Fall 2021 SS Magazine

The Increase

INCREASE STORY: From the Pitch to the Pulpit - Gavin Peacock

Gavin Peacock is a former professional soccer player in England, playing 18 years for some...

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INCREASE STORY: Trust in Something Bigger - Brooke Wyckoff

Brooke Wyckoff is the associate head coach for the Florida State women’s basketball program, coming...

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INCREASE STORY: Living with a Purpose - C.J. Ham

C.J. Ham is now in his sixth season as a fullback with the Minnesota Vikings....

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INCREASE STORY: All Glory Goes to God - Stefen Wisniewski

Stefen Wisniewski is a 32-year-old NFL offensive lineman who is currently a free agent. He's...

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INCREASE STORY: Joyful No Matter What - Ali Aguilar

Ali Aguilar is a 25-year-old infielder for the U.S. Olympic softball team, which recently won...

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INCREASE STORY: Pressing Closer To God - Janie Reed

Janie Reed is a 28-year-old outfielder for the U.S. Olympic softball team, currently competing in...

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INCREASE STORY: God Has Me In His Hands - Debbie Flood

Great Britain’s Debbie Flood was pulled into the sport of rowing while training to be...

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INCREASE STORY: God Alone Defines Me - Kyle Snyder

Kyle Snyder is a 25-year-old Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler who will look to defend his title...

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INCREASE STORY: A Prayer for Fathers - Dan Orlovsky

Father God, thank You for these men You have blessed with the role of impactful...

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INCREASE STORY: Who I Am in Christ - Shay Knighten

Shay Knighten is a professional softball player for the USSSA Pride, a coach at the...

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INCREASE STORY: The Greatest Miracle is Being Born Again - Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce is a former pro tennis player who won two singles Grand Slam titles...

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INCREASE STORY: Giving God the Praise - Jeremy Hefner

Jeremy Hefner is in his second season as the pitching coach for the New York...

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INCREASE VIDEO: Pro Athletes On The Influence Of Mothers

"Moms have a different level of sacrifice, and they just selflessly serve day after day...

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INCREASE STORY: Because of My Mom - Benjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson was a 16-year NFL tight end who played for four different teams over...

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INCREASE STORY: Continue to Stand Firm on Who God Is - Bryant Young

Bryant Young was a 14-year NFL veteran who played his entire career, which included four...

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INCREASE STORY: God Seeks Out the Humble - Paul Tesori

Paul Tesori is a PGA Tour caddie for pro golfer Webb Simpson, who finished tied...

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THE INCREASE: My Aha Moment - Matt Forte

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INCREASE VIDEO: Everybody is an Evangelist - Kyle Gibson

Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson discusses the importance of evangelism (spreading the Gospel by public preaching...

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THE INCREASE: Steven Souza - Clinging to Christ

This offseason has been one of the hardest I’ve ever experienced. Recovering from a torn...

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THE INCREASE: Xavier Scruggs - Offseason Anxieties

Checking my phone every two minutes to see if I missed a call from my...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - The Way That It Used To Be

Here I am, sitting at my desk and wondering what I should share today. And...

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THE INCREASE: Scott Linebrink - The Great Commission

As followers of Christ, we have been given the Great Commission (Matthew 28), which states...

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THE INCREASE: Reza Zadeh - Like a Lion

I have recently realized that I have misread and misunderstood 1 Peter 5:8 for my entire Christian...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Hasselbeck - Getting Plugged In

Being in an online Bible study with former teammates and current players, while being an...

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THE INCREASE: Michelle Moultrie - His Way

In middle school and high school, I started struggling internally with thoughts of sin and...

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THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - Long Term Focus

With a performance-based career, such as professional baseball, it’s easy to get caught up in...

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THE INCREASE: Reza Zadeh - Making All Things New

He is making all things new! We are familiar with, “For God so loved the world that...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Higher Stakes

While it was a really hard way to go out, I’m very grateful for this...

