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Fresh Start Devotionals

Faith & Football “Wilson,” Coach McCord would say, “lead us in prayer.” It happened almost every game. Coach would finish his last minute pep talk then call on me to lead in prayer before we went out on the field to lose the game. (We were the absolute worst football team in the state of Texas.) I’d usually pray for the safety of both teams and that our team would win. (It would take Divine intervention.) Later in life I’ve reflected on those prayers and asked myself, “Does God really care who wins a High School football game?” I mean, this isn’t really David and Goliath stuff. We were not the “army of God” and they were not “uncircumcised Philistines!” We weren’t battling for the Lord against ungodly foes—it was just a game. I’ve noticed that Coach McCord isn’t the only one who mixes faith and football to no avail. Last year, the Falcon’s Eugene Robinson had a busy day before he played in the Super Bowl. In the afternoon, he was awarded the “Bart Starr Award” for his “high mor…

Amazing Grace Devotionals

February 3 O THE DEEP, DEEP LOVE OF JESUS S. Trevor Francis, 1834–1925 I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:17, 18) Who can fully grasp the dimensions of God’s great love for us? Yet the Scriptures teach that we are to have a growing awareness of divine love. Love is the very heart and essence of God, not only for the lovely but for the vilest of sinners. Christ did not die merely to display God’s love—He died because God is love (1 John 4:8). If the New Testament teaches us anything, it teaches us about God’s love in searching for lost men. Becoming a Christian in a very real sense is simply putting ourselves in the way of being found by God—to stop running from His loving pursuit. As we mature in the Christian faith, we begin to realize that every situation that comes our way is an opportunity for God’s love to be made more evident in our lives. O…