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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford thankful for prayers after his wife Kelly's brain surgery

Matthew Stafford spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since his wife, Kelly, underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor on her cranial nerves, and he said she's doing well....

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Former NFL sack king Mark Gastineau finds strength in his faith as he fights against cancer

In the 1980s, Mark Gastineau was one of the NFL’s biggest personalities — a hard-partying, mink coat-wearing, sack-celebrating defensive lineman who terrorized opposing quarterbacks. Today, Gastineau's body is riddled by...

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Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson buys his mom a house for Mother's Day

The first big purchases Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has made after signing a four-year, $140 million extension last month have been all about showing his gratitude to others. Wilson first...

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Atlanta Falcons rookie RB Qadree Ollison chooses forgiveness over hatred after brother's murder

It was 10:20 on the morning of October 14, 2017, and Qadree Ollison was preparing to take the field against NC State as a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers. >>...

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NEW PODCAST: Austin Carr, New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver

THIS IS EPISODE 295 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Austin Carr was a former walk-on at Northwestern University, where he earned a scholarship and eventually became a starting wide receiver...

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Benjamin Watson unretires to join New England Patriots for 16th season

Benjamin Watson's retirement lasted just over four months. After announcing in December that his 15th NFL season would be his last, Watson met with the New England Patriots on Thursday...

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Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott pays for funeral of 8th-grade football star struck by stray bullet

The heartbreaking story of Jaylon McKenzie touched the hearts of millions around the country, and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has decided to do something about it. Elliott will...

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NEW PODCAST: Josh Eargle, Kansas Jayhawks Senior Offensive Analyst

THIS IS EPISODE 294 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Josh Eargle joined the Kansas football staff in January 2019 as a senior analyst for the offense after spending the previous...

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Top QB prospect D.J. Uiagalelei cites faith as main reason for committing to Clemson

The national champion Clemson Tigers may have found their next starting quarterback once Trevor Lawrence departs. D.J. Uiagalelei, ESPN's top-ranked pocket passer and Rivals' top overall prospect in the class...

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Father thanks God for 49ers draft pick Dre Greenlaw, who saved his daughter at college party

When the San Francisco 49ers drafted linebacker Dre Greenlaw on Saturday in the fifth round (148th overall), they knew they were getting one of the top linebackers from the best...

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New Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dalton Risner enters NFL as 'missionary for Him'

A Colorado boy, former Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner was thrilled when we was selected in the second round Friday by the Denver Broncos with the 41st overall pick...

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Wide receiver N'Keal Harry thanks God, is 'ready to get to work' for New England Patriots

Early Thursday afternoon, before an evening that would set the direction of his life, former Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry turned to Twitter and publicly vowed to "put my...

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Linebacker Devin White guided by his faith heading into NFL Draft as projected top-5 pick

Every year, the NFL invites 20 or so of the top prospects to attend the draft in person. The invitees are almost always projected first-round picks. >> Subscribe to Sports...

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Receiver D.K. Metcalf aims to spread 'the Gospel through football' when he gets to NFL

D.K. Metcalf's numbers from his time at Ole Miss won't get him drafted. In three seasons, the wide receiver caught just 67 passes for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns. Most...

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Baseball

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

"And the Gospel must first be preached to all nations." — Mark 13:10 Standing Firm It was the ninth inning, and our team was trying to close out the game....

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L.A. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joins the fight against human trafficking

While 31-year-old Clayton Kershaw’s baseball career is nearing its final act, his legacy off the field is picking up steam.  An ESPN profile of Kershaw documented his recent trip to...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty." — Proverbs 22:3 Watch the Bunt! I was umpiring a 9-year-old baseball game this week...

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NEW PODCAST: Chris Singleton, Former Pro Baseball Player

THIS IS EPISODE 292 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Chris Singleton is a former pro baseball player, selected in the 19th round of the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft by the...

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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright becomes adoptive father, gets 150 wins and a statue

Times are good right now for veteran St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. On Wednesday, the 37-year-old in his 15th season with the Cardinals notched his 150th career win. He...

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NEW PODCAST: Simon Gühring, 6-Time German Baseball Champion

THIS IS EPISODE 290 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Simon Gühring is a six-time German national champion baseball player. He was just the third German to sign a professional contract...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, April 29, 2019

"Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky,...