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THE INCREASE: Benjamin Watson - Five Increase Questions

We were able to talk with New Orleans’ tight end Benjamin Watson, about how he...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - Recharged for War

Lately I’ve been struck with the consistent answers I’ve been receiving from friends when I...

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THE INCREASE: Brian Hommel - You Feed Them

As mealtime approached following an impromptu lakeside church service, Jesus’ disciples came up to him....

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THE INCREASE: Xavier Scruggs - Look Back Before Looking Ahead

On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, we talk about the changes we want...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - To Live Like Christ

Being a family man within the NFL can be tough. Being away for a good...

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THE INCREASE: Jack Easterby - Seen or Unseen

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - A Set Foundation

Being married to a professional women’s soccer player makes for two very competitive people in...

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THE INCREASE: J.W. Kaiser - Revealed

My home surf break (an obstruction that causes a wave to break) is a small...

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THE INCREASE: Reza Zadeh - Blessed

Are you sure you want to be blessed? The word “blessed” has a lot of...

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THE INCREASE: Cameron Sharp - Changed by Community

Skimboarding is a unique sport. Unlike surfing, you don’t have to wait for the right...

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THE INCREASE: Benjamin Watson - Grafted into the Family

“Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him, but they were not able to...

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THE INCREASE: Brian Hommel - Changing the Culture

How do you change a culture? Before we can answer that, we must first understand...

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THE INCREASE: Justin Simmons - My Journey to Faith

I grew up in a Christian household. My dad is black and my mom is...

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THE INCREASE: Tyler Clutts - To the Full

Priorities. God is teaching me about priorities. When you’re in the game of football, unfortunately...

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - At His Right Hand

Jesus doesn’t need me, but loves to have me share in His ministry with Him....

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THE INCREASE: Reza Zadeh - New Clothes

“What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” — A.W. Tozer...

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THE INCREASE: Dave Dravecky - Connected to the Spirit

Reading the Bible in a year for the past few years has been huge for...

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THE INCREASE: Bobby and Geri Meacham - From Darkness to Light

Retired shortstop Bobby Meacham began his Major League Baseball career as a first-round draft pick....

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THE INCREASE: Matt Hasselbeck - Shift of Focus

Sometimes I feel like spiritually I’m failing at everything. I’m starting a book right now...

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THE INCREASE: Xavier Scruggs - True Power

Pow·er noun 1. The ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially...

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THE INCREASE: Janie Reed - First Things First

I’m learning just how important it is to first prioritize my relationship with Jesus every...

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THE INCREASE: Nate Robertson - Embracing the Moment

Former MLB pitcher Nate Robertson and his wife, Kristin, still remember the day when he...

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THE INCREASE: Tyler Clutts - My Journey to the NFL

Like any college football player, my goal was to play in the NFL. That really...

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THE INCREASE: Josh McCown - Despite My Desires

If you’ve surrendered to following Jesus and understand He made a sacrifice for us — He...

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THE INCREASE: Jack Easterby - A Heart Submitted

We all desire a king — someone to look up to, to honor, to follow....

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THE INCREASE: Lance Berkman - Leadership at Bat

Leadership with the Bat The factor that contributes most to effective leadership is consistency. If...

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THE INCREASE: Tress Way - Created to Enjoy

I grew up in a very competitive household. We were a game night family all...

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THE INCREASE: Victor Black - A Spiritual Debridement

According to Webster’s Dictionary, a “debridement” is the medical removal of dead, damaged or infected...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - His Hands and Feet

I reached a point in rehab this past season when I realized I really have...

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THE INCREASE: Ikki Soma - The World Doesn't Revolve Around You

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from...

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THE INCREASE: Chris Maragos - Being an NFL Dad

Having kids — little mini me’s — is truly a blessing. It’s a lot of work, but...

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THE INCREASE: Brandon Boykin - Creatures of Habit

The older I’ve become, the more I’ve understood the real importance of guarding your eyes,...

