Rockies Pitcher Returns to Baseball After Cancer Treatment

Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis has taken his first few steps in beating testicular cancer and returning to pitch in the Big Leagues. Last Friday, pitching with the Hartford Yard Goats (Class AA), Chad pitched 2...

Daily Devotional – Thursday July 20, 2017

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 2:14 Have No Fear Every...

Throwback Thursday: Jim Gills, September 1991

Jim who? Don't worry, we hadn't heard of him either. But we could see why we needed to when we stumbled upon this 1991 Sports Spectrum article. Both at the time of the article and in...

THE INCREASE: A Better Message – Don Davis

Recently I went on a vision trip to the Dominican Republic (DR) with International Justice Mission (IJM). The mission of IJM is to “Rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor...
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Increase Story of the Week: Jon Kitna

Jon Kitna went from a drinking, womanizing, hard-partier in college to a committed Christian within a matter of weeks. Watch how his faith has affected Kitna's life, both in the NFL and personally, and...

Daily Devotional – Wednesday July 19, 2017

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” - John 13:35 Stick to Sports Often times, professional athletes and popular figures in the sports world will go to social media...

THE INCREASE: In Step With The Spirit – Steven Souza

Why is it uncomfortable for many believers to talk about the Holy Spirit? The Bible talks about it over and over again, but it’s a subject that we all too often pass over. We...

Jackie Robinson’s Faith in God Detailed In New Book

Jackie Robinson is an American icon. The man that broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball has been dead for almost 45 years, and yet his legacy and his legend live on forever in...

NEW PODCAST: Ethan Chapman, Minor League Baseball Player

Ethan Chapman was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. He played his college baseball at Cal State San Bernadino, a Division 2 school, and set...

Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 18, 2017

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you...

THE INCREASE: External Motivation – Chris Maragos

Jesus is everything to me. Everything starts, ends, and revolves around who He is, what He’s done, and what He’s still doing. My worth, satisfaction, joy, peace, comfort, and ultimately my salvation are direct...

Diary of a Minor League Baseball Player (Part 11)

Ethan Chapman’s dream to make it to the Big League level hasn’t happened yet. This past winter, Ethan signed to play 2017 in the Mexican League (AAA level) with the Vaqueros Union Laguna club. Off...

Daily Devotional – Monday July 17, 2017

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”...

THE INCREASE: The Business of Life-Change – Adam LaRoche

Back in college, I became a huge fan of the show Duck Commander. I had a great Duck Commander hat that I wore often but within the first week of my rookie year with...

NEW PODCAST: Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss Head Football Coach

Hugh Freeze is the head football coach at the University of Mississippi. Since being named as the head man at Ole Miss in December of 2011, Freeze has become the first coach in school history to...

THE INCREASE: Not Ashamed To Speak Up – Demario Davis

Ever since college, I’ve had a heart to speak publicly. I remember when a motivational speaker came to the classroom one day, I was inspired to impact others as he did. Later on when...

Daily Devotional – Friday July 14, 2017

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” —2 Corinthians 5:21 Jesus the Elder Brother From the beginning of creation, God planned...

Tim Tebow Hits Walk-Off Home Run

Tim Tebow continues to amaze in his venture as a professional baseball player. On Thursday Night, Tebow hit a walk-off home run to lead the St. Lucie Mets to a 5-4 win over the Daytona...

THE INCREASE: Be Coachable – Matt Forte

Throughout my football career, my favorite coach—the one who impacted me the most—was my father. Throughout little league and high school, the way my father coached me left an impression on me that will...

Honoring God Through Fishing

 I get a serious rush of adrenaline when the drag on my reel starts peeling off line from a big fish. Whether it's a 9-foot sailfish off the coast of Guatemala or a peacock...

Daily Devotional – Thursday July 13, 2017

“Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” - Proverbs 27:5-6 Precious Wounds These Proverbs speak of the need for truth-telling...

Throwback Thursday: Betsy King, November 1989

Betsy King was the Queen of Golf from the late '80s to the early '90s. Between 1984 and 1989, she racked up more wins than any pro golfer, male or female, in the world. With...
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Increase Story of the Week: Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman thought he had life figured out. A successful cornerback for the Chicago Bears, Tillman's athletics were lauded and his wealth increased. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't do, or couldn't afford. That...

Daily Devotional – Wednesday July 12, 2017

“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” —John 1:12 Identity in Christ There is often a chasm between between who...

NFL Linebacker Brothers Help Launch Medical Center in Nigeria

Sam and Emmanuel Acho are brothers who got to live out their dream of playing professional football. Sam was selected in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cardinals and played in Arizona...

THE INCREASE: Not By Chance – Brandon Boykin

During this past offseason I was simply focusing on staying in shape and healthy, waiting for an opportunity. I was trusting that the right opportunity would present itself, but I didn’t know where, when,...

NEW PODCAST: Robby Shaffer, MercyMe

Robby Shaffer is a drummer with the highly successful Christian band MercyMe. He joined the band in 1997 and has been a staple of the band ever since. MercyMe has sold more than 9 million units...

Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 11, 2017

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and...

THE INCREASE: Who Are You Following – Steven Souza

We’re all walking in a certain direction in life. The question is, what are you walking toward? Or maybe more importantly, who are you following? Are you following the world or are you following...

Daily Devotional – Monday July 10, 2017

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank...