Applied Belief: Biblical Eagles

Whether it was God's will for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl or not this year, there is no doubt that starting with their quarterback and going down the line of Nick Foles, Chris Maragos, Zach Ertz and others know that the only thing that lasts forever is the Word of God. "The Grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of our God will stand forever" (Isaiah 40:8).

I wrote that two months ago in my last Chadds Ford Live article entitled “Are the Eagles God’s Team?” Well, now we know that it was God’s will for the Eagles to win it all. “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps” (Psalm 135:6).

In kindergarten, I would get up at 5 a.m. just to watch SportsCenter to keep up with every sport and I must say that in all my years I never saw a team with so many players outspoken about their faith in Jesus Christ. From coach Doug Pederson down the line, we can see how God has moved in the midst of this team. We know God does not have favorites in sports, but He is honored and takes pleasure in those that seek to please Him.

In the Bible, there are about 30 references to Eagles and zero references to patriots. Some church signs pointed to this fact prior to the game. While that might be true, in reality, it has nothing to do with the Philadelphia Eagles, but it does make you grin at least. Listening to sports radio like 97.5 FM the Fanatic the other night, was really a testament to how unlikely this Super Bowl run has been. No one thought at the beginning of the season the Birds would be holding the Lombardi trophy in February let alone after Wentz went down to the Rams. Yet here we are.

Many of the Eagles players, including Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, spent countless hours studying the Word of God. It was an integral part of their training. Even when having to miss Church on Sunday the Christians players like Wentz and Ertz would attend chapel. Their desire to grow and spend quality time with their Lord was far greater than the gridiron and when the spotlight shone on them they shone it back on Jesus. As the Word says: “for what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5) This is exactly what I saw this year from many of the star players and there is no doubt in my mind God’s hand was upon them and granted them the greatest success.

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About Rev. Marcos O. Almonte

Rev. Marcos O. Almonte is senior pastor at Brandywine Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church west of Philadelphia. Pastor Marcos is a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary with more than 10 years working with families with an expertise in theology, trauma and addictions. Pastor Marcos and his wife Mary have three children, Carmen, Joseph, and Lincoln.

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