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Summary: Spiritual Olympians with a "go for the goal" mindset, recover from injuries.

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Title: Olympians Recover from Injuries

Text: Hebrews 12:12-13

The Big Idea: Spiritual Olympians, with a “go for the goal” mindset, recover from injuries.

Series: Spiritual Olympians: Going for the Goal, is based on Hebrews 12:1-13 and designed to coincide with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, August 8 – 24 and beyond. It is a series developed from Go for the Goal: Become a Spiritual Champion, Mainstay Ministries.

Introduction:

Athletes get injured.

If you Google “Olympic Injuries” you will immediately pull up a bevy of articles, photos, and videos highlighting the accidents and injures suffered by Olympians.

In this photo we see Olympian Sarah Hammer being attended to after crashing her bicycle in competition.

Project Photo Slide: United States’ Sarah Hammer grimaces in pain after crashing during the Track Cycling Women’s Points Race, at the Beijing 2008.

In this slide you see Hungarian Olympian weightlifter being attended to after dislocating his elbow during the lifting competition. It was a gruesome injury which made the point that the human body has limits. When those limits are exceeded… things break.

Project Slide Photo: Janos Baranyai of Hungary is attended by officials after he was injured while competing in the men’s 77 kg group B weightlifting event during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 13, 2008.

When an athlete is injured he or she may have to undergo surgery and most certainly will require extensive rehabilitation in order to return to form in order to compete again.

Spiritual Olympians are also susceptible to injury… in fact books have been written about the wounds suffered by Christians.

Perhaps you have read C. S. Lewis’ book, A Grief Observed or seen the 1993 film about his life, Shadowlands.

Gene Edwards wrote a book originally titled Crucified by Christians which has subsequently been published under the title Exquisite Agony.

Years ago I read a book by Dwight Carlson titled Why Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded?

U.S. Army Corporal Pat Tillman walked away from a 3.6 milion dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to serve his country in Afghanistan, only to loose his life because of “friendly fire.” (CNN.com, Army Finds Tillman Probably Killed by Friendly Fire, 5/31/2004)

Stonewall Jackson, a southern general during the civil war died on the battlefield, mistakenly shot by his own men… that’s friendly fire.

This month the Preaching.com website published a sermon by Michael Milton, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN titled Hit By Friendly Fire: What To Do When Christians Hurt You. (preaching.com/printerfreindly/11550487/)

If you are a Christian it is likely that you will be injured in some way by life and you may even be hit by “friendly fire.”

In one church we served there was a family who attended. The grandparents attended, the parents attended, and the grandchildren attended... but the daughter and her husband did not attend. They were in their late thirties and had two children, both of whom attended, completed Confirmation Class, and were involved in the youth ministry.


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