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00035 - The flying Scotsman

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

Eric Liddell, the famous Scottish athlete who refused to run the 100m in the Paris Olympics of 1924 because it was scheduled on a Sunday, was the focus of the blockbuster Chariots of Fire. His conviction for God’s Kingdom, was greater than the race itself. He then shifted his attention to the 400m held on a weekday, and then yet still confidently won.

Little is spoken of his return to China as a missionary the following year and then after 20 years evangelising in this huge country he was detained and died in a Japanese internment camp, the first year of the second world war.

His life was given over, and Philippians 1:21 describes his life, ‘For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain’. If our lives don’t make us modern hero of the faith, then find one, pray for them and support them all you can.

Quote Let’s us hope we live for Christ and see our eternity as gain.

Prayer Lord, help me find a modern-day Eric Liddell, so pray for support and encourage, Amen.

Action Point

If you are ever faced with a choice that tests your Christian ethos and integrity, make the decision for Christ even if it’s tough to do.

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Use in other publications. You can use upto 100 words of this publication with a reference to by Carl Brettle.

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