THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • May 22-A Second Chance

    May 22-A Second Chance

    Scripture Lesson: Jeremiah 24:1-10

    Today is the birthday of Tommy John. In his 26 year career, John won 288 games with a career ERA of 3.34 with 162 complete games. John was the first pitcher to have elbow ligament replacement surgery, the surgery is now known as having “Tommy John”. He went from being a hard throwing left hander to more of a pitcher. When asked about the operation John said, “When they operated on my arm, I asked them to put in a Koufax fastball and they did, but it turned out to be Mrs. Koufax.”

    In today’s Scripture lesson Jeremiah is shown 2 baskets of figs, one basket is good figs while the other basket has figs that are rotten. God says the first basket of good figs represents the exiles going to Babylon that god will take care of and watch over. He will give them a heart to know Him and they will be His people. God knows they will return to Him with their whole hearts and he will give them a second chance to be His people. God is the God of the second chance waiting for us to return to Him.

    1. What basket of figs would best describe us today?

    2. Do you need a second chance with God today? Why or why not?

    3. What kind of heart must we have to be God’s people?

    May each of us be in the basket of good figs following the God of the second chance.

  • May 21-Forgiveness

    May 21-Forgiveness

    Scripture Lesson: Colossians 1:13-15

    Today is the birthday of Texas Rangers outfielder, Josh Hamilton. In his autobiography Hamilton chronicles his battle with drug and alcohol addiction that cost him several years of His baseball career. Hamilton credits his turn around in life to accepting Jesus as His Lord and Savior. The forgiveness he received turned his life around. Today Hamilton is an All-Star and was in 2010 the American League Most Valuable Player.

    Our Scripture lesson today tells us how God rescues us from the darkness of sin and brings us into His Kingdom. It is through Jesus we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. Jesus paid the price for our sins with His death and resurrection. When God forgives, it is so complete it is as if the sin never existed. God forgives and forgets! No matter what you may be struggling with today….God is waiting for you to come home to Him. His forgiveness is only a prayer away.

    1. What do we need to ask God to forgive us from today?

    2. What is your biggest struggle with sin?

    3. When is the last time you asked God to forgive you?

    Forgiveness is only a prayer away. If you are struggling today and need someone to talk to, feel free to call me, David Daly at 828-310-5425. I will pray with you and for you!

  • May 20-Crown of Glory

    May 20-Crown of Glory

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Peter 5:1-4

    On this date in 1962 during the cubs doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, Ken Hobbs strokes eight singles in eight trips to the plate at Connie Mack Stadium. The Chicago second baseman will be crowned the National League Rookie of the Year in 1962.

    In today’s Scripture lesson from 1 Peter, it talks about our living hope and an inheritance that will never “perish, spoil, or fade”. We should praise God for this inheritance comes from our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive an inheritance that culminates in us going to heaven. Nothing can diminish or take away from what God has done for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As earthly awards and honors will pass away, nothing can take away from the great love and mercy God has shown for us through the inheritance He freely gives to all who believe.

    1. How should we live our lives to reflect what God has done for us?

    2. What is the most important award you have ever received? How does it compare to what God gives us when we believe in His Son?

    3. Thank God and praise Him for the mercy and love He has shown us through Jesus.

    The things of this world will all someday pass away, but our inheritance in heaven is eternal.

  • May 19-Forgetting

    May 19-Forgetting

    Scripture Lesson: Jeremiah 18:13-17

    On this date in 1984, joining the club in St. Louis, Eric Davis makes his major league debut grounding out in the fifth inning of the Reds 9-1 loss to the Cardinals. The 22 year old rookie is forced to wear a numberless jersey when Cincinnati forgets to pack extra road uniforms.

    God’s words here are against His own chosen people, Israel. In verse 15 we find that Israel has forgotten God and has begun to worship false idols. God says they will pay for their forgetting Him by what would happen to them and their land. God calls this a “most horrible thing”. When we place anything before God in our lives we are just as guilty of forgetting God as were the people in Jeremiah’s day. For when something is more important to us than God, it becomes our god. God could not understand why a people that He had done so much for in their history could ever forget Him. God does not understand today when we “forget” Him as well.

    1. How can we forget God today?

    2. What is more important in our lives than God?

    3. How can we make things right with God today?

    When we don’t give what He deserves from our lives and how we live then we forget God. Let’s make sure God is the most important in our lives!

  • May 18-Defense

    May 18-Defense

    Scripture Lesson: Philippians 1:12-18

    Today is the birthday of Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson. During his 23 year career, spent as a Baltimore Oriole, Robinson was known for his tremendous defensive ability and very well may be the greatest defensive third baseman of all time. Teammate Frank Robinson said, “He was the best defensive player at any position. I used to stand in the outfield like a fan and watch him make every play. I used to think, wow I can’t believe this.”

    Our Scripture lesson today gives us an insight to Paul and where he was when he wrote the church at Philippi. Paul was in prison in Rome and scholars believe he wrote this letter chained to a Roman soldier under house arrest. His imprisonment helped other believers to be bold in their proclaiming of the Gospel. In verse 16, Paul says he is in prison for the “defense of the Gospel”. Paul is not only standing up for the Gospel, he is inspiring others to do the same. Sometimes in the culture of baseball it is not easy to stand up for the Gospel. It is not easy to defend the Gospel by living daily for Christ. Every single Roman soldier in the guard detail knew where Paul stood with God.

