Monday, August 25, 2008

Tom's Olympic sermon...

Yesterday Tom spoke at our church. His topic was spiritual resiliency. He used Hebrews 12:1-2 as the basis for his message.

His example of someone who shows resiliency was Dinara Safina. He talked about how she is a great Russian tennis player who sometimes makes mistakes, gets upset, but keeps on going to the end of each match!

From Tom’s vantage point he could see people diligently taking notes… one person had tears in their eyes. Many people came up to him afterwards to say they were encouraged. Tom talked about how we do not receive our prize until we have finished the race. We may want our reward now for all of our hard work. But as seen in Hebrews 11 our heroes of faith did not receive their prizes while they were alive.

The highlight for me was Tom talking about the great cloud of witnesses. He talked about how they are all cheering us on and waiting for us to finish the race so that we can all collect our reward together!!

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