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NEW PODCAST: Dave Dravecky, Former MLB Pitcher

THIS IS EPISODE 288 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Dave Dravecky's story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988, Dravecky...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Friday, April 26, 2019

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.” — Proverbs 14:4 Keep Swinging! Most people familiar even a little bit with...

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NEW PODCAST: Nick Mingione, Kentucky Baseball Head Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 287 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Nick Mingione became the head baseball coach at the University of Kentucky in June 2016. Prior to his time with the...

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The sports world celebrates Easter on social media

As Christians celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus this weekend, people from around the sports world gave thanks for the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwcl-YGhE_G/ https://twitter.com/CJC9BOSS/status/1119281988987265024 https://twitter.com/LaVall_Jordan/status/1119187140255059968...

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Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis found perseverance in his faith during record-breaking slump

Baseball can be a mentally punishing sport. Just ask Chris Davis, who recently set the unenviable record for consecutive at-bats without a hit, going 0-for-54 at the plate. It was...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, April 15, 2019

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” — Matthew 5:39 Jackie Robinson...

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Former MLB pitcher Scott Sanderson, who 'walked so humbly in his faith in Christ,' passes away

Former major league pitcher Scott Sanderson, who spent 19 years in the big leagues, died on Thursday. He was 62, and a cause of death was not known. A third-round...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, April 11, 2019

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” — 2 Timothy 3:16 The Veteran Coach There is video making the rounds with the...

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Basketball

How NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady influenced Judah Smith to become a pastor

Look at Tracy McGrady's long list of career accomplishments, and you'll find something surprising. I'm not talking about his seven NBA All-Star Game appearances, two seasons as NBA scoring champion,...

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Basketball

NEW PODCAST: Austin Hatch, Former Michigan Basketball Player

THIS IS EPISODE 298 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Austin Hatch is an inspiration. His story has been seen and told by ESPN, NBC Nightly News, People Magazine and many...

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Brothers Steph and Seth Curry set for showdown in NBA Western Conference Finals

It'll be a family reunion of sorts when the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors match up in the Western Conference finals this year. >> Subscribe to Sports...

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Toronto's Kawhi Leonard says 'God is good' after his buzzer-beater sends Raptors to East finals

With 4.2 seconds left in a tied Game 7 of the Toronto Raptors' second-round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, Kawhi Leonard took the inbound pass and dribbled to the...

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NEW PODCAST: Donnie Bostwick, Oklahoma Wesleyan Men's Basketball Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 292 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Donnie Bostwick is the head coach for the Oklahoma Wesleyan University men's basketball team. Hired in 2007 by OWU, he led...

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Phoenix Suns name Monty Williams, 'a high-character individual,' as their next head coach

After just 19 wins in the 2018-19 season, tied for second-worst in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns fired head coach Igor Kokoskov following his first season. The team announced Friday...

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Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter J.J. Redick's tattoos keep him focused on God

NBA sharpshooter J.J. Redick doesn't always talk about his faith, but the evidence of it is tattooed all over his body. In a 2015 interview with the NBA A to...

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San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge finds strength in his faith as Spurs do battle in NBA playoffs

The No. 7-seeded San Antonio Spurs and No. 2-seeded Denver Nuggets have traded wins throughout the first four games of their opening-round series in the NBA's Western Conference Playoffs. The...

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NEW PODCAST: Brad Soderberg, Virginia Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 286 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Brad Soderberg is an assistant coach for the Virginia men's basketball team and helped the Cavaliers to their first-ever national championship...

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Philadelphia 76ers' Tobias Harris gives 'all glory to God' after perfect 3-point shooting night

The Philadelphia 76ers regained control of their first-round playoff matchup against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday with a 131-115 road victory, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series....

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Virginia's Kyle Guy declares for NBA Draft, gives 'every last praise and all glory' to God

Fresh off winning a national championship and earning Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four, Virginia’s Kyle Guy is ready for the next step of his basketball journey. On Tuesday,...

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NEW PODCAST: Wayne Simien - Former Kansas Jayhawks All-American, 2006 NBA Champion

THIS IS EPISODE 281 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Wayne Simien is a character coach with the Kansas Jayhawks. He played his college ball with KU, where he was a...

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Duke freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish thank God as they declare for NBA Draft

Duke freshman Cam Reddish announced Thursday he was declaring for the upcoming NBA Draft — the second player from the Blue Devils' star-studded freshmen class to do so, joining RJ...

