Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Florida State Seminoles

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Florida State Seminoles

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by Ed McMinn
     
 

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Florida State Seminoles combines the great passion of the Seminole 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.

-Ron Sellers, the greatest receiver in FSU history, never did get an official scholarship offer.
-Bobby

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Florida State Seminoles combines the great passion of the Seminole 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.

-Ron Sellers, the greatest receiver in FSU history, never did get an official scholarship offer.
-Bobby Bowden once threatened to shoot assistant coach Brad Scott if he were wrong.
-In 1995, FSU baseball fans may well have set a record for the longest cheer in history.
-All-America sprinter Tonya Carter ran half of the most important race of her life with her eyes closed.
-Only one FSU football coach wanted Charlie Ward recruited as a quarterback.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Steve Tensi, Peter Warrick, Dave Cowens, Fred Biletnikoff, Chris Weinke, and many others. Their stories - along with legendary games, impossible victories, and historical events - are told with a twist: They are all tied to God's story.

Have fun! Have faith!
Go Noles! Go God!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980174946
Publisher:
Extra Point Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
513,938
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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Just Perfect
Read Matthew 5:43-48.

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

For years, Bobby Bowden kept an empty picture frame in his office. Finally, after his 34th season as a head coach, he got a picture for it.

The photograph was of the 1999 national champions because Bowden had been reserving that frame for his first undefeated team. Those 12-0 Seminoles were actually the second team in FSU football history to go undefeated. In the first year the Tribe moved into Doak Campbell Stadium and only the fourth year of football in the modern era, the 1950 squad went 8-0. The head coach was Don Veller, who compiled a record of 31-12-1 from 1948-52 and laid the foundation for FSU's move into big-time football. The 1950 team defeated Troy State, Randolph-Macon, Howard, Newberry, Sewanee, Stetson in the first game in Doak Campbell, Mississippi College, and Tampa.

Forty-nine years later, playing this time on the biggest stage college football has, the Seminoles went undefeated again, holding the top ranking every week of the season. The national champs had some Saturday laughers, blasting Louisiana Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, and Maryland. They also had some nail-biters, outscoring Georgia Tech 41-35, whipping Miami 31-21 after falling behind 21-14, nudging Clemson 17-14 though Tommy Bowden's Tigers led 14-3 at the half, and clipping Florida 30-23 after the Gators led 16-13 at the break.

The season every fan dreams about ended in the Sugar Bowl with a 46-29 win over Virginia Tech and quarterback Michael Vick. Bowden had his perfect season and his photograph.

Nobody's perfect; we all make mistakes every day. We botch our personal relationships despite repeatedly trying to get them right. At work we seek competence, not perfection. To insist upon personal or professional perfection in our lives is to set the bar so impossibly high that physical, emotional, and mental meltdowns are inevitable.

Yet that is exactly the standard God sets for us in our relationships with others. Our love is to be perfect, without hesitation, without interruption, without conditions — just the way God loves us. But since we're only human, aren't we being set up for failure?

Yes, it's an impossible standard for us, this idea of loving perfectly as God does, but God nevertheless expects us to do our best and never quit trying. And in his perfect love for us, God makes allowance for our imperfect love and the consequences of it. We call him Jesus.

I think many Christians make a mistake. Nobody's perfect. — Bobby Bowden

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

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