Who Did Hinder You? (9 of 16) by Ken Trivette

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WHO DID HINDER YOU? (9 of 16)
Series: Great Questions from the Bible
Ken Trivette
Galatians 5:7
12/9/01

Outline
I. A PERSONALLY RUN RACE!
A. A Course On Which We Run
B. A Crown For Which We Reach
II. A PROPERLY RUN RACE!
A. A Focused Life
B. A Faithful Life
C. A Fruitful Life
III. A POORLY RUN RACE!
A. A Past Testimony
B. A Present Tragedy

1. When I think of Olympic runners the name Eric
Liddell is one of the first that comes to my mind. The
movie Chariots of Fire told the story of his decision
not to run on Sunday during the 1924 Olympics held in
Paris. It was thought that his best chance for a gold
medal was in the 100-meter race. Yet when the
schedules were posted, the 100-meter race was to be
run on Sunday. As a devout Christian, he refused to
run on Sunday. To him it would be breaking the
Sabbath.

2. Great pressure was put on him to make an exception
for this one time. The press and the majority of the
public criticized him. He was accused of being
unpatriotic (denying Scotland a chance at the glory).
He was called legalistic. Still he refused, even if it
meant losing the chance to win a medal. The Edinburgh
University's paper called The Student wrote: "What he
has thought it right to do, that he has done, looking
neither to the left not to the right, and yielding not
one joy or tittle of principle either to court or
applause or to placate criticism. Devoted to his
principles, he is nevertheless without a touch of
Pharisiaism."

3. It was decided that he would run the 400-meter
race, a race that many felt he had no chance to win.
Just before he ran, someone handed him a note that
read, "In the old book it says, 'He that honors Me, I
will honor.' Wishing you the best of success always."
God did honor Eric Liddell, for he not only won the
400-meter race, but also broke a world record in the
process.

4. Eric Liddell went on to become a missionary to
China. He was captured by the ...


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