Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Texas Longhorns combines the great passion of the Longhorn fan with the grand passion of the fan of Christ in one set of devotions. The result is a book that is fun while it provides a time of reflection about God and your faith.
-When the Texas softball team held its first-ever practice, four players showed up.
-Colt McCoy and his dad went for a Memorial Day swim to help save a life.
-The trainer felt lucky and helped the Texas baseball team to a national title.
-Texas' first consensus football All-America was so scrawny he had to beg the coaches to let him play.
-With the national title on the line in the 2006 Rose Bowl, a Texas defender looked up and saw what was coming.
These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Vince Young, Destinee Hooker, Earl Campbell, Darrell Royal, Bobby Layne, 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.
Have fun! Have faith!
Hook 'em, Horns! Go God!
|Publisher:||Extra Point Publishers|
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About the Author
Ed McMinn is a retired pastor living in Georgia who entered the ministry after a career as a journalist and a college teacher of English and journalism. Being a sports enthusiast, he was inspired by God to combine his passions of writing, sports, and Christ into a daily devotional that would encourage others to match their passion for Christ with their passion for their favorite team. His books, titled Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans and Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Kids, offer fans a unique mix of a true sports story connected to a daily reflection about God and their faith. The intent is to encourage the sports lover in a day-to-day walk with Christ through a devotion that is factual, Bible-based, and fun to read. Have fun. Have faith. Go God!
Read an Excerpt
Read Romans 2:1-16.
"This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares" (v. 16).
As the 1968 football season neared, the Longhorns shrouded their new offense in absolute secrecy. It turned out, though, that some students, broadcasters, and even the opposing coaches from Houston knew all about this secret.
The scheme was the brainchild of assistant coach Emory Bellard. (See Devotion No. 30.) Everything about this new-fangled formation was top secret. Darrell Royal and his coaches talked to no one about it and closed all practices to outsiders. Then at a press party the night before the season-opening game with 11th-ranked Houston, a member of the Cougar radio broadcasting team walked up to Royal with a diagram of the new offense. He asked the coach what he called it. An understandably upset Royal asked him how he knew about it. It turned out the secret was no secret at all at least not in Houston.
The weak spot in the coaches' attempts at stealth lay in the fact that they obviously had to let their players in on the secret. The sister of one of the Houston players had a boyfriend who played for Texas. That Longhorn player told his girlfriend who told her brother who told his coaches that Texas had a new offense that looked a lot like the Veer offense Houston head coach Bill Yeoman had invented in 1964.
Perhaps adding insult to injury, a Houston sportswriter came up with the name for the offense that stuck. After the game, a 20-20 tie, a writer asked Royal what he called his offense, and he replied, "I don't know. What do you guys think?" A writer said it looked like a chicken pully-bone and offered the name "wishbone."
Soon the whole college football world would know about this "secret" offense that took the Horns to thirty straight wins and two national titles.
We must be vigilant about the personal information we prefer to keep secret. Much information about us from credit reports to what movies we rent is readily available to prying and persistent persons. In our information age, people we don't know may know a lot about us or at least they can find out.
While diligence may allow us to be reasonably successful in keeping some secrets from the world at large, we should never deceive ourselves into believing we are keeping secrets from God. God knows everything about us, including all those things we wouldn't want proclaimed at church. All our sins, mistakes, failures, shortcomings, quirks, prejudices, and desires - God knows all our would-be secrets.
But here's something God hasn't kept a secret: No matter what he knows about us, he loves us still.
In the Wishbone, all you had to do was be a little afraid. - James Street on the secret to being a successful Wishbone quarterback
We have no secrets before God, and it's no secret that he nevertheless loves us still.