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Jesus Wept

John 11: 35 Jesus wept. Tony Dungy is a former professional football player but probably better known as a head coach in the NFL having coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts qualified for the playoffs in every season where he coached them and in 2016 Dungy was elected to the Pro […]

Glory in Our Sufferings

Romans 5: 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Each February I’d compete in a 50km X-Country Ski race in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, and I could usually count on the conditions being miserable. A race rule was that you couldn’t start the race until it had warmed […]

Take Heart

John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” It was the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.  Eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed by a Palestinian terrorist group.  The […]

The Necessity of Trials

Romans 8: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Two of the most successful track programs in the world, the Jamaican sprint program, and the Kenyan distance program, have facilities that would be considered impoverished compared to U.S. or European […]

Too much to Bear

John 15:  5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. The human body is an absolutely extraordinary machine.  I know this from the abuse I have placed on it in athletic pursuits and its ability […]

Perseverance: Enduring Patiently

Revelation 3: 10a Since you have kept my command to endure patiently…  Having competed in a number of endurance races in my time I can appreciate stories of perseverance of distance event competitors.  Having experienced various physical and mental strains during multi hour or even multi-day competitions, I can still vividly remember the battles that raged […]

When You are Unfairly Treated

James 1:  2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  If you are involved in sports, especially competitive sports, you will almost certainly experience some form of unfair treatment at some point in your athletic career.  You may be cut […]

We are not consumed!

Lamentations 3:22-24  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; there I will wait for him.”   I don’t know of any serious athletes who have not participated in some […]

In the Pit

Genesis 37:24  And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it  I am a fan of ice hockey and I’ve been closely following a Canadian team since I was a child.  They have a storied existence but it has been decades since they won […]

My Power is made Perfect in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12: 7b-10  Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast […]