He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
Do you know the story of the Marshall Thundering Herd football program? On November 13, 1970, the team boarded Southern Airways flight 932 in Kinston, North Carolina, after a tough loss at the hands of the East Carolina Pirates. At 7:36 that evening, as the plane was descending through the fog and rain, it collided with the tops of trees and then crashed into the side of a hill just short of the Huntington airport. All 75 people on board were killed.
The Marshall football program was wiped out that day. The tragedy left many wondering if Marshall would ever field a football team again.
Marshall was determined to come back. The university hired Jack Lengyel as the new head coach to resurrect the program. No one was sure if he (or anyone else) could do it.
Finding players was one of his toughest tasks. He recruited players from the baseball and basketball teams, and he opened the doors to walk-ons. The first season after the crash, Marshall won one game, a come-from-behind thriller against Xavier.
Lengyel had done his job. He breathed new life into the Marshall football program.
In 2006, Hollywood told the story on-screen in We Are Marshall. Matthew McConaughey played Jack Lengyel. It is one of my favorite sports movies. The story is deeply moving and inspirational. In one scene, the board of regents is deliberating the future of the program. Students gather outside the building and begin to chant, “We are Marshall!” This was the turning point. It galvanized the university, the students, and the community in support of the program. I’ll admit, the movie really tugged at my heartstrings because of the connection I saw with the new covenant life we’ve been called to live.
“We are Marshall” was much more than a chant. It was a bold declaration of purpose. The football program was here to stay, and there was no turning back.
Are you ready to make a declaration? God in his grace and mercy delivered you into the New Covenant. That is where he wants you to be, and that’s where you are. Think about this: You will never be outside God’s favor. You are in his favor, and there is no turning back.
It’s time to fully embrace God’s perfect plan and will for you. It’s time to say, “I am a new-covenant believer.”
If you need encouragement, follow Paul’s lead. “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). (by Bob Christopher)
Friday Night Ride 3/31/17 TONIGHT WE RIDE! Meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana Ave. at 6pm. At 6:30 we will take a fun ride to a fun place for fun food! Don’t miss out!
“We are New Covenant!”