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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591
"Angels - Messengers Of God"
Print 305, CT 312191
Dr. Claude Ray was the wonderful Dean of Music at New Orleans Seminary,
later went to Sanford University, served on our Foreign Mission Board and then went to
Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, where he served so beautifully and
powerfully as its president for several years before he went to be with the Lord just a
few months ago.
When we were in school, this powerful man with such a great voice and such a
beautiful spirit was stricken with cancer offthe stomach. I can remember when he canre
to the student body and told this story. Given the diagnosis, they did not make any
promises. During the night before he was to have surgery, he was awakened by a
bright presence at the foot of his bed. Dr. Claude Ray said a voice spoke to him and
brought this message, "You are not going to die. You're going to be healed of your
cancer and serve Me."
Claude Ray came to the student body and said, "I took that as a word from God.
He came and spoke to me and used this messenger to bring me news that I'm going to
be okay." For over thirty years he was okay, because God had used a messenger to
speak to this man that he was going to continue to serve Him.
The word angel means messenger. So whenever you hear the word angel,
that's exactly the way it's translated: messenger. In fact, in the Book of Malachi, the
last book of the Old Testament, that's the Hebrew word basically for angel or
messenger. So when we're looking at angels we see them as the mysterious agents of
God. We see them as ministering spirits to the Church, but we also see them as
messengers of God-. This morning, thesa next minutes-, we're going to look at-s mac of
the ways in which they serve as messengers and act as God's agents in the world in
some powerful ways.
Messengers of God' How do thes ...
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