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Today’s chapter marks the first time the word “Christian” appears in scripture; the first time the word was used in reference to Jesus’ disciples.
Find encouragement and peace in verse 17 when considering work done with Christian brothers and sisters… even the ones with whom we are sometimes conflicted. When motives of fellow disciples are pure – even when direction or opinion is different than ours – we know we can defer to them and not “possibly hinder God.” They possess the same Spirit of the living God!
Every coach, whether offense or defense, wants their player to have hands inside when engaged. This desire stems from a knowledge of physics and leverage. The coach’s desire is for their player to be productive in the game of football. Simply stated, it’s the best way to play in order to be successful.
God has a similar desire for our lives. He wants us to do things the best way. He gave us a playbook to follow called the Bible. The Bible has instructions for every situation and every component of life…physical life, thought life, spiritual life, emotional life and perhaps most importantly eternal life. What a gift to have a Coach who always tells us how to do things the best way.
To really know someone, we must spend time with them. Seeing how one responds and reacts reveals character and nature. Having dialogue similarly provides insight. All relationships require communication to deepen. Coach Hoza, his staff and the Calvary Christian Academy football team began reading through the 260 chapters in the new testament at the beginning of spring practice. Each morning one chapter is read providing God a chance to speak to each member of the program.
God has a distinct advantage in His relationship with us. He knew us before we were formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), knows every hair on our head (Matthew 10:30) and knows the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). Even still God desires to hear from us in prayer. He tells us we should always pray (Luke 18:1) and to let Him know about everything (Phil 4:6). The Eagles begin and end practice with prayer. Who prays more during practice – players, coaches or trainers – is much debated.
Save the Date :::
Saturday, April 06, 2013, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
About the Breakfast
$400/Table of 10
Join Washington Redskins Running Back and FAU alumnus Alfred Morris for a breakfast fundraiser to provide scholarships for deserving student athletes to attend the Counter Culture Sports Leadership Football Camp. Hear Alfred Morris share his testimony and bid on great items at the silent auction.
To sign up (required), click the button below.
About the Camp
The Counter Culture Sports Leadership Football Camp is a six-day camp designed to make your most talented athletes into leaders and role models for their team, school, and community.
For more info, visit »CounterCultureSports.com/Leadership-Camp.
Alfred Morris played college football at Florida Atlantic University while CCA Varsity Football Coach Kirk Hoza was on the Owls’ coaching staff. As a 2012 sixth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, Alfred became the team’s starting Half Back in his rookie year and, along with NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, led the Redskins to the NFC East championship. In his rookie year, Alfred broke the Washington Redskins’ all-time single season rushing record, finishing the year with 1,613 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
For two years, God has been working in and around the Football Ministry at Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, turning a decade-old vision into reality. Last week, over fifty talented young football players from around South Florida gathered on the property of Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale for the first ever Counter Culture Sports Leadership Football Camp. The camp featured former Miami Dolphins Chad Pennington, Trent Gamble and Deon Dyer as well as former college and current high school coaches sharing technical instruction in the game of football. More significantly, the camp featured leadership lectures, activities and experiences directed by notable teachers such as Vernon Shazier – NFL Chaplain for the Miami Dolphins and CEO of The Champion Leader, Nova Southeastern Professor Dr. William Valmyr, 4Kids President Doug Sauder and others.
The diverse group of athletes represented 19 different high schools in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry and Pinellas Counties. Spiritually, campers described themselves as anywhere from “neutral” to “saved” upon arrival, with the largest group professing to be “on their way” to knowing God. How amazing to watch 44 young men proclaim their salvation in Jesus Christ by the camp’s final evening.
As these young men now return to their families, football programs and communities, we are excited to see God work in and through their lives. We look forward to supporting them as they strive to live as servant leaders. We pray for greater opportunity to experience God for these young men and all those they encounter in the days and years ahead.
It’s official. Counter Culture Sports, Inc. is a tax exempt organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. As we continue to pray for the future of the organization and the impact we might have, we are excited for confirmation that our government considers our vision worthy of this legal classification.
While in the pocket, quarterbacks must keep their eyes downfield even as the pass rush comes close. If they bring their eyes to the pocket, they see only onrushing defenders and miss open receivers.
What we allow our eyes to see should be closely monitored. “But if you do not do right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it.” (Gen 4:7) We must be a master of our own bodies including our eyes. As the old song says, “Be careful little eyes what you see.”