THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • November 1-Few Chosen

    November 1-Few Chosen 

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 22:1-14 

    On this date in 2010, Edgar Renteria joins Yankees legends Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, and Yogi Berra as only the fourth player in baseball history to collect two World Series winning hits. The Series MVP hits a three-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning leading the Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

    Our Scripture lesson today is the parable of the Wedding Banquet. The king prepared a great banquet to celebrate the wedding of his son. He sent servants to remind the guests, but none of them would come. Each one had convenient excuses why they could not come. The king then filled the banquet with people from the streets. Someone not wearing wedding clothes was thrown out of the banquet, “many are invited, but few are chosen.”

    God invites each of us to come to Him and accept His Son as our Lord and Savior. God wants us to experience the best He has, but yet we make excuses as to why we can’t follow God and live for Him. We miss out on so many blessings God is ready to pour out upon us because we say no to Him.

    1.      Why do we need to follow God?
    2.      What are the excuses we have made to God?
    3.      What is keeping us right now from getting right with God?

    May we not let another day go by without fully committing ourselves to God and His plan for

     

  • October 31-Leaders

    October 31-Leaders 

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 40:6-10 

    On this date in 2010 for the first time in major League Baseball history, two former Presidents attend the same World Series Game when George HW Bush and George W Bush attend game 4 of the World Series at Rangers Park. Prior to the contest, George W Bush repeats his 2001 ceremonial first pitch by once again throwing a strike this time to Rangers President Nolan Ryan. 

    The Psalmist shows us today what a true leader of faith will do. God is not interested in sacrifices or offerings. God is interested in those who lead to want to do His will and to have his Word in their hearts. A leader also does not hide the truth of God, but willingly shares this with those around him or her. God needs leaders of the faith to step up for Him.

    1.      What are the characteristics of a Godly leader?
    2.      Why is it important to tell others about God?
    3.      How can we go about doing that in word and in deed?

    God is waiting for people to step up and lead for Him. Are we ready to answer His challenge today?

     

  • October 30-Encouraging Others

    October 30-Encouraging Others 

    Scripture Lesson: Colossians 2:1-5 

    On this date in 2001 President George W. Bush becomes the 8th President to attend a World Series game and the first since Dwight Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a NYFD windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the 9-11 attacks, the Commander-in-Chief walks to the mound by himself, gives the thumbs up, and throws a perfect strike much to the delight of a nation. President Bush encouraged a nation that night! 

    In today’s Scripture lesson, Paul is trying to encourage those he has not had the opportunity to meet personally and share the Gospel. He wants all the people to understand what it truly means to experience the saving grace and love of Jesus Christ. He has heard of their faith is firm and constant. Paul must have been very proud of them and wanted to take this time in the letter to the Church at Colosse to tell them just that and to encourage them in their faith!

    1.      Why is it important to encourage one another in our faith walk together?
    2.      When is the last time you encouraged someone in their faith?
    3.      Why is it important to have a firm growing faith?

    Let us find someone today to encourage in their faith walk with Christ.

     

  • October 29-Long Life

    October 29-Long Life

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 90:14 

    On this date in 2006 Silas Simmons, the oldest baseball player who ever lived, passed away at the St. Petersburg Westminister Sun Coast Retirement Community in Florida. The 111 year old was a left handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues for 17 years and played for the Homestead Grays, The New York Lincoln Giants and the Cuban All-Stars. 

    The Psalmist is reminding us of how we should live our lives each day. We need to realize that God has His unfailing love for us each day and we should rejoice and be glad for all He has and will do for us all the days of our lives. God has always and will always be there for His children with a love that is indescribable and never failing. We should all take time to thank God for loving us all the days of our lives that total and complete way!

    1.      Describe God’s unfailing love.
    2.      Why should that kind of love make us rejoice?
    3.      Thank God right now for his unfailing love that is there for us each and every day.

    None of us are ever worthy of God’s unfailing love in our own sense. We are made worthy because He love us!

     

  • October 28-Generous

    October 28-Generous

    Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

    On this date in 2001 Curt Schilling, who named his son Gehrig, receives the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award for his contribution to numerous charities including ALS which is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Schilling was selected due to his outstanding baseball skills and his contributions and devoted work within the community.

    Paul is reminding the Church at Cornith to be generous in their giving to the fund he was collecting. Paul was collecting funds to help feed the Church at Jerusalem who was struggling under Jewish persecutions. When we give generously, we will be given back many times over. God wants us to give with a cheerful heart because He loves a cheerful giver. His blessing to us will far outweigh what we give for others in His name!

    1. Why is it important to give to others in need?
    2. Why should we give cheerfully?
    3. What are the benefits to giving to others in need?

    God wants us to give cheerfully and when we do watch out the blessings will come!

  • October 27-Worst to First

    October 27-Worst to First

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Timothy 1:15-17

    On this date in 1991 in Game Seven of the “worst to first” World Series, the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves in ten innings, 1-0. Both Atlanta and Minnesota finished last in their respective divisions the year before.

