Theme of the Week: Born to Be a Warrior
Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Who Said It … Craig Groeschel
Craig Groeschel is the senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a pacesetting multicampus church and creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He is a frequent conference speaker and also the author of several books, including Altar Ego, Soul Detox, Weird, The Christian Atheist, and Fight. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
What he Said … Wanted: Heroes
We love to root for the underdog. We love to see good triumph over evil and courage defeat cowardice. We love to see righteousness prevail and unrighteousness punished. And we love a hero who refuses to give up the fight no matter how impossible the odds.
Right now we're starving for heroes. We're no longer surprised when men we once admired and respected—elected officials, superstar athletes, gifted pastors—tumble in a sex scandal, an embezzlement scheme, or a domestic abuse arrest. We've almost become jaded, half-expecting our leaders and favorite celebrities to be hiding something. Most are, right?
We hope they'll make sacrifices, take risks, and make hard decisions to do the right thing, but we aren't surprised when they don't. We lack real heroes, and Hollywood fills the void with a glut of superheroes—Iron Man and Batman and Thor and Spider-Man and the Avengers and the X-Men. But we still long for someone to show us what an authentic flesh-and-blood hero looks like.
Where have all the good men gone?
Key Study Passage: 1 Peter 5:6-11
Taken from Fight by Craig Groeschel. Copyright © 2013 by Craig Groeschel. Used by permission of Zondervan. zondervan.com.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, awaken a fighting spirit within me that seeks to defend what is right and advance your kingdom on earth.
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