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Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series ....Strength for the Journey of Life ....study Philippians.
1- Bible says ....Neh. 8:10 "... the joy of the Lord is my strength."
2- Paul was strong in the journey of life ....because he knew the joy of the Lord ....Paul set the right example for us.
-- In 1924 ....Paris Olympic games ....Eric Liddell set the right example when he refused to race on Sunday ....He eventually won the 400 meter dash .....His story was told in the Academy Award winning film ....Chariots of Fire.
-- Eric Liddell's example continued after he won the gold medal ....exactly one year after winning the medal ....Liddell went to China as a missionary.
-- He engaged in rural evangelism -- traveling to the back country of China by bicycle and on foot to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
-- When Japan invaded China as WWII broke out ....Liddell was classified as an "enemy national" and, in August 1943, was sent to a prison with 1,800 other prisoners.
-- Eric Liddell continued to set the right example ....He organized the prisoners into groups ....set up athletic contests, led worship services, and taught God's Word to the prisoners.
-- David Mitchell ....a child who was in the prison with Eric Liddell ....later wrote of the influence that the example of Eric Liddell had on his life: "None of us will ever forget this man who was totally committed to putting God first, a man whose life combined muscular Christianity with radiant godliness."
-- Eric Liddell died in that prison camp of a brain tumor on Feb. 21, 1945 ....just months before he would have been liberated.
-- Chariots of Fire ....ended with statement: Eric Liddell, missionary, died in occupied China at the end of WWII. All of Scotland mourned.
-- David Jeremiah, Turning Toward Joy, P. 95-96
3- Paul has spent Chapter 2 of Philippians showing us the ...
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