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THE INCREASE: Steven Souza - Simply Saying Yes

It was about three years ago now when my wife, Mikaela, and I went on...

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THE INCREASE: LaMorris Crawford - Why Do We Worry?

When God gave the command, “Do not worry,” that was not optional. “Therefore I tell...

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THE INCREASE: Janie Reed - Is this it?

During my first few years in college, my life was all about softball. Softball and...

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THE INCREASE: Lance Berkman - Count Your Blessings

As the weather gets cooler, school schedules find a rhythm and hunting season starts, the...

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THE INCREASE: Matt Holliday - The Baseball Life

Who I Am As a professional athlete, a lot of times people don’t know who...

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THE INCREASE: Kelvin Beachum - Going Deeper

This year, more than anything, I hope we are able to bring the brothers together...

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THE INCREASE: Terry Evans - The New You

“Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of...

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THE INCREASE: Justin Simmons - Keep Fighting the Good Fight

Everything in the NFL is about getting as much as you can and accomplishing as...

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THE INCREASE: Matt Manzari - An Unfair God

We serve an unfair God. Hold on — before you discard anything else I’m about...

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THE INCREASE: Andrew Carruthers - Dust

“For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” — Psalm 103:14 Professional...

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THE INCREASE: Victor Black - Why am I Happy?

Are you happy? How do you measure happiness? Do you even know what being happy...

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THE INCREASE: Jack Easterby - To Fear or Not To Fear

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, or the valley of the shadow of...

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THE INCREASE: Kelvin Beachum - United For One Message

In the Church, if we are really united and care about the message of Christ,...

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THE INCREASE: Scott Linebrink - Trauma Healing

Trauma is defined as a wound or shock produced by a sudden injury, as from...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - He's Made a Way

It’s been such a blessing to be back here in Philly this year. My wife...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Slater - Salvation

New England Patriots wide receiver, Matthew Slater, spells out the message of salvation. “It’s important...

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THE INCREASE: Jerry Birch - What’s He Worth?

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved...

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THE INCREASE: Tress Way — Faith in the Locker Room

A big percentage — probably a quarter — of the guys on our team are very...

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THE INCREASE: Matt Forte — Leaning on God’s Counsel

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Now that I have more time on my...

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THE INCREASE: 5 questions with former NFL kicker Todd Peterson

We talked with former NFL kicker Todd Peterson about his faith journey, how he’s living...

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THE INCREASE: Thomas Davis - God's Bigger Plan

“God, why is this happening to me?” asked Thomas Davis. In 2009, Thomas Davis was...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - His Will

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved...

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THE INCREASE: Jonathan Isaac - Reborn

We were in church every Sunday growing up. My brothers and sisters and I would...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - New Life as a Father

Life with a baby has been so great! One of the biggest things I’ve been...

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THE INCREASE: Anna Beffer - Just Waiting

As a young kid, I dreamed about playing soccer at the pro level. When I...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Authority

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For...

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THE INCREASE: Adam Wainwright - Granted a Platform

What I’ve come to realize is that the only reason that I’ve been granted the...

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - Anticipation for This Season

October is one of my favorite months. It finally starts getting colder in Dallas after...

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THE INCREASE: Kelvin Beachum - A Beacon of Light

We started the season off with a bang, but then endured a losing streak. We've...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - Returning to the Ballpark

Toward the end of this baseball season, I was asked by the Nationals to come...

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THE INCREASE: Brian Hommel - Draw Near To Jesus

“Our society is alienating, technical, cold, and mystifying. Our fundamental desire, as human beings, is...

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THE INCREASE: Benjamin Watson - A Sense of Urgency

Honestly, I didn’t see this coming. I didn’t expect to be back in New Orleans...

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THE INCREASE: Five Increase questions with soccer player Anna Beffer

We talked with professional soccer player Anna Beffer, who plays in France for AS Pierrots...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - In Hindsight

Rehab has been going well so far this year, though not as quickly as I...

