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The Counselor will Convict the World

John 16:8a  And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. Coaching is critical, demands respect and requires athletes to put trust in them. Coaches have many functions including teacher, trainer, motivator, role model, friend and often counselor.  Great coaches counsel their athletes with what they need to hear.  […]

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 […]

Paying our Penalty

Romans 5:15b   For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many. I recall once watching a clip from an NFL football game.  It was the Detroit Lions versus […]

I Call It Time Well Spent

John 6:66  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. Famous Canadian Ice Hockey player Sydney Crosby starred in a number of Reebok commercials, but one remains engrained in my mind, “RBK Crosby’s Childhood Commercial: I am what I am”.  In this commercial Crosby recounts numerous childhood memories that […]

Suffering for a Little While

1 Peter 1: 3-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  If you have competed in sports you understand the concept of feeling uncomfortable.  Whether it’s doing a core workout, hill workout, or running lines, I’m certain you remember the […]

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. One of my pet peeves is when someone says that the secret to becoming an elite athlete, whatever the sport, is effort.  “If you believe in yourself, dream big, and put in the effort, you will achieve your goals.”  Those […]

It is, and Continues to be, Finished!

John 19: 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. If you have competed in an endurance race, you can probably relate to some common pre-race emotions.  They are usually some strange combination of excitement and dread.  Excitement because, along with throngs of […]

What Color Is Your Brother?

Colossians 3: 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Few people are unaware of Jesse Owens.  Winning 4 gold medals in one Olympics puts most people on the map, but the backdrop to Owen’s story is even more intriguing.  […]

Forgetting what is behind…

Philippians 3: 13b-14 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Growing up in Canada I have always appreciated the various seasons.  Many complain when the white stuff hits the ground, but […]