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When You Can't Run Anymore: Lessons from the Story of Derek Redmond and Acts 14

The story of Derek Redmond, the Olympic 400M runner, is a powerful illustration of perseverance. During the 1992 Olympics, Derek was running in the semifinals when he suddenly pulled a hamstring and fell to the ground in pain. Most athletes would have given up at that point, but Derek refused to quit. He got up and hobbled towards the finish line, determined to finish the race.

As he limped along, a man ran out of the stands and onto the track. It was Derek's father, Jim Redmond. Jim put his arm around his son and helped him hobble to the finish line. The two men finished the race together, to thunderous applause from the crowd. I'm not crying you are...

This story reminds us of the importance of perseverance, even when the going gets tough. Like Derek, we may face obstacles and setbacks in our lives, but we must keep pushing forward. It's not enough to start the race - we must finish it.

In Acts 14, we see Paul and Barnabas facing their own obstacles as they preach the gospel. They were met with opposition and persecution at every turn. In Lystra, Paul was even stoned and left for dead. But like Derek Redmond, Paul and Barnabas refused to quit. They got up and continued to preach the gospel, even in the face of danger.

This passage teaches us that perseverance is not just a physical act, but a spiritual one as well. We must rely on God's strength and grace to help us push through the challenges of life. When we face opposition, we must remember that God is with us and will give us the strength we need to persevere. So let us be like Derek Redmond, Paul, and Barnabas - let us persevere in our faith and finish the race set before us. And when we face challenges, let us remember that we do not run alone, but with the help of a loving God who will always be there to support us.

God's Love for you is Always True

Pastor Mike


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