Tom Landry: Because of Jesus He Didn’t Worry About Tomorrow (Gospel Light Minute #29)

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Tom Landry

Tom Landry

He is ranked as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in NFL history. He invented the now popular 4-3 defense, and the “flex defense” system made famous by the “Doomsday Defense” squads he created during his 29 year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.

He won two Super Bowl titles (Superbowl 6 and Superbowl 12), 5 NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 270-178-6 record, the 3rd most wins of all time for an NFL coach. His 20 career playoff victories are the most of any coach in NFL history. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1966 and the NFC Coach of the Year in 1975. His most impressive professional accomplishment is his 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966–1985), an NFL record that remains unbroken and unchallenged. It remains one of the longest winning streaks in all of professional sports history.

He recalled his spiritual journey of attending church with his parents as a child. But as he climbed through the ranks of football, he experienced a “restlessness and emptiness” on the inside. As he neared the top of his profession, he wondered why his happiness at his achievements didn’t seem to last. Two years later, he shared his restlessness with a friend who invited him to church. At 35 years of age and having attended church all of his life, he had never entered into a personal relationship with Christ. After attending this church service, he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. He said of his faith, “I’ve often said that if they would have told me you’re saved by grace, it would have saved me a lot of time. It took me a while to get through all the facts to really understand the Bible and what the gospel of Jesus Christ was all about…I believed my destiny always had been controlled by a power greater than the Cowboys’ ability to win football games. As a Christian, I know my life is in God’s hands. He has a plan for me. Therefore, I never worry about tomorrow or never worry about winning or losing football games. That knowledge gives me a lot of composure in tough situations.” His name is Tom Landry.

I thank God for the life of Tim Tebow, however we need to remember today that there is a long line of Christian men who represented Jesus Christ on the gridiron, and the most distinguished gentleman of all time, and my personal favorite, is none other than Tom Landry. Tim Tebow is continuing that long tradition of men who use the football stage as a platform to share the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why Jesus Must Come Back (Part 3)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #32

Our world seems to be getting worse and worse, and many Christians are looking for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the third message of this series, Daniel Whyte III shares three thigns that we must be aware of: what Christ has done for us in the past, what He will do for us in the future, and that one day all people will face the Son of God.

+ Plus, listen to the Mighty Clouds of Joy singing “Jesus is Coming Back” and Chris Tomlin singing “Jesus Messiah”

Reggie White: Living for the Cause of Christ (Gospel Light Minute #28)

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He played 15 seasons as a defensive end in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers, becoming one of the most decorated players in NFL history. He helped his team, the Green Bay Packers, win Super Bowl 31 in 1997. The 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 13-time Pro Bowl and 12-time All-Pro selection holds 2nd place all-time amongst career sack leaders with 198. He was selected to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team and the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team. During his professional career, he became famous not only for his outstanding play, but also for his Christian ministry as an ordained Evangelical minister. This led to his nickname, “The Minister of Defense”. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, two years after his death in 2004.

He said of his faith, “I always believed, since I was a kid, that God was going to allow me to play professional football to use it as a platform to proclaim and to live out the name of Jesus, and that is the most exciting part about my life…If we continue to back down from the truth, we’ll never mean anything to the kingdom. Dr. King once said before he died, ‘If you don’t have a cause to die for, you have nothing to live for.’ Jesus is our cause, so we should be willing to sacrifice our lives for Him and others.” Before there was Tim Tebow, there was Reggie White, representing for Jesus Christ on and off the football field.

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GLMX #54: The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

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Sin has separated man from God. To be separated from God at death means to spend eternity in Hell, because God will not excuse sin, and sin must be punished. Man is sinful, but God is holy. The blood of Jesus Christ is God’s way of meeting man’s greatest need…and that Blood will never lose its power.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”

GLMX #53: How to Count Your Blessings

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How many things do you have to be thankful for? Perhaps it has been a while since you sat down and really considered that question. If so, I would encourage you to take the time—today—to create a list of everything for which you are thankful.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

GLMX #52: What We All Ought to be Thankful For

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Thanks is a word we teach our children at a very early age. We teach “giving thanks” to our children, but do we apply it to our lives? Here are some things we can be thankful for this year.

We can be thankful for God’s graciousness. We can be thankful for God’s greatness. We can be thankful for God’s goodness.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute”

GLMX #51: How to Get a True Thanksgiving Blessing

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Many people love Thanksgiving. It’s a special time to gather with family and friends, share a delicious meal, watch parades and football, and take an afternoon nap. Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives and thank Him for the countless blessings He gives to us.

As you share the holiday with those around you this year, take a few moments to focus on God by sharing these thoughts, scriptures and blessings. They will enrich your time together!

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