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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"Living Under The Influence Of--A Shipwrecked Faith"
1 Timothy 1:18-20, Acts 27:39-44
Sunday, 5/14/95, 9:30 a.m. Service
Ships, sailing, and shipwrecks have been a fascination of humanity
for a long time. Just this past week, they found the "Hunley," the
first submarine ever used in warfare. The confederates used it
during the Civil War. It had sunk a federal ship, and somehow it
went down, and it had been a mystery where it was. This week they
discovered it under several feet of silt and it's going to be
excavated and brought to the surface. But it's fascinating; people
are fascinated by ships and shipwrecks. The Titanic, when it went
down, it captivated the imagination of the world at that time by the
tragedy. Even up to this present time, the Titanic and what
happened in that mighty ship and its wreck, has captivated
historians and people. We think of life...we think of life as being a
journey. "Homer's Odyssey," for instance, we think about a
journey. "A Pilgrim's Progress"--we think about a journey.
But often when we think about a journey, we think about sailing.
We're going somewhere; we're going to another shore. When
someone we love goes to be with the Lord, we say, "They've
passed onto the other side...to the other shore," or we say to
someone who is getting ready for a trip, "smooth sailing." Those
kinds of expressions express something of what we all feel and
sense about travel and about life and that can be carried a little bit
further. It can be carried right down to where we live. Not only the
real thing of sailing and ships wrecking, but also in our lives, we
can see something of ships and sailing and sometimes ships that
In the movie, "The Natural", Robert Redford played the part of an
aging baseball star by the name of Roy Hobbs, and he makes this
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