Gone Fishin’ (1/22/2017)

A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Texts:   Matthew 4:12-25 (The Message)

Generally speaking, on any given Tuesday, say around 2 PM, where would you be? What would you be doing? At work? Home? School? Play? Volunteering? Practicing? Napping? Generally speaking, it’s not a particularly glamorous time of the week. Not a lot happens on Tuesday at 2. Maybe that’s the time when, a little bored, you’ve “gone fishin’.”

I think of my cousin, Herman, a retired Navy pilot who flew missions during the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Linda live in Florida with their pick up and boat. They spend a lot of time fishing. When Herman was active on Facebook, he regularly posted pictures and accounts of their fishing expeditions in the lakes and rivers of northern Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico. After an active life of service and raising a family, there’s something sort of idyllic about adopting as your motto and way of life, “Gone Fishin’.”

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