    In today’s Scripture lesson, Paul is writing to his young friend Timothy. He describes to Timothy his own “worst to first” story. How Jesus came into this world to save sinners and he (Paul) was the worst. Jesus showed Paul His tremendous love and patience by saving him. Paul went from being the worst of all sinners to arguably the greatest of all missionaries in history for the Gospel. That only could happen because of Jesus’ great love and patience! Now that is a “worst to first” for the ages!

    1. How does Jesus’ death and resurrection elevate us?
    2. Describe God’s love for us shown through the life and death of Jesus?
    3. How can our walk with Jesus be an example to others?

    Paul was given a second chance by Jesus’ great love and patience and see what he was able to accomplish! God wants to accomplish equally great things through each of us.

  • October 25-Honor

    October 25-Honor

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 15:33

    On this date in 1978 Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. Perry gets the honor with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA for the San Diego Padres. Perry earlier won the Cy Young Award pitching for the Cleveland Indians in 1972 with a 24-16 record and a 1.92 ERA with 29 complete games.

    The writer of Proverbs wants us to understand a few truths that will help us in our daily living. We are to see that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Fear is used not in sense of being afraid of God, but having a “holy awe” of Him. God is God and we are not! Secondly true honor in God’s eyes comes from humility. We need to realize that God expects great things from us done with a servant’s heart drawing all the attention to Him and not ourselves. We will live happy and productive lives for God when we give Him the proper place in our lives, number one, and when we serve Him to glorify Him and not ourselves.

    1. How do we put God in His proper place in our lives?
    2. How do we serve Him and give Him the praise and glory?
    3. Is God the most important part of our lives right now? Why or why not?

    The Cy Young Award is an important honor for a Major League pitcher to receive. Honor from God in serving Him well, giving Him the praise and glory is the honor a believer should strive to receive daily!

  • October 26-Youngest

    October 26-Youngest

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:6-13

    On this date in 1997, Edgar Renteria ended on of the most thrilling game sevens ever, singling with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Florida Marlins their first World Series Championship with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The 5 year old Marlins become the youngest expansion team to win a championship.

    In our Scripture lesson today, Samuel is instructed by God to go to Bethlehem to the family of Jesse. There he was to be led to the new King of Israel to soon replace King Saul. When Samuel saw Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab, he thought surely this was God’s choice. He was not the one, as God reminded Samuel that He looked at the heart not the outward appearance. Jesse had seven of his sons come before Samuel and none of them were the one to be chosen king. Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse told him about the youngest son named David who was out tending the sheep. When Samuel saw David the Lord told him, this is the one!

    1. What did God see in the youngest son David?
    2. Why was the youngest son chosen?
    3. What does that say to you today about God using even the youngest member of a family?

    God will use whomever He chooses to use regardless of one’s age, when one’s heart is right!!

  • October 24-Anthem

    October 24-Anthem

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 100:1-5

    On this date in 1908 Baseball’s anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is introduced by Bill Murray. The song writing team of Albert Von Tilzer (music) and Jack Norworth (lyrics) who created the song had never seen a baseball game prior to writing the song.

    Our Scripture lesson today from the Psalmist should be our daily anthem of praise to God! We are to shout to the Lord and worship Him with gladness. We need to come before Him with joyful songs. We need to know He is God and not only created us but takes care of us much like a shepherd cares for the sheep! We are to praise Him and give Him thanks for His goodness, His eternal love, and His faithfulness to all generations! What a great song of praise!

    1. When is the last time we praised God?
    2. When is the last time we truly thanked Him for being our Creator and Sustainer?
    3. How has God shown His faithfulness and love to you?

    Every baseball fan knows “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. Every believer should know and practice daily Psalm 100!

  • October 23-Opportunity

    October 23-Opportunity

    Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 5:15-16

    On this date in 1993 thanks to Joe Carter’s ninth inning three run home run, the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6 giving the Blue Jays their second consecutive World Championship. The Toronto outfielder becomes just the second player in baseball history to end the World Series with a walk-off home run, joining Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski, who homered to defeat the New York Yankees in the 1960 Series. Both Carter and Mazeroski had the opportunity to win the Series and they came through!

    Paul urges us in our Scripture lesson today to be careful how we live our lives and to make the most of every opportunity given to us. Paul wants us to see that how we live each day is important because when we are living for God, we will have opportunities to do great things for His Kingdom. We need to make the most of each and every day because the world is full of evil, needing the love of God shown. God has great plans for each of us to live for Him and to serve Him in our daily lives.

    1. Why is it important to live for Christ daily?
    2. When we live for Christ what kind of opportunities may come our way to serve Him?
    3. How often do we take advantage of the opportunities God gives us to serve Him?

    When we are serious about living for God, He is serious about giving us opportunities daily to serve Him and make a difference for His Kingdom!


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