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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...

Video of the Week: CBN Sports Goes Behind The 2014 World Series

CBN Sports is in Kansas City as two Wild Card teams are now facing each other in the 2014 World Series. Meet members of the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants who believe faith is bigger than baseball...

Devotional of the Week: Everything is a Gift

“I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy.” Psalm 43:4 For a long time, I think I believed that the...

From the Archives: The One That Didn’t Get Away

The dawn, like a silent alarm, announces the new day. As the bashful sun peeks above the horizon, giant shadows are cast across the still waters of Lake Truman... Click HERE to read the remainder of our story former Major League Baseball pitcher Rick Sutcliffe in our July/August 1985 issue, when Sports Spectrum was called Sports Focus...

Devotional of the Week: Undying Love

On September 28, 1966, Larry Jaster, lefty pitcher for the Cardinals, prepared to face the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He had thrown shutouts in four previous starts against them that year...

Devotional of the Week: To Glorify and Enjoy

Before one of my team’s golf matches against a big, public school in Charlotte, I gave each one of my players a notecard that read: “'The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' Westminster Catechism, 1646”. I’m not sure if it meant anything to them. One of my players just said, “Whoa, that’s older than my dad...”

A Humbled Spirit

I love baseball. I’m sure it’s because I grew up watching the game in minor-league ballparks as a child and also because my dad would tell me stories about old-time players. He saw Hall of Famer Ted Williams play and even saw Hall-of-Fame knuckleball reliever Hoyt Wilhelm play in the minor leagues. One thing that always amazes about the game is how a player can rebound after a setback...

Because It’s Better

Former college basketball coach Bob Knight, one of my favorite coaches of all time, is known for his aggressive style of coaching and intimidation techniques he would use on his players. He would oftentimes kick his players out of practice if they were not living up to his demands...

Having Character In Suffering

A couple of years ago, my husband, Luke, tried out for the USA Pan-Am basketball team. After a great tryout, the coaches told him that he and another player were the same type of player, so they were choosing to release Luke from the team. When Luke asked what he could have done to make the outcome different, they replied, “It’s like having a car in blue and green. If you’re the blue car, we just chose the green car...”

Looking For Opportunities

Late in one game during a June 2014 home series with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos drifted back to catch a fly ball near the warning track. It was the final out of the inning. Then Bourjos, like many outfielders have done before him, ran toward the left center field bleachers, pointed toward a bespectacled little boy on the front row, and tossed him the ball...

Aeneas Williams: Spiritual Leading

Although Isaiah 48:17 was a specific message to Israel, the latter part of the verse reveals a truth about God—that He “directs you in the way you should go.” We also see this in Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Some translations say, “He will direct your paths...”

LPGA Closeup: Betsy King

Much has changed in the 30 years since Betsy King first appeared in the first issue of Sports Spectrum. The magazine was called Sports Focus...