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Faith-filled college coaches Dabo Swinney, Tony Bennett are champions for the Lord

Virginia men's basketball. Clemson football. These two programs have more in common than the color orange or their Atlantic Coast Conference affiliation. Thanks to the Cavaliers' 85-77 overtime victory against...

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Virginia coach Tony Bennett thanks the 'Lord and my Savior' after winning school's 1st national championship

One year ago, Virginia wallowed in heartbreak. The Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a 16-seed. On Monday night, Virginia basked in...

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Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver, Matt Mooney 'so grateful' to reach NCAA national title game

Coming into the season, expectations for the Texas Tech Red Raiders were not very high. They were picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll, and did not...

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Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Jones says basketball has 'given me a platform to share my faith'

In the midst of the Final Four festivities in Minneapolis on Saturday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2019. The 12 newest members will be...

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Baylor's Chloe Jackson points to God as she earns Most Outstanding Player of Women's Final Four

Baylor is the 2019 women's national champions after a thrilling 82-81 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday night. Leading the way for the Bears was Chloe Jackson, who hit the...

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Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says 'God's blessed us all year long' after heartbreaking Final Four loss to Virginia

Any defeat in the NCAA Tournament is tough. And the further a team advances, the more the losses sting. >> Subscribe to Sports Spectrum Magazine for more stories where sports...

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Liberty University's Ritchie McKay given Jim Phelan Award for top Division I head coach

After leading the Liberty Flames to a school-record 29 victories this season, and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since 2013, head coach Ritchie McKay on Friday was...

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Hockey

Boston Bruins forward David Backes bounces back in NHL playoffs as he leans on God

Boston forward David Backes all but shut the door on the Columbus Blue Jackets and their underdog story Monday night. With 10:39 gone in the third period of Game 6,...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"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." — James 1:2-3 Off...

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Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal shows resiliency in stunning upset of defending NHL champs

In yet another stunning result in the 2019 NHL Playoffs, the Carolina Hurricanes are moving on. Making their first postseason appearance in 10 years, the Hurricanes knocked off the defending...

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Matt Duchene follows God as he leads Columbus Blue Jackets to historic sweep of Tampa Bay

With 19 goals in four games, the Columbus Blue Jackets completed an epic sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. They stunned the Lightning, which won the Presidents'...

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Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi leaning on God amid playoff success

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi wasn’t expecting to play in Game 2 of the Predators’ series against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. He hadn’t appeared in a game since...

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen trusts in the Lord's plan as team enters NHL playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins' center Matt Cullen is no stranger to the postseason. He's been there 11 times in 23 seasons, capturing the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and with Pittsburgh...

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Jaccob Slavin gives 'all glory to God' while leading Carolina Hurricanes back to NHL playoffs

The Carolina Hurricanes are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008-09, thanks to a 46-win season. They finished with 99 points, the second-highest total in the...

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Wife of late Humboldt Broncos coach freed by forgiveness one year after horrific bus crash

“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive” — C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity" *** Forgiveness is one of the pillars of the Christian faith, and...

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NEW PODCAST: Rocco Grimaldi, Nashville Predators

THIS IS EPISODE 247 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Rocco Grimaldi was selected in the second round (33rd overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 NHL Draft after playing...

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Canada's Brayden Pachal lives out his faith in God as he strives for NHL future

The demands that come with pursuing a career in hockey, or any sport, put a great deal of pressure on an athlete that can be difficult to manage, especially for...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” — 1 John 1:9 ESV I want you to imagine what...

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NEW PODCAST: Bobby Robins, Former Pro Hockey Player

THIS IS EPISODE 202 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST PART ONE Bobby Robins is a retired professional ice hockey player who finished his career with the Boston Bruins organization. He played...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” — James 4:8 (ESV) Finish The Race When my brother first started dating my sister-in-law, he was an avid...

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Baseball

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

“...for if someone does not manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” — 1 Timothy 3:5 Leadership Every team needs a leader. It is commonly debated...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, October 22, 2018

"But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." — Matthew 7:12 Personal Mission Statement Rules. Our lives are full of rules, laws and guidelines. Some people...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.'” — John 21:12 Meal Time There is something unique about sitting down with someone at a table to share a coffee and snack,...

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NEW PODCAST: Ryan Carpenter, Vegas Golden Knights Center

THIS IS EPISODE 163 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Ryan Carpenter is an NHL player with the Vegas Golden Knights. He played his college hockey at Bowling Green University in Ohio,...

