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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Running for the Crown

By Ken Horn
July 29, 2012

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NIV).

Those who compete in the Olympic Games are on the world’s biggest stage. They are consummate athletes, the best in their nations. They, too, will compete for “corruptible crowns” (as the KJV puts it), though the gold, silver and bronze medals of today that designate the world’s best will last significantly longer than the ephemeral wreaths of Paul’s day.

But some of these athletes will compete for both a perishable medal and an imperishable spiritual crown. Numbers of Olympic athletes, present and past, from many countries serve Jesus Christ.

Some of their stories are told in this special edition.

Bryan Clay, the reigning gold medalist in the decathlon and bearer of the “world’s greatest athlete” tag that traditionally goes along with it, will be competing in this Olympics for another gold. The excerpt is from his book, which was written with Joel Kilpatrick, former news editor of the Pentecostal Evangel.

Marathoner Meb Keflezighi, who often talks to God while he runs, has an amazing story of a comeback from a fractured hip to win the U.S. Marathon Championship. He attributes it to prayer and the power of God.

Gold medalist swimmer Josh Davis is active in sharing his faith effectively in very interesting places, like Harvard University.

Louis Zamperini was already an Olympian when he was taken as a prisoner of war in World War II. His later salvation in a historic Billy Graham crusade led to his remarkable decision to forgive, in person, the war criminals who had abused him.

Read these, and other remarkable stories of Olympians serving Jesus, in the pages that follow.

Ken Horn

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