A True Visionary

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance

Mark 1:4
Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

Sermon Week/Year

Second Sunday of Advent, B

Major James Nesmith was a man who had a vision for improving his golf game. Just an average player, he developed a unique method of transforming his vision into reality. But for seven years he didn’t play even a single hole. He didn’t touch a golf club or step onto a course. Ironically, it was during this seven-year break that Major Nesmith came up with his amazingly effective technique for improving his game — an approach we can all learn from. And the first time he set foot on a golf course after his seven-year layoff, he shot an astonishing seventy-four. Using only his mind, he slashed twenty strokes off his previous best of ninety-four.

While that accomplishment alone will pique the interest of the golfers here today, the truly remarkable part of the story is that Major Nesmith spent those seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. During those seven years, he saw no one, spoke to no one, experienced no…

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