Increase Week in Review 11/28-12/2

Want to catch up on the latest articles by the pro’s from the past week? Here’s what they had to say:


Monday professional pitcher Mark Appel shares the grace-filled reality that we find at the cross of Jesus:


“Jesus was full of grace and truth. We cannot have grace if we do not have truth, and in the same way, we cannot have truth without grace. Today we live in a world of subjective reality—what’s good for you is fine with me—but as Christ-followers, we know we have God’s good character and His Word on which to base our reality. That is where we find truth; That is where we find grace.”


Tuesday we talked with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright about his faith journey, how he’s living in the increase of Christ, and the mentors that have impacted his life. Here’s what he had to say.


“Before I was a believer, I thought it was all about me, but once I gave my life to Christ it suddenly became all about Him. It’s been remarkable to experience the amazing joy and peace that Christ has given me since then. It truly is greater to give than to receive; we have no better model of that than Jesus Christ—He gave it all.”


Wednesday Philadelphia Eagles Chaplain Ted Winsley shared about a Faith that Sustains:


“Though there will be times in life when you believe God is going to do something but you don’t see it happen, God is still God. His is always faithful and His Word is always true. Faith in God declares: I believe the Word of God to be true whether I experience the full results of what I believe to be true in my lifetime or not. My position (what I do) and my disposition (how I behave) remain the same because I put my faith in who I have, not what I have.”


Thursday former Major League pitcher Dave Dravecky told us how he found encouragement and accountability within the baseball community’s Men of God:


“It was really refreshing to observe questions asked around issues that matter to each person in our group. Every member of this group really wants to understand and obey God and that is a beautiful thing. To have a place where we can ask questions of men whom we trust, knowing that they will guide us in the truths of the Scripture, is an amazing thing. This is a big part of how we are to mature in our faith as believers.”


Friday Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews shared how he found a new source fulfillment when he hit a turning point in the NFL:  


“You know God is really moving in your heart when you get to Saturday night and you’re not living for tomorrow’s game. Often, some teammates and I will be in the hotel room past midnight breaking down Scripture, reading, and praying together. We are hungry for God’s truth.”


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