by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32804-6691

"The Church-Profile of Courage (Part 2)"
Acts 4:1-31

Sunday, 3/10/96, 9:30 a.m. Service

Defining courage is not an easy thing. Sometimes people get
mixed up on trying to define courage. I read about a man some
time ago who agreed with his wife to attend a marriage seminar.
When they got to the marriage seminar the teacher using the Bible
was teaching that the husband was to be the spiritual leader in the
home. The teacher was very emphatic about that point and talked
about men backing out on taking that lead. She came down hard
on taking control and leading in the house and all that. It really rang
this man's bell and so when the couple got home he said to his
wife, "Stand right there, lady. I listened to what that teacher said
and I want you to know that I am convinced that I haven't been the
man I'm supposed to have been and I'm going to start taking
charge around here from now on. Whatever I tell you to do, I want
you to do it, and I don't want you to say one word about it. I'm in
charge here and I don't want to hear any complaining, any whining.
We're going to take this household back to where it is supposed to
be and I am going to be the leader in this house. Do you
understand that - don't say anything - do you understand that? He
didn't see her for two weeks -- then he got one eye open! I
wouldn't say that's courage, I'd say it's dumb.

So you have to be careful how you define courage. We know when
we look at it and we're motivated by it. We see it, we're excited by
it, we're thrilled by it, we know it when we see it. There's something
about courage that does something for us. No matter what it is,
whether it is on the athletic field or the political field, in the business
field or in institutions, or in the great arenas of faith as ...

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