THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • June 28-God’s Plans

    June 28: God’s Plans

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 40:4-5

    On this date in 1907, Yankees catcher Branch Rickey was behind the plate when the Washington Senators stole 13 bases in one game. Although he was not a great player, Rickey went on to become one of the best administrators in the history of the game. Rickey was instrumental in bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues. And, when he was the General Manager of the Pirates in 1954, Rickey paid for the first two years’ existence of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    In today’s text, the Psalmist reminds us that we should put our trust in the Lord. God has done so many wonderful things for us and God has plans for us. It is great to know that the Creator of the universe cares enough about each of us to have a plan for our lives. It may not take us where we thought it would, but God’s plan for us is a perfect plan for our lives. When we make the Lord our trust, we will be willing to follow Him and His plan for our lives wherever He leads us!

    1. Where is God leading your life today?

    2. How does it make you feel that God has a plan for your life?

    3. What blessings have come to you by following the Lord and His plan for your life?

    Branch Rickey never envisioned on that day when the Senators stole 13 bases, that he would become one of the greatest administrators ever in the history of baseball, paving the way for both Jackie Robinson and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was blessed by trusting in the Lord and His plan for his life.

  • June 27-Can’t Hide

    June 27: Can’t Hide

    Scripture Lesson: Joshua 7:20-26

    On this date in 1986, San Francisco Giants second baseman Robbie Thompson set a new Major League record by being thrown out four times in a single game on attempted steals. Bo Diaz had Thompson’s number, throwing him out in the fourth, sixth, ninth, and eleventh innings. Despite Thompson’s four outs, the Giants went on to win the 12-inning game 7-6 over the Reds.

    Israel should have had an easy victory over the city of Ai, but they were routed from the field. When Joshua came before the Lord to asked how this could have happened, God told him Israel had sinned. The people gathered the next day and cast lots – believing that God would direct the lots – to determine who had sinned. The lot fell on a man named Achan, who confessed that he had broken the commands of God by stealing some things from Jericho. Achan and his family lost their lives and all they had. God turned away from His anger and Ai was destroyed the next day.

    1. Have you ever tried to cover up a sin?

    2. How did that work out?

    3. Can God and sin reside in the same heart? Why or why not?

    Thompson got caught four times trying to steal in a single game. We will be caught every time by our sins if we do not confess.

  • June 26-The Consequences

    June 26: The Consequences

    Scripture Lesson: Romans 6:22-23

    On this date in 1985 at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, the stadium’s organist was ejected from a Class A Florida State League game. Umpire Keith O’Connor organist Wilbur Snapp for playing “Three Blind Mice” following a close call that went against the home team, the Clearwater Phillies. The self-taught musician enjoyed a moment of fame after the event was reported by NBC’s Today show weatherman Willard Scott and also featured on Paul Harvey’s radio program.

    Paul makes a crystal clear assertion in our Scripture lesson today. The consequence of a life of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son. Sin leads to eternal separation from God. Life comes to us when we confess and repent of our sins, believing in what Jesus did for each of us by dying on the cross. That free gift from God, called grace, enables us to enjoy eternal life with Him in heaven. That is why it is so important to live of service and freedom, set free from the consequences of our sin.

    1. Why can we not earn salvation?

    2. What are the consequences of a life lived in sin?

    3. What did Jesus do for us as He died on the cross?

    It is so important for us to not only accept the gift of grace, but to live lives that reflect the Lord. God wants no one to perish without Jesus! Who do we need to tell about Jesus today?

  • June 25-Mistakes

    June 25: Mistakes

    Scripture Lesson: Romans 6:8-10

    On this date in 1898, Jumbo Davis made five errors in the course of a 10-3 loss for his team. The Kansas City Cowboys (AA) third baseman would make 100 errors in 628 chances that season, flubbing almost one in every six attempts.

    Jesus came to our world to take care of all our sins and mistakes. It was our sin that cost Jesus His life. He paid the price once and for all time for our sins and mistakes. We believe that Jesus lives today, that the tomb is still empty. As we believe in Him, we are called to live with Him. Someday, because Jesus paid the price for our sins, we will live with Him in heaven.

    1. Have you ever made an error that cost your team a victory? How did you feel?

    2. What was the last sin you committed? How did it make you feel?

    3. How does it make you feel as a believer to know that Jesus paid the price for your sins and mistakes?

    Hard work can overcome errors on the baseball diamond. It is hard work to live for Christ each day. Let us all put in the practice time we need, both on and off the diamond.

  • June 24-Pure Joy

    June 24: Pure Joy

    Scripture Lesson: 3 John 3-4

    On this date in 2011, Michael Kacer, a 29-year-old veteran who lost an arm during a rocket attack in Afghanistan, made an amazing catch of a Curtis Granderson foul ball at Yankee Stadium. The event attracted national attention when the video went viral on the web, and ESPN included the catch in its top play segment on Sports Center. The look on Kacer’s face after the catch was pure joy.

