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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 not be able to pitch again this season. It has been such a physical and...

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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 of Christ, his faith journey, and the mentors that have impacted his life. Here’s what...

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Football

THE INCREASE: Matt Forte - Expanding the Game of Football

Recently, I was privileged to have been asked by the NFL to represent them as an ambassador to London. Looking to expand the game of football and talk to brands...

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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 schools or at events, and almost every time I do, I am asked, “How is...

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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 27:14 I hate to wait. My image of hell is that of spending an eternity...

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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 the future God has for you. When things aren’t going so well, it takes an...

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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 off. Each morning I wake up at 5 a.m., take a few minutes to come...

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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 a missions trip to Haiti with the University of Oklahoma football team and the girls’...

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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 always opened up a world of opportunities, connections and relationships. When I played on the...

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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 in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were...

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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 start, there is the excitement of spending time with teammates after an offseason away from...

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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 on the One who gave us life to live. Through the good times and the...

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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. That’s what we’ve been called to do in the Great Commission, isn’t it? The mission...

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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, I often hear people talk about my “platform.” We have all heard this before, but...

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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 in Him, but also to suffer for Him.” — Philippians 1:29 What are your passions...

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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 all part of the game. When you are one of the new guys on a...

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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 by the Bears and then cut by the Bears at the end of preseason. I...

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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 to Peru to join a group called Help One Now. It is a Christian organization focusing...

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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 5:25 There are so many demands on life: work, family, kids. But for me, there’s...

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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 branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He...

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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 at the time, but now as I think back on some of the conversations I...

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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 planned it would. It’s tough being in rehab because I have so much extra time...

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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 up our whole day, this is our time to sit down together as a group...

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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. I grew up a basketball player. Football only became something I thought I was good...

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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 to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give...

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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 year in Tampa. I was told that I wasn’t going to be traded, but I...

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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, go through the routine and push myself as hard as I can. There’s no halfway....

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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 has brought us to really dig in and search for answers in Scripture, instead of...

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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 will make a helper suitable for him.” — Genesis 2:18 Last year, my wife Tamela...

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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 helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who...

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THE INCREASE: Tim Howard - Grounded

Jesus Christ has done great things in my life. Everything else will fade away, but it’s our faith in Him that ultimately saves us. This is where true and lasting...

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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 had just come back up after being sent down to Triple-A and everything seemed unsure....

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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 to spend at home with my wife than I had in the past six years...

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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 at the Triple-A level, and decided it was time for me to step away from...

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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 to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all...

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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 if anything small gets in the way — if our expectations aren’t met, situations change, or...

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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 grow: they neither toil nor spin.” — Matthew 6:28 (ESV) I have read this passage in Matthew...

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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 whom you can tell don’t want the attention or recognition, they want it to be...

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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 where fans can gather to hear the Gospel from their team’s players. This year was...

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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, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them.”...

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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, we will be at the facility from sunup to sundown; this is the longest and...

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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 — learning to give up all control to Him — whether that’s on the field or...

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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 trip to the Dominican Republic, where they are doing incredible work fighting against the sex...

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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 California at JH Ranch, an incredible Christian-based camp that hosts youth, parent-child, and marriage retreats....

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Invitation

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask...

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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 right decision to end my NFL career after this past season. For one, the NFL...

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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. We have such a short offseason, and during it my family and I have been...

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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, before the teams come out on the field and the game’s festivities begin, players from...

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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 Nigeria. This year, Our team consisted of more than 70 people: 38 Americans who came...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Challenges

“Whatever anyone else dares to boast about — I am speaking as a fool — I also dare to boast about. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites?...

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THE INCREASE: Jordan Matthews - Authenticity

Recently a few of my teammates and our wives, along with our chaplain, had the chance to go to a Hillsong concert in downtown Boston. It was an awesome experience!...

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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 coach, Lovie Smith, walked at a faster-than-normal pace toward me. The look on his face...

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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 change the way I live out and talk about my faith in Jesus. In his...

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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. didn’t make it this time around, I’ll be watching as many games as I can....

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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 develop the character and purpose He has for meant for us to live in. Take...

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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 3:16, which says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s...

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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 has been great! I’m really enjoying the team and my coaches here. The playbook and...

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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 and take up their cross and follow Me.’” — Matthew 16:24 Often when we think of...

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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 was a God-pleaser. The motive behind their actions set the stage for the leadership. The...

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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 — has been committed to a summer Bible study together, studying the book of 1...

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Football

THE INCREASE: Sam Acho - An Unexpected Answer

I think a lot of times when people pray, they don’t truly believe God cares about what they’re praying about. I used to be one of those people. When I...

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Baseball

THE INCREASE: Luke Weaver - Choosing the Positive

This season our team has had its ups and downs. We have a lot of everyday players on the DL, but on the other hand, this has given the younger,...

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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. It’s a constant battle to keep a humble attitude every day I come into the...

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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 authority, not as teachers of the law.” — Mark 1:22 Because our enemy, Satan, is intimidated...

