THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • September 3-Witness

    September 3-Witness

    Scripture Lesson: Acts 22:12-16

    Today is the birthday of Minnesota Twins closer, Matt Capps. Matt has a way to witness for Christ that he has done since Minor League days. After he finishes his warm up pitches and the ball is thrown around the infield. Matt takes the throw from the third baseman, steps off the back of the mound, takes off his cap, and prays. Matt does not pray to win, he prays for God to get the glory. This simple act of devotion to God serves as a powerful witness for everyone to see at the ball parks and on television. This is his way to share his love for God and what God has done for him. Way to go Cappy!

    In today’s Scripture lesson Paul is sharing his testimony and witness to the crowds in Jerusalem of what God has done for him. Paul talks about his conversion on the Damascus road and how Christ commissioned him to share the Gospel with the Gentiles. Paul was bold and not ashamed when he shared his faith. That is the way Paul always shared, Christ first and Christ exalted! Throughout the book of Acts and in his letters to the early churches, Paul always shares his faith and his story of what Jesus had done for him.

    1. How can you use your platform as a player or coach to share your faith?

    2. Why is it important to share what Jesus has done for you?

    3. Name some ways you can share your faith.

    God places us in life where we can serve Him best. Sharing our witness is a way we can serve Him, reaching others for his Kingdom.

  • September 2-Like Father, Like Son

    September 2-Like Father, Like Son

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 3:13-17

    On this date in 1960 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams homers off Washington Senators right hander Don Lee. At the beginning of his career, Williams hit several home runs off Lee’s Dad, Thornton.

    Today’s Scripture lesson is about the baptism of Jesus. John felt unworthy to baptize Jesus, but went ahead to do so. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, the Spirit of God descended on Him like a dove, lighting on Him. God’s voice came down from heaven and said, “This is my Son whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” For God so love the world, He sent His Son to save the world from its sin. Jesus so loved the world he went to the cross and died for you and for me. Like Father, like Son!

    1. How did God show His live for the world?

    2. How did Jesus show His love for the world?

    3. How should we show our love for the Father and His Son?

    Thank God today for loving us that much and thank His Son for the same kind of love!

  • September 1-The Biggest Fan

    September 1-The Biggest Fan

    Scripture Lesson: John 12:1-8

    Today is the birthday of baseball’s number one fan, my daughter Laura. Even though her brother was 4 ½ years younger, Laura made as many of his baseball games as possible. She would change her schedule to see her brother play. A huge fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Baltimore Orioles, and any team her brother played for, Laura is a very devoted fan. She loves the game, but more important she loves her brother. Thank you Laura for the love you freely give to each of us! You make a Dad proud and blessed to have a daughter like you! I love you very much!

    Today’s Scripture lesson is about a sister who also loves her brother. Mary has just seen Jesus raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. As Jesus is teaching in the home she shares with her brother and sister, Martha, Mary shows her love and devotion to Jesus by pouring expensive perfume on his feet and wiping them with her hair. This act of love and devotion, I believe, is her way to show Jesus how much she loves Him and appreciates what he did for her brother Lazarus.

    1. How can you show your love for your family today?

    2. How can you show your love for Jesus today?

    3. What can you do for Jesus today to say thank you to Him for all He has done for you?

    Take time to today to tell your family how much you love them.

  • August 31-Prayer

    August 31-Prayer

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 6:9-15

    On this date in 1999 Paul Byrd of the Phillies plunks Braves catcher Eddie Perez precipitating a bench clearing brawl between the already unfriendly ball clubs. As the battle rages on, the two instigators are discovered praying with each other when the pitcher’s prayer for forgiveness is overheard by the angry batter.

    Our Scripture lesson today is a very familiar passage. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount teaches his disciples how to pray. This prayer is one of the most dangerous prayers in the Bible. Jesus teaches us to pray by asking for forgiveness as we forgive others. Paul Byrd was genuine in asking for forgiveness. As a strong believer he knew what he must do and peace was made then and there. What a mighty witness for the Lord to see two Christian players praying with each other in the middle of a bench clearing brawl.

    1. Why is it hard sometimes to forgive?

    2. Do we want God to forgive us when we do wrong?

    3. How good are we at forgiving others who wrong us? Watch out for the answer.

    If we want God to forgive us when we pray, we had better be sure to forgive others first!

  • August 30-Names

    August 30-Names

    Scripture Lesson: Luke 1:57-66

    On this date in 2004 Chipper Jones anåd his wife Sharon welcome their second child into the world. The 7lb 14oz son is named Shea as a tribute to the New York ballpark where the Braves third baseman has enjoyed tremendous success.

    Today’s Scripture has to do with the birth and naming of John the Baptist. Zachariah, John’s father, was silenced until John’s birth because he doubted the angel Gabriel when the angel came to tell him the news of John’s birth. As soon as Zachariah wrote the words at his dedication, his name is John, he was able to speak again. Everyone rejoiced at the great blessing for Zachariah and Elizabeth. The people recognized that God was with John and they wondered what God had in store for the child.

