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Have a Chat with God

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Our eldest son is off starting a new life with a new job in a new city.  Our youngest daughter is flying across the ocean for graduate studies and our youngest son is well into his […]

The Athlete’s Prayer

1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who is best known for competing in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France.  This portion of his life is depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 […]

Selfless Prayer

Ephesians 1: 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers Serious athletes understand that it is impossible to achieve athletic goals without serious sacrifice.  In my younger years I recall making sacrifices that others my age were not making.  It was rare that I was out late on a Friday or […]

Reaching out to the Perfect Coach

1 Thessalonians 5  17 pray continually, As part of Canada’s “Own the Podium” program, author Penny Werthner conducted a study of the 2008 Canadian Beijing Winter Olympic team.  Looking for key themes for success, she found that “Athlete self-awareness” was the most important, followed by a “Strong Coach-Athlete relationship”.  When it came to winning an Olympic […]

Pray Continually

1 Thessalonians 5  16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, Laus perennis, Latin for Perpetual Prayer, was inaugurated in the 5th century AD by Alexander, the founder of the monastery Acoemetae (literally translated as “the sleepless ones”).  Monks would sing and pray uninterrupted around the clock.  This practise found its way into the Western culture in AD 522 through […]

The Truth! The Amen!

Revelations 3: 14To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Over time as language changes we can often lose an appreciation or even full understanding of the meaning of words.  The word Amen is one such word.  Growing up […]

Advanced Prayer

Matthew 6: 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. I have very fond memories of my kids playing team sports at a young age.  Who doesn’t love watching a pack of […]

Communicating with the Coach

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Dr. Art Markman wrote an article entitled:  “Elite Athletes Listen to Their Coaches, Do You?”  It’s a really interesting read.  He begins the article with his observation of Olympic athletes.  Markman noticed […]