by Daniel Rodgers

Throw Out the Lifeline
Dan Rodgers
Psalms 107:23-30; James 5:20; Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3
June 27, 2004

ILLUS: In the year 1888, Edwin S. Ufford wrote the song, Throw Out the Lifeline. The inspiration for his song came from a life saving drill he observed at Point Allerton, near Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote the words and music shortly after returning home. Let me share just a few lines...

Throw out the life line across the dark wave;
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody's brother! O who then will dare
To throw out the life line, his peril to share?

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is sinking today.

ILLUS: My inspiration for this sermon came from an incident that took place a few weeks ago, when my wife and I had gone down to the river to take our boat out for a few minutes. We had not had the boat out in some time and the engine needed to be run for a little while.

We arrived at the dock at about 3:30 in the afternoon. In just a few minutes we were under way, heading down toward the Isleton Bridge. As we neared the bridge, we noticed a boat load of young men who were water skiing. They seemed to be having a great time.

We decided to anchor under the bridge in the shade and throw out a fishing line for a few minutes. While there, another boat came by--they were trolling for stripers. They threw up a friendly hand and waved to us.

We sat in the boat for about an hour or so, catching only a few small fish (my life's story). So, when we had enjoyed all we could stand of that, we decided to take the boat into the marina. As we were making our away down the river, we happened to notice a boat in distress. They were waving a red flag motioning for us to come over, which we did.

The boat full of young men (about 6) we had seen water skiing earlier, was tied up to the boat that had been trolling under the ...

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