Field of Faith Devotional Week 09 - Love Always Protects, Trusts, Hopes, Perseveres

Field Focus:
This week of practice will focus on catching. There will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of proper catching techniques and ball security.  
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Faith Focus: Love - Does Not Keep a Record of Wrongs
Family Game Time - Air Balloons
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Memory Verse: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Family Focus (by Lowell Burns):
“For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11

All coaches know that to give their athletes or their team the best chance at success or reaching their goals, three things are needed: discipline, training, and a game plan. The game plan simply means to use one’s strengths to exploit the opponent’s weakness. A good game plan is a must. Often, we fail because of the wrong game plan or simply a faulty one.

Life is a competition. We meet challenges every day that present opportunities to help us be successful. We also construct game plans for daily life. We must know our strengths and weaknesses, our opponent (Satan), listen to our coach (Jesus Christ), train hard, and have discipline to reach our goal of knowing Christ.

When I was a teenager, I had a plan to achieve what I thought was important—a college education and a great job earning a big income. My game plan was to achieve it all by age twenty-five. I ended up being a teacher and a coach. After thirty years of teaching and coaching, and twenty-eight years as an FCA Huddle Leader, I retired. As I walked out the door, I asked myself, What have I accomplished? My original game plan seemed to have failed.

Then as clear as it could be, I heard a voice say, FCA. I stopped and noticed that I was by myself. In an instant I realized that this had been God’s game plan for my life. I realized that I had been successful under His plan.

If we love and follow Christ, we can achieve victory! We need to be in tune with God and listen for His “game plan” for our lives.

1. How do you define success?

2. What is your game plan to achieve that success?

3. How do you think you are doing with the plan?

Psalm 139:6; 1 Corinthians 9:24–27; 5:7–9; Philippians 3:12–14

Prayer
Father, thank You for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. Give us strength and courage to seek Your plans and to be obedient to Your call. Amen.

Marcus Preciado
Field of Faith Devotional Week 08 - Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth

Field Focus:
This week of practice will focus on catching. There will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of proper catching techniques and ball security.  
(See Practice Plan)
(See Playbook)

Faith Focus: Love - Does Not Keep a Record of Wrongs
Family Game Time - Football Toss Bible Verse Memory Game
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Memory Verse: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Family Focus:
I keep the LORD in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. — Psalm 16:8

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan. They stood out as great NBA players, but they had a certain quality that did not show up in the box score. It was the ability to make the players around them better. They added value to their teammates, and they could see the bigger picture. Success for them was inevitable.

Likewise, Jesus calls us to see the bigger picture of His kingdom as we influence others for His sake. Every day, we encounter fellow coaches, students, players—even our family—who might need our help so that they can get to the next level, not just for their sake but for His.

The story in Mark 2 reflects this theme. A man who was a paralytic needed help to get to Jesus so he could receive healing. His friends had difficulty getting him through the crowd that had gathered to hear the Lord, so they broke through the roof and lowered the paralytic into the room where Jesus was speaking. Mark wrote that when Jesus saw their faith, the paralytic received his healing. These friends were absolutely determined to help their friend get better!

Coach John Wooden calls this quality “competitive greatness.” It is delivering our best when our best is needed while making those around us better. The paralytic’s friends weren’t superstars, but they rose to the occasion. Jesus Christ saw their faith and He, too, could not keep from offering His best so the others around Him might become the people God had always intended them to be. In fact, the Son of Man took on our brokenness so we might know His greatness! Abiding in that truth each day keeps us focused on the bigger picture of God’s kingdom.

1. Are you adding value to those around you?

2. Who is helping you get to the next level as a Christian and as a coach?

3. Do you recognize competitive greatness in others?

1 Samuel 17:1–58; Matthew 28:16–20; Mark 2:1–12

Prayer
Lord, help me today to abide in You, knowing that as I do, You will equip me to give my best so others might grow closer to becoming the people You want them to be. Amen.

Marcus Preciado
Field of Faith Devotional Week 07 - Love Does Not Keep a Record of Wrong

Field Focus:
This week of practice will focus on catching. There will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of proper catching techniques and ball security.  
(See Practice Plan)
(See Playbook)

Faith Focus: Love - Does Not Keep a Record of Wrongs
Family Game Time - Football Toss Bible Verse Memory Game
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Memory Verse: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Family Focus:
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit-the Father will send Him in My name-will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you." - John 14:26

Weight lifters often use spotters to help them stay safe during workouts and get maximum results. In your own experience, have you ever done a bench press workout without a spotter?

In life, God gave us a Spotter: the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26, Jesus said that He was sending a Counselor to us in His absence. The Holy Spirit showed up in Acts 2 when the Apostles had locked themselves in a room for fear of the Jews. The Apostles were afraid, powerless and confused as to what to do next. But God's promised Spotter gave them the power to do miracles in the name of Jesus.

The Christians in that room had the knowledge and will to teach the good news, but they needed help. The Holy Spirit gave them courage, boldness and wisdom to preach the gospel at full strength. They healed the sick and spoke the truth of Christ with authority. The Holy Spirit gave them the power to do their very best for God.

The great news is that God's Spotter-the Holy Spirit-is here for us today, as well. All we need to do is seek Him and listen for Him. He will encourage us and guide us as we walk through the day's challenges. If we are diligent in seeking Him, our walk with Jesus will be strong, and we will have wisdom and discernment for the challenges we face each day as a Christ follower. He will be there to encourage us, keep us strong, and even make us stronger in Christ.

Just like that person who stands behind the bench press waiting to help us become stronger physically, the Holy Spirit is behind us to help strengthen us spiritually and provide encouragement, wisdom and power.

Today, don't go to the "bench" alone. Your Heavenly Father has given you the ultimate Spotter in the form of His Holy Spirit. Let Him help make you as strong as you were meant to be!


1. How have you benefited from using a spotter when lifting weights? 



2. How does the Holy Spirit serve as a spiritual Spotter in your daily life?

3. Do you tend to rely on your own understanding, or do you seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit in all things?

4. Do you ask the Holy Spirit to help control your actions?

5. In what specific areas of your life are you trying to operate without the help of the Holy Spirit? Will you make the decision to let Him help and guide you?

Acts 2; Romans 8:26-28 ; Galatians 5:22

Prayer
Lord help us to rely on your strength and your Holy Spirit.  Instead of trying harder help me to trust more.

Marcus Preciado