THE  FEAST  OF  UNLEAVENED  BREAD——  THE  15TH   DAY  OF  FIRST  MONTH  IN  GOD’S  RELIGIOUS  YEAR——SABBATH——


THIS  YEAR  OF  2018  IT  FALLS  ON  MARCH  31  -  A  WEEKLY  SABBATH  ALSO.


WE  HAVE  JUST  SEEN  AS  WE  OBSERVED  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  PASSOVER,  THAT  JESUS  CHRIST  WAS  THE  LAMB  OF  GOD,  SLAIN  AS  A  SHEEP  IS  LED  TO  THE  SLAUGHTER.  JESUS  GAVE  UP  HIS  GODHEAD  POSITION  WITH  THE  FATHER,  TO  COME  AS  A  FLESH  AND  BLOOD  HUMAN;  HE  WAS  INDEED  BOTH  HUMAN  AND  DIVINE  -  GOD  IN  THE  FLESH  AND  BLOOD  HUMAN  KIND.  HE  WAS  THE  TRUTH,  THE  LIFE,  AND  RESURRECTION.  HE  CAME  TO  DO  AND  SAY  THE  FATHER’S  WILL;  THIS  IS  MADE  VERY  CLEAR  TO  US  IN  THE  GOSPEL  OF  JOHN.


WHY  DID  JESUS  THE  CHRIST  HAVE  TO  DIE?


WELL  IT  IS  ALL  TO  DO  WITH  SIN!


WHAT  IS  SIN?


SOME  HAVE  WRITTEN  ON  SIN:



The late president Calvin Coolidge returned home from attending church early one Sunday afternoon. His wife had been unable to attend, but she was interested in what the minister spoke on in the service. Coolidge responded, "Sin." She pressed him for a few words of explanation. And being a man of few words with his wife, he responded, "Well, I think he was against it."

—Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations

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A certain man wanted to sell his house in Haiti for $2,000. Another man wanted to buy it, but because he was poor, he couldn't afford the full price. After much bargaining, the owner agreed to sell the house for half the original price with just one stipulation: he would retain ownership of one small nail protruding from just over the door.

After several years, the original owner wanted the house back, but the new owner was unwilling to sell. So the first owner went out, found the carcass of a dead dog, and hung it from the single nail he still owned. Soon the house became unlivable, and the family was forced to sell the house to the owner of the nail.

The moral of the parable is, "If we leave the devil with even one small peg in our life, he will return to hang his rotting garbage on it, making it unfit for Christ's habitation."

Leadership, Spring 1983

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Sin does not serve well as a gardener of the soul. It landscapes the contour of the soul until all that is beautiful has been made ugly; until all that is high is made low; until all that is promising is wasted. Then life is like the desert—parched and barren. It is drained of purpose. It is bleached of happiness. Sin, then, is not wise, but wasteful. It is not a gate, but only a grave.

—C. Neil Strait, quoted in Lloyd Cory Quote Unquote

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The greater the man, the dearer price he pays for a short season of sinful pleasure.

—F. B. Meyer, David

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Believers throughout church history—the early church fathers, the Reformers, the Puritans—have been inspired by Scripture to reduce spirituality to two lists known as "the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues" of saintliness. The former includes pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust. The latter includes wisdom, justice, courage, temperance, faith, love, and hope. Even though it finds its origin in one whose life was not centered on Christ our Lord, Mahatma Gandhi's own list of "seven deadly sins" in the form of contrasts deserves our attention: Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.

—Max DePree, Leadership Is an Art

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The grass on the other side is often not greener and often not even edible.

—James Dobson

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The first and worst of all fraud is to cheat oneself. All sin is easy after that.

—Philip Bailey, nineteenth-century poet

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Let's say we were to get twenty of the best broad jump or long jump athletes in the world and take them to Huntington Beach pier and line them up. And let's say they were instructed, "We want you to jump as far as you can out into the water." Some could jump twenty-five feet. Some would come near the record and jump twenty-seven. Perhaps one could set a new record and jump twenty-nine or thirty feet. But nobody could jump to Catalina Island. It is humanly impossible. Every person would miss the mark because Catalina Island is twenty-six miles away. In Romans 3:23 there is the universal statement that God gives to all men when He says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

All have missed the mark. All may have tried, but not one of them even came close to a spiritual Catalina, if you please. They all jump, they all tried all sorts of things, but by birth, by choice, by action, by nature, man constantly misses the mark, no matter how good his intentions may be.

