Passing the Baton
Terry J. Hallock
A Mother's Day Sermon
May 10, 1998
Our Scripture for this Mother's Day message comes from the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 4, verse 1 through 14. Though these words were spoken by Moses in 1451 BC just as Israel was about to enter the Promised Land, God is just as clearly speaking them to us in 1998 AD as we are about to enter a new millennium. They have the same power now to save America and her families as they had then to preserve Israel and her families. So attune your ears and focus your hearts as Moses speaks to Israel and God speaks to us.
Standing on the foundation of the Word, the subject I want to address today is "Passing the Baton". In the world of sports "passing the baton" means the act of one runner in a relay race carefully handing off a metal or bamboo tube to another runner waiting just up the track in front of him. That waiting member of the relay team cannot begin his portion of the race until he receives the baton from the runner coming up from behind. Not only must the baton be passed from one runner to the next, it must be passed within the allotted space required by the rules and it must not be dropped. If either infraction occurs the entire team is disqualified. In short, the success of failure of the team depends on how well the baton is passed. It is so vital to winning that hour after hour are spent practicing the number of strides needed to complete the exchange in the required distance, how the receiving runner's hands should be positioned when the baton is passed, and how the approaching runner should place the baton in that hand. Winning the race is the goal and passing the baton is the single most vital key.
In 1351 BC the nation of Israel was about to embark on the greatest race of its life - entering and conquering the Promised Land. In 1998 AD you and I as Christian mothers, fathers and children have already embarked on the greatest race of our lives - entering ...
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