Coffee With God ~ 8/11/2018 ~ Mark 4

1) Read Scripture: Mark 4

2) Answer Questions:

·       What section or phrase stood out to you in you in Mark 4?

·       What does the section or phrase that stood out to you say?

·       What does the section or phrase that stood out to you mean?

·       How can you apply what you just read to your life today?

 3) Coaching Application:

There were no posts the last couple of Saturdays because I was on vacation with my family, and didn’t have time to get them done before we left.  Was a good break for us, and a good reminder that we need to take “sabbath breaks” in our lives to rest and recover in order to be the people God wants us to be.

As I read Mark chapter 4 one line after all of Jesus’ parables caught my attention.  Mark 4:34 says “He did not say anything to them without using a parable.  But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”  As I read this I thought about how in coaching explaining everything is so important in order to make sure what is being taught is also being understood.  I think that is what Jesus was doing with His disciples in this scenario.  He really did want them to know what He was talking about in His parables.

I also appreciated the last several verses, and when they are all on the boat getting rocked by the waves, and Jesus gets up and very calmly says “Quiet, be still.”  I appreciate his calmness in the midst of the storm and it is a good reminder to me as a coach that I need to be calm in “storm-like” situations that may arise with my teams. Those storms might come in practices, games, or as a part of team life, and key is to be like Jesus, stay calm, and trust God for the strength to remedy the situation. 

4) Prayer

 ·       Thank God for your time together.

·       Spend time praying for those things that are on your heart and your mind.

 5) Song of the Week:  Fear is a Liar

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Coffee with God ~ 7.21.18 ~ Mark 3

1) Read Scripture: Mark 3

2) Answer Questions:

  • What section or phrase stood out to you in you in Mark 3?
  • What does the section or phrase that stood out to you say?
  • What does the section or phrase that stood out to you mean?
  • How can you apply what you just read to your life today?

3) Coaching Application:

I am always impressed by how Jesus knows His agenda and sets the tone accordingly without concern for others.  I love how the stories of His life show how Jesus never changed or waivered from the plan.  In Mark 3:1-6 Jesus heals a guy and teaches a lesson even though He knew His actions would not be the most popular among some of those in the crowd.

Later in this passage, in Mark 3:20-34, Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived, we can assume because of other stories in the Gospels, to get Jesus out of there, although they may have just been there to say hi.  Jesus’ response to their showing up and perhaps wanting to speak to Him or take Him away with them is perhaps not what we would expect.

“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jesus knew His mission and He knew who and what He needed to focus on.  In coaching, knowing our plan and consistently following through with our plan is important.  We have to make sure we stick to our plan for life, our coaching philosophy, and our faith.

I also wonder here how we live out verses 34-35 on the teams we coach.  How do we encourage a family environment among the players on the team?  If we are Christ-centered coaches, and focus on Jesus’ life and teachings, we have to do this, and can do this by modeling Jesus to our teams, and by encouraging our teams to live out the values, especially those towards other people, we see in the Bible.  Things like love, patience, humility, kindness, humility, grace, and trust (among others) become very important attributes for us to encourage on our teams and in the athletes we coach.

4) Prayer

  • Thank God for your time together.
  • Spend time praying for those things that are on your heart and your mind.

5) Song of the Week:  Do Something by Matthew West

Saturday: Coffee with God ~ 7/14/2018

1) Read Scripture: Mark 2

 2) Answer Questions:

 ·       What section or phrase stood out to you in you in Mark 2?

·       What does the section or phrase that stood out to you say?

·       What does the section or phrase that stood out to you mean?

·       How can you apply what you just read to your life today?

 3) Coaching Application:

 I’m not a college coach, but I’ve always thought coaching at the college level would be fun.  As I am not a college coach I don’t have any experience in recruiting someone to come and be a part of my program.  As I read through this passage of Scripture the thought occurred to me that Jesus was probably the greatest recruiter of all time.  He would just walk up to someone and say “follow me” and they would.  Putting together a 12-man roster was nothing for Jesus.

