Power for Competing

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Found a cool Bible the other day. It's called Power for Competing/, and it's an NIV Bible made especially for athletes and sports fans. It's a regular Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but there's some extra stuff packed in—like devotionals and athletes' testimonies—that give it a sports twist.

The first page of Power for Competing/ says it's "for all those who have ever faced-off. Cross-blocked. Slid in safe. Tapped in. Teed off. Double-faulted. Triple-jumped. Been knocked down. Been counted out."

The book includes a series of devotionals on character traits—like faithfulness and humility—that should be true of all Christians. But they're written in such a way to show how these traits apply to sports—and ultimately, to how we use sports to please God and to help others come to know him.

Helping others come to know God is a big emphasis in Power for Competing/, which tells us:

"The sports world is not church. But it is a place for outreach. Here, in the arena of sports, God can open some exciting one-on-one opportunities for you to share your faith. More and more, Christian athletes—some in the limelight, most not—are in scoring position to achieve great victories for the extension of God's kingdom in this world. … As a Christian, you are the best advertisement, not those portrayed in sport drink and shoe commercials, of what it really means to be a winner."

Power for Competing/ helps you think about how faith applies to sports by asking probing questions, like:

  • "What does it mean to you to make Christ your focus in sports?"
  • "Do you have trials as an athlete—perhaps a lingering injury, an abusive coach or teammate? How are you dealing with it?"
  • "Why is humility necessary in sports?"
  • "What are some of the obstacles you may have to putting God first in your sports life?"
  • "What sacrifices are you willing to make for the team? For Christ?"

When you're done with the devotionals, pass the book on to a non-Christian athlete. Power for Competing/ was made for this purpose too. That's why they included a section about who Jesus really is, and another section about how a person can become a Christian.

Power for Competing/. Check it out. For yourself … or for a friend.

If you can't find Power for Competing/ ($4.99) in your local Christian bookstore, ask them if they can order it. To order it yourself, call 1-800-524-1588.

Achievers

Matthew Corinth/. Matthew, a freshman at Azusa Pacific University, finished second in the state cross country championships as a senior at Abbott Loop Christian School in Anchorage, Alaska. He also ran in the prestigious Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Matthew, who has never missed a day of school, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and hopes to be a medical missionary. "It gives me great comfort knowing God has my life planned and a purpose for me," he says. "I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future."

Heather Parker/. Heather, a freshman at Central Baptist College in Arkansas, played three sports at Calvary Christian High School in Palestine, Arkansas. She played varsity basketball for six years, and was a four-time all-conference selection. Heather, who graduated with a 3.96 GPA, also played volleyball and softball at Calvary. Heather became a Christian five years ago, but really caught fire for God last year after doing a study on the final hours of Jesus' life. "The Holy Spirit showed me how much Jesus suffered for me because he loved me," she says. "He showed me that I could depend on him, and that Jesus will never let me down."

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