Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018 - Getting Buckets

In the spirit of last week’s devotion on telling the Good News (and my typical CHRISTmas time rants), I have some quick observations this week…

Obviously, it is basketball season, and it doesn’t take long in knowing me to realize that is my favorite sport. I appreciate the beauty of the teamwork, the different roles that have to be played, etc. I understood this past week when Greg Popovich (coach of San Antonio Spurs) stated that “there is no basketball anymore, there’s no beauty in it.” This was coming from a coach that is known for teams that play beautiful, unselfish basketball… where there are a number of passes getting the team the best opportunities to score. In fact, that style has led to San Antonio having the highest winning percentage of any active NBA franchise.

I do love to watch them play and, as stated, understand Pop’s complaint; but, bottom line is that in order to win a team must “get buckets!” A team could play beautiful basketball… many passes… player movement… set picks and screens… AND STILL COMMIT A VIOLATION BY RUNNING OUT THE SHOT CLOCK! As far as I know, there are no beauty-points in basketball, and the only way to score is for the ball to go through the hoop…

All of that to remind us this week (this time of year) that the only way we “score” is when the Gospel is shared…

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (Good News) of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17

So instead of worrying about what holiday greeting we receive, why don’t we be the givers and share the Good News… “take a shot”… or we risk “having the shot clock run out” on this great time of year for telling what the shepherds did… that there is a Savior… peace with God available!!!

(And you have to take shots in order to get buckets… “you will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!”)

Monday, December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018 - Bragging On My Favorite Player!

Everyone loves to brag about his team winning (or the rival team losing.) You hear things like, “My favorite team is (insert favorite team’s name); and my second favorite team is anyone playing against (insert rival team’s name)!”

Or maybe it is not a favorite team, but instead a favorite player that is bragged about… spouting off his or her stat line from the night before…

Although we may love it and gloat when a rival loses, it is not near as rewarding as celebrating when we win!

Simple reminder this week as we head into the CHRISTmas season… once the shepherds had met Jesus, we are told that they celebrated by telling everyone about it… I guarantee they would have lit up social media with the news!

The Scripture says, “Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the child.” (Luke 2:17) It was a message of “great joy to all people.” (2:10)

What was that saying? That there is now “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (2:11)

My point is simple: We need to be bragging about Jesus and what He has done for us as individuals and as a team/family! (Not spending so much time talking down about the rival…)

Make December a brag about Jesus month!