Troubled Times

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. — John 16:33

If you’ve never heard of Murphy’s Law, you’ve probably experienced it: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

Murphy’s maxim reminds me of the principle Jesus shared with His disciples when He told them, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). In other words, we can count on it—sooner or later we will hit troubled times. It’s not the way God originally intended life to be, but when the human race first succumbed to Satan’s seduction in the garden, everything on this planet fell into the grip of sin. And the result has been disorder and dysfunction ever since.

The reality of trouble in life is obvious. It’s the reality of peace that often eludes us. Interestingly, when Jesus warned His followers about trouble, in the same breath He also promised peace. He even told them to “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (v.33). The word overcome indicates a past event that has a continuing effect. Not only did Jesus conquer the fallen world through His death and resurrection, but He continues to provide victory, no matter how much trouble we may face.

So, although we can expect some trouble in this fallen world, the good news is that we can count on Jesus for peace in troubled times.

Photo by Samuel Silitonga on Pexels.com

— from Our Daily Bread

From the Pastor’s Pen: Thy Kingdom Come

In the novel,One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the main character endures all the horrors of a Soviet prison camp. One morning he is praying with his eyes closed when a fellow prisoner notices him and says with ridicule, “Prayers won’t help you get out of here any faster.” Opening his eyes, Ivan says, “I do not pray to get out of prison but to do the will of God.”

The attitude of Ivan is the same resolve that we, as God’s followers, need to embody when we prayerfully attempt to persevere through our difficult moments. Basically, God never promised us that it was going to be easy as we accept the Lord’s example. Even as their teacher sent the disciples out (Luke 10:3), he reminded them: “Go!  I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”

Jesus was telling them that it was not going to be easy. That is, they would more often be received in a negative manner than by lovingly open arms. The Lord was telling them to expect this response and continue to grasp a perspective that was much deeper than just them.

“He who listens to you listens to Me; he who rejects you rejects Me; but he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”  Luke 10:16    

In the following chapter (Luke 11), Jesus is found in a familiar spot doing something He did on a regular basis. For it is evident early on from Luke’sgospel (3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18 and 9:28) that our Savior was in constant contact with His Heavenly Father.

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’…”

His disciples had no doubt noticed His prayerfulness and thus asked Him to teach them how to pray.  And even though Jesus had already given them these instructions (Matthew 6), He again reiterates many of the same words that we now call The Lord’s Prayer. Within these phrases, we find the title of this article. I believe that Erik Raymond does an eloquent job describing the anticipation of what Jesus means when He says, “Thy Kingdom Come:”

“…through our prayers, it’s as if the Holy Spirit lifts our chins above our earthly horizon to see the fleet of God’s coming kingdom advancing on the open sea.  And we cry, ‘Make haste!Come, O King and Kingdom!’’’

So, as we continue to Smile at the Storm that is all around us, let us also enact Paul’s instructions to the Church of Thessalonica:

“Rejoice at all times. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. Give thanks in every circumstance,for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

A Slice of Presidential Scripture Cake

During its two-plus centuries of existence, the United States has had 45 different Presidents, all unique and interesting in their own way. The oldest to serve, Ronald Reagan (77 yrs); the youngest, Theodore  Roosevelt (42 yrs); the tallest, Abe Lincoln (6’4”); the biggest, William Howard Taft (350lbs); the smallest, James Madison (5’4” 100lbs), and the most-times elected, Franklin D. Roosevelt (4 times). 

Even more trivia reveals that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1826. James Monroe was wounded during the American Revolution. And Barack Obama collected Spiderman comic books. Yet one of the more interesting and lesser remembered presidents is described below:

“Under this President, the federal debt fell, the top income tax rate was reduced in half and the federal budget was always in surplus. Additionally, Americans wired their homes for electricity and bought their first cars and household appliances on credit. The economy also grew stronger, even as the federal government shrank and the rates of patent applications and patents granted increased dramatically. Also, under this Commander-in-Chief, a manfrom a town without a railroad station, Americans moved from the road and into the air.”  

