God Bless The Vols


Nothing In America Is More Exciting Than College Sports!

Each weekend, stadiums and gymnasiums across America are filled 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 ...

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Nothing In America Is More Exciting Than College Sports!

Each weekend, stadiums and gymnasiums across America are filled 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.

Tennessee 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 Tennessee is perfect for the Vols 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. UT fans will have the best of both worlds.

This is the ideal book for the faith-filled and faithful Tennessee Volunteers fan!

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"If you are a big Vols fan like I am — and a person whose faith is as important as mine is — Pastor McMinn's book God Bless the Vols scores a touchdown. It is fun and 'provoking'...a real inspiration." — Jeff Hagood, author of A Perfect Season — Amazon's top 100, president of Knoxville Quarterback Club, former athletic sports member of the University of Tennessee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416541899
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 775,708
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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In the Beginning

Read Genesis 1, 2:1-3

"God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good" (v. 1:31) .

Sack races, wheelbarrow races, and high kicks rather than football and basketball. Suspenders and shaving mugs rather than championship rings. In the beginning that was athletics at the University of Tennessee.

The driving force behind the fi rst athletic contests at UT was a pair of professors. According to Russ Bebb in The Big Orange, in the late 1880s Charles Plumb and Charles Summers organized the first intramural field days at Tennessee. In January 1889 the events included "a potato race, sack race, fifty-yard dash, high kick contest, and standing long jump" plus a wheelbarrow race. The last event was the highlight of the day because there were several wrecks, some precipitated by Professor Summers himself, who insisted on racing.

In the spring of that same year, Bebb said, Professor Plumb was at it again, organizing a fi eld day that included prizes for the winners. The athlete with the greatest number of points for the day won a silver shaving mug and a silver-handled brush.

Other prizes included a gold-headed cane, a pair of suspenders (satin, no less), a set of Charles Dickens's novels, and a straw hat.

In the beginning, this was the athletic program at the University of Tennessee.

Beginnings are important, but what we make of them -- what follows -- is even more important. Every morning, you get an important gift from God: a new beginning. The day lies before you expectant and pristine. You can use it to pay a debt, start a new relationship, replace a burned-out light bulb, tell your family you love them, chase a dream, solve a nagging problem, right old wrongs...or not.

God simply provides the gift. How you use it is up to you. People often talk wistfully about starting over or making a new beginning. God gives you the chance with the dawning of every new day.

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.

-- Basketball coach John Wooden

Every day is not just a dawn; it is a precious chance to start over or begin anew. God Bless the Vols ©; 2007 Ed McMinn

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Table of Contents

In the Beginning     2
What a Day!     4
Good as One's Word     6
Homework     8
A Change of Plans     10
The Eye of a Needle     12
The Jesus Way     14
Making a Joyful Noise     16
A Second Chance     18
Home Improvement     20
God's Workforce     22
One Tough Cookie     24
Bad Times-Good Witness     26
The Ultimate Makeover     28
A Strategy for Success     30
Dreams That Don't Come True     32
Cheers     34
The Good Old Days     36
Running for Your Life     38
Rain Check     40
The Testing Time     42
Smiling Faces     44
A House Fit for a King     46
No Turning Back     48
The Leader     50
Cuss Words     52
Choices     54
Wise, Innocent and Ready     56
A Dog's Life     58
One Thing for Sure     60
Looking to the Lord     62
Fathers and Sons     64
Going Fishing     66
TheGrudge     68
Quiet Time     70
Getting Smart     72
Payback     74
The / in Pride     76
Mysterious Ways     78
Amazing!     80
At the Last Trumpet     82
The Word     84
In God's Own Time     86
Southern Hospitality     88
Our Inheritance     90
Throwing in the Towel     92
Cheap Tricks     94
Looking Ahead     96
The Gift     98
The Big Time     100
Resting Easy     102
Going Out in Style     104
A Gentleman and a Player     106
Never a Good Idea     108
Jumping for Joy     110
A Bolt Out of the Blue     112
Language Barrier     114
Out of Character     116
Doing What You've Gotta Do     118
A Frustrating Season     120
The Sure Foundation     122
The Winning Formula     124
Mamas and Their Children     126
Getting Ready     128
The Scars     130
A Matter of Perspective     132
No Turning Back     134
A Distant Country     136
Family Men     138
Dry as a Bone     140
The Heart of the Matter     142
Tough Love     144
Deserving Better     146
Flat Busted     148
No Carrying Charge     150
Answering the Call     152
Ten to Remember     154
Top Secret     156
A Lesser Court     158
Expecting the Unexpected     160
Divided Loyalties     162
Fear Factor     164
Peacemongers     166
Glory Days     168
The Middle of Nowhere     170
A Level Playing Field     172
Suit Up     174
At a Loss     176
Getting Better     178
Celebration Time     180
Bibliography     183
Replays     187
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