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THE INCREASE: Dave Dravecky - A Lasting Impact

The Giants’ season tickets holders have the option to be part of the Gotham Club...

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THE INCREASE: Ted Winsley - Our True Source

“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we...

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THE INCREASE: Andy Pettitte - Tell the Truth

This devotional by former baseball pitcher Andy Pettitte is featured in The Increase’s 21-Day YouVersion Devotional. Start...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - Humble Confidence

Once high school hit, I started becoming pretty decent at football. I can remember that...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - Seeing a Different Side

My family and I recently returned from a trip to Peru. This was not a...

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THE INCREASE: Tress Way - A Seed that Lasts

As professional athletes, we have so many opportunities to go out to schools, interact with...

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THE INCREASE: Eddie Taubensee - Eating the Right Meals

Pro Athletes Outreach’s Director of Baseball Ministry, Eddie Taubensee, has been pouring into the lives...

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THE INCREASE: Clayton Kershaw - Hope is a person

This devotional by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is featured in The Increase’s 21-Day...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Rest and Recover

This year we have a really good team, a really good coach, and a lot...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - Stay The Course

We’re coming in to the last stretch of the season here and it’s exciting! Every...

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THE INCREASE: Chris Maragos - My Driving Force

Throughout preseason this year, I think our team — made up of both veteran players...

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THE INCREASE: Eddie Taubensee - Who’s Building Your House?

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - Back on the Mound

Truthfully, there were a few points during my rehab when I thought that I would...

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THE INCREASE: 5 Questions with the Rockies' Matt Holliday

We talked with Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday about how he’s living in the increase...

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THE INCREASE: Matt Forte - Expanding the Game of Football

Recently, I was privileged to have been asked by the NFL to represent them as...

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THE INCREASE: Justin Simmons - He's in My Circle

Often I’ll travel back to my small hometown in Florida to speak to groups in...

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THE INCREASE: Mark Mitchell - Instant Gratification

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” — Psalm...

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THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - Keeping Eyes Upward

When things are going well, it’s sometimes easier to stay positive and be optimistic about...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - Expanding My View

If I don’t spend time in solitude with God each morning, my whole day is...

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THE INCREASE: Tress Way - So Much Excitement

A few months before my wife and I met, I had just gotten back from...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - Critical Mission

I love baseball. For me, it’s always been more than just a game; baseball has...

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THE INCREASE: Terry Evans - Set Your Mind

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives...

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THE INCREASE: Kelvin Beachum - Pick a Direction

As training camp approaches, it’s clear the excitement is palpable. The season is about to...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - Complete Reliance

The only way to live life to the fullest is to live in complete reliance...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - A Shift of Focus

Heading into training camp this season, I’m re-shifting my focus to be on making disciples....

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - My Platform

As a Christ-follower in the world of professional athletics, specifically professional soccer in the MLS,...

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THE INCREASE: Jerry Birch - Willing to Suffer

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - Peace for Today

It was unfortunate that I injured my hamstring during training camp this season, but it’s...

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THE INCREASE: Tress Way - My Journey to the NFL

When I first entered the NFL in 2013, I began as an undrafted punter, signed...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - Kingdom Minded

In a few weeks, my 16-year-old son, Drake, and I will be taking a trip...

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THE INCREASE: Chris Maragos - In Step with the Spirit

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” — Galatians...

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THE INCREASE: Reza Zadeh - Reveal the Distractions

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - Reshaping the Norm

I grew up in a family where high anxiety was the norm. I didn’t realize it...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - Today's Challenge

It’s safe to say that this season has not gone for me as I had...

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THE INCREASE: Adam Wainwright - A Time to Pause

For a baseball player, chapel is church. Since we play games every Sunday, which take...

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THE INCREASE: Kelvin Beachum - Making it Personal

Football wasn’t always my first priority. Before committing to football, another sport had my attention....

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THE INCREASE: Mark Mitchell - Waiting is Hard

“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look...