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, served from 1923 (after Warren Harding’s death) until 1929, when he declined to seek re-election for a second term. Not only did Coolidge attain all of the above, he also managed to leave office with a better reputation than he had upon his arrival. (Wouldn’t we all love to see the same happen today?)  According to Amity Shlaes, Coolidge’s faith was the secret to his success.

“Calvin Coolidge wasn’t as vocal as some presidents about his religious belief. But that faith was real: strong enough to help him surmount personal setbacks, to make unpopular decisions, and to restrain his own vanity and so govern better.” 

His witness might have been quietly presented, but it was evident in his presidency because of his childhood upbringing.  Although John Calvin was named after his Father, from an early age he was called by his middle name. The name Calvin was chosen in honor of John Calvin, the  founder of the congregations in which Coolidge was raised. The first book he read was the  Gospel of John from a Bible that was given to him by his grandfather. His initial Sunday School lessons were prepared and taught to him by his grandmother. But my favorite Bible instruction can be found in the Vermont State Archive. It is Scripture Cake:

1 C butter (Judg 5:25)

3.5 C flour (1 K 4:22)

2 C sugar (Jer 6:20)

2 C raisins (1 Sam 30:12)

1 C water (Ge 24:17), 2 C figs (1 Sam 30:12)

2 C almonds (Gen 43:11)

6 eggs (Is 10:14)

1 tbsp honey (Ex 16:31)

pinch of salt (Lev 2:13)

Spices to taste (1 K 10:2)

2 tbsp baking powder (1 Co 5:6)

Follow Solomon’s advice for making good boys (Pr 23:14), bake in a loaf pan, and you have a good cake.

From the Pastor’s Pen: The Father of….the Father of our country

As we approach Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, it marks the perfect time to talk about our country’s first President and our above title’s namesake, George Washington.

In a book entitled The Bulletproof George Washington, author David Barton speaks of God’s providential care in and around the early life and exploits of America’s foundational Commander-in-Chief. At the age of just 21 years old, the young Washington accepted an assignment to deliver a final diplomatic attempt to avoid war between the British and the French.  After travelling for more than 500 miles, Washington met with Tanacharison, who was the chief of the Southern Hurons. A few days later, he met with and delivered the letter to French General St. Pierre before returning home. 

After commanding an initial battle that ended in a heroicdefeat at Fort Necessity, Washington eventually travelled with British General Braddock to engage the French and American Indian forces just outside of Fort Duquesne. The larger British army was ambushed by the hidden enemy, as they fought from behind the bushes and trees. Braddock refused to change his customary open-field tactics and as a result, the secluded warfare continued with his troops being picked-off as if they were in a carnival shooting gallery. Washington fought valiantly, but to no avail, as most of the officers were killed or wounded. Even the Native Americans noticed:

“They testified that they had singled him out and repeatedly shot at him, but without effect. They were convinced that he was protected by an Invisible Power and that no bullet could harm him.” 

After presiding over the funeral of General Braddock, Washington led the defeated army back to Fort Cumberland. Immediately upon their arrival, Washington, knowing the terrible anxiety that would have been around his family, wrote his brother the following letter regarding his physical condition and his spiritual understanding:

“As I have heard…a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first, and of assuring you, that I have not as yet composed the latter. But, by all-powerful dispensations of PROVIDENCE, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had 4 bullets through my coat, and 2 horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!”

It is encouraging, during our nation’s current upheaval and unrest, to remember that God has NEVER moved from His Throne!  He was there more than 250 years ago, and He is still in control today.  And more importantly, our FATHER… Still LOVES You and Me!

From the Pastor’s Pen: The Shoe Was on the Other Foot

(This summer will be the first that will not include an LFCC mission trip since 2011. Below is a previous article that talks about the past, but also reflects the future as we continue to “Smile at the Storm.”)

The idiom “the shoe was on the other foot” basically means that a circumstance or situation has been reversed, allowing a person to experience another person’s point of view. This was never as obvious to me as it was during the summer of ‘81, as this college student made his first trip to Jamaica on a short-term mission adventure. (The same type of trip that 60+ people from LFCC have experienced over the past decade when they have left for the Appalachian area. It also seems relevant to the recent upheaval of racial tension in our country).

