THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • November 28-Comeback

    November 28-Comeback 

    Scripture Lesson: Luke 24:36-39 

    On this date in 1938, Monty Stratton has his right leg amputated as a result of a hunting accident in Greenville, Texas. The White sox pitcher’s attempted comeback is chronicled in the 1949 movie, “The Monty Stratton Story” starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allison. 

    Today’s Scripture lesson reminds us of the greatest comeback in the history of the world. Jesus came back from the grave to live again. Even His closest followers thought they were seeing a ghost when He appeared to them after the resurrection. The tomb of Jesus is still empty today and He lives in heaven beside the Father. There is no greater comeback in history than when Jesus overcame death on that first glorious Easter morning!

    1.      Why was Jesus’ comeback the greatest in history?
    2.      What does that mean to you?
    3.      How does Jesus’ comeback give you a hope for the future?

    Praise God today for the greatest comeback in human history!


  • November 27-The Right Way

    November 27-The Right Way 

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 19:8 

    Today is the birthday of current Angels’ manager and former LA Dodger great Mike Scioscia. Scioscia had a 13-year career all with the Dodgers and was known for being a hard nosed player that played the game the right way. The angels today are known as a team who plays hard and the right way taking on the characteristics of their manager. 

    The Psalmist gives us a clue on how to live right in God’s eyes. When we follow the commands and laws of God we will be living the right way. Not only do His laws bring joy to our lives, they guide us along life’s pathways. When we are living in the center of God’s will for our lives there can be no better feeling! God will lead our lives when we allow Him to do so!

    1.      Are you following God and experiencing His joy today?
    2.      How has God led your life?
    3.      What are the benefits from allowing God to lead your life?

    God’s way is the right way for our lives and the only way we can ever find true happiness and joy!


  • November 26-Power to Help

    November 26-Power to Help 

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 147:1-6 

    On this date in 1948 National League President Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for the funeral services including the cost of the coffin for the unclaimed body of former Cubs slugger Hack Wilson. The former slugger had died in a Baltimore hospital of alcohol abuse.  

    The Psalmist reminds us today of the power of God. God heals the brokenhearted. He even knows the stars in the heavens and calls them by name. He is great and mighty in power. God’s power to do good things is amazing. He created the universe and everything in it! There is not anything our God cannot do, praise His Holy Name!

    1.      Think of a time God was there for you.
    2.      How has God helped you through difficult times?
    3.      How have you experienced the love of God?

    Our Almighty God can do it all and yes He loves us as if we were His only creation! “How good it is to sing praises to our God.”


  • November 25-Believe

    November 25-Believe 

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Peter 1:8-9 

    Today is the birthday of former Bucky Dent who is best known for his home run that defeated the Boston Red Sox and gave the pennant to the New York Yankees. “When I hit the ball I knew I had it high enough to hit the wall. But there were shadows on the net behind the wall and I didn’t see the ball land there. I didn’t know I had hit a homer until I saw the umpire at first base signaling home run with his hand. I could not believe it!” 

    Peter is reminding us in our Scripture lesson today that we have not seen Jesus but we still love Him and even though we don’t see Him now we believe in Him. Our faith and love for Jesus fills us with a joy that we cannot fully understand or express. Our love and faith in Jesus brings salvation to our lives! It is hard to believe that our faith and love for Jesus can be such a powerful force and could bring such joy to our lives!

    1.      Is the joy of your faith evident in your life for all to see? Why or why not?
    2.      Describe what faith means to you.
    3.      Thank God today for his tremendous love and for His Son Jesus.

    Sometimes it is hard to believe that God loved us enough to send His Son to die for us and our sins. I am sure glad God did just that!


  • November 24-Winners

    November 24-Winners 

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Chronicles 29:14-20 

    On this date in 2008, as a result of being the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called “The Million Dollar Arm” which drew approximately 30,000 contestants, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel sign free agent contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates to pitch. The two former cricket players are the first players from India to sign a contract with a Major League team.

    These verses today come at the end of the life of King David. In this part of a longer prayer, David knows that God looks at the heart and He is pleased with integrity and loyalty from His people. God wants the same things from us today. He is interested in what is in our hearts and actions. God desires hearts that are loyal to Him and willing to live like Him. We can indeed become winners in life when our hearts are right before God!

    1.      What is the spiritual condition of our hearts today?
    2.      How can we live our lives in loyalty and service to God?
    3.      Are there any changes we need to make to have the heart God desires for us?

    Winning in the game of life is winning in the eyes of God with a heart that lives like Him and lives for Him!


  • November 23-Using Gifts for Others

    November 23-Using Gifts for Others 

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Peter 4:10 

    On this date in 1944 five groups totaling 23 players, managers, and umpires visit war areas as part of the USO program. Included are Mel Ott, Frankie Frisch, Bucky Waters, Harry Heilmann, Carl Hubbell, Leo Durocher, Joe Medwick, Dixie Walker, Paul Waner, and Rip Sewell. 

    Peter reminds us today that our gifts we have been given by God are to be used to serve others. We are to share God’s grace with others by serving them. Our world would indeed be a better place to live if we all used what God has blessed us with to serve others. God has blessed us with Gifts and talents to serve Him and there is no better way to serve God than to serve our fellow man!

    1.      What gifts and talents do you have?
    2.      How can you use those to serve God and others?
    3.      Make it a priority today to serve someone else today.

    May we all be on the lookout today and every day to serve others. When we serve others, God has a big smile on His face in heaven!



  • 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?


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