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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 DL this year until about the time August rolls around. But this time it’s different....

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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. I was so ready to play the 2017-2018 season, after having been on injured reserve...

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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 word that comes from the mouth of God.”’” — Matthew 4:4 Recently God has been showing...

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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 to say, let me explain. In a fair world, things happen in cause and effect....

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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 basis, but often we forget there’s another battle we’re dealing with — an unseen battle. If...

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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 of man he is. He is a strong leader, one who has always been very...

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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 my sport. As my coach for many years, he did everything he could to help...

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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 gelling well as a group. We have a number of returning players, but we also...

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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 and become like Him.” —Colossians 3:10 In this chapter, Paul is writing to the church...

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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 my mouth with a parable;    I will utter hidden things, things from of old —...

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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 truth. To seek means to genuinely wrestle with the questions of life and earnestly desire...

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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 the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the...

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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 the right way and play the right way then the Gospel would speak for itself...

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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. I don’t intend to coach as a career ever, but I do love pouring into...

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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 life, all of us have experienced brokenness. Whether it’s the broken down car on the...

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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 doing a very good job at it. Forgiveness is all about relationships. Concerning relationships, Jesus...

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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 a lot of different ways. The other day I was reading in my Bible about...

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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 spring training slightly injured, so they took it slow with me. Right now, though I’m...

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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 to do with his work. It was an amazing experience and one that I’ll never...

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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 32:3 After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, one of the biggest problems was mold in homes....

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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, a lunch meeting with a friend, or simply a pre-scheduled time to leave the house...

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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 so cool to watch God growing each guy individually. I see the Spirit moving in...

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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 year, it took me a while to get back into the swing of things. But...

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THE INCREASE: Steve Sisco - Focus

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” — Philippians 2:3 Statutes, commandments, rules, laws, decrees — we see these words in...

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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 Reich and his group recognize me for something like that was really special. A few...

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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 the NFL right after college, that’s not the path God had for me. I played...

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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 in the increase of Christ, and the mentors who have impacted his life. Here’s what...

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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, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its...

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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. There was no limitation to it; it was boundless. My mom was always there for...

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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 or days in a lifetime to tell you the impact that my wife, Leslee, has...

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THE INCREASE: 5 Questions with Patriots WR Jordan Matthews

We talked with New England Patriots wide receiver Jordan Matthews about his faith journey, how he’s living in the increase of Christ, and the mentors who have impacted his life....

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Dave Dravecky - The Glue That Held Us

I was one of five boys. . . you can only imagine what our house was like as we were being raised. Mom was wonderful in always keeping the boys...

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THE INCREASE: Taking Ownership – Chris Davis

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has made a name for himself in the major leagues. As a left-handed hitter, he has had tremendous success on the field, especially at...

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Benjamin Watson - Her Family Before Herself

I remember the beginning of my second year at the University of Georgia; I was at a student block party on campus when I saw Kirsten for the first time....

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THE INCREASE: Chris Maragos - Be Still

Just be still. This is the message God’s been hammering into my heart for the past few months. After the Super Bowl win, we were all pulled in a lot...

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THE INCREASE: Demario Davis - Coming Back Stronger

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,...

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THE INCREASE: Malcolm Jenkins - Don't Miss Out

There is no way you can live a Christ-like life and not serve in some kind of capacity. If you look at the life of Jesus, everything He did involved...

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THE INCREASE: Since That Day – Buck Farmer

Late August 2016 a simple breakfast meeting changed my life. I’d been attending our team chapels regularly when one week, our chaplain Jeff asked me if I would grab breakfast...

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THE INCREASE: Getting Dressed in the Dark

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were...

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THE INCREASE: Sam Acho - Write the Vision

It’s been a journey for me in Chicago. When I was in Arizona for four years, everyone thought I was going to retire a Cardinal. I was a fan-favorite, the...

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THE INCREASE: Daniel Norris - How He Created Me

Patience. This is what God has placed on my heart for this season. As I pray for patience in the midst of circumstances that might not be what I hope...

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THE INCREASE: A New Challenge – Luke Weaver

Spring training has been different in many ways this year. I’ve definitely been more comfortable around the guys since I’ve now established great friendships with many of them over the...

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THE INCREASE: A Step of Faith - Jordan Matthews

I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to play in New England this year. Of all the places I visited during free agency, I felt like this was the...

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THE INCREASE: Greater is Within Me - Ted Winsley

“Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He who lives in you is greater...

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THE INCREASE: The Unknowns of a New Season – Chris Maragos

Recovery from season-ending knee surgery has been slow but good. I’ve finally been cleared to start my running progressions and pool training, but I still have a long way to...

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THE INCREASE: Security and Significance – Demario Davis

Recently, I heard a speaker talk about the two most important things you can show your spouse: security and significance. But the true motivation behind this came from the illustration...

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THE INCREASE: Reaching Your Full Potential

“Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” — 1 Timothy 4:14 Suppose Steve Jobs had died before...

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THE INCREASE: In a Place of Solitude – Matthew Boyd

“The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the Earth be silent before Him.” — Habakkuk 2:20 First thing in the morning, I stepped onto the mound, preparing to do...

