Lance Armstrong to be featured prominently in some Sunday sermons

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 6:20 PM

PLANO -- Lance Armstrong’s confession of doping has the world talking.

But one piece of reaction caught our eye; a tweet from Fellowship Church Pastor Ed Young asking, "What would Jesus say to Lance Armstrong? Find out this weekend!"

Young is not the only church leader planning on using Lance as a lesson during their sermons this Sunday. But what can be taken away from such lies and consequences? North Texas pastors say plenty.

Plano Pastor Gene Wilkes of Legacy Church said there are important biblical lessons to be learned from the cyclist's mistakes.

"Jesus' words when he was teaching his disciples and his followers, he says what good is it if you gain the whole world and you forfeit your soul?" Wilkes said.

McKinney Pastor Abe Smith said his message regarding Armstrong will focus on purpose in life.

"We can probably see ourselves a little more in him now," Smith said. "He's not at all the perfect person he perceived to be. He doesn't have it all put together, just like most of us don't."

There are other powerful messages the pastors will deliver regarding Armstrong's rise and fall, including forgiveness.

"Lance has certainly made mistakes along the way, just like any one of us have in our own life," Smith said. "So forgiveness is a part of that process and a necessity."

Pastor Wilkes', a long-time supporter of Armstrong, said his sermon will emphasize the importance of character.

"Character is molded at a very early age, and it's important for parents to be honest with their children and be corrective in that process," the Plano pastor said.

One pastor read from a biblical passage when Paul said to his apprentice Timothy: "If anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned the winner, unless he competes according to the rules."

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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