Archive for February, 2011

How does a team get to the Super Bowl?
Is one pro football team really better than all the others?
It’s not completely a matter of  superior talent. It’s more about perseverance and the ability to corporately stay focused on the goal in the midst of all the distractions.
The audience of this letter are a people who have had their share of distractions. While trying to maintain faith in Christ, they have encountered persecution. The author, like a good coach, continues to try to rally them to stay focused on the goal. He does it by reminding them of the fundamentals – throwing and running.
Vince Lombardi, before the start of the 1959 season reminded his players of this by standing in front of them with football in hand, saying “gentlemen, this is a football.” Lombardi knew that championships require focus and a committment to doing the fundamentals well.
Throw off everything that hinders.
What are the hinderances to our walk with Christ?
Run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
How does an athlete gain endurance?
How does a Christian? Look at the word “exercise” in 1 Tim.4:7; Heb.12:11