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THE INCREASE: Action Required - Jordan Hicks

Seeking shows action; it shows a pursuit. In order to seek Christ, you have to put forth an effort and predetermination in the fact that you are choosing to find...

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THE INCREASE: Easy Distractions - Daniel Norris

We all have things that distract us from God. For me, baseball can easily become that distraction. In moments when my pitching is off, I’m injured, or stressed about a...

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THE INCREASE: On Solid Ground – Dave Wilson

God is on the move in the midst of the storm. It’s always discouraging when you lose games or the season doesn’t go as you expect it to. We experienced...

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THE INCREASE: Face Down - Kelvin Beachum

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” — Matthew 7:7 The Bible says, “Knock and the...

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THE INCREASE: Anything is Possible - James McCann

Due to pregnancy complications with my mother, doctors gave me a 1-in-4 chance to survive birth, and if I did, it was all but guaranteed that I would be faced...

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THE INCREASE: To The Next Level - Demario Davis

Last year I began an internship with United Way in Alexandria, Va. Passionate about creating ways for NFL players to become more involved in their local communities, I wanted to...

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THE INCREASE: Where God Has Me - Benjamin Watson

We know it’s the Holy Spirit who draws people to Himself, but as believers, we have the opportunity to engage with others. We are invited by Christ to participate in...

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THE INCREASE: A Moment to Remember – Luke Weaver

Celebrating Easter is always tough because it comes during the season. It’s tough, but not impossible. You just have to be creative to find ways to make the day special....

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GOOD FRIDAY: A Sacrifice of Intentionality – Jack Easterby

There are so many times when we try to join God. We go to Him in prayer or we attend a worship service and we consciously understand His presence. We...

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THE INCREASE: One Overall Mission - Adam LaRoche

Since 1953, the National Prayer Breakfast has been an important gathering for world leaders to join hands in Washington, D.C. This year, more than 3,000 of our country and world...

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THE INCREASE: The Strength to Surrender - Malcolm Jenkins

When I think of all the positions I’ve been in — an NFL player, a leader, a team captain and an oldest brother — I see I’ve always been put...

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THE INCREASE: Locked In - Daniel Norris

Spring training has begun and it’s so good to be back with everyone, stepping back onto the field to play the game we love. This season, and every season, my...

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THE INCREASE: Called to be Different – LaMorris Crawford

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and...

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THE INCREASE: 5 Questions With FC Dallas' Ryan Hollingshead

We talked with FC Dallas defender/midfielder Ryan Hollingshead about his faith journey, how he’s living in the increase of Christ, and the mentors who have impacted his life. Here’s what...

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THE INCREASE: He Has Kept Me - Kelvin Beachum

When I think of the word “surrender,” I think of a dying to the flesh. I need to put to death my desire to do things that are not Godly,...

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THE INCREASE: Fallen Yet Loved – Benjamin Watson

Recently I brought my oldest two daughters to Montgomery and Selma Ala., on a civil rights tour with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) and the Faith in Politics...

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THE INCREASE: Leaving Baseball at the Field – Matthew Boyd

Until I met my wife, Ashley, I didn’t realize the only way anyone can truly flourish in their marriage is by letting Christ be at the center of it. We...

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THE INCREASE: Choose Your Gate - LaMorris Crawford

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and...

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THE INCREASE: Thrilled to be a Saint - Demario Davis

I couldn’t be more excited to join the New Orleans Saints this season. Free agency is an interesting time. We had heard from quite a few teams that they were...

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THE INCREASE: Dedicated - Chris Maragos

We reached the pinnacle; we climbed to the top of the ladder. We won the Super Bowl! It is so amazing to be able to enjoy the blessings God has...

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THE INCREASE: Stepping Away from the Game - Mark Appel

My experience in baseball has not been what I expected it to be. I’ve had countless struggles both on and off the field — injuries, trades and other unforeseen circumstances....

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THE INCREASE: Final Surrender - Jordan Hicks

“Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.’” — Matthew 16:24 In Scripture, Christ paints a picture...

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THE INCREASE: A New Normal - Daniel Morris

There are tons of ways to get involved in community outreach. Whether you are reaching out to younger kids, the uneducated or underprivileged, those in poverty, the sick or the...

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THE INCREASE: Who Gets the Glory? - Mickey Weston

Each of us has the tendency to give honor, special attention and glory to those we deem to be “superstars.” Many times, the “average” individual, or the person who works...

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THE INCREASE: A Powerful Motivator - Luke Weaver

This year, I’ve chosen to read through the Bible in a year, and it’s been challenging at times to stay on track. Even when I’m traveling, I try to stay...

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THE INCREASE: Seeking Something Greater – Malcolm Jenkins

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” — Mark 10:27 Without seeking God, we limit our...

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THE INCREASE: A Day To Proclaim - Matthew Boyd

Last season was my first time being a part of Detroit’s Home Plate event. For those of you who don’t know what Home Plate is, it’s a day for baseball...

