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Letting your faith show . . .

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There have been quite a few postings on lately about “let’s see how many people aren’t afraid to say they are Christians,” or other statements to that affect.  I posted the story the other day about Fox announcer Brit Hume taking some heat over his “Tiger Woods should embrace Christianity” statement. 

I am always heartened to hear about stories where someone’s faith can be an example to others.  One such story involved the college football team, the Texas Longhorns, who recently played for the National Championship.  A large number of the team believe in God.  Jordan Shipley hands teammates a handwritten bible verse before each practice.  Many can “quote scriptures as well as their playbook.”  They speak to high school students and church groups.  They participate in Habitat for Humanity and other charitable projects.  They pray at a regular time each day.

To get to the championship game, Texas made a 46-yard field goal as time expired to win the game against Nebraska.  As he lined up for the kick, “Lawrence listened as Jordan Shipley, his holder, recited Jeremiah 17:7: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”  Lawrence said, “At that moment, I knew I was going to make it.” 

Does God care who wins football games?  No, I don’t think so.   Does believing in God make this Texas team win football games?  No, I don’t think so.  But their story is inspiring, all the same, isn’t it?

To read the full story about the Texas Long horns, click “Horns Feel Higher Power.”

To read the full story about the Texas Long horns, click “Horns Feel Higher Power.”



One thought on “Letting your faith show . . .

  1. Great story about the football team! As I read it what became evident is they aren’t affraid to just be God’s children doing what God expects of them. In this case it seems they are doing stuff publicly to draw attention to themselves, but simply showing their love for God and glorifying him with their lives (worship, prayer, actions, praises, etc.).

    The other thing that jumps out at me (I’m really going out on a limb now) is a question. What would our team (church family) look like if we were that committed to being in daily prayer together, offering each other daily words of encouragement, praying openly with each other for our needs, really being transparent and involved with each other? A football team spends huge amounts of time together (practice, meetings, traveling, eating, etc.) and then these men add prayer, bible study, community service and others on top of that. For the most part we leave each other alone after our worship service on Sunday? How much would our lives and church change if we ALL practiced a few more things like these young men? How much more could we accomplish for God’s glory?

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