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Summary: Drawing spiritual lessons from the World of Football, especially from the recently concluded WC 2014 in Brazil, .much in the way the Saviour "connected" to His audience by using the "contemporary events" to preach a message on repentance (Luke 13:1-5)...

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SOCCER’S SORCERY…

Absorbed with World up football? Well, I am one of those who gladly gets "infected" with Soccer fever contagion which “breaks out” once every four 4 years. Let me vouchsafe for the fact that one can never “get sick of” of the “kick” of soccer's "sorcery"! Amongst other things, ever wondered what is so special about the game of football? Unlike other games like say tennis, cricket, hockey etc which require their practitioners to use special equipments, the game of football requires just one air-filled leather sphere to go along with your juggling feet. Captivating chemistry eh?

Finally the Low-trained German team touched the highest peak creating history in the process…for no European team before it has ever won the Cup that matters in Latin American soil. And Messi? Though, he may not have qualified to be ranked alongside legends such as a Pele and a Maradona…he surely deserves to be bracketed alongside greats such as Puskas and Cruyff…geniuses’ who never won the WC.

While football can fascinate for a season, God’s word enchants from eternity to eternity. It is sweeter than honey declared the Psalmist (119:103). Oh the joys of reading and absorbing the Scriptural truths! In this message, Yours Truly indends to draw some spiritual lessons from the occurrences and matters related to the World of football.

EMIGRATION…

Action: Display of picture of Luis Monti – a famous International Football player of yore

Ever heard of Luis Monti? Well, he has a rare distinction of being the only player to have ever played in two World cup finals for two different teams! In 1930, he played in the losing Argentine side; later on he immigrated to Italy and played a pivotal role in Italy winning the 1934 World cup.

In a way every Christian can identify with Luis Monti, isn’t it? To start with we were all “in a country of sin” playing in the losing side of Satan, weren’t we? Our lives were one of one big spiritual defeat, as the following Scripture portion so amply testifies…

Scrip: “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.” – Titus 3:3 (NLV)

But the Good News with a capital “G” now is we have thanks to His grace “emigrated” to God’s Kingdom as it were, and are now playing in a new victorious team

Scrip: “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit- Titus 3:4-5 (NLV)

Hey, we are on the winning side! Then again, what about the author of this epistle to Titus from which the above-mentioned Scripture portions’ have been extracted? Mr. Saul of Tarsus, when he set out to Damascus to persecute Christians, he was playing for the Satan’s team but en-route thanks to God’s everlasting grace, he was “wrung out” of Devil’s outfit and “grafted” into the winning side of Christ (Acts 9:1-20) as an apostle. Look at his touching testimonial to this effect…


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