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Upcoming Events
OCT

18

WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
OCT

22

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
What the NFL Playoffs Teach Us

1 Corinthians 15:57 - "But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Today is the beginning of the NFL playoffs.  In just a few hours the teams will suit up and go to war on the field.  There will be amazing plays, great stops, genius coaching calls, coaching blunders, and of course in many of the games high drama.  One of the most memorable playoff games in my mind was the match up between the Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills on  January 3, 1993.  I was a Houston Oiler fan and my dad was a Buffalo Bills fan.  Of course we watched the game together, and for the first 2 and a half quarters I had a blast.  Houston was dominating the game, leading 35-3.

But then the greatest comeback in NFL history, as the Bills behind a backup quarterback came storming back and won the game in overtime 41-38.  I still feel disappointment to this day, while my dad just smiles.  There is something sweet about victory.

Today two teams will wear that smile and bask in the joy of victory, while two go home experiencing the agony of defeat.   (Most likely it will be the two that I am cheering for).  I may still feel the sting of that defeat from 20 years ago a little bit, but in the overall scheme of things it doesn't matter does it?  One team won, one team lost, and the same thing  (minus the 32 point comeback) is played out every year, over and over and over.

Victory and defeat are a part of life.  Read Paul's words again though in 1 Corinthians 15, "but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  What does he mean? Is  he saying that if we trust Jesus all of our sports teams will be victorious? Don't be ridiculous, Paul's words aren't that shallow.  They aren't that hollow, they are full of meaning and depth, and power. 

He is saying, in fact celebrating and shouting, that we are victorious in Christ Jesus.  Maybe not victorious in sports, but victorious in something far more important, victorious in life.  More specifically what he is saying is this we are victorious over DEATH.  The ultimate enemy is defeated on the cross of Jesus.  As John Owen said, "the death of death in the death of Christ."  We are victorious over death, if we know Jesus and have had our sins forgiven through His blood.  Pretty amazing isn't it?

But to quote an infomercial, "but wait there's more".  We are victorious not only over death, but we are victorious in life as well.  Victorious over sin, victorious over self, victorious over hell and victorious over the grave.  No wonder Paul says and in fact shouts, "but thanks be to God who gives us the VICTORY!"

If the Houston Oilers would have won that fateful game in 1993 I would have been temporarily happy, but my life wouldn't really be any different at all.  The victory that Jesus won on the cross however transforms my life now and for all eternity.  So let's celebrate Him today, let's bask in His victory, let's live for Him, and let's invite someone to church with us so that they might learn about His victory, so that they too might have reason to rejoice.