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Dec 31 2009

Steve ‘Dr. Death’ Williams…the bell tolls… December 30, 2009…

 

Another ‘stud’ has transitioned to be with God in Christ… and one thing ‘I know for sure’…

 

Jesus Christ is Steve’s Hero… so he no longer is having to fight the cancer… Steve right now is in Heaven’s rest…forever… and he was met there by His Savior…Jesus Christ…

 

He fought that fight against cancer…like Doc fought everything that challenged him… with the heart of a champion… and he thought he had overcome it…when he went back to MD Anderson at the 5 year anniversary for what he felt would be ‘his last check-up’ that would pronounce him cancer-free…but instead was told…’it was back’…

 

And he set out to ‘beat it again’… he so wanted to live for his son…

 

Scandar Akbar called to tell me he was just with Doc two weeks ago back east… and Ann from WWE also called…and she saw him there too…

 

There is to be a ‘reunion’ of the wrestlers from the Golden Years at OU…on Jan. 22nd…  and Doc would have loved that… he will be missed…

 

At my age… it seems like we are losing so many of our peers… but to hear of one ‘younger transitioning’ is really sad…

 

Yes…knowing Doc is with the Lord… is to know in Christ we have victory over death…but still we mourn his passing…

 

I remember when he was a freshman at OU…and my good friend…Stan Abel… his wrestling coach there…called me and said…you must get down here and meet Steve…he will be a fabulous ‘professional wrestler’ once he has finished his eligibility here at OU…

 

And …he ‘ALREADY’ has ‘the name’… of ‘Dr. Death’…

 

He was named by his teammates and classmates in high school in Colorado…when he was wrestling…and had broken his nose…so wore a ‘hockey mask’…and they started calling him Dr. Death…

 

He also played football for Barry Switzer’s OU Sooners…and made the All-Big Eight team as a guard… and later played in the World Football League professionally in NJ.

 

But as an amateur wrestler at OU…he was a 4 time All-American!

 

I saw him compete at the NCAA Championships in Iowa his senior year… (He had injured his sternum in the Nebraska game in football…so was limited in his workouts that wrestling season)… but he beat the reigning and returning Heavyweight Champion…Banack in the semi-finals…and was ‘out-pointed’ by Baumgardner in the finals… (Baumgardner went on to become an Olympic Champion too…and had a long and illustrious amateur wrestling career)…while Doc went ‘pro’ in both football….and then in wrestling…breaking-in as my protégé in Mid-South Wrestling…

 

Another amateur wrestling memory…Doc had played with the Sooner football team at a ‘Bowl Game’…and flown right into Baton Rouge for a wrestling match against LSU…

 

Now ‘wrestling shape’ and ‘football shape’ are two completely different things… and being in great wrestling shape is much more demanding…especially in just the constant ‘gripping’ of your opponent…those muscles wear out so fast… plus the aerobics …as there ‘is no time between plays…

 

I was there that night…and figured ‘Doc’ would just do ‘as good as he could’…for the team…since he was NOT in wrestling shape…

 

But Doc toughed it out against a good Heavyweight…and beat him! And that impressed me…

 

His career in ‘the pro-wrestling business’ is legendary…

 

But…his heart too was as big as he is… and he even saved his friend…Bam-Bam Terry Gordy…once in Japan…when Bam-Bam was overdosing on some substance…and he even got Bam-Bam into the gym…and working out…and helped motivate him to fight his substance abuse problems for a time… Doc would ‘give of himself’…

 

My last time with him at OU was when we presented him with a plaque on the 50 yard line of an OU-Missouri football game…and Barry Switzer loved it…he was a true friend to his players too…(I’ll try to attach one of the pictures we took that day)…

 

Now…life is a ‘series of snap-shots’…as ‘we make this journey’… and Doc was ‘brought to the Lord’…and confessed Jesus Christ as His Savior! And he loves Christ… and his faith was strong…and so encouraged so many…

 

And when he first ‘got sick’…he trusted God in that challenge too…

 

That measures Doc in what is truly the most important way…his faith… He is now in the Hall-of-Faith in Heaven…and already reunited with his dad…and those he loved who preceded him…

