Saturday, August 5, 2017

One of THOSE days

Have you ever had one of those days where you knew that there would be a mixture of happiness and sadness? Our home is very excited that Kurt Warner will be officially received as a member of the Football Hall of Fame this evening in Canton, Ohio.  Warner's career took off at age 28 when, through an injury to another player, he became the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.  All Warner did was lead the team to victory in the Super Bowl.  Later, because of injuries, Warner's career hit a snag.  He was signed by Arizona, got a chance to be a starter again, and was only a minute and a half from leading Arizona to its first Super Bowl championship in 2009.  I believe Warner's years in Arizona are responsible for the resurgence we've seen from our hometown team.

But what we really loved about Warner was his unashamed witness of Jesus Christ.  He did not hide his confession of faith in Christ Jesus under a basket.  No, he let the light of Jesus shine, whether it be on the football field or in church or wherever he was.  My dear, sweet wife and I briefly met Kurt and his wife, Brenda, at Celebrity Fight Night a few years ago.  They were both gracious and kind.  So, we really rejoice for Warner and his family.

This afternoon I will be preaching at a Memorial Service for a long time friend and her family.  They mourn the loss of their 17 year old son.  We expect to see friends that we haven't had the opportunity to connect with for years.  So it will be a bittersweet day for us.  But I'm looking forward to proclaiming the comfort of Jesus Christ to this family and to reassure them that Jesus has overcome sin, death and the grave.

Otherwise, we'll have our Saturday service at 5 pm, as usual.  Sunday worship is at 8 and 11 am and my message is entitled, "Jesus is Our Hope."  Communion will be celebrated at the early service. Bible classes for all ages meets and 9:30 am.  Come and join us this weekend at Life in Christ!