THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • October 7-Arguing with Authority

    October7-Arguing with Authority

    Scripture Lesson: Job 40:1-2

    On this date in 1998, New York Yankee second baseman Chuck Knoblauch argues for an interference call at first base instead of picking up the ball while Enrique Wilson scored to break a 1-1 tie in the 12th inning of Cleveland’s 4-1 victory at New York in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Our verses from Job today, God is responding to Job’s friends and Job’s questions by reminding them that He is still in charge. Beginning in Chapter 39 and going through Chapter 41, God reminds them of His power, might and authority. God is quick to try to find out who has a problem with Him and what he does. Sometimes circumstances can cause us to question God. When bad things happen to us or to those we love we sometimes blame God or doubt His power and caring. My friends, God is always there for us and He wants what is best for us! We need to not only respect His authority, but to praise Him for all he does. Remember God is God and we aren’t!

    1. Describe a time you were mad with God.

    2. Read chapters 39-41 and reflect on those words.

    3. Notice what happens to Job in Chapter 42.

    Knoblauch did not win the argument with the umpire and a tie-breaking run scored. What blessings will we miss in life when we doubt or confront God when life is not fair?

  • October 6-The Curse

    October 6-The Curse

    Scripture Lesson: Galatians 3:10-14

    On this date in 1945 in an effort to promote his nearby Billy Goat Tavern, William Sianis buys tickets to Game 4 of the World Series for himself and his pet goat Murphy. The bar owner becomes so upset when a Wrigley Field usher asks his guest to leave, the Greek immigrant places a curse on the team to never win another World Series. Not only did the Cubs not win the 1945 World Series, as of today they have never appeared in another World Series.

    Paul is writing to the Galatians about the curse we can never overcome. Paul writing to a predominately Jewish audience, wants them to realize that it is impossible to live under the Law. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us by dying on Calvary’s tree. He paid the price for our sins, enabling us to live by faith believing in Him! It is faith that enables us to be righteous, not attempting to follow the Law.

    1. Why is faith the key in following God?

    2. Why do we fall short?

    3. What did Jesus’ death do for us?

    Jesus came to this world to take away for all who believe the curse of our sins. It does not matter how good we attempt to live our lives, if we do not profess faith in Jesus. The only way to heaven and eternal life is confessing our sins and believing in Christ’s atoning sacrifice for us all on the cross. The curse of our sins has been paid by Jesus who died for you and me!




  • October 5-Celebration

    October 5-Celebration

    Scripture Lesson: Acts 3:1-10

    On this date in 1977 Glenn Burke greets Dusty Baker on the dugout steps to congratulate his Dodger teammate for hitting a grand slam against the Phillies in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. The greeting, which consists of the two players extending their right arms above their heads and slapping their hands to make a resounding clap, is considered to be the first “high five” in baseball history.

    Peter and John heal a man crippled from birth in our Scripture lesson today. When Peter told him to walk in the name of Jesus, the beggar got up and walked. Not only did he walk he began to jump and praise God! Can you just imagine what kind of a celebration that must have been? The crippled beggar now walking, jumping, and praising God! Too many times we miss the opportunity to celebrate all God has done for us. Often times when God answers our prayers, we even fail to say thank you to Him. Today and everyday take time to celebrate God’s goodness and all He has done for you!

    1. Describe the last time you celebrated all God has done for you.

    2. When is the last time you praised Him for who He is and what He has done?

    3. How can our celebrating God’s goodness to us be used by Him to reach others?

    We have so much to celebrate with God. Today take some time and give God a spiritual “high five” by praising his name!



  • October 4-Falling Short

    October 4-Falling Short

    Scripture Lesson: 2 Samuel 1:19-27

    On this date in 1987, The Toronto Blue Jays complete one of the greatest collapses in Major League history by losing 1-0 to the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers win the American League East title. Toronto loses their last seven games of the season including the last three games at Tiger Stadium. This team had a great deal of potential but just fell short!

    In our Scripture lesson today, King David is lamenting the death of King Saul and his sons in a battle against the Philistines. Saul’s son Jonathan was David’s best friend and had always been there for him even when Saul was out to kill David. He grieves over losing his very best friend. In verse 27 David writes, “How the mighty have fallen.” Saul was Israel’s first king and had such great potential. Saul began to neglect his relationship with God and the later years of his life were not happy. Saul fell short of the nation’s expectations and more importantly he fell short of what God had expected from him. God has great plans for each of us. As we walk with Him, may we live our lives not falling short of what God expects from us!

    1. What does God expect from us?

    2. Are we living up to His expectations? Why or why not?

    3. How can we guard against falling short with God and not reaching our potential for Him?

    It is very difficult for a team to just fall short of a championship. If we work on our relationship with God daily by being in His Word and praying, chances are we will not fall short with God! It should be most difficult for a believer to fall short with God!

  • October 3-Doing it All

    October 3-Doing it All

    Scripture Lesson: Revelation 1:8

    On this date in 1920, in a 16-7 victory over the White sox, Browns first baseman George Sisler gets his 257th hit of the season to set a Major League record. He also pitched a scoreless 9th inning in relief for St. Louis. The hits record would stand until 2004 when Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki gets hit number 258.

    Our Scripture lesson today reminds us of the awesomeness of God! God is the beginning and the end, Alpha is the beginning of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the end. He is who is and was and who is to come! God is the Almighty. God was before the world came into existence at His command. God will always be the same Almighty Loving Heavenly Father. He has indeed done it all for us. As we reflect on God’s awesomeness and all He has done for us, we must ask ourselves a very important question. What have we done for God?

