This was posted on GM Overdrive, GM’s internal Facebook type feed, to the Christians at Work and People of Faith groups by a coworker from Brazil. Thought people might find it encouraging, especially football fans and Green Bay Packers fans in particular. Have a great day!

For those who do not know, Bill Bright is the founder of Cru, a large Christian para-church ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel. They do local campus ministry in this area, and around the world. If you click on the first link, you can watch a short video about Bill and Vonette Bright. Keep the sound on and listen to more while reading the articles at the other links. If you listen long enough, you’ll get to hear one of his sermon messages.

The daughter of one of our church members is taking a gap year with Cru in Berlin, Germany. Perhaps her contacts there can help edit my Luther Bible translation, which now has a handwritten draft of the books of Matthew, Acts and Colossians. I started translating 1 Peter today.

Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the project and published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.

Regards, Dale Murrish

Here’s the post from Regiane Empke:

The Words Of A Tough Coach
Bill Bright

Our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT).

Dear friends:

The late Vince Lombardi was one of the greatest coaches and motivators who ever lived. He gained fame from coaching the winning NFL professional football team, the Green Bay Packers.

Coach Lombardi was also a tough disciplinarian. He demanded victory, and usually got it. He related his philosophy to life, saying:

“The many hurts seem a small price to pay for having won, and there’s no reason at all, which is adequate, for having lost. To the winner, there is 100% elation, 100% laughter, 100% fun… And it is a game, I think, that is a great deal like life in that it demands a man’s personal commitment be toward excellence, and be toward victory… it must be pursued with all of one’s might… and I want to say that the quality of any man’s life has got to be a full measure of that man’s personal commitment to excellence and to victory regardless of what field he may be in.”

Isn’t it amazing that Coach Lombardi could demand — and get — total, fanatical commitment from a group of adult and educated men — commitment to simply a game to move a leather bag full of air (a football) up and down a grassy field?

In view of humanity’s ability for total commitment to all manner of causes, is God’s demand for commitment to Himself, the great Creator and Savior, unreasonable? As to priorities, could there be any higher?

Speaking of commitment, our Lord said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.
If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose or forfeit your own soul in the process?” (Luke 9:23-25, NLT).

To the winner of a football game, Coach Lombardi said, “There is 100% elation, 100% laughter, 100% fun.” We know those are very temporary, fleeting feelings.

But our Lord says, “Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35, TLB).

The Lord also gives this glorious promise: “If you love your life down here — you will lose it. If you despise your life down here (surrender to Christ) — you will exchange it for eternal glory” (John 12:25, TLB).

Such a deal!

 

Draw me Close, sung by Michael W Smith

Draw me Close – Michael W Smith ( Lyric )

 

Posted by Regiane Empke Christians at Work , People of Faith

Comments

Dale Murrish

Great post, Regiane! If I get time, I will repost it on USA Melting Pot site, LinkedIn & Patch like I did with one of your earlier posts. Thanks for sharing and for your permission to repost these often.