THE Complete Game

The Complete Game

  • March 30-Giving Our Best

    March 30-Giving Our Best

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:15

    On this date in 1993, Peanuts character Charlie Brown hits a game winning home run, his first round tripper in 43 years! Almost 10% of the Peanuts strip, created by Charles Shultz, focused on baseball. Charlie Brown was always loyal, always trusting, always kind, and he always gave his very best especially when playing baseball.

    Our verse today is found in the context of a larger series of verses that Paul writes at the end of his letter to the Thessalonians. These final instructions are meant for the believers to incorporate into their lives to live better for the Master. Paul wants us to not pay back wrongs with wrongs and to be kind to everyone. Part of giving our best to God is living these words. When we show kindness, kindness is rewarded. I love the Allstate ads on TV that show people who have received random acts of kindness, giving acts of kindness to others. Giving our best to God is giving our best to others.

    1. How can we show kindness to others today?
    2. How can God get our very best?
    3. Thank God for His best for us.

    Charlie Brown kept after it for 43 years, let’s keep after it every day to make a difference for God giving Him our best!

  • March 29-Great Career

    March 29-Great Career

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 31:23-24

    Today is the birthday of Denton True Young. He will get the nickname Cy for his cyclone-like pitching motion. Young will go on to win and lose more games than anyone in Major League history with a record of 511-316 and a career ERA of 2.63 over a 22 year career. Young will win 20 or more games 15 times and top the 30 win mark 5 times. The pitcher of the year award in both leagues is named for him. I would say he had a pretty great career.

    The Psalmist gives advice on how to have a great career as a believer in our Scripture lesson today. We must love the Lord, be strong and take heart because our hope is in Him. If we can truly master those things, God will be proud of the way we represent Him. When we love Him, we want the best for Him, so we will serve Him even better! When we hope in Him we will have the strength to withstand whatever this world brings to us. God never promised following Him would be easy, He promised He would always be there for us! Love Him, serve Him, and trust Him.

    1. How would you rate your “career” as a Christian?
    2. Why is love the most important ingredient for a successful walk with God?
    3. What do you need to do to get your walk with God on the right track?

    God wants us to live happy and productive lives for Him and the Psalmist gives us the key!


  • March 28-Fooled

    March 28-Fooled

    Scripture Lesson: Proverbs 28:26

    The April 1st issue of Sports Illustrated came out on this date in 1985. This edition tricked the nation, as writer George Plimpton weaves a fictitious tale of Sidd Finch, a Mets rookie phenom who throws a 168 mph fastball staged photos and quotes from real life Mets help give the story a realistic edge.

    The writer of Proverbs is one who writes with wisdom and today’s scripture is no different. “He who trusts in himself is a fool”. When we trust in ourselves, we take the place of God. I am not saying we should not be confident in ourselves. The point the writer is trying to make with us is simple, it is foolish to think we should be the guiding force in our lives. When we trust in ourselves, we do not trust in God. We make the decisions for our lives. We choose which pathway to take. How foolish is it for a believer not to consult God? Today we must be reminded our lives as believers are not our own and neither is the direction of our lives.

    1. When is the last time we did not consult God? How did that turn out?
    2. What holds us back from asking God for direction?
    3. Thank God for always being there for us, ready to guide our lives.

    Trust God or trust ourselves, the choice is ours to make every day.


  • March 27-Youth

    March 27-Youth

    Scripture Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-21

    Today is the birthday of San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey. Posey was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and one of the Giants’ heroes in their World Championship run in 2010. Posey drafted out of Florida State, rose quickly through the Giants farm system to become on of their most reliable players. He did all of this at age 23.

    Today’s Scripture lesson deals with the call of Samuel. We find that Samuel is just a boy, yet god called him to be a prophet for the nation of Israel. It does not matter how young or how old one is, all that matters is that we are available when God calls. Samuel thought Eli was speaking to him when in fact God was trying to get his attention. When Samuel came before God ready, God spoke. My friends it will be amazing the things we can accomplish from God when we are available to be used by Him. Age is not a factor, on a willing heart and spirit to follow God’s call wherever that might lead!

    1. How available are you today to be used by God?
    2. Are you willing to listen for His call?
    3. Ask God with a willing heart what he wants you to do for Him today.

    All it takes to serve God is a willing heart and the courage to follow wherever He leads, no matter how young or old you are.

