How High Can The Eagles Fly?

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Bald eagles can fly 10,000 to 15,000 feet high at about 65 mph. They can glide for hours without rest on warm updrafts of air. With their acute vision, they are able to spot prey a mile down below. Eagles swoop down at amazing speeds of 200 mph and lift up the prey with their strong talons.

Wow.  That’s incredible.

So hat’s off to any and all teams that adopt the eagle as their mascot.  And that brings us to my Philadelphia Eagles. This year’s Eagles have promise and potential that previous teams had but with one twist: now we have a quarterback and a coach and a contingent of fans that are rallying around the fact that this could be THE year. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I know; you’ve heard this before but we will say it yet again.  Before was then but this is now.  

Now is a 2017 team that’s confident, not cocky; self-assured but not self-righteous; relevant and not arrogant.  And one of the big reasons that the Eagles are flying high at 5-1 is the play of wide receiver Nelson Agholor. He had is problems last year, but this year he’s a totally different bird. Talk about turnarounds. 

Now is a 2017 team that has a big game coming up on MNF, Monday Night Football against the heated NFC East rival Washington Redskins. And if the Eagles win and to 6-1, then I say that the sky is the limit.

And that’s the life lesson that sports teaches young and old, rich and poor, big and small, first round draft pick and last-minute walk on; the sky is the limit to what we can have.  Start with your dream, proceed with your desire, progress with your drive and be determined to fulfill your destiny and finish.  

So how high can these Eagles fly? Or more importantly, how high can you fly?  Don’t let anything stop you from climbing higher and flying farther and soring faster than you can even ask or think. And herein lies the beauty of Christianity. The prophet Zechariah put it this way:

 He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David.  

Zechariah 12:8

“Here is a marked difference between all other beliefs and Christianity. So clear, full, and efficient shall be the salvation of believers under the Gospel, that the feeblest among them shall be as strong, as full of courage, and as successful as David when he went against Goliath. Ergo, the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist.” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

Fly Eagles, fly.

Can Anybody Beat Brady?

Brady Screaming That’s the question. For the answer, stay tuned, starting tonight.

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the New England Patriots are favored to win every game this season. Every game. That’s 16-0, plus three more games including the Super Bowl to be the first undefeated team since the ’72 Dolphins. Can it happen? Sure. Do I want it to happen? Of course not.  And so that’s why we will be watching and rooting and cheering AGAINST that big, bad juggernaut team from up nawth. Yes I would love to see history made, but I just don’t want it to be any team other than my EAGLES!  

Still, the Patriots will have their work cut out for them. Five teams — the Raiders, Steelers, Seahawks, Packers and Falcons — pose the greatest threat to dethroning the five-time Super Bowl champions. So let’s all watch and wait and wonder together.

In God’s Playbook, we’re all winners and victors and champions. And as believers, we believe that we can’t be beat. We believe that we can’t be stopped. We believe that we can’t lose. And we be believe that we can’t fail. It’s true, that is, if we trust and obey.  If we follow God’s Game Plan and God’s Playbook, we will see victory even though we feel vanquished; we will see triumph even through trial; and we will see success even though we may succumb to failure from time to time. We win!

Through faith we will not miscarriage or abort the baby we were born to bare.
 Amen.

How to Beat the Heat

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Heat can be devastating, disconcerting, and debilitating. So how do you beat the heat?  On a hot day, and in hot conditions, how do you overcome overwhelming circumstances?  There is a way to beat the heat waves of life and the dog days of living.  Certain situations can cause us to become overly and unnecessarily excited emotionally; to become angry and agitated; to become rife and riled; to become irritated and infuriated; to become mean and mad. But we can beat the heat.

In their home opener, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the heat. The Miami Heat.  Yes, it was only one win, but it was a great one. Last night the Sixers beat the defending champion/current dynasty Miami Heat in front of a sold-out crowd.

Heat can be unbearable, untenable, and insufferable. While the young, inexperienced, overmatched Sixers appeared to have little chance of besting the Heat, they managed to out-execute LeBron James and Company; when it mattered most, getting major baskets from Hawes and key free throws from Turner and Carter-Williams in the closing minutes to seal the win.

Heat can be overwhelming, overpowering and undermining. Despite the Heat, the Sixers went on a 13-1 run to end the game last night. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams broke an NBA debut record with 9 steals, none bigger than the steal of Lebron James in the final minutes.

Heat can be intensive, oppressive, and repressive. However, in their season opener against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, the Sixers gave notice to the league that they may need to be taken seriously. Opening the game on a ridiculous 23-2 run during which they hit their first 11 shots from the field, Philadelphia weathered a steady Miami comeback and ended up with a 114-110 win over a team no one expected them to beat.

Young, inexperienced, overmatched. Sounds like David vs. Goliath.  David had what the rest of the Israelite army didn’t have: confidence in God.  David withstood the heat of Goliath’s challenge and said: Continue reading