Fall 2022

Increase Story of the Week: Mark Appel

It isn’t always an advantage to be a number one draft pick. Just ask Phillies’ pitcher Mark Appel. After being selected by and signing with the Houston Astros with the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Appel began to feel the weight of pressures and expectations.

Add an appendectomy and hostile playing conditions, and Appel’s performance plummeted in 2014. Plagued with doubt and anger after being taken out of a minor-league game, he had a transformative moment in the locker room where he received comfort and assurance from the Holy Spirit. Watch how his outlook and attitude changed in this Increase Story.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

—Philippians 4:12-13