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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Editorial: 35 and Counting

By James Meredith
Jan. 29, 2012

On January 9, 1977, the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Oakland Raiders 32-14 in Super Bowl XI. It marked the fourth time in eight years that the Vikings reached the big game, only to find themselves uttering a familiar lament as the final gun sounded: “Maybe next year.” Sadly, “next year” has now reached 35 years … and counting.

As a lifelong Vikings fan, I’ve watched some great teams don the purple and gold, and come so very close, only to find themselves shut out of the ultimate goal for every NFL player and fan: a Super Bowl championship. Yet through it all I’ve continued on as a Minnesota faithful, joining legions of Vikings boosters everywhere in saying, “Maybe next year.”

The struggles of my favorite franchise only serve to illustrate one of the great realities in sports: No matter how great the talent on the roster, and regardless of how superb the coaching, nothing is promised.

In this issue of the Pentecostal Evangel, you will find stories, quotes and testimonies from some of the greatest players in the National Football League. Among them are athletes who’ve felt the thrill of raising the Lombardi trophy high above their heads. Others may never know this triumph.

Yet all have experienced a hope that reaches far beyond the fickle uncertainties and disappointments of sports. It’s a hope that encourages all who place their faith in Christ: No matter the joys or discouragements that fill this present life, forgiveness for sin and eternal life in heaven are promises you can count on.

So as you enjoy these athletes’ stories, take time to ponder their deeper message. And if you’re looking for answers to the greatest questions of life, follow their lead and look to the Lord. You’ll discover that His promises are real. He will never disappoint.

James Meredith

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