THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • April 18-Lost

    April 18-Lost

    Scripture Lesson: Luke 15:3-7

    On this date in 1923 at South Field on Columbia’s campus in New York City, a collegiate hurler strikes out 17 to establish a school record, but loses the game because of his wildness to Williams 5-1. The young southpaw whose name is Lou Gehrig, will become better known for his hitting as a Hall of Fame first baseman for the New York Yankees.

    Today’s Scripture lesson is the parable of the lost sheep. Notice as you read these words from Luke the lengths the shepherd goes to find the one lost sheep. Also there is great joy when the shepherd returns with the sheep that was lost. God loves us the same way. He wants to see us repent from our sinful ways and come back to Him. There is great rejoicing in heaven when we repent and come home to God. God does not want anyone to perish! He wants every man, woman, boy, and girl to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, repent from their sins, and accept the gift of salvation.

    1. How does the shepherd’s action show God’s great love for us?
    2. Why was there such great rejoicing when the shepherd returned with the lost sheep?
    3. Who do we need to share the story of Jesus with today?

    Without God guiding our lives we are lost, the good news is He is waiting for us to turn to Him!

  • April 17-Longest Home Run

    April 17-Longest Home Run

    Scripture Lesson: Luke 15:11-24

    On this date in 1953, Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle blasts a reported 565 foot home run off lefty Chuck Stobb in the Yankees 7-3 victory over Washington at windy Griffith Stadium. This is the longest home run in Mantle’s career and in Washington Senator history.

    Today’s Scripture lesson is one of the most famous of all Jesus’ parables. The parable of the prodigal son is about a young man who demands his inheritance early, takes the money and wastes it in wild living, and then when he is friendless and hungry recognizes the error of his way. The young man makes the “longest home run” in Scripture when he returns to his father’s house wanting to become just a servant. The father was looking for his son and when he returned there was great joy in the house because what was lost was now found. The son was restored to his place in the family. When we ask for forgiveness and repent of our sins, God is waiting to welcome us back to Him!

    1. Describe a time you felt like the son in the parable.
    2. How was the feeling of being forgiven?
    3. Thank God today that He always wants His children to come home.

    The prodigal son made the longest home run in Scripture when he ran home to his father. Let’s not let this day go by without returning totally to God, He is waiting!

  • April 16-Overcome

    April 16-Overcome

    Scripture Lesson: John 16:29-33

    On this date in 1941 overcoming 47 degree weather, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws an Opening Day no hitter against the Chicago White Sox winning 1-0 at Comiskey Park. It is the first opening day no hitter since Leon Ames pitched one for the Giants in 1909.

    On the night before His death, Jesus is doing His best to prepare the disciples for the events that would unfold later that night and into the next day. He knew they would have a lot of questions, after the events happened. Jesus wanted them to have a peace that could only come from God. He reminds them to take heart because He had overcome the world. Jesus knew He would be dying for humanity’s sinfulness in a few short hours. Without Good Friday there could be no Easter Sunday! Jesus overcame death and the grave to provide for each of us the forgiveness of our sins. No matter what life throws at us, we can overcome it with the help of our Lord!

    1. What can we ask Jesus to help us overcome today?
    2. Where do we need peace the most in our lives?
    3. How much do we trust in the Words of Jesus for us today? Enough to bring Him our cares and concerns?

    Bob Feller overcame adverse weather to throw a perfect game. Today we can overcome whatever the world throws at us because Jesus is with us!

  • April 15-Honor

    April 15-Honor

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 145:1-7

    On this date in 1997 the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, is celebrated before 54,047 fans at Shea Stadium during a game between the Dodgers and the Mets. President Bill Clinton and Robinson’s widow Rachel both speak during the 35 minute ceremony. The surprise of the evening occurred when Commissioner Bud Selig announces the number 42 (Robinson’s number) will be retired in perpetuity for every team. On the field, the Mets beat the Dodgers 5-0. This is an honor well deserved for Jackie Robinson’s contribution to the game of baseball.

    The Psalmist reminds us today of God’s worthiness of praise. God’s greatness cannot be fathomed by our minds. We need to tell other generations about God’s greatness. We need to think about His splendor and majesty. We need to tell about His great deeds and celebrate his abundant goodness while singing of His righteousness. Talk about worthy of honor, all earthly honors pale next to the greatness of God!

    1. Why should we praise and honor God?
    2. How can we honor Him by the way we live our lives?
    3. Who needs to hear about His greatness and love for us?

    No one deserves to be honored and praised as much as God1 Take time today to praise Him for Who He is and what He has done!

  • April 14-Dishonesty

    April 14-Dishonesty

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 4:23-27

    Today is the birthday of the all-time hits leader in MLB history, Pete Rose. Rose finished his career with 4,256 hits, but was banned from baseball for life in 1989 for allegedly betting on baseball. After years of denying the charges, in 2004 Rose came out with a book and admitted to betting on games.

    The writer of Proverbs warns us to guard our hearts and to keep foul language out of our mouths. He also wants us to fix our eyes straight ahead and to not swerve to the left or right. In other words, stay on the straight and narrow. Keep our eyes on God and stay on His path for our lives. When we allow evil to come into our lives, we cannot be on God’s path for our lives. When we allow evil to creep into our lives we will eventually pay the price for those sins and mistakes.

    1. What does it mean to guard our hearts?
    2. Why should we keep our eyes fixed on God?
    3. What will keep us on God’s pathway for our lives?

    Banned from baseball, the all-time hits leader will not have the opportunity to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame because of his gambling and dishonesty about doing so. When evil comes into our lives, God goes out.

