Tonight was the start of the NBA season and the Portland Trailblazers won their game against the Utah Jazz. Tonight was also the start of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, and though the Cubs are a sentimental favorite with many baseball fans because the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945, 3 years before I was born, but they lost the first game tonight. Winning and losing is what sports are about. In just 2 weeks we will have a winner and a loser in the presidential race. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul says if you are in a race, run it to win. What does it mean to win in life? I want to win in life, how do I do that? How do I know if I have? Paul declared himself a winner a few days before he is martyred by the Roman Emorer Nero when he said”I have finished the race” and I will receive “the crown of life”, I will be declared a winner by God Himself. Most Christian’s will not win because they won’t finish well because they will become entangled with the world and the stuff in it. They will back slide because of the lure of the world, because of the tempting of the evil one, and because our flesh is weak in doing good and strong in doing bad.

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