 Regardless of whether or not we are recruiting student athletes to play for our team, we have a responsibility to help God, by using our gifts and talents, to “recruit” people into the Kingdom of God.  Like with coaching we can do this with our words, but I believe our actions and the way we live our lives speak volumes as well.  As followers of Jesus, trying to replicate Him to others, our faith experiences, knowledge of how Jesus lived His life, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit help us to engage others in opportunities to follow Jesus just like the first disciples did.

 When we interact with the young people on our teams we have a great responsibility and opportunity to teach them all kinds of life lessons, and important fundamentals and strategies of the sports we love.  We also have the opportunity to, as the Spirit leads and gives us wisdom, to encourage them to follow Jesus.  We are not wanting them to follow us, but rather we are encouraging them to follow Jesus.  We are God-bearers and we point the people we connect with in life to God. 

I’m also reminded here in this passage of the authority in which Jesus spoke.  As I read His words I can’t help but consider the respect He was given simply because of the boldness and authority in which He spoke.  This strong communication, plus earning the respect of His followers by how He lived His life helped Jesus draw people to Himself and to connect them to the Father.  As coaches I’m assuming we can follow Jesus’ lead in speech and how He lived His life as we interact with and share life with the athletes we have the privilege of coaching. Do we speak with authority? Do we live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God and in rhythm with the life of the Spirit?

 4) Prayer:

 ·       Thank God for your time together.

·       Spend time praying for those things that are on your heart and your mind.

 5) Song of the Week:  Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

Saturday: Coffee with God

1) Read Scripture: Today’s Scripture is Mark chapter 1.

 2) Questions:

             A) As you read, which phrase, or section stood out to you?

            B) What does the phrase, or section say?

            C) What does the phrase, or section mean?

            D) How can you apply what you’ve read and learned to your life today?

 3) Coaching Application:

 As I read Mark 1 two passages encouraged me as a person and as a coach. 

 The first passage is Mark 1: 16-17, and the phrase “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

In all of life we have opportunities to witness to people and share Jesus with them.  In coaching we have opportunities to do this with athletes, parents, other coaches, administrators, game staff, referees/officials, media, and fans.  I’m reminded this morning of this responsibility, and am encouraged to look for opportunities to do this.

 While sharing about Jesus with our words is important, but as coaches our actions may be even more important in how we share Jesus with others.  In our actions as coaches how do we communicate and share the love and testimony of Jesus? Are we mindful of the impact that everything we say or do has on those around us?

 The second passage that stood out to me this morning comes from Mark 1:35-39, and starts off with the line, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  I think Jesus took this time out of his busy for a couple of different reasons but his primary focus during this time was communing with God.  This is a good practice for all of us.  Practicing the spiritual disciplines of solitude, silence, and prayer on a regular basis helps to keep us grounded in Christ, remember our calling and ministry, maintain our relationship with Jesus, and remember that above all else we are God’s children. 

 Let’s take a look at our schedules and make sure there is time for us to go “off to a solitary place” and spend time with Jesus.  As we work with and have influence and impact in the lives of other people these times are critical.  We have to practice self-care and take care of ourselves spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and relationally so we can be the people we are supposed to be for those we are called to spend time with.

 4) Prayer

             A) Thank God for your time together this morning.

            B) Spend some time praying the things that are on your heart and mind.

            C) Pray for God’s blessing and favor to be in your life this week.

5) Worship Song of the Week:

 

Podcast 2.3

Episode 3 of season 2 on our podcast, explores some current observations and my response to them.  I don’t know if I would call this podcast a rant, but these words are  definitely reactionary as I continue to try and navigate this earth with Christ as my foundation. I’m not an expert. I don’t have all the answers. But, I guess I do have something to say.

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/xbib2-761861?from=yiiadmin