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Soccer

LAFC's Christian Ramirez strives to 'put myself second to God' as he leads West's top club

God has always been part of Los Angeles FC striker Christian Ramirez’s life. He grew up in a Catholic home going to church with his parents. >> Subscribe to Sports...

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Gyasi Zardes scores twice for Columbus Crew in its first win of MLS season

After scoring a career-high 19 goals in 33 appearances in 2018, his first year with the Columbus Crew, Gyasi Zardes is picking up where he left off. The 2018 MLS...

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Liverpool's Daniel Strurridge grounded in Christ while chasing Premier League title

As a kid, Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge prayed every morning and every night. Now with 76 goals and 214 English Premier League appearances to his name, Sturridge does the exact...

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Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis glorifies God through soccer

As part of his pre-match routine every time he puts on his No. 28 jersey as a member of the Philadelphia Union, Ray Gaddis reads his Bible. Gaddis, selected by...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, January 28, 2019

“God's word is alive and powerful! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, January 3, 2019

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” — Isaiah 6:8...

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Soccer

Three questions with Linvoy Primus, former English pro soccer player

Linvoy Primus appeared more than 450 times from 1992-2008 for and against Britain’s very best soccer teams. While Primus is not as well known as some other players from his...

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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. When Jesus was making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, His disciples began to praise and...

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NEW PODCAST: Caroline Stanley, Former Pro Soccer Goalkeeper

THIS IS EPISODE 194 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST PART ONE Caroline Stanley is a former pro soccer goalkeeper, and now an assistant coach with the University of Tulsa. In January...

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Soccer

Gyasi Zardes nets 1st career hat trick as Columbus Crew clinch MLS playoff spot

Columbus Crew striker Gyasi Zardes picked a great time to score his first MLS hat trick. The 27-year-old's three goals on Sunday helped Columbus to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United,...

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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 got to Oklahoma State, I had to go through quite an adjustment to the new...

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David Luiz helping Chelsea challenge for Premier League title through faith in Jesus

In January 2011, Chelsea signed Fernando Torres for a reported fee of £50 million. That transfer sent shockwaves across the world of soccer. It was a British record at 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 five months of scorching heat. It’s the end of the MLS regular season, which means...

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Soccer

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 Vauban, about her faith journey, how she’s living in the increase of Christ, and the...

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Soccer

NEW PODCAST: Gyasi Zardes, Team USA/Columbus Crew Forward

THIS IS EPISODE 167 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Gyasi Zardes plays forward in the MLS for the Columbus Crew and is also a member of the U.S. men's national team....

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Gyasi Zardes enjoying resurgent season, earns another call-up to U.S. national team

The U.S. men's national soccer team is looking to close out 2018 on a strong note. The squad failed to qualify for this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia, but...

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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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Premier League, U.S. National Team star Clint Dempsey retires from pro soccer

A face of professional soccer has called it a career. As the Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday, veteran forward Clint Dempsey has retired at age 35. He leaves the game after...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, May 20, 2019

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,...

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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, April 25, 2019

"Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness....

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Golf

Bubba Watson reflects on 'the blessing of winning the Masters' and joy of adoption

Bubba Watson is teeing it up this week in the Masters for the 11th time in his career. As a two-time Masters champion (2012 and '14) who tied for fifth...

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PGA Tour golfer Cameron Tringale donates earnings to aid children with Compassion International

Content for this story was provided by our partner, Compassion International. For just $38 a month, you can help rescue a child living in poverty. Visit Compassion.com/SportsSpectrum to help.  The sport...

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Golf

NEW PODCAST: Andrew Putnam, PGA Tour Pro

THIS IS EPISODE 264 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Andrew Putnam is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He played his college golf at Pepperdine University, where he was...

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Baseball

Pro golfer Zach Johnson participates in St. Louis Cardinals' batting practice

A new face stole the show at batting practice for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday morning at their spring training site in Jupiter, Fla. Professional golfer Zach Johnson, who...

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Golf

NEW PODCAST: Jonathan Byrd, PGA Tour Pro

THIS IS EPISODE 243 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Jonathan Byrd made his professional golf debut in 2000 after a successful college career at Clemson University, where he was the...

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Q&A with pro golfer Kevin Streelman: 'Jesus means everything to me'

Kevin Streelman is a talented professional golfer with an impressive PGA Tour record and reputation as one of professional golf’s most consistent players. Since first appearing on golf’s main stage...

