If we want the shot to count…

I try to look for spiritual/scriptural connections when I watch TV, read news articles and walk around in this world. That’s why when I saw the video below, I immediately thought of, “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5)

I’m not taking anything away from the shot – it’s amazing! But regardless of how amazing it is to our eyes, the shooter was out-of-bounds in the eyes of the rules…so the shot didn’t count.

We would do well to remember Paul’s spiritual admonition to Timothy; if we want our shots in life to count, we need to make sure we’re on the right side of the out-of-bounds line.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

(as a side-note, please keep in mind that TFR does not endorse any advertisements that may appear in connection to the video below)

#christian-living, #spiritual-analogies, #sports, #video

(#182) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:1-Who Knew?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Even the calendar is cause for humility! Who knew yesterday what would be today’s final: weather result? Stock Market margins? Family sickness and death? Earthquake or storm damage? Job benefit or loss? Accident tally? Sports results?

Truly God proves to know much more than we do, for “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). All we can do is “number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), that is, realize that every day we live brings us closer to death (Hebrews 9:27). “Boasting” is talk that has no substance, in other words, the person doesn’t know what he/she is talking about! “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). It is not wrong to plan ahead, but it is wrong to think those plans are completely within our power to bring them about! Calendar humility is a reason to “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

There is nothing in Scripture that gives prior warning to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He taught: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:6); “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42); “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44); “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). ALL who have set the day or times for Jesus to return have been TOTALLY FALSE, completely discredited in their Bible knowledge of this event, and proven to not be a Prophet of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)!

Because we are ignorant about “tomorrow,” and the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, why not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and then plan “if the Lord wills?” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #boast, #faith, #god, #ignorance, #proverbs, #salvation, #sports, #stock-market, #today, #tomorrow, #weather, #wisdom

I’m not really into sports all that muc…

I’m not really into sports all that much, probably because my kids aren’t. If they were, then whatever they played would be my favorite. :)

#children, #daily-nudge, #kids, #sports

Favorite Teams

I love sports, coming from a sports crazy family. I have been watching it since birth [playing and coaching along the way].  I still have my favorite teams since the youngest days.

I am a huge University of Alabama fan. College football is phenomenal. I also love the University of North Alabama, since I am an alumni.

In baseball it has always been the Braves, even though I love Albert Pujols and follow the Cardinals.

In basketball, it has always been the Celtics, with an interlude for Michael Jordan’s Bulls.

In professional football, I have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan.

One thing makes me different, I guess, is that I truly believe in the Golden Rule. I don’t like to be taunted, so I don’t taunt others.  Seems simple to me.  Someone can be proud that their team won, I certainly am, without mocking the other team.

By the way, soccer baffles me. I don’t think Americans are ever going to fully embrace a sport that can end 0-0.

#alabama-crimson-tiide, #atlanta-braves, #boston-celtics, #dallas-cowboys, #football, #north-alabama, #sports

Daily Nudge: name your sport — and news

The largest sports event in the world is underway right now. The World Cup draws billions of viewers. Football (soccer) is the world’s most popular sport. So we’ll ask in the shadow of Brazil’s imminent victory … name your favorite or best sport.

Maybe you just watch some championship game. That still counts. Or play for fun. Or take your kids to games. Whatever works to qualify for your sport works for us.

News of the churches?

#football, #nudge, #soccer, #sports

My source of news is many-fold. I watch …

My source of news is many-fold. I watch FoxNews regularly, the local news, and scan the internet sources (Google news, Drudge, FOX, NewsMax, WND (rarely), CNS News Service). I was subscribing to the Wall Street Journal, but I quickly learned that was bigger than I could handle.

FB, for me, is a pleasant tool, but I use it somewhat irregularly. I noticed that it has been about a week since I posted last, and then on other occasions, I post two, three, four times a week. Email is still a favorite on mine. Twitter is something I don’t use and neither do I use text messaging on the phones. I have graduated from 8-track to cassette – and I am happy!

On SPORTS, I use the regular sources that most others use (CBS, FOX, EPSN), but in college FB, I like Phil Steel’s a good bit and the Columbus Dispatch. It is a tolerable summer without football!

#news, #no-weather, #sports