Pastor's Blog

August 18, 2016

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith….”  Heb. 12:1-2 is the most vivid description of a sports arena in scripture.  We can almost feel the weight of that “great cloud of witnesses” towering overhead…and if you’ve ever had the opportunity to go down to the floor of a large sports stadium or concert arena you know what that crowd feels like.    

The athletes who gathered in the 90,000 seat Rio Olympic Stadium this summer were chosen from among hundreds, even thousands of other athletes in their countries, selected to compete among an elite group of the world’s youth.   Can you imagine the sense of pride in representing one’s country, the sense of honor that these athletes must have felt in being chosen for this moment; to compete before this great...

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