Quizzing has gone great so far! We're right in the middle of the tournament as Round 1 finished up this morning. In the Experienced division, Lufkin, Tx (Tx 1) ended up playing Pearland, Tx (STX 1) for the finals of Round 1 with STX 1 coming out on top. The Intermediate division finals consisted of Texas 1 and Atlantic 1 with Atlantic 1 taking the finals.
Devotion on Sunday was powerful! Bro Creel did an awesome job preaching on the subject "Where is the word?". Here is an excerpt from his sermon, a quizzing translation of Luke 8:4-15:
4. And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5. A quizzer went out to study his cards: and as he studied, some fell by the wayside; and they were trodden down and rained upon and run over by cars and trucks, an then the fowls of the air used them to build their nests and the dogs in the neighborhood devoured the remainder of them. 6. And some of them fell (or were they pushed?) between the cushions of the couch; and as soon as they slid down, they disappeared forever, because they made it to the bottom trapped by the fabric stapled from corner to corner. 7. And some were left on the pew at the last quiz tournament; and the custodians picked them up but because they had identification, they were cast into the outer darkness of the dumpster. 8. And another box of cards was there, carefully marked and cataloged. Beginning and ending phrases highlighted with one time words in italics. These were studied intensely and learned extremely well even to the point that he could quote them each day an hundred times. And when he had said these things, he cried He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9. And his disciples asked him saying, What might this parable be? 10. And he said, unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: the study cards are the word of God.
12. Those by the way side are they that quiz; then cometh the devil, and convinces them that this is only a game and a time to just have fun and fellowship (memorize enough to make the trip then forget it), lest they should really understand and believe what they have studied and truly recognize the God's plan for salvation in their lives.
13. Those in the couch are they, which, when they study, study only the word that brings them joy (ie. the short and simple verses that are easy to quote); therefore these quizzers have no foundation, which want you to believe they know their stuff, but in time of pressure in a quiz or in a temptation of life, they fall away.
14. And those which were left on the pew are they , which had really good intentions but because of negligence ended up away from the sanctuary bound and mixed in with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and even though their intentions were good, they bring no fruit to perfection.
15. But the good quizzers are they, which with an honest and good heart, having studied the word, keep it, not only when the quiz year ends but throughout the year and apply it to their hearts and lives, so that they will bring forth fruit with patience.
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