—J. Vernon McGee, quoted in Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations

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During my hitch in the marines back in 1958, I was stationed on Okinawa where there was a leprosarium. At that time I was playing in the third division band in the Marine Corps and we were to do a performance on that north part of the island of Okinawa.

I had read about leprosy, but I had never seen a leper and I wasn't really prepared for what I saw. We went over a bridge or two and got into the interior of this compound. I saw stumps instead of hands. I saw clumps instead of fingers. I saw half faces. I saw one ear instead of two. I saw the dregs of humanity unable even to applaud our performances. I saw in the faces of men, women, and even some teenagers an anguish crying out. We could play music for them, but we could not cleanse them of their disease.

In Scripture leprosy is a picture of sin. And we see that it is cleansed rather than healed. Only Jesus' blood has the power to cleanse us of our condition of sinful corruption. Now I understand when Scripture says, "He was moved with compassion."

Because of sin, man has taken the deity out of religion, the supernatural out of Christianity, the authority from the Bible, God out of education, morality and virtue out of literature, beauty and truth out of art, ethics out of business, fidelity out of marriage.

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THOUGH  ALL  OF  THE  ABOVE  ARE  INTERESTING  ON  THE  SUBJECT  OF  SIN;  THE  BOTTOM  LINE  IS  WE  MUST  HAVE  THE  BIBLE  DEFINITION  OF  WHAT  IS  SIN.


IT  IS  FOUND  IN  1 JOHN  3:4—— IT’S  THE  BREAKING  OF  GOD’S  LAW.   THEN  THAT  MUST  BE  PUT  WITH  JAMES 2:10-12;  BREAK  ONE  POINT  OF  THAT  LAW,  YOU  HAVE  SINNED.  THE  POINTS  OF  THE  LAW  ARE  EXPLAINED  TO  US  WITHIN  THOSE  VERSES…… DO  NOT  COMMIT  ADULTERY,  DO  NOT  KILL OR  MURDER.


YES  THE  LAW  IS  THE  10  COMMANDMENT  POINT  LAW.


PAUL  ALSO  EXPLAINS—— SEE  ROMANS  7: 7, 12, 14, 22.


SHOULD  BE  PRETTY  PLAIN—— THE  TEN  COMMANDMENT  LAW  HAS  NEVER  BEEN  “DONE  AWAY  WITH”    THAT  LAW  DEFINES  WHAT  IS  SIN.  MANY  OTHER  PARTS  OF  THE  BIBLE  AMPLIFY  THAT  LAW.


THE  LORD  WOULD  NOT  ABOLISH  THAT  LAW:  “THE  LORD  IS  WELL  PLEASED  FOR  HIS  RIGHTEOUSNESS’  SAKE;  HE  WILL  MAGNIFY  THE  LAW,  AND  MAKE  IT  HONORABLE” [ISAIAH 42: 21.


WHAT  IS  RIGHTEOUSNESS?  IT  IS  DEFINED  FOR  US  IN  PSALM  119:172.


JESUS  DID  MAGNIFY  THE  LAW,  AS  PLAINLY  SEEN  IN  MATTHEW  5, 6, 7.


THE  10  POINT  LAW  COULD  NEVER  BE  ABOLISHED,  FOR  IT  DEFINES  WHAT  SIN  IS!


PAUL  WROTE  UNDER  INSPIRATION:  “FOR  ALL  HAVE  SINNED  AND  COME  SHORT  OF  THE  GLORY  OF  GOD” [ROMANS 3:23]. “THE  WAGES  OF  SIN  IS  DEATH….” [ROMANS 6:23].


WE  HAVE  ALL  SINNED;  WE  WERE  UNDER  THE  DEATH  SENTENCE,  UNLESS  GOD  COULD  FORGIVE  US.  HE  HAD  A  PLAN  TO  DO  JUST  THAT;  BUT  IT  WAS  NOT  SOMETHING  LIKE  WAVING  A  MAGIC  WAND,  AND  SAYING  ABRACADABRA  YOU  ARE  SINLESS!


