SWORD: John 1:29-34

John Testifies About Jesus

I really enjoyed studying this passage and found that the more and more I chipped away at the surface of these verses, the more and more wisdom and self-discovery I realized. Here are some notes I took on verses 29-34:

What does this teach us about God?
-Before Jesus had done anything of note he is singled out as God’s sacrifice. Before he had healed, performed miracles, preached & taught. His mission and purpose was laid out for all to hear.
-In Genesis there was a lamb for a man.  In Exodus there was a lamb for a family.  In Leviticus there is a lamb for a nation.  In John its the lamb for the world. (I didn’t come up with this but am borrowing it…wish I could find the original source).

-A Lamb: tenderness, loving, kind, gentle

-THE lamb: uniqueness: there is only one. No one else like him, only way to heaven/essential for salvation.
-v34: Jesus is God’s chosen one.
What do we learn about people?
-John knew his place, his position, his purpose. John cleared the path, showed people their sin and then revealed the solution to their sin.
-We can prepare the path to God for people like John did. Testify, tell others but let’s not forget our place, position and purpose.
-Be bold in your proclamation, look at John, did he “look” like a “model” citizen
Is there a command to obey?
-Believe in Jesus as the one, our messiah
Is there a command to follow?
-Testify, tell others
– Obey, believe and have faith
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Pre-Season Game #2: Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage 10/5/12

Ah, you have to love these in-state rivalries…Houston, San Antonio, Dallas. Well, the Texas Stars did play the Dallas Stars once as an exhibition game to give us Central Texans a taste of what this crazy hockey game is all about. It was a great exhibition game and all, but I’m not sure a 5-1 defeat is a great way to start the season (well maybe it was with that Calder Cup and all)…anywho, back to San Antonio.

San Antonio is always a pretty good matchup, usually it’s always a chippy atmosphere with the rivalry between the two teams (I don’t think I’ve ever seen more fights per game against another team) and since a lot of their fans travel over to cheer on their team, it definitely puts a bit of tension in the air (ever been to an A’s vs Giants MLB game?). I’ve seen some pretty tense moments with overzealous fans but we’re all pretty respectful when it comes to visiting your neighbor’s house (sorry, but yelling TEXASSSS! STARRRRS! rolls off easier than yelling SANANTONIO…RAMMMPAGE!)

Since it’s pre-season, let’s take a look at the Texas Stars history with such games against the Rampage, these are all first match ups of the year:

2009: 2-1 (Texas)

2010: 2-1 (Texas)

2011: 4-0 (SAN)

Despite the pre-season game last year, Texas did a pretty good job of holding off San Antonio throughout the regular season We’ll see how the Stars do against the Rampage in 2012, should be a great Friday night game as Texas gets a feel for what San Antonio will offer this year. Yes, ex-Star Greg Rallo (who shot the winning goal against SAN in 2009’s game) should be there (he’s on the roster) so listen for some “motivation” from the crowd if you’re at the game.

Can’t you just feel the love? Photo courtesy: http://www.mysanantonio.com

Texas Stars 2012 – Pre-Season: Two Curses Broken!

In 2009, it was a 2-1 victory over San Antonio (in their house) and the Stars went on to win the Calder Cup. The very first Texas Stars game in Cedar Park saw the Rampage return revenge with a 4-3 win (did I mention that Calder Cup win yet?).

2010 had the Stars victorious against the Oklahoma City Barons 2-1 in the OK state, but meanwhile, back in Cedar Park, the OKC Barons win 4-2 under our roof.

2011 was shaping up to be more of the same, the first pre-season game back in Cedar Park saw the Houston Aeros slip by with a 3-2 shootout win.

Well now the Aeros better hope a whupped behind is covered under Obamacare because the Stars BROKE the pre-season opener curse with a 7-2 win! For those keeping score at home, this is the Texas Stars very first pre-season win in Cedar Park!

Now, let’s look at the numbers against Houston over the years when it comes to ahem, breaking the ice with these inaugural match ups (these are all pre-season): 2009 – Houston wins (3-2), 2010 – Houston wins (4-2), 2011 – Houston wins (again!), 5-2. 2012 – TEXAS WINS (7-2)!

So there you have it, 2 curses broken with the win over Houston this year! First win with the first game in our house and first career win over first game against Houston!

I know pre-season doesn’t mean much, but I thought it was worth sharing. More attention will be paid to the first regular season game against Houston on 10/20/12 (I’ll run those numbers later).

I will be watching very close to Friday, October 5th’s game against San Antonio in Cedar Park where our matchup numbers don’t look so hot over the years so stay tuned for that update!

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Photo Credit: Texas Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much thanks to the following websites for helping me compile the aforementioned stat.s: HundredDegreeHockey and Texas Stars