    1. Why is it hard sometimes to defend the Gospel by living for Jesus?

    2. Does your team know where you stand with Christ? Why or why not?

    3. What does it take to be a Hall of Fame defender of the Gospel?

    There was no better defender at third in baseball history than Brooks Robinson and no better defender of the Gospel than the apostle Paul. May we all be defensive wizards when it comes to the Gospel.

  • May 17-Rainouts

    May 17-Rainouts

    Scripture Lesson: Genesis 7:1-12, 9:12-17

    On this date in 1945, every game on the American League schedule is rained out for the fourth consecutive day. Wow can you imagine the doubleheaders that had to be played to make up for all those rainouts?

    The biggest rainout in all history occurred in our Scripture lesson today. The world had become so wicked that God decided to destroy the world and everything in it with rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah and his family were spared and survived the flood in an ark (directions on how to build it came from God) with 2 from every species of living creatures. Noah’s faith must have been put to the test while the ark was being constructed. God’s promise to never destroy the world again was cemented by the rainbow. Even today when we see a rainbow we can be reminded of God’s love for us.

    1. Why was the time building the ark a time of testing for Noah?

    2. What kind of faith did it take for Noah to follow through for God?

    3. How can we stand up for God even when no one else seems to do so?

    Noah did not let public opinion keep him from following God. May we be willing to stand up for Him no matter where we are and who we are with.

  • May 16-Brothers

    May 16-Brothers

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 133:1-3

    On this date in 2006 a game featured two of the Molina brothers as catchers for their teams. Both of the brothers swiped a base off each other. Jose’s theft in the 4th inning is the key to an Angel four-run inning and Blue Jays backstop Bengie steals 2nd base without drawing a throw form his older brother in the seventh inning of a 8-3 Angel victory in Anaheim.

    There are blessings from God when brothers live together in unity. It is important to remember that unity is not uniformity. We all do not have to be the same because God created us to be different. But the basics of our faith must be the same. That is unity. The term brothers is used in this passage meaning believers in God. It is a blessing for believers to have unity in the way they live for the Kingdom. I can imagine when we live in unity it brings a smile to God’s face!

    1. Why are we blessed when there is unity?

    2. How can we show unity in faith?

    3. Thank God for His blessings today!

    Be grateful today that God has created us all to be different with a common purpose, to love and serve Him!

  • May 15-Team

    May 15-Team

    Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 4:4-6

    Today is the birthday of Hall of Famer, George Brett. In his 21 year career, Brett had 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,595 RBIs and a lifetime batting average of .305. All 21 years were spent as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Brett continues today with the Royals as a vice-president and Spring Training instructor.

    Paul gives us insight today on what it means to be a part of God’s team. Unity is the theme. There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all. The last part of verse six is indeed a statement of faith when Paul writes describing God as over all, through all, and in all. Team God is a team untied under the Lordship of Jesus Christ with God over all, through all, and in all!

    1. What is the key component of Team God?

    2. What must we do to be on God’s team?

    3. Why is it important for Christians to have unity?

    Unity is the key for any successful baseball team and it is the key for God’s team also.

  • May 14-Nickname

    May 14-Nickname

    Scripture Lesson: Genesis 35:9-10

    On this date in 1950, Pirates first baseman, Johnny Hopp helps his team crush the Cubs 16-9. The Nebraska native goes 6 for 6 with two home runs. The All-Star infielder is nicknamed “Hippity” by his teammates.

    Today in our passage we learn God gives a new name to Jacob. The name Jacob literally means “trickster”. But God gives him a new name, Israel which means “he struggles with God”. In ancient time a name was more than just what a person was called, it had significance in giving us insight to the person’s character. Just as Jacob had deceived Esau, stealing the birthright, he now was moving into a different part of life. He had just wrestled God, reconciled with Esau and now was going to be the patriarch of all the people of God through his family.

    1. What is the best baseball nickname you have ever heard?

    2. Why did God give Jacob a new name?

    3. How did you get your name?

    Spend some time today thanking God for your name and asking Him to empower you to serve Him wherever you might be today.

  • May 13-Perfection

    May 13-Perfection

    Scripture Lesson: 1 John 4:16b-18

    In a Class D Appalachian League game, on this date in 1952, Bristol, Virginia pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out twenty-seven batters when he no hits Welch, Virginia. The catcher for Bristol missed a third strike allowing one runner to reach base ruining the perfect game bid.

    We find out by reading these words from 1 John, that God is love. When we live in love, we live in God and God lives in us. We find on the day of judgment we can have confidence because of our faith and love of God. We can be made perfect in love by loving and believing in Him. Perfection is difficult at best in the game of baseball. In the game of life the same is true. However on the day of judgment we will be made perfect because of our faith and love of God. We will then begin to truly live perfect eternal lives in heaven. What a reassurance today, we cannot obtain perfection in this world, but we can one day be perfect because of our faith and love for God, and His Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

    1. What enables us to gain perfection?

    2. Why must we live like Christ?

    3. How do we escape eternal punishment?

    The God of love perfects us with His love as we love and follow Him.

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