According to a recent survey, millions of Americans believe that God cares who wins this Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Is this so?
Since God knows the future (cf. Isaiah 46:9-10), he knows the outcome of the game. Does this mean that he has determined it? Knowing and choosing are not always the same. God is not bound by time—he sees tomorrow as you and I see today. (Tweet this) As C. S. Lewis notes, if we view time as a line on a page, God is the page.
If I watched you read this essay, that wouldn’t mean I made you do so. The fact that God can “see” today what you eat for lunch tomorrow doesn’t mean that he has chosen that meal for you. Since he is sovereign, he must permit all that happens (cf. Matthew 10:29). But since he gave humans free will and chooses to honor our freedom, his permissive will is not always his perfect will (cf. 2 Peter 3:9).
However, there are times when God does choose a specific future. He predicted the birthplace of Jesus centuries before Christmas (Micah 5:2). He knew beforehand how Pharaoh would respond to Moses (cf. Exodus 3:19). Jesus predicted that Peter would deny him (Matthew 26:34), and repeatedly forecast his crucifixion (cf. Matthew 16:21).
God is a King, and chooses that which advances his Kingdom. By what scenario could his Kingdom purpose be served through the outcome of the Super Bowl?
Perhaps a team’s win would enable its players or coaches to witness for Christ more effectively. However, I can’t see why Super Bowl participants couldn’t glorify God whether they win or lose—they already have one of the most visible platforms in the Western world.
Conceivably, a win would show that God answers prayer. But what about the intercessors whose team loses? Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a very devout believer whose Twitter feed is filled with biblical quotations. However, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (whose team lost to the Seahawks) is also a very strong Christian. Which believer should God have favored?
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn’t sure God cares who wins: “Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values. He didn’t invent the game. We did. I have some hand-eye coordination, and I can throw the ball. I don’t think that matters to God.” Rodgers agrees: “I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”
So it seems to me that God doesn’t care who wins Sunday’s game. But he does care if we honor him as we watch the game and discuss it later. He does care if we are as committed to excellence in our calling as the players and coaches are in theirs (Colossians 3:23). He does care if we care more about souls than fans care about the score.
On behalf of Gina and myself, I just wanted to pass onto you and the Discovery family our grateful and deep appreciation for all the kindness and love and prayers that have been shown towards us during this difficult time.We continue to pursue all the options available to us, but we know this is all about God’s timing and His Will.We are standing on the promises of God to his children, (which are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’) because all else is ‘sinking sand’.
David and Gina Croft
How Much Should I Give To the Lord?
This is a question most Christians struggle with. The Apostle Paul shared insight with the church at Corinth on this very topic – 2 Cor 8:10-15. What criteria should a believer use as they seek answers to the question – How Much Should I Give? Where do you look for answers?
_______Every believer should be giving something…..!!!
_______Did you ever promise God you would give…..you must fulfill that promise!!! “I promised God while in High School I would TITHE whatever He would give to me. Knowing it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God, I know I must fulfill that promise.” (Max Jennings)
_______Every Christian must make up his/her own mind what they will give to the Lord
_______Every Christian should give as much as they are able to give.
_______Every Christian should give as God has given to them. God gives to us so we can give to others.
_______We are NOT talking about equal gifts BUT equal sacrifice.
Gerri Camp has sold her home in Columbia and will be moving early spring to Jacksonville, IL. We are sad to see her leave our community but she said she will be staying with her sister and already knows where she will be going to church………..Max has been invited to Congresswoman Hartzler’s Faith Leader’s Breakfast tomorrow (Friday) morning. The congresswoman will share her testimony and encourage faith workers to continue the vital work she is doing. Praise to our God last Sunday there was only 1 open parking spot at the 10:00 AM service. Our prayer is God is and will continue to pour out blessings we are unable to receive….May our prayer coincide with Eph 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or thing according to the power that works with us…to Him be the glory in the church and in Jesus Christ to all generations forever and ever. Amen……….Good news is that several are talking about being baptized………Food for thought…….The atheist greatest hope is that there is no life after death……….The bad news is time flies…the good news is you are the pilot.
Ladies Potluck is Friday 30th Jan at 6.30pm at Becky Griffith’s home 1500 Kinloch Ct, all ladies are invited to come and share!
A week from Friday night – (Feb 6) @ 7:00 PM will be our next First Friday Night Prayer Gathering. There is no way to explain this so another can understand without experiencing it yourself. Bros Ross and Doug are used by God in a mighty way to lead us to the Throne – to Bless His Name – and to bring heaven to earth. Please remember a few observations for the evening
· You can come and go at your leisure
· You will never be called to do anything in public
· You can follow the Spirits lead as to a position you take in prayer – i.e. kneel – sit – stand – lay prostrate – any combination — Everything is between you and God
May God bless you and Discovery as we bathe the community in prayer – knowing the effectual fervent pray of the righteous has great power with God.
· Doug’s mother (Mrs. Pat) will have an endoscopy soon
· Patrick Fleenor – serving with the Marines
· PTL – Rita Fleenor had a follow up visit in St. Louis regarding her eye. Things went well.
· Marcie Henderson’s brother is struggling with an inoperable brain cancer – Marcie is very concerned.
· Please life up our D Groups which are all meeting after our Christmas break. May our prayer be that God will receive the glory as we grow into His likeness, and love for one another?
· Pray one for another…..lift up those who are serving at Discovery……lift up those who are in the process of losing their first love…….lift up our youth as they witness in school……lift up all marriages that they will be an example of Christ and His Church
Another THREAD to our Prayer Ministry will take place at the church on February 20 @ 7:00 PM. This ministry sprang up to compliment the First Friday Night Prayer Gathering. We are asking Discovery to come and pray for 1 hour. The concern is much different in that the prayers will be on behalf 1) of those caught up in the Devil’s web and unable to discern truth – 2) to invoke Scripture that all believers will fight with the Full Armor of God (Eph 6) – 3) and we will pray for the Lamb of God to contain the Roaring Lion – so that the power of Christ’s Gospel will go forth and we will experience REVIVAL in our community.
Discovery, please circle Feb 27 on your calendar. That is the date of our next Family Movie Night. Bros. Jerry and Kent will be hosts for the evening. There will be pop-corn and drinks. Obviously everything if free……With this much of a lead time we want you to share with your neighbors and friends to come and enjoy the evening together. We’ll being the movie at 7:00PM. The movie selected has a powerful message regarding a child who has gone through the ropes of foster care. More info will be available in next weeks E-News.