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You May Die! Philippians 1:21-30

You May Die!

Endurance sports require incredible commitment and preparation, just like the race of the Christian faith.

At a Glance

If you've entered the 2011 Death Race, you have already signed a waiver. We won't say here what you're required to sign -- don't want to give details away -- but let's just say it would give most people pause. Would it be a good idea to ask people joining the church, or making a commitment to Jesus Christ, to sign a similar waiver?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "God Will Be God," September 22, 1996, at

The apostle Paul is doing hard time in a Roman prison.

Parole date, unknown.

We don't know if he was in a prison prison, or under house arrest. But he does mention his chains, not once, not twice, but three times in a span of four verses (Philippians 1:13, 14, 17). So we can disregard the idea that he was in an Italian villa with an electronic bracelet on his ankle, free to come and go as he pleased as long as he didn't wander past the palace guards -- whom he also mentions.

As a Christian in Nero's Rome about A.D. 61 he's not ...

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