Pastor's Corner

9 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

It seems like here lately most of the coverage given to NFL athletes has been negative.  Peyton Manning wins his second Super Bowl and all the media wants to talk about is a locker room incident that happened when he was 19 years old.  The dude retries after 18 years in the game, holding several records and MVPs and the first question he is asked is how he feels about the allegations being levied against him.   Cam Newton is another example.  Has his first MVP season and in the process goes to the Super Bowl.  Leading up to the Super Bowl, most of the coverage I heard always included mentions of his checkered past.  Rarely would you hear about his time at children’s hospitals and community work.  True, in both cases, these two are no saints.  The first time Peyton hosted Saturday Night Live his skits included dropping the “F-bomb” in front of little kids and alcohol use in front of them.  And sure, Cam likes to celebrate when things are good, but pouts when they don’t go his way.  Neither is perfect, but both have many qualities worth celebrating.

That is why I could not help but draw our attention to another not so perfect NFL quarterback, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.  Every sports fan remembers “crab leg gate” and his standing on a table in the student center and yelling obscenities while in college, but very rarely do we hear positive press on him.  Maybe it’s because there isn’t a lot to report, I don’t know.  But that changes today!  While attending a conference hosted by Pro Athletes Outreach in Colorado, reports that Winston made a profession of faith in Christ and was baptized.  The conference is an annual event that draws professional athletes and their significant others for prayers, inspirational speakers, worship, and other events. 

Sometimes people (athlete or not) do not give us a lot of positive things to celebrate, but when someone comes to know the Lord the Bible tells us the angels in Heaven celebrate.  When that happens, shouldn’t do so as well?  Football fan or not, Winston fan or not, I’m a Jesus fan and anytime someone joins His team, I’m for them! 

Today, celebrate the things in life that have eternal significance!  It might just change your attitude and perspective!  

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:7 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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