Pastor's Corner

9 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

The “Big Game” is this Sunday and the world will be watching!  As the Rams and the Bengals go at it on the gridiron the whole world seems to be concerned with the game, what about God? 

Anna Kupp, the wife of Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp, thanked the Lord after her husband helped bring his team to the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.  Following the victory, Anna rushed onto the field and jumped into her husband's arms.  Anna, who describes herself as a "Child of the King" on her Instagram account, posted the video to her account, thanking God in the caption.  According to Sports Spectrum, the Kupps are professing Christians, and both have been outspoken about their faith. The couple also owns an apparel line that puts their faith on display.

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zach Taylor recently shared that his faith and family are at the top of his list of priorities as his team heads to Super Bowl LVI this Sunday.  According to Sports Spectrum, Taylor was asked on Monday concerning how faith, family, and football plays a role for him in preparing for Sunday’s big game.  “In that order, as you mentioned,” he explained. “That’s how I was raised and certainly I’m a believer, and believe that my faith has put us in a position to do some really special things.”  Taylor also spoke on the significance of his family, especially his wife, Sarah. “My family is very important. I think all of our coaches’ and players’ families are a big part of this, the support systems that we have at home,” he shared. “I’ve got the best wife going around and she’s been so supportive. It’s difficult for them too, and they get to enjoy these moments just as much as we do.”

Many years ago (Super Bowl XXXII in 1998), during the pregame TV coverage, a reporter asked Green Bay Packers’ defensive end and ordained minister Reggie White if he thought God wanted him to win the Super Bowl. White shot back, “Well, I’m praying to win.” The reporter replied, “Do you think the Broncos are praying to win too?” “I’m sure they are,” White said.  Then the reporter asked: “If you are praying that Green Bay wins, and the Broncos are praying to win, then who does God want to win?”  Great question, who is God pulling for this weekend? It’s like a parent that has two sons who play on opposite teams. Which one do you cheer for? Why not both? Maybe there is more to playing than winning?

I know that God is interested in the game, but not in the way that you and I might be.  It’s not so much who wins, but how the players use their abilities.  It’s who they look to for support.  Like any of us, God is pleased with us when we use what we have to the best of our ability.  Winning and losing is something that people invented.  All of us “won” when God breathed life into us, we win for eternity when we accept Jesus as Savior.  

This weekend, cheer for your favorite team, but do so in a God honoring way! In all things, use your influence to advance His Kingdom. God will be watching; the game and you!!  

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:44-45

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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