by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

CT# 703151 (227)

"What is Faith?"
Hebrews 11:1-3

Some years ago I had been speaking in Little Rock, Arkansas, and
was getting ready to return home. Tornadoes had been striking that
part of the state and dark clouds were swirling across us that whole
evening. If you've ever lived where there are frequent tornadoes, you
can appreciate the feeling that comes when you see these wind storms
scurrying across the horizon with their thunder and lightning.
Warnings were out across most of the state, including where we were.
I finished the meeting and went to the airport. It was still
stormy and to tell the truth, I wasn't looking forward to flying
through that weather. As I boarded the plane, I saw a man I
recognized. He was a pilot who had been attending our church and when
I spotted him, I know my face lit up. I said, "Man, this is great!
Brother, I'm so glad to see you on this plane and know you're going to
be flying this baby, getting me back home safe!"
He looked at me and said the strangest thing: "Man, I was just
thinking that I'm not looking forward to flying this thing tonight, and
I really felt better when I saw you get on board!"
Well, we were a couple of fellows who didn't have the right kind
of faith that night. Our faith was in each other, and it wasn't too
steady in that kind of circumstance on that wind-swept evening.
Yet, in a sense, when we're flying, we are placing our faith in the
abilities of a pilot, that machine, and in my case, ultimately the
sovereig- ty of God to g-t Pus throjgh and home safely.
Everyone lives by faith, whether they admit it or not. When you
go to the doctor and he gives you a prescription, you take something
that you cannot read very well to a pharmacist whom you do not know, he
reaches into a drawer and takes out some capsules of many colors, and
you don't know the fainte ...

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