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NEW PODCAST: Ted Scott, Bubba Watson's Caddie on PGA Tour

THIS IS EPISODE 204 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Ted Scott is the caddie for pro golfer Bubba Watson. Scott has been a caddie for 18 years on the PGA Tour,...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, October 15, 2018

"'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways...

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Baseball

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —...

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Golf

Kristen Gillman, Team USA golfers win first World Amateur Team title in 20 years

Less than a month after Kristen Gillman conquered the United States, she's helped the United States conquer the world. On the golf course, that is. A well-traveled 20-year-old star who's...

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Kristen Gillman claims second U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

For the second time in four years, Kristen Gillman has captured the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Besting future University of Alabama teammate Jiwon Jeon at The Golf Club of Tennessee...

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Zach Johnson says God's peace allows him 'to play free golf'

With a 4-under 67 on Friday in Carnoustie, Scotland, Zach Johnson heads into the weekend atop the Open Championship leaderboard. He and Kevin Kisner are tied at 6-under overall. Should he...

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Basketball

Stephen Curry raises $5K for charity, invites fan to be his caddie at golf tourney

Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo may have won 2018's American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, but Stephen Curry took home first place — and raised $5,000 for charity — at the event's...

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Golfer Emma Talley leaning on God in her LPGA rookie season

Emma Talley is enjoying her first year on the LGPA tour. Halfway through the 2018 season, the 24-year-old already has three top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at the Women's Australian...

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Golfer Kevin Na thankful to God after winning first PGA Tour title in 7 years

It took Kevin Na seven years to win again on the PGA Tour. And it was worth the wait. Na, 34, shot a 6-under-64 on Sunday en route to a...

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Golf

NEW PODCAST: Andrew Yun, PGA Tour Pro

THIS IS EPISODE 122 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST   Andrew Yun is in his first season as a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He graduated college from Stanford...

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Bubba Watson donates $200,000 of winner's check to support children facing serious illnesses

A day after winning the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., Bubba Watson gave back a good chunk of his $1.26 million winner's check. The victory was the third of Watson'...

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Bubba Watson wins 2018 Travelers Championship, his 3rd PGA Tour win this year

Bubba Watson shot a 64 on Day 4 in Cromwell, Conn., to take home the 2018 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7ti3ThhEfo The win was Watson's third on the...

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Softball

NEW PODCAST: Patty Gasso, Oklahoma Sooners Head Softball Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 299 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Patty Gasso is the head softball coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. In a word, she's a legend. Gasso joined the Sooners...

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Top-seeded Oklahoma softball team finds strength in Christ as NCAA Tournament begins

Starting Thursday, the nation's 64 best softball teams will begin the chase for the NCAA championship, and a familiar team is the favorite. The Oklahoma Sooners (49-2), winners of three...

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Softball

Nicole Newman follows Christ, leads Drake softball into playoffs with fifth perfect game of 2019

No-hitters are supposed to be an elusive, once-in-a-lifetime achievement for most pitchers. Redshirt senior Nicole Newman has been making them look easy. >> Subscribe to Sports Spectrum Magazine for more...

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Two-time national-champion softball player Justine McLean gets baptized

Justine McLean came to know Christ during her junior year as a softball player at the University of Florida in 2016. But last week, McLean, now an assistant coach at...

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NEW PODCAST: Janie Reed - USA Softball Player & Church on the Dirt VP

THIS IS EPISODE 246 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Janie Reed is a member of USA Softball's 2019 women's national team. She played her college softball at the University of...

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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 other faith issues. Having grown up in a Christian household, I thought, maybe I’ll ask...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." — Proverbs 16:9 Pursue God's Dreams Whether it is standing on an Olympic pedestal, hoisting the Stanley...

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Softball

THE INCREASE: Janie Reed - First Things First

I’m learning just how important it is to first prioritize my relationship with Jesus every day.  Everything else can flow from that. When I don’t connect with God each day,...

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Softball

NEW PODCAST: Jessie Warren, Florida State Seminoles Softball National Champion

THIS IS EPISODE 197 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST For four seasons, Jessie Warren played third base for the Florida State Seminoles softball team. The four-time All-ACC player was consistently one...

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Softball

Three Colors and Forty Years - A Softball Tournament Makes an Impact for Christ

It’s a cool, Saturday morning in late August at Botetourt Sports Complex in Roanoke, Virginia. Autumn’s approaching hangs in the crisp mountain air. I’m standing near the press box, this...

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Softball

THE INCREASE: Janie Reed - Is this it?

