Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Tennessee Volunteers


Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Tennessee Volunteers combines the great passion of the Big Orange 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.

* The Vols once made a mistake in a football game that helped them win it.
* Life was great for Sarah Fekete, one of ...

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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Tennessee Volunteers combines the great passion of the Big Orange 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.

* The Vols once made a mistake in a football game that helped them win it.
* Life was great for Sarah Fekete, one of UT's greatest softball players — and then she got hit in the face.
* It was once so cold at a game that when UT's injured center spit blood, it hit his face guard and turned into an icicle.
* A pair of hungry Tennessee basketball players once lost a train.
* Even an opposing coach told Pat Summitt to wait 'til next year, and then the Lady Vols won another national title.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Peyton Manning, Gen. Bob Neyland, Ernie Grunfeld, Peerless Price, Candace Parker, 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: 9780984637782
  • Publisher: Extra Point Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 785,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (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 Acts 1:1-1:14.
"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about" (v. 4).

The Vols got a long lesson in waiting when they played Ole Miss in 2004.

Television's imperial command moved the kickoff from the afternoon to 8 p.m. Oxford time, or 9 p.m. Knoxville time. "When people are going to bed in Knoxville, we'll still be playing," remarked Vol punter Dustin Colquitt about the late start, which left UT's players and coaches with a lot of time to kill. A lot of time to sit around in the team hotel and watch TV and wait, listen to music and wait, or sleep and wait.

"I hate the late start," declared running backs coach Trooper Taylor. "The day takes forever. You sit there looking at the clock all day." Offensive lineman Rob Smith simply tried to make the best out of the long day; he slept a lot. "I'm a big sleeper," Smith said. "I sleep all day when we're not having meetings."

Many of the players and coaches hunted for a football game to watch on TV. Not Colquitt. He never watched football before a game. "I've been flipping through the channels before and have seen a punt get blocked . . . and then I start thinking, 'Oh, man, that's horrible for that guy.' I just don't want to see that stuff," he said.

After the long wait, the Vols of 2004 continued their march to the SEC championship game and the Cotton Bowl with a 21-17 win. UT trailed 17-14 in the fourth quarter when freshman Erik Ainge hit Robert Meachem for a 39-yard gain and then found Bret Smith two plays later for a game-winning 30-yard touchdown.

The long wait was over.

You rush to your doctor's appointment and wind up sitting in the appropriately named waiting room for an hour. You wait in the concessions line at a Vol game. You're put on hold when you call a tragically misnamed "customer service" center. All of that waiting is time in which we seem to do nothing but feel the precious minutes of our life ticking away.

Sometimes we even wait for God. We have needs — usually immediate ones — and we desperately call upon the Lord. Then we are disappointed and impatient when we either don't receive an answer right away or we receive one that we can't perceive.

But Jesus' last command to his disciples was to wait. Moreover, the entire of our Christian life is spent in an attitude of waiting for Jesus' return. While we wait for God, we hold steadfast to his promises, we continue our ministry, we remain in communion with him through prayer and devotion.

In other words, we don't just wait; we grow stronger in our faith. Waiting for God is never time lost.

I don't like it because you have to sit around and twiddle your thumbs all day.
— UT Offensive Line Coach Jimmy Ray Stephens on the late start

Since God acts on his time and not ours, we often must wait for him, using the time to strengthen our faith.

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