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The Greatest Speech Ever Given Matthew 16:13-20

The Greatest Speech Ever Given

A few heartfelt words, spoken at precisely the right moment, can change the course of history -- both then and now.

At a Glance

A few well-chosen words can inspire us to achieve beyond our wildest dreams. We begin with the 1980 U.S. hockey team's defeat of the Soviet team in their quest for Olympic gold. We go then to Peter's confession of the Christ. Then we reference a few more examples of famous speeches, and use the rubric that determines their greatness to assess both Peter's statement and our response to it.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Gig," September 2, 2001, at

"Great moments are born from great opportunity."

So says Kurt Russell in the movie Miracle, which tells the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's victory over the seemingly invincible Russians.

"And that's what you have here, tonight, boys," he tells his team. Great opportunity. "That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em 10 times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we...

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