THE INCREASE: Back to the bases – Adam LaRoche

When I first started reaching out to former teammates and players, I wasn’t sure who would be interested. It takes a while — at least a month or so — for us to get...

Former NBA star Vin Baker says hitting rock bottom led him back to God

Vin Baker had it all. He was a first round draft pick (8th overall) in 1993, a 4-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic Gold Medalist, signed an $80 million contract, and was on top of the...

Daily Devotional – Monday August 14, 2017

“Your eye is the lamp to your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.” Luke...

Mickey Mantle gave his life to Christ on his death bed

Mickey Mantle is a baseball legend. 'The Mick' played 18 seasons with the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. His accolades and numbers are as good as any player to ever play baseball. 7...

Former Eagles teammates honor Jordan Matthews after being traded to Bills

Trades are part of the business in the NFL. And today was no different for wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who was moved to Buffalo to play for the Bills. Matthews, 25, was part of a...

Tim Tebow shakes hand of autistic boy, proceeds to hit home run

In a world that can seem to be filled with a lot of negative, Tim Tebow continues to deliver the positive. On July 29, in a video recently posted on Facebook, Tebow can be seen warming...

THE INCREASE: The Power of a Changed Life – Steven Souza

Discipleship changes lives. I think we often rush over the idea of discipleship. We easily forget the very last commandment Jesus gave us before He left earth: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel...

NEW PODCAST: Chad Hennings, Dallas Cowboys 3-time Super Bowl Champion

Chad Hennings played nine seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. He won 3 Super Bowls and played on 7 playoff teams. Prior to his NFL career, Chad served at the U.S. Air Force...

Daily Devotional – Friday August 11, 2017

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace...” Ephesians 1:7 God of Second Chances In the summer of 1960, I played centerfield on my little...

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett makes a young fan’s dream come true

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett made a lasting memory for a young fan who almost missed out on seeing her favorite team in action. Jim Love, wanted to take his 5-year-old daughter, a...

THE INCREASE: Transformed from the inside out – Demario Davis

Since entering into a new city, a new team, and a new season, God has been teaching me how to truly be dependent on Him alone. No matter how much confidence I have in...

Rockies Trevor Story says relationship with God is most important thing in his life

Trevor Story burst onto the Major League Baseball scene in 2016. In his first 6 games, he hit 7 home runs. He was the talk of the town, the city, and even the nation....

Daily Devotional – Thursday August 10, 2017

“David said about him: ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Acts 2:25 God’s Omnipresence I met a softball umpire recently who told me...

Throwback Thursday: Jorginho Amorim and Silas Pereira, May/June 1990

Alright, readers. For this article, we are suspending the term "soccer" from our vocabulary. After all, it doesn't accurately describe the sport in which a player uses only his or her feet to slam...

THE INCREASE: So Much More – Dave Dravecky

“He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove His people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. In that day...
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Increase Story of the Week: Matt Forte

When New York Jets running back Matt Forte started feeling convicted that he wasn't doing enough to serve others, he took action. Watch how his charity for inner-city children came to fruition, and how he...

Vikings’ Sam Bradford: God has been ‘the one constant in my life’

If any professional athlete knows the importance of trusting God's plan rather than his own, it's Sam Bradford. It doesn't take much to recognize the former Heisman Trophy winner's belssings. A $78 million contract upon...

Daily Devotional – Wednesday August 9, 2017

Be Prepared "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."...

Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas in top 10 on 50 Greatest Black Athletes Poll

Jackie Robinson couldn't overtake "Air Jordan" in ESPN's The Undefeated poll of the 50 greatest black athletes of all time. Michael Jordan took the top spot ahead of 200 black athletes that were voted upon...

ONECoach: My opponent is my brother

We are three weeks away from playing our first football game of the season. But it was in late May that we began to install our offensive and defensive schemes. We know that in...

THE INCREASE: Worth Fighting For – Trey Burton

Recently I returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where a group of us from the NFL went to see the work God is doing through International Justice Mission in this country. IJM...

Clemson National Champion Wide Receiver Hunter Renfrow: “Life’s about Jesus”

Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow had a simple statement to me during our podcast interview back in May. "Life's about Jesus. It starts and ends with that." The 21-year-old wide receiver burst on to the national...

Daily Devotional – Tuesday August 8, 2017

The Little Things “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much." - Luke 16:10 In sports, the...

Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings becomes ‘Jacob’s Angel’ in youth’s cancer battle

U.S.A. gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings has spent her career dominating the volleyball court with a teammate, now she wants you to join her in helping a young man battle a rare form of cancer. Walsh-Jennings,...

The Lakeshow AAU: Teaching the Fundamentals of Character

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including it’s online content, click here to subscribe. In Silicon Valley, it takes a special type of person to...

THE INCREASE: Matter of Focus – Kyle Gibson

If I’m honest with you, I’d tell you that on any given day I experience too much anxiety, and too little gratitude. No doubt about it—there’s so much to worry about and fret over....

LaDainian Tomlinson says God gave him his ability and purpose

On Saturday Night, LaDainian Tomlinson delivered one of the most inspiring speeches you'll ever here, as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The NFL's single-season record holder for touchdowns and the...

Daily Devotional – Monday August 7, 2017

What’s Next? “What’s next, Papa?” —Romans 8:15 (MSG) The next time we read about Peter is in the book of Acts. He is healing a crippled beggar and boldly preaching at Pentecost. He and John...

WATCH: Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks engage in hilarious battle of bullpens

Looking for a laugh to get you set for the week? Allow the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs to be your guide. On Thursday, the Cubs and Diamondbacks were stuck in a rain delay...

Kurt Warner stands firm in his faith all the way to the Pro Football...

Kurtis Eugene Warner wasn't supposed to be an NFL legend. Heck, he wasn't even supposed to be in the NFL. But God had other plans. On Saturday Night, Warner took the stage in Canton, Ohio and...