 

***Just got a call from Doc’s brother Jeff…and here are the details…

 

Doc’s ‘opening in his throat’ had increased to where it was about an inch and a half… so Jeff said you could ‘see inside his throat’… and the doctors had told him…that it was so close to major arteries and organs…that ‘it could happen at anytime’… and that if a major artery ruptured…the bleeding could be difficult to control…or get under control in time…

 

Apparently about 1 AM…he was bleeding…and trying to ‘clear his throat’ so he ‘could breathe’… he was suffocating…

 

He came into his mother’s room…she is now 87 years old… and she called 911 on her neck monitor… and Doc fainted…

 

The emergency medical team resuscitated him three times… but the third time ‘his heart gave out’… (He was such a fighter!)

 

His son…Wyndom Carlton Williams…was spared seeing this…because he was spending the night with a friend…and there was nothing this 17-year-old boy could have done… He so loves his dad…they were so close…

 

Jeff… is naturally really shook-up…as he and Steve were so close too… and said he would let me know as soon as the arrangements are made for the funeral…

 

He too rejoices that Steve is with the Lord right now…

 

He said Steve wanted to be cremated…and his ashes scattered in the Rocky Mountains where his father’s ashes were scattered…

 

And now my friends… I too will close this letter… and spend some time with my Lord praising Him for ‘making provision’ for all of us who will but accept Him… that we do NOT die as in some void…but it is a ‘transition’ to be with Jesus…

 

I do NOT fully understand or grasp God’s perfect timing…but this ‘I trust’…that ‘His timing is perfect’… and Heaven is such a ‘better place’… and my dear friend Steve is there now…

 

Rom 8:1

8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

NASB

 

John 3:16-18

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

NASB

 

As the apostle Paul wrote:

 

Phil 1:21-23 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.

But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

NASB

 

Phil 3:20-21

20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

NASB

 

As our ‘being baptized symbolizes’ our dying to this life and resurrecting with Christ to Heaven’s rest…

Rom 6:8-10

8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.

10 For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

NASB

 

Matt 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

NASB

 

Ps 118:24

24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

NASB

 

Let each of us now take this time to tell those we love of our heart for them… because we never know when they too will be called…

 

In Him… saved by His merciful grace…

 

 

Bill Watts

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Oct 07 2008

What of this life: Affliction… challenges… trials… tribulations — how does this ‘all compute’…

What of this life: Affliction… challenges… trials… tribulations — how does this ‘all compute’… to our awesome God… a God of love… who loves us… who has ‘paid such a dear price for us’… so we can ‘tabernacle with Him’… forever…

“Wherefore hast Thou afflicted Thy servant?” Numbers 11:11 Continue Reading »

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Sep 08 2008

God chooses those who will receive His salvation in Christ…

God chooses those who will receive His salvation in Christ…

“The exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead.”
Ephesians 1:19-20Continue Reading »

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Aug 19 2008

Christ’s reign in His Church is that of a shepherd-King.

Christ’s reign in His Church is that of a shepherd-King.

“He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord.” Micah 5:4  Continue Reading »

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Aug 07 2008

We have an enemy… a supernatural enemy…

August 7th Devotional: We have an enemy… a supernatural enemy…

“Satan hindered us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:18

Today’s above Scripture reference (from the KJV) expanded for context and taken from the New American Standard Translation for contrast:
 
1 Thess 2:11-12
1 just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
12 so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
1 Thess 2:14-18
4 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews,
15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,
16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.
17 But we, brethren, having been bereft of you for a short while —  in person, not in spirit —  were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.
18 For we wanted to come to you —  I, Paul, more than once —  and yet Satan thwarted us.


And now… written by a man of God —
Charles Spurgeon — who wrote this over 115 years ago in England …but his illumination of the Scriptures are still so relevant even today…as God’s word never changes…and this only shows again that His Holy Spirit…who has illuminated His word to saints preceding us…is also faithful to do so for us…if we will but search His word diligently…
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Jun 20 2008

If ‘you’ belong to God — in Christ: Every sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask leave before he can lay a finger upon you.

“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
— Amos 9:9  Continue Reading »

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