As a young adult, my attitude was definitely not what it should have been when we left for that Caribbean island nearly 40 years ago!  The goal, in my mind, was not building a camp dormitory or even encouraging others in their walk with the Lord.  Instead, it was more in line with having fun, exploring something new, AND…returning home with an absolutely gorgeous tan. (I wish this last one was a joke).

My attitude towards the Jamaicans lacked somewhat (ok, A LOT) to be desired. The junior high campers seemed to be annoying and sometimes a burden to deal with while we were working or resting. I remember thinking/praying one evening in my tent, as another day had come to a close, “These poverty-stricken campers sure are lucky that I am here to help them make things better!”  Little did I know that God was going to help ME see who was really in control.

After nearly two weeks of unrelenting labor, we finished the work on the dorm and now could experience a couple of days of being typical tourists. But first we had some unfinished business in the form of a volleyball match.  A group of Canadians, who were also serving at the camp, had challenged the Americans to a friendly competition for a little NBR. (National Bragging Rights)!  Early into this “Jamaican Olympic” showdown, this stalwart of the team jumped up to spike the ball and upon my return to the ground, quickly and effectively broke a bone in my foot.  The match ended before it had hardly started as this writer hobbled and limped from the field of play.

That night in my sleeping bag I was not a happy camper as most of the time was spent in pain and anger.  I was certainly, above everything else, not happy with God because HE had allowed my injury just at the point when I was about to have some fun!  However, the SHOE was about to change.

From that moment on, those “poverty-stricken campers” were figuratively fighting over who received the honor of helping the American who had injured himself. They took turns bringing me food, drinks, towels, etc.  They even brought me special treats that I think were intended for themselves.  It surely marked a moment in my life as true humility was understood at its finest.  The shoe was figuratively AND literally on the other foot!  Basically, God had exposed the REAL “poverty-stricken” individual at that camp. 

It would prove to be the catalyst that helped change my life.  A few months later, the person with the healed foot and heart, left the business school at Indiana University and enrolled at Kentucky Christian College.

Today, as the continual effects of the coronavirus and the ongoing social unrest of our society permeate our daily lives with sadness and disappointment, it is even more important to remind one another of two items.

#1 – This is not the worst pandemic we face and

#2 – Our real enemy is not found in our fellow brother or sister.

#1 – “For all have SINNED and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

#2 – “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the DEVIL prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

This is why these mission trips are so important to me. They take us away from our own comfort zones and force us to look to the only ONE who can cure our problems. Even without our trip, may God still help us continually grow within His Service as we attempt to always Put the Shoe on the other Foot with an open mind and continue to Smile at the Storm.

From the Pastor’s Pen: God Will Work Out All the Details

Although the temperatures seem to already indicate its presence, the first official day of summer will actually not arrive until June 21st.  More precisely, according to almanac.com, the 2020 summer solstice begins on June 20th at 11:32 p.m. EDT.

Okay…that is enough, and the extent of, my scientific endeavor for this writing, but it is important to note that our God is definitively a Being of order and precision… AND, our Creator is also very much into the details of His creation. The idea of these particulars is what we will talk about in the remainder of this correspondence as we are reminded of how much God cares for those of us who think we are somewhat insignificant. We will begin with these words from the psalmist.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

Basically, God knows every detail of ALL of us!  Just like the seasons come and go with the help of God’s hand, our “seasons” (and sometimes storms) are also monitored by His providential guidance.  Often, we may think that our situations are not important enough to warrant divine intervention, but on the contrary, our Lord very much desires to be seen in the details of our lives.  One such individual is described in 2 Kings 6:4b-7.

“They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax-head fell into the water. ‘Oh, my lord,’ he cried out, ‘it was borrowed!’  The man of God asked, ‘Where did it fall?’  When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. ‘Lift it out,’ he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.”

floating ax

This story takes place after Elisha heals Naaman and before Israel’s army is delivered from the Arameans (an important man & an important event). The man who lost the ax-head was obviously not very important in the eyes of the world.  His name is not even mentioned, and he did not even own his own ax, but he was doing what God had called him to do.

