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The Agony Of Defeat and The Challenges of Victory

“. . . for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:3-4 NIV).
 
The most decorated gold medalist has done well in what most likely will be his last Olympic games. But in the last four years Phelps had not been basking in the sun reliving his glory. He went into a very dark place and lost his way. On the other hand, the women’s soccer team that was expected to bring home the gold, was ousted by what most considered to be an inferior team. In response to defeat, a player on the team, Hope Solo, called Sweden a “bunch of cowards.” Later she posted on Twitter a half hearted apology, “Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it.”

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Promised Victory

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”

(Rom 8:37 NIV).

One of the burning issues of the day is “Will we ever defeat Isis?” “Will we ever defeat the Islamic terrorists that wish to destroy our way of life and take away our freedoms?”


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Genuine Obedience

“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed” (Rom 6:17).

There’s a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, that has introduced a novel idea. They secretly built a water slide that leads to a small pool to serve as a baptistery. People known to have yet been baptized were ushered through a door out to the edge of the slide, and then were pushed on the slide and swirled down into the pool and were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That Sunday was dubbed Splashtism Sunday!


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