This Sunday was Football Sunday and the first message of Todd’s Adversity Gospel sermon series. The past couple of years we have participated in The Increase’s Football Sunday events by showing videos of NFL players’ stories and how God worked in their lives. This year, the NFL players’ stories were based on the topic of Overcoming, which was the perfect tie-in to Todd’s new sermon series. Watch this moving Football Sunday testimony, leading in to Todd’s message.


Message by Todd Lester – February 5, 2017

Romans 8:37 (NIV)  … we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.



2 Corinthians 1:7 (NIV) And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.


Life doesn’t make sense, but we can have peace because we know God is with us and He loves us

Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Hebrews 13:5 … God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Isaiah 49:15-16 Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.


Everything on earth is broken, but we can have joy because we know God is good and He’s got a greater plan

Isaiah 24:5,19 The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken.

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.


Life is a battle, but we can have hope because we know that there is more to the story

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Revelation 21:4 God will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.

For Sermon discussion resources click here:    Feb 5 Sermon Resources