Devotion for Thursday, March 15

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Thursday, March 15

John 3:14-21

“For God so loved the world…”

One of the most famous Bible verses. Ever. But why is it seen at so many sporting events?  It’s at college and professional football games. It’s at NASCAR races. Is there some deep-rooted connection between these ancient words and competition?  You don’t see it at Wimbledon or at the Masters competition, so is it something about team sports?

In fact, Wikipedia tells us of the first appearance of the scripture reference. It was in the 1970s by a fellow named Rollen Stewart, also known as the Rainbow Man (for his rainbow Afro wig) or Rock n Rollen. Stewart was a born-again Christian and determined to find his 15 minutes of fame.  He is currently serving 3 concurrent life sentences on kidnapping charges. So that worked well for him. Perhaps he should have studied the scripture more intently:

God sent his Son in order to save those who believe. Those who do not believe are condemned to darkness.

May you be bathed in the light…

 -Submitted by Dianne Schiefferly

GPS Question:

It has often been observed that the real test of being good is to choose the right course of action even when no one was looking. Reflect on a time when you chose the wrong course of action cloaked in darkness. Reflect on a time when you chose the right course of action without anyone else knowing.

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