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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
CT# 706211 (236)
"JOSEPH.. DYING: FAITH'S ACID TEST"
Hebrews 11:22; Genesis 50:24-26
Yesterday, in Tallahassee, they brought Dick Howser home.
Dick had made a great name for himself in Florida as a two-time
All-American baseball player. He played pro-baseball for eight years
before moving into a managerial position. He then became the outstanding
manager of the Kansas City Royals World Champions in 1985. After coaching
the All Star ball game, he found himself ill with cancer, a tumor of the
brain. For over a year Coach Howser and his family fought valiantly
against this enemy, but it was one fight that he was to lose. This
wonderful man of God died this week in Kansas City.
Dick Howser was a great man. Everybody who knew him said
that. He was a great Christian, unapologetic for his faith. He was a
member of a Southern Baptist Church in Kansas City, and yesterday, at
Fellowship Baptist Church in Tallahassee, his family and friends came to
say their last so-longs to this man till they meet him in glory.
The newspaper this morning said, "Dick is safe at home." What
did that mean? Certainly, Dick Howser is safe at home in Jesus, but there
was something about his coming back to Florida, being buried in Florida
where his roots were. All of us have a sense of heritage and roots.
You can understand, then, why Joseph said when he was dying,
"I want you to take my bones with you, and one day, when you get to the
Promised Land, I want to be buried there."
Here is a man who, though dying, was looking to the future.
I'd just like to ask you this morning: How many of you have made your
plans about having your body planted until Jesus comes for it? Have you
said, "This is where I want to go, and this is where I want to be buried
until Christ comes to raise my body up again"?
Let me ask another question: Have you decided wh ...
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