Most people focus on the fact that the iron floated; certainly a miracle.  However, we also need to notice that the prophet, through God’s power, focused on meeting the man’s seemingly trivial need.  This is how God operates within His servants’ lives, including mine and yours. That is, He wants us to continuously “work in His vineyard” while we willingly leave the details to His discretion.

By the way, what was this axman called by God to do? He was helping build a new home for the prophets so that God’s Word and Work could be increased. What are we called by God to do? The following should adequately sum-up our response as we continue to Smile at the Storm: 

We need to do our BEST, and let God ‘DETAIL’ the rest!

From the Pastor’s Pen: Remembering Our Christian Heritage on Memorial Day

lest we forget cross

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, revering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It is also an opportunity for us to remember our heritage as we honor those that came before us.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries/memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades.

The date of Decoration Day, originally May 30th, was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any former battle.  On the first Decoration Day, former Civil War General, current U.S. Representative, and future President of the United States, James Garfield, was the key-note speaker at Arlington National Cemetery. It is estimated that about 5,000 people decorated the graves of the 20,000 Confederate & Union soldiers buried there.

Unfortunately, Garfield also became the second U.S. President to be assassinated, giving him the second shortest tenure in office (six and a half months).  However, he accomplished many presidential firsts.

“(Garfield) was the only one in U.S. history to be a sitting Representative, Senator-elect, and President-elect at the same time. He was the first to use a front porch campaign and, during one of these speeches, he became the first to speak in two different languages.  At his inauguration he accomplished three more firsts. He was the first President to view the Inaugural Parade from in front of the White House and the first to have his Mother attend. He was also the first President to die before the age of 50 (He was 49)”James A Garfield: Man of Many Presidential Firsts

My personal favorite first is that Garfield has the title of being the lone President of the U.S. to have served as a minister prior to becoming a resident in the White House living quarters. Not only that, but his background is very similar to Little Flatrock Christian Church, as his date of birth reflects a connection with the early days of our congregation.

“Garfield has the distinction of being the only President of the United States to have worked as a clergyman prior to becoming President. He was born on November 19, 1831, in a log cabin in Orange Township, Ohio. His parents, Abram/Eliza Garfield, joined a denomination known as the (Christian Churches)/Disciples of Christ in 1833 when James was two years old.  For more information, see “President Garfield’s Religious Heritage & What he Did With It” by Howard E. Short

The biographical sketches of Garfield tell us that he made his confession of faith on March 3, 1850, and was baptized the next day. He wrote in his diary, words that were used then and for many decades afterward: “I was buried with Christ and arose to walk in the newness of Life.”  In addition, Mr. Short’s document from 1983 provides one more insight.

 “Garfield seemed exuberant in his new faith. He wrote many…phrases in his diary. He showed the beginning of a broad concept…when he wrote about his botany studies: ‘It teaches us to look up through nature to nature’s God & to see His wisdom manifested in the flowers of the field.’”

Interestingly enough, one of the four references to God in the Declaration of Independence states: The “laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them…”  This does not seem to be a coincidence that Garfield used such similar language as our forefathers did 75-80 years earlier. This young American had not fallen far from their God-fearing tree.

As we celebrate Memorial Day this upcoming weekend, let us never forget that this country was founded on godly principles and sustained by godly people. James Garfield was one of these members of our Christian Heritage. The future President concluded his initial Decoration Day speech by saying:

“What other spot so fitting for their last resting place as this under the shadow of the Capitol saved by their valor? Here, where the grim edge of battle joined; here, where all the hope and fear and agony of their country centered; here let them rest, asleep on the Nation’s heart, entombed in the Nation’s love!”

“From many thousand homes, whose light was put out when a soldier fell…there go forth to-day to join these solemn processions loving kindred and friends, from whose heart the shadow of grief will never be lifted till the light of the eternal world dawns upon them. And here are children, little children, to whom the war left no father but…the FATHER above.”

From the Pastor’s Pen: Who Are You?