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THE INCREASE: In the Trenches - Kelvin Beachum

In my locker room, I have the opportunity to serve my teammates, the guys who are next to me every day. But I know I need to serve outside of my...

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THE INCREASE: Afflicted - Jerry Birch

As the Lord began to break me through untold adversity, transforming my life using all my fears, frustrations, failure and folly, I was led to these verses in Psalm 119. These...

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Bringing Justice by Truth – Adam LaRoche

Recently, I returned from Las Vegas where a group of 30 of us were combatting the sex trafficking that surrounds Super Bowl week. Within the fight for freedom from this...

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THE INCREASE: Called to Wait – Ryan Hollingshead

Most people build up professional sports to be the pinnacle of all career goals. It’s the top thing most young people dream about doing. Who doesn’t want to play sports...

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THE INCREASE: Taking Radical Action - Demario Davis

Who is going to be first in the Kingdom? He who is last in the world will be first in the Kingdom. Here you have to be a servant —...

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THE INCREASE: Declaring Spiritual Bankruptcy – Jack Easterby

At the end of the season, we as a team were taking a look at a well-known parable in the Bible: The Good Samaritan. If you don’t know this one,...

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THE INCREASE: Serve or Be Served – Scott Linebrink

While at a sports conference for Christian athletes a few months ago, I heard Francis Chan relay a story of an interaction he recently had with Joni Eareckson Tada. He...

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THE INCREASE: Giving Up The Double Life - Kelvin Beachum

I grew up in a very traditional Christian home. Church was something we did on a daily basis: Sunday school, Sunday morning worship, Sunday night service, Bible band on Tuesday,...

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THE INCREASE: Experiencing the Impossible - Chris Maragos

This year’s Super Bowl experience was unbelievable. It was such a fun game and from the viewer’s standpoint, it was really exciting to watch since it was so back and...

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THE INCREASE: Growing Together - Terry Evans

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave...

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THE INCREASE: Use Your Game – Luke Weaver

Recently my wife, Olivia, and I returned from a trip with Adam Wainwright and his family to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This being our second year traveling down with...

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THE INCREASE: Prayer in Perspective - Trey Burton

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” — Proverbs 19:21 I used to pray for a win. When I was an early...

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THE INCREASE: The Secret Revealed - David Ledbetter

How to be a great husband. The secret revealed. There is no secret. There is no one secret, tip or answer that is going to magically create the best husband...

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THE INCREASE: Humility Required - Matt Forte

From birth we are spoiled. Unable to provide anything for yourself, you learn to be dependent on others doing stuff for you. It takes a lot of time and growth...

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THE INCREASE: Not As Our Sins Deserve - Jerry Birch

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits — who forgives all your sins and...

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THE INCREASE: Right Where He Wants Me - Chris Maragos

My prayer life has increased drastically over the past few months. I’ve learned that the growth of my personal prayer life is a direct reflection of my heart’s desperation for...

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THE INCREASE: No Casual Commitment - Adam LaRoche

Recently, my good friend, former MLB pitcher Scott Linebrink, rounded up a group of former and current pro baseball players, along with Francis Chan and his son, to journey down...

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THE INCREASE: Living for the King - Demario Davis

“Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses...

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THE INCREASE: Strength Not Our Own - Chris Maragos

The strength of the team is not built on any one guy. This has become more evident to me this year. In fact, it’s been a major blessing to realize...

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THE INCREASE: Dare to Dream Big - Ted Winsley

“What more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered...

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THE INCREASE: Jumping In - Luke Weaver

It was about a year ago when I was watching a bunch of my teammates and friends be baptized that my wife, Olivia, asked me the question. “You’ve been baptized,...

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THE INCREASE: Keeping Marriage Fresh - Demario Davis

This past year, we as a team didn’t want to only focus on our players’ Bible study, we also wanted to invest in our marriages. When the busyness of the...

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THE INCREASE: A Change of Perspective - Adam LaRoche

At the end of 2017, my wife handed me an envelope. In it was a letter I had written to myself the year before — a list of things I...

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THE INCREASE: Faith To Subdue Your Dream - Ted Winsley

“What more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms,...

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THE INCREASE: Producing Perseverance - Eagles Trey Burton

This season has been a whirlwind. We were so excited to be excelling in the playoffs! Our team hasn’t won the division in a long time; this city definitely deserves...

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THE INCREASE: Fast Track to Faith – Daniel Norris

For me, the process of getting drafted, going through the minor leagues, and then making it into the majors felt like I was on somewhat of a fast track. I...

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THE INCREASE: Multiply - Demario Davis

“Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” — Matthew 6:33 Last year I took the year to focus on one...

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THE INCREASE: A Friend of God - David Ledbetter

“Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son...

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THE INCREASE: Counter Cultural - Don Davis

“After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them.”...

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THE INCREASE: New Year, New Plan - Luke Weaver

My hope for the new year is that I would make the team right out of camp and be able to play at the big league level for the whole...

