Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week: Words to Say

On May 1, it was announced that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be the recipient of the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award. That evening, Curry delivered a humble, gracious, 50-minute acceptance speech at the Oakland Convention Center. The speech reflected his interview with Sports Spectrum in 2013 when he said...

Devotional of the Week: Unbelievable Underdogs

The ending of the NFC Championship on Jan. 18, 2015, between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks was, in Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s own word, “Unbelievable!” Seattle was down 19-7 with more than five minutes in regulation. The Packers had just intercepted a pass. They had the ball around midfield. It looked hopeless that this would end well for the Seahawks...

Devotional of the Week: Third is the New First

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” is a popular motto in the sports world. But what if God’s motto for winning meant that you had to come in last place?

Devotional of the Week: Running to Win

Jim Ryun, one of the most famous distance runners in American history, once came home after a race and, responding to a question from his mom who asked how he did, said, “Not good.” He went on to say that he was disappointed he hadn’t won...

Devotional of the Week: Are You a Competitive Christian?

No professional golfer in history has faced greater challenges than did the great Ben Hogan. Hogan, known for his buttery swing, nearly died in 1949 at age 36 when he and his wife were in a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus. Hogan suffered multiple fractures and life-threatening blood clots. He was in the hospital 59 days and told he could possibly never walk again. Never playing golf again was a foregone conclusion. But the "experts" underestimated Hogan's love of the game and his tenacious competitive spirit. Months later he won the U.S. Open...

Devotional of the Week: Constant Encouragement

In 1989 as the NCAA men's basketball tournament began, University of Michigan Wolverines head coach Bill Freider accepted a job at Arizona. Bo Schembechler, Michigan's irascible athletic director, immediately fired Freider, saying emphatically that "no Michigan team will be coached by somebody from Arizona!"

Devotional of the Week — Never Too Old

Former major league pitcher Jack Quinn is one of those players who fade into obscurity and is only known to some because he's the answer to a trivia question: Who is the oldest pitcher to win a major league game?

Athlete Blog: Growing together in community

Recently, I listened to a sermon from one of my favorite pastors, Rankin Wilbourne of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. In his preaching, he was focusing on the importance of Christian community by discussing John 8:7. This particular verse is overused and perhaps misused nowadays, but it still means a lot when examined properly: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone...”

Devotional of the Week: Entering ‘The Zone’

"Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, 'Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.' So he...

Devotional of the Week: Selfish or Selfless

After losing to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 26, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy decided to make a defensive change. He called outside linebacker Clay Matthews into his office...

Devotional of the Week: Accomplishment of God’s Promises

The NFL has all kinds of stories about backup quarterbacks patiently waiting to be named the starter of the team. Aaron Rodgers waited behind Brett Favre. Nick Foles waited behind Michael Vick. Tom Brady waited behind Drew Bledsoe. While they waited, they continued to work hard and perfect their craft, knowing that if they were ever given their opportunity, they would be fully prepared...

Devotional of the Week: New Beginning

Starting over is tough. I've had to do it several times in my adult life. With it comes learning new people, fear, uncertainty, etc. It's not always something we do with excitement, but sometimes it is. The story of Adam Loewen is one of those stories about starting over. He was a Major League Baseball pitcher and a high draft pick with the Baltimore Orioles...

Devotional of the Week: Directionally Challenged

Moe Drabowsky was born in Poland in 1935. In 1956, he broke into the majors as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Over the next 10 years with four different teams, his record was a paltry 48-81. Three times his teams finished last. It seemed as if his career was going no- where, a dead end, with the then hapless Kansas City Athletics...

Devotional of the Week: A Reason to Worship

In Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera was brought in to preserve the lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the ninth inning, his errant throw opened the gates to a 2-run rally. The Yankees lost the game and the World Series...

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