The above title is a profound part of the 2019 faith-based movie, Overcomer, as Thomas Hill, lying in his hospital bed, asks the lead character, John Harrison, this exact question. When John begins to answer, “I am a coach, a teacher, a husband, and a father,” Thomas has made his point quite clear. That is, as a Christian, his initial response should be a follower of Jesus.

What a great movie about redemption and God’s unconditional love!  But the more I thought about the film’s “question and answer session,” the more I wondered what might have been my response to the same query.  Even more thought-provoking, what would be my family and friend’s first thoughts regarding my life?  Would they think about my love for the Lord or my devotion for the sports teams that I so passionately support?

who are you 2

Our strong and unwavering faith does not necessarily have to be overbearing or confrontational.  However, it does need to be evident to those who see its results in the very fiber of our worldly existence.  An example of this is what we have been referring to as “Smiling at the Storm.”  If those around us witness our serenity during times of presumed trouble, then hopefully they will be drawn to the source of this comfort:  Jesus!

Another popular film has a unique background that is also rooted in our previous subject,Who Are You?”  Lew Wallace was born in Brookville, Indiana, in 1827 and had an illustrious career as a lawyer, Civil War Union General, Governor of the New Mexico Territory, and a diplomat.  However, his claim to fame was as an author.  Wallace is best known for his story, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a bestselling novel that has been called “the most influential Christian book of the 19th century.”

Interestingly enough, Lew’s initial intent was to write a book refuting the reality of Christ. During this process, he came to believe that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

“He spent several years working on the project and had written nearly four

chapters when it became clear to him that Jesus was just as real a personality

as Socrates…or Caesar. The conviction became a certainty, and Wallace said,

‘I knew that Jesus Christ had lived because of the facts connected with the

period in which he lived.’”

Now, the rest of the story:  the moment of “who are you?” shines brightly from a quiet, but persistent and loving, disciple of the Lord.  In other words, in Wallace’s life the “who are you?” was his wife of more than 50 years, Susan Elston Wallace. This prayer warrior had been interceding on her husband’s behalf for a very long time, when finally the literal moment of truth arrived for him.

“At that point (his new understanding of Jesus), Wallace fell on his knees

to pray for the first time in his life. He asked God to reveal himself to him, to

forgive his sins, and help him become a follower of Christ. Wallace says,

‘Towards morning the light broke into my soul. I went into my bedroom, woke

my wife and told her that I had received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.’

 

‘O Lew,’ she said, ‘I have prayed for this ever since you told me of your

purpose to write this book, that you would find him while you wrote it!’”

That is exactly what happened, as Wallace changed the work he was originally writing, and used all of his research to write another book. Later, the publication became a movie starring Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur. Those who have seen the film will never forget the scene where he races four magnificent white horses in a thrilling chariot race.  It is actually the story of a Jewish nobleman who, like Lew Wallace, had come to believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of God.

So, the answer to our title, “Who Are You?” depends on where your priorities are found.  If you are a Christian, then others should recognize this fact by the way you live this life and how you continue to Smile at the Storm!

 

LFCC Back on Track to Worship Together

lawn chiar

We are pleased to announce a return of LFCC gathering together for corporate worship!   What you need to know:

·        Weather permitting, on May 17, we plan to begin outdoor worship services at 10:30 a.m. on the church lawn that allow us to physically distance between family groups.

·        It will be shorter than our regular service, and we are asking people to refrain from going into the church building.

·        For those who are able, please bring your own lawn chair.

·        We also ask that if you plan to sit on the lawn, you park so that we can leave open areas nearer the sidewalk for those who may wish to park there, remain in their vehicles, and still hear the service.

·        We are working on a communion package that allows us to serve you in the most sanitary way possible.  It may or may not be available for the first time or two that we meet.

·        We will be sending song lyrics for the service via email that you can print off beforehand at home if you wish or read on your phone if you are able.

·        Our offering time will look different, with buckets or a dropbox for people to leave their tithe as they go instead of passing a plate.  When arriving and leaving, we need to respect the social distancing guidelines and refrain from hugs and handshakes.

·        If we must cancel due to weather, we will activate the phone cancellation list and also announce it on Facebook and via email.