  • March 26-Whose Advice Do We Take?

    March 26-Whose Advice Do We Take?

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 1:1-3

    On this date in 1937 Yankee great Joe Dimaggio, on the advice of all-time hits leader at that time Ty Cobb, reduces the weight of his bat from 40 ounces to 36 ounces. It was a good advice, for Dimaggio in 1937 hit 46 HRs, drove in 167 runs, scored 151 runs, got 215 hits, and ended the year hitting .346.

    Psalm 1 is one of those Scripture passages that paint for us a great picture. We are blessed when we do not listen to the wicked and hang around with sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. We are blessed when our delight is in the Word of God and we spend time meditating on the Word. We become like a tree planted by water, producing fruit and being vital as we grow. Everything we do will prosper. We need to be careful who we listen to, especially in our walk with God. It is so important for us to seek God’s Word for guidance as we strive to be that growing, fruit producing, and prospering believer.

    1. Who do you seek advice from in living for God?
    2. Why is it important to pick your friends wisely?
    3. How much time a week do we spend studying God’s Word?

    When you want to be a better hitter, listen to one of the best. When you want to be a better believer, study His Word!

  • March 25-Longevity

    March 25-Longevity

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 91: 14-16

    Today is the birthday of Tom Glavine who spent the majority of his 22 year big league career with the Atlanta Braves. Glavine was part of one of the best rotations in the 90’s with Greg Maddox and John Smoltz. Glavine won 305 games with a career ERA of 3.54. He always gave his best and was a bulldog of a competitor. Glavine is also known for his off the field charitable activities. Glavine said, “I like to be in a position to help people. I find it very humbling that simply by playing baseball, I am in a position to help so many people. I never take that for granted.”

    The psalmist tells us that longevity comes when we honor God. Tom Glavine had a long career because of all he did off the field. He gave back and helped so many people with his status as a baseball player. In life I believe that one is blessed in proportion to how much of a blessing that person is to others. We can’t out give God. So when we commit ourselves to giving to others, God opens His blessings to us! The one thing that must be present for us to be a blessing to others is a love for God and our fellow man.

    March 25-Longevity

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 91: 14-16

    Today is the birthday of Tom Glavine who spent the majority of his 22 year big league career with the Atlanta Braves. Glavine was part of one of the best rotations in the 90’s with Greg Maddox and John Smoltz. Glavine won 305 games with a career ERA of 3.54. He always gave his best and was a bulldog of a competitor. Glavine is also known for his off the field charitable activities. Glavine said, “I like to be in a position to help people. I find it very humbling that simply by playing baseball, I am in a position to help so many people. I never take that for granted.”

    The psalmist tells us that longevity comes when we honor God. Tom Glavine had a long career because of all he did off the field. He gave back and helped so many people with his status as a baseball player. In life I believe that one is blessed in proportion to how much of a blessing that person is to others. We can’t out give God. So when we commit ourselves to giving to others, God opens His blessings to us! The one thing that must be present for us to be a blessing to others is a love for God and our fellow man.

    1. How much do we feel blessed?
    2. How much of a blessing have we been to others?
    3. Are we ready to love enough to be a blessing to others?

    What we need in this world is more God inspired loving people serving others.

    1. How much do we feel blessed?
    2. How much of a blessing have we been to others?
    3. Are we ready to love enough to be a blessing to others?
    What we need in this world is more God inspired loving people serving others.

  • March 24-Holdout

    March 24-Holdout

    Scripture Lesson: Matthew 22:37-39

    Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout from the Dodgers on this date in 1982 and reports to the Dodger’s spring Training at Vero Beach. After earning just $42,500 as the NL Cy Young Award winner and the Rookie of the Year, the 21 year old left hander had asked for a raise to one million dollars. The Dodgers renewed his contract for a reported $350,000 instead.

    Jesus stood up to the Sadducces and the Pharisees. They wanted nothing more than to trick Him into doing something that would enable Him to be arrested. They were holding out trying to make Him make a mistake. In our passage today Jesus is asked, “What is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus answers, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.” All of this summed up the Law and Prophets. Even though they were holding out to catch Jesus in error, He once again gave the perfect answer. As in most holdouts in baseball, this one didn’t work out either.

    1. What does it mean to love God with our entire beings?
    2. What does it mean to love our neighbors as ourselves?
    3. How can we show that kind of live in our daily living?

