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the phone in spite of his busy schedule. He   Truth & Tidings for many years, and wrote
        prayed consistently for many he met in   numerous articles. In the last 15-20 years
        his world-wide travels who had reached   of his life, due to the limitations of his
        out for help. He was a gentleman, polite   own and his wife’s health, Norman was
        to old and young alike, saved or unsaved.   limited in his travels, and as a result, the
        He exhibited a gracious, Christ-like spirit.  dear Christians in Jackson were privileged
        To someone who questioned another’s mo-  to enjoy his rich ministry and profitable
        tives, Mr. Crawford replied, “God will get   contributions in the Bible readings.
        the glory,” instead of being critical. When   His Commitment to the Local Assem-
        doing secular business transactions, he   bly: The words of the psalmist, “LORD, I
        would be quick to generously tip. When   have loved the habitation of Thy house,
        presented with a bill, he would ask, “Is   and the place where Thine honor dwell-
        that enough?” and would rather be a loyal   eth” (Psa 26:8, KJV), can aptly be said of
        customer and pay a bit more, than be cheap   Mr. Crawford. He quoted Matthew 18:20
        and try to “get the best deal.”      extensively in his preaching and prayers,
          He appreciated others, was prompt   emphasizing the grand truth that it was
        with acknowledgements (despite a busy   the Person in the midst Who gave value
        schedule in earlier days), and when he was   to the place. In the conferences where he
        older, was quick to thank individuals who   spoke, he had an exercise to bring out the
        showed even a small gesture of kindness.    truth of the assembly, as though it was a
        He was also thankful to the Lord for daily   stewardship he had received, and wanted
        blessings and did not complain or grumble   to faithfully pass on to the generation to
        when he had to move from his home into   come. His life bore out this great commit-
        assisted living. “Remember those who led   ment, and even in the last few months of
        you, who spoke the Word of God to you;   his life, with all the limitations of self-care
        and considering the result of their conduct,   and mobility, he loved to be at the assem-
        imitate their faith” (Heb 13:7, NASB).  bly meetings, and his presence and words
          His Careful Study of Scriptures: Nor-  brought joy and blessing to all.
        man was a true student of God’s Word.   His Call to Glory: Heaven and home
        Whether in a Bible reading, or a ministry/  was a blessed hope, and there was seldom
        gospel meeting, he followed the noble   a “remembrance meeting” when he did
        example of his blessed Lord and turned   not mention that this might, perhaps, be
        to the Bible as his source of reference and   the last one, and that the Lord might come
        authority for teaching truth. His expository   before the meeting was over. Norman
        style was detailed, yet warm in its delivery.   Crawford was a worshiper. Even in his last
        He was sought after at conferences, and the   years, his heart was full of thanksgiving for
        Christians who sat under his ministry, have   the Lord Jesus. Even if he took part twice in
        profited from it. He authored two books   a meeting (unintentionally due to his fail-
        which he is well known for: The Gospel of   ing memory), the thoughts would be fresh
        Luke, in the What the Bible Teaches series, and   and different from each other in content.
        Gathering Unto His Name, a book describ-  Until the day breaks and the shadows pass
        ing assembly truth. The latter has gained   away, we continue in the same pathway
        worldwide acceptance and has brought   of faith waiting for the great resurrection
        help and profit to many. He was editor of   morning. Maranatha!

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