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Olympic Speed Skaters Slow Down When No Hope of Winning

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Apolo Ohno, an American, hoped to win his second gold medal in the men’s 5,000-meter short track, speed-skating relay. But during one of the turns, another American skater fell. His fall and recovery only took a few seconds, but it essentially put the American team out of the race. After that, the American team began to skate slower and slower, eventually allowing themselves to be lapped by the gold-medal Canadians.

Why did they slow down? Well, the hope of winning was gone. (Paul Richardson, Half Moon Bay, California, www.

Is your hope of winning gone? Then look again at God’s Word and be encouraged. It’s very clear: We do win in the end. We who have put our trust in Christ will be with Him in glory while the rest of the world goes through a gory end.

From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Anticipating Advent -- Part II, 12/4/2009

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