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Life Is Like Football (15 of 21).


Series: Forever Living in A Whatever World

Philippians 3:12-16

Introduction: According to Forrest Gump‘s mama, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your’re gonna get.” I say “Life is like football!” I am not the first to say “life is like football.” Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard put it this way, “The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” The legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, expressed the same sentiment. “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” Coach Lombardi also said, “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.”

Ladies, you might prefer Erma Bombeck‘s observation on football. She said, “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

I played football in high school, believe it or not. That’s was back in the Middle Ages. I was a quarterback. I started out as a running back. I gave up on that after the first game. I was running a sweep around end when an opposing tackle grabbed my left leg. Another grabbed my left leg. The linebacker looked at me and said, “Make a wish!”

Of course, that’s not true. Football didn’t exist in the Middle Ages. American style football didn’t come into its own until about the time of the Civil War. It began as a variation on rugby and its cousin soccer among the Ivy League schools of the Northeast. If football had existed in bible times, Paul would probably have been a fan. I say that because his New Testament books contain many sports analogies. The primary sports of the day were running, boxing, and wrestling.

Listen to these illustrations from Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-26). “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Our text provides another example. To understand the passage requires understanding at least part of the sports analogy. Today I want to tackle the message of Philippians by translating Paul’s ancient picture into our more familiar football analogy. I will say it again. Life is like football in at least three ways. It’s not over ’til it’s over. You gotta know which way you’re headed. You gotta remember which team you’re on.

First, life is like football. It’s not over til it’s over. A good team doesn’t start celebrating until the game ends. Victory comes to the team who wants it the …

By Roger Thomas

Man Beats Up Wife’s Alleged Rapist After Finding Him on Facebook.


A British man hunted down his wife’s alleged rapist on Facebook then beat him up before convincing her to report the alleged crime, according to the Telegraph.

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The man apparently used Facebook to speak to friends and find 27-year-old grocer Andrew Marsh, who allegedly raped his wife in 2001 when she was a schoolgirl. He then said he was organizing a surprise party for his wife to get in touch, the Telegraph reports, then went to Marsh’s home and beat him up.

The alleged victim, whose name has not been revealed, told Maidstone County Court that the husband presented her with a choice after beating up the alleged rapist.

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“He told me I had to call the police otherwise he would be prosecuted for assault,” she said, according to the Telegraph.

Marsh has denied the rape charge and the trial is reportedly still underway.

While the alleged victim’s husband used Facebook to seek justice for an apparent crime, an American football player recently used the social network to defeat a false rape conviction.

Brian Banks was a hot linebacker prospect as a Long Beach high school player, recruited by elite college programs around the nation. His career was derailed before it really began, however, when a classmate accused him of raping her in a school stairwell in 2002. Banks insisted he was innocent, but eventually took a plea deal rather than risk a possible prison sentence of more than 40 years.

Years later his accuser send him a friend request on Facebook, and said she wanted to “let bygones be bygones.” Banks set up a meeting at an attorney’s office, then secretly videotaped it as the women confessed that she had made up the charge. The conviction was then overturned, and Banks got an NFL tryout this summer.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Sam Laird | Mashable

How to Get out of the Grandstands and onto the Playing Field.


John 12:26

I have said it before, but I will say it again.

The church is a lot like the Super Bowl.

 The Super Bowl is often a picture of eighty to ninety thousand people in great need of exercise watching twenty-two men in great need of rest.

And what I want to know this morning is this.

Are you in the grandstand or are you in the playing field?.

Are you a participant or are you a spectator?

Maybe you are saying, “Well, there is just not much I can do.

I don’t have great intellect.

 I don’t have a lot of charisma.

I don’t have any great qualities of leadership. I’m a one-talent person.”

Well, let’s just find out something here this morning. How many Rhodes scholars do we have in this congregation? Raise your hand. How many Miss Americas do we have here today?.

 How many all-American football players do we have in our congregation? How many United States Senators do we have? (I guess we just don’t have too many important people here.)

Well, I just want you to know that God will be glad to use a nobody like you. That’s right. I want you to turn to another passage of scripture.

Turn to I Corinthians 1:26-28. Here we have a beautiful description of the kind of folks that God can use (read).

You see, the truth is that you don’t have an excuse.

 God can use you if you will just make yourself available to Him.

Somebody has said, “It doesn’t take much of a man to be a Christian, but it takes all that there is of him.”

 Friend, if you’ll give God what you have, whether it be little or much, and you let Him fill it with His presence, it will be much.

And God will take people like you and me and God will build this church and turn this nation and this world upside down for the Lord Jesus Christ.

So we need to get out of the grandstand and onto the playing field of Christian service.

Let’s look at our text. The first thing that we notice as we look at John 12:26 is

I. THE REALM OF SERVICE

Jesus said, “If any man serve me…” There are many realms of service. There are many to whom you can render service. I mean, you could serve Satan if you choose to do that.

I was telling our Sunday School leadership some time ago about this man who was dressed in a devil costume and walking to a Halloween costume party.

I mean, he had on a red suit of underwear.

 He had on horns and a long tail.

He was carrying a pitchfork.

And as he was on his way to this party, it began to rain torrentially.

The man ran for the first cover he could find.

 It happened to be a church in the middle of a service.

 He ran directly into the sanctuary to the shock of all in attendance.

The preacher stopped his sermon.

The choir looked on with a horrified gaze.

The congregation turned around and saw the devil in their worship service.

They all began to make for the exits.

All the choir left.

The deacons left.

Even the pastor left.

Everybody cleared the room except for one unfortunate woman who was …

By J. Gerald Harris.

Life Is Like Football.


Philippians 3:12-16

Introduction: According to Forrest Gump‘s mama, “Life is like a box of chocolates.

You never know what your’re gonna get.” I say “Life is like football!”

I am not the first to say “life is like football.”

Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard put it this way, “The game of life is a lot like football.

You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.”

 The legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, expressed the same sentiment.

 “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

Coach Lombardi also said, “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.

 Dancing is a contact sport.”

Ladies, you might prefer Erma Bombeck‘s observation on football.

She said, “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

I played football in high school, believe it or not.

That’s was back in the Middle Ages.

I was a quarterback.

 I started out as a running back.

 I gave up on that after the first game.

I was running a sweep around end when an opposing tackle grabbed my left leg.

Another grabbed my left leg.

The linebacker looked at me and said, “Make a wish!”

Of course, that’s not true.

Football didn’t exist in the Middle Ages.

 American style football didn’t come into its own until about the time of the Civil War.

It began as a variation on rugby and its cousin soccer among the Ivy League schools of the Northeast.

If football had existed in bible times, Paul would probably have been a fan.

I say that because his New Testament books contain many sports analogies.

 The primary sports of the day were running, boxing, and wrestling.

Listen to these illustrations from Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?.

 Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.

They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-26).

 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Our text provides another example.

To understand the passage requires understanding at least part of the sports analogy.

Today I want to tackle the message of Philippians by translating Paul’s ancient picture into our more familiar football analogy.

I will say it again.

 Life is like football in at least three ways.

 It’s not over ’til it’s over.

You gotta know which way you’re headed.

You gotta remember which team you’re on.

First, life is like football.

It’s not over til it’s over.

A good team doesn’t start celebrating until the game ends.

Victory comes to the team who wants it the …

By Roger Thomas.

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