We are starting a new series at First Baptist centered on the Olympics. the Apostle Paul frequently made references to events in the Olympic Games or to the Isthmian Games that were held in Corinth oposite of the Greek games. In Hebrews 12 we have that picture of the race. He tells us there is a great cloud of witnesses that have gone on before us, giving us the encouragement to Run our race. He likens the Christian life to a race that we must run. In order to be successful he tells us to lay aside sins and weights that will slow us down, and hinder us from effectively running the race. For the strength that we need to get through the hard times he tells us to look to Jesus, the creator and sustain-er of our faith.