by Steve Jones

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God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan – Champions (8 of 14)
Series: God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan
Steve Jones
Philippians 2

INTRODUCTION: In a small town in Washington State at a girl's college softball game was played between Central Washington and Western Oregon. It was the 2nd game of a double-header between the two teams that were neck and neck fighting for the conference championship. It was Central Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky's last chance to win a championship. She had never hit a home run before but at the top of the 2nd inning with two runners on base that all changed when she hit one over the fence. However, as Sara was rounding first base she tore her ACL. According to the rules if a substitute was made the hit would count as a two run single. Also, according to the rules, no one on Sara's team could touch her to help her around the bases. That's when Central Washington's Mallory Holtman, a player with more homeruns than any other player in conference history, a player for the opposing team, spoke up. She and teammate Liz Wallace volunteered to carry Sara around the field. They asked Sara if it would be okay if they carried her around the bases and Sara replied, "Yes, thank you so much." Mallory said, "You hit the all over the fence, you deserve it." They carried her around, pausing before each base to let he touch it with her foot; home run. Mallory Holtman, Liz Wallace and the Central Washington team lost the game that day, 4 to 2. Sara Tucholsky lost the rest of the season, and her career, to a knee injury; but for the spirit of sportsmanship, a greater victory.
(The five-minute film clip is available at YOUTUBE entitled "Girls Softball Miracle – Central Washington vs. Western Oregon" and makes a great visual introduction.)

Anyone need a hanky? Those girls are champions even though they didn't win the tournament. Today I want to talk about "champions." I'm using that term to designate a ...

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