THE  DEATH  SENTENCE  FOR  ALL  SINFUL  HUMANS  MUST  BE  PAID.  ONLY  A  GOD  BEING  COULD  TAKE  ALL  OF  THOSE  SINS  UPON  THEM,  ONE  HUMAN  BEING  COULD  ONLY  DIE  FOR  ONE  OTHER  HUMAN  BEING.


A  GOD  BEING,  A  MEMBER  OF  THE  GODHEAD  SAID  HE  WOULD  COME,  AS  HUMAN  AND  DEVINE  TO  HAVE  ALL  HUMANITY’S  SINS  PLACED  UPON  HIM.  THAT  BEING  BECAME  JESUS  THE  CHRIST.  LIVING  A  SINLESS  LIFE  HE  DID  DIE  UPON  THE  STAKE;  HE  DID  HAVE  HIS  BLOOD  SHED,  AS  A  LAMB  LED  TO  THE  SLAUGHTER.  SINS  COULD  NOW  BE  WASHED  AWAY  BY  THE  BLOOD  OF  THE LAMB.  SINS  COULD  BE  FORGIVEN.


BUT  PEOPLE  HAD  A  PART  IN  ALL  THIS;  THEY  HAD  TO  ACKNOWLEDGE  THEIR  SIN,  AND  REPENT  OF  SIN!


THIS  IS  ALL  MADE  EASY  TO  UNDERSTAND  IN  THE  BOOK  OF  ACTS—— SEE  IT  FOR  YOURSELF—— ACTS  2:37-39;  3: 19.


PEOPLE  HAVE  TO  REPENT;  BE  CONVERTED;  BE  TURNED  UPSIDE-DOWN  AS  WE  MAY  SAY;  TURN  AWAY  FROM  A  LIFE  OF  SIN,  AND  TURN  AROUND  AND  GO  THE  OTHER  WAY—- GO  IN  THE  OPPOSITE  DIRECTION  FROM  SIN—— TURN  AWAY  FROM  BREAKING  THE  LAW  OF  GOD—— AND  GO  IN  THE  WAY  OF  RIGHTEOUSNESS [SEE  AGAIN  PS. 119:172].


BUT  DID  YOU  NOTICE  IN  ACTS  2: 38-39…..  “FOR  THE  PROMISE  IS  UNTO  YOU  AND  YOUR  CHILDREN,  AND  TO  ALL  THAT  ARE  FAR  OFF,  EVEN  AS  MANY  AS  THE  LORD  SHALL  CALL.


AS  SHOCKING  AS  IT  MAY  SOUND  TO  SOME,  YOU  CAN  NOT  BECOME  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN,  A  TRUE  CHILD  OF  GOD,  UNLESS  YOU  ARE  CALLED  BY  GOD.


JESUS  HAD  SOMETHING  TO  SAY  ON  THIS:


“NO  MAN/WOMAN   CAN  COME  TO  ME,  EXCEPT  THE  FATHER  WHICH  HAS  SENT  ME  DRAW  HIM…..” [JOHN  6:44].


AND  AGAIN:  “THEREFORE  SAID  I  UNTO  YOU,  THAT  NO  MAN  CAN  COME  UNTO  ME,  EXCEPT  IT  WERE  GIVEN  UNTO  HIM  OF  MY  FATHER.” [JOHN 6: 65].


PAUL  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  SAY: “BUT  UNTO  THEM  WHICH  ARE  CALLED…..For  you  see  your  calling  brethren,  how  that  not  many  wise  men  after  the  flesh,  not  many  mighty,  not  many  noble,  ARE  CALLED” [1 COR. 1: 24,  26].


GETTING  OUT  OF  THE  DUG-OUT  ON  TO  THE  PLAYING  FIELD;  MUST  START  WITH  THE  CALL  OF  GOD!


ALL  PEOPLE  OF  THE  WORLD  ARE  IN  SPIRITUAL  BLINDNESS  BEFORE  BEING  CALLED.  GOD  MUST  DECIDE  TO  CALL,  THEN  REMOVE  THE  BLINDNESS  SO  THE  INDIVIDUAL  CAN  SEE  CLEARLY  WHAT  SIN  IS;  ACKNOWLEDGE  WHAT  SIN  IS,  ADMIT  THEY  ARE  SINNERS;  THEN  BE  ABLE  TO  COME  TO  REPENTANCE.


