Dec 312013
 

As I reflect on this past year and the start of my FCA voyage I come back to my One Word that I chose at the beginning of the year to be my theme.  That word was Patience.  God gave me that word knowing that this year I would need to have more patience than I have ever had in the past.  As All of you know the year started off with me separating from a secure job I had for a long time to trusting in God and following his path with FCA. There were times when I struggled not know how I was going to support my family and how I was going to move forward. But God provided.  Here it is almost a year after my start of raising support with FCA and I am employed Part time with FCA and have a second part time job to help with my expenses until I can become fulltime with FCA.  God provided for me I just needed to be “Patient”.  I incorporated the one word into the soccer teams that I coach and it was also a great success.  It gave the athletes one thing to focus on during those tough times as a team.  Each of my athletes also chose one word that they could focus on during their individual struggles.  I suggest that we have each of our huddles chose one word to focus on for the rest of the year and the beginning of next school year.  YouVersion had a 4 day plan that you can read to direct you to your one word.  https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/809-one-word-that-will-change-your-life

 

I pray that we can begin this year a better team, not because of our strengths but because of how we rely on one another due to our weaknesses.  I ask that you engage fully as a team member and know that in ministry it’s a fight worth fighting for.  It’s not for money, success or position we fight but for the souls of those who don’t know Jesus Christ.  I pray that God will challenge you in 2014 like you have never been challenged before.  I pray that FCA reflects the face of Jesus in everything that we do.

 

Hebrews 10:39 – But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

Dec 302013
 

As a part of my weekly futsal league I’ve been distributing bookmarks that include The Competitor’s Creed poem on them. This league was developed not only to give area athletes something to do through the winter but also to help them to gain a sense of good sportsmanship and competition.

What are you doing this season?

The Competitor’s Creed

I am a Christian first and last.
I am created in the likeness of
God Almighty to bring Him glory.
I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.
I wear the colors of the cross.
I am a Competitor now and forever.

I am made to strive, to strain,
to stretch and to succeed
in the arena of competition.
I am a Christian Competitor
and as such, I face my challenger
with the face of Christ.

I do not trust in myself.
I do not boast in my abilities
or believe in my own strength.
I rely solely on the power of God.
I compete for the pleasure of
my Heavenly Father, the honor of Christ
and the reputation of the Holy Spirit.

My attitude on and off
the field is above reproach –
my conduct beyond criticism.
Whether I am preparing,
practicing or playing;
I submit to God’s authority
and those He has put over me.
I respect my coaches, officials,
teammates and competitors
out of respect for the Lord.

My body is the temple of Jesus Christ.
I protect it from within and without.
Nothing enters my body that
does not honor the Living God.
My sweat is an offering to my Master.
My soreness is a sacrifice to my Savior.

I give my all – all of the time.
I do not give up. I do not give in.
I do not give out. I am the Lord’s warrior –
a competitor by conviction
and a disciple of determination.
I am confident beyond reason
because my confidence lies in Christ.
The results of my efforts
must result in His glory.

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN.
LET THE GLORY BE GOD’S.

 Posted by at 12:23 pm
Dec 232013
 

“Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 29:9

stockingThe Thanksgiving and Christmas season marks a time of reflection, gratefulness, and giving. We are thankful for all that God has done this year at South Central PA FCA. He has poured out his blessings as we strive “to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.”
Praise God for His goodness and favor to us!

Would you prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift to the ministry? We know that God has much more in store for FCA in 2014, and we invite you to join with us to make that possible. One of the most lasting gifts you can give this Christmas season is an investment in the lives of the coaches and athletes of SCPA FCA. Your generous gift is much appreciated as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and serve Him in the year to come.

We pray God’s richest blessings upon you and your family and hope you will join the FCA team!

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