Abraham...Breaking Away From The Old Life (5 of 26) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

CT# 705171 (231)

Hebrews 11:8-10, Gen. 6:11:31-12:9

Have you ever had one of those wild-haired ideas that you'd just
like to go and do something different than you've ever done before?
Snow skiing, for instance. I've always wanted to try that, especially
when I watch those winter Olympics, it looks like so much fun and
everyone who goes says how wonderful it is. I just about get ready to
plan to go, when I see that ABC Sports spot where it shows the agony
and the ecstasy, and when I see that guy going head over heels,
plunging over the building, I lose my enthusiasm.
Ev-e-ry orce- in a while something will grip your imagination, and
you wonder what it would be like to try something new. A while back
when I was over at the beach I saw a group of bikers. There were
20-25 of them over there, setting up their tents and getting situated.
I watched as we drove by and I wondered what it would be like. I
wonder what it would be like if I just parked my old car and got me a
black jacket and a helmet, walked into the group and said, "I'm going
to be a biker for a while." What would it be like to break away from a
lifestyle and be a biker?
Well, first, my wife would divorce me, I know. But then, I turned
it around and wondered what would it be like for them to break away and
walk where I walk, and live my lifestyle? In a way, it would be just
as hard for them, and I'm not saying that there aren't bikers who are
Christians. There are many bikers who are, but I'm just using them as
an illustration.
When we think about breaking away, for most of us, it's from one
lifestyle to another. To follow Christ, there is a breaking away, and
there is no way that you can read the story of Abraham without saying,
here is a man who knew what it was like to break away. His whole life
is, in ...

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