THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • August 4-Disagreements

    August 4-Disagreements

    Scripture Lesson: Acts 5:33-42

    On this date in 1993after being hit by a Nolan Ryan fastball, Robin Ventura charges the mound to get at the forty year old pitcher. Ryan responds by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punches him several times, much to the delight of the Rangers fans in Arlington, Texas.

    In the early days of the Church in Jerusalem, the Jewish religious leaders were at odds with what to do with the disciples who were boldly proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Messiah. Some wanted to kill Peter and John. But a wise leader named Gamaliel stood up in their meeting and said if this new sect was not of God it would fail as others who claimed to be from God and were not had done. However if the movement was from God, they could not stop it if they wanted. If that was the case Gamaliel said then they would be fighting against God. He suggested letting the movement run its course. The Sanhedrin had Peter and John flogged and told them not to speak in the name of Jesus. Which after they left, that was exactly what they continued to do each day.

    1. Describe a time your faith caused you to be at odds with someone.

    2. Why should we take a stand for Christ even if it is not popular?

    3. When is the last time you shared the Good News of Jesus Christ?

    Living for Jesus was never promised to be easy. Sometimes our faith may put us at odds with our teammates and even our families. Stand strong in His strength!

  • August 3-Ready

    August 3-Ready

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 24:42-44

    On this date in 1979 at Yankee Stadium over 51,000 mourners attend a memorial service for Thurmond Munsen. The Yankee Captain was killed yesterday, August 2nd, piloting a plane that crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Canton-Akron Airport.

    Jesus warns us in today’s Scripture passage to be ready for His return. We don’t know when He is coming back, but we know He is returning for God’s people. We need to be ready for Jesus to come because not only do we not know when that will be, he is returning at a time we will not expect Him to come. Being ready every minute as if Jesus is coming back in the next moment insures us really being ready. Life is too short to wait until later to get things right with God. We are not even guaranteed tomorrow.

    1. Are you ready if Jesus would come back in five minutes?

    2. What changes would you need to make?

    3. Why is it important to live lives ready for His return?

    May we all be ready by the way we live each moment for Jesus to return. We do not know when, we do know however to be ready!

  • August 2- Penalties

    August 2- Penalties

    Scripture Lesson: Romans 6:23

    On this date in 1921 with the jurors lifting the players on their shoulders, the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are acquitted by the jury. The next day, Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis will say the overwhelming evidence clearly shows the players fixed the games with gamblers. All involved will be banned from playing professional baseball again.

    Paul is very clear today in our Scripture lesson. The wages of sin is death. The penalty of sinful living without Jesus Christ is death, plain and simple. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. If we do not accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord then there is no hope for us in eternity. The penalty is death. Eternal life comes for those who accept the gift from God.

    1. Where are you today getting the penalty or accepting the gift?

    2. Do you know someone who if they died today would not make it to heaven? Have you told them about the Lord?

    3. Why should we witness with our lives and our mouths about Jesus Christ to others?

    Jesus paid the price for our sin, he took the penalty when we believe. May each of us be diligent to share the story of Jesus everywhere we go in life.

  • August 1-A Productive Day

    August 1-A Productive Day

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21

    On this date in 1972 Nate Colbert becomes the second player to hit five home runs in a doubleheader, a feat he witnessed as an eight year old Cardinal fan at Sportsman’s Park where Stan Musial accomplished the feat in 1954. The Padre slugger also breaks Musial’s record for most RBIs in a doubleheader with 13 and sets a Major League record with 23 total bases.

    Jesus has been teaching the people in a remote area away from any village. As evening came the disciples wanted to send the crowds away so they could get some food. Jesus told the disciples to give them something to eat. All we have is five loaves and two fish. Jesus has the disciples to seat the people and Jesus blesses the food and broke the bread. Not only were 5,000 men fed (they did not even count the women and children) there were leftovers, twelve baskets full.

    1. Why did Jesus heal the sick in that remote place?

    2. Describe a time you helped someone and had a productive day.

    3. Why is it important to give of ourselves for others?

    Jesus accomplished a lot on that day, healing the sick and feeding those who had gathered. When we serve others it is always a productive day!

  • July 31-Where Are You Going?

    July 31-Where Are You Going?

    Scripture Lesson: Genesis 12:1-5

    On this date in 1965 the Tigers deal first baseman Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder Ruben Sierra and a Minor League prospect, Matt Drews. It is the first swap in Major League history in which two players with more than 220 home runs have been traded for each other.

    Our Scripture lesson today deals with the call of Abram (later known as Abraham). God tells Abram to leave his home country and go to a land that He was going to show to him. So Abram took his family and possessions and started off on a journey to a place he had no idea where it was. He was obediently following what God wanted him to do. The Bible tells us Abram was 75 years old when God told him to leave everything behind he was comfortable with and follow Him. That must have been hard to just take up and go and not have any idea where you were going and when you would get there. God showed Abram the land of Canaan, where God was going to begin His people through Abram and Sarah.

    1. How hard would it be to leave everything behind for God and His plans?

    2. Describe Abram’s faith and obedience.

    3. Why does God desire that same faith and obedience from us?

    In a trade we know where we are going. Abram left everything behind to follow God. Should we be willing to do the very same thing even if we do not know where obedience will take us?

