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Going Against the Odds (5 of 10)
Series: Can You Deliver?
Preached February 7, 2010
Sports Illustrated voted the 1980 USA victory over the then Soviet Union as the biggest upset in sports history.
The Soviets, who had won eight of the previous nine Olympic gold medals, had blown away the American college kids 10-3 in a pre-tournament exhibition just days before.
The Americans were a group of untested college players in a culture that was hardly hockey-centric, and they entered the 1980 Games as the seventh seed among 12 teams.
The Soviets, meanwhile, were full-time hockey players who had played together for years, and they were representing a country that had produced eight of the last nine gold medalists in the sport.
The American college kids just before the Games were embarrassed, 10-3, in one of the most sickening events in USA Olympic history.
People love stories like that. From sports movies like "Hoosiers" to "Rudy" to "Rocky" people seem to like the underdog, probably because they are ordinary people who have achieved the extraordinary.
When you find yourself in a place where God wants to use you to help deliver someone out from under the stranglehold of sin, it may be that you find yourself going against the odds.
Of course, all through the history of God's people, they have found themselves going against the odds.
The Bible is chock full of individuals and groups of people who have gone against the odds.
I immediately think of the shepherd boy David who went against the great giant Goliath with nothing but a sling and a few stones.
And what about the early disciples of Christ who were considered "uneducated," but confounded the most wise with their knowledge and power.
See, the reason I believe people love the underdog is that they can see themselves in them. They may have average talent or below average education, and they can actually see themselves as an underdog ...
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