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Wow, what a Super Bowl game! I picked the Patriots to win the game but by halftime I was regretting my decision. (This was going to coast me 3 donuts and my pride!) But something amazing happened. Tom Brady and the Patriots kept pushing forward despite their present circumstances. No team in Super Bowl history had ever come from that far behind to win.

Sunday morning we showed a great video where the theme was “overcome.” The three stories in that video showed how these people had overcome their present circumstances by trusting in God and pushing forward. (During that last story I heard a lot of sniffles in the auditorium.)

The Christian life is not an easy life. It is filled with challenges and setbacks. Sometimes we get knocked down, sometimes we fumble and sometimes Satan comes along and “steals the ball” and we wonder if we will ever recover.

Well, the only way to win, when you get knocked down, is to get up and try again. You see once you decide not to get up, not to try again you’ve lost and Satan has won. Satan tells you to stay down, give up on praying regularly, give up on trying to tithe, give up on witnessing, give up on regularly reading the Bible. He knows if you give up He’s won.

The Patriots could have stayed in that locker room and decided not to come out after halftime. They could have talked themselves into believing that they are just too far behind to come back, but they didn’t. After the halftime show they came out to win.

How about you? Have you been knocked down by the enemy and decided not to try any more? If so, then you’ve lost and Satan has won. But you are not a quitter! You need to get up, get back into the game and decide that you are going to be an overcomer.

“I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives me the strength. (Philippians 4:13)

P.S. Looking forward to a donut this Sunday from a Falcon’s fan. 🙂

This past Sunday I asked four different people to share about their Bible reading and prayer time. I loved the fact that each of them was totally honest as three of them admitted there are times when those things don’t always happen.

Lynette was the last to share and she used the phrase “Never give up! Never surrender!” That brought a smile to my face because that is from a movie that we remember watching when our daughters all still lived at home. It was the saying of a spaceship commander who had fallen under the control of a terrible enemy. Yet, like all good movies, in the end he came out on top.

The enemy loves to condemn us when we don’t read God’s Word or pray. He tells us to “give up.” However, at the same time, if you listen carefully, you will hear the Holy Spirit saying, “Never give up! Never surrender!” God never gives up on us. He never stops loving us. Even when we fail to read His Word and to pray, He is there, calling us to come back and have communion with Him.

I encourage you, if you have fallen short in your Bible reading and prayer, to be even more determined than ever to become faithful in it. Make time for it. We always make time for what’s important in our life.

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Jesus has just told His disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit falls upon them. And then, right before their eyes, He ascended into heaven. Up, up and away He goes into a cloud and the disciple keep staring into the sky, even after they can see Him no longer.

Next thing you know two men dressed in white are standing next to them and say (this is the part I love), “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Now, I will paraphrase what these men said, “Guys, what are you doing standing around? Get busy, the Lord will be returning!”

How about it? Are you standing around waiting for something to happen or are you making something happen?

Ephesians 5:15 “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…”

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