From Average to All-Star (5 of 5) by Jeff Ginn

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From Average to All-Star (5 of 5)
Series: From Good to Great
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Daniel 12:1-3
May 25, 2003

1. Introduction
a. Story of Johnny Oates at the Hall of Fame. He wasn't an average ball player. He was an all-star. He's not an average man. Here are some of his stats. "He was a hard-hitting catcher at Prince George High School and at Virginia Tech before signing with the Baltimore Orioles. He went on to spend 11 years as an active major leaguer. He appeared in two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and had a career .250 batting average. After his playing days, he coached with the Orioles and Chicago Cubs for seven years. Oates later managed the Orioles for four seasons and the Texas Rangers for seven. He retired two years ago after leading the Rangers to the American League West Division championship three times. He was twice named the AL manager of the year" (Taken from the VA Sports Hall of Fame website).
b. He's an all-star. He testified before Hall of Famers, senators, congressmen, journalists, strangers, friends, and family. I was there to hear it all.
c. Johnny's not average; he's all-star. That's true athletically. It's true spiritually.
d. Let's open our Bibles to Daniel 12:1-3. We are going back to the future. Daniel is enabled by the Lord to see the end times and prophesy accordingly. He tells us how to go from being an average Christian to an all-star Christian.
e. Vance Havner once said, "The average Christian is so sub-normal that if he were normal people would think that he was abnormal."
f. Traits that must be present so that we can go from average to all-star:
2. CONVICTIONS (12:1-2)
a. There will be distress
i. History as we know it will not go on endlessly. It is headed toward a climactic end.
ii. Jesus cited Daniel and confirmed this truth, "For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now . . ." (Matt. 24:21).
iii. Many people want to know, "When will it en ...

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