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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver

Proverbs 25:11

Not long after they had proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah in the city of Corinth many were starting to fall away from following God due to persecution. Out of fear some were turning back to their old way of life so the apostle Paul wrote a letter, he sent them a “Pep Talk” you might say in hopes of encouraging them to stay focused and to keep their eyes on Jesus! Reading the letters to the church at Corinth I am reminded of another “Pep Talk” that coach Herb Books, coach of the mens hockey team during the 1980 Olympics gave to his team that was facing a very dominate Russian team for the gold medal. Here is what coach Brooks said to his team right before the biggest game of these young boys lives.

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.
And that’s what you have here tonight, boys.
That’s what you’ve earned here, tonight.
One game.
If we played ‘em 10 times, they might win nine.
But not this game. Not tonight.
Tonight, we skate with ‘em.
Tonight, we stay with ‘em, and we shut them down because we can!
Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world.
You were born to be hockey players—every one of ya.
And you were meant to be here tonight.
This is your time.
Their time—is done. It’s over.
I’m sick and tired of hearin’ about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ‘em!
This is your time!!”

I love reading this “Pep Talk” because I watched the game that has become know as the “Miracle on Ice” because the USA team did what no one but their coach thought was possible. The USA team won. if I was your coach today in Jesus I would share much of the same things with you. No matter what you are facing today in your life, no matter what you are up against the Bible makes clear we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. Great moments are born from great opportunity and today is your opportunity. Like Esther, “for such a time is this”. You are alive for a reason today, and that reason is to know the power and the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Sure the devil is sneaky and seeks to steal and kill and destroy us, but remember, he is a defeated foe. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil on the Cross and greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Today is your chance to shine, to win the gold as God selected you in Christ and you are on the winning team.

You were Born Again to become a child of God. Not just any old kid or from any old family, you belong to God! Remember this today. You can do all things today through Christ who strengthens you. Nothing is impossible for you today with God’s help. We aren’t talking about yesterday or tomorrow, we are talking about only today, right here, right now. Today is your time to shine as we will never pass this way again. Don’t miss your opportunity to stand atop the podium today! The devil is defeated, it is over for him but for you, this is your time! Live like the champion you are in Christ!

“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

Psalm 34:3


Michael Osthimer




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