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John Bunyan on Running the Race - by Michael Phillips
Running the Race - Part 1 of 2
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1 Corinthians 9:24
Jul 03, 2002 pm - Tonight, with the Lord's help, we'll start a new Puritan study called John Bunyan on Running the Race. If you'd like to read along with me-or ahead of me, for that matter, you can buy his little book, The Heavenly Footman. Christian Focus Publications has a modern language version of the book in large and clear print. If you'd rather go blind trying to read it (like me), you can find it in Bunyan's Complete Works. In any event, it's an excellent book, with plenty to challenge your mind and put you earnest about saving your soul. The book itself is made up of seven parts. But before he gets to them, Bunyan has a word for Christians who are lazy about their salvation. It is not pleasant reading, but it is good for us. THE TEXT He starts with a verse from the Old Testament, Genesis 19:7. The speaker is an angel; the listeners are Lot and his family. Fire is about to fall on Sodom and the cities around it, and the angel tells them, "Escape for your life. Do not look behind you, nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains lest you be consumed". THE IMPLICAITONS You should note a few things about the verse and Bunyan's use of it. It's a command, not a suggestion or a hint. ... More >>>

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