by Stephen Whitney

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Assurance of Restoration (3 of 3)
Series: Philemon
Stephen Whitney
Philemon 17-22

As a young boy in the 1930's, Bob Hoover fell in love with flying. He would ride his bike 15 miles from his home in Nashville, TN to Berry field just to be around airplanes. By the time he was 16 he flew his first solo flight.

During World War II, he was sent to Casablanca where his first major assignment was as test pilot for aircraft which were ready for service in combat. Later, as a fighter pilot he was shot down and spent 16 months in a German prison.

After the war he was a test pilot who backed up Chuck Yeager in the Bell X-1, which was the first plane to break the sound barrier. Then he became a famous test pilot flying supersonic jets and performing at air shows around the world. Chuck Yeager called him the ''greatest pilot I ever saw and a magician in the cockpit''.

Once when returning to his home in Los Angeles from an air show in San Diego, both engines of his World War II propeller plane suddenly stopped. With great skill, and a lot of luck, he was able to safely land the plane without injury to himself or the other passengers on board.

After the emergency landing he inspected the airplane's fuel. As he suspected, the plane had been fulled with jet fuel rather than gasoline. He then asked to see the mechanic who had serviced the plane. The man was horrified at the prospect of seeing the man he had nearly killed. He anticipated the full force of Hoover's anger but was surprised by his approach. Hoover put his arm around the mechanic and said, ''To show you I'm sure that you'll never do this again, I want you to service my F-51 tomorrow.''

Because everyone fails we have to be willing to forgive others. Christians are to forgive others of their offences against us because God has graciously forgiven us of our sins against him.

Receive him :17
The name Onesimus must have left a bitter taste in Philemon's mouth because ...

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