Tag Archives: sin

Sin: Lost in Translation

1 John 1:  8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. I coached soccer for many years, including many ages and levels from recreational to elite.  One of my fondest memories was coaching 4-to-5-year-olds.  I recall showing them how to properly pass a soccer ball […]

Keep Yourself from Being Polluted

James 1:27  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world I saw a picture of a mother and her young son walking through Tiananmen Square in Beijing China, wearing surgical masks over their mouth […]

The Worst of Sinners – Me!

1 Timothy 1:  15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  The Apostle Paul is such a model to me of a right understanding of our place as Christians.  Paul was handpicked by God to be the man to lead the formation of […]

A Life of Humble Confession

Psalm 51:1b-2 …blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  Imagine playing for a school team.  The coach schedules a Friday night practice for a critical upcoming game, but you’ve been invited to an awesome party that you don’t want to miss.  You rationalize that you know everything […]

Stay on Course

1 John 1: 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. If you have ever participated in, or watched, a cross-country running event you’ll typically see a group of runners start on a big field, sometimes as many as a hundred runners wide.  […]

Abusing His Grace

Romans 6: 1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By the time an athlete, especially a multi-sport athlete, reaches their late teens or early twenties, it is likely that they have had numerous coaches.  I had many coaches over the years, and they each had very different personalities.  […]

Which Team are You On?

Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Imagine playing on the worst team in the league.  You have horrible teammates, the worst possible coach.  You are guaranteed to lose.  The next season everything turns around and you make the best team in the […]

Repentance not Adjustment

2 Corinthians 7:10a  Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation and leaves no regret… I have always been a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan.  The last time they won a championship (Stanley Cup) was in 1967, months before I came onto this earth.  In baseball, fans of the Cubs (who finally saw victory in 2016), […]

The Lost Art of Denial

Matthew 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Serious athletes understand the concept of denying yourself of things you desire, particularly food.  The Krispy Kreme doughnut sign may be screaming out your name, but you battle your mind […]