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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"Living Under the Influence of--A Saving Faith"
II Kings 5:1-19
Sunday, 5/28/95, 9:30 a.m. Service
It was during the Vietnam war, and I was going to a speaking
engagement, and for some reason I had to catch a bus to get to
the site because the car wasn't running or I couldn't get an airline
flight out, or something. Seated just behind me was a young
serviceman, so I decided to sit beside him and try to get to know
him. Sure enough, during that trip nobody sat beside him so I
moved back, introduced myself and we talked for awhile. I found
out he was from Knoxville, Tennessee, and we had a good chat,
and as we drove along down the road we began to get into spiritual
things. He told me he had been to church, but hadn't attended
lately. He had a little child, and he was on his way to Vietnam. We
talked some more and, along the way, I had the joy of sharing God
with him and asking him if he would like to receive the greatest gift
of all, to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He said that
he would and so that young soldier, sitting beside me there,
traveling 70 miles an hour down the Interstate, joined hands with
me and asked Jesus to forgive him and come into his life. It was a
wonderful experience. I'll never forget it.
Some time later I was visiting in the hospitals there in Nashville and
picked up the morning paper. In those days, as some of you can
remember, they ran a list every week of those who were killed or
wounded in action, and I made a cursory look at the list to see if
there were any Nashville young people listed. I noticed someone
from Knoxville, and I looked, and it was that young man I had been
on the bus with who had been killed in action. I thought of several
things about that trip and the divine appointment we had; the fact
that he humbled himself and aske ...
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