  • April 13-Thrown Away

    April 13-Thrown Away

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5:13

    On this date in 1978 Reggie Jackson hits a three run first inning home run to lead the Yankees to an Opening Day victory 4-2 over the Chicago White Sox. The game was held up for several minutes after Jackson’s home run as the fans celebrated by showering the field with Reggie Bars, a chocolate and peanut candy bar that was given to each fan as they entered the park.

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that salt that has lost its ability to be salt is no good for anything and should be thrown out and trampled by men. When salt lost its ability to flavor and preserve, then it was thrown out on the dirt roads and paths of the day. Salt was thrown away to become a pavement for roads. When we as a Christian do not flavor the world by making the world a better place and when we fail to preserve others by sharing Christ with them we are not fulfilling our purpose in life as a believer. When we live without preserving and flavoring we are no good to the Kingdom. We are called to make a difference in the world, plain and simple. We do that by making the world a better place to live.

    1. How can we be salt in life for Christ?
    2. What makes a Christian not worth his/her salt?
    3. How are we useful for the Kingdom of God?

    Fans threw away the Reggie Bars creating a big mess. We create a big mess for God’s Kingdom when are lives are lived just to be thrown out by not fulfilling our purpose of being salt.

  • April 12-Lacking

    April 12-Lacking

    Scripture Lesson: Philippians 2:25-30

    On this date in 1994 Scott Cooper of the Boston Red Sox hits for the cycle and drives in five runs in helping the Boston Red Sox rout the Royals at Kauffman Stadium 22-11. The 3rd baseman’s fifth inning triple is the result of being thrown out at home trying to stretch a triple into an inside the park home run. This game obviously was lacking in pitching with 33 runs being scored.

    In our Scripture lesson today, Paul tells us of Epaphroditus. Paul calls him his brother, his fellow worker and his fellow soldier. Epaphroditus took care of Paul and his needs even to the detriment of his own health. Epaphroditus worked hard to stand in the gap for the Philippians who could not come to Rome to be with Paul while he was in prison. The Philippians lacked the ability to help and Epaphroditus stood in the gap to help. Paul wants them to welcome him home with great joy and honor for what Epaphroditus had done for the Gospel and Paul.

    1. Has God ever called you to stand in the gap?
    2. What does the example of Epaphroditus teach us?
    3. How can we be more like him in living for Jesus each day?

    When God calls us to stand in the gap for others, He will always be there for us and equips us to do the job for Him.

  • April 11-Greatest Year

    April 11-Greatest Year

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 43:3-4

    On this date in 1917 Babe Ruth defeats the New York Yankees pitching a three hitter in the 10-3 win for the Red Sox. Ruth is on the way to a 24-13 record and a league leading 35 complete games in his best year as a pitcher.

    The Psalmist gives us the key for having a great year. We need to allow the light and truth of God to direct our paths. God is waiting for us to just let Him show us the way to live each day. He wants to direct us and show us the path we are to take with our lives, we have to just let Him! Why do we insist on doing our lives our way when God’s plan for our lives is indeed the perfect plan? We can have our best year as a believer when we allow God to show us the way. God will not take control of our lives until we give Him our lives to control!

    1. Why is it important for God to direct our lives?
    2. How do we let go and let God?
    3. What are the benefits in allowing God to direct our lives?

    Praise god today for wanting to direct our lives and for giving us the opportunity to have the greatest year of our lives with Him.

  • April 10-The Power of God

    April 10-The Power of God

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 147:11-20

    On this date in 1982 a crowd of 62,433 fans show up with a game time temperature of 38 degrees with a wind chill of 17 degrees to see the Indians drop their season opener to the Rangers 8-3. Five hundred tons of snow had to be removed from the Municipal Stadium field prior to the game. That must have been one cold day to watch a baseball game.

    In our Scripture lesson today the Psalmist wants us to see that God is to be praised for His creation and the control of creation. Not only that, God delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love. Isn’t it amazing when we stop to think about God’s creation? When you go outside today, just look around and soak it in with all your senses. God has created the world and its splendor for us to enjoy and take care of for Him. When we put our hope in His unfailing love, we bring a smile to His face much like His creation brings a smile to ours.

    1. How do we show God we have our faith in His unfailing love?
    2. Why do we often take the beauty of creation for granted?
    3. How do we bring a smile to His face?

    If our hope is in God’s love for us we will then be less likely to take all He does for us for granted including His creation.

  • April 9-Building

    April 9-Building

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 3:9-11

    On this date in 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of the Harris County Domed Stadium (Astrodome), known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Astros win the exhibition game against the New York Yankees 2-1 in twelve innings. Mickey Mantle hits the first ever home run indoors in the new park.

    Paul is writing to the Corinthians about building their Christian lives. The foundation for our Christian life is Jesus Christ. Paul has begun building the Corinthians and their walk with Christ, much like a master carpenter builds a building. We must think of ourselves as Paul describes us, as God’s Building. We should be careful to grow as a believer with those who are able to draw us closer to Christ. The building of our Christian lives is a life-long process that is only complete when we go to heaven. We must be growing daily in our faith, for our lives reflect the depth of our faith! If we are not growing then we are going backwards in our faith.

    1. How is Jesus the foundation of our faith?
    2. How can we grow in our faith daily?
    3. Why is it important to have someone in our lives to help us grow in our faith walk with Christ?

    How is the building of our lives going today? With Christ as the foundation and an effort each day to grow, our walk with Christ will be stronger every day.

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