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Poor Me

Romans 8: 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Shaquem Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome which affected his left hand, by not allowing his fingers to fully develop.  At the age of four his mother found Shaquem attempting to use a butcher’s knife to amputate his […]

Choosing Gratefulness

2 Corinthians 11: 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Serge Ibaka is a power forward on the surging Toronto Raptors.  Watching him play under the glitter of the NBA lights and the thousands of adoring fans, you would miss the humble and challenging beginnings […]

Thank You

Hebrews 10: 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Thank you!  Just two small words, eight letters, but they can carry with them tremendous power.  If genuine, they are the indicators of a grateful person.  How often […]

The Art of Appreciation

1 Thessalonians 5: 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I have heard many athletes say “I ain’t no role model”.  I understand what they are saying.  They happened to be extremely talented athletic children who likely devoted significant time playing the sport they love.  Perhaps it […]

Grumbling Against God

Numbers 11: 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” There is one concept in professional sports that I have a really tough time understanding – salary renegotiation.  I’ve seen it numerous […]