Pastor's Corner

9 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

Some say we witnessed at miracle on Monday.  In a repeat from the college football National Championship game from two years ago, Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers went up against Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.  Most believed the heavily favored Tide would walk past Clemson as they had done to every other opponent this season,  but Clemson was a different team.  At the conclusion of the game the Tigers handed Saban his worst loss as a head coach at Alabama, 44-16.  And what did Swinney have to say about it after the game? That’s for all the doubters, they had it coming to them, nope, nothing like that at all.  In the postgame interview Coach Swinney said,  “All the credit – all the glory – goes to the good Lord.” Clemson also because the first college football team to finish 15-0.

I have followed Clemson since Swinney came onboard as head coach in 2008 after Tommy Bowden resigned midseason.  Swinney went on to lead the Tigers to a bowl appearance that same year.  But it was not his victories on the field that made me a fan.  Shortly after becoming the head coach, Swinney, the athletic director and the school received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation ordering them to remove the chaplains Coach Swinney had invited to work with the team.  The FFRF threatened to sue citing church and state separation.  Around that time the FFRF was enjoying some success in intimidating other schools and bullying them into submission on similar charges.  Not Coach Swinney, the AD or the school.  They stood their ground kept the team chaplains and the bully FFRF backed down. 

On Monday evening the world saw that you can still be a good guy and win. When the spotlight of victory is on you to whom do you give the credit?  Football fan or not we all should be fans of Christians who are not ashamed to share and live their faith.  You don’t need a national stage to have an impact for Jesus.  Coach Swinney began his stand long before the microphones and cameras where put in his face.  Who knows where the Lord will take you in 2019 and what kinds of opportunities you might have.  Begin now by being determined to not be moved by the outside forces of this world and instead stand for Christ in every arena you find yourself. Be the difference where you are today and you will make a difference when in matters most.  

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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