During my first few years in college, my life was all about softball. Softball and my boyfriend. Growing up, my dad always told me that my goal was to be...

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Softball

USA Softball's Aubree Munro prayed in batter's box before clutch hit helped U.S. win world championship

Aubree Munro is coming off one of the most unbelievable softball games of her career. After all, the former Florida Gators catcher and World Baseball Softball Confederation gold medalist didn't...

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Softball

Jennie Finch says God is 'so much more than' her Olympic gold medal

If anyone knows what it's like to win, it's Jennie Finch. At the height of her game, the famed right-handed softball ace was simply unbeatable. Major League Baseball All-Stars cowered...

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Softball

Janie Reed leads Team USA Red to victory in USA Softball International Cup

On Monday night, the USA Softball International Cup began in Irvine, Calif., with both USA squads winning big. USA Blue crushed the Czech Republic 15-0 (in three innings) and USA Red...

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Softball

Florida State softball player Tessa Daniels shines a light on Christ

Sometimes the impact you make off the field can be more impactful than on the field. For Florida State junior softball player Tessa Daniels, that impact is one of eternal...

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Softball

Jessie Warren leads Florida State softball to its first ever World Series title

On Monday night in Oklahoma City, Florida State senior softball player Jessie Warren found herself on ESPN's top-10 plays after making an incredible diving catch off a bunt and executing...

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Softball

Liberty University's historic softball season comes to an end

The Liberty University softball team saw its historic season come to an end on Sunday after losing to South Carolina 5-0 in a winner-take-all final of the NCAA Columbia Regional....

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Softball

Oklahoma Sooners softball player Eliyah Flores gets baptized at team facility

It's almost softball season in Oklahoma as the Lady Sooners get ready for their 2018 season. The defending national champions open up their season on Friday, February 9 in Phoenix...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, May 13, 2019

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” — Psalm 133:1 (ESV) For Each Other My daughter just finished her second season of travel volleyball. It...

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Sports Spectrum Podcast

NEW PODCAST: Christa Dietzen, Former U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team Captain (Part 2)

THIS IS EPISODE 179 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Christa Dietzen is a two-time Olympic volleyball player with Team USA. She was a co-captain on the 2012 team that captured silver...

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Olympics

NEW PODCAST: Christa Dietzen, Former U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team Captain (Part 1)

THIS IS EPISODE 178 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Christa Dietzen is a two-time Olympic volleyball player with Team USA. She was a co-captain on the 2012 team that captured silver...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, October 4, 2018

"Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think ... to Him be the glory ..." — Ephesians 3:20 Pray, For God...

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Football

Former pro volleyball player Angie Forsett shares her story of sports and faith

Angie Forsett is the wife of former NFL running back Justin Forsett. Her dad, Paul Pressey, played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Bucks, Spurs and Warriors, and was...

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Coaches

UCLA wins beach volleyball national championship for first time in school history

UCLA won the beach volleyball national championship for the first time in school history. The Bruins took down Florida State 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in Gulf Shores, Ala. https://twitter.com/NCAAVolleyball/status/993230307460599810 The...

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Volleyball

UCLA Beach Volleyball Coach Jenny Johnson Jordan is Planting Seeds in the Sand

Jenny Johnson Jordan uses her faith and volleyball experience to grow leaders at UCLA Beach volleyball is nothing new to Los Angeles. Many accounts have it originating in Santa Monica,...

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Sports Spectrum Podcast

"The Miracle Season" — Q&A with Dr. Ernie Found

"The Miracle Season" hits theaters on Friday, April 6. The movie is based on the inspiring true story of an Iowa high school girl's volleyball team that rallies together under...

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Sports Spectrum

Huntington University volleyball player Paige Eakright battles cancer with a strong faith in Christ

When life's trials come our way, keeping the situation private and within the family is how many of us cope. For Paige Eakright and her family, that was their plan...

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Coaches

What it takes to be a great volleyball player or coach?

What does it take to be a great volleyball player or volleyball coach? That's the question that was asked to Regis Rangers volleyball coach Joel List. In Coach List's first...

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Olympics

Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings becomes 'Jacob’s Angel' in youth’s cancer battle

U.S.A. gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings has spent her career dominating the volleyball court with a teammate, now she wants you to join her in helping a young man battle a...

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Coaches

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: Jesus helps me 'survive and thrive'

Ask Dabo Swinney about his faith, and he will not be afraid to share it. That may have been the biggest takeaway from the Clemson head coach's press conference at...

