February 5, 2018

Here we are this morning already waking up to the first Monday in February. I would like to invite you to join Jennifer and me as we have committed to a partnership with Ryan and Emily during the month of February. We will be fasting and praying every Monday in February in support of their Visa issues that God would move on their behalf. If you are a prayer partner with our church you know their story. So thanks for any who will join us this month!
We are also here on the day after the Super Bowl. Considering my disdain for the two teams playing I had pretty much decided I didn’t have much interest in watching the actual game. I was somewhat cheering “against” the Patriots (haven’t they won enough? Ha) but I also thought they were going to win so I don’t really want to watch that. But we ended up at a Super Bowl Party (Thanks Dillard and Phyllis Hill for hosting a great party!!) and so I ended up watching a good portion of the game. I started off more interested in the commercials but none of them were really jumping out at me so I turned my attention to the halftime show. Justin Timberlake is without a doubt a very talented performer. Whether you liked the halftime show or not was probably a reflection of whether you like his music or not. I am familiar with some of his work and I found it entertaining but later I was thinking how my personal expectation was for something I could “sing-along-with.” Ha. Then I realized that’s probably a dumb way to evaluate a performance. So I will let you evaluate it however you want, though most critics thought it was one of the best ever. I did start to watch the game and it was indeed an entertaining game. The two teams set a Super Bowl record for most combined yards so there was a lot of action and a lot of scoring which usually keeps our attention. When the Patriots took the lead in the 4th quarter I thought the game was over but the Eagles countered and with just over 2 minutes the Patriots had the ball again. Again, I was convinced Tom Brady would lead them back down the field for the winning touchdown. Then the fumble occurred and I still wasn’t convinced some Brady magic wouldn’t bring them back until the final pass hit the ground.
I say all that to lead us to the post-game interviews. It was just such a pleasant surprise to see a coach and players who were not ashamed to stand up for their faith. Christian athletes are often criticized for bringing religion into the sports setting but I appreciated the way this coach and these players did it. They did not say thanks to God for helping us win or thanks to God for helping me play well or anything else that could be construed as God favoring one team over another. Coach Pederson simply said, “I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity.” What a great testimony. Then tight end Zach Ertz and quarterback Nick Foles both simply gave Glory to God. I think it is so fitting for them and the way they gave God the glory is something I think almost anyone should be able to support. Not to hate on Cowboy fans but I did question whether the current Cowboys’ coach would be offering up such words of faith in that moment (if that moment ever occurs, which seems more and more unlikely - sorry). I wonder how many of us are quick to give God the glory throughout our lives. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” I admit to not being an Eagles fan but in that moment I was happy for those men and my heart did soften a little to their whole team. I know there are probably believers on almost every pro sports team but it does seem like the Eagles are being led by some very godly men and I think that should be recognized and applauded. Here are a couple of articles if you want to read more. This is Jim Denison’s article and then HERE is an article about how QB Nick Foles plans to be a pastor when his career in football is over.
So much is going on here at FBCWS it is hard to even know what to highlight today. Let me just mention two today:
This weekend we will be hosting Paul Tripp’s Marriage Conference via streaming video to our home. We already have a number of couples signed up to come. It is totally FREE. It is 6:00 - 9:00 PM this coming Friday and Saturday morning 9:00 - 12:00. Just call the church office if you plan to attend. I cannot stress enough how important this is for any and every married couple reading this. I promise your spouse will be thankful you chose to attend.
And then less than 3 weeks away is our church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration on February 24-25. Be sure to call the church office and make your reservations for the Sunday lunch if you plan to attend. Again, it is all FREE but you MUST turn in your reservations for the lunch on Sunday.
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?