Mound Visits, 6/23/17

In life, there are disappointments, heartbreak, loss, grief, rejection, false accusations and struggles. But there is also grace. Martha Snell Nicholson once beautifully wrote, “(God) never gives a thorn without this added grace, He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.” We are given a glimpse of the way Jesus […]

Mound Visits, 6/22/17

Earlier this week I returned from Omaha where we “wisely” have our ABCA Board Meeting during the College World Series. After the night game one evening, I spent some time talking to two other former coaches and very good friends. Between the three of us, there was over 80 years of college coaching experience and […]

Mound Visits, 6/21/17

I often talk and even brag about my former players. Many are good fathers and husbands. There are successful businessmen, doctors, pastors, attorneys, coaches, teachers, farmers, engineers, MLB players and even a manager….one is even a member of the President’s cabinet. But that is not the complete picture. Life isn’t always ideal. I have two […]

Mound Visits, 6/20/17

The words we speak are important. They can encourage or discourage. They can bring laughter or sadness. They can bring truth or deception. They can build up or destroy. “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11) Keith Madison SCORE International

Mound Visits, 6/19/17

I am thankful for friends. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to seek and develop friendships with people: *who have wisdom *who will encourage you in your faith journey *you can trust *who will hold you accountable and speak truth to you even when it hurts *who make you laugh “Walk with […]

Mound Visits, 6/18/17

Some receiving this text have, or have had, fathers who protected you, loved you, taught you and provided for you. Others were not blessed in this way. That first commandment with promise, “Honor your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2) is easier for some than others. This morning, I’m thankful for those who find it easy […]

Mound Visits, 6/17/17

Sometimes we hear great and profound statements so often that we become desensitized to them. Many years ago, I met a professional soccer player from Ireland who grew up without having the privilege of going to church, except for weddings and funerals. When he moved to America, a friend of his loaned him his car. […]

Mound Visits, 6/16/17

Looking back on my life, there were times that I was determined to go my own way, only to hit a dead end and try to find my way once again. The times in my life that I have submitted to God”s will…those are the times of understanding and peace. “Submission is not about authority […]

Mound Visits, 6/15/17

God is very close to us even when we “feel” as if He is very, very far away. Rejection, abandonment, betrayal, bad news from your doctor, the passing of a loved one, disappointment, humiliation or succumbing to temptation all make us feel distant from God. King David experienced all of the above, and more. Hear […]

Mound Visits, 6/14/17

What are your plans today? Whether it’s meeting with clients, coaching, working camp, competing on the field against an opponent, or serving others in some way, I have an important reminder for you; we are supposed to work at it as if it were a calling instead of “just another day” on the field or […]