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Monthly Archives: October 2011

From birth, Landry Jones seems to have been groomed to play football and play it at a high level. However, despite setting several school records for the storied University of Oklahoma football program last season as a freshman, when he filled in for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford, Jones didn’t get lost in all of the glitz and glamour that comes from playing big-time college football. Sure, Jones (6-foot-4, 219 pounds) has aspirations of playing in the NFL like anyone who plays for a major college football program...

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist fulfill your ministry.” II Timothy 4:5

Three of baseballʼs most dominant hitters the last decade have joined together, but their confidence isnʼt in their ability on the field – itʼs in knowing that God is in control. The regular season hadn't even started, but St. Louis Cardinals' fans were excited about the possibilities as they watched their team in spring training during March. Albert Pujols. Matt Holliday. Lance Berkman. All together in one dangerous lineup. Pujols joined the Cardinals in 2001. Holliday was acquired from Oakland in 2009 and Berkman signed a one-year, $8 million deal with St. Louis in the off-season, coming over from the Yankees after becoming a free-agent. "Some fans are starting to call this new lineup that the Cardinals have 'Murderer's Row,'" says Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, referring to the famed 1927 New York Yankees lineup of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri...

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with free- dom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may not have the Hall of Fame numbers that predecessor Brett Favre has, but he has succeeded in winning over diehard fans who mourned Brett Favre’s controversial exit prior to the start of the 2008 season. These aren’t typical football fans either. Packers fans actually own their hometown team, boasting more than 112,000 local shareholders, and enthusiastically endure sub-zero temperatures in the stands at Lambeau Field. They also wear their game gear to church on Sundays...

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” II Timothy 2:11-13

One morning this season TCU quarterback Andy Dalton received a text from his dad, Greg. “God says that He is with us in the midst of pain,” the text began. It continued, “Weeping may last for a night, but a shout of joy follows in the morning. God is able to cause something good for the bad for those who love Him and follow Him. Thank God alone for the things He alone can do.” Texting to Andy is something Greg does every morning. This time, though, the text dealt with the death of Andy’s grandmother...

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

“...how can we know the way?” John 14:5

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36

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