Only two NBA teams have distinguished themselves as “grand slam” champions in the last 15 years.
The Chicago Bulls, led by superstars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, registered the franchise’s second “triple crown” in 1998 following their 4-2 Finals series conquest of the hapless Utah Jazz. The Bulls also won the NBA championships in 1996 and 1997 with Finals victories over the Seattle Supersonics (4-2) and the Jazz (4-2).
Chicago recorded its first NBA grand slam from 1991 to 1993, before Jordan’s first “retirement”.
The Lakers, who have won 16 NBA titles overall, scooped up two more championships from 2009 to 2010, before ceding the crown to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 season.
Winning a championship brings an exhilarating feeling since the hardwork and sweat of earning the title is worth it. But to do it three straight times requires a lot more of energy, dedication and focus, which the Bulls and the Lakers have done during their dominant run in their time.
Everybody sure wants to be part of a winning team or group. Right?
Whether that’s a simple pick-up game in the barangay, a parlor game or even a group project, everybody wants to be associated with a winning team.
In real life, God wants us to be part of His winning team as well.
In the Message translation, the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:31,”What do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?
When you know that God is on your side, then be assured that you are destined for greatness, destined to be part of the winning team!
We all face uncertainties at times, but the word of God assures us of His undisturbed peace.
As Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
So even though trials and testings may come your way in this topsy-turvy world, you can be assured of His presence, His protection and His faithfulness in fulfilling what He has promised from His word.
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