Subliminal

One hundred thousand fans filled the stadium. Many payed scalper’s prices that would buy an Audi. Millions more watched on television. In Brazil, business halted when their team practiced. This was bigger than the NBA finals, bigger than the Super Bowl. It was the soccer World Cup.
It escaped the notice, however, of Americans for the most part. Moslems in Morocco watched, sheep farmers in Australia huddled around short-wave radios. Japanese watched it on Sonys, and Welshmen in their pubs, but in America it was hardly a blip on the radar.
This would be the equivalent of a snail crossing a six lane freeway and not noticing the eighteen wheelers!
Likewise most people live out their lives hardly aware of the spiritual element in life. Like soccer (but more so), God’s hand reaches to the farthest corners of the globe. In every place where you might see little boys kicking a ball round a dusty field, God is there too. They are both omnipresent, it seems. Yet most people will go for months, years perhaps, without giving God and his desires a thought. Yet he is all around us, sending us sunshine and rain, justice and mercy. And it escapes our notice completely.
“In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he calls on all people, everywhere, to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed” (Acts 17:30,31).
Has God slipped by your notice lately? There will come a day of justice, and it is one you cannot ignore!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. I love reading these articles, and share them with the appropriate people to whom it would have an effect. Your articles are so direct, and not skirting around the issue of sin and it’s effect. Thank you for your site….

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