Thursday, January 31, 2008

get ready for the game :: Thursday E-Devotion

Football is a part of life.  For some it really is their life.  For others it is an unnecessary part of life.  Yet this weekend is one of those times when the game almost supersedes everything else ... church, sleep, work or anything.  The super bowl is huge.  No, I am not going to tell you who to pull for or who to vote for.  But I will say that little David didn't have much chance against ol' Goliath (get the point?).
Those half-time commercials are so cool.  Companies spend millions of dollars and seek their customers with gusto.  The teams prepare for victory with blood, sweat and tears.  Fans spend with no end to get to the game and let others see they have been there.
What can we learn at church from this game?
1 --- you got to beleive you can win, and live like it!
Vince Lombardi - "Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence."
1 Timothy 4:8-9 (nlt) --- "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come." This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.
2 --- you got to get the attention of those you want to reach, and sell them!
At The Community Fellowship we believe we are to be the most creative institution on earth because we have the great message to share and that we are to use whatever method possible to get people's attention and while we have their attention, tell them about Jesus.
Luke 9:18 (nlt) --- One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he (Jesus) asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
3 --- you got to be a big fan, and pull for the team!
Hebrews 10:25 (nlt) --- And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Fans make a difference in the game.  You better believe it.  Heard one athlete say this week that a couple 'boos' is much louder than any 'chanting'.  We need each other, and we are stronger together.
I am SO EXCITED about what God is doing at our church and the vision that God has given me.  Honestly, I feel like we are gearing up, getting ready for the big game, and it is going to be awesome.  But are we spending the money to get the attention of the people we want to touch?  Are we practicing so we will be ready and be our best?  Are we willing to travel, to yell at the top of our lungs and to give ourselves for the sake of this cause?
Get on your feet, church.  We ain't seen nothing yet?
PS --- We are having a Super Bowl party Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm (food, friends and fun).  Join us!

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