Do-or-Die – Colossians 2:4-5

During this year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I heard an interesting argument re- garding Butler’s postseason success. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star columnist, said one of the keys to their success is their conference, the Horizon League, a conference that most likely won’t get any at-large bids and therefore must be won to advance to the Big Dance. Every game was a “must win” game and significantly affected Butler’s hopes of making the tournament. That’s why, when Butler did make the tournament, the players’ attitudes didn’t change. They’d been playing “do-or-die” all year… Continue reading

Diligence – 2 Peter 3:14

On September 19, 1985, the Chicago Bears played at the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday night football game.

The Bears offense was struggling until half-time when Coach Mike Ditka changed quarterbacks and brought in Jim McMahon in the second half. In his first series of plays, he called for a play-action pass.

He faked a hand-off to Walter Payton (“Sweetness”) and dropped back to pass. As he was searching for a receiver, a Minnesota linebacker came charging through a gap in the pocket, intent on sacking McMahon.

“Sweetness” promptly moved into position and stuck the linebacker with a bone-jarring block… Continue reading

The Prayers of the Righteous

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29 In a devotional on June 13 I wrote about the power of prayer and the importance of prayer. I asked those reading the devotional to pray for me and for Sports Spectrum. We really needed it that day. I had actually written the devotional about five months earlier. What amazed me was all of the things that happened for it to be placed on that particular day. Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt had placed the devotional on June 13 way back in February just before we went to print. On June 10, a few days before most of you read the devotional, a meeting was scheduled that was going to be a tough meeting. On June 13, I was out of town for this meeting, picked up my Blackberry around 5:45 a.m., and began Read More

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