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THE INCREASE: Jesus, The True Vine - Victor Black

How beautiful is a bouquet of roses? Yet the moment they were cut from the rose bush, they ceased to continue in growth and began a slow death. Just like...

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THE INCREASE: An Act of Intentionality - Matt Forte

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you”  — Matthew 6:33 The more I read this verse, the more I love it. As I...

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THE INCREASE: What's Next? - Benjamin Watson

Coming back is never easy. Entering back into the league this year after coming off an Achilles injury, I didn’t really know if I’d be able to play. But being...

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THE INCREASE: A Different Sort of Peace - Jack Easterby

How is Jesus’ peace different from our peace? He doesn’t have an adversarial relationship with the Heavenly Father because of sin — we do. Jesus came down to Earth to...

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THE INCREASE: A Season of Patience - Daniel Norris

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” — Colossians 3:15 God has been teaching me...

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THE INCREASE: Seek Him First - Demario Davis

Before we come to Christ we find ourselves constantly searching for many things — success, money, fame — and the world continually tells us to look for more. But God’s Word...

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THE INCREASE: True Dependency – Chris Maragos

Experiencing this season-ending injury (I tore my posterior cruciate ligament on Oct. 12) has really stretched me in my faith. We often talk about putting our trust in the Lord and depending...

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THE INCREASE: Prince of Peace - Jack Easterby

This time of year we often talk about joy to the world and peace to all men. But what is peace? Peace is not an absence of conflict, it’s an...

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THE INCREASE: The Focus This Christmas - Matthew Boyd

Growing up and celebrating Christmas with my family was always such an amazing time. We’d read the Christmas story from the Gospel on Christmas Eve, followed by our Christmas morning...

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THE INCREASE: Take in the Moment – J.J. Hoover

I love Christmastime. This year I’m excited to escape up to the old Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Wash., where we’ve rented a cabin for both sides of the family to...

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THE INCREASE: Grounded – Luke Weaver

Whatever input you allow into your mind will directly affect your behavior. At least, I know this is true for me. Whenever I begin to slip in the music I...

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THE INCREASE: My Favorite Time Of The Year - Matt Forte

Christmas is going to be a big deal this year. Both sides of the family will be coming to our place to celebrate so we are looking forward to a...

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THE INCREASE: Culture Trumps Vision - Ted Winsley

There’s something unique happening on the Philadelphia Eagles team. It’s been a long time coming. In fact, it started years ago when Nick Foles joined the team. He was a...

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THE INCREASE: Abba Father - Adam Wainwright

My wife and I try to love each other in such a way that there is no room for the kids to doubt that mom and dad love each other...

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THE INCREASE: Make His Name Known - Demario Davis

I’ve always envisioned myself in the NFL. Since I was little I dreamed about being a successful professional football player with a lot of money, cars, a big house and...

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THE INCREASE: Overcoming Obstacles - Eagles Chaplain Ted Winsley

“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’...

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THE INCREASE: 5 Questions with Raptors C.J. Miles

We talked with Toronto Raptors forward C.J. Miles about his faith journey, how he’s living in the increase of Christ, and the mentors that have impacted his life. What effect...

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THE INCREASE: A Welcome Distraction – Mark Appel

When I’m not on the baseball field, I still enjoy competing. Whether that’s through games with friends, competitions with my brother, or lining up my two fantasy football teams so...

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THE INCREASE: Don’t Go At It Alone – Matt Forte

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17 Our couples’ Bible study has been really great this year. We have a lot of men from our...

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THE INCREASE: Living with Enthusiasm – J.J. Hoover

“My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks...

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THE INCREASE: A Victory That Lasts – Jeff Totten

Everyone knows the Nike brand right? We’re all familiar with the iconic swoosh that is represented on countless of athletes’ clothing and sports gear. But do you know where the...

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THE INCREASE: Only by God – Trey Burton

I’m usually the type of guy who needs to see something to believe it. But sometimes things don’t work out that way. Prayer has been a huge part of developing...

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THE INCREASE: What About a Prayer? – The History of #HisHuddle

This article was originally published on December 3, 2015. December 3rd, 2015 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the NFL’s postgame prayer circle. What started as a Monday night game experiment...

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THE INCREASE: Gospel Influence in the NFL - Becky York

Chaplain Tom Lamphere has been ministering to athletes and coaches on the Minnesota Vikings for 24 years. He has seen his fair share of ups and downs during his time...

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THE INCREASE: Confidence to Do Good – C.J. Miles

“Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor...

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Sports Spectrum

THE INCREASE: Thanksgiving from a player's view

Happy Thanksgiving! “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” — Psalm 107:1 Let’s take a look at what our athletes are thankful for this season:...

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THE INCREASE: The Perfect Thanksgiving - Adam LaRoche

Chaos. Complete chaos is the best way to describe Thanksgiving Day for our family. We typically have zero plans until the week before. We don’t have any specific traditions, and...

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THE INCREASE: An Unsinkable Kingdom – Mark Mitchell

“One day Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed,...

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THE INCREASE: Beginning to Comprehend – Chris Maragos

We couldn’t be more excited to have welcomed our third child — our daughter, Cambria Rose — into our family on Oct. 16. The whole process of having a baby...

