calling…we can make right choices. We can go with our heart or go with the Word of God.

Ruth Stingley from Kindred’s Prayer Team shared that Chuck opened up the Word of God for her. He ministered through his entire family with love and care for all. She encouraged the Obremski family that God would continue to use them greatly.

A gentleman commented that he was looking for a Pastor that didn’t put him to sleep when preaching. The first time he heard Chuck…he knew he had found the right place. He further shared that he was motivated by what Chuck taught.

One Kindred member commented that when listening to Chuck preach she didn’t look at her watch.

Victoria said that she called Chuck many times a week. He always made time to talk to her…that he always had the time for everyone of us.

David Garrett from Kindred’s Praise Team shared that he visited Chuck during his last week…and Chuck finished strong. He liked people. Chuck studied the Bible for hours each day and practiced it. It was never about what Chuck thought, it was always about what the Bible said. David had the chance to bring his guitar and sing songs with Chuck on his last visit. Even while in such a weakened condition, Chuck still tried to sing along and was taping his foot under the sheet.

A young lady at Kindred said that she had been hearing Chuck preach for about a year and a half. That she wanted very much to attend “big church” and would ask her parents to attend this service and not the services for younger members. She also said that she was really nervous about getting up to speak but she recalled Chuck’s admonition, “Don’t just keep talking, do it!”.

One member shared that she had called Chuck when she needed advise about spending the holidays with family and wanting to share the Word of God. Chuck guided her to book that would help her and during the holidays, she was able to share the Bible with her family.

A young gentleman shared that when he first heard Chuck…he just loved the jokes. But before long…what brought him back time and time again was hearing the Word of God. He also said that Chuck treated him like an adult, not a child. He also shared that at one of the prayer meetings for Chuck, Chuck in turned prayed for him and the rest of Kindred members.

One young lady shared that she had grown up with Chuck and the Obremski family. How much can you do when you really love well? Because of Chuck’s influence, when she talks to people now, it’s about what really matters. Chuck was the one person who was able to make fun of her…but she still felt loved. Some of the things she learned from Chuck: Don’t loose heart, look at the difference that one person can make when they live a life sold out to Jesus Christ. Make people feel important…even if it’s something simple like a smile or a hello. Love deeply and make people feel like they are important and matter. You can only feel a great loss when you have a great love for someone.

Charlotte said that Chuck was faithful to his promise. She was thankful to God for a Pastor who taught us the Word of God and lived it. He lived victorious life and shared the way to make victorious choices. He always made her feel that he had the whole day to talk to her. She encouraged us that we too need to finish strong.

Bob shared that Chuck lived the Word of God. That he brought life and meaning to the Word of God.

A young lady shared that she too had grown up with Chuck and the Obremski family. Chuck’s greatest gift was that he was encourager. Even in his last week, he encouraged those that came to the hospital to visit him. She then share the following scripture – Psalm 73:23-28

23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.

Jack Grogger, Chuck’s son-in-law, encouraged us that after Jesus death and resurrection, the disciples went on to teach the Good Word. We are not to quit…but finish strong.

Dave Dunn finished up with some final observations. Chuck was a true example…faith in action. He got the Word of God out…and never lost an opportunity to share the gospel. He loved people and wanted everyone to hear the gospel. He focus was always with the gospel…he never lost his focus. As Chuck finished his leg of the race, he encouraged us, “Don’t drop the baton!”. We have tears of a temporary parting. Chuck was an ambassador of the gospel called home.

2 Timothy 4:6 – For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.

And The Story Was Told

And the story was told,
of a man who lived his life well.

Started out life,
on the tough streets of Pittsburgh, PA.

School of hard knocks,
a reality, not just a phrase.

Then the real education began,
at an eternal and holy school.

Humbled before a Holy, Righteous God,
acknowledged his own sinful soul.

Received forgiveness,
Jesus Christ, the atonement for sin.

Learning life’s lessons,
from the very Word of God.

Changed, transformed,
reflecting the light of our Lord.

Always found time,
to counsel a hurting, needful soul.

Wisdom, not his own,
but from the Holy Father above.

Direct from the pulpit,
a steady and penetrating gaze.

Proclaiming the gospel,
always, only, continually his aim.

Suffering and death,
a tool of salvation in the hands of a loving Father.

God, whose desire, His will,
that none should perish, but all come to repentance.

And the story was told,
of a man who live his life well.

Loved the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul and strength,
like unto it, he loved his fellow man.

by Susan Bunts 9/27/05

Don’t Drop the Baton


In some respects I feel like I’m emerging from a fog that I’ve been in for some time. For over two years…we as a church were focused in prayer for our Pastor, Chuck Obremski. We prayed that if it be the Lord’s will, he might be healed. With his recent passing…I want to make sure that we as a church and as individuals…keep our focus.

Mike and Jo Paddison at Kindred shared a perspective that they had. It comes from 2 Samuel 12:15-23. It’s the story about David and Bathsheba’s baby…who after birth became very sick and eventually died. While the child was deathly ill, David fasted and prayed that his child would be healed. When the child died, servants were fearful of telling David the news since he was so desperate. When David was told the news of the child’s death he got up, washed, put on new clothes and went into the House of the Lord to worship. When asked why, this was his reply:

2 Samuel 12:22-23 – He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Like David…we need to keep our focus on the Lord and worship and praise Him for who He is. We need to remember our aim and focus as a church. What is that aim, what is that focus? That focus is “Reaching the World with the Word”. The Word of God, Jesus Christ and the gospel message. There is a world of people who are lost and dying in their sins. We need to keep our focus on getting the Word of God to the people who are perishing.

One of Chuck’s admonitions…was to not drop the baton as we take the next leg of the race. We have been handed that baton…and must keep our focus…so that one day, when we are called home, our Savior Jesus Christ will welcome us with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

And joining us will be the many who received that gospel message, salvation and forgiveness from their sins.

“Don’t drop the baton.” Let run our leg of the race well!

Jesus Paid It All

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.


Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Words by Elvina M. Hall – Music by John T. Grape – 1865

Overview of Romans

At Kindred’s Wednesday night study…last week we started in the book of Romans. Tonight Elder, Dave Dunn continued on with his Introduction.

Below are some key verses that give a chapter by chapter overview of this book known as the Magna Carta of the Bible:

Romans 1:18 – The Immoral Man
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

Romans 2:1 – The Self-Righteous Man
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 3:20 – The Religious Man
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

Romans 4:3 – Old Testament
What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Romans 5:8 – New Testament
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:6 – The Godly Process
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

Romans 7:19 – The Inner Struggle
For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.

The Hinge Verse…Romans 8:1 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:5 – TheBelieverss Walk
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 9:8 – The Flaw
In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.

Romans 10:3 – The Failure
Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

Romans 11:11 – The Solution
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.

Romans 12:2 – The Benchmark
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 13:14 – ThBelievers’s Responsibility
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Romans 14:19 – Legalism and Grace
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:13 – Maturity
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 16:25 – Faithfulness
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past.

The Roman Road

Ever hear of “The Roman Road”?

The Roman Road is various scriptures within the book of Romans that spell out the gospel message, from the need of salvation because of our sinful state to the way to salvation through Jesus Christ.

It’s a wonderful tool when you want to share the gospel message. So write it in your Bible or keep it available on a note card.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:13
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.