Scotland is, as you know, gearing up for and preparing to welcome the world to the 2014 Commonwealth Games which commence on 23 July!
Each day in July, dovetailing in with the Commonwealth Games, members of the Scottish Baptist Lay Preachers' Association will pick up on the athletic theme under the title of 'Chariots of Fire'. The Bible is full of athletic imagery which likens faith and our discipleship to running in a race. Paul, who was no stranger to Athens, uses such imagery to encourage those to whom he was writing to "run with perseverance the race marked out for them". As Eric Liddell in the Chariots of Fire film itself reminds us, "it's hard - it requires concentration of will, energy of soul".
Each devotional will be different - some will focus on a particular 'athletic' text, either from one of Paul's letters or elsewhere, others might be crafted on part of the 'Chariots of Fire' film, whereas others might unpack the 'inspiring a generation', 'lasting legacy' or 'running the race' theme.
Check in each day on our website atwww.sblpa.co.uk to read, to be inspired and to be challenged!