  • July 30-Age Is Just a Number

    July 30-Age Is Just a Number

    Scripture Lesson: Genesis 21:1-5

    On this date in 1960 Yankee manager Casey Stengel celebrates his 70th birthday and quips, “Most people my age are dead at the present time.” The “Old Professor” and Connie Mack are the only managers at age 70 until Jack McKeown of the Marlins.

    Today’s Scripture lesson is the birth of Isaac. God had promised to Abraham and Sarah a son. When Isaac was born both Abraham and Sarah were well beyond child bearing years. God blessed them in their old age with a son. Age is just a number, God can and will accomplish great things through each of us no matter what our age may be. All we have to do is be obedient and seek Him with our whole hearts. God has great plans for us no matter what our age. He is waiting for us to seek Him, love Him, and live for Him. When we do that watch out, great things are coming for His Kingdom and for us!

    1. What can God accomplish through you?

    2. Why does God want to accomplish great things through us?

    3. What must we do to have God show us His plans for our life?

    God is waiting for us to give ourselves completely to Him to do great things through us, no matter what our age may be.

  • July 29-Greatness

    July 29-Greatness

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 34:1-10

    On this date in 1969 Major League Baseball proclaims Joe Dimaggio as its greatest living player as part of its centennial celebration. This title will be proudly embraced by Dimaggio until his death in 1999.

    David is so overcome by the greatness of God that this Psalm is written to extol some of God’s attributes. His greatness is found by how He takes care of His people. When we call on the Lord, He is there to save us. When we seek the Lord we will lack no good thing. God saved David in a time of great peril, he delivered him from a bad situation. God’s greatness is shown readily to His people who seek Him and follow Him. God wants us to experience even more of Him and His greatness. It is up to us to seek Him and follow Him every single day! Our God is Almighty and All-Powerful, great is the Lord!

    1. How has God been there for you?

    2. How has God shown you His greatness?

    3. How can we experience even more of God?

    Take a few minutes, google the words, and meditate on the words of the praise hymn, “How Great is our God!”.

  • July 28-Sameness

    July 28-Sameness

    Scripture Lesson: Romans 11:33-36

    On this date in 1963 Dick Ellsworth of the Chicago Cubs strikes out Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial three times in the Cubs 5-1 victory at Wrigley Field. It will be the only time in his 22 year career Musial is whiffed three times in a game, a span of 3,026 games. That is consistency.

    These verses found in Romans are a hymn of praise to God written to the Church at Rome by Paul. He is so overcome by the greatness of God he cannot help but burst forth into this hymn of praise. Verse 36 is the key verse for us today. Paul’s words, ”For from Him and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” These words remind us of the sameness of God. It was by Him and through His power that all things came into being. God is the source of all good things. We should rejoice and praise His name for his sameness and goodness to us all. That is consistency.

    1. How is God the same?

    2. Why should we praise Him for what He has done?

    3. How does God show his consistency to us?

    God is the very same from the beginning of time through today, He is indeed the same and He loves us so very much! Praise Him for His consistent love.

  • July 27-Be Prepared

    July 27-Be Prepared

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 6:6-8

    On this date in 1890 Brooklyn’s American Association Club holds a 13-8 lead over Columbus in the 8th inning at Long Island Grounds, when they are forced to forfeit the game when they run out of baseballs.

    The writer of Proverbs today gives us an example of being prepared from nature. He scolds the lazy person for not making preparations and points him to the ant. Even though the ant has no one to oversee it or rule over it, the ant stores provisions in the summer to prepare for the winter ahead. By gathering it food in the summer, the ant is prepared for the winter when there is no food to gather. The writer tells the lazy person to consider the ways of the ant and it would be wise for him to follow those ways.

    1. How do you prepare to play or coach the game?

    2. Why is it hard and worth the time to prepare?

    3. What are some ways we can prepare to be used by God?

    Prepare for the game and for life by spending time and working hard. When we are prepared things go better and when we are not prepared watch out things will not be so good.

  • July 26-Judgement

    July 26-Judgement

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 7:1-5

    On this date in 2011 the 19 inning six hour and thirty nine minute game between the Pirates and the Braves at Turner Field ends in a 4-3 Atlanta victory when home plate umpire Jerry Meals rules that Pirate catcher Michael McKenry had missed the tag of Julio Lugo at home. Replays clearly showed McKenry tagging Lugo out three feet in front of home.

    Jesus’ words today for us are from the Sermon on the Mount. He warns us about judging others. We are guilty of seeing the faults of others while we neglect to see our own faults. We will point out someone’s shortcomings while ignoring our own. Jesus calls that kind of behavior hypocritical. We must examine ourselves first, cleaning up our own lives and its faults before we move on to the lives of others. Jesus wants us to take a good hard look at ourselves. We need to see the things in our own lives that are not pleasing to God and get rid of them, the planks.

    1. When have we been guilty of looking for specks in others eyes?

    2. Why is it so hard to see our own faults?

    3. May we all ask God today to help us see the planks in our lives.

    The umpire obviously missed the call, we so many times obviously miss the call when it comes to the faults in our lives.

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