Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:19 NIV Not peacelovers Not Peaceable Not avoiding conflict There will be times of conflict between teammates, with the other team, your coach, the ref, and even the fans. Take an example with the ref. He makes a call against you. You are sure that you … [Read more...] about Peacemakers, not peacelovers
There are principles in the scripture that can be applied to athletics. These are quick direct applications. For now, most of them will be applied specifically to basketball, but they can help in other sports too.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love , and of self-discipline. II Timothy 1:7 Three things the spirit provides power, love and self-discipline Three good things to do with a basketball shoot, pass, and dribble Without Power, the other parts don't matter. All you are is a nice guy who finishes … [Read more...] about Power
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love , and of self-discipline. II Timothy 1:7 This isn't some weak starry eyed thing. This love is like what is described in Song of Solomon, flows like a river, burns brighter than a forest fire, and stronger than death. When Jesus says to love your neighbor as … [Read more...] about Love
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love , and of self-discipline. II Timothy 1:7 There are three good things you can do as a Christian. You can use power, you can use love, or you can use self-discipline. Today, I'm on self-discipline. This is what you use to make yourself do something or not do … [Read more...] about Self-discipline
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7 I have a picture that shows an old man with a cane standing outside. His shadow is what he looked like as a marine when he was 20. The caption is Once a soldier, always a soldier. That is partially true. The body goes first, then the mind, and … [Read more...] about Once a soldier always a soldier
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy -- to the only God our savior, be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore Amen. Jude 24-25 I want to hit the first part of this section -- keep you from … [Read more...] about Why should I let you in?
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:19 It isn't the peacelovers it isn't the peaceable it isn't avoiding conflict It is stepping up and finding a way to work through a difference. If you really don't know who the ball was off going out of bounds -- shoot for it. If you are playing with … [Read more...] about Peacemakers
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 NIV You get on a team and it doesn't take long to figure out that if you only look out for yourself the other players aren't going to get along with you very well. They may put up with you because you are scoring points, but you will … [Read more...] about Interests of others
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. ~ Romans 1:17; 3:22 God's righteousness for us starts and ends with faith. He declares us … [Read more...] about Coach says you are on the team
Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us. Titus 2:7-8 RSV This is a Tim Tebow verse. He goes out and plays hard, then says things with integrity and sound speech. His … [Read more...] about Encouragement 301