    1. How did you get your name?

    2. Why did you think Zachariah did not believe the angel, Gabriel?

    3. Describe what you think Zachariah and Elizabeth felt?

    Names were very important in biblical times and often told us a lot about the person. When God blesses you with something beyond belief, be sure to thank Him!

  • August 29-Last

    August 29-Last

    Scripture Lesson: Luke 22:14-20

    On this date in 1966 the Beatles play their last ever concert at the San Francisco Giant’s Candlestick Park.

    Today’s Scripture lesson is the account of Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples commonly referred to as the Last Supper. During this final meal are the verses today that institute our present day communion, as we remember the broken body and shed blood of our Lord. Jesus commanded us to do this in remembrance of Him and what he did for us on Calvary’s cross. None of us like to think about all the suffering Jesus had to endure for us in the hours after the Last Supper. Sometimes we do need to stop and think what our sins and mistakes cost our Lord.

    1. Read these verses prayerfully and thank Jesus for his broken body and shed blood.

    2. Why do we not like to think about His suffering?

    3. What should His suffering inspire in each of us?

    As we remember what Jesus did for us, may we never forget what our sins cost. Each time we are tempted to sin, may we remember the cost!

  • August 28-Worry

    August 28-Worry

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 6:25-34

    On this date in 1970 during the 5th inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Angels, Tony Horton unexpectedly takes himself out of the lineup. The game will prove to be his last in the Major Leagues as a deep slump and constant harassment from the Cleveland fans takes a personal toll on the promising 25 year old first baseman.

    Today’s Scripture lesson reminds us of the folly of worry. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount addresses the problem of worry for a believer. If God takes care of the birds of the air, he will take care of each of us. Jesus even asks the question, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” The key to beating worry is found in verse 33. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” When we worry we are saying to God we don’t believe you can act on our behalf. Often times we pray and ask God for His help and just as soon as we say amen, we pick the burden right back up. Worry plain and simple is an issue of faith.

    1. Why is it so easy to worry?

    2. Why is worry NOT from God?

    3. Why is worry a faith issue?

    When we worry we tell God that He can’t help the situation. Give Him our cares and concerns, just believe!

  • August 27-History Making

    August 27-History Making

    Scripture Lesson: Mark 16:9-14

    On this date in 1977 in an 8-2 victory at Yankee stadium, Texas Rangers players Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit inside-the–park home runs on consecutive pitches. It is the only time in baseball history that this feat has been accomplished.

    Mark tells us about another history making event when Jesus appears to a series of people after the resurrection and before his ascension into heaven. From Mary to the men on the road to Emmaus and finally the disciples, Jesus appeared to them after He rose from the dead. The disciples did not believe Mary or the two men when they said they saw Jesus. He rebuked the 11 for their lack of faith and their refusal to believe those who had seen Him.

    1. Do you think you would have believed Mary and the men when they said they saw Jesus? Why or why not?

    2. Why was it so hard for the 11 to believe?

    3. How do you show the world you believe Jesus lives?

    Jesus told the disciples and the gathered believers before ascending into heaven to go preach the Good News, and make disciples. The same call is for us today!

  • August 26-Replacement

    August 26-Replacement

    Scripture Lesson: Acts 1:21-26

    On this date in 1972 Leo Durocher, formerly of the Cubs, replaces Harry Walker as manager of the Astros. It is only the second time in National League history someone has managed two National League clubs in the same year. The first was in 1948 when Leo Durocher managed both the Dodgers and the Giants.

    There was a need for a replacement in the 12 apostles. Judas, having betrayed Jesus with a kiss and killing himself over the guilt of that event, was out of the picture. The early church prayed for God to show them who needed to be the 12th apostle. Justus and Matthias were chosen as finalists with Matthias being chosen as the 12 apostle. Two things should stand out to us. Before we or our church has an important decision to make we must spend time in prayer seeking God and His Will. Secondly, God’s work is going to go on with the men and women He chooses to get the job done.

    1. Why should we pray before an important decision?

    2. What have you been chosen by God to do for His Kingdom?

    3. Stop and ask god right now, what he wants you to do for Him.

    Seeking God and doing His work will help us to live happy, productive lives in service to Him.

  • August 25-Most Runs

    August 25-Most Runs

    Scripture Lesson: Exodus 14:5-31

    On this date in 1922 in spite of a fourth inning lead of 25-6, the Cubs need to hold on to defeat the Philadelphia 26-23, as the Phillies leave the bases loaded in the 9th. The 49 total runs is the Major League Record for runs in a game.

    Our Scripture passage today deals with the Biblical record for most runs through the Red Sea on dry land. This very familiar passage is about the parting of the Red Sea as God saved His people from the oncoming Egyptian army. The Egyptians wanted to recapture their slave labor force after the Pharaoh had let them go from bondage. Moses had led the people away and on came the army bearing down on them. God parted the Red Sea so the people could go through on dry land, when the army attempted to follow the waters came crashing down on them, killing them all. God won a great victory for His people and kept them safe.

    1. Does God still intercede for His people? How?

    2. Why is God always there for His people?

    3. Thank God today for his watch care and love.

    When the people needed God the most He was there for them. The same God will be there for us when we need Him!

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