THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • November 22-Name

    November 22-Name 

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 1:18-21 

    On this date in 2004 at a luncheon celebration at Union Station, the recently relocated Washington national League franchise announces its new name, logo, and colors. Using the original name of DC’s team which used the nickname Senators from 1901-56, the club clad in red, white, blue, and gold will be known as the Nationals. 

    Our Scripture lesson today is the story of how Jesus got His name. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to marry Mary. That the son she would give birth from was from the Holy Spirit and was to be named Jesus. Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua which means the Lord saves. Very fitting name, for Jesus came to this world to save us all from our sins and mistakes.

    1.      Thank God today for the gift He gave us in Jesus.
    2.      Describe what Jesus did for you?
    3.      What do you think Jesus wants us to do for Him today?

    Praise God today for sending His Son Jesus to this world to die for our sins and mistakes! Since Jesus died for us may we live each and every day for Him!


  • November 21-Enough Done?

    November 21-Enough Done? 

    Scripture Lesson: Haggai 1:2-11 

    On this date in 2009, the Mets in response to the fan’s displeasure that little was done to commemorate the team’s past in their new home Citi Field, announce the VIP entrance will be named for the three Mets whose numbers are retired, Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, and Casey Stengel as well as naming the bridge that comes over to the stadium the Shea Bridge in honor of William Shea who brought National League Baseball back to New York City. 

    In our Scripture lesson today the prophet Haggai is letting the people know of God’s displeasure in them. They had returned from the exile and went straight to getting their homes in order. The people let God’s house remain in ruin. The people did not have their priorities in order! Often times we want everything in our lives to be in order and we neglect the things of God. We are poor stewards of our time and energy. God deserves our best in service to Him! 

    1.      How much time do we give to God to serve Him?
    2.      What are the priorities of our life?
    3.      What does God deserve from us?

    Have we done enough to serve God and live for Him? Just remember what God has done for us!


  • November 20-Young Man

    November 20-Young Man 

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 119:9-16 

    Seventeen year old Japanese pitcher Eiji Sawamura, on this date in 1934, gives up only 1 hit, a home run to Lou Gehrig in losing to a touring American All-Star team 1-0. At one point Sawamura strikes out four future Hall of Famers in a row, Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Gehrig. 

    In today’s Scripture lesson the Psalmist gives us insight on how to keep the ways of a young man pure. That can happen when one seeks God with their whole heart, learns His word, and follows God’s ways. The very same things hold true for each of us today whether we are still young or not.

    1.      What does it mean to you to seek God with your whole heart?
    2.      How can you learn His Word?
    3.      How can you follow His ways?

    The things God needs for us to truly live for Him each day have never changed. The question is are we ready to live for him and do what it takes daily to be all His?


  • November 19-Choose

    November 19-Choose 

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Kings 18:18-21 

    On this date in 1975, the most lopsided vote in National League MVP history occurs when Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds (.327 17HR’s and 94RBi’s) is overwhelmingly elected MVP. Morgan had a league high on base percentage of .417 and stole 67 bases with 132 walks.

    Our Scripture lesson today is about the contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah on Mt. Carmel. It is time for the people of Israel to choose once and for all, are they going to follow Baal or God. When God answers Elijah’s prayer and he wins the contest, the people choose to follow God. They kill the prophets of Baal and turn once again to completely follow and worship the one true God.

    1.      Who are we choosing to follow with the way we live our lives?
    2.      Are we sold out completely to living for and following God?
    3.      What will our lives look like when we choose God?

    The world does not need Christians who are trying to live by the world’s standards and God’s standards at the same time. The time is here for each of us to choose….who will we follow with the way we live our lives?


  • November 18-Represent

    November 18-Represent 

    Scripture Lesson: Acts 2:1-12 

    On this date in 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice introduces Ken Griffey, JR as an American Public Diplomatic Envoy. This position in one in which the future Hall of Famer will represent “the values of the United States, not the government of the United States.” Griffey joins Cal Ripken, JR as Major Leaguers serving their country in the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. 

    Our Scripture lesson today is about the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the early church. The members of the church went out and represented Christ by witnessing to the people from around the world who were visiting Jerusalem. The people were amazed at the power of the early church as they represented God by telling others the Good News about Jesus Christ.

    1.      How can we represent Christ in the game of baseball?
    2.      What does it mean to you to represent Christ?
    3.      What part does the Holy Spirit play in being a powerful and affective witness for Christ?

    As we live our lives may every word, action, and deed represent Christ in a manner worthy of Him!!


