Gabrielle Douglas: Faith Made Her a Champion


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Like all Olympic athletes, Gabby Douglas’ road to the Olympics was paved with determination, hard work and sacrifice. But it was more than that. Gabby’s journey was laid on a foundation of God’s Word and prayer.

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Christ In Our Place

Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready.

He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway.

We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice.

But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

Romans 5:6-8 MSG

Women of the Word: Jephthah’s Daughter


The Israelites had a lot of enemies. Some of those enemies were the Ammonites – a cruel group of people who did not worship God, sacrificed their living babies to a false image, and according to Amos 1:13, they ripped open the stomachs of pregnant women in the lands that they conquered. One day, a Gileadite outcast named Jephthah, rose to leadership in Israel and became a judge for six years. During this time, Judges 11:29 tells us that ‘the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah’ and he made a vow that if the Lord gave him victory over the Ammonites he would sacrifice the first thing that greeted him upon his return home to the Lord.

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