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Coaches

Former NFL safety Vernon Fox describes coaches as world changers

Former NFL player Vernon Fox understands the importance a coach has in the lives of their players. The eight-year NFL veteran traded his cleats for a whistle after his final...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Strength In God

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Giving Your All

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Enthusiastic Christianity

“And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this...

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Coaches

OneCoach: ‘America’s Coach’

“…Supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness…” — 1 Peter 1:5-7 (ESV) Maybe “America’s Coach” is...

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Coaches

OneCoach: The Way Of Christ

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Do What Is Good

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.” — Titus 2:7 Some close...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Any Questions?

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtains guidance.” — Proverbs 1:5 (ESV) As a coach, I always encouraged my players to ask questions...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Maturity and Growth

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you." — James 4:7-8 (ESV) Why...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Qualities of a Captain

“For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Strength In God

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines...

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Coaches

OneCoach: You Are What You Think

“…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Are you coachable?

“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9 Many years ago, when...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Coaching Anyone

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Hung by the Tongue

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire,...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Investing in the Future

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” — Proverbs 22:6  I have had the pleasure of coaching...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Accepting God’s Discipline

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a Father the son He delights in.”— Proverbs...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Play the Right Way

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”—Philippians 2:4 (KJV) For former NBA head coach Larry Brown, the above phrase is...

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Coaches

OneCoach: Determining Your Destination

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.’”— Matthew 16:24 I am amazed at...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, May 2, 2019

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves..." — Philippians 2:3 Put Others Before Yourself During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt...

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Olympics

NEW PODCAST: Trinea Gonczar - Sister Survivor, Former Gymnast

THIS IS EPISODE 205 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Trinea Gonczar is a former gymnast and a longtime family friend of Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor...

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Olympics

Simone Biles relies on faith as she continues setting gymnastics world records

Simone Biles is back in gymnastics, and back as the best in the world. The 21-year-old gymnast, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics before taking 14...

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Olympics

Wrestler Kyle Snyder says he's 'defined by my faith in Jesus' after loss in 'Rematch of the Century'

When American Kyle Snyder faced Russian Abdulrashid Sadulaev in the 97kg final at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, many dubbed it the "Match of the Century." Snyder was the...

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Olympics

Peruvian gymnast eyes 2020 Olympics with the help of Compassion International

Content for this story was provided by our partner, Compassion International. For $38 a month, you can help rescue a child living in poverty. Visit Compassion.com/SportsSpectrum to help.  At just 4 years...

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Olympics

MAGAZINE: Snowboarder Kelly Clark is still riding for a reason

This story appears in the action sports/Summer 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support this ministry and subscribe here. https://youtu.be/vpZPdcYE9Zo No female snowboarder boasts more accolades than Kelly Clark. Olympic gold medal....

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Olympics

VIDEO: Snowboarder Kelly Clark finds her significance in Christ

American Kelly Clark is the winningest female snowboarder ever. She's won Olympic medals, X Games medals, U.S. Open medals, even an ESPY. But she says her significance isn't found in...

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Olympics

Sneak Peek: Interview with Olympian Chris Corning

Taking fourth place in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic slopestyle competition, 18-year-old Chris Corning moves up to take third in the Burton U.S. Open men’s slopestyle qualifiers. Can he stay in...

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Olympics

Sneak Peek: Interview with 3-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark

The world’s most decorated female snowboarder squeezed into the top six yesterday at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, Colo. After securing her spot in the final round of the...

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Hockey

Gigi Marvin and US Women's Hockey Team Win Gold in Dramatic Shootout

The drought has ended. 20 years and four Olympic games after the U.S. women's hockey team last won a gold medal, they've done it again. Embed from Getty Images After...

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Olympics

Skeleton Racer Simidele Adeagbo on Making History and Trusting God

It's an unlikely story from an unlikely Olympian. Simidele Adeagbo, who goes by "Simi," thought her athletic career and Olympic dream were over 10 years ago. An All-American track star...

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Olympics

American David Wise defends Olympic ski halfpipe gold medal with clutch final run

Fresh off a victory in ski halfpipe at the 2018 X Games, American David Wise arrived in South Korea in prime position to defend the gold medal he won at...

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Olympics

U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor wins another Olympic silver medal, continues to glorify God

American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor missed out on a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics by one-tenth of a second. She and her brakeman, Lauryn Williams, led after each...