  • November 17-Sin

    November 17-Sin 

    Scripture Lesson: 1 John 3:7-10 

    On this date in 1983, Willie Wilson, Willie Mays Aiken, and Jerry Martin become the first active players ever to be sent to prison for drug violations. The judge hands down three-month sentences to the players from the Royals for attempting to purchase cocaine. 

    John reminds us today in our Scripture lesson that sin is from Satan, plain and simple! The thing that pleases Satan the most is seeing a Christian sin. When a Christian sins and keeps sinning, that person is not usable by God! Praise God today that we have overcome Satan by what Jesus did for us on the cross. We can be forgiven and restored to full fellowship with God! We must be on guard against Satan and sin! To be God’s child we must live right and love!

    1.      Thank God right now for providing forgiveness for your sins.
    2.      Confess any sin in your life to Him and ask for forgiveness.
    3.      What does it mean to live right and love?

    We are so blessed to be loved by God as much as we are!


  • November 16-Logo

    November 16-Logo 

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:17 

    On this date in 1961 the circular Mets logo, designed by sports’ cartoonist Ray Gatto is unveiled. The design, which represents all five Burroughs is blue and orange, the same colors of the Dodgers and Giants which left New York and moved to California leaving New York without a National League representative. 

    The apostle Paul in our Scripture lesson today reminds us of our logo as a Christian, the cross of Christ. That symbol has evolved during the centuries to represent our faith. Have you ever stopped to think that the cross, a symbol of suffering and death, became the logo for our faith. The crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection in three days, are the two most important events in human history. May we never forget the price that was paid for our sins! May we always use our logo to remind us of God’s great love for us for while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!

    1.      What do you think of when you think of the cross?
    2.      Why has that become the logo for our faith?
    3.      What should the cross inspire us to do each day?

    Plain and simple, Jesus died so we could live! The cross sums all of that up for us!


  • November 15-Good

    November 15-Good 

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 4:1-8 

    On this date in 1908 Cuban pitcher Jose Mendez one-hits the visiting Reds 1-0. During the remainder of the 14-game barnstorming tour, Mendez pitches another 7 shutout innings in relief. He also pitches another complete game shutout recording an amazing 25 scoreless innings against the first Major League club to play on the island. 

    The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 4 that even in the rough times of life we can see and experience good. When we live right trusting in God, no matter what the circumstances we find ourselves going through, God will give us a joy and a peace we can never understand. If that is not good, I don’t know what good is!!

    1.      Remember a time in your life that God’s peace and love shined through.
    2.      When is the last time you knew God was there for you in the tough times?
    3.      Thank God right now for giving you peace and joy even in the midst of the storms of life.

    God’s goodness is always there for us I the good times and the not so good times!


  • November 14-Count the Cost

    November 14-Count the Cost 

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 15:1-5 

    In 2010 on this date a Santa Barbara father and son paid $572,912 for the bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his dramatic World Series game 1 home run in 1998. The winning bid was the second highest sale-price for a baseball bat, topped only by the 1.265 million paid in 2004 for a Babe Ruth signed bat, which was used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium. 

    The Psalmist gives us the cost in being able to dwell with God. Our walk must be blameless, live a righteous life, speak the truth, does not slander, casts no slur on his fellowman, despises a vile man, honors those who fear the Lord, keeps his word, lends money without interest, and does not accept a bribe. All of those must be present in a life that will dwell with God. There is a cost in living for God that will enable us to live with God. There is indeed a standard of behavior we must abide by in daily living.

    1.      How do we measure up to God’s standards in Psalm 15?
    2.      Which one do we need to work on in our lives the most? Why?
    3.      Why does it cost obedience in daily living?

    God gave us His Son to die for our sins and short comings. The cost for us in living could never match the cost Jesus gave in dying!!


  • November 13-Sharing

    November 13-Sharing 

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25:21 

    On this date in 1979 for the first time in Major League history two players share the National League Most Valuable Player Award. The National League winners are Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets. 

    Jesus in His Parable of the Talents gives us a clue to how we can share in the happiness of God. In this parable a master goes on a journey entrusting 3 of his servants with varying amounts of money to take care of while he is gone according to their individual abilities. Two of the servants use their money to make more…they share in the master’s happiness while one is banished for not doing anything with his money. God gives to each of us abilities to serve Him. When we take what God has given us to serve Him, we can then share in His happiness!

    1.      What has God given to you to serve Him?
    2.      Are you investing that talent in His Kingdom’s work? Why or why not?
    3.      Describe what it must feel like to share in God’s happiness.

    Sharing a MVP award does not compare to sharing in God’s happiness, may we all serve Him with the talents He has blessed us with to make a difference for Him! When we do just that we share in His happiness!


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