Tags: love of God

Walking by Faith

When the Cleveland Browns opened their 2014 NFL season, they did so with a new head coach—Mike Pettine. In fact, they started this campaign with their third new head coach in the last three years. While that kind of instability can produce plenty of uncertainty and a sense of organizational disorientation, it also forces the…

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Every Tribe and Nation

In the sports film “Remember the Titans,” we go back to the racially-charged days of the early 1970s and a high school football program in Virginia that was experiencing forced integration. It is a terrific, inspiring, and well-told story of the struggle to come to grips with racial and ethnic biases, fears, and injustices. Recent…

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Extremely Surprising

I was recently watching a baseball game where a batter came to the plate with the bases loaded—having already hit a grand slam earlier in the game. As he stepped to the plate, with the opportunity to hit a second slam in the same game, the announcers mentioned a name that I hadn’t heard in…

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The Need For Heart

As the 2014 NFL season fully kicked into gear yesterday, filled with pomp and circumstance, the reminders were everywhere that the National Football League (like all professional sports) is a business. Every game’s commentary was peppered with conversations of union negotiations, new big money contracts, and more. The fact that sports is a business can…

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A Matter of Love

Some time ago I wrote an article for Our Daily Bread in which I mentioned seeing a young woman wearing a t-shirt which read, “Love is for losers.” I wrote about what a sad worldview that is and about how vital love is. It was a pretty decent article, I thought. Imagine my surprise, however,…

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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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Rehearsing the Fundamentals

For diehard baseball fans, what gets us through the long, cold months of winter is not just the promise of spring—it is the promise of spring training. We can now all breathe a sigh of relief, for spring training started this week. For fans, it is so wonderfully refreshing to see the players on the…

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Go Time

We are now entering a most critical time in the men’s college basketball season. With only a handful of games to go before conference tournaments set the table for March Madness, teams are battling to avoid surprising upsets and to establish their credentials for the Big Dance in March. Syracuse, atop the rankings for much…

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Group of Death

Fans of 32 nations around the world watched with anticipation last Friday as the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup took place. This random draw distributes the 32 national teams into 8 groups of four, which will play down to the final 16 teams in the competition next summer in Brazil. In every soccer…

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Giving Thanks

This is Thanksgiving weekend, and it is one of my favorite times in the year. I enjoy the food (of course) and the football (even if I nap through the Lions game), and I enjoy having some time to reflect on the blessings of God. Psalm 136:1 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is…

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