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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Super Bowl XXXXI can be exciting for you and your friends

By Bill Ellis
Special to ASSIST News Service

SCOTT DEPOT, WV (ANS) -- Dr. Robert Horman Reardon, President Emeritus of Anderson University, is a man full of wisdom about many things and especially those issues that relate to eternity. To Carl Erskine, former AU baseball coach, member of the Board of Trustees, National League pitching great and a very successful alumnus of the university, Reardon once said, “If you will put Anderson College in your will, you will live forever!” Let’s understand what he meant by that.

Super Bowl XXXXI will be in Miami, Fl, 6:00 p.m., on Sunday evening, February 4, 2007, via CBS-TV.
Churches, Sunday School Classes, Youth Groups, sports teams, organizations, friends and neighbors will gather to enjoy the game as a group. For years Bob and Doris Cottrell have invited the Senior Citizens of our church, and those who simply cannot wait until they get to be at least 55, to their house for the Super Bowl Party. It is a most enjoyable evening with super hosts.
In Sports Spectrum’s 2007 Power to Win outreach kit there are terrific new films, magazines, posters and ideas to make your party bigger and better than ever! You can order all the things you need to put on your own spectacular halftime show from Sports Spectrum. The Power to Win DVD featuring Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander will be much better than anything you’ll see on the network’s halftime show. The DVD includes supporting interviews by Jim Zorn and other Seahawk players. It also features Christian music bands like MercyMe, Grits, Red, Warren Barfield and Charles Billinsley.
Call Sports Spectrum immediately to buy the 2007 Power to Win kit. The toll free number is 1-800-269-5727. All kits are designed to meet your specific ministry needs. To meet larger audiences you can order additional items as needed. Websites to get additional information are www.PowerToWin.org  and www.SportsSpectrum.com.  All kits you order will be shipped out within 24 hours. The Super Bowl will soon be here. Act today. Call now.
Some groups celebrating the Super Bowl set an admission price of at least one can of soup per person. Once they are all collected, they are given to families who need a helping hand. The cans of soup can be passed on to local missions, community cupboards, the Salvation Army and other helping organizations.
I wish each family in the nation received the glossy and beautiful full color Sports Spectrum Magazine. It is something every parent, student-athlete, coaches of all sports and churches would profit from reading. It is a 56-page magazine, the most attractive on the market, published every two months. I look forward to every issue. It’s power-packed 16-page insert is a bonus. You can subscribe by calling toll-free 1-866-821-2971.
As we approach Super Bowl Sunday it is time to look at more “Football Theology”. It may bring a smile to your face. A smile is good for your attitude, disposition and health.

Hash Marks -- stains left on the tablecloth after a potluck.
Head Linesman -- the one who changes the overhead projector transparencies.
Illegal Use of Hands -- clapping at an inappropriate point in the service.
Incomplete Pass -- a dropped offering plate.
Quarterback -- what tightwads want after putting fifty cents in the offering.
Touchback -- the laying on of hands.
Draw Play -- what restless children do during a long sermon.
Face Mask -- smiling and saying everything is fine when it isn’t.
Fan Response -- saying “Amen” to the sermon.
Scalping Tickets -- people trying to buy their way into the kingdom of God.
Holding Penalty -- result of church members who believe nothing can be done about anything.
Fair Catch -- holding the offering plate in front of each member until money is placed in it.
Touchdown -- when attendance and giving records are broken.
Final Gun -- the benediction.
Super Bowl Champion -- a church doing the will of God.

St. Paul would have made a terrific sports writer. He knew about the sports of his day. He once wrote, “Run with patience the race that is set before us . . . Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Was he thinking about the marathons of ancient Greece? He was teaching us to be at our best in the greatest race of all -- the human race.

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Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist, and convention and conference speaker on every continent. He is the writer of more than 1600 columns and widely known as a motivator utilizing enjoyment of life and just plain fun and laughter while speaking to high school, university and professional sports teams as well as to business and professional groups of all kinds. His keen understanding of human problems make him a favorite speaker for youth, parent, and senior adult meetings. He is accompanied by Kitty, his wife, favorite singer, editor and publisher.

For information on becoming a subscriber to the Ellis Column for your newspaper or magazine, you may contact him at: BILL ELLIS, P.O.Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560 or by calling: 304-757-6089.

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