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Alistair Begg on his favourite movie

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Dear friend,

When asked about my favorite film, my answer hasn't changed in nearly forty years. They are chariots of fire. Nominated at the 54th Academy Awards in seven categories, it was an unexpected winner of four Oscars, including Best Film. In 1982 the applause rang out in Hollywood, just like in 1945 in the cemetery in the Weihsien internment camp in China, when Eric Henry Liddell plentifully went to heaven.

Every Scottish student in the 1950s knew the story of Eric Liddell. Our teachers would use it not only as an example of top athletic performance or disciplined training, but also of humility based on God's grace. He was only 5 & # 39; 8 ”, but he was a giant. He played rugby for Scotland and ran the Paris Olympics in 1924. His best race was the 100 meters. But when the Olympic schedule stipulated that the heats should take place on a Sunday, his belief in the Lord's Day meant that he couldn't walk. Instead, he ran the 400 meters on a weekday, won gold, and set a new world record. He later commented: “The secret of my success over the 400 meters is that I run the first 200 meters as quickly as possible. Then with God's help I run the second 200 meters faster. "

The film only leads us until 1924. In 1925 Eric left Scotland to go to China as a missionary. (He was born there in 1902 to mission parents.) Because of his fame as an athlete, a large crowd gathered at Waverley Station in Edinburgh to drop him off. From the window of his car he shouted: "Christ for the world, because the world needs Christ!" Then he led the crowd by singing the hymn "Jesus will rule where the sun is".

His earthly race would be fought in less than two decades. But his investment in the lives of his colleagues and children in the Anglo-Chinese school where he taught has borne fruit forever. He was smart, capable, kind, kind and humble. No wonder so many joined him when he ran to Jesus, the pioneer and accomplisher of their faith (Heb 12: 2). He could make these words of Paul his own: “We proclaim him, we warn everyone and we teach with all wisdom that we can present every mature person in Christ” (Col. 1:28).

Eric Liddell has influenced many of us without ever knowing it. One day we'll have a chance to tell him. Another big influence in my life was another Scotsman, my friend Sinclair Ferguson. It is perfectly fitting that his book Maturity should be the companion of Eric Liddell's biography Running races, available this month from Truth For Life. I have no doubt that you will benefit immensely from both.

Thank you for the way you continue to join us in this gospel project. Your praying generosity paves the way for others to join the race and reach maturity.

For the whole team and with my love for the Lord Jesus,

Alistair Begg

PS. I am not a film fan. I didn't have a TV until I was twelve. Finally, I convinced my parents that it was okay for me to go to the cinema. I was fifteen and the film was The Ten Commandments. I went new ways when they agreed to see The Sound of Music. I regret nothing. I bless her memory.

Running the Race: The biography of Eric Liddell

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