Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 - Get Schooled (and don't ignore it)

Today I started a basketball clinic in Missouri; next week in North Carolina; the week after in Alabama; and then I will start taking on some students for the school year…

In the meantime the MAD Hoops coaches are in Alabama conducting clinics…

And Coach Clay is moving this week to northern Indiana and will be taking on clients up there…

Our Total Player Academy is in full swing right now! (And of course using the platform to share Christ as the Substitute and God’s Word as the Playbook for life!) We encourage them to “Get schooled now… so they won’t be schooled later!”

All of these “students” have a choice to make; will they take our advice and apply it to life? Or will they ignore the instruction and do things their own way?

It would be quite silly to just throw away good advice for the basketball court (and for life.) I spend a lot of time in the Proverbs reading about wisdom verses foolishness. Simply put I want to be wise! I want to heed instruction and honor the Lord with my life; and I want the same for you!

The reality is that God has given us everything that we need for a life of godliness; check out how Pastor Peterson put 2 Peter 1:3-4 into perspective: 3-4 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.

You (and I) are equipped to get the job done. I regularly encourage you to [Make A Difference]; and the reality is that all believers are without excuse when it comes to this challenge. I also love the way he Pastor Peterson puts it in Ephesians 6:10-12 when discussing the importance of putting on God’s Armour…

10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

I’m calling us to be champions for Christ! Don’t ignore what God has provided us to fight the battle!

MAD Hoops coaches in Alabama, Give ‘em the ROCK! Proud of you guys!

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