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Death, Life, Wisdom

Death, Life, and Wisdom Sermon Audio Here

Vince Lombardi and Jerry Kramer
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2,7-10

During a practice session for the Green Bay Packers, things were not going well for Vince Lombardi’s team. Lombardi singled out one big guard for his failure to “put out.” It was a hot, muggy day when the coach called his guard aside and leveled his awesome vocal guns on him, as only Lombardi could. “Son, you are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, you’re not putting out. As a matter of fact, it’s all over for you today, go take a shower.” The big guard dropped his head and walked into the dressing room. Forty- five minutes later, when Lombardi walked in, he saw the big guard sitting in front of his locker still wearing his uniform. His head was bowed and he was sobbing quietly.

Vince Lombardi, ever the changeable but always the compassionate warrior, did something of an about face that was also typical of him. He walked over to his football player and put his arms around his shoulder. “Son,” he said, “I told you the truth. You are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, you’re not putting out. However, in all fairness to you, I should have finished the story. Inside of you, son, there is a great football player, and I’m going to stick by your side until the great football player inside of you has a chance to come out and assert himself.”

With these words, Jerry Kramer straightened up and felt a great deal better. As a matter of fact, he felt so much better he went on to become one of the all-time greats in football and was recently voted the all-time guard in the first 50 years of professional football.

On Our Way To The Finish Line, We

Remember our Common End
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 ~ We All Are The Same In The End

  • The whole of Ecclesiastes is about trying to figure out the meaning of life; the Teacher reaches the conclusion that all of humanity will end up the same, no matter what the circumstances of our individual lives. We all will pass, and none of us has direct knowledge of what awaits us after that passing.

Choose How To Live
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 ~ How we respond to life is a choice

  • v7 don’t be sad that all is temporary; take joy while you live
  • v8 PUT ON joy; choose it
  • v9 joy chosen in community, not isolation
  • v10 live on purpose (don’t just exist) cf john 10:10

Love On Purpose
Romans 12:9-13 ~ we don’t carry out the actions of love by accident

  • v9 NASB “without hypocrisy” – single minded devotion (note how this idea continues)
  • v10 intentionally be affectionate with the family of God
  • v11 be spiritually zealous as you serve Jesus (not just hyped up, but spiritually charged)
  • v12 because of hope, be cheerful; because of trouble, be steadfast; because of prayer, continue in close attention
  • v13 engage in holy fellowship, expand your circle

Jesus sticks by our side until His character is revealed in us, all to the glory of God.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Teaching on the Talents

Running with the football

Matthew 25:14-30

One of the most pressing questions of our time: who will be the Seahawks punt returner? Safety Earl Thomas wants the job, and has this to say: “This is my future. I can help this team and I know I can,” Thomas said. “…I want to show everybody who I am and I want to be able to impact the game as much as possible.

When it Comes to Talent:
* We Are Receivers
14-18 distribution of talents
v14 we entrusted with something that belongs to God
v15 God gives us according to our ability – He knows us!
v16/17 expectation is that we would get to work
v18 not everyone fulfills expectations

* We Are Returners
19-23 settling of positive accounts
v19 we will settle with the Master
v20 talents put to use on Master’s behalf
v21 Make the Master happy!
v22 amount of talents isn’t the issue; it’s what you do with what you’ve been given
v23 well done to be faithful with a little

* We Are Responsible
24-30 settling of negative accounts
v24 hard man=harsh, ungenerous
v25 responded to Master in fear
v26/27 now you know why this servant only got one talent…
v28/29 God does not waste His talent (this guy is an example)
v30 lead into next section – the final judgment

On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In the first half of that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California. Somehow, he became confused and started running 65 yards in the wrong direction. Coach Price reached out and put his hand on Riegel’s shoulder and said to him: “Roy, get up and go on back; the game is only half over.” And Roy Riegels went back, and the opposing team said they have never seen a man play football as Roy Riegels played that second half.

No matter if you’ve ever felt as if you’ve let the Lord down in the use of your talents – YOU ARE NOT DONE YET.


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