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Life-Saving Station (3 of 11)
Series: 1 Timothy - Vintage Church
1 Timothy 2:1-10
There's a legendary story about a little life-saving station on a dangerous stretch of coast, where there were a lot of shipwrecks. And this little life-saving station was really no more than a hut. They only had one boat. And there were a few highly-devoted members who constantly kept watch over the sea. They took turns going out into the ocean-sometimes at great risk to themselves-and they went looking for the lost.
And over time, some of the people who were rescued, and various other people who lived in the area, wanted to be associated with this station. So they volunteered their time, and they gave their money to help support the work. So they were able to buy new boats, and train new crews. So the little life-saving station grew.
Some of the new members were unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped. And they thought, ''If this is going to be the first refuge of people who are rescued from the sea, we've got to make it more comfortable.'' So they replaced the emergency cots with beds; they put better furniture in the building.
And pretty soon the life saving station became a popular gathering place for its members. So they decorated it beautifully; they furnished it gorgeously and they started using it as sort of a club.
Fewer members were really interested in actually going out to sea on lifesaving missions, so what they did is they hired lifeboat crews to do that work.
Now, if you walked inside the building, you'd still see the lifesaving motif in the club's decoration, and there was a memorial lifeboat in the room where they held the club initiations.
About that time, there was a big ship that was wrecked off the coast, and the hired crews brought in boatloads of people-they were cold and wet and half-drowned. They were dirty and sick, and some of them were foreigners. And the beautiful club was just in chaos. So ...
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