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THE INCREASE: Kept in Perfect Peace – Mark Appel

As I look back at this season, I can recognize some really high points, as well as some low ones. The month of June was great. It was the most...

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THE INCREASE: Called to Simply Worship – Trey Burton

In Philly, we’re not a one-man show. We’re not even a two- or three-man show. We’re made up of a group of really important men whose trained roles are critical...

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THE INCREASE: Know What You Believe - Steven Souza

This past season our team Bible study group went through a book called “Grounded in Faith” by Ken Erisman. This was one of the coolest workbooks I had ever picked...

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THE INCREASE: The Crown of Life – LaMorris Crawford

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love...

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THE INCREASE: A Joyful Noise – Matt Forte

The Psalms and Proverbs are my favorite books of the Bible because there’s just so much knowledge and wisdom inside. Every time I read them, something new sticks out to...

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THE INCREASE: Making the Biggest Impact – Luke Weaver

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll...

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THE INCREASE: Gratitude that Lasts – Demario Davis

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” — Philippians 4:6 Before we go to God to...

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THE INCREASE: Refine and Reconnect – J.J. Hoover

This past season held many highlights for me. One of the best was getting the chance to reestablish myself in the big leagues. It felt so good to be competing...

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THE INCREASE: Your Most Prized Possession – LaMorris Crawford

Jesus does not want to be No. 1 on a list of 10. He came to be No. 1 on a list of one. We know we have an enemy...

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THE INCREASE: Love At All Times – Steven Souza

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” — Proverbs 17:17 This season I was able to experience just how important a...

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THE INCREASE: A Lasting Wisdom – David Ledbetter

“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” — Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV) It’s not easy to stay focused. Attention is a limited resource. Every...

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THE INCREASE: Whatever it Takes – Chris Maragos

I’m planning for knee surgery on Nov. 7, which has me on IR and ultimately means my season is over. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that came from a fluke play...

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THE INCREASE: Taking the Time – Luke Weaver

Prayer is such an important thing, if not the most important thing about my relationship with God. Prayer allows us to articulate to God what we’re thinking, what we’re thankful for, and...

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THE INCREASE: What Are You Clinging To? – Terry Evans

If the Christian life is about waiting confidently for eternal life with our Lord which God has promised, then what should we be doing while we are waiting here on...

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THE INCREASE: Priorities and Pursuits – Matt Forte

Not only is our competitive season going well so far, we’ve been seeing more and more guys come to Bible study this year. I always pray before I head on...

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THE INCREASE: Our Part in God’s Story – Jack Easterby

The story of a football player is often the same: I want to be great, make money and score X number of touchdowns. The mistake we often make in life...

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THE INCREASE: Patiently Waiting – Demario Davis

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set...

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THE INCREASE: What is Greatness? – Adam LaRoche

Baseball is a refining sport, both in one’s athleticism and in their character. Early on in my career I know I was a more selfish — focusing on my own success,...

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THE INCREASE: An Agent of Change – Ted Winsley

While I was growing up, my mother, a biology teacher, was always very interested in science and chemistry. Though I didn’t share the same enthusiasm for science, there was one...

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THE INCREASE: What Cannot Be Shaken – Mark Appel

“Lord, who may dwell in Your sacred tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth...

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THE INCREASE: Acknowledging the Author – Jack Easterby

Mankind’s biggest problem is not knowing or admitting its authorship. We find ourselves at Chapter 9 of God’s story and want to write Chapters 9-20 on our own. We think...

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THE INCREASE: Kingdom-Focused – Demario Davis

Having just secured our third win in a row, team morale is rising and we’re becoming more confident week by week. Though our team is fairly new together, our chemistry...

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THE INCREASE: 5 Increase Questions with Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver

We talked with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver about his faith journey, how he’s living in the increase of Christ, and the mentors that have impacted his life. Here’s...

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THE INCREASE: Defending the Defenseless – Adam LaRoche

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”— Psalm 82:3 I love this Psalm. One of my greatest passions is caring for the...

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THE INCREASE: Expecting a Great Change – Trey Burton

A few weeks ago we held a fundraising event during our kickoff game against the Redskins. It was a fan-base competition to see whose fans could raise the most money...

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THE INCREASE: Focus On The Main Thing - Chris Maragos

When I look at my life I see so many things vying for my attention — so many things worth evaluating, pursuing or enjoying. All of us are being constantly bombarded...

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THE INCREASE: Measured by Motivation – Matt Forte

This year, my teammates and I are not listening to any outside noise. We’re not paying attention to the messages or voices of doubt we hear on the TV, or...

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THE INCREASE: To Know Jesus, Not Of Him – LaMorris Crawford

Jesus wants us to know Him, not just of Him. James, the brother of Jesus, has an amazing story. You see, James didn’t actually become a follower of Jesus until...

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THE INCREASE: Passion Prompted by God – J.J. Hoover

A few years ago I was dead set on never leaving the country — I had no reason or desire to. But last offseason my wife and I found ourselves...

