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Devotional of the Week — Being Open With God

R.A. Dickey, last year’s National League Cy Young winner, has been through some difficult times. In our cover story on pages 42-47 of our most recent print issue (log in here to read), he says: “I remember really being angry with God, like, ‘How can You take me to the precipice of a new start and then allow this to happen?’ You want answers, and I talk to God like He’s real. He already knows what I’m feeling, so why hide it? I’m not going to sugarcoat it, and so if I’m angry, I’m angry. If I’m sad, I’m sad. I’m not going to pretend to be somebody I’m not. I did that for too long…” Continue reading

Sports Spectrum Global produces Christian sports magazine for Kenya

Our new Sports Spectrum Global initiative is picking up steam, and thanks to your help, we recently produced a Christian sports publication to be used in ministry throughout Kenya. The cover features 2012 Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir and four-time Boston Marathon winner Catherine Ndereba.

We are building other international magazines, as well, including a special World Cup magazine that will be used in Brazil and translated for other countries. Before Sports Spectrum Kenya, we also built the first ever Christian sports magazine in Russia. View Sports Spectrum Russia here.

Click here to view Sports Spectrum Kenya or here to learn more about Sports Spectrum Global. Help us with our ministry by donating to the Sports Spectrum Global cause. Continue reading

Survival In Death Valley

The Badwater Ultramarathon has been recognized as the toughest footrace on the planet according to National Geographic magazine. From the starting line in the bowels of Death Valley, athletes traverse 135 miles with temperatures at 130 degrees or higher on scorching, 200-degree pavement with several elevation changes from sea level to the finish line high on Mt. Whitney.

Frank McKinney, real estate mogul, a 5-time, best-selling author… Continue reading

Devotional of the Week — Give Yourself a Break

In the 1934 World Series between the Cardinals and Tigers, Dizzy and Paul Dean (featured in the picture with Babe Ruth) combined to pitch in 5 of the 7 games, each working on short rest. In the 1946 Series, Harry Brecheen pitched in 3 of the 7 games, working on short rest. In 1964, 1967 and 1968, Bob Gibson pitched 3 of the 7 games. More recently, Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks together pitched in 5 of the 7 games against the Yankees in 2001. Many of these times the results were positive, but not always… Continue reading

July 2013 DigiMag Now Available!

View our 38-page, interactive July 2013 DigiMag on your computer, tablet, iPhone or Android TODAY! Log in here to view. This issue includes features on Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, baseball legend James “Deacon” White, one of the best runners in college athletics John Gilbertson, and one of the most interesting men you’ll ever meet, Frank McKinney. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt talks about the Christian symbols at Busch Stadium that caused a media uproar in his column “Airing It Out,” and staff writer Stephen Copeland talks about dirty feet and humility in his column “Another Angle.” This is also a special issue, as it features two stories from our special Sports Spectrum Russia 2013 magazine and our Sports Spectrum Kenya 2013 magazine, as a part of our new Sports Spectrum Global initiative.

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Japhet Korir

At 19 years old, Kenya’s Japhet Korir became the youngest senior men’s champion in the history of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships when he won the event this past March in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The humble Korir, who turned 20 on June 30, was not aware he was the youngest to have won the race. On the finish line, Korir showed his excitement with the news, “Ah okay!! I didn’t know I have the record.” Minutes before, he had floored defending champion Imane Merga of Ethiopia in spectacular style. Korir, who announced his desire to compete in the 5000m event for the World Athletics Championships, will have to be at his best when Kenya holds her national championships and trials in June and July. In the past, Kenya has produced even greater athletes in that distance. In order for Korir to make it on the Kenyan team for Moscow, he Read More

Oleg Maskaev — World Boxing Champion

Oleg, share your impressions about the last fight against Jason Gaverni. Even though I won this fight, but in fact was not an easy fight. I must say that I was not properly prepared for it. My manager, Fred Hash, who was involved in the preparation of this fight, died suddenly just before the fight. Therefore, the fact of death, as well as different organizational issues prevented me to go up to the highest form of combat. But I thank God that He gave me the victory. He saw my hard work and diligence, as well as all the problems that do not depend on me, and gave me the strength to not only survive against Gaverni and win, to which I have been so long…And I’m very grateful that there were many close people who supported me. There was also a friend of mine who throughout the fight prayed Read More

Belief Beyond Doubt

Tim Hudson was too preoccupied with his prep baseball career to take in many Braves games at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. But there he was in the stands two decades ago when it hit him—he just might have a future working off a major league mound. “I was a junior at the time,” he told Sports Spectrum during spring training. “I found myself actually thinking that I could play at that level one day. It seemed so much harder on TV. It’s so much faster on TV. When you watch it in person, it’s just like the game I played in my back yard. It was fun to imagine that. I just never realized it would happen.” When it did, Hudson understood his ability to pitch in the big leagues, and later his opportunity to do so for the team he loved growing up, were heaven sent. “It was God’s plan Read More

Running the Race Set Before Him

5:00 a.m. – Grab a snack, do devotions, leave for practice. 6:00 a.m. – Morning practice.* 7:30 a.m. – Eat breakfast. 8:00 a.m. – Make it to class. 9:10 a.m. – Chapel (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Class and study. 4:00 p.m. – Afternoon practice.* 5:00 p.m. – End practice/stretch. 6:00 p.m. – Eat dinner. 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Do homework. 9:00 p.m. – Go to bed. *70-105 miles a week 48 weeks of the year For the average college kid, a weekly schedule like the one listed above is a far cry from being considered “normal”.  But, for the above-average Mustang cross country and track athlete John Gilbertson, that is the life he lives, and the life he loves. In fact, to him, that schedule is “normal.” “John Gilbertson is the type of guy who practices excellence in every area of life,” said Read More

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