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THE INCREASE: Steven Souza - Dealing with ups and downs

Spiritual warfare is real. Heading into the 2018 season, I was really excited for the...

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THE INCREASE: Sam Acho - Carving Out Time

For me, it’s all or nothing. I’m so prone to workout hard — run, lift,...

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THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - Testing Your Faith

Our Sunday baseball chapel has been going through the book of James recently. Our study...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Self Check

“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I...

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THE INCREASE: Reza Zadeh - The Power of our Words

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is...

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THE INCREASE: Tim Howard - Grounded

Jesus Christ has done great things in my life. Everything else will fade away, but...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - Ask in Faith

A year ago this month I was on the cusp of the big leagues. I...

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THE INCREASE: Brandon Boykin - Walking Through Open Doors

Since I spent all of last season on IR, I had a lot more time...

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THE INCREASE: David Ledbetter - Stepping Away From The Game

I’m 26 years old. I played through six years in the minor leagues, was sitting...

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THE INCREASE: Eddie Taubensee - Take the Time

“You will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - Work It Out

When everything’s perfect, it’s much easier to do what God’s calling us to do. But...

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THE INCREASE: Victor Black — Our Provider

“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews — True Discipleship

True discipleship is about encountering the Spirit of God. Good teachers and mentors are those...

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THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - A Little Courage

Each year the Cardinals host a Christian Day — an event held after a day game...

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THE INCREASE: Don Davis - Counter Cultural

“After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James,...

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Tim Brown - Faith and the Hall of Fame

In August 2015, former wide receiver Tim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall...

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Faith Day has become an annual success in Colorado

This story appears in the special 2018 MLB Faith Events issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine, which is...

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Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has a higher calling in the Mile High City

This story appears in the special 2018 MLB Faith Events issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine, which is...

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THE INCREASE: Chris Maragos - The Grind To Be Great

On the 25th of July, we begin training camp in Philly. From that day on,...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - He's Got You

God has been working on my heart lately, bringing me to a place of surrender...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - A Trip With IJM

During this offseason, I was able to join the International Justice Mission on a second...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - A Real Relationship

Last month my wife and I picked up our kids from their two-week trip in...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Invitation

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you...

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THE INCREASE: Matt Forte - What's Next

By listening to God and through a lot of prayer, I knew it was the...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - Plugged In

Being a part of a local church looks a little different for an NFL player....

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - Only By God

This year’s Home Plate event was a crazy day. This is our annual event where,...

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THE INCREASE: Sam Acho - Go. Serve. Give.

I recently came back from an annual outreach trip to a few local villages in...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Challenges

“Whatever anyone else dares to boast about — I am speaking as a fool —...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - Authenticity

Recently a few of my teammates and our wives, along with our chaplain, had the...

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THE INCREASE: Charles Tillman - Fish and Loaves

It was May 28, 2008. I was at football practice in Chicago, and my head...

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THE INCREASE: Kyle Gibson - Christ Through Me

A couple years ago, I read Carl Medearis’ book, "Speaking of Jesus," and it helped...

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - The Greatest Sporting Event

The World Cup is the best sporting event of all time! Even though the U.S....

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THE INCREASE: LaMorris Crawford - A Continual Process

When we park at the gifts with which God has wired us as individuals, we...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Going Deeper

One of my favorite Scripture verses that I’ve committed to memory comes from 1 Corinthians...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - Making a Lasting Impression

The transition to Chicago has been really smooth for me. The football side of things...

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THE INCREASE: Josh McCown - What Are You Measured By?

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves...

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THE INCREASE: LaMorris Crawford - Character of a King

What was the difference between King Saul and King David? Saul was a people-pleaser, David...

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - A Watching World

Recently, a group of guys at our church — The Village Church in Plano, Texas...

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THE INCREASE: Sam Acho - An Unexpected Answer

I think a lot of times when people pray, they don’t truly believe God cares...

