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Verses 2-3: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

We need to give thought to what kind of legacy we show to others. Have you ever heard of Howard Odell? Chances are, unless you are a die-hard University of Washington fan, you probably don’t know him. Odell was the head football coach of the Huskies from 1948 to 1952. Among one of his assistants he had at the time was Don Coryell, who later went on to fame in the NFL of the San Diego Chargers. Coryell once had an assistant there named Ray Perkins. Perkins later coached the New York Giants and had two assistants of note: Bill Parcells, who succeeded him as head coach, and Bill Belichick, who served under Perkins and Parcells. Now you’re probably recognizing some names; if not, please read on. Belichick is the current longtime head coach of the New England Patriots and had an assistant who later went on to lead not one but two different college football teams to win the national championship. I think even the most casual football fan recognizes his name: Nick Saban.

What a coaching tree that is, rooted in a man named Howard Odell. Other famous coaches have similar trees: Nick Saban himself, Bear Bryant, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, just to name a few.

What about the legacy of a man named Edward Kimball? Try this on for thought:
Sunday School teacher Edward Kimball helped lead Dwight L. Moody to Christ;
J. Wilbur Chapman was converted at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting;
Billy Sunday was converted at a Chapman meeting;
Mordecai Ham was converted at Billy Sunday meeting;
and Billy Graham was converted at a Ham meeting.

And yes, we mean THAT Billy Graham! That list was sourced from https://sermons.faithlife.com/sermons/84109-from-moody-to-graham

Paul here is commenting on the false prophets who upset the Corinthian church; among some of the things they tried to do to justify their reputation was to produce false letters of recommendation. Paul is stating here that he never needed such letters, because the Corinthian converts “are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

Think about the legacy you’re leaving. Are you sowing seeds today that will help produce a harvest for Christ?

Something to think about.

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Verses 4-5: “But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

I’m about to tread dangerous waters here, because I’m about to use an analogy…regarding the faithful fans of the University of Alabama. Please bear with me. 🙂

Bill Curry was hired as the football coach at the University of Alabama and coached 3 seasons from 1987-1989 with an overall record of 26-10, including a share of the SEC championship crown in 1989.
Despite this success, a lot of Bama fans were not happy with Bill Curry: there were the 3 consecutive losses to arch-rival Auburn; the 1988 “Hurricane Bowl” in which Alabama played Texas A&M at the end of the season instead of earlier due to the threat of Hurricane Gilbert (which wound up not coming through College Station, TX), supposedly prompting then-coach Jackie Sherrill to claim that “Bear [Bryant] would have flown out here [despite the weather threat]”; and receiving a contract renewal that also supposedly stripped him of hiring/firing abilities for assistant coaches. He then went on to take the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky. The next coach to follow him at UA was Gene Stallings, a former player and coach under Bear Bryant.

A lot of talk circulated among newspapers and sports shows as to the why, but there was a common theme: Curry came to UA from Georgia Tech. He never played for Bear Bryant. He never coached for Bear Bryant. He was considered an outsider, not one of “Bear’s men”.

As Christians, we are to aspire to be more like Jesus Christ. “But that’s impossible” some might say, “Jesus is God!” Yes, He is. At the time He walked the earth, He was fully God and fully man. He was a human being like you and me, but He did not sin. He encountered all the temptations that we go through; all the joys and despairs that we encounter too. That’s part of the beauty of His perfect sacrifice and saving grace. He wasn’t an outsider God…He walked among us!

Something to think about!

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