Crossroads

“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want...

Friendship

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” – Proverbs 17:17 Friendships built through sport can last a lifetime. Athletes spend hours of practice time and game situations with their teammates. They compete for playing time, they sweat together...

How We Talk Matters

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up…..” – Ephesians 4:29 We talk to ourselves all day long. If that’s true, and it is, what are we talking about? Too often, the words we speak to ourselves aren’t positive. If we...

The King

Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true." – John 18:37 The man known as “The King of Golf” left us in...

Busyness

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 As coaches, we live in a “grip it and rip it” world. We know all to well about being overloaded, overburdened, and overboard with busyness. Instead of hitting the “Do It” button again and again, wouldn’t it be nice to...

Expectations

“Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah.” – Luke 3:15 As coaches, we know all too well about expectations. An expectation is defined as “a strong belief that something will happen in the future.”...

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Fear

Fear

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”– Psalm 34:4 With a glance in the rear view mirror, I could see the fear in their eyes. Maybe it was the armed guards at the gate, or it could have been the barbed wire fence that stretched as...

Leadership

Leadership

“Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you.As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.– Hebrews 13:7  “What does a leader look like?” That was the question I asked the team as we began our morning practice session? The...

The Narrow Gate

The Narrow Gate

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”– Matthew 7:13-14Football is a demanding...

Rise Above

Rise Above

“Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence ofMosesand said, ‘We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it.’”– Numbers 13:30 Zion Shaver has known obstacles all his life. Given up for adoption at the age of two,...

How Would You Like To Be Coached?

How Would You Like To Be Coached?

“And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever,for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.”– Jeremiah 32:39 It had been a demanding practice! Stamina and desire were being tested for both athletes and coaches....

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back,praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feetand thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.”– Luke 17:15-16Regardless of the team, it’s easy to pick out the stars. They’re often taller and more...

Herding Sheep

Herding Sheep

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

Overlooked

Overlooked

“I am insignificant and despised, but I don’t forget your commandments.” – Psalm 119:141 “I’m nothing but a glorified tackling dummy!” Those were my thoughts as I got bulldozed by Joey during our pre-game warmups. Joey was a high school senior, standing nearly six...

Taking God for Granted

Taking God for Granted

 “So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him.” – Hosea 12:6 “Why are they playing so lousy?” That’s the question I muttered to myself as I sat in the stands watching my favorite team’s performance. Dropped passes, silly...

Can I get a witness

Can I get a witness

“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.” – Psalm 66:16 Who is the greatest athlete of all time? Who is the greatest coach of all time? What is the greatest team of all time? These are questions that are impossible to answer. How...