The Eagles Example

So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

NFL: Super Bowl LII-Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots“All glory to God,” MVP Quarterback Nick Foles said after being handed the Lombardi trophy for the Eagles Super Bowl win. “I felt calm. We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We’re very blessed.”* That was the climax of the trophy time. Most of the key people before him; head coach Doug Peterson, wide receiver Zach Ertz, and injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz, echoed similar sentiments.

I heard them all, and I was amazed. Right when everyone was watching, right after they had won the World Championship. What a clear testimony! And Folz was their backup quarterback. I remembered one-time mid-season, Wentz had indicated his faith in the Lord, so I looked it up more recently and there was an article on CBNnews.com.

The whole team is amazing! Quite a few others of them are believers and are not shy about it either. They give their testimonies in videos. Some of them have gotten together and released a Bible Study through a Bible app called YouVersion. In another they proclaimed that their unity as a team was due to their faith.

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“On every Monday night, we have a couple’s Bible study. We have a Thursday night team Bible study,” Wentz explained in the video. “And then Saturday nights, we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray; talk through the Word; what guys have been reading, what they’re struggling with, and just kind of keep it real with each other.”*

Wow, they are doing more than many people in their own churches! Who would have thought faith and football could go together in such a powerful way? What does that say about faith and other places where there are believers? Maybe having neighborhood Bible studies. What about prayer meetings at the local gym?

The biggest thing I think about is places of employment, probably because of my job as a chaplain at a local company. Somebody had the foresight to hire a chaplain to be available i.e. share the faith, at the company I work at. But think about all a company could do itself. Like the Eagles they could do Bible Studies, prayer times or small groups. They could share thoughts with each other via social media. Especially if the company is owned and operated by strong believers, think of the influence they could have.

logo-das-companies-incThe company where I work, DAS, has had a big impact on its employees through their giving. In addition to chaplains and counseling, they will supply money to its people who are in unusual need. With its own money it has started up a number of nonprofits to provide for international adoption, chastity promotion and Christian education. And they give to many other non-profits. Each Fall they encourage their employees to do volunteer work for struggling people they know, and then they pay the employees’ favorite charities for their time. It’s pretty amazing!

Faith is certainly not just a Sunday thing or even only at church, but wherever believers gather, Christ can be there with them as they seek to glorify Him.

* Taken from ‘All the Glory Belongs to God’: The Faith of the Super Bowl Winning Philadelphia Eagles, CBNNews.com, Mark Martin and Benjamin Gill, 2-4-18

 

 

 

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Praying Through the Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Eph. 6:10-12

This scripture makes it very clear that Satan is evil, scheming and incredibly powerful and we need spiritual armor to stand against him. So here is a way to use the armor of God as a guide for your prayer time. Use it once a day or once a month to examine your life before the Lord so you aren’t susceptible to the enemy’s attacks.Here are the pieces of the armor and some questions to prayerfully ask yourself for each one:

Belt of Truth

What lies from Satan about myself, others, the world around me, or circumstances am I believing? Am I not telling the truth in certain areas about certain things; where I am slanting the truth?

Breastplate of Righteousness

Do I realize how God sees Christ’s righteousness instead of my sin? How is my sense of self-worth right now? What sins do I need to confess? Is there unnecessary guilt on my heart right now?

Shoes Fitted with Readiness

Am I ready to share the gospel at any time with those who should ask? Of people I know whom should I pray for to know the Lord? Who should I go to with the gospel message?

Gospel of Peace

What am I stressed about? What do my thoughts reveal I am worried or fearful about? Am I regretful about things that have happened in the past? Am I anxious about the future to come?

Shield of Faith

What are the arrows of temptation ahead today? Knowing my weak points, where would Satan tend to strike? What natural desires would he start with?

Helmet of Salvation

What doubts about God and his Word attack my mind? What do I doubt God will do for me? What questions of the faith haunt me?

Sword of the Spirit

What promises of God do I need to hold onto for any of the above? What scripture should I be reading and/or studying?

***Remember to pray in His Name (He’s our power of attorney), in the power of His Blood (we can’t be touched because of it), and under the cross (he’s triumphant there for us).