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This week, spring training wraps up in Florida and Arizona, and all of the teams (except the Miami Marlins) will head north for the real business of baseball to begin. As the rest of the major league squads join the Dodgers and Diamondbacks (who started the new season with early games in Australia) in regular season play, every pitch counts. Every out matters. Every defensive play is important. Every stolen base, advanced runner, and sacrifice fly is significant. Practice is over as spring training ends. Heading north means it”s time to get serious about the matter at hand. Let the games begin.

In 1 Peter, the apostle formerly known as Simon the fisherman also calls for a renewed seriousness. He said:

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins” (4:7-8).

Notice how the challenge is issued. Peter”s admonition is wrapped in the understanding that time is short. There are no guarantees of even one more day for any of us.

How does that seriousness manifest itself? In watchful prayer with the hoped for result that our relationships in the family of faith would be marked out by great love for one another.

None of this can be assumed. All of it requires our devotion to Christ and His family, and our dependence on Him for the ability to respond to life in a way that honors Him. But this devotion and dependence combine to form one element of a life that takes faith seriously and seeks to live by faith in the God who first loved us.

Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain

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373905_f520a.jpg"Surely I am coming quickly." -Revelation 22:20

A “COMING SOON!" announcement often precedes future events in entertainment and sports, or the launch of the latest technology. The goal is to create anticipation and excitement for what is going to happen, even though it may be months away.

While reading the book of Revelation, I was impressed with the “coming soon" sense of immediacy permeating the entire book. Rather than saying, "Someday, in the far distant future, Jesus Christ is going to return to earth,” the text is filled with phrases like “things which must shortly take place” (1:1) and “the time is near” (v.3). Three times in the final chapter, the Lord says, “I am coming quickly” (Rev. 22:7,12,20). Other versions translate this phrase as, “I”m coming soon,” “I”m coming speedily,” and “I”m on My way!”

How can this be-since 2,000 years have elapsed since these words were written? “Quickly” doesn”t seem appropriate for our experience of time.

Rather than focusing on a date for His return, the Lord is urging us to set our hearts on His promise that will be fulfilled. We are called to live for Him in this present age “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

Live as if Christ is coming back today.

Insight

As with today”s text, 2 Peter 3:1-10 deals with Jesus” imminent return. Peter explains that “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise … but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (v.9).

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A “COMING SOON!” announcement often precedes future events in entertainment and sports, or the launch of the latest technology. The goal is to create anticipation and excitement for what is going to happen, even though it may be months away.

While reading the book of Revelation, I was impressed with the “coming soon” sense of immediacy permeating…

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Coming Soon!!! A Promise From Jesus!!!

373905_f520a.jpg“Surely I am coming quickly.” —Revelation 22:20

A “COMING SOON!” announcement often precedes future events in entertainment and sports, or the launch of the latest technology. The goal is to create anticipation and excitement for what is going to happen, even though it may be months away.

While reading the book of Revelation, I was impressed with the “coming soon” sense of immediacy permeating…

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Vivian and Don are in their mid-90s and have been married more than 70 years. Recently Vivian suffered a setback when she broke her hip. This has been additionally difficult because for several years both Don and Vivian have been saddened by the realization that they are no longer strong enough to be active in the life and work of their church.

However, Vivian and Don are still hard at work for the Lord: They are prayer warriors. While they may not always be physically present and visible in the life of their church, they are faithful “behind the scenes" in their service for Him.

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 reminds us that we must use the “talents" God has given us wisely. All of us have God-given skills and abilities at various levels-and we must not bury, unused, what God has given us.

It is not only in our years of strength that God will use us, but also in our youth and age, as well as in our sickness and weakness. Vivian and Don continue to serve by praying. And like them, we honor our Savior by using our skills-“each according to his own ability” (v.15) to serve Him who is worthy.

Lord, You have done so much for me. Please show
me what I can do to serve You-to honor You with
the abilities You have provided. May my life be a
living sacrifice of love and action for Your honor.

God can use you at any age-if you are willing.

Insight

The parable of the talents contains a profound and enduring message to the believer. It drives home the point that we will be justly compensated for the use of our Spirit-filled talents. Both motive and faithfulness will be key factors in how we are evaluated at the judgment (Bema) seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). “Good works” performed in the energy of the flesh or for the wrong motives will be burned up. But faithful, Spirit-filled service will be rewarded (1 Cor. 3:12-15).

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Vivian and Don are in their mid-90s and have been married more than 70 years. Recently Vivian suffered a setback when she broke her hip. This has been additionally difficult because for several years both Don and Vivian have been saddened by the realization that they are no longer strong enough to be active in the life and work of their church.

However, Vivian and Don are still hard at work for…

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Still Working and Still Together!!!

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Vivian and Don are in their mid-90s and have been married more than 70 years. Recently Vivian suffered a setback when she broke her hip. This has been additionally difficult because for several years both Don and Vivian have been saddened by the realization that they are no longer strong enough to be active in the life and work of their church.

However, Vivian and Don are still hard at work for…

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