Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week

Devotional of the Week — ‘God Has Something Bigger For Us’

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30 (ESV) Boxer Robert Guerrero has one of the most inspiring journeys and stories I’ve ever encountered in my journalism career. When you look at all of the setbacks he has had (read his story here), you wonder if he’s a modern Job: destined to suffer for some of his life. The interesting thing about Guerrero is that he never got down. Even in the heat of the fire, he would tell his manager, Bob Santos, “It’s okay, Bob, God has something bigger for us.” “He never said, ‘Why is this happening?’” Santos says of Guerrero. “It was always, ‘God has something bigger for us. I know God has something bigger for us, Bob. Keep trucking. Keep trucking...’”

Devotional of the Week — Enduring Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I Corinthians 13:4-7 Enduring Love My mom and dad would drive my brother and I to Little League practice and games a lot when we were growing up. They seemed to never tire of the early Saturday mornings or the late practices during the week or the hours spent practicing with us...

Devotional of the Week — Bubba Watson: Who is Jesus?

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” Matthew 16:15-16 (ESV) Judah Smith, pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Wash., and good friend of 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson, released a new book in 2013 called Jesus is ___. Watson wrote the foreword...

Devotional of the Week — A New Day

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day has no comparison. The excitement, hope and freshness of that day can’t be matched by any other sport. It’s likely because it signifies, for most, the beginning of sunny days and warm weather after spending the winter fighting icy and snowy conditions, unless, of course, you live in a tropical climate. That’s what it felt like when I understood what it meant to follow Christ. The newness and hope were overwhelming because the worries of this life became insignificant when thinking what eternity with or without God would be like. The burden of fear, in regards to eternity, had been lifted...

Devotion of the Week — Little Team, Big Wins

The NCAA Tournament is one of my favorite events in sports. The reason for that is that college basketball always seems to exemplify the cliché that anything can happen. This year, that cliché has stuck throughout the entire season with top-five teams losing left and right. The field was as wide open as ever, and March Madness has definitely lived up to its namesake, especially in one section of the United States...

Devotion of the Week — Sin and defeat

“So about three thousand men went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted and became like water.” Joshua 7:4-5 The year was 1991 and the Duke men’s basketball team was in the Final Four, facing an undefeated and defending NCAA champion UNLV team that had beaten Duke 103-73 for the national championship the previous year in the most lopsided title game in NCAA history...

Devotion of the Week — Take Dead Aim

“But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”  I Timothy 6:11 Harvey Penick wrote “Take Dead Aim.” In just three words he emphatically says your aim should be sure and clear, focused directly on the goal or target. Do not step up to the ball until you have made sure where you are aiming. Every golf instructor makes a similar point by saying that we must have a clear vision of the target and focus on it. The target must be something specific such as a certain tree in the skyline, a marker, or the middle of the green...

Devotion of the Week – No Weapons Against Us

The NFL playoffs brought great drama this year. There were many high-scoring games and most were tightly contested. But one player's story came to the limelight - Ray Lewis. At the beginning of the postseason, he announced it would be his last ride...

Devotion of the Week – “Chuckstrong”

There is one story and one team that I have enjoyed following this year that emphasized the motto of always having hope: Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts. On October 1st, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and would not be able to continue coaching due to cancer treatment...

Devotion of the Week — A Lesson on Forgiveness

In early December, Cowboys’ backup nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter. Out on the road at 2 AM, Brent wrecked his car. He had gotten behind the wheel drunk and his teammate, Jerry Brown, was in the passenger’s seat. Josh was okay, but Jerry did not survive the accident. Brent’s career is in severe jeopardy as he is looking at serving serious prison time for his actions. But even though he was at fault, Brown’s family and his teammates have shown tremendous support for him...

Devotion of the Week — Before Anything

The college basketball season is finally here! As a St. John’s fan, I am excited for the season to start. March Madness is also one of my favorite times of the year. But there is already a story that has caught my attention as a college student. Last week, Harvard had their co-captains Kyle Casey (F) and Brandyn Curry (G) leave the team due to an alleged academics violation...

Devotion of the Week — The Lord Uplifts

Over the last week, I have been thinking about the proper ways to express my thoughts after the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy made her presence known on the East Coast, in particular the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Houses have been damaged, lives have been lost, and power and heat have been out for people for days. I live on Staten Island, so seeing my borough for the first time since the storm broke my heart...

Devotion of the Week – Scapegoats

While the World Series is about to get underway, there is one storyline that is still sweeping MLB - at least in the New York City area. Last week, the New York Yankees were eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in a resounding sweep. The story around the nation wasn’t about the Tigers’ solid pitching, but the lack of offensive firepower throughout the postseason from the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees are set for an interesting offseason that could include many players being moved; but one player seems to be the one that the organization and its fans care about the most - Alex Rodriguez It got me wondering about all the pressure Our Savior went through on the night He was betrayed...

Coaching Wisdom

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” I Corinthians 13:11

Finishing Strong

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