The World Championship of the summer 2010 were a real jubilee of the European soccer. We can say that our continent got magnificent triple victory. Behind of all this success there are lots of strategies, choices and visions. Mere fancy visions, skills of coaches or talents of the players don't bring this success unless the players aren't ready to make sacrifices for their careers. That kind of decisions demands real professional attitude towards playing. Also many European top clubs are absolute elite of the world.

Unfortunately, on the spiritual fields situation isn't so excellent, especially for Europe FJC. A couple of excellent talents don't make a successful team. There are, however, wonderful success teams in the Kingdom of heaven, such as China FJC, Africa FJC and Islam FJC. In these victorious teams, both assistant coaches and players, have made a clear decision: "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." (Rev. 12:11) This tells about the professional attitude, which makes real winning teams.

In the former mighty team of our continent, there hasn't been adopted this same bulldozing attitude. Old merits don't weight so much in the present playing situations. Season's final and concluding matches are coming closer rapidly. Therefore it's about the time to trim the team to the winning shape. The King, and H. Spirit, the head coach chosen by the football alliance of the Kingdom of heaven, choose players to their proper places: "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ." (Eph. 4:11-15) Unfortunately, many of the present assistant coaches (many call them shepherds) haven't understood their mission correctly. They aren't called to run training circles or entertain those who are supposed to bring victories to their team.

Well, we can't blame assistant coaches alone. Many players have become fond of the easy living. Making sacrifices for reaching the professional level is way too much for them. It's more pleasant to play on appropriate level, and spend the rest of the time according to their own affections, such as entertainment. This isn't wrong per se: "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." (1. Cor. 6:12)
That kind of feeble attitude doesn't bring the individual or the team forward. The head coach still exhorts to follow the original attitude, and the playing strategy: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Rom. 12:1, 2)

There's strong faith in the football alliance of the Kingdom of heaven, that the players will retake that professional attitude both in matches and in free time. This is very necessary because before the end of the season, and delivering the trophy, there will be tight matches: "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Rev. 2:10)

Concerning the future, we're very confident. During the coming decisive games, there will be heard from mouths of both players, officials and fans this slogan of our team: "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1. Cor.15:57)

With victory greetings
J. P.

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