Mound Visits, 10/30/19

This morning a good friend sent to me the lyrics of a song recorded by Lauren Daigle. The lyrics encouraged me. Hopefully they will encourage you, as well.

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up Am I more than just […]

Mound Visits, 10/28/19

There have been a lot of good nicknames in baseball through the years. Just a few of my favorites: “Mudcat” Grant, “Oil Can” Boyd, “No Neck” Williams, “Catfish” Hunter…and the list goes on. Jesus gave some of his followers nicknames or new names. He called James and John “Sons of Thunder,” He renamed Cephas “Peter” […]

Mound Visits, 10/26/19

“The past is a Foreign Country. They do things differently there.” (L.P. Hartley) It’s nice to occasionally reminisce and smile about sweet memories. But, it’s also very good to let go of past mistakes that serve as an anchor in our spiritual journey. Isaiah reminds us that God has a future planned for us that’s […]

Mound Visits, 10/25/19

From Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son: “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead […]

Mound Visits, 10/23/19

There is much in this world to discourage us…if we allow it. We are not called to hide and to be silent, but in 1 Corinthians 16:13 Paul motivates us to handle adversity in five concise steps: Be on your guard Stand firm in the faith Be men of courage Be strong Do everything in […]

Mound Visits, 10/18/19

As we were traveling on a bus near San Pedro in the Dominican Republic last week, I asked a freshman baseball player, “What is your number one takeaway from playing and serving in the D.R. so far?” His answer surprised me. “The first day, driving from the airport, I saw poverty and living conditions like […]

Mound Visits, 10/17/19

Paul E. Miller gives a wonderful depiction of where God is when we are going through challenging times, or what he calls the “desert.” “The best gift of the desert is God’s presence. We see this in Psalm 23. In the beginning of the Psalm, the Shepherd is in front of me—‘he leads me beside […]

Mound Visits, 10/16/19

Many times when things are going well I don’t think about God’s goodness. When things go wrong, I sometimes question God. God’s love for me is the same during the good times and the hard times. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” […]