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THE INCREASE: Advocates in Adversity – Scott Linebrink

There seem to be natural disasters devastating countless regions around the world right now, with no end in the near future. Our teams at Water Mission have been hard at...

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THE INCREASE: Where’s Your Foundation? – Chris Maragos

Recently our team Bible study has been focusing on where our foundation lies — both as individuals and as a team. You see, whatever you establish as the foundation for...

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THE INCREASE: Love Thy Neighbor - Demario Davis

Over the last year and a half, racial tensions have grown significantly in our country. I don’t know why that is. Racial tension has always existed in our world, but...

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THE INCREASE: Be the change - Pastor Ted Winsley

All too often we look to our pastors to create changes in our lives or communities, but nowhere in Scripture does God say pastors are the only ones He’s calling...

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The Increase: Live to Serve - Tyler Clutts

Service takes selflessness. We’re all called to serve — not just at an event or by donating to a charity, but on a day-to-day basis we are designed to serve...

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The Increase: Better Than Baseball - Adam Wainwright

I love baseball. It’s the perfect game. And when the umpire invites us to “Play ball!” at the beginning of every game, the whole thing just comes alive for me....

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THE INCREASE: Ask for Wisdom – LaMorris Crawford

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you...

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THE INCREASE: Back in the Big Leagues - J.J. Hoover

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” — James 1:17 I’m back in...

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THE INCREASE: Creating a Culture – Matt Forte

My teammates and I are not only creating community, we’re creating culture. This year we’re kicking off a couples’ Bible study for our team. I’m so excited about this! I’ve...

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THE INCREASE: The Little Things - David Ledbetter

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge.” —Proverbs 12:1 These two traits walk hand-in-hand. It takes discipline to grow in knowledge and continue growing in it. It’s hard to humble oneself and...

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THE INCREASE: Nothing More, Nothing Less – Tyler Clutts

I’m now in my second year out of the league, and I have to say, I have a much easier time enjoying football. Instead of feeling like I’m on the...

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THE INCREASE: But first, humility - Trey Burton

Growing up without a father figure, I was extremely blessed to have a few incredible high school football coaches who acted as such to me. They may not have lived...

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THE INCREASE: Humility before honor - Demario Davis

Our team is a group of talented and determined men, focused on one goal for the season, and yet we know we need to walk in humility and community in...

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THE INCREASE: Seasons - David Ledbetter

Seasons. What’s the purpose of having different seasons in life? Why can’t I expect the same things all the time? My life runs on this roller coaster of seasonal hills...

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Daily Devotional - Wednesday August 30, 2017

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord....

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THE INCREASE: Expectant to Move - Mark Appel

My guess is that no one is immune to placing unrealistic or unhealthy expectations on life. We all tend to overestimate what we think we might want, need, or should...

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THE INCREASE: Faith to fight for freedom - Trey Burton

On our 2017 season kicks off Sept. 10, when we’ll face our rival team: the Washington Redskins. While we are playing hard on the field, facing our biggest competition in...

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THE INCREASE: He makes us ONE - Ted Winsley

It’s time to quit religion. People don’t need more religion; more than anything, people need to know how to have a relationship with God. The traditions of men can often...

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THE INCREASE: Uniquely Equipped – Chris Maragos

It’s been so amazing to be surrounded by such uniquely gifted men on the Eagles. These men not only have incredible talent on the football field, but many of them...

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THE INCREASE: Looking Pride in the Eye - Scott Linebrink

The roar of the crowd and the applause of thousands have an intoxicating appeal that fuels our instinctive desire to be known for doing something great. As professionals, we all...

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THE INCREASE: Power in the Pregame – J.J. Hoover

God calls us to be uncomfortable. I’ve been experiencing this a lot lately. This season has been full of ups and downs for me. I’ve struggled with being sent down to...

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THE INCREASE: Shift in perspective - Mark Appel

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose...

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THE INCREASE: Take what they give you - Eddie Taubensee

Hitting is one of the toughest things to do in sports. There’s a pitcher who can throw a small ball over 90 mph, changing the ball’s speed and moving it...

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THE INCREASE: Worth the investment - Matt Forte

Marriage is one of the greatest gifts God’s given us. To be able to have such a deep and lasting relationship with another person who you can do life and...

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THE INCREASE: Right Here, Right Now – JJ Hoover

I got off to a really good start this year. I made the Diamondbacks right out of camp, which was my goal. I absolutely loved the team. It was incredibly...

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Baseball

THE INCREASE: Back to the bases - Adam LaRoche

When I first started reaching out to former teammates and players, I wasn’t sure who would be interested. It takes a while — at least a month or so —...

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THE INCREASE: The Power of a Changed Life – Steven Souza

Discipleship changes lives. I think we often rush over the idea of discipleship. We easily forget the very last commandment Jesus gave us before He left earth: “Go into all...

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THE INCREASE: Transformed from the inside out - Demario Davis

Since entering into a new city, a new team, and a new season, God has been teaching me how to truly be dependent on Him alone. No matter how much...

