November 20, 2009

SEC Championship Tickets

The 2009 SEC Championship Game has the potential to be the biggest college football game of this decade.  Alabama and Florida are arguably the two best teams in the nation.  Both teams will likely be undefeated on December 5th.  The National Championship and the Heisman Trophy will most likely be on the line.  I am so excited to have tickets!  I just hope the outcome is better than last year’s.  Roll Tide!



March 5, 2009

John 3:16…Too Cliche?

Filed under: Bible, Christianity, Dawson, Movies, Prayer Requests, student ministry — Tags: , , , , , — jodygambrell @ 12:55 pm

Last night at eXtreme, we talked about John 3:16; a verse that most Christians (or people, for that matter) are familiar with.  We see it plastered on billboards, cars, people (tattoos), and at most sporting events.  While watching this year’s BCS National Championship game, I even was critical of Tim Tebow for wearing it under his eyes as seen below…


I think my comment was, “How Cliche!”  I know, I’m a “hater”.  I guess I’m glad he didn’t take it a step further…


I still haven’t found that elusive book of “Austin” in my Bible.  It must be in the Apocrypha.  

Have we cheapened this verse by the way we, as Christians, make this our battle cry?  I wonder how many people have actually turned to a Christian way of living by seeing that verse behind home plate while watching a baseball game on TV?  I’m not sure that is what Jesus had in mind when he commanded his followers to preach the Gospel to all nations.  

With all the cynicism aside, there is real power when you hear or read the message of John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

To give Tebow some credit (as if he doesn’t already get enough), what verse would be better for a non-believer to turn to if given only one verse to read.  John 3:16 paints a great picture of the Gospel message.  

I shared the following clip with my students last night from the movie, “Most” (Czech for “The Bridge”):


You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:6-8 NLT)

It is not fair that God loves me that much.  So often, I’m just like those passengers on that train; oblivious to the sacrifice that was made on my behalf.  God forgive me for taking your sacrifice for granted.  May I always live with John 3:16 in mind.  And thank you dear Christians for always reminding me…


…but I’ll still roll my eyes and make fun of you.

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