by Jeff Strite

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Half-Time Talk (3 of 5)
Series: The Road To The Final Door
Jeff Strite
Mark 14:12-31

OPEN: There is a part of a basketball game that no spectator gets to see.
No matter how important the ticket holder may be.
No matter how much he's paid for his seat.
There is one event he will NOT be INVITED to observe.
And yet this one event can change the entire course of a game. I've read of games that I'd have considered lost - games when teams were down as much as 20 points or more - that literally turned around when this part of the basketball game took place.
Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
That's right - It's called the half-time talk.
It's considered to be so crucial to the tempo of a game that nearly every team has one.

I did an internet search looking for examples of these talks, but all I could find were colorful phrases to describe them. Phrases like:
A tongue-lashing
(and my personal favorite) Paint peeling
Coach Jerry Wainwright DePaul Blue Demons once said that during such a talk: "I wasn't real kind. Usually, I yell to our players. This time I yelled at them."

The objective a half-time talk is to tell the team what they may not want to hear - but things they really DO need to hear in order to succeed in the 2nd half.

APPLY: In this passage from the Gospel of Mark, we find Jesus telling his disciples some things they don't want to hear. Just for the sake of my illustration, I want you to think about the disciples as being a team and Jesus is their coach.

Over the past couple of days, they've been on a roll. Jesus has come off a successful road trip
o where He's performed numerous miracles
o healed hundreds of people
o And raised Lazarus from the dead.
And then they entered into Jerusalem where the crowd goes wild. The people cut down branches from nearby palm trees and lay them along the road and they shout out "hosanna, blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord." Ev ...

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