Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans Penn State Nittany Lions

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Penn State Nittany Lions combines the great passion of the Penn State 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.

* Joe Paterno found the greatest recruit of his life in the library.
* The ...

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Overview

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Penn State Nittany Lions combines the great passion of the Penn State 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.

* Joe Paterno found the greatest recruit of his life in the library.
* The Lady Lions basketball team once shared locker room space with a skeleton.
* Penn State's first All-American football player had a very strange nickname for a rough, tough center/linebacker.
* Penn State assistant coach Annie Zinkavich cried the first time she was told to play field hockey.
* The Nittany Lions once showed up late for a football game — in Beaver Stadium.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Kerry Collins, John Cappelletti, Kelly Mazzante, Todd Blackledge, Franco Harris, 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: 9780984084777
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/19/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • 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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SAMPLE DEVOTION
COMEBACK KIDS
Read Acts 9:1-22.
"All those who heard him were astonished and asked, 'Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?'" (v. 21)

They had a brutal first quarter. They had to come back not once but twice. But the 2005 Nittany Lions did it to beat Northwestern.

On Sept. 24, Penn State opened the Big Ten portion of what would be a sensational 11-1 season. Little was sensational, though, about State's play early on. When the first quarter finally ended, Northwestern led 10-0 and had rolled up 155 yards to State's 11. Four seconds into the second quarter, the lead stretched to 13-0.

The Lions appeared to have finally gotten themselves together when freshman Justin King caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Michael Robinson to cap an 80-yard drive. Northwestern promptly ripped off ten straight points to open up a 23-7 lead. But the Wildcats were never able to put the Lions completely away. They left room for a comeback.

Robinson ignited the rally with a 26-yard strike to wide receiver Deon Butler, a redshirt freshman who would lead the team for the season with 37 catches and nine touchdowns. That left the Lions still alive as they regrouped at halftime trailing 23-14. "In the second half, we just lined up and played football," said linebacker Paul Posluszny. "That seemed to work really well for us."

Indeed. Two field goals from Kevin Kelly cut the lead to 23-20, and Penn State finally completed the comeback when Robinson scored from eight yards out with less than nine minutes to play. But the 27-26 lead didn't hold up as Northwestern pulled a comeback of its own to lead 29-27.

One more rally. Robinson led the Comeback Kids on an 80-yard drive in one minute, 19 seconds. He hit freshman Derrick Williams for a 36-yard touchdown with 51 seconds left for the 34-29 comeback win.

Life will have its setbacks whether they result from personal failures or from forces and people beyond your control. Being a Christian and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ doesn't insulate you from getting into deep trouble

Maybe financial problems suffocated you. A serious illness put you on the sidelines. Or your family was hit with a great tragedy. Life is a series of victories and defeats. Winning isn't about avoiding defeat; it's about getting back up to compete again. It's about making a comeback of your own.

When you avail yourself of God's grace and God's power, your comeback is always greater than your setback. You are never too far behind, and it's never too late in life's game for Jesus to lead you to victory, to turn trouble into triumph. As it was with the Nittany Lions against Northwestern and with the apostle Paul, it's not how you start that counts; it's how you finish.

We needed this kind of [comeback] win to boost our team.
— Wide Receiver Isaac Smolko

In life, victory is truly a matter of how you finish and whether you finish with Jesus at your side.

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