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“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

““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

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . .” Matthew 28:19

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8 It’s not uncommon for conflicts to occur between players off the field. Sometimes it’s small, and is quickly resolved, but other times, if not dealt with, it can linger. These conflicts, although not on the field or court, end up affecting the entire team and how they play. Whether players admit it or not, their selfishness and stubbornness affect the team...

During this year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I heard an interesting argument re- garding Butler’s postseason success. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star columnist, said one of the keys to their success is their conference, the Horizon League, a conference that most likely won’t get any at-large bids and therefore must be won to advance to the Big Dance. Every game was a “must win” game and significantly affected Butler’s hopes of making the tournament. That’s why, when Butler did make the tournament, the players’ attitudes didn’t change. They’d been playing “do-or-die” all year...

On September 19, 1985, the Chicago Bears played at the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday night football game. The Bears offense was struggling until half-time when Coach Mike Ditka changed quarterbacks and brought in Jim McMahon in the second half. In his first series of plays, he called for a play-action pass. He faked a hand-off to Walter Payton (“Sweetness”) and dropped back to pass. As he was searching for a receiver, a Minnesota linebacker came charging through a gap in the pocket, intent on sacking McMahon. “Sweetness” promptly moved into position and stuck the linebacker with a bone-jarring block...

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29 In a devotional on June 13 I wrote...

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