by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reproduced from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Program #104, CT #1282

Joshua 20

I learned at an early age how important it is to have a place of
refuge. There was a boy down the street by the name of Bobby. Bobby was two
years older than I, and a little bit stronger and bigger. He was known as the
mean guy on the block. There's always a mean guy on the block. I think every
kid has met him, sometime or someplace. We had one where I lived, and his name
was Bobby.
One day Bobby came down to my house with a quarter. He challenged me
to a game of foothall. I was about six or seven years old, I guess, and I've
always liked a challenge. I said, "All right. We'll play football." He saiI
"Whoever scores the most touchdowns (and there was a certain number) gets the
quarter." Of course, he was three or four inches taller and about 15 or 25
pounds heavier. He looked at me with a kind of sadistic grin, and I realized it
would be very easy for him to keep his quarter.
But there's one thing he didn't understand--me. I have a tenacious,
bull dog determination, particularly when the odds are against me. And I wanted
that quarter more than he did, and I beat him in that game of football. He did
everything he could, but I beat him.
After it was all over and I was dirty, had grass stains all over my
clothes, my shirt half-torn off, I collected my quarter and started home. Well,
Bobby decided that I shouldn't have that quarter after all, and he started after
me, and I was running. I wasn't about to give up that quarter. I made a bee-
line for my house. I remember that the weather was warm, and the screen door
was open, and I began to holler, "Momma! Momma!"
You know, a mother always hears. Just like a mother hen, they can
always hear that cry for help, and Mother heard, and she saw what was happening.
She lootei out the door and saw that- big guy coming ...

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