Scripture For When You Have A Broken Heart Are You A Victim Or A Conqueror Basketball And Jesus It S Past Time For Pat Robertson To Step Down From The Pulpit
The Scripture below is very special to all of us. We are aware that God heals our bodies. We also need to be aware the He heals our broken hearts.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (KJV)
He not only heals our broken heart, he binds up our wounds. Think back over your life. How many heart wounds we have all had? But thank God that he comes through with a healing for our hearts so we can carry on for him and our families.
The pain all of you have felt in your lives is staggering. But think again. The Bible says Jesus was touched with the feeling of our infirmities.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (KJV)
Infirmities, here, translates a Greek word that is a combination of two words. It combines the Greek negative with the word for strength. In the above verse it means the absence of strength. It means no strength at all.
In other words, when we have heart wounds to the breaking point, we are drained of strength. We are drained of the will to go on. This is a helpless, hopeless feeling. This is the meaning of the above expression, the feeling of our infirmities. It is a weakness we actually feel.
No matter what we must go through, Jesus has already “been there and done that.” He knows from personal experience our hurts, our wounds, our pains and our feelings of no strength to carry on.
Jesus has been tempted and/or tried in all the same points where we have been tempted and/or tried. He has felt what you have felt and has made it through. Consequently, he heals those of us who are broken in heart and then He binds up our wounds.
How good to know that Jesus understands us. How good to know that he can identify with us when we pain and grieve. He was indeed touched with the feeling of our infirmities. How good to know that we can identify with him in this.
“We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37 That’s a powerful declaration! Let me ask you again: are you the victim of circumstances beyond your control? Do you blame others – maybe even God – for your fate? Or can you laugh despite all the turmoil inside?
The Lord reminded me of a young girl from Ethiopia whom I saw interviewed on Oprah a few months ago. Maybe you did, too. She was filmed by a Canadian television correspondent during the Ethiopian famine a number of years ago as she lay dying. She, a child of about 3 years, was a mere bag of bones, slumped limply in her mother’s arms. The doctor in the refugee camp told the reporter that she would be dead by nightfall. But… she miraculously survived against all odds, was sponsored to study abroad, and got to tell her amazing story to millions thanks to the press and Oprah. She was then studying to become a nurse as she wanted to help her people and be a witness for God.
Yes, she publicly gave God the glory for her miraculous healing and everything that followed. She was glowing, happy, seemingly well adjusted and self assured. That story made me sit up and exclaim: Wow, could I be as serene and full of praise to God if I had been in her shoes? Er… I should say barefoot, as she had been, with a constantly gnawing, empty stomach with misery and death all around her for agonizing years. She had the “right” to blame her circumstances, her government, the rest of the world who stood idly by, and God for her plight. She could also have accepted her lot and lived in desperation with no hope, believing that it was god’s (yes, god with a small “g”) will, according to some beliefs.
This gal (and I wish I remembered her name – but God knows her intimately!) knew that she had a heavenly Father who would take care of her! Whether or not she had heard of Jesus at that tender age, she had a hunger inside of her that was even more intense than the physical starvation that tried to take her life! The Lord rewarded that yearning, the groaning of the Spirit, her reaching out to Him until she truly found Him. He took her, fed her, preserved her, elevated her, and will be using her tremendously to further His Kingdom so that many more like her will become conquerors.
Romans 8: 35-36 asks the question: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Then the Apostle Paul answers in the next two verses: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us, for I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
My prayer is that you, too, regardless of your past or what you’re going through right now, will be a conqueror through the awesome power of His Love. After all, you can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you!” (Phil. 4: 13)
Our church has an organized basketball program managed and coached by Doug White (not to be confused by our pastor who also has the same name). Recently, I asked Doug why he was so passionate about the sport of basketball, and what does basketball have to do with Christianity. I thought his philosophy may be helpful to others who desire to build a church sports program. He expounded that organized basketball can be a great Christian training ground. Doug believed it starts with the right goal in mind: building up believers for their Christian walk. Coach White adheres to the following eight principles:
1. The program leader and coaches must remember the program goal in every activity they undertake. The core to a successful basketball program is conditioning and fundamentals. Those are two things most kids will like the least because they’re infected by television sports; where the focus is on the individual player to look as good as possible. By focusing on conditioning and fundamentals, coaches can begin to wean their kids off of the glory-seeking mentality inherent in today’s professional sports and develop a TEAM.
2. Every practice must begin and end with a prayer and those prayers should be led by players as soon as possible. The last 15 minutes of every practice should be a Bible study lesson where the players MUST bring a lesson or verse and be prepared to give its meaning and an application to basketball or their daily lives. Every player is required to have their Bible in hand and a lesson written down inside.
3. The Bible study lesson will be one of the most emotionally challenging tasks the players will face. Not only do they have to read and understand, but they also have to speak in front of their peers. To demonstrate how simple the task really is, Coach White will lead the first 2 or 3 by turning to a chapter in Proverbs. Proverbs is an easy book to use because it’s built around life lessons. The challenges faced on the court boil down to challenges in life: anger management, cooperation, physical effort, pain, disappointment, and joy. The requirement to have a lesson on a piece of paper can be answered simply by writing a Proverb on a piece of paper with the point the player is trying to make. Those without a Bible or lesson earn a martyr (what the secular world calls a “suicide”) for each infraction. The penalized player will run while we prepare the lesson.
