Sermon Quotes: "The Boys in the Boat"

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“This book was born on a cold, drizzly, late spring day when I clambered over the split rail cedar fence that surrounds my pasture and made my way through wet woods to the modest frame house where Joe Rantz lay dying.... I knew only two things about Joe when I knocked on his daughter Judy’s door that day. I knew that in his mid-seventies he had single handedly hauled a number of cedar logs down a mountain, then hand-split the rails and cut the posts and installed all 2,224 linear feet of the pasture fence I had just climbed over-a task so herculean I shake my head in wonderment whenever I think about it. And I knew that he had been one of nine young men from the state of Washington-farm boys, fishermen, and loggers-who shocked both the rowing world and Adolf Hitler by winning the gold medal in eight-oared rowing at the 1936 Olympics.” Daniel James Brown

“Competitive rowing is an undertaking of extraordinary beauty preceded by brutal punishment. Unlike most sports, which draw primarily on particular muscle groups, rowing makes heavy and repeated use of every muscle in the body…And rowing makes these muscular demands not at odd intervals but in rapid sequence, over a protracted period of time, repeatedly and without respite. Physiologists, in fact, have calculated that rowing a two thousand meter race-the Olympic standard-takes the same physiological toll as playing two basketball games back to back. And it exacts that toll in about six minutes. The common denominator-whether in the lungs, the muscles, or the bones, is overwhelming pain. Rowing is perhaps the toughest of sports.” Daniel James Brown

“Jesus walking on the water to his disciples is a revelation of the glory that he shares with the Father…Jesus is not pulling off a staggering visual stunt to amaze his friends. Rather, the miracle attests that God himself has visited us in the flesh.” David Garland

“There are thoughts here of comfort for all true believers. Wherever they may be, or whatsoever their circumstances, the Lord Jesus sees them…the same eye which saw the disciples tossed on the lake is ever looking at us. We are never beyond the reach of his care. Our way is never hid from him. He may not come to our aid at the time we like best, but he will never allow us to utterly fail. He that walked upon the water never changes. He will always come at the right time to uphold his people. Though he tarry, let us wait patiently. Jesus sees us, and will not forsake us.” J.C. Ryle

“Oh for the grace to feel that if we do not know when God will deliver us, then it is none of our business. If God knows, that is enough. We are to follow Him not lead. We are to obey Him, not prescribe. Your deliverance is near. But if it tarried it will be a richer blessing.” Charles Spurgeon

“With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.” John Newton