by Jim Henry

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

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Hebrews 11:20; Genesis 27:1-40

In the Boston Marathon of 1981, a fellow from Japan won in a
record time of 2 hrs. 9 seconds. Maybe you didn't hear about Johnny
Kelly, who also ran in that race. It took Johnny 4 hrs. to complete
the Boston Marathon. He was two hours behind everyone else. But if
you didn't read carefully, you may have overlooked the fact that
Johnny was 73 years old when he ran that 26 mile course. He persisted
and stayed in the race until he crossed the finish line.
Some of you watched the Indy 500 this year, and you noticed that a
guy by the name of Al Unser won it for the fourth time. There were
faster cars there, perhaps even a few better drivers. In fact, he just
got a car at the last minute. He hadn't planned to drive this year,
but he won the race by one little word: persistence. He stayed on the
track, ran the race well and wisely, his car stayed together and this
veteran of many years won for the fourth time, tying the record.
So when you look at the determination of people in the sports
world, you can compare it to people in the spiritual world, and see
that there are people who make it through life and who come out on top
by sticking to their guns. It's not so much how we start the race, as
important as that is, and the middle part of the race is very important
also, but how we end the race is what really matters.
We're going to look at a man who was getting near the end of life
and see how he stuck to his guns. Hebrews 11:20:
"By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to
their future."
In studying this passage, I wondered why it took faith for Isaac
to bless Jacob. What does that mean?
In order to understand this, we need to study Genesis 27, and the
story of Isaac. He was the son of Abraham's old age, you remember, a ...

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