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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Cycling
  2. Archery
  3. Boxing
  4. Judo
  5. Formula 1
  6. Netball
  7. Rowing
  8. Volleyball
  9. Basketball
  10. Hurling

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Speed
  2. Gold
  3. Danger
  4. Floor
  5. Crash
  6. Centre
  7. Cambridge
  8. Great
  9. Tall
  10. Limited

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Croquet
  2. Rugby
  3. Badminton
  4. Squash
  5. Skiing
  6. 10 pin bowling
  7. Athletics
  8. Baseball
  9. Curling
  10. Gymnastics

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. England
  2. Muddy
  3. Roof
  4. Wall
  5. Broken
  6. Chicken
  7. Speed
  8. Rounders
  9. Scotland
  10. Balance

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Football (soccer)
  2. American football
  3. Cricket
  4. Darts
  5. Golf
  6. Pool
  7. Tennis
  8. Hockey
  9. Basketball
  10. Swimming

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Rangers
  2. Confusing
  3. Boring
  4. Dark
  5. Walking
  6. Green
  7. Wimbledon
  8. Ouch
  9. Tall
  10. Loud

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

In many sports it’s clear that a team or player deliberately target what they feel are their opponent’s vulnerabilities or weaknesses. It’s clear why they do that, as in sport it all about the win isn’t it?

Vulnerabilities don’t just exist when a sport is being played, they exist in our every aspect of our lives. None of us are perfect, we all have weakness, and that is why in our lives we often find ourselves being targeted by the devil. The devil sees when we are weak and puts doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us. He’s great at targeting our weaknesses, but we can overcome the devil’s attack on us by putting our faith firmly in God, and letting Him take away all our burdens and strengthen our weaknesses. God will help us become better and stronger people by helping us learn from our weaknesses and become stronger in our faith.

So the new English Premier League got underway last night. Who’s going to be there or thereabouts for the title this year? Is it going to be the same two teams fighting for the title or is someone else going to step up?

Who do you think will win the premier title this year? Select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

So the new Scottish Premier League got underway today. Do you think Celtic will retain the premiership title? who’s going to be relegated?

Who do you think will win this year? – select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

When at school no matter how good I was at sports, I was always one of the last people to picked to be in a team during the sports lessons (though I was picked in the school teams). I never quite got that at the time, as I was always quite good at racket sports, football, volleyball etc, but still never got picked until there was nobody else left. Looking back these days, I now realise that while maybe my focus would have been on picking people to help my team win, others were simply picking their friends to be in their team, and that explains why I was always left to the end!

While I may not have been chosen to be part of a team chosen by my so-called fiends, and that hurt, I do know that I have still been chosen.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (The Message)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

God has chosen me to be me. He’s chosen me to be part of his family. He doesn’t care what I’ve done in the past. All he wants is for me to seek Him as my friend and saviour. I’ve done that and the good news is, He has also chosen you – All you have to do is seek him.

Technology is everywhere these days, and in many instances it helps make our lives that little bit easier. Here’s some examples:

  • Turn on your house lights when you’re away from home.
  • Speak ‘face-to-face’ with friends and family who live on the other side of the world whenever we want.
  • Send an alert to health care providers when you have a problem.
  • Let us keep up to date with world events as they happen.

However, it struck me towards the end of the football season just finished, that while in many football matches we now have the love it or hate it, VAR, as well as goal line technology to tell us if a ball as crossed the line or not, there’s another part of the game I find it incredible that we’re still using the same system as was used many years ago.

Have you any thoughts on what I’m thinking about?

Assistant referees!

They still run up and down the line with just their flag to wave to try and capture the referee’s attention when they spot a free kick, offside, throw in, goal kick, substitution etc.

Surely in this day and age there must be a better way to get the referee’s attention that by waving a flag?! How about some technology that the assistant referee presses a button to indicate what they’ve seen and that immediately alerts the referee, not just to the fact that the assistant has spotted something, but also what type of offence or situation they’ve spotted.

We don’t need to rely on the referee spotting their assistant flagging, we can do this much more effectively. What do you think, are you with me?

Have you ever been asked to swap places with someone? I’m sure we’ve all been asked to swap places with someone at some time or another, even if it doesn’t actually involve physically changes places with the other person. For example:

  • During physical education at school, you get split up into teams, and sometimes the teacher can ask two people to swap teams.
  • At work, we can be asked to swap tasks with someone.
  • In a choir or band, the leader may ask two people to exchange the parts they are singing/playing.

Whatever the scenario or situation where two people are asked to swap places, the person in charge has always got a good result for it, maybe even the best interests of the people in mind.

Doesn’t this replicate what happened that first Easter, when Jesus took our place on the cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins. So this Easter remember that God had our best interests at heart when Jesus took our place on the cross.

30 years ago today, the worst disaster in British sporting history happened during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, so many families were affected by what happened that day. So many people left their homes to go and watch a football match, and never got to return home. It was a desperately sad day for everyone involved, and even for those of us who watch the TV as news of the terrible events unfolded.

Today, 30 years on, we remember not only the 96 people who lost their lives, but those who were injured and the families of all those who were caught up in the those awful events.

When I discovered that a band I’ve seen a number of times had written song specifically to remember this tragic event, I felt I had to share it with you. I not only remembers those who were killed but it’s also a great song.

So as you listen to The Christians sing Big Red Sky, remember those who were killed or injured at Hillsborough 30 years ago today.