How does a church lose Holy Spirit power? Simply because we are soft: evangelicals, yes, but frequently with more jelly than evangel! Our vision gone, our burden for souls lost, the self-indulgent church just settles down comfortably alongside things that ought to be destroyed. 

Alan Redpath

What a crazy year for college basketball! Besides all the games played, there was the burden of keeping COVID-19 restrictions and passing regular testing for coaches and players alike. The NCAA could not afford to pass on holding the tournaments for a second straight year, but the organization also knew it couldn’t resume the annual events with business as usual. So, for three weeks, the NCAA redefined what it means for teams to be “inside the bubble” in two states. Players, coaches, and staff would eat, meet, and sleep within a closed ecosystem. The athletes would venture outside the bubble only briefly to play the games that were being broadcast around the nation.

Can you imagine having your coaches and whole college team focused on all that it took to even participate in the tournament? This is all besides having to play the best basketball of their lives — an entire organization knowing that though there would be high scrutiny, disciplined practice, limited freedoms, and certainly, a giving up of individual rights, the goal was worth the sacrifice.

Imagine the church having that kind of focus to reach others for the Gospel. An organization, the Church, decides that it is worth maneuvering through all the obstacles put up by COVID and this world to change our strategy and make an impact. Not just the players but the coaches and staff are stripped of some of their freedoms to see the goal accomplished. Imagine a church community that tight, that committed, that unselfish, and servant-hearted. Though we aren’t on television playing on the basketball court, we are in our world and circles of influence running the race set before us.

May we be soft only in our hearts towards others and not in our resolve to bring others to Christ.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Hebrews 12:1

In Christ,
Rev. Rick Milliorn

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