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    King's Firecrackers Performance at the US Naval Academy - Totally Amazing!!

    Prepared to be wowed!

    In viewing this performance I think of the untold hours of preparation that must have gone into it - the discipline, the coordination, all the sweat and tears, all the bumps and bruises, and then masterminding all the team so that each person knows their role intimately and knows how to work with others to achieve a common purpose. Quite honestly, my mind boggles at the thought of it all. Then I think of the Scripture verse which talks of athletes and all they do to achieve an earthly prize: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable." (1 Cor 9:24, 25)

    These girls do not even receive a wreath to adorn the head as a witness to their tremendous skill and the spectacle they achieved (though they are now watched by thousands on youtube video, which I guess is something of a reward). However, we as Christians will receive an imperishable reward for the things we do in Christ's kingdom. Amazing, once again. Even though our works play no role whatsoever in our justification (Eph 2:8, 9), God has ordained that we would do good works (Eph 2:10) and even rewards these grace-fueled endeavors.

    Seeing this outstanding performance really challenges me deeply and stirs me up to excel in what God has called me to be and do. May it do the same for all of us. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on October 2, 2009 06:36 AM


    I believe "wow" was an understatement!

    I was just wondering if I put my hands on the computer screen if any of that energy would come into me? It sure enlightened my soul in any event!

    "Amazing" and "Grace" seem to have new meaning, now! WOW!!

    This left me speechless and tearing. Even more poignant was the comment you left. THANK YOU for honoring the Lord with your comments.

    Where are these girls from--from a Christian college or High School?

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