Raiders Of A Lost Art

A raider is defined as a person who attacks an enemy in the enemy’s own territory. And I think that it is perfectly fitting that Rashad Jennings happens to be a Running Back for the Oakland Raiders.

I got to sit in on a taping of a TV interview he had yesterday. And as I listened attentively, the final words Jennings shared resonated with me. I think they are a poignant reminder of who we are (and what we are to be) as Christians.

When asked about the balance he strives to maintain between being Christian, and, for example, having to be part of an NFL locker room, a portion of Rashad’s answer was…

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Into The Mouth Of Babes – Part II of II

God’s word is time-tested and true. But there is one thing that often keeps many of us from experiencing much of the power that it offers; it is our own foolish pride. When we feel like we have “grown-up a bit”, and know enough about the word to not partake of it on a daily basis, we fail to take God as seriously.

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When this happens, we lose vigor and become spiritually weak and malnourished. We become susceptible to self-deception, satanic suggestion, and fallen humanistic philosophy. But there remains hope for every Christian:

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Into The Mouth Of Babes – Part I of II

Eating is a full-time occupation for newborn babies. They continually get hungry for milk because they are no longer connected by the umbilical cord to the nourishment and nutrition mother’s body has provided them for nine months; not to mention that they are growing faster and need more to sustain them.

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They often get so hungry that they cry until they are fed. Babies desire milk with all of their hearts. And we could take a lesson from them. In fact, in I Peter 2:2, God’s word gives us that lesson, when it says, “desire the sincere milk of the Word, as newborn babes, so that you may grow by it”.

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Life’s Little Turn Signals

Letting Others Get Ahead Of You

It is certainly a sort of pet peeve of mine, and likely yours too. You’re in traffic, calmly cruising along. Then you decide to switch lanes perhaps to catch a turn or to make the next exit. Then you do the unthinkable—at least to the guy in the other lane who is at least a car length behind you—you use your dreaded turn signal!

One would think that a turn signal is designed to tell the drivers in the lane you want to enter that they should speed up. It happens every time!

Why oh why is it that drivers don’t want other drivers to get in front of them? I wonder what we would do if we all had turn signals on our bodies. As we walked on a crowded street, would we pick up our pace to get past other pedestrians when we saw them preparing to cross into our path up ahead? So why do we do it on the road?

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Man Up!: Message by Dr. Tim Clinton

As we do each Super Bowl Sunday, we had a men’s only service at 9am. It was truly a blessing to see our sanctuary filled with thousands of men determined to not be a mere statistic. Our speaker, Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is also a fellow member of Thomas Road Baptist Church and a co-worker at Liberty University.

He shared some eye-opening statistics as well as some great spiritual truths with us today. As a man who grew up without a father in my own life, I was tremendously blessed to have both my fantastic sons Keith Jr. and Jeremiah (ages 22 and 13) with me to hear what Tim shared.

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Here are some takeaways:

“There is a serious gender gap in the American Church today. On any given Sunday there are 13 million more adult women in church than men. Over 70% of the boys who are being raised in church will abandon it during their teens and twenties. Many of these boys never return.”   

“Men can lose heart in everyday life. But they can also recover their hearts, get back in the fight, and stand for what matters most.” (See how below):

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GOD Is Your #1 Fan: It All Comes Down To This…

After all of the games have been played; after all the teams (but two) have been eliminated; after all of the individual and team stats have been applauded or argued; once again that great question gets answered this weekend–Which is the best team in the NFL?

And though my favorite team didn’t even make it into the post-season, I am still excited about watching—especially this year! After all, this is the first time, that I know of, when the Super Bowl hosted the NFL’s best offense (Broncos) facing off against the league’s best defense (Seahawks)!

Now, I don’t know whether or not it is just the latest trend, or if its real. But more people in positions of secular celebrity are professing their faith, not just in God, but more specifically, in Jesus Christ.

Feel what you might, but this excites the heck out of me! I mean what do you get when you have a Peyton Manning who is probably the greatest to ever play the game—and a professed Christian, facing off against an up-and-coming Russell Wilson who is phenomenal in his own rite—and who is also a professed Christian?

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