First Base Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)
Second Base The written revelation of God, the Word of God, is alive and judges even the thoughts and attitudes of the hearts of men and women. The Bible reveals what our hearts are really like when we let its searchlight focus on our lives. God sees everything, and all must give account to Him. (Source: The Bible Panorama)
Third Base Anthony Telford is a retired baseball pitcher who currently works for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a player, the Baltimore Orioles selected him in the third round of the 1987 MLB draft from San Jose State, where he was named an All-American. He spent nine total seasons pitching mainly in relief for the Orioles, Montreal Expos, and Texas Rangers. He currently runs a professional baseball coaching company in Tampa Florida. His goal is to provide baseball players with a Christian leaning environment where character, respect and responsibility will be focused on. (Source: Wikipedia and Strikezone)
Home Plate Being a Christian man in the sports world is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I sometimes fail at my walk with the Father no matter how hard I try not to. The thing is, He already knew I would fail and even after I do mess up, God still loves me. The Bible says that Jesus understands our weaknesses in times of temptation but that we can come boldly to Him and obtain His help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16). The Bible also tells us there is nothing in all of creation that will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39). God also helps me keep my priorities in line with His word: God first, family second, and career third. As we develop our personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will experience ups and downs, but the reward is well worth it. Consider this glimpse of what heaven will be like for those who have trusted in Jesus alone for their salvation. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:4-7).
The Final Out Father this day I am acting in faith by coming to the throne of grace as you have commanded with boldness. I am so thankful for the mercy and love you have shown me during my times of weakness. I ask that you send your Holy Spirit to go before me to provide strength and wisdom as I life a life dedicated in your service. Amen