The Winning Bet is an evangelistic Christian gospel tract for the horse racing and gambling community. There are two things people can be sure of – death and judgment.
EXTRACT: I grew up around horse racing. In our house all the talk was about the tip for the 2:30 at Chepstow or who was favourite for the 3:30 at Newmarket. I knew the names of jockeys and trainers and I could work out the odds on an accumulator before I was 10!
As a young boy—even though it was illegal—I would sneak in to see my mum in the betting shop where she worked. All the men (it was usually men) were watching the horse racing and exchanging tips. One thing all the punters were looking for was a winning bet, especially if the odds were long. Many times someone would put a pile of cash on a ‘dead-cert’ only to lose heavily. They found out the hard way that the only certainty with gambling is this – the bookmaker always wins.
Of course, there are some things which are certainties in life. Death, for instance. No one knows when death will come, and we all hope it will not be too soon, but death will surely come to us all. We simply cannot avoid it; it is appointed for people to die. Equally certain is the fact that all of us will one day stand before God to be judged for our sins.
For centuries people have sought for a way to avoid death and to live forever. Many books and films have been made about the subject – it is a problem which vexes the whole human race.
Yet God has already given us the answer to this seemingly insurmountable problem. Jesus Christ came to abolish death