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Does God Care About Winning In Football?
The college football bowl season began on Saturday, December 17. The final game will be played on the evening of January 9, in Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium. At the end of that night, probably around midnight, a national champion will be crowned. Looking forward to that championship night, there are four excellent teams who have already been chosen to compete for the championship in a four-team, two-game playoff. All of the bowl game participants have been sharpening their skills, and being told by their coaches how to “play as a team.” But, really! Does care about winners and losers in football?
The opening video is one of my favorite ones of all of football. It shows how Auburn beat Alabama in the last play of their game in 2013. Will the College Football Championship Game end in such an exciting manner; who knows? But, the question still remains about God and football. By the way, the Head Coach of Auburn is Gus Malzahn; he is a true, “brother in the Lord.”
Psalm 18:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
God the Sovereign Savior
1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
The movie, “Facing The Giants,” is one that deals with many different relational situations. One of the key lines in the movie is spoken by Coach Grant Taylor when he says, “if we win, we praise Him (God); and if we lose we praise Him.” Another word to remember from the coach is, “give it your best, and leave the rest to God.” One of the best statements was made by Brooke, the coach’s wife, “nothing is impossible when God is on your side.” There are five key events that should be watched for. 1. Coach getting a new truck. 2. Coach getting a $6,000 a year pay raise. 3. Coach buying flowers for his wife. 4. Coach and his wife having a very romantic dinner. And, 5. The moon lit sky after the dinner. The following two paragraphs contain a Wikipedia description of the movie.
In 2003, Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) is the head coach at Shiloh Christian Academy, and has yet to post a winning record in his six-year tenure. After his seventh season begins with a three-game losing streak, the players’ fathers start making noises about replacing Coach Taylor with defensive coordinator Brady Owens. This is not the only problem that Grant is facing. His car is breaking down, and he discovers that he is the reason that his wife Brooke cannot become pregnant.
Grant Taylor creates a new coaching philosophy and decides to praise God, no matter what the result. At the same time he guides and urges each one of his players to give the maximum effort, and motivates them to believe that they can win under God’s provision. From that point on, the Shiloh Eagles (Grant’s team) lose only one more game for the rest of the season and advance all the way to the state championship game against the three-time defending champion, the Richland Giants. Even though the Eagles have only a third as many players as the Giants, the Eagles hold their own and ultimately win the game on a 51-yard field goal from a backup kicker who had never kicked more than a 35-yarder before. Grant’s prayers to have children are also answered as Brooke conceives after four years.
The following link will give you an introduction to the movie. It will take you to one of the most emotional scenes in the movie. The setting deals with the giants of life that the coach faces, including the inability of him and his wife to have children.
The full length movie of “Facing The Giants” is available for you to see by way of the iTBN link which follows.
Full movie, compliments of iTBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)
Mark 10:27 Names of God Bible (NOG)
27 Yeshua looked at them and said, “It’s impossible for people to save themselves, but it’s not impossible for God to save them. Everything is possible for God.”
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