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Breaking the Spell (5 of 9)
Series: Do You Want to be Free?, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
And if you have your Bible, turn to Galatians chapter 3. I want to talk to you tonight about "Breaking the Spell." Paul said to the Galatians, "O foolish Galatians, what magician has cast an evil spell on you...."
Now how many in here like baseball? You follow baseball? Lots of people follow baseball. I didn't ever follow baseball. I always thought baseball was boring. But I got kind of caught up in the World Series last year and tuned in, and then the Rangers fell apart. It was disappointing. I read Josh Hamilton's book and that probably really got me going on baseball. And I was really excited about yesterday when Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in a game. That guy is just an incredible guy and a great witness for the Lord. He's obviously had more than his share of struggles but he loves the Lord and he wants to please the Lord.
And so I was thinking about baseball and how Paul said, "...who has cast a spell on you...." And in the verses we're going to read, He talks about a curse, and I thought about the famous thing in baseball called "The Curse of the Bambino." Have you heard about "The Curse of the Bambino?" It was what a sportswriter in Boston said happened to the Boston Red Sox when the owner of the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth in 1919 to the New York Yankees. See, Boston had been a big powerhouse until that time.
They had won five World Series. And then they sold Babe Ruth. And they didn't win another World Series for 86 years. Now they came close, but they would always self-destruct. And people would say, "Ah, it's the curse, that spell from the sale of the Bambino," which is a name for Babe Ruth. Well, in 2004, if you know anything about baseball, the Boston Red Sox somehow, some way, they broke the spell. They played in the American League Championship game against the New York Yankees. They were down three games to nothing. But they ...
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