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PASTOR RON’S MESSAGE... 

 

 

Making a Comeback

 

I’m a huge Lion’s fan.  I know, you already knew that, but this year I can actually say it out loud and proud because the Lion’s have been winning.  It’s still up in the air if they will make it to the playoffs as I write this but I’m still pretty proud of this year’s team.  They set a NFL record for comebacks thanks to the nifty work of their star quarterback, Matthew Stafford.  Even with a torn ligament on one of his fingers on his throwing hand he was able to bring us to victory against the Bears.  Stafford is making a case for being “the Comeback Kid.”

However, if I owned an NFL team, I would want Frank Reich on the roster as well. You may not have heard of him; too much of his career was spent in the backup slot, but his name is in the record books.

            In 1991, Reich was playing backup quarterback for the Buffalo Bills when starter Jim Kelley was injured during a playoff game. It looked pretty dismal for Buffalo; they were trailing 35-3 in the third quarter. No team had ever recovered from such a deficit. It appeared to be over for Buffalo.

            Enter Frank Reich. If you are a football fan you know what happened: he led his team to the greatest comeback in the history of the professional football. The Bills ended up winning 41-38 in overtime, and went on to the Super Bowl.

            What many people didn't know at the time was that in 1985, while playing for the University of Maryland, Frank Reich engineered the greatest comeback in the history of college football, coming back from a 31-point deficit to defeat the Miami Hurricanes.

            What a valuable asset this man was to any team. He has proven not once, but twice, that you can comeback from seemingly insurmountable odds.

 One of the greatest lessons we can learn is that no matter how bad things look, we’re never defeated.  2016 was not a great year for many folks around the world.  We had floods and fires to deal with, there were wars and genocide, not to mention the recent assassination of an ambassador or the Berlin terrorist who drove into a busy Christmas shopping market.  Many of you can echo those words “not a great year” personally as well.  Many of you have experienced sickness, loss of jobs, loss of spouses and so on.  It’s time for a comeback.

            The apostle Paul knew what it was like to fall behind. He faced obstacles in his ministry that few of us can relate to. He knew something about opposition. He knew something about setbacks. He knew something about insurmountable problems. He also knew that no matter how difficult things become, giving up is never an option. He wrote...

 

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit...We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 TLB)

            Some of you may feel that you've fallen behind in the count...that the score is too lopsided and there's too little time left to make a comeback. Don't believe it. The game isn't over. You may have been knocked down, but you're not knocked out. There's still hope, you can get back up and try again.

I’m ready for a new year.  I can’t wait for 2017.  Numbers have meaning in the scriptures.  The number 17 stands for “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory” in the Bible.  2017 will be the year that you overcome your enemies, your obstacles, and notch up a complete victory in places you are struggling.  I am claiming God’s promises for you, for me, and for the church in 2017.  God is going to bless you…bless our church…use us in ways we do not yet fully understand.  2016 was a year of pruning.  You prune something so that it will come back the following spring and bear bigger and better fruit.  2017 will be a year of blessing and fruitfulness.  Listen to the promise God gives us in Jeremiah 29.11,

11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

 

Blessings, 

Ron

 

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