Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Auburn Tigers

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Auburn Tigers combines the great passion of the Tiger fan with the great passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions, one book that is fun while providing a time of reflection about God and your faith.

* Pat Sullivan once challenged Shug Jordan's authority.
* Perhaps the greatest player in the ...

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Overview

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Auburn Tigers combines the great passion of the Tiger fan with the great passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions, one book that is fun while providing a time of reflection about God and your faith.

* Pat Sullivan once challenged Shug Jordan's authority.
* Perhaps the greatest player in the history of Auburn women's basketball never even had a scholarship.
* One Auburn football coach decreed his players couldn't have soap and hot water.
* Auburn fans are so faithful and passionate the home-field advantage extends even to lacrosse.
* The most successful sports program in Auburn history doesn't exist anymore.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Pat Dye, Tucker Frederickson, Rowdy Gaines, Bo Jackson, Carolyn Jones, and many others. Their stories - along with legendary games, improbable victories, and historical events - are told with a twist: They are all tied to God's story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980174984
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed McMinn is a retired pastor living in Georgia. With master's degrees in English and divinity, he entered the ministry after a career as a journalist and a college teacher of English and journalism.

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SAMPLE DEVOTION
AUTHORITY FIGURE
Read Psalm 95:1-7a.
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord" (v. 6).

Heisman Trophy-winner Pat Sullivan challenged Coach Shug Jordan's authority once. But only once.

The first season of the legendary Sullivan-to-Terry-Beasley combination was 1969. The super sophs led the Tigers to an 8-2 record, including a 49-26 whacking of Alabama, the most points scored on Alabama since 1907.

Sullivan's brief life as a rebel occurred in the Bluebonnet Bowl that followed the season. The Tigers were trailing the Houston Cougars and faced fourth and one on their own 35. Jordan decided to punt, but when he sent the kicker into the game, Sullivan sent him back out and called a play. The gamble failed when the Tigers didn't make the first down.

Sullivan probably didn't want to face his coach right about then, and he recalled that "Coach Jordan met me as I came off the field, and in a very calm manner he put his arm around my shoulder." Quite patiently and calmly, Jordan pointed out that his star quarterback must not have understood; he wanted a punt. "Yes, sir, but I felt we should go for it," Sullivan replied.

Jordan's entire demeanor changed. "His comforting arm around my shoulder became more of a vise grip around my neck," Sullivan remembered. "Then he told me in no uncertain terms to go sit on the bench and not get up until the game was over."

Even the team's star, who would eventually be named the best college player in America, could not challenge Coach Jordan's authority and get away with it. On Shug Jordan's Auburn teams, there was only one boss and he was it; everyone else did what the boss said.

Stand up for yourself. Be your own person. Cherish your independence. That's what the world tells us. Naively, we may believe it and plan to live just that way - until we grow up and discover that authority figures don't take kindly to being challenged by those under their supervision or direction.

Our basic survival skills kick in, and we change our tune: play along, don't rock the boat, be a company person. We become - gasp! - obedient, dampening our rebelliousness on behalf of what we perceive to be a greater purpose.

Our relationship with God is similar in that he demands obedience from us. We believe in and trust what Jesus told us as the revealed word of God, and then we are obedient to it.

Obedience - even to God — is not easy for us. It vexes us — at least until we learn that what we surrender in independence to God is meaningless compared to the blessings we receive from him in return.

Football is like life; it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

God seeks our obedience out of a loving desire to provide us with rich, purposeful, and joyous lives.

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