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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
"MOSES.. THE TRIUMPH OF FAITH" PT. I
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's
anger; he persevered because he saw him who is
By faith he kept the Passover and the
sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the
firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
I love a parade! I have loved them ever since I was a small boy
and my uncle would take me to see the- circus parades. We would go down
to the railroad tracks and watch as the animals were unloaded. The
elephants would come out, then the lions, and then it was a wonderful,
thrilling thing to go and watch the parade when the circus came to
I would go to the Thanksgiving parades, the Christmas parades, and
the football parades. I have always loved them. But I saw one of the
most thrilling parades I have ever seen last week. I don't know if you
were able to see it on television, but it was the opening parade of the
Pan American Games. They brought out each nation, alphabetically, one
after the other, playing their national anthems, showing their colors,
and then each group of athletes would march by to the applause of the
Finally they brought out the United States contingent. It is
always an honor for any person to be chosen to represent his country by
carrying the flag, and carrying our colors was a young man by the name
of Jim Abbott. He is a baseball pitcher for the University of
Michigan, but there was something special about him. If you looked
carefully, you noticed that there was a unique quality about Jim
Abbott. He has only one hand. He was carrying the flag with his one
hand, and the other arm was supporting it. This fine athlete was
chosen by his peers to carry our flag, representing courage and faith.
Although Jim was born with only one hand, his parents never let it
get him ...
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