God Bless the Crimson Tide: Devotions for the Die-Hard Alabama Fan

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Nothing In America Is More Exciting Than College Sports!

Each weekend, stadiums and gymnasiums across America are fi lled with the sound of the band, the smell of nachos and hot dogs, and the roar of the fans. Sports have become an integral part of American life, and college fans are among the loudest and most faithful. These fans lead the cheers, speak the language, and know the history. They attend as many...

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Nothing In America Is More Exciting Than College Sports!

Each weekend, stadiums and gymnasiums across America are fi lled with the sound of the band, the smell of nachos and hot dogs, and the roar of the fans. Sports have become an integral part of American life, and college fans are among the loudest and most faithful. These fans lead the cheers, speak the language, and know the history. They attend as many games as possible and want to know all they can about "their" team.

'Bama fans are no exception: just take a look at their T-shirts, pillows, bumper stickers, banners, screen savers, coffee mugs, blankets, license plates, and ringtones — all designed to declare their loyalty and cheer on their team.

This exciting collection of stories from the many sports played at the University of Alabama is perfect for the Crimson Tide fan who is also a fan of God. Each story, while giving accurate information concerning a sporting event, will also lead you into a moment of refl ection about God and his greatness. Alabama fans will have the best of both worlds.

This is the ideal book for the faith-fi lled and faithful Alabama Crimson Tide fan!

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"Pastor Ed McMinn demonstrates a unique ability to relate his knowledge of Crimson Tide athletics to spiritual truths. I learned things about Alabama athletics that I didn't know, even though I'm an athletic alumnus. Any fan of the Tide would benefi t from the bits of both worldly and spiritual wisdom contained herein. God bless and Roll Tide!" — Pastor Alan Ward, Plainfield Baptist Church, and University of Alabama Class of '92

"A creative job of communicating the encouraging truths of God's Word through the window of Alabama's rich athletic history. From Coach Bear Bryant and gymnast Sarah Patterson to Senator Jeremiah Denton, who at one time said, 'We believe that on the eighth day the Lord created the Crimson Tide,' McMinn elevates Jesus Christ and his Word above it all!" — Dr. Gary Cramer, director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, University of Alabama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416541882
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 690,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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The Outer Limits

Read Genesis 18:1-15.

"Is anything too wonderful for the LORD?" (v. 14).

A death set in motion the chain of events that made a young man bound for Yale the father of Alabama football.

According to Clyde Bolton in The Crimson Tide, in the late 1880s W. G. Little was prepping at Phillips-Exeter Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, on his way to Yale. But when his oldest brother, James, died, Little returned home to Livingston, Alabama, to be with his mother. He then enrolled at the local university, from which James had graduated. While he was at Phillips-Exeter, Little had been introduced to a new game called football. When he came to Alabama, Bolton said, Little "brought his canvas football suit, his cleated shoes, and his pigskin ball with him." This unusual baggage drew a lot of interest from his classmates, who responded with great enthusiasm when Little suggested they form a team.

A roster was assembled, the University Athletic Association was born, and a coach, Eugene Beaumont, was hired. Not surprisingly, Little was named the first football captain. On November 11, 1892, the University of Alabama played its first-ever football game. Their opponent was a team from Birmingham High School. Fittingly, considering Alabama's great history, the game was a rout. Alabama won 56-0.

The game W. G. Little had encountered in the Northeast had come south.

You've probably never tried a whole bunch of things you've dreamed about doing at one time or another. Like starting your own business. Going back to school. Running for elected office. Running a marathon. What holds you back? Perhaps you see only your limitations, both those you've imposed on yourself and those others have convinced you exist. But at the University of Alabama one student started the football program.

God sees your possibilities, not your limitations. Free yourself from that which ties your hands and blights your dreams by depending not on yourself but on God.

First, I prepare. Then I have faith.

— Joe Namath

God has a vision for your life beyond your imagining, but you have to depend on him, not on yourself. God Bless the Crimson Tide © 2007 Ed McMinn

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Table of Contents

The Outer Limits     2
How We Leave     4
A Crowd of Witnesses     6
Taking Action     8
Toughing It Out     10
Star Power     12
A Second Chance     14
Mamas and Their Children     16
Playing with Pain     18
Fear Factor     20
The Prize     22
An Unlikely Hero     24
Fathers and Sons     26
Clothes Horse     28
Choices     30
Glory!     32
Southern Hospitality     34
Necessary Things     36
Getting No Respect     38
In the Beginning     40
Party Time     42
Working for It     44
Jumping for Joy     46
Blind Justice     48
Comeback Kids     50
Juggernaut     52
Stinking to High Heaven     54
Burying the Hatchet     56
Things That Never Change     58
The Funeral     60
The Right Person for the Job     62
A Family Affair     64
David versus Goliath: Sugar Bowl Style     66
FiredUp     68
Attitude Check     70
Peacemongers     72
Big Red Elephants     74
A Strategy for Success     76
No Turning Back     78
Young Blood     80
A Matter of Perspective     82
Decisions, Decisions     84
Beyond the Games     86
The Beautiful People     88
Bad Times-Good Witness     90
The Eye of a Needle     92
Ten to Remember     94
Name Dropping     96
Small Seeds     98
Debt Free     100
Tough Love     102
Dream World     104
A Frustrating Season     106
From Student to Teacher     108
A House Fit for a King     110
Unsolved Mysteries     112
No Getting Over It     114
Identity Crisis     116
Confidence     118
Limited-Time Offer     120
Using Your Head     122
Crazy as a Fox     124
Playing by the Rules     126
Top Secret     128
The Knock on the Door     130
When You Just Know      132
Can't Go Wrong     134
Promises, Promises     136
A Joyful Noise     138
Strange but True     140
Regrets, Anyone?     142
If God Were a Person     144
In Remembrance     146
Homework     148
Crowd Control     150
Answering the Call     152
From Tears to Triumph     154
A Hollywood Ending     156
Baggage Check     158
Seeing the Vision     160
Resting Easy     162
Home-Field Advantage     164
Throwing In the Towel     166
Upon My Word!     168
The Sure Foundation     170
Cuss Words     172
Trustworthy     174
Please!     176
The Big Time     178
Amazing!     180
Bibliography     183
Replays     187
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