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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #197, CT 511172
"WHERE ARE YOU HURTING?" SERIES, PT. VI
"A Word To the Suffering"
"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of him who is the
First and the Last, who died and came to
life again. I know your afflictions and
your poverty--yet you are rich! I know
the slander of those who say they are
Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of
Do not be afraid of what you are about
to suffer. I tell you, the devil will
put some of you in prison to test you,
and you will suffer persecution for ten
days. Be faithful, even to the point of
death, and I will give you the crown of
He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches. He who
overcomes will not be hurt at all by the
In my former church, I had the privilege of pastoring a young lady by
the name of Millie Moore. Millie was working on her doctorate at
George Peabody University. Some time later she became stricken with a
physical illness--an inoperable tumor. Recently she wrote:
"Well, my dear friend, that catches you up on some
of what has happened since I last wrote. In spite
of the tumor, physically I'm doing okay.
Emotionally and spiritually, the tumor is a tough
journey in spite of every level of faith. But
tough and impossible are two different roads.
Impossible becomes tough, as you commit yourself to
journeying moment by moment, not day by day. The
Father directs the journey.
Life is a gift, and we have no right to complain.
I have a responsibility to make the most out of my
life in spite of tumor. My sense of commitment to
life is heightened, not lessened by a tumor.
But so many things are of little importance now,
where before the tumor they seemed vital. Death is
my constant friend. Not thoughts of death, but the
awareness of it ...
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