Pastor's Corner

7 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

Football fan or not, this past Sunday’s Super Bowl was an overall success for American sports.  The commercials were not the best ever, but they avoided the political mistakes of last year.  The halftime show appeared to have no setbacks or controversy as in previous years.  The referees called an okay game with no major missed calls.  And, oh yes, the actual game was pretty good too.  Congratulations to the Eagles (that hurts to say as a Cowboys fan).  The Patriots gave the fans our money’s worth, as always, making it interesting to the very last moment of the game.  The celebration after the game was also in good taste on both sides.  Even Gisele showed a little class in defeat this time around. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/05/tom-bradys-wife-gisele-bundchen-is-gracious-in-defeat-this-time/  She went so far as to tell her heartbroken children that it would be okay, “Their whole life [Eagles], they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes.’’ http://thebiglead.com/2018/02/05/gisele-comforted-her-daughter-by-saying-eagles-had-never-won-and-you-have-to-let-someone-else-win-sometimes/  How nice of their dad to “let” the Eagles finally win one.  

Perhaps the most comical moment of the weekend happened not at the Super Bowl but back in New England where star tight end Rob Gronkowski had his Foxboro home broken into while he was gone.  No one getting their home robbed is funny, but you have to factor in who was robbed and under the circumstances to appreciate the humor.  Shortly after arriving home Gronkowski discovered the break in and called 911.  This is what he said, "Hello. This isn’t an emergency. This is Rob Gronkowski calling and while I was gone, my whole house got robbed, while on the Super Bowl trip, and I just got back."  https://www.thedailybeast.com/gronkowski-911-my-house-got-robbed-during-super-bowl Any fan of football knows the laid back attitude of Gronkowski and the bachelor life shenanigans he often gets himself into.  The story and 911 call just adds to the comical reputation he has earned himself.  To his credit, after police arrived they discovered that Gronk had not had anything of his stolen, but in fact his roommates were the ones who got robbed. Rob actually locked the doors to his room in the house.  The criminals were pretty smart to break in when they knew no one would be home.  Too bad Rob’s roommates were not smart enough to lock their stuff up. 

When contemplating the humor in this story I cannot help but think of the humorous illustration that Jesus uses to warn us about something in the future that’s not funny at all.  In Luke 12 Jesus is teaching us to be ready for His return He tells the story of a master returning and the protection we take to secure our home.  He says in verses 38-40: If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, those slaves are blessed. But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” 

The enemy moves on us at the greatest and weakest moments.  At these two life extremes our guard is normally down. We often think to protect ourselves in times of trouble but rarely do we think of protecting ourselves when things appear to be at their best.  It is often at these times when we forget how much we need the Lord because it is so easy to lean on personal success.  

As you walk today don’t forget about the importance of securing your home in good times and in bad.  Our enemy is looking for just the right opportunity to attack when we least expect it.  Thwart his advice by putting on the full armor of the Lord every day!

Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.  1 Peter 5:8

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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