Tags: grace

Falling Short

Last Friday night, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was, again, dominant as he faced the Boston Red Sox in Arlington, Texas. Darvish struck out 12 while walking only two, and went 8 2/3 innings in the 8-0 Ranger victory. Unfoirtunately for Darvish, it was with 2 outs in the night inning that he lost a…

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Overcoming a Bad Start

As a longtime Los Angeles Angels fan, the beginning of the new major league season is a time of mixed emotions. The positive is that each team begins the season with a clean slate and unlimited opportunity. For Angels fans, however, there is also a dark side to the beginning of the 2014 campaign. For the last two…

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Significant Preparation

With the completion of last night’s Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey, the nation can now catch its collective breath and move forward from football—but not really. The National Football League has developed itself into a 12-month-a-year reality. Upcoming rookie combines lead to the draft—which, for many teams and fans, has become almost as important…

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Lots of Memories

This past weekend, the eyes of golf fans around the world were focused on Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village course outside Columbus, Ohio, for the tenth playing of the Presidents Cup. Though lacking the length of history found in the better-known Ryder Cup (where players from the USA contest players from Europe), this competition between teams…

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Choosing Christlikeness When Anger Boils Podcast

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Your heart is pounding. The tension is building. And anger boils up to the surface. On Sports Spectrum find practical tools for replacing feelings of anger with a Christlike spirit of grace and humility. Another timely look at the real issues in sports and life, all from a faith perspective with the team from Sports Spectrum!

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Great Danger

Last month, Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano had emergency surgery to correct a life-threatening injury. We often hear of athletes facing “career-threatening” injuries, but “life-threatening” is another matter altogether. Pavano was suffering from a lacerated spleen injury that was so severe that more than 6 1/2 liters of blood had to be drained from his…

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Boxing Day

I trust that you and yours had a blessed and wonderful Christmas day yesterday. It is an extraordinary time—and one that many of us cherish. The day after Christmas, however, is a different thing. It is a day for returns and cleanup and exhaustion. In the United Kingdom, however, it is more. The day after…

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The Greatest Gift

As a kid growing up, I was one child in a very large family. This meant that, of necessity, Christmas giving was sometimes a little bit thin. One year, I got a dictionary. Another year, I got clothes. As a child, it was sometimes hard for me to get excited about Christmas presents like that,…

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Rough Start

With their loss to the cross-town Clippers on Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers started off their 2012-2013 NBA season 0-3 for the first time in 34 years. With some aging stars (Kobe Bryant), a few key injuries (Steve Nash), and new players trying to find their way (Dwight Howard), the Lakers are struggling to…

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Home Run Derby

Tonight, in America’s heartland, some of Major League Baseball’s top sluggers will gather in a spectacle of oohs and aahs known as the home run derby. This is not about winning the World Series or making the playoffs or even advancing your team in the standings. It is completely about one thing—having fun. These sluggers…

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