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THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - Choosing the Positive

This season our team has had its ups and downs. We have a lot of...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - The Daily Challenge of Humility

Being a fifth-year player, the biggest daily challenge I face is the one of humility....

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THE INCREASE: Ted Winsley - Be Willing To Bully

“The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - A Better Mindset

I’ve been on the DL many times throughout my career, and I’ll be on the...

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THE INCREASE: Brandon Boykin - Making the Most of the Moment

It was just about this time last year when I signed a contract with Baltimore....

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THE INCREASE: A Continual Hunger - Demario Davis

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every...

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THE INCREASE: Matt Manzari - An Unfair God

We serve an unfair God. Hold on — before you discard anything else I’m about...

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THE INCREASE: Ted Winsley - Winning the Fight You've Picked

It’s natural to recognize and prepare for fights and battles we face on a daily...

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THE INCREASE: Chris Maragos - Pointing to the Father

My dad had a huge influence on me, largely in part because of the type...

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THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - Learning Along the Way

I was blessed with a dad who always wanted to help me get better at...

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THE INCREASE: Sam Acho - Just Showing Up

In the middle of OTAs and practice with a very new team, we are really...

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THE INCREASE: David Ledbetter - Stay Alert

“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator...

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THE INCREASE: Ikki Soma - Integrity of the Heart

“My people, hear my teaching;    listen to the words of my mouth. I will open...

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THE INCREASE: Josh McCown - In Moments of Uncertainty

A person who seeks God is a person who seeks truth. All truth is God’s...

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THE INCREASE: Eddie Taubensee - Who's Building Your House?

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with...

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - Successful Stats or Saving Souls?

When I first became a Christian I was convinced that I just needed to live...

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THE INCREASE: Adam LaRoche - Unapologetic

Coaching my son’s high school baseball team is not a career stepping stone for me....

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THE INCREASE: Jack Easterby - Brokenness

No matter how old we are, what we’ve seen, or what our status is in...

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THE INCREASE: Dave Dravecky - True Forgiveness

Recently I’ve been learning a lot about forgiveness. What I’m learning is that I’m not...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Hearing God's Voice

“God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” — Romans 11:29 God speaks to us in...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - Built Up

This season started out a little differently from what I hoped or expected. I began...

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THE INCREASE: Trey Burton - Reaching the Pinnacle

Winning the Super Bowl is reaching the pinnacle of what God created a football player...

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THE INCREASE: Ikki Soma - In Need of Direct Light

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.” — Psalm...

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THE INCREASE: Don Davis - We Don’t Serve an “Ish” God

I take pride in being a prompt person. Whether I’m headed to a doctor’s appointment,...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - Finding Peace In The Present

This year we have an awesome group of Christ-followers on the team, and it’s been...

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THE INCREASE: Ryan Hollingshead - Showcasing My Weaknesses

This season has been really difficult for me so far. After breaking my neck last...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Focus

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above...

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Vikings chaplain stays firm in bringing Gospel influence to NFL

Chaplain Tom Lamphere has been ministering to athletes and coaches on the Minnesota Vikings for...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Live Courageously

Receiving the Call to Courage Award this year was a tremendous honor. To have Frank...

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THE INCREASE: Tyler Clutts - Not My Plan But His

My journey to the NFL was not an easy one. While I wanted to enter...

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5 questions with Bears linebacker Sam Acho

We talked with Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho about his faith journey, how he’s living...

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THE INCREASE: Ikki Soma - Your Pain Has Purpose

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,...

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THE INCREASE: Matthew Boyd - Exuding Endless Love

When I think about my mom, the first thing I think of is endless love....

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Matt Holliday - The Impact of a Mother

(This piece originally ran on TheIncrease.com in May 2016)  There aren’t enough hours in a day...

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Dave Dravecky - The Glue That Held Us

I was one of five boys. . . you can only imagine what our house...

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THE INCREASE: Learning from My Mom - Demario Davis

My mother has been everything to me. Since she had me when she was only...

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