by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591


"Something Everyone Must Do - Repent"
Acts 27:24-31
Print 292, CTI 112012

You ask any kindergarten child, "What's the first letter of the alphabet?" and
they'll say 'A'. And you know 'A' is the first letter of the alphabet, not only in English,
but in Greek and in German, and French, and in Hebrew, and in Russian. You ask
believers, 'What is the first word of the Gospel?" and some will say it's love, some will
say it's trust, some will say it's forgiveness, some will say it's peace. But would you
believe the first word is the word that John the Baptist used first (first thing he taught)?
Jesus used it in the first lesson He brought; the twelve disciples were told that was the
word they were to give; the seventy who were sent out were sent out with this word on
their hearts. Peter, when he preached at Pentecost in the beginning of the Church,
preached it; Paul wrote about it in the epistles. And it's a word called repentance.
You remember those old signs that used to be on the highway? Every once in a
while you can see them now. You come around the curve and you see a big sign that
says Repent! Prepare to meet thy God. Some of you can remember those, can't
you? I don't know who put those up but just that simple message sticks in your mind,
doesn't it? It's a biblical message. Repent, prepare to meet thy God. It's the basics.
Some years ago during the Depression, a man had trouble with his teeth and he
was in a new town. He didn't know who to look for, so as he was looking through the
list of dentists he saw a dentist by the name of Dr. Painless. You know that's a pretty
good name for a dentist-Dr. Painless. Sure enough, he called Dr. Painless and he
said, "I'm having trouble with my teeth; they're hurting." He said, "Come to see me."
He looked at him and said, "Man, I can take care of you in a few minutes an ...

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