Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Virginia Cavaliers

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Virginia Cavaliers

by Ed McMinn
     
 

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Virginia Cavaliers combines the great passion of the Cavaliers 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.

-In a shootout with BYU, George Welsh made a call so bold that a writer called it

Overview

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Virginia Cavaliers combines the great passion of the Cavaliers 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.

-In a shootout with BYU, George Welsh made a call so bold that a writer called it "unthinkable."
-The clock ticked to zero in the soccer national championship game — and nobody knew whether or not the Cavs had won.
-UVa legend Bill Dudley was so good that a losing football team once helped carry him to the locker room on their shoulders.
-Al Groh once got thrown out of a UVa lacrosse match, but he got a free lunch out of the deal.
-Bryant Stith once scored 17 points in the last 3:14 of a game to fuel an amazing Cavalier comeback.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Dawn Staley, Ralph Sampson, Tiki Barber, Chris Long, Debbie Ryan, 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.

Have fun! Have faith!
Go Cavs! Go God!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984637713
Publisher:
Extra Point Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Read an Excerpt

JUST PERFECT
Read Matthew 5:43-48.

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (v. 48).

Perhaps accounting for her incredible success on the basketball court, Dawn Staley is a perfectionist. Just check out her socks.

Staley "is widely considered the best woman basketball player ever to emerge from the University [of Virginia]." In the four seasons from 1988-1992, the 5'5" guard led the Cavalier women to three Final Fours and one national championship game. She is the only basketball player — male or female — in ACC history to tally more than 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 700 assists, and 400 steals. She set UVa career records in points (broken by Monica Wright in 2010), scoring average, free throws, and assists. She was the national Player of the Year both as a junior and a senior and was a three-time All-America.

Her play led coach Debbie Ryan to say, "Dawn is special to the game. God decided to make only one of her." Her high school coach said of Staley, who tended to be a loner, "She said hello at the beginning of the season, goodbye at the end, and in between, won all the games."

Staley honed her considerable skills playing against the boys on the playgrounds of North Philadelphia where she learned early on that if you passed the ball to the guys to shoot, you could play. She became so proficient at finding the open shooter that she was usually picked for a team before some of the older guys.

Dawn Staley's drive for perfection on the basketball court was nothing new. When she was 3, her mom put socks on her, and she noticed that the red line at the toe of each sock wasn't straight. After her mother had her ready to go out, she sat down, took off her shoes, and straightened the red lines.

Nobody's perfect; we all make mistakes every day. We botch our personal relationships; at work we seek competence, not perfection. To insist upon personal or professional perfection in our lives is to establish an impossibly high standard that will eventually destroy us physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Yet that is exactly the standard God sets for us. Our love is to be perfect, never ceasing, never failing, never qualified - just the way God loves us. And Jesus didn't limit his command to only preachers and goody-two-shoes types. All of his disciples are to be perfect as they navigate their way through the world's ambiguous definition and understanding of love.

But that's impossible! Well, not necessarily, if to love perfectly is to serve God wholeheartedly and to follow Jesus with single-minded devotion. Anyhow, in his perfect love for us, God makes allowance for our imperfect love and the consequences of it in the perfection of Jesus.

She was the perfect player. — High-school coach Tony Coma on Dawn Staley

In his perfect love for us, God provides a way for us to escape the consequences of our imperfect love for him: Jesus.

Meet the Author

Ed McMinn is a retired pastor living in Georgia who entered the ministry after a career as a journalist and a college teacher of English and journalism. Being a sports enthusiast, he was inspired by God to combine his passions of writing, sports, and Christ into a daily devotional that would encourage others to match their passion for Christ with their passion for their favorite team. His books, titled Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans and Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Kids, offer fans a unique mix of a true sports story connected to a daily reflection about God and their faith. The intent is to encourage the sports lover in a day-to-day walk with Christ through a devotion that is factual, Bible-based, and fun to read. Have fun. Have faith. Go God!

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