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  • Jul 30, 2015

    New Zealand: Post Practice

    Today started with a morning devo, practice, lunch, team time (debriefing yesterday's ministry assignment), afternoon sightseeing walking Hollywood's walk of fame on Hollywood Blvd and then concluded with a team dinner at an AIA Alum's home where we did some more H's (a way of getting to know one another).

    Tomorrow we have a morning practice from 9-11 (PST) and then start the process of getting packed up as we leave for New Zealand Thursday night.

    Thanks for following, and thanks for your prayers!!

    Hear from Corban and Bryce after practice today.

    More photos are up on our Facebook photo album here.

  • Jul 30, 2015

    Encouraging Others with Biblical Truths

    Becca just graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Graphic Design. She decided to extend her internship past X Project until December.

    One of my the most memorable moments from this summer was the first women’s night, when we were handed a list of 35 biblical truths about our identity in Christ. I saw how impactful those reminders were and started picking one everyday and passing them out at the office, or what we like to call “Cubieland.” My personal favorite was the following:

    According to God you can say “I am perfectly loved.” Romans 8:38-39 says “for I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 5:1 says “Be imitators of God therefore, as dearly loved children of God.” God loves you. The creator of all splendors of the universe has looked at you, flaws and all, and loves you. There is nothing, nothing at all, that you could ever do to make God love you any less. Also on the flip side we don’t earn God’s love either so there is nothing we can do to make him love us any more. Isn’t that just absolutely amazing? God’s love is a perfect love. God looks at you and smiles. God loves it when you talk to him. It makes God happy to see you happy. God hurts when you hurt. God would give up anything to be with you. In fact, he already did; He gave up his own son because he loved you, yes you, so much and wanted you to have a way to be with him. That is love, true love. Truer than any love in any fairytale and it’s God’s love for you. Whenever you feel unloved just remember how much God loves you.

    My purpose in writing these was to encourage the other interns in the office, but I ended up encouraging myself as well. As I searched to discover what each verse meant I also found that I was coming to understand the Lord I serve a little better.

    We serve an amazing God who likes to teach us things when we don’t expect it. I excitedly look forward to what he’s going to teach me and how he’s going to pull me closer to him as I move forward in life.

  • Jul 30, 2015

    Sports Performance South Africa... Show up.

    Tags: Sports Performance - South Africa

    Here's how faith works: show up, and believe God can do something - It's not rocket science. We cannot invoke or manipulate God, but God is pleased by our faith. Whether in thought, word, or honors God.

    I saw God move today at UJ from morning to night. We began at 9AM, meeting with two UJ professors in the Sports Science department. Jim, Chris (my two companions) and I met to discuss topics in sports science, and to exchange stories between our experiences in the USA with theirs in Johannesburg. At thread of our conversation, Chris boldly began to proclaim that God's love for students motivates us to live our lives the way we do. As he begins to share, I'm thinking, "no way, where about to be thrown out of here!"
    God had other plans. The two professors smiled, and nodded their heads. What then began was another discussion about how much impact coaches and athletic trainers who believe in God's can have on students who are seeking meaning in their life beyond sport. Our time together was deeply encouraging for all of us, and the professors want to continue meeting with Chris to further discuss how they too can be a part of how Chris is serving students at UJ.
    The rest of the day included bible study with students, taking students out to lunch, meeting with the the rugby coaching staff and attending practice, meeting with a group of 20 high school students  (I had the chance to stand up before them and share the story of how God changed my life), and concluded the day with another large gathering of student-athletes that included us preparing dinner for them. In all, we served over 50 different students today; meeting their physical and spiritual needs. From 9AM to 10PM today, I have witnessed God move....and it is good.
    Be encouraged.

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