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Olympics

American David Wise, defending Olympic halfpipe skiing gold medalist, skis as act of worship

The defending Olympic men’s ski halfpipe gold medalist and four-time X Games gold medalist, David Wise is predicted by most to take the top podium position once again at the...

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Olympics

What you need to know about Olympic slopestyle freeskiier Nick Goepper

He was the first qualifier for the men’s Olympic freeski slopestyle team, a bronze medalist in slopestyle in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and a four-time medalist (three golds and a...

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Olympics

Skeleton rider Katie Uhlaender following the Lord's leading in fourth Olympics

Skeleton rider Katie Uhlaender knows what fourth place at the Olympics feels like. For a brief time she thought she knew what third place felt like, but not quite, it...

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Olympics

Snowboarder Kelly Clark exhibits winning attitude after tough fourth-place finish

Snowboarder Kelly Clark has now competed in five Olympics, but the 2018 PyeongChang Games have been her most controversial. Clark’s fourth-place finish in the women’s halfpipe final on Feb. 12...

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Olympics

Gigi Marvin's goal helps lift USA women's hockey team to Olympic win over OAR

On Tuesday morning, the United States women's tockey team beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Gigi Marvin had a goal and an...

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Olympics

Speed skater Maame Biney thanks God for getting to Olympics; now she's becoming a star

The shortest event in Olympic short track speed skating is the 500m. That means racers need to get out in front early and hold off their opponents. Eighteen-year-old American Maame...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who...

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MMA

NEW PODCAST: Rory MacDonald, Bellator MMA Welterweight World Champion

THIS IS EPISODE 284 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Rory MacDonald is Bellator MMA's welterweight world champion. On April 27, he'll defend his title at Bellator 220 against Jon Fitch...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Friday, April 19, 2019

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with...

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Running

Book excerpt: Run The Mile You're In, by Ryan Hall

Taken from "Run the Mile You’re In" by Ryan Hall. Copyright © 2019 by Ryan Hall. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. [caption id="attachment_51080" align="alignnone" width="800"] In "Run the Mile...

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Running

NEW PODCAST: Carsyn Koch-Johnson - Cedarville University, Division II All-American Runner

THIS IS EPISODE 282 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Carsyn Koch-Johnson is one of the most accomplished athletes in Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio) athletics history and is the first female...

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Action sports
Other

Christian family flees Nigeria, seeks asylum in U.S., discovers 8-year-old son is chess prodigy

Eight-year-old Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi had never seen a chess board in Nigeria. If he’d stayed there, he likely never would have. When the Adewumi family fled the religious persecution of...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -...

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Fitness

NEW PODCAST: Daniel McKim, Scottish Highland Games World Record Holder

THIS IS EPISODE 259 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Daniel McKim is one of the most unique athletes we've ever had on the podcast. He is one of the best...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." — 2 Timothy 3:16-17...

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NASCAR

Top-5 Daytona 500 finisher Michael McDowell drives to 'glorify God'

Sunday marked the 61st running of the Daytona 500 — by far the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar — and Denny Hamlin held off teammate Kyle Busch to...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, February 14, 2019

"He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.'" — Matthew 25:45 Running Together...

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NASCAR

Reigning NASCAR Rookie of the Year William Byron on the pole for Daytona 500

Winning the pole at the Daytona 500 is a highlight for almost every NASCAR driver. Last weekend, William Byron did so at just 21 years old. Byron, about to start...

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Daily Devotional

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, February 4, 2019

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with...

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Action sports

THE INCREASE: Zac Commans - Perspective

I had won a few championships and was feeling strong in the final stages of my amateur career, eager to acquire a contract for the pro rank. So I confidently...

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NASCAR

NEW PODCAST: Michael McDowell, NASCAR Driver

THIS IS EPISODE 230 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST Michael McDowell has been on a race track nearly his entire life. At the early age of 3, when most kids...

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Action sports

THE INCREASE: David Wise - My Act of Worship

I can look back on my journey and say with full assurance that I felt God’s call on my life since infancy. He spoke to my heart as a child...

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Action sports

THE INCREASE: J.W. Kaiser - Revealed

My home surf break (an obstruction that causes a wave to break) is a small barrier island on the east coast of the Carolinas. Here, the tidal range is about...

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Action sports

THE INCREASE: Cameron Sharp - Changed by Community

Skimboarding is a unique sport. Unlike surfing, you don’t have to wait for the right day or keep your eye out for the perfect wave. You can head down to...

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