by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 31, 2011
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Colossians 1:9-12 our aim as Christians is perseverance and perfection - Mary

The reason games are fun is the possibility of winning. We often measure success and failure by what we accomplish.

Isaiah 38:16-ff

Hebrews 3:1-19

Hebrew 11:13-16
- Ezekiel 14 Noah, Daniel and Job

On July 4, 1952, at the age of 34, Florence Chadwick attempted to become the first woman to swim 21 miles across the Catalina Channel, from Catalina Island to California coast. The ocean was ice cold, the fog was so thick that she could hardly see the support boats that followed her, and sharks prowled around her. Several times, her support crew used rifles to drive away the sharks. While Americans watched on television, she swam for hours. Her mother and her trainer, who were in one of the support boats, encouraged her to keep going. However, after 15 hours and 55 minutes, with only a half mile to go, she felt that she couldn't go on, and asked to be taken out of the water.

"Look, I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land I know I could have made it." The fog had made her unable to see her goal, and it had felt to her like she was getting nowhere. Two months later, she tried again. The fog was just as dense, but this time she made it. After 13 hours, 47 minutes, and 55 seconds, she reached the California shore, breaking a 27-year-old record by more than two hours and becoming the first woman every to complete the swim.

Philippians 4:4-9

Thankful – Horatio Spafford “it is well song” stop the negativeness and the complaining

Humble – God centered not self centered

Involved not with the world but with the church

Naturalize – Naturalization ceremony stay committed to God daily

Kingdom – finish line

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