by Jerry Vines

The Chariot of Israel
Jerry Vines
II Kings 2:9-15

On Tuesday at 3:05 in the morning, November 15, Dr. Adrian Rogers went home to be with the Lord. He was my best friend. We have known each other for a number of years.

Dr. Rogers was born here in Florida in the West Palm area. He began his ministry here in the State of Florida.

It may not be known to many of you, but Dr. Rogers was an outstanding athlete. He was selected to the All South team as a quarterback when he was a senior in high school. Florida offered him a full football scholarship. But at that time the Lord had saved him and had called him to preach. So he went to Stetson University and took a scholarship there. They had football in those days.

Shortly thereafter, after going to Stetson, he and his wife Joyce decided that they would get married. She was his childhood girlfriend. It's the only girl he ever dated, the only girl he ever kissed. They got married and that was the end of his football career.

He had two churches in the state of Florida. He was pastor at First Baptist Church of Thellsmere, Florida, and he went from there to the First Baptist Church of Merritt Island, Florida.

That's where I first became acquainted with Dr. Adrian Rogers. I was pastor at West Rome Baptist Church, in Rome, Georgia, and somebody put in my hands a tape of a message by Dr. Adrian Rogers. I listened to that message and I started listening to his sermons. What a marvelous preacher he was.

Dr. Rogers had that rich, resonant, marvelous voice. In fact, some of those who were his friends referred to him as Old Golden Throat. If you have ever wondered how God must have sounded when He spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, He surely sounded the way Dr. Rogers did. What a wonderful voice and what a wonderful preacher of the Gospel he was.

Dr. Rogers went from Merritt Island to the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a church made internationally well known by the m ...

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