4. Coaches need to remind their players that all the heavy conditioning will be lifelong examples the players can use when basketball becomes just a fond memory. Working hard and hammering their bodies into fit vessels will make their brains more alert and able to accomplish seemingly impossible physical tasks for years into the future. And if some of the players actually choose to become missionaries, their physical training will form a great basis to endure the hardships in third world countries.
5. To successfully reach the primary goal of improving our Christian walk, basketball games become framed in the context of physical contests and opportunities to demonstrate a Christ-like attitude. Christian players do NOT challenge or complain about a referee’s call. The Christian player appreciates the referee’s difficult position of managing chaos and understands the thankless job they’ve undertaken. Complaining about a call, rolling their eyes, or hot-dogging earns them an immediate spot on the bench where they can see the cost to their teammates of their absence.
6. The other team is not “the enemy” but are brothers that challenge us. If the other team is secular, then we become a team of witnesses of how Jesus would behave and how He makes us different. The goal as a Christian team is put out an effort level Jesus would be pleased with, and an attitude that makes fans and players both wonder how it can be in today’s world. As Christians playing basketball, we should be victorious whether we’re winning or losing the game.
7. When the game is over, win or lose, the players must understand that God is in control. God is a “details kind of guy” who has numbered the cattle on a thousand hills, so he knows exactly what went on during the game. And He watches what happens AFTER the game. Win or lose, the Christian team is the envy of every fan and every coach because of how they behave AND how they play. As the coach for a Christian team, you model that same attitude. No team is ever “blown out” by your team, no matter how poor their skills. Every team gets the same level of respect you want for your team — even if that means you put a lid on your best players, denying them the opportunity to score at will. We still play hard and give our best effort, but we can always stop short of running up the score.
8. The real measure of success for the coach isn’t the won-loss record, but the activities his players become involved in once basketball is over. A successful coach will have successful PEOPLE graduating from his program, and they, in turn, can positively affect the people they come in contact with as they go through life.
Coach White’s basketball link can be found at www.ebiblechurch.net.
In my opinion, the far left fanatics in this country are among the biggest threats to this country and to the world. Many far right fanatics, however, aren’t far behind. Some far right fanatics, like Pat Robertson, are especially dangerous because so many people listen to and believe them.
Pat Robertson is a self proclaimed ordained minister, bible teacher, broadcaster, statesman, author, humanitarian, businessman and Christian. From his pulpit as host of the 700 Club, he commands a large audience of religious television viewers. When hosting his show or when giving interviews, he normally sounds intelligent, logical and reasonable. However, more and more, lately, he seems to go off the deep end.
On August 22, 2005 Mr. Robertson, when speaking about Venezuela’s President Hugh Chavez, said “I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.” and “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another 200-billion-dollar war to get rid of one strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.” On August 24, 2005 he released a clarification stating “Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him.”
I believe that President Chavez is a petty tyrant and an enemy of the United States. I also believe that he is a danger to the United States and to the Western Hemisphere and that something should be done to stop him. I don’t, however, believe that it is right or proper for a so called ‘Christian’ religious leader to call for his assassination. The fact that Mr. Robertson ‘apologized’ for his statements does not alter the fact that he did call for the assassination and that followers, around the world, heard that call. Far more people heard the call than heard the ‘apology’.
On Thursday January 5, 2005 Mr. Robertson, who claims to “be a good friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon” (With friends like this who need enemies), suggested that Prime Minister Sharon’s stroke was “devine punishment for dividing God’s land”. Mr. Robertson stated “that the Prime Minister “was dividing God’s land and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations or the United States of America.”.
On that same day a spokewoman for Mr. Robertson expressed Dr. Robertson’s outrage at People for the American Way, who have a clear left-wing political agenda and who, on an ongoing basis, lift his comments out of context and widely circulate them in an attempt to discredit him.
I do not have a left wing agenda, in fact I dislike and fear the far left in this country. I am a Christian. I may not be a great Christian but, I believe very strongly in Christianity. I am not a Jew but, I have great respect for the State of Israel and it’s people and I strongley support it’s continued existance. I have read as much information as I could find regarding Mr. Robertson’s statement and I feel that his statement is very wrong, improper and unchristian.
I too feel that the handing over of land to the Palestinians is wrong. I feel that it harms the security of Israel and may hasten Israel’s demise. I also, however, realize that Prime Minister Sharon may have had no choice in the matter. In my opinion, the government of the United States, Israel’s only ‘ally’ in the Middle East and possibly in the world, decided, many years ago, that “winning the hearts and minds of the Middle East Arabs” was more important than securing the safe future of Isreal. In order to reach that goal the United States has been doing everything in it’s power to secure ‘peace in the Middle East’ at any cost, including forcing Israel to give up land in order to appease the Arabs. Prime Minister Sharon may have decided that it was better to give up some land, than to lose whatever little assistance it still recieves from, it’s ‘friend’, the United States.
Prime Minister Sharon is or was the leader of the State of Israel and was doing what he thought best in order to attempt to ensure the survival of his country. Whether he was doing right or wrong is for the people of Israel to judge, not for Mr. Robertson. Reasons for or against almost anything can be found in the Bible, depending on how it is interpreted.
Mr. Robertson has been getting wilder and wilder in his assertions and is being forced to issue more and more ‘clarifications’ (The foregoing are only two examples.). He appears to believe that his interpretation of the Bible is the only true interpretation and that not only does he speak for God, he is the only person on this Earth that does so. When Christians become as rigid and as spiteful as Mr. Robertson has become then, they are no longer any better than the Islamic fundamentalists that are terrorising the world. It’s time for Mr. Robertson to step down, otherwise he is going to start turning people away from Christianity and from God..
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