·        On May 24 at 10:20 a.m. (also outdoors), we plan have a brief congregational meeting to approve officers, followed immediately by the installation of officers.

·        The elders will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary.

We are sharing via the link below the recommendations from Governor Holcomb about the guidelines for places of worship.  We thank you for your support and prayers and ask that you remain patient as we iron out the wrinkles in this new phase.  While this is not ideal or what we have come to think of as church, we want to be good citizens of this world and the next.  We wish to be together and to do so in a way that shows love and concern for our church family and community, knowing that we bring a wide variety of experiences and viewpoints. We understand that some may not feel comfortable with returning yet, and our prayers continue for all of our most vulnerable members.  For the time being, we will continue to share some sort of online message for those who need to remain at home.  Please contact the elders or Pastor Pat if you have questions.

The Minister of Defense

selective focus close up photo of brown wilson pigskin football on green grass

This past week a long-awaited event took place in the Smith household as the NFL draft brought some current athletics back into our sports-starved home.  It was as if an old friend had stopped by to chat for a few days. This reminded me of a funny article entitled, “How Going To Church Is Like a Football Game.”  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did:

Quarterback Sneak – Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.

Draw Play – What many children do with the bulletin during worship.

Halftime – The time between Sunday School & Worship when many choose to leave.

Benchwarmer – Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.

Backfield-in-Motion – Making a trip to the back (restroom…etc…) during the service.

Staying in the Pocket – What happens to the money that should be given to the Lord’s work.

2-minute Warning – When you realize the sermon is almost over and you prepare to leave.

Instant Replay – The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week’s illustrations.

Sudden Death – What happens to the attention span if the preacher goes “overtime.”

Trap Play (my favorite) – You’re called on for closing prayer and are STILL asleep.

End Run – Getting out quickly, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.

Flex Defense – The ability to allow nothing said during the sermon to affect your life.

Halfback Option – The decision of 50% of the people not to return for the prayer meeting.

Blitz – The rush for the restaurants and activities following the closing prayer.

Long before the Colts arrived in Indiana, my favorite player was Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts. About 20 years ago my new favorite Colt became a member of the Indianapolis Colts. I am withholding his name because he is part of our trivia contest for this week. (Hint: He was the Super Bowl winning Head Coach.) 

Another of my most-liked players never played for the Colts franchise, but he was an incredible individual, both on and off the field. His very name struck fear in the hearts of opposing teams.  Reggie White retired as the all-time sack leader in professional football. However, it was not his abilities on the field that interested me, as much as his labors off of the field.  His non-gridiron interests led to his nickname found in our article title. The Minister of Defense had his priorities in order, as he shared this statement in a dialogue called, Faith that Never Fumbled:

“I always believed, since I was a kid, that God was going to allow me to play professional football to use it as a platform to proclaim and to live out the name of Jesus, and that is the most exciting part about my life…”

In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), this platform is referred to as literally “as you are going.”  In other words, bloom where you are planted!  This is what Reggie White did before, during, and after he retired from football.  This is what he was doing on the morning of December 26, 2004, when his platform was elevated to a new Home in Glory, as God called Reggie to join Him in Heaven.

“The sun was shining bright the day they laid Reggie White to rest. It should have been… Reggie White was a beacon of light, a man of hope and duty, going off to meet the God he lived to serve.”

To wrap things up … Football is fun; friends are great; and families are a blessing… But our FAITH is FOREVER!  So, keep your platform as a priority, and never let what you do in fulfilling the mission become the mission.

Now, let’s conclude with our football-themed trivia questions for this week:

  1.  Who was the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl-winning head coach?

2.  Last week, the Colts had two second-round picks…Who was their first pick of the second round (#34 overall)?

    3.  Google the answer to #2, adding “Athletes for God” to his name in order to fill in the following blank… ‘I am a starting receiver at USC. I am also a   ________________.’

Sincerely Utilizing God’s platform for me,

Pastor Pat

**Be the 4th one to text Pat (317-474-5623) the correct answers (all 3) to the above questions to win.  One text per person!