I  HAVE  A  STUDY  YOU  NEED  TO  READ,  IT  IS  TITLED  “CALLED  AND  CHOSEN -  WHEN?”  IT  IS  STUDY  #70  UNDER  “SALVATION, LAW AND GRACE”  ON  THIS  WEBSITE.


SOME  HAVE  WRITTEN  ON  REPENTANCE:


Repentance is not like the person who sent the IRS a check for $150 with the remark, "If I can't sleep, I'll send you the rest."


—James Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited

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There is a line by us unseen 

That crosses every path, 

The hidden boundary between 

God's patience and his wrath.


O where is that mysterious bourne 

By which our path is crossed, 

Beyond which God himself has sworn 

That he who goes is lost?


How far can one go on in sin? 

How long will mercy spare? 

Where does grace end and where begin 

The confines of despair?

An answer from the sky is sent: 

Ye who from God depart, 

While it is called today repent, 

And harden not your heart.

Anonymous, quoted in William Hendriksen, Exposition of the Gospel according to Luke

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True liberty is not found without confession of our sins and the experience of divine forgiveness.


—Paul Tournier, The Strong and the Weak

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Penitent

O God

You have driven me into a corner

Where I cannot escape.

I come to You penitently

For today I've sinned grieviously.


I have betrayed my highest ideals.

I have been false to my inner convictions.

I know I have broken Your heart.

Thank You for dealing with me

In the privacy of Your personal Presence

For my sin has been against You alone.

Cleanse me, Lord.

Change me.

Sin is so hideous, so outrageous!

Renew me until I am spiritually contagious.


—Ruth Harms Calkin, Lord, It Keeps Happening and Happening

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KING  DAVID  WROTE  ON  REPENTENCE  ALSO;  IT  IS  FOUND  IN  PSALM  51.  



The prayer of a penitent soul


To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, 

when Nathan the prophet came unto him, 

after he had committed  adultery  with  Bathsheba


Have mercy upon me. O God, according to thy lovingkinaness: 

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies and 

blot out my transgressions.


Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: 

that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest…..


Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.


Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.


Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out mine iniquities.


Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.


Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee…..


O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offerings.


The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise……

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NOW  THAT  IS  GETTING  AT  THE  ATTITUDE  AND  HEART  OF  TRUE  REPENTANCE;  GOD  SAID  OF  DAVID  THAT  HE  WAS  A  MAN  AFTER  HIS  OWN  HEART!


SO  WE  HAVE  NOW  COME  OUT  OF  THE  DUG-OUT  AND  ON  TO  THE  PLAYING  FIELD  OF  SALVATION;  WE  ARE  ON  THE  ROAD  WE  MUST  TRAVEL  TO  THE  END,  WE  ARE  NOW  A  SOLDIER  OF  CHRST,  FIGHTING  THE  BATTLE,  FOR  SIN  AND  SATAN  HAVE  NOT  DISAPPEARED;  AS  LONG  AS  WE  ARE  IN  THE  FLESH  WE  MUST  FIGHT  THE  GOOD  FIGHT  AGAINST  SIN  AND  SATAN.


SOMETIMES  WE  MIGHT  STUMBLE  AND  FALL;  EVEN  THE  GREAT [AS  WE  MAY  PUT  IT]  PAUL  HAD  HIS  FIGHT—— READ  ROMANS  7.  THAT  SHOULD  GIVE  YOU  SOME  ENCOURAGEMENT.


WE  ARE  OUT  INTO  THE  SPIRITUAL  FIGHT,  FOR  OUR  HUMAN  NATURE  CAN  STILL  BE  ON  THE  BACK  BURNER,  READY  TO  MOVE  TO  THE  FRONT  BURNER  IF  WE  ARE  NOT  CAREFUL  AND  CIRCUMSPECT.


