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Eagles, and Lions, and Faith, Oh My

How Football Can Teach Us More Than Xs and Os

It’s interesting how people experience sports. The Super Bowl is a good example of this. Some people enjoy it as a time to be low-key at home by themselves or with a few friends or just with their dogs watching the game. Others like to be out at parties or present at the actual stadiums joining in the action. However we view sports, there’s something to be learned from the game.

What we learned from the Super Bowl this year is that sports and faith aren’t necessarily separate circles – they can, in fact, overlap.

We learned that members of the winning team, the Philadelphia Eagles (who are enjoying their win today with a parade), did not feel the need to be politically correct about their personal relationship with Christ.

  • They pray as a team
  • They have had several players be baptized this season
  • They have Bible studies together

Members of the Eagles have been open about their beliefs, their convictions, and their faith walk. What’s so refreshing about this is that these players didn’t exhibit their faith in an artificial or over the top way. It’s a great reminder to all of us that when we talk about Christ there’s a way to project what we believe without being judgmental or offensive to others.

Who knew we would learn all that through football?

Leadership Lessons from the Lions

Another lesson comes from a bit of local news about our Detroit Lions. A new coach has been hired for the Lions (which seems like this is a reoccurring event) named Matt Patricia, the formerly the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

. If Matt is a leader and can bring the right group of people around him, he may just be able to take our Lions to the championship. It will all depend on how good of a leader he is. This is a lesson for us as well, our progression and achievements in life often depend on the people around us and our growth as a leader as we follow and strive to be more like the greatest leader, God.

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Faith That Sticks Family Workshop

We have something exciting coming to Venture Church in a few days called Faith That Sticks – a workshop about instilling faith in the next generation and learning how you can be a powerful influence that will encourage your children’s spiritual growth. Venture is ready to spark a movement that helps empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages and we’re excited to host this workshop and invite Matthew Deprez, a Church Engagement Specialist at the Fuller Youth Institute, to speak with attendees.

We are calling all grandparents, all parents, all single people who anticipate they could be parents in the future to attend this workshop happening TOMORROW (Jan. 27th).

This is not for one group of people, this is an event that will help all of us live in our communities and our families in a healthy way. I invite you to come – it’s not too late to sign up. The glue that keeps the family together in a healthy, wise, and meaningful way is faith and there’s nothing better than faith in Christ because then we are building our families on a firm foundation that will stand the test of time and tribulation.

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What’s the difference?

Well we’re in this series called Imprint at The River on 59  and I threw out a phrase that I think is highly applicable for anyone:

Make a Difference Terry Prisk

People who follow Christ should be living, breathing differently, otherwise we diminish God’s name and what he established by rising from the dead.

Is your faith making a difference in your marriage? Is you faith making a difference with your friends? Is your faith making a difference at work? What about at the grocery store or with the other parents at your kids soccer game?

Be a blessing, talk and walk with God and encourage others! Make a difference!

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