    1. Describe in your own words the awesomeness of God.

    2. What are some ways we can serve God on and off the field?

    3. Reflect for a few moments on all God has done for you.

    George Sisler had a pretty good day setting the single season hits record and pitching a scoreless 9th. God always has a pretty good day because no one can compare to the Awesome Almighty All-Loving Father! Praise Him by living for Him each day!

  • October 2-Triple Header

    October 2-Triple Header

    Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:1-43

    The only triple header in baseball in the 20th century occurred on this date in 1920. The Reds win the first two games 13-4 and 7-3. The Pirates avoid the sweep by winning the finale 6-0 with the game called after six innings due to darkness. Peter Harrison is the home plate umpire for all three games.

    In today’s Scripture lesson Jesus has His own triple header of sorts. He has three healings that take place. He heals the man possessed by a demon and then with His disciples goes back across the Sea of Galilee. Upon landing He is approached by one of the synagogue rulers Jarius whose daughter is sick. Jarius knows that if Jesus places His hands on his daughter, she will be healed. As they are moving toward Jarius’ home a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, not wanting to bother Jesus but believing in Him, just reached out and touched his cloak and was healed. Jesus commends the woman’s faith. At the same time some men came from Jarius’ house to inform him his daughter had died. Jesus told Jarius to not be afraid, but to just believe! Jesus sends the mourners out of the house and with Peter, James, and John along with the parents goes to the daughter, takes her by the hand, and tells her to get up. Immediately she gets up and walks! That is some triple header of healing!

    1. Why was faith so important for the woman and Jarius to have?

    2. What do all three of these events show us today?

    3. What is Jesus calling you to believe this day?

    Jesus met the needs of the demon possessed man, the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, and the parents of the little girl who died. The same Jesus is waiting for us to approach Him in faith to meet our needs today!

  • October 1- A Child is Born

    October 1- A Child is Born

    Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 9:6-7

    On this date in 1961, Roger Maris breaks the single season home run record with a home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox 1-0. The humble and shy Maris is pushed out of the dugout to tip his cap to the cheering crowd by some of his teammates after the historic home run. On this date two years later a baby boy named Mark McGuire is born. McGuire goes on to break Maris’ record in 1998.

    Our Scripture lesson today from the prophet Isaiah tells of the coming birth of another child, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. He will reign with justice and righteousness forever. Isn’t it wonderful to realize that Jesus today is still the Wonderful Counselor who will guide our lives through His spirit, the Mighty God who overcame the grave and rose from the dead, the Everlasting Father who will rule for eternity, and the Prince of Peace that enables us to find peace amidst the storms of life? Remember no matter where you are in life and whatever you are going through Jesus is just a prayer away!

    1. Why is the birth of a child such a joyous occasion?

    2. How have the words from Isaiah helped you today?

    3. Which one of the names of Christ do you need the most today? Why?

    The birth of my children was two of the happiest moments of my life. For a believer there are no greater moments than the birth of Christ and His resurrection from the dead. Celebrate both today by living a life of praise and adoration!

  • September 30-Witness

    September 30-Witness

    Scripture Lesson: Revelation 1:1-3

    On this date in 2009 Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles sets a Major League record for doubles by a switch hitter in a single season with a third inning double against the Rays in St. Petersburg. Roberts 56th double is one better than former record holder, Lance Berkman. I have had the privilege of knowing Brian for many years. The thing that stands out for me is not all the things he has accomplished on the playing field, it is how he stands us for his faith. Brian is indeed a witness for Christ in how he lives and how he plays the game.

    The beginning of the book of Revelation, talks about John being the witness to everything he saw , the Word of God. The same call is for all of us today. We need to tell others what God has done for us and share His Word with others. The call to share our faith is a call to every believer. God needs us to let others see Him in the way we live our lives each day.

    1. How can people see God in our lives?

    2. Why is it important to share Jesus and His story to others?

    3. How does our daily quiet time and studying of his Word help us to reach others for Him?

    As believers, we are the hands, feet, and mouths of the Savior in this world. Let’s use all we have for His glory and His Kingdom.

  • September 29-Low

    September 29-Low

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 29:25

    On this date in 1968 in the year of the pitcher, Carl Yastremski wins the American League batting title with a .301 average the lowest championship average ever. Second place batter Danny Cater of the A’s hits .290.

    Sometimes our fears can bring us down to the low of lows. When fear has gripped our lives we are often rendered helpless. Fear can and often does paralyze us in daily living. Most of us in our lifetimes will experience this kind of fear. The writer of Proverbs reassures each of us today. All we have to do is to trust in the Lord and we will be safe. The next time you feel fear creeping into your life, stop, pray, and trust God to watch over you and keep you safe. What a great promise from His Word!

    1. When was the last time you were afraid?

    2. Describe how that made you feel.

    3. Why is this verse so reassuring for you?

    God will always be there for us when we put our trust in Him.

  • September 28-Stand in Awe

    September 28-Stand in Awe

    Scripture Lesson: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

    On this date in 2008 the Houston Astros set a new National League record for fewest errors committed in a season. The 67 Houston errors are one less than the record shared by the 1999 Mets and the 2007 Rockies. This is a record to be in awe of indeed.

    Our Scripture lesson today is all about how to approach God. We need to come with few words before Him. The last part of verse 7 holds the key. We need to come before God in awe. Sometimes in our daily lives we lose the sense of awe when it comes to god. We get so busy accomplishing everything on our to-do list, we tend to overlook just how awesome God is. It is so easy to take God for granted. We pray to Him and worship Him and cross off another thing on our list. God deserves our awe…..there is none like Him!

    1. Why should we be in awe of God?

    2. Why should we approach God with few words?

    3. Ask for forgiveness for not spending time with God in awe of all He is and all He does.

    Take a few moments in silence now to spend time with god reflecting on His majesty and greatness.

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