WE  ARE  NOW  IN  A  FIGHT  AGAINST  THE  EVIL  UNSEEN  POWERS  OF  THE  SATANIC  WORLD,  WHO  WOULD  LOVE  TO  BRING  US  CRASHING  DOWN  TO  THE  GROUND  NEVER  TO  RISE  AGAIN.  THEY  WANT  TO  DESTROY  WHAT  GOD  IS  NOW  DOING  IN  THE  LIVES  OF  HIS  CHILDREN.


SO  PAUL   WROTE  TO  THE  CHURCH  AT  EPHESUS  TO  PUT  ON  THE  WHOLE  ARMOR  OF  GOD—— EPHESIANS 6,  STARTING  IN  VERSE  10.


WE  NEED  TRUTH….. GOD’S  WORD  IS  TRUTH [JOHN 17:17].  YOU  FIND  THE   TRUTH  FIRST  BY  WANTING  IT,  THEN  SEARCHING  THE  SCRIPTURES  ON  ANY  BIBLE  TOPIC;  YEAS  IT  TAKES  SOME  TIME  AND  EFFORT.


WE  NEED  THE  BREASTPLATE  OF  RIGHTEOUSNESS…. BIBLE  DEFINITION  IS  PS. 119: 172.


WE  NEED  FEET  WALKING  IN  PEACE  WITH  THE  GOSPEL….TAKE  SOMETIME  TO  LOOK  UP  ALL  THE  VERSES  ON  “PEACE”  IN  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT,  WITH  SAY  STRONG’S  CONCORDANCE  OF  THE  BIBLE [GIVES  YOU  EVERY  VERSE  WHERE  THE  WORD  “PEACE”  IS  FOUND].


WE  ABOVE  ALL  NEED  THE  SHIELD  OF  FAITH….READ  HEBREWS  11  FOR  EXAMPLES  OF  FAITH.  IT  IS  WITH  FAITH  WE  ARE  ABLE  TO  QUENCH  ALL  THE  FIERY  DARTS  OF  THE  WICKED.


WE  NEED  THE  HELMIT  OF  SALVATION…. PAUL  WROTE  “LET  THIS  MIND  BE  IN  YOU  THAT  WAS  ALSO  IN  CHRIST  JESUS” [PHILIPPIANS 2:5].


WE  NEED  THE  SWORD  OF  THE  SPIRIT…. “FOR  THE  WORD  OF  GOD  IS  QUICK  AND  POWERFUL,  AND  SHARPER  THAN  ANY  TWO  EDGED  SWORD,  PIERCING  EVEN  TO  THE  DIVIDING  ASUNDER  OF  THE  SOUL  AND  SPIRIT,  AND  OF  THE  JOINTS  AND  MARROW,  AND  IS  A  DISCERNER  OF  THE  THOUGHTS  AND  INTENTS  OF  THE  HEART” [HEBREWS 4: 12].


WE  NEED  TO  BE  PRAYING  ALWAYS  WITH  PRAYER  AND  SUPPLICATION  IN  THE  SPIRIT,  AND  WATCHING  THEREUNTO  WITH  ALL  PERSEVERANCE  AND  SUPPLICATION  FOR  ALL  SAINTS.

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VICTORY  CAN  BE  OURS;  WE  HAVE  THE  GREATEST  SPIRITUAL  WARRIORS  ON  OUR  SIDE—— THE  HEAVENLY  FATHER  AND  HIS  SON [OUR  SAVIOR  AND  ELDER  BROTHER].  


VICTORY  IS  OURS!



VICTORY



How can you stand your ground when you are weak and sensitive to pain, when people you love are still alive, when you are unprepared?


What do you need to make you stronger than the interrogator and the whole trap?


From the moment you go to prison you must put your cozy past firmly behind you. At the very threshold, you must say to yourself: "My life is over, a little early to be sure, but there's nothing to be done about it. I shall never return to freedom. I am condemned to die—now or a little later. But later on, in truth, it will be even harder, and so the sooner the better. I no longer have any property whatsoever. For me those I love have died, and for them I have died. From today on, my body is useless and alien to me. Only my spirit and my conscience remain precious and important to me."


Confronted by such a prisoner, the interrogation will tremble.

Only the man who has renounced everything can win that victory.


—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

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Wilma was born prematurely. This produced complications that resulted in her contracting double pneumonia (twice) and scarlet fever. But the worst was a bout with polio which left her with a crooked left leg and a foot twisted inward. Metal leg braces, stares from neighborhood kids, and six years of bus rides to Nashville for treatments could have driven this young girl into a self-made shell. But she refused.

