Finding God's Winning Spirit

God's Winning Spirit

Play Ball

June 8, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
I spent most of last week watching the Women's College World Series. For those of you not up on the WCWS it is the women’s college fast-pitch softball national championship held every year in Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I must be honest and say that I'm not a consistent women's fast-pitch fan and only tuned in this year because Auburn University made the trip for the first time in their women's fast-pitch history.
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Graduation Miracle

June 2, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
One of the differences between miracles and magic is that magic is basically slight-of- hand stuff. You know, the magician gets you looking left while he is doing something right or there is a cloud of smoke and he slips something in behind his back. Magic is a manipulation/ misdirection kind of thing. A miracle, on the other hand, is something that cannot be explained like a tumor disappearing on an x-ray or an overnight remission of cancer. Some may say that for the Cubs to win the World Series would be a miracle, but that is probably, neither.
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Handicaps

May 11, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Tom and Kathy Underdown (real salt of the earth people) who founded Fairway for Warriors in 2010. They started Fairway for Warriors (fairwaysforwarriors.org.) in 2010 with the goal of using golf as a way to impact the lives of combat veterans – boy have they ever.
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Always Being #1 Can Be #2

May 4, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to present a paper at the Sports and Values conference at Newman University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This two-day conference addressed sports from various platforms ranging increased concussions to sport and spirituality.
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Make No Mistake

April 24, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
Make no mistake about it – performance is as important in the Christian life as it is in sports. In studying sports psychology one quickly come across the term self- actualization. Webster’s definition of self-actualization is: to fully realize one's potential. The word “realize” here does not just mean to understand something but to bring it into concrete existence. When it comes to sports psychology self-actualization is not about conception; it is about outcome. It is about being all you can be and doing the best you can do – it is about performance. In sports psychology maximum performance is the goal.
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Positive Neglect

April 20, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
For an individual to be emotionally healthy in the present, he or she must be able to emotionally negotiate the past. How we “frame” the past is important. When dealing with a problem in the present it is not uncommon to find ourselves struggling with the past – the two are always connected. The fact of the matter is we cannot escape the past; good or bad it is part of us and makes us who we are.
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Books •A• Million

April 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
As I have said on occasion (probably too often) what concerns me most about my Christian clients is their inability to apply God’s Word to daily life. I am always surprised that when life falls apart these Christian men and women go to Books – A – Million instead of the books of the Bible.
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Stones

April 7, 2015 | Greg Smith | Freedom
According to Gallup research over 75% of Americans are Christian and 40% of these Christians attend church with some regularity. Easter is the Super Bowl for Christians (outdoing Christmas) as 62% to 64% say they attend Easter services. You saw this Sunday yourself, come early to get a seat, extra services, folding chairs and standing-room only. Why the big draw?
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Christian Combine (F.A.S.T. - Performance Indicators)

March 30, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
Last week (Christian Combine Part 1) I used the NFL Combine to make the point that we as Christians also need to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to living our Christian lives. Just like NFL hopefuls who are tested, challenged and evaluated as to their ability to perform at the highest level, we too need to know how we measure up when God calls.
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Christian Combine (Part 1)

March 23, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
This February, over three hundred of the very best college football players attended the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams are on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense four-day athletic evaluation is basically a job interview that can be a vital step in achieving a player’s dream of playing football at the highest level.
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