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The Jesus Fixation (2 of 5)
Series: The Better Jesus
OPEN: The NCAA college basketball competition begins this week, so I thought we might start our sermon today with a bit of trivia.
Do you know who the world's best basketball free throw shooter is? (various people in the congregation took guesses).
I guess it wasn't a fair question to begin with. You've probably never heard of this man unless you had read about him in The Guiness World Book of Records. His name was Tom Amberry! And back in 1993, this 71 yr. old foot doctor, set world's record by shooting and making with 2,750 freethrows in a row! He'd have gotten more... except they had to close gym for the night
What's his secret? When questioned, he replied "Concentration! The more I read about it and looked into it, the more I realized the only way you do it is practice. You have to perfect all parts of your technique; then it's just focus and concentration. You have to put all other thoughts out of your mind."
He'd bounce the ball three times, focus, shoot ... and swish!
APPLY: In Hebrews 3:1 we're told: "fix your thoughts on Jesus!" Put all other thoughts out of your mind and simply focus on Jesus. As Christians, we need to Focus on Jesus and Jesus only.
I. Fix your tho'ts upon Jesus because unless you FOCUS your attention on Jesus...
... something else will always be more important to you
... something else will draw your attention away
... and you may miss out on what God wants to give you
FIX YOUR THO'TS UPON JESUS
In Hebrews 3:7ff we're told that if we don't fix their tho'ts on Jesus we run the risk of repeating what the Israelites did in the wilderness. Turn to Hebrews 3:7-14. The writer here has just gone telling us why Jesus deserves to listened to:
"...as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, (now talking about Jesus) do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fath ...
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