Looking for gospelhourprosports.com?

Some of you might recall that I established gospelhourprosports.com back in 2006. My goal was to present a clear Gospel message to shoppers for team gear online. It went well, but I was not prepared for the destruction of hackers. My site was broken, permanently. Without a clean backup copy, I learned a valuable lesson. Had this not occurred, I would have eventually invested in the security that larger online organizations have. At this point I have only one option available to any of you who have located this blog as a reference for finding gospelhourprosports.com. If you are looking for the same type of merchandise that gospelhourprosports.com offered, I recommend USCHO.

Dave Reetz

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Kurt and Brenda Warner interview-Putting First Things First

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Coach Football-Don’t get bogged down

Our verse today from the Word of God is found in Colossians 2:9-10
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”

I have observed during my coaching experiences an interesting aspect of how coaches handle their jobs. Particularly in high school. It has to do with getting bogged down. My point is, don’t allow for yourself to get bogged down. Your job is to analyze your opponent and then to coach. In some cases you will have responsibilities to the community, the parents, the administration, but to become a public relations expert is not necessary. You can effectively assign and manage some of these responsibilities. Recall if you will, Genesis Chapter 18 when Jethro, Moses father-in-law, counsels him to appoint trusted people to discharge God’s will.

“Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”

“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials”

“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.”

When I read this passage I think about one important factor. Moses no longer wore himself out on all the problems of the Isrealites. And, when it was necessary he weighed in on the issues that demanded his input. What does that mean to a football coach? Well, I think that trusted people who care about the success of your program can help out. There are a lot of needs that require attention, but there are also details that can be delegated. Most of the time, in just about any football program, there are people who want nothing more than to help. Moses utilized people who understood the teachings of God. For you I think it means, pick people who are capable to the individual task. One important thing to consider is whether the individual wants to see the kids be successful in the game of football. Avoid people who like the exposure and attention that comes along with having an important responsibility. Not that it is a huge problem, because everyone wants to feel good about what they are doing, but I have learned that when egos and arrogance invade an undertaking, it is hard to be effective as a Christian football coach.

So, my suggestion to you coaches who find yourself reading this blog, with respect, is to coach football. Leave the rest (some of it) to trusted people who will report to you.

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Summer Conditioning

Our verse today from the Word of God is found in I Timothy 1:17.
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

To help your athletes show up to pre-season practice in good shape, you will want to generate some enthusiasm for summer conditioning. This can be done in a variety of ways. They should concentrate on 3 aspects of physical conditioning. 1. Drills and wind sprints. 2. Weight training 3. Jogging.

Previously, I discussed some examples of drills and weight training. Today I would like to discuss jogging.

Now for most young men, they will be holding down a job in the summer. I think that they definitely should, but the hours should be limited to 8 hours a day. Players that succeed and players that do not can usually trace it back to the amount of effort they put in during their summer workouts. For results that make a difference, a player must have at least 3 hours a day available for conditioning. Set up supervisors to have your weight room open during the early AM hours and also after 5 PM. It is up to the players to arrange drill groups, unless they work them independently.

For endurance, jogging is important, 2-3 miles or more per day at a good pace for non-lineman. Lineman should run a mile or two without stopping. The morning hours for jogging is the most productive. Emphasize a good evening meal, followed by fresh fruit in the morning before jogging. This will fuel the body sufficiently for a good, brisk jog. Jogging jump starts your athletes day to make it optimally productive. Let me re-emphasize. The early morning is the best time for the jogging part of summer conditioning.

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Tony Dungy: A Credible Christian Influence:

Bold, brash, outspoken, in-your-face are hardly words that describe Tony Dungy the coach of the world champion, Indianapolis Colts. The long-time NFL coach has an approach that is different than the vocal, highly animated football coaches that are so often seen on the sidelines. Most agree that forceful, insistent, aggressive and get-up-and-go football coaching styles are the most effective, yet with Tony Dungy, humility and disciplined consistency are the ingredients most important. Unlike many in professional sports today, by Biblical self-discipline and Christ-like maturity Tony Dungy makes a positive impact on people. Dungy’s Super Bowl 40 post game comments give evidence of his primary focus: “But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”

An observation on the emergence of this super bowl winning coach? Well, success, even at the highest level, can be attained by living a Godly life in Christ. The lesson to be taken for Christians is that it is possible for believers to live as the Bible teaches – without compromise – and win in the game of life.

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Tom Landry: A Great Christian Legacy

Tom Landry: A Great Christian Legacy

One of the best coaches and finest people ever to be associated with the NFL, without debate, is Tom Landry. By sheer innovative genius and wins alone he became a legend, but there was more to this man than is evident on the surface. Landry was unwaveringly committed in His Christian Faith and was not concerned about how that might be received by critics. One could not begin to recount the numerous instances where Landry made a positive difference in the lives of the people he came in contact with. Both through the cowboys and through his philanthropy outreaches. No doubt Jesus Christ was first in this good mans life. Great Dallas Cowboys teams under Landry, which earned the nickname “America’s Team”, included standout players like Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, Harvey Martin, Randy White, Larry Cole, Tony Dorsett, Calvin Hill, Duane Thomas, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Tony Hill, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Billy Joe DuPree.
In the end, Landry succumbed to cancer, yet continued with his philanthropy projects to the end, raising money for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

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Christian Football Coach Showcase

Bill McCartney: Gods instrument to help men

As I look back, there are probably few times of Christian growth more productive in my walk with Christ than during the time of the founding of Promise Keepers. As a young believer I had a lot of enthusiasm in my new faith. I had prayed the prayer, I had devoted enormous time to studying the scriptures, and I had become greatly encouraged in my life due to coming to know my Lord. Significant during those early years in Christ was a radio broadcast of focus on the family. It was during this broadcast that I first became aware of Bill McCartney, one of the founders of Promise Keepers. I recall how enjoyable it was to listen to that broadcast. I recall how McCartney had the same zeal I had for Jesus Christ, yet he was a national champ football coach for the Colorado Buffaloes. That helped me to realize that I could accomplish great things for the Lord. During that broadcast McCartney discussed how he had approached the interview for the coaching vacancy at Colorado. It was tremendously encouraging to hear about how he told the interviewing faculty that he was a born again believer, and from that approach of honoring Jesus Christ, he was going to lead Colorado to a national championship. He did exactly what he said. McCartney won the national championship at Colorado, but more importantly made an impact on the lives of the young men in that program for Christ.

Since then I have grown in my faith and have watched the growth of Promise Keepers. Recently, at the Glendale, AZ event, I experienced an amazing time of worship and teaching. Once again greatly encouraged in my faith, I can now look back at the effect of the man, Bill McCartney and his love for the body of believers. Men, firsthand experience mountaintop blessing and women (wives and sisters in the family of Christ) benefit from Men taking their leadership roles more seriously.

In the church, we must continue to rally around the Promise Keepers conferences. They have helped me grow in my faith tremendously, and have done great things for the kingdom of Christ. Men are more likely to step up to their Christ ordained leadership roles. Racial tensions are diminished in Christ. Men read their Bibles more frequently. Wives are loved by their husbands the way the Bible admonishes…

The list goes on and on.

Thank God for Bill McCartney! Amen?

Dave Reetz

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