The Marching Band Refused to Yield!- Robinson CC Follow Up and 2017 Review

November 23, 2017

Competing in high school marching band competition isn’t easy.  There is so much hard work that is required to be competitive.  There are the weeks of summer practices in the heat and the cold Tuesday nights in the fall.  In 1996, when my wife and I were both 17 years old, we competed with the rest of the Limestone Community High School Marching Rockets and actually won a state championship! …

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Last Saints Visit of 2017!

October 21, 2017

Our Central Illinois Saints Prison Ministry team makes our final appearance of the year, tomorrow, at Robinson Correctional Center! Please keep us in prayer as we will share the Gospel twice and hopefully fit four games into the day! I am looking forward to keeping everyone updated on how the day went! Thanks for all of your support this season!  

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The Official SPM Crusade Survival Guide

At some point during a Saints Crusade, probably during a devotion or pregame speech, someone will quote Joshua 1:9 and tell the team that we must be strong and courageous, that we are a band of brothers who are ready to storm the gates of hell, that we are here to chew bubblegum and share the Gospel, and …… you get the picture.  Unfortunately, not everyone is totally equipped to…

October 5, 2017
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Danville Follow Up!

September 19, 2017

I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for my dentist.  With very few exceptions, I will get to the day of an appointment, and cancel it, because I chicken out or because I find something more fun than getting a filling.  Unless you are Peyton Manning, changing plans at the last minute isn’t a good practice.  Danville didn’t wait until the last minute but they did change our…

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Double Play! Centralia Follow Up and Danville Preview!

September 15, 2017

I really, really, dislike explaining why I didn’t get something done on time.  I am usually the first person to roll my eyes and glare when other people do it.  This follow up really should have been down a couple of weeks ago, but here I am getting it written up about 30 hours before we board the bus to our next visit to Danville Correctional Center!  It has been…

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2017 Kentucky Crusade- Day 3

September 15, 2017

“Well, if I’m not getting in, I wonder what’s open for breakfast?”, I wondered to myself as I waited in the small dark entryway at Luther Luckett Correctional Center.  “I wonder what a local church would think if I walk in and sit in the back pew with my full Saints uniform on?”  Those are the kind of things that you ask yourself when you hear that your name is…

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2017 Kentucky Crusade- Day 2

September 14, 2017

I love statistics in sports. I love looking at the backs of baseball cards and seeing how many home runs someone hit and seeing how they trend throughout their career. One thing I do not love is when we do it in Christianity. Even after all of the years that I have been involved with the Saints Prison Ministry, I am still hesitant to say, “we had 12 people indicate…

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2017 Kentucky Crusade- Day 1

September 14, 2017

“I’m not afraid of going to the joint!”.  This is something that missionary athlete Robert Cook and I heard this week while volunteering in our local JDC (Juvenile Detention Center).  This young man was in his mid-teens, and Rob didn’t give him a chance to say much else.  He shared with this young man all of the times that we have heard inmates stop and tell us about how they…

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Back to Centralia!

August 26, 2017

Tomorrow morning we are heading to Centralia Correctional Center in Centralia, IL.  This will be our second visit to Centralia.  We are looking forward to three games and three different sharing times! How to Pray Please pray for our speakers!  I will be preaching after game 1/   Ben Morrow  is preaching game 2, and Ray Koonce  is preaching game 3! As always, keep our bus in prayer as we…

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We’re Going to Kentucky!- 2017 Kentucky Crusade Preview

August 16, 2017

This Thursday, two of my Illinois teammates and I will be traveling to Lexington, Kentucky to participate in “The Land of Tomorrow” Crusade to Eastern Kentucky. This isn’t a typical Crusade visit for me since the three of us will only be participating in the last three days of the Crusade, but we have the opportunity to help the New Jersey team with some manpower late in the trip! The…

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