    May this day and every day, we concentrate on loving God and our fellow man, this world will be a much better place when we do that!


  • February 27-Be Like Christ

    February 27-Be Like Christ

    Scripture Lesson: Philippians 4:5-6

    Today is the birthday of Twins center fielder Denard Span. The verses today are Denard’s favorite New Testament verses. His testimony is found in the FCA Baseball New Testament. These verses remind Denard to rest in the peace of God and find strength for his heart and mind in Christ. Span says,” Nothing deterred Jesus from what he believed in. It’s hard to do that because you’re outnumbered. It might be easy to get talked out of what you stand for. Everyone’s going to fall short in some ways, but I still want to be like Him.”

    What great words of faith in our Scripture passage today! Paul is telling us to rejoice always, God is near. We aren’t to be anxious about anything, we just need to pray and bring it to God. God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus. To be like Jesus we have to have the faith of Jesus. We need a faith that trusts God and allows us to give our cares and concerns to Him. Sometimes it is not easy to live anxiety free . This is not an easy time to live with all that is going on in the world. But we serve a God who will always have our backs, He will always be there for us! We can rely on Him.

    1. Why is it important to always rejoice?
    2. How does it make you feel to know that the Lord is always near?
    3. Why do we present our cares and concerns to God in prayer and after amen pick them right up and carry them with us?

    Paul meant these words to reassure us this day that God loves us , can bring us joy in all circumstances and is just waiting for us to bring our cares and concerns to Him. Praise His name!

  • February 26-A Great Save

    February 26-A Great Save

    Scripture Lesson: Acts 16:16-34

    Today is the birthday of JT Snow. Known primarily as a great fielding first baseman, Snow made one of the games’ great saves in the 2002 World Series. As Snow was scoring after a single by Kenny Loftin in game five, he swooped up by the back of the jacket and carried off 3 year old bat boy Darren Baker. The young bat boy and son of Giants manager Dusty Baker was at home to collect Loftin’s bat before the play was over. This touching moment could have been ended much different. After this incident Commissioner Bud Selig required all bat boys to be a t least 14 years of age.

    Our Scripture lesson today is about another save that did not take place on the pitching mound. Paul and Silas were imprisoned falsely in Philippi. In the center of the prison reserved for the worst criminals, feet in stocks, Paul and Silas were singing praises to God. An earthquake came and opened all the cell doors. The jailer seeing the doors opened was ready to kill himself, Paul saved him by saying the prisoners were all there. That is the first save, the second save of the evening was when Paul and Silas witnessed to the jailer and his family and they all gave their lives to Jesus, believing on Him. I would say that is one great doubleheader save!

    1. Is there someone today in your life who needs to hear about the saving power of Jesus Christ?
    2. When is the last time we shared our faith?
    3. Would you be willing to pray that God would help you this day be a witness for Him?

    Isn’t it great we serve the God of the save?

  • February 25-Believes

    February 25-Believes

    Scripture Lesson: John 20:24-29

    Today is the birthday of former Chicago Cub player and broadcaster, Ron Santo. Santo loved the Cubs and always believed in them to win. One could hear the joy in his voice as a broadcaster when they won and the sadness when the Cubs lost. Andy McPhail then cubs President said of Santo, “Very few players are so closely connected with a franchise as Ron Sasnto is to the Cubs. His extraordinary playing career, his rabid following as a broadcaster, and his many charitable endeavors for the Chicago Land area makes his contributions to this franchise unique and special.” Santo always believed in the Cubs, right up until his death in December 2010.

    In today’s Scripture lesson, Thomas doubts the resurrection of Jesus actually took place. He said he would only believe if he saw the places where the nails went into Jesus’ hands and feet. When Jesus appeared again to the disciples and Thomas was there, Jesus invited Thomas to place his fingers in the scars. Jesus wanted Thomas to stop doubting and to begin to believe. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Too many times we doubt God and his ability to act on our behalf. We don’t rely upon His promises and His Word. It is time to believe no matter what the world throws at us.

    1. What was the last time our faith was like Thomas’ faith?
    2. How can we live our lives like we believe in God and His promises?
    3. How do we show the Master we believe?

    Jesus said we are blessed if we believe. Let’s live our lives each day like we believe in Him and His Word.

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