    John wrote of the great joy he experienced in hearing that believers were walking in the truth. To walk in the truth is to live a Christ-like life. Walking in the truth involves loving like Jesus and living like Jesus. I can even imagine the angels in heaven high-fiving each other when we live like Jesus. Pure joy comes to believers when we realize that we have done something for the Kingdom of God. There should be no greater feeling in the world than accomplishing something for the one who gave His all for us.

    1. How can you walk in the truth today?

    2. How excited do you get when you accomplish something for Jesus?

    3. Describe the last time you felt pure joy.

    The joy in our heart should be evident to everyone we meet.

  • June 23-Pride

    June 23: Pride

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 11:2

    On this date in 1963, after taking Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall rounded the bases in the correct order while running backward to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets outfielder reportedly thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention he was receiving.

    We find some great advice from the writer of Proverbs in today’s Scripture lesson. When pride enters into the picture, disgrace is not far behind. Not only did Piersall disrespect the game, some would consider his running the bases backward to be disgraceful. In life, we are to draw attention to Christ, who died for us and enables us to serve Him. It is not about you and me, it is all about Jesus and what He has done for us and through us. As the writer of Proverbs tells us, with humility comes wisdom. Life is not about promoting ourselves; it is all about Jesus.

    1. Why is it hard to have humility in how we live?

    2. How can we show the world our life is all about the Lord?

    3. What are some other ways players and coaches show pride in the game?

    Championship baseball teams are made up of players who are all in for the team. Championship living is when we are all in for the Lord and it is all about Him, not us.

  • June 22-Mission Accomplished

    June 22: Mission Accomplished

    Scripture Lesson: Luke 24:50-53

    On this date in 1993, in his last game as a professional baseball player, Carlton Fisk of the White Sox caught his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the All-Time leader in games caught. “Pudge” spent the first 11 years of his 24-year career with the Boston Red Sox. His goal was to set the mark of most games caught. Mission accomplished.

    Luke gives us a glimpse into the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Jesus had come to this world to die for the sins of humanity. After his crucifixion, Jesus was raised from the dead and spent 40 days with the disciples before his triumphant return to heaven. Jesus blessed the believers and they worshipped Him. Without the resolve of the disciples and their commitment to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, there would be no church today. Not only did Jesus die and then rise from the dead, he prepared the disciples for the missionary activity that was ahead. Mission accomplished!

    1. What do you feel God wants you to accomplish for Him?

    2. What will it take to get the job accomplished?

    3. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best it can be, rate your walk with Christ today.

    Until we graduate to heaven or Jesus returns, we are all commissioned to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world around us. Look out daily for the missions Christ has for us to accomplish for Him.

  • June 21-Anger

    June 21: Anger

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 29:11

    On this date in 2002, during a New York-Penn League game between the New Jersey Cardinals and the Staten Island Yankees, an angry fan hopped a fence and came onto the field to argue an umpire’s call at first base. The 38-year-old woman, who was charged with disorderly conduct, was at the game with her eight-year-old daughter’s Brownie troop.

    The writer of Proverbs offers some very sound wisdom in today’s text. He says a fool lets his anger out while a wise man keeps it under control. Anger can consume us just as a wildfire consumes anything in its path. It flares up quickly, and when we do not keep it in check, anger can cause us to do something we will regret. I can imagine the woman in the story felt terrible afterwards, and wished she had acted more responsibly. As growing disciples of Christ, we should learn to react as Jesus would react. The next time you feel anger rising, remember the lesson of today: a fool vents his anger, but a wise person controls his anger instead of letting anger control him.

    1. Describe the last time in your life anger got out of control.

    2. What would you have done differently if you could go back and change the outcome?

    3. What makes a man wise in dealing with anger?

    The more our life is lived like Jesus, the more we react like Him even when we get angry.

  • June 20-Fathers’ Day

    June 20: Fathers’ Day


    Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 6:1-4


    On this date in 2004, on Fathers’ Day with his dad in attendance, 34-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. blasted a 6th inning fastball over the right field wall at Busch Stadium for his 500th career home run. The Cincinnati center fielder became the 20th Major Leaguer to reach the milestone, and the sixth youngest.


    We are called to honor our father and mother. Similarly, Paul instructs fathers not to exasperate their children but to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Some of the greatest lessons I have learned came from my dad. Not only did he set a Christian example for me, but I was amazed at how smart my dad got when I graduated college. The first memories I have concerning baseball are with my dad. I have tried to pass along to my son not only a love of the Lord but also a love of the game. Today, take the opportunity to thank your dad for all he has done for you.

    1. What is a lesson you have learned from your dad?

    2. How do we honor our parents?

    3. Thank God today for dads who do it right.

    Take the time to build a memory today with your dad. If you have children, also build a memory with them.



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