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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS
"This Inevitable Accountability - Judgment"
I Corinthians 3:10-15
Print 300, CT 203082
Donald Crowhurst was a very fascinating man. His life came to a tragic end on
July 1, 1969. It was an unusual ending, because, just a few months before, it looked
like he was going to be a hero. A man had sailed around the world with only one stop.
The London Sunday Times issued a challenge-great honor and some financial
reward for anyone who could sail around the world in a certain size boat/ship, by
themselves. Who would win this reward? Several people applied for it and nine
challengers were accepted. Donald Crowhurst was one of them.
He was very excited about it. It was a dream come true for this man who had an
adventuresome spirit. After the launch he had been out at sea about one month and
the steering mechanism had some difficulty and he began to drift. Rather than
reporting his problem, he began to fantasize the situation, acting like he didn't have a
problem. He turned off the radio communication. He listened to what was coming in
but he wouldn't tell where he was. When he did report occasionally, he would make
out like he was tracking a certain system and going a certain way.
As time went by all the other challengers had problems. This man began to
weave a web of deceit around his own life and this adventure. Mesmerized by the goal
and the reward and yet at the same time not willing to deal with it, the man became
entrapped in his own dream. He kept a log, a journal of what was happening. This is
what he wrote during that time on 'The Electron" (the name of his little boat). "Life is a
game and I'm going to resign to this game. I know what I am and I see the nature of my
offense." He heard that there was only one other man left. He prayed that that man
would win, writing that in his journal but, low and behold, ...
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