House Church Talk - harvest is great - laborers few

David Anderson david at
Sun Apr 25 11:30:37 EDT 2004

RE: The harvest is great - laborers few OR the superiority of a heavenly 


When boxer Riddick Bowe gave up his career to join the Marines a few 
years ago, he quit after eight days, saying he didn't want to give up his 
individuality. Earlier this month, Tiger Woods' commitment was half that 
long. He made news by going through four days of military training. 

Meanwhile, of course, real soldiers served anonymously in real conflicts 
in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Thursday night, former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was killed 
in a firefight while on combat patrol in Afghanistan. He was 27. In May 
2002, he passed on a three-year, $3.6 million offer to play football, 
instead signing for three years in the Army at $18,000 a year. He joined 
the elite Army Rangers, who serve as commandos striking behind enemy 

Now he's being heralded an American hero. In a time when our athletes are 
pampered and individualistic, Tillman gave it all up to fight for his 
country. What other athlete would ever have done such a thing?

Here are a few: Bob Feller. Warren Spahn. Ted Williams. They are all 
superstar baseball players from the past.

1 Cor. 9:24-25 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one 
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that 
striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to 
obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 

Matt. 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or 
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my 
name¹s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting 

So, let us draw courage from excellence, wherever it is to be found.

      David Anderson

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