by Ron Clarkson

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Recruiting Violations of Jesus (2 of 4)
The Incredible Life of Christ
Ron Clarkson
March 18, 1990

This morning we are going to look at how Jesus handpicked the most unlikely team for a very unlikely job as we look at the Recruiting Violations of Jesus. Join me in prayer before we begin.

Prayer: Father, I'm really looking forward to this morning. The opportunity I have to share from your Word some life changing principles and truths. And the opportunity I have to share from the life of Christ some encouragements and some challenges for us to live by each and every day. Father, will you teach us this morning about the team that Jesus Christ chose while he was here on earth. Teach us what was so special about his team, show us how practical they were and how we can augment our growth or move down the road of our spiritual journey by looking at their lives. Father, all we do here this morning is for your honor and your glory, use it in a special way I pray.

This past week was the beginning of March madness. For the basketball illiterates here, March madness is the beginning of the national basketball tournaments. This past week the N.I.T., the women's and Men's NCAA basketball tournament began. 64 teams trying for the number position in all of collegiate basketball. By now you probably know that the Fighting Illini were defeated in the first round last Thursday night, it was a rough night for everyone I'm sure. I know my wife could hardly sleep from disappointment. It was a disappointing end to a season that was characterized by many disappointments, one was they let Iowa beat them, but it was a season marred by the allegations of recruiting violations in the form of "pay-offs" to the athletes.

In the midst of the excitement and hoop-la of the basketball season, the most important and significant day is a day that a ball is not dribbled, a basket not shot. This all-important day is the day a 17 or 18- year-old high schooler signs his National letter o ...

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