A late good morning to each of you! ‘been busy cleaning my workroom in the basement. What a job. I’m finding tools etc. that I forgot I had! Good stuff.
Well, the college football play-offs are just around the corner, along with the winding down of the NFL season, which of course lays the ground for the Super Bowl, which is on Sunday February 5 in Houston. In the town which had the first domed stadium – the Astrodome ( http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/ballparks/astrodome/ ) - the new NRG stadium is a domed field covered with? You guessed it. Astroturf. The nylon carpet that covers most new stadiums, because they also are domed. The surface itself? looks good indoors and is low maintenance, but a bane to most players as it causes more injuries than good old-fashioned grass.
When I think of sports, I think of grass. I hearken back to the good ol’ days where grass was the only surface to play on in football and baseball. The good news these days? The top 12 playing surfaces of the NFL are grass! ( http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/10/01/nfl-stadium-turf-grass-rankings ) You see, when you play on grass, it’s better for your knees and ankles, it helps reduce concussions, and it is just the surface to play ball on. And the best part? You get dirty! After an hour of playing football on grass, your body is covered in green and brown (except the kickers!). You can see that there was a lot of action going on. It’s evident that most players were heavily involved in the game and some were not.
This is a great analogy for what we’ll talk about this Sunday. It’s about getting serious in our faith walks. I think we’ve sanitized the outward appearance of our faith lives (see James 2:24 – 26). We’re leery of “getting dirty” when we’re outside of church. We’ve become rather complacent when it comes to living out our faith. Dirty knees are a good thing! First, it indicates that we’ve not been timid in our desire to share Jesus with others. Secondly, it shows the unbelievers that we’re serious and real about God and our desire to do life with them. I mean, how can we relate to others who have stained knees and we meet them with our pristine knees? It’s kind of like trying to fit in at a construction site with un-calloused hands. You just don’t get the credibility you’d like.
So yes, we’re going to talk about stained knees this Sunday. And we’ll be featuring this them in the coming year too. If you want to roll around in the grass and mud with me, I’ll see you at 10:00 on Sunday.
God’s strength and power and love to you all,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization