Finding God's Winning Spirit

God's Winning Spirit

Travel Ball

March 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
If you have time take a few minutes and look up www.lakepointsports.com. LakePoint Sporting Community is a billion-dollar (that's right billion-dollar) construction project just north of Atlanta that is on track to be one of the world’s largest and most unique destinations for travel sports. This sports venue with more than 1,300 acres and five million square feet of amenities, including onsite hotels, restaurants, themed retail, bowling, ziplines and water parks, is one impressive facility and undertaking.
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Watchtowers (Part 2)

March 6, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus
Last week this blog talked about the pros and cons of building walls –literally (ancient city walls) and figuratively (personal walls). Although they both provide a level of protection and safety they can create a false sense of security which can lead to defensive living. As we mentioned, if one buys into the “safety =walls” thing then walls never come down and only get higher and more fortified – a bad trend if you really want to know what is going on around you.
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Walls (Part 1)

March 2, 2015 | Greg Smith | Theology
Any city worth its salt in the ancient world was surrounded by a wall. Walls were important. The need for a wall around one’s city in those days was an obvious and sound strategy. Walls protected locals from wandering bandits, unfriendly neighbors and enemies of their state. Walls were the first, and unfortunately sometimes, the last line of defense. Some walls were more sophisticated than others as some were very thick, some were very tall and some were even surrounded by moats.
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All Gifts Spiritual

February 23, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
Eric Liddell (the "Flying Scotsman”) was known as the fastest man in Scotland and was the inspiration of the movie Chariots of Fire. Although he won the 400 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics, he is best remembered for his refusal to compete on the Sabbath due to his Christian beliefs. Liddell was dedicated to evangelism and actually died in China as a missionary in 1945. The question here for me is which one of these (evangelism or athletic ability) did he consider to be his spiritual gift?
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"God's Will Hunting"

February 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
If you want to start real trouble at a Christian dinner party start asking questions about God’s Will. You will get every reaction in the book from “deer in the headlights” to some elaborate spiritual discourse that eventually ends with “but I am not really sure”. Almost everyone you ask will tell you that they struggle with “knowing God’s Will for their lives. It seems odd to me that with all the things the Bible reveals there would be so much vagueness about His Will. Is all this too complex to comprehend? Is God’s Will hidden from the “rank and file Christian” only to be revealed to the “really spirit-filled ones”? Perhaps God made His Will illusive to test our resolve in its pursuit. The answers to all these questions are no.
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Roof-time

February 6, 2015 | Greg Smith | Freedom
Not too long ago I was working with a client who was trying to put her life together after a divorce. As we delved into her past relational patterns she began to tell me about her first real boyfriend at age 16. In essence, her first real relationship was one of devastating sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She basically spent her high school years fighting for her emotional and physical survival. Unfortunately these same survival techniques later contributed to the failure of her marriage.
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Thanks Mrs. Bottoms

January 30, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
Some twenty years ago Mrs. Bottoms, my kindergarten teacher, impacted my life – she mailed me my kindergarten class-picture from 1956. Mrs. Bottoms was a great teacher and we all believed she was the most loving adult outside our own parents. I can remember some years later my respect for her only grew as when asked by a friend of mine if I was a problem in her class she smiled and said, “Greg was never a problem he just had too much personality for a small body.” She had my back!
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Arrival vs Departure

January 23, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
After spending about 15 minutes looking for my ball I found it in 4 inches of rough, nestled between a root and an ant bed. Due to the close proximity of the tree my back-swing was hindered by a low hanging tree limb. All of this with no mention of the clump of mud on my ball. As they say in golf I was “in trouble”.
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Unobtainable Perfection

January 19, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus
In the movie Tin Cup a struggling golf pro named Roy McAvoy (played by Kevin Costner) describes the golf swing to one of his students (Rene Russo) this way, “Pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body which turns away from the target shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything; perfection unobtainable…” Ben Hogan, some say the best ball-striker of all time, once said this about golf, “This is a game of misses. The guy who misses the best is going to win.”
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Me First: The Centered Self (Part II)

January 9, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus
In last week’s offering (Me First – The Centered Self) I talked about the importance of “self”. The message was that we need to spend and exert whatever time and effort it takes to understand ourselves. Knowing ourselves is important because “we” are the foundation upon which all relationships fall. “I” am important because I am the only consistent thing in every situation that occurs. In essence “I” is all I can control. Knowing this brings rise to personal accountability not selfishness.
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