Freely Give

Freely Give“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” ~ Romans 8:32

Scripture says God gave the land to Abraham. The Lord gave success to Joseph. God gave manna to his children in the desert. The Bible says our God gave his people deliverers when they were in trouble. Through Christ, God gave us the right to become his children.

In the Gospels, Jesus says “I give you eternal life.”

I give you my peace. I give you the Spirit. This is my body given for you. The Kingdom of God is given to you. I give you victory.

Paul says God has freely given us of his glorious grace.

God created in order to give. Jesus came to earth in order to give. He lived and died and rose again and reigns at the right hand of the Father in heaven in order to give.

“Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.” ~Ephesians 5:2

That’s the good news. God gave. Now I give. Freely you have received, freely give. God through Christ gave. Everything. Now I give. Everything. That’s the Gospel. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Don’t Blame RomoDon’t blame Romo. He never had a chance.

Blame Marc Columbo. What was that? Blame Jason Garrett for thinking the best way to slow down the Vikings pass rush was to run Marion Barber around the ends. Blame Jerry Wayne for giving up top draft picks and talent for Roy Williams. Blame the owner/GM/vendor for not developing any decent backup offensive linemen.

Tony Romo was running for his life at every snap. Don’t blame him.

WadeBlame Wade Phillips. Is it Wade’s constant pointing to his own stats and numbers and accomplishments that makes this team think they’ve arrived when they’ve made it to a second-round game? Or that they’re entitled to something? Is it this team’s well-documented failures in December and in the post-season that caused them to feel like they had accomplished something of great significance by beating a bad Philly team at home? Why were they so offended by Favre’s late TD toss? Why did they seem so ill-prepared for that Vikings pass rush? Why did they get their heads handed to them 34-3? Did they think that since they were on such a roll, teams would bow in submission as soon as they stepped off the bus? Or does Wade’s personality and demeanor give his players the impression that winning that first playoff game in 13-years, his first ever as a head coach, had already accomplished the mission?

Jerry and Wade are getting in the way. And they’re both going to be in charge of this team in 2010. For Cowboys fans, that must really take the hope out of saying, “Wait ’til next year.”

Peace,

Allan

7 Comments

  1. Rob's Dad

    Your points about Jerry and draft choices, backups is on target. Sending a breaking-down Barber wide is a bad choice. Not going for it on 4th down is a bad choice.

    Jimmy Genius’ point about not letting them score rings a little hollow – it seemed cheap when you are ahead 27-3.

    I don’t think the team thought they were on such a roll. They got beat by a better team.

    We are under 30 days until pitchers and catchers report. Go Saints!

  2. Allan

    Wade calling timeouts after Vikings running plays while trailing 27-3 is a clear signal that the Cowboys were still playing to win. Childress calling for the 4th down pass into the end zone was his confirmation that he had received the message.

  3. Rob's Dad

    The timeouts were part of what people expect (even though it personally wears me out). There was still enough time left to call the timeouts.

    Side note – remember who called the victory and said it would be passing instead of rushing? Rhyner was actually closest to the points.

  4. James Prather

    That’s an incredible way to put it. God gives, and our response is to imitate the Father by giving back. Beautiful, brother.

    Peace,
    James

  5. Jesse

    I especially like the perspective you gave on Sunday of God letting us keep 90%! Never thought about it that way before.

  6. Dbyrnes

    If you were a fan you wouldn’t have liked the final td. I remember you not liking it against Colt.

  7. Allan

    Mack wasn’t calling timeouts down by 24 like Wade was. When Alabama got the ball back with two minutes to go, they were leading by ten and they called three straight running plays. They scored on runs to go up by 16 and then took a knee the next time they got the ball. Yes, ‘Bama could have taken a knee before that last score. Texas couldn’t stop the clock. But they were running plays.

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