Pressure... An Environment of Opportunity

Author: Scott Neely

With the football World Cup quickly approaching I was thinking, "What do I remember about the last World Cup in 2006?" What do you remember? The first thing that came to my mind was the head-butt in the final of France vs. Italy. French captain and superstar Zinedine Zidane head-butted the Italian defender, who evidently had been verbally insulting Zidane during the match. Zidane was given a red card and sent off with Italy going on to win the World Cup in a shoot-out. What would provoke someone to lose control with 'so much on the line' and millions watching? This was not the first time that Zidane had been sent off during a World Cup, and he had a history of losing his self-control on the football pitch. It makes me wonder what deeper issues might be at work in his heart that surface under pressure.

Pressurised environments can often bring out the best, and the worst in people. Sports competition, especially at a high level, provides moments and seasons of intense pressure that can be an extremely valuable environment for personal growth, for those willing to be transformed. As a sports coach and administrator my aim is to create an environment of opportunity. I plan for participants to improve their sports skills, knowledge of the game, and their physical abilities through the training sessions and competition, but I also want to challenge them to mature in communications, discipline, respect for authority, loyalty, consideration of others, and ability to lead others well. Yet even more importantly, this environment provides opportunities for failure, disappointment, confrontations and for heart issues to be exposed that need healing.

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Who do you think you are?

Author: P.G.Topliss

“Who do you think you are?” This is a question that is used as a device to put people in their place if they appear conceited or arrogant. Those who ask this question do not really want an answer. However, it is a question that we need to answer in our hearts if we are going to be effective for Christ and His Kingdom in our day.

Evolutionists and anthropologists claim that we are the most highly developed of the apes. Scientists say that we are nothing more than a collection of chemicals, but the Word of God gives us far more dignity than that. The Word teaches us that, in Christ we are the sons of God.

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God Adventures in Loughborough

Author: Andrew Hulley

I love adventures and I find myself in the midst of one that’s been going on for nearly five years, and it just keeps getting better and better!

With my face pressed against the carpet, I was seeking God and crying out to God for new disciples. Ezekiel 37 had come to me many years before and as I was praying, I was reminded of Ezekiel being taken to the valley of dry bones and speaking into the desolate setting. All of a sudden he heard the noise of movement from the dry and scattered bones as somehow, as if magnetised, they started to move and draw together. Amazingly, what had been a dry, lifeless landscape was now an army very much alive and ready for action. In the midst of remembering this, the words ‘Warwick Way’ kept going through my mind. “Warwick Way, what on earth is Warwick Way?”

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