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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
"JERICHO--A BLUEPRINT FOR VICTORY"
Hebrews 11:30; Joshua 6
Many of us have been captivated in recent days by the escape of
Charles Glass, the ABC correspondent who was captured and held hostage
by the Shiite Moslems. It has all been very interesting, because so
many have been praying for this man, and for the other hostages as
well, that they would be released safely. An interview following his
escape took place in London, rev ealin-g what ,-ad happe-ned to Charles
Glass while he was in captivity, and it gripped my mind as I listened
to him speak.
Glass said that they bound him and sat him in a chair,
blindfolded. For weeks, day after day, he was in this position,
occasionally being moved, but kept from contact with any of the other
hostages. In spite of all this, he said it was one of the greatest
periods of his life. When I heard him say that, I wondered what else
he was going to say.
He said: "I grew nearer to God and He became more real to me,
because during that period I had time to think, and r had a spiritual
experience. I'm not a born-again Christian.. but I did get closer to
God because of this circumstance, and I am grateful for it."
Most of us have never had the kind of "Jericho experience," this
man did, having confronted death, isolation, loneliness, fear, and
everything else that can grip the human emotions, and he said, "I came
through it, and I had a spiritual experience."
Are you living today with a "Jericho" in front of you, a situation
something like the children of Israel and Charles Glass faced? I mean,
something that seems like an obstacle so big it's impossible? Many of
us do, yet in and through it all, God can teach us some valuable
Let's look at a familiar story, and draw three truths from it
that will help us in dealing with the Jerichos that every one of ...
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