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Lent Devotionals: Friday, March 24

He Gave 110%

Those of us who have been Dallas Cowboys fans since the Tom Landry era remember the name Bill Bates as well as we do names like Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and Bob Lilly.

Bates wasn’t known for being the most gifted or talented player on the field.  In fact, after running a 4.8 second 40-yard dash in the NFL Scouting Combine in 1983, Bates went undrafted in the NFL Draft.  His determination and grit forced him to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, his favorite team growing up.  He wasn’t likely to make the team but his heart and hustle earned him a spot on the roster.  

It was that same heart and hustle that earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl in 1984, his second year in the pros.  Many have said that Bates gives 100% on every down of every game he’s ever played in.

Bates received the team’s Bob Lilly Award four consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1994. This award is selected by a vote of the fans and annually goes to the Cowboy player who displays leadership and character on and off the field.
 

Tom Landry once said, “If we had 11 players on the field who played as hard as Bill Bates does and did their homework like he does, we’d be almost impossible to beat.”
Imagine what would be possible if our faith were as strong as Bill Bates’ efforts on the field. Imagine if we were 110% sure God would take care of us the way he promises to.

In this week’s text, a man brought his son to Jesus’ disciples to heal him from an ailment. They had been in the practice of healing leading up to this but, for some reason, they were unable to do so this time.

“Someone from the crowd responded, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, since he has a spirit that doesn’t allow him to speak. Wherever it overpowers him, it throws him into a fit. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and stiffens up. So I spoke to your disciples to see if they could throw it out, but they couldn’t (Mark 9:17-18).”

The man then, out of desperation, brought his son to Jesus who was able to heal. Jesus responded; “You faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? (Mark 9:17-18).” Then goes on to heal the boy. He then tells the crowd; “All things are possible for the one who has faith (Mark 9:23b).”

All too often, when things don’t go our way, we’re eager to blame God for not answering our prayers. How many times, when we go to God in prayer, do we do so half-heartedly? How many times, when we go to God in prayer, do we have a plan “B” if plan “A” doesn’t work.

Have faith!!! Give God 110%!!!!

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,

Pastor Scott

“Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, CEB)
 
Rev. Scott Goodfellow
Senior Pastor


Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 23

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?!

 

Over the past year or so, I have developed quite a love for racing in obstacle course races. I have competed in 2 Spartan Beasts, 1 Spartan Super, and 1 Spartan Sprint, and I can’t wait for the ones coming this year in the next few months! I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the adrenaline, maybe it’s just the excitement, or maybe it’s the atmosphere, but nonetheless I love racing in all Obstacle Course Races. I love rolling in the mud, I love climbing over all the obstacles, and I love hanging from the monkey bars but mostly I just love doing them. (Except for the sand bag carry, or the bucket carry… those can go away and I would not be sad at all.)

Last year, it was at the Austin Super and Sprint where I began to question my sanity. There was a particular obstacle where we had to crawl through a drainage culvert that was just barely large enough to fit through. Now, when you go through these obstacles people don’t wait for you to finish, they want to finish as fast as possible. So as I began my journey through the culvert, I got halfway across and the person in front of me stopped while the person behind me kept pushing. It was hot, it was muggy, there was no air circulating, and I immediately felt this t tube closing around me. I couldn’t even see the light at the end. It was at this point I felt my blood pressure boiling and panic began to set in. I remember 2 distinct thoughts running through my head: 1) this is how I’m going to die…they’re going to have to dig me out of here. 2) What have I gotten myself into? I’m stuck! But after a few minutes of me calming down and regaining my composure I was able to finally make it out of the culvert although it was not easy.

It’s not the first time I’ve doubted a decision that I made, and it’s not the first time that I’ve gotten into a task or an event and began to think, “I don’t think I can do this.” You see, doubt sets in when we least expect it. Just when we think we’ve got the momentum to carry us through doubt shows its ugly head and forces us to question whether or not we’re on the right track.

Jesus had something to say about doubt. In our text for this week Jesus even seems to get a little irritated about their doubt. Jesus’ response seems to show all the men needed was a little faith, but of course that’s easier said than done. How do we respond when the heat gets turned up? Do you take comfort in the promises of God, or do you rely on yourself. As you continue through the wilderness this week doubt will inevitably creep in. My hope and prayer for you is two things: first, that you will remember Jesus words: “All things are possible for the one who has faith,” and secondly, my hope is that your prayer will be the same as the father in our text, “I have faith help my lack of faith.”