Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Ohio State Buckeyes


Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Ohio State Buckeyes combines the great passion of the Buckeye 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.
* Ohio State once won a football game with some of its players standing on the sideline in their street clothes.
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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Ohio State Buckeyes combines the great passion of the Buckeye 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.
* Ohio State once won a football game with some of its players standing on the sideline in their street clothes.
* Samantha Prahalis didn't break the record everyone came to see; she broke another one.
* A heart attack once prevented a postgame brawl.
* Each season the OSU men's soccer team remembers a freshman who played in only a handful of matches.
* In a poll to name the new OSU head football coach, an inmate serving a life sentence got more votes than Woody Hayes did.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Archie Griffin, Jesse Owens, Troy Smith, Jerry Lucas, Jim Tressel, 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: 9780984637768
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Sales rank: 266,661
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (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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Read Psalm 143.
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God" (v. 10).

One scary night was all it took for Rex Kern to learn a vital lesson about riding with Woody Hayes.

Writer Jeff Snook said, "Perhaps no player was ever closer to Woody Hayes than Rex Kern (1968-70), the quarterback of his last national championship team. He was one of Woody's all-time favorites, if not his favorite." Offensive tackle Dave Cheney, who roomed with Kern for two years, agreed, recalling, "We always teased Rex about Woody being his father."

It came as no surprise, therefore, when Hayes asked the freshman quarterback to ride with him on a recruiting trip one winter evening. As Kern remembered the night, "It was snowing like crazy," and as they rode Hayes was talking football "and not pay-ing attention to the road. We can't see 10 feet in front of us, and he is going 60 or 65 miles per hour."

Sure enough, the car hit a slick spot and hydroplaned. "We do a complete 360 on this small country road," Kern said. "We ended up in the same direction we were heading, and he just keeps driving." Neither one of them said a word until a few minutes later when Hayes said. "You don't tell anybody that just happened, especially my wife, Anne!"

Kern did remain mum, but he needed a little reminding from Hayes. At their destination, somebody said, "Coach, I didn't think you would make it tonight." Kern piped up, "I didn't think we would make it either!" That's when his arm received a hearty squeeze from the coach, a reminder to keep quiet.

Back at Columbus, Kern did tell assistant coach Tiger Ellison about the incident. The coach said, "Rex, one thing you've got to learn. If you go with Woody, you have to be the driver! Nobody lets Woody drive them!"

As Rex Kern's harrowing trip with Woody Hayes illustrates, learning about anything in life requires a combination of education and experience. Education is the accumulation of facts that we call knowledge; experience is the acquisition of wisdom and discernment, which add depth to our knowledge in the form of purpose and understanding.

The most difficult way to learn is trial and error: dive in blindly and mess up. The best way to learn is through example coupled with a set of instructions: Someone has gone ahead to show you the way and has written down all the information you need to follow.

In teaching us the way to live godly lives, God chose the latter method. He set down in his book the habits, actions, and attitudes that make for a way of life in accordance with his wishes. He also sent us Jesus to explain and to illustrate.

God teaches us not only how to exist but how to live. We just need to be attentive students.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

To learn from Jesus is to learn what life is all about and how God means for us to live it.

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