Monday, October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013 - Only One Way To Score

There are many different philosophies when it comes to basketball; yet in the end there is always only 1 way to score… the ball must go through your basket! That is simply the object of the game…

In all of my years of playing and coaching, no one has ever argued that point. No one has ever tried to convince me that there is another way to score points. Why? Because Dr. Naismith, the creator of the game of basketball, designed the game that way.

This simple little truth was on my mind as I strolled down a gravel/dirt road in La Vega Dominican republic this past Saturday and looked up at a basketball goal in front of a little church. Painted on the backboard it read: Solo en Cristo hay salvacion (only in Christ is there salvation.)
We live in a world of many philosophies and religious thoughts…

We live in a world where it is said that we are intolerant for preaching/teaching salvation in Christ alone; but the creator of “the game” said that is the only way to “score”!

The reality is that the most loving and caring thing we can do is tell someone the truth of what God Himself says about the situation…

The reality is that the most tolerant message there is, is that of salvation in Christ alone to all who will believe… (Do you get that? It is a universal appeal to all… one’s past, one’s nationality, one’s race, one’s gender, etc – none of these things exclude one from believing on Christ to be saved!)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

We need to be busy about sharing the most loving message known to man…

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us. (Romans 5:8)

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