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7 Ways to Know If You Have A Good “Pound for Pound” Church
|Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds.
In the boxing world I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect this little man who packs a mighty punch. Manny Pacquiao has been appropriately labeled by fans of the sport, bloggers, sportswriters, and fellow boxers as the best “pound for pound” fighter in the modern era. In other words, as a boxer who has won titles in eight lighter weight divisions, he is never going to fight for the “heavyweight” championship of the world. That’s because he is five feet six inches and weighs in at a hundred and fifty pounds, all wet in his street clothes. He is not going to be remembered like a Muhammad Ali because his greatness in the sport is measured in different dimensions. These include: how many weight divisions he has won, the quality of his opponents, and his skills in the ring. I will never forget witnessing those skills for the first time. Hand speed. Power. Work rate. All masterful. You know a guy is great when you feel sorry for everyone he fights. In this way, a “pound for pound” fighter designation gives you the greater measure of the boxer. Measuring pound for pound puts smaller fighting men into the powerful categories right up there with the “heavyweights.”
What Do You Worship?
|My ears reverberated with echoes so loud my brain hurt. I could not hear anything but the massive wave of sound made of shouts, yells, and screams. My eyes saw a sea of fist-pumping fans, jumping in the stands, snarling as they cheered for their home team. It was the “loudest crowd roar” in the Guinness Book of World Records, and it was just a few Sundays ago at CenturyLink Field, a stadium seemingly built for noise production.
People wore their home team jerseys, hats and waived foamed fingers — while others, poked plugs in their ears.
Got me wondering…tap…tap…tap…what do I worship with this enthusiasm? And, what have these people become?
The first answer is…I worship God fervently in my spirit, but honestly, I don’t wear jerseys with his name on my back, or shout so loud that I lose my voice. Although my worship is 24/7 and doesn’t crescendo like it did at the stadium, it’s authentic, yearning for God and honoring him.
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Kenny Luck is the founder of Every Man Ministries and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church. His 20th book – SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God – is the proven blueprint for men’s ministries, and was recently released through B&H Publishing. Leadership kits and church resources published by LifeWay. Watch and read more of Kenny’s teaching here at EveryManMinistries.com.
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