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THE INCREASE: Worth Fighting For - Trey Burton

Recently I returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where a group of us from the NFL went to see the work God is doing through International Justice Mission...

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THE INCREASE: Why Wait? - David Ledbetter

What has waiting ever done for me? At first thought, it’s just plain useless! I want to get out there and try to get things done. In fact, even if...

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THE INCREASE: God cares for you - Dave Dravecky

As a former Major League pitcher, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to many players, teams, coaches, and fans about my story. Recently I was asked to speak to a...

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THE INCREASE: Why Worry? - Matt Forte

Throughout this offseason, I’ve been learning a lot about how to defend against anxiety. It’s easy to become anxious, but the Bible warns against letting worry overtake our lives. In...

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THE INCREASE: Through the Storm - Kyle Gibson

“That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was,...

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THE INCREASE: Get Uncomfortable – Trey Burton

The whole reason why I play football is to make the name of Jesus known. God’s given me the ability and opportunity to play a game I love. Not for...

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THE INCREASE: Lift Up Your Eyes - Eddie Taubensee

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of our own lives. The day to day monotony or stress we face often consumes our thoughts and actions. This year...

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THE INCREASE: Driven to Serve – Adam Wainwright

*The Roberto Clemente Award is an annual award given in recognition to an MLB player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on...

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THE INCREASE: A Better Message - Don Davis

Recently I went on a vision trip to the Dominican Republic (DR) with International Justice Mission (IJM). The mission of IJM is to “Rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that...

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THE INCREASE: In Step With The Spirit - Steven Souza

Why is it uncomfortable for many believers to talk about the Holy Spirit? The Bible talks about it over and over again, but it’s a subject that we all too...

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THE INCREASE: Not Ashamed To Speak Up - Demario Davis

Ever since college, I’ve had a heart to speak publicly. I remember when a motivational speaker came to the classroom one day, I was inspired to impact others as he...

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THE INCREASE: Be Coachable - Matt Forte

Throughout my football career, my favorite coach—the one who impacted me the most—was my father. Throughout little league and high school, the way my father coached me left an impression...

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THE INCREASE: Not By Chance - Brandon Boykin

During this past offseason I was simply focusing on staying in shape and healthy, waiting for an opportunity. I was trusting that the right opportunity would present itself, but I...

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THE INCREASE: The Welcome Back - Demario Davis

Being traded back to New York was a surprise. I really didn’t see it coming, and at first, I was a bit shocked. I didn’t feel like our time in...

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THE INCREASE: I Love My Country - Adam Wainwright

I love my country. When you watch the World Baseball Classic or other worldwide competitions, it often seems like other nations have a greater sense of pride in their country...

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THE INCREASE: Be Aware - Adam LaRoche

Because I’m active in the fight against human trafficking, and involved with local law enforcement, I see a lot of substance abuse. In fact, I count myself both fortunate and...

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THE INCREASE: Fine Tuning - Chris Maragos

Offseason training is a great opportunity to build into the new guys on the team and focus on your own training as an individual. I love spending that time really...

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THE INCREASE: Overcoming The Slump - Adam Wainwright

At the moment, I really have to persevere. My season started off pretty rough and then I completely turned it around. This is a game of numbers and I had...

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THE INCREASE: Bringing Jesus Back Into The Game - Matt Forte

“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” —John 17:16 I have always been a firm believer in this Scriptural truth—we are supposed to be...

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THE INCREASE: The Least of These – Scott Linebrink

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him,...

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THE INCREASE: 5 Questions With Ravens CB Brandon Boykin

What effect does your faith have on your lifestyle? My faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of my life, I base everything else in my life off of this....

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THE INCREASE: Who We Are – Dave Dravecky

When I see my grandkids going through a hard time, the first thing I do is to sit them down and remind them how special they are. “Do you know...

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THE INCREASE: Outside the Room – Ted Winsley

I’m really excited to have Nick Foles back on our team. His dedication to Christ is unique, especially in the football profession. When he was first on the Eagles, I...

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THE INCREASE: Image of the Father - Matt Holliday

Raising kids is challenging, it’s awesome, it’s fun, it’s the whole gamut. My favorite thing about being a father is doing everyday life with my four kids. It’s the day...

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THE INCREASE: Pointing People Upward - Tyler Clutts

Recently I’ve been going through the 50 Days of Heaven study by Randy Alcorn. Throughout this study Randy is painting this picture of what everyone hopes Heaven will be like....

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THE INCREASE: All Things Epic - Tyler Clutts

Recently, a friend of mine and I started a digital radio show called All Things Epic. Each week we are highlighting the epic things that people are doing within our...

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THE INCREASE: Leaning In - Trey Burton

Before this past season began my wife Yesenia and I started talking and praying together about what God wanted from us this year. We prayed consistently, knowing that we have...

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THE INCREASE: Where True Hope Lies – Mark Appel

It feels great to finally be healthy, back on a team, and competing again. We’re in the full swing of the season now and I’m really thankful for where I...

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