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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
REAL CHURCH--REAL PEOPLE--IN THE REAL WORLD
"The Church--Profile Of Courage (Part 1)"
Sunday, 3/3/96, 9:30 a.m. Service
Please open your Bibles to Acts 4, beginning in Verse 8. [Read
through verse 13.]
Let us pray: Father, let the words of my mouth and the meditations
of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord, my Rock and my
Redeemer. Father, as we think of courage - our forefathers had it
-- we pray that we shall have it and pass on the legacy of courage
that has marked the Church for twenty centuries and marks her
greatness to the best when she is strong and courageous in the
face of opposition. Let us be found faithful to carry the torch in our
lifetime and to pass it on to faithful followers. In Jesus' name.
Some of you here remember Bill and Lillian Enfinger. They are in
Atlanta now serving faithfully in a church there. I think they will be
coming back to be a part of our family here again before long. You
may not remember when they were here--some of the valley they
walked through. They had a daughter named Kathy, a student at
Oakridge. I remember the day when, at Orange Hospital, the
doctor walked in. I was there with the family when he sat down
beside Kathy who had had a problem with her shoulder. A number
of x-rays had been made and they had discovered a tumor growing
in her shoulder. The doctor said, "Kathy, I've got to tell you today
there is a tumor that is growing here and we're going to operate
and try to get it out. We're going to treat it with every measure we
know and do the best we can to see that your life is sustained. We
can't promise you, but we'll do our best."
With that he walked out, and when he had gone there was a
moment of stunned unbelief and the tears began to flow. Mom and
Dad and those of us in the room gathered ...
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