Do You Want to Please God (7 of 12) by Jeff Schreve

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Do You Want to Please God (7 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

If you have your Bible, please turn to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. Have you learned that you can't make it without God? You need Him really every second, don't you? He's there for us! In 1st Thessalonians chapter 4, I want to talk to you about this subject, this question: "Do You Want to Please God?"

Now, as a kid growing up, I loved sports. But there was one sport, in particular, that tended to be my favorite to play and that was basketball. I started playing school-organized basketball when I was in 5th grade. In the place I lived they didn't have any kind of like little kid basketball for 2nd and 3rd graders, so 5th grade was the earliest you could play. And so I started playing on my 5th and 6th grade team. And, then I moved from California to Houston, Texas and started playing when I was in 7th grade and started playing on the, the 7th grade team and played all through high school. And I would have liked to have played in college, but there was a little problem and it had to do with talent. And so that kind of knocked me out. But I had lots of different coaches growing up as a kid. And I remember there was a desire in me, because I wanted to play, and the coach determines who plays. And so I would want to impress the coach. I would want to please the coach. And how do you do that? Well, you want to stand out. The Bible says it's by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right. Well, when you have pure and right conduct on the basketball court, it means you're excelling. You're winning the drills, and you're first in the horses and things like that. And the coach knows, "Hey, this guy is giving all that he can give." You want to please the coach. That was just innate within me. I had a coach when I was a freshman in high school. He was a football coach who had to coach 9th grade basketball because he drew the short s ...

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