No Questions Asked

 “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” – Genesis 6:9 (ESV) One of the most desired qualities an athlete can possess is to be “coachable.” Coaches love athletes who are eager to learn new skills and at the same time are willing...

Find a Way

“And they came, bringing him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.” – Mark 2:3-4 (ESV)  ...

Want to Swap Places?

 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” – Luke 22:42 (ESV) Life has a way of getting our attention! In an instant, the routine can be replaced by the unexpected. The day of my brother’s open-heart surgery...
Being in the Present

Being in the Present

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24 Somewhere today, champions are being built. While some wish to be great, others are putting in the hard work. Summer for most means no class, vacation, part-time jobs or just...

Taking God for Granted

Taking God for Granted

“So, you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.” – Hosea 12:6 (ESV) “Why are we playing so lousy?” That’s the question I muttered to myself as I stood on the sidelines watching my team’s performance....

Overlooked

Overlooked

“I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.” – Psalm 119:141 (ESV) “I’m nothing but a glorified tackling dummy!” Those were my thoughts as I got bulldozed by Joey during our pregame warm-ups. Joey was a high school senior, standing nearly six feet...

Herding Sheep

Herding Sheep

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11 (ESV) What are the duties of a shepherd? First, they take care of sheep. Shepherds usually work independently and are on call for their animals around the clock. The safety...

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” – Luke 17:15-16 Regardless of the team, it is easy to pick out the stars. They are...

The Narrow Gate

The Narrow Gate

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV) Football is a...

Leadership

Leadership

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” - Hebrews 13:7 (ESV) “What does leadership look like?” That was the question I asked the team as we began our morning practice...

Rise Above

Rise Above

“But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.’” - Numbers 13:30 (ESV) Zion Shaver has known obstacles all his life. Given up for adoption at the age of two, Shaver was raised in foster...

Be the Light

Be the Light

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14 (ESV) Have you ever been to an evening athletic event? Sure, you have! It may be difficult for many to comprehend, but before the advent of stadium lights, games were played...