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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Some people seem to have been born knowing just what they want to be when they grow up. David Robinson isn't one of them. The possibility of a career in professional basketball didn't even occur to Robinson until he was nearly through the Naval Academy. It's hard to believe that Robinson—one of the 50 greatest NBA players ever—never played on a school basketball team until his senior year in high school. Unlike many of his peers in the NBA, he didn't spend countless hours of his childhood playing pick-up games at the playground or signing autographs for imaginary fans. The thoughts of being a basketball superstar never entered his mind...

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience at the Indianapolis Colts practice facility with our videographer/photographer Aaron May and our networking guru Greg Arnold. We sat down with the head coach of the Colts, Jim Caldwell, and their offensive coordinator, Clyde Christensen, to discuss their work with All Pro Dad and ask them questions about their faith.

“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Romans 4:20-21

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passed for 358 yards and led the Titans to a 26-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Hasselbeck was featured in our 2007 Power to Win DVD and on the cover of our January-February 2007 issue and our January-February 2004 issue. It was in the poverty-torn country of Jamaica that Matt Hasselbeck began his unexpected journey to the NFL, to the Pro Bowl and to the Super Bowl. As a sophomore at Boston College, Hasselbeck worked in a home for elderly lepers on a mission trip to Jamaica. There he met George McVee, a man disfigured by leprosy. McVee would recite scripture in between hymns during times of song and worship. “Then he’d say, ‘Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus,’” Hasselbeck recalls. “I’m saying to myself these people should be so angry...”

“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person whom lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

Sometimes, God speaks to us in funny ways. Or perhaps, we just take funny things and think God is speaking to us...

““Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” II Timothy 4:2

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