Wilma kept dreaming. And she was determined not to allow her disability to get in the way of her dreams. Maybe her determination was generated by the faith of her Christian mother who often said, "Honey, the most important thing in life is for you to believe it and keep on trying."


By age eleven, Wilma decided to "believe it." And through sheer determination and an indomitable spirit to persevere, regardless, she forced herself to learn how to walk without the braces.


At age twelve she made a wonderful discovery: Girls could run and jump and play ball just like boys! Her older sister Yvonne was quite good at basketball, so Wilma decided to challenge her on the court. She began to improve. The two of them ultimately went out for the same school team. Yvonne made the final twelve, but Wilma didn't. However, because her father wouldn't allow Yvonne to travel with the team without her sister as a "chaperone," Wilma found herself often in the presence of the coach.


One day she built up enough nerve to confront the man with her magnificent obsession—her lifetime dream. She blurted out, "If you will give me ten minutes of your time every day—and only ten minutes—I'll give you a world-class athlete."


He took her up on the offer. The result is history. Young Wilma finally won a starting position on the basketball squad; and when that season ended, she decided to try out for the track team. What a decision!


In her first race, she beat her girlfriend. Then she beat all the girls in her high school, then, every high school girl in the state of Tennessee. Wilma was only fourteen, but already a champion.


Shortly thereafter, although still in high school, she was invited to join the Tigerbelle's track team at Tennessee State University. She began a serious training program after school and on weekends. As she improved, she continued winning short dashes and the 440-yard relay.


Two years later she was invited to try out for the Olympics. She qualified and ran in the 1956 games at Melbourne, Australia. She won a bronze medal as her team placed third in the 440-meter relay. It was a bittersweet victory. She had won—but she decided that next time she would "go for the gold."


Wilma realized that the victory would require an enormous amount of commitment, sacrifice, and discipline. To give her "the winner's edge" as a world-class athlete, she began a do-it-yourself program similar to the one she had employed to get herself out of those leg braces. Not only did she run at six and ten every morning and three every afternoon, she would often sneak down the dormitory fire escape from eight to ten o'clock and run the track before bedtime. Week after week, month in and month out, Wilma maintained the same grueling schedule for over twelve hundred days.


Now we're ready for Rome. When the sleek, trim, young black lady, only twenty years old, walked out onto the field, she was ready. She had paid the price. Even those eighty thousand fans could sense the spirit of victory. It was electrifying. As she began her warm-up sprints, a cadenced chant began to emerge from the stands: "Vilma... Vilma... VILMA!" They were as confident as she that she could win.


And win she did! She breezed to an easy victory in the 100-meter dash. The she won the 200-meter dash. And finally, she anchored the U.S. women's team to another first-place finish in the 400-meter relay. Three gold medals—she was the first woman in history ever to win three gold medals in track-and-field. I should add that each of the three races was won in world-record time.


—Denis Waitley, Seeds of Greatness

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Thou Art My Victory


I prayed for help, I prayed for strength,

I prayed for victory: 

I prayed for patience and for love,

For true humility 

But as I prayed, my dying Christ

By faith I seemed to see, 

And as I gazed my glad heart cried,

"All things are mine, thro' Thee!"


If He doth dwell within my heart,

Why need I strength implore? 

The Giver of all grace is mine,

And shall I ask for more? 

And need I pray for victory,

When He who conquered death 

Dwells in my very inmost soul,

Nearer indeed than breath?


Oh help me, Lord, to realize

That Thou are all in all; 

That I am more than conqueror

In great things and in small 

No need have I but Thou hast met

Upon the cruel tree. 

Oh precious, dying, risen Lord, 

Thou are my victory!


—Avis B. Christiansen, quoted in Charles R. Swindoll, Victory

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YES…. YES…. IN  THIS  RACE  WE  RUN  FOR  ETERNAL  LIFE  WE  CAN  BE  VICTORIOUS——


“I  CAN  DO  ALL  THINGS  THROUGH  CHRIST  WHICH  STRENGTHENS  ME” [PHILIPPIANS  4: 13]


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Keith Hunt