Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Texas Longhorns

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Texas Longhorns combines the great passion of the Longhorn 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.

* When the Texas softball team held its first-ever practice, four players showed up.
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Overview

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Texas Longhorns combines the great passion of the Longhorn 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.

* When the Texas softball team held its first-ever practice, four players showed up.
* Colt McCoy and his dad went for a Memorial Day swim — to help save a life.
* The trainer felt lucky and helped UT to a baseball national title.
* Texas' first consensus football All-America was so scrawny he had to beg the coaches to let him play.
* With the national title on the line in the 2006 Rose Bowl, a Texas defender looked up and saw what was coming.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Vince Young, Destinee Hooker, Earl Campbell, Darrell Royal, Bobby Layne, 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: 9780984084760
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Sales rank: 486,442
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (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
CLOCKWORK
Read Matthew 25:1-13.
"Keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour" (v. 13).

The clock ticked down to zero, but the Longhorns still had time to win the Big 12 championship.

"It was high drama at Cowboys Stadium" on Dec. 5, 2009, when the Longhorns and the Cornhuskers met in Arlington in the Big 12 Conference championship. With only 1:44 to play, Nebraska kicked a 42-yard field goal to lead favored Texas 12-10.

After the kickoff, quarterback Colt McCoy hit wide receiver Jordan Shipley with a 19-yard completion. A personal-foul penalty on the tackle moved the ball to the Nebraska 26. A sack and a one-yard loss set up a third down with about 15 seconds on the clock.

As the final seconds ticked away, McCoy straightened up and sailed the ball out of bounds. And the clock ticked down to 0:00. For a "brief, scary moment," the game was over. The Cornhuskers even stormed onto the field in celebration.

Had the most successful quarterback in Texas history committed a major blunder in his next-to-last game? McCoy was sure he hadn't, that time still remained on the clock. In fact, he was so sure of it that he had been surprised when the officials signaled that the game was over. He was right. The refs reviewed the play — slowing time down — and put one second back on the clock. The review, said the conference's director of officials after the game, allowed the crew "to correct an 'egregious' clock error."

That left the Horns' conference and national title hopes riding on the foot of Hunter Lawrence, a senior who had never kicked a game-winning field goal. Nebraska called a time out, giving Lawrence extra time to think about it, but his holder, Shipley, was up to the moment. He quoted Jeremiah 17:7 to his kicker: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him."

Lawrence's 46-yard kick was good, and this time there really was no time left on the clock.

We may pride ourselves on our time management, but the truth is that we don't manage time; it manages us. Hurried and harried, we live by schedules that seem to have too much what and too little when. By setting the bedside alarm at night, we even let the clock determine how much down time we get. A life of leisure actually means one in which time is of no importance.

Every second of our life - all the time we have - is a gift from God, who dreamed up time in the first place. We would do well, therefore, to consider what God considers to be good time management. After all, Jesus himself warned us against mismanaging the time we have. From God's point of view, using our time wisely means being prepared at every moment for Jesus' return, which will occur — well, only time will tell when.

I think in Lincoln, it'll be the clock. And in Austin, it'll be the comeback.
- Mack Brown on how the 2009 title game will be remembered

We mismanage our time when we fail to prepare for Jesus' return even though we don't know when that will be.

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