Roger Valci - February 18, 2018

Go For Gold

There is something majestic about the Olympic stage that captivates the imagination and causes much of the world to pay attention. I believe a large part of this is the prize - the Gold Medal. Olympic Gold Medals are one of the most coveted prizes in all of sports, if not all of humanity. All over the globe, people recognize the prestige of such an accolade. I want to spur us all to go for the Gold. I know there are some who are content merely at marching in the parade of athletes in the Opening Ceremony. May I encourage you to look beyond the lighting of the Olympic Torch to the Podium with the National Anthem. We each have an opportunity to stand on that podium. Through the life of Enoch, I believe ambition will rise for each of us to go for the gold.

Scripture References: Hebrews 11:5-6

From Series: "Seriously"

Faith is a word often used, but rarely explained. It is used as a synonym for religion, hope, beliefs and spirituality. In this series, I want us to define faith through the lives of those exemplified it. Rather than provide lexical studies or etymological research on the word, the author of Hebrews simply says, "Let me show..." (Hebrews 11). I want us to look at three lives who exemplified faith. Three people who took seriously the bravery and bizarreness of this virtue. There is always a temptation to dial down biblical truths to fit our current reality. We either elevate the Biblical character as the exception or exempt ourselves from stepping into dynamics that just seem out there. Let's take a fresh look on a familiar theme And find a new perspective on the course of our lives. "Through faith [they] conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised" (Hebrews 11:33).

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