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Suggested Halftime Devotions 2010-11

Suggested Halftime Devotions 2010-11

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Suggested Halftime Devotions 
2010-2011 Upward Basketball 
FBC Alpharetta, GAMark Snowden
for using these suggested halftime devotions:1.Stay Fresh: Avoid repetition of Scripture verses and the same illustrations2.Teamwork: Reinforce the devotions that players have during their practices3.Enlistment: Make it easier to recruit first-timers by providing a starting point4.Scope: By reviewing these devotions, you’ll know where we’re headed and why5.Catalytic: Sometimes a suggested illustration can jog a personal story of your own
Do not mix portions of these devotions during your assigned halftime.
Somebody will follow you next week. We all want each week to be fresh and relevant tothe parents. Feel free to substitute a relevant personal story instead.
Helpful tips: 
Time: 3-minute devotional during halftime while players are out of the gym.Audience: Adults are the intended audience mostly parents, but some grandparents,too. It has been estimated that about 20% of your audience is unsaved.Only about 10-20% of Upward Basketball parents are active at FBCAlpharetta. The rest may be affiliated with some other church in the area.Practicing: It helps to practice your devotion in front of people rather than alone.Smiling and personal warmth goes a long way—even in a big gym.What to expect: Prior to your assigned halftime, check in with the staff at the scorer’stable. At the half, make sure that cheerleaders are not performing first andthen switch on the microphone given to you. Speak with enthusiasm, butclearly. When you have a mike in one hand and a Bible in the other, makesure you can open it quickly without fumbling or dropping one of them. If you’re relaxed and confident, then your audience will be, too. And whenyou’re finished thank everyone for listening and give the mike back.Purpose: It’s not about you. It’s about the message that God would have you deliver at a “divine appointment” when parents are very receptive to God.
Crafting a devotion: 
Feel free to use this collection of suggested devotions to be used of the Lord to spark your own ideas. Just stick to that week’s theme and don’t “borrow” from other devotions.It helps to know where the whole halftime devotion ministry is going. Sporting events areone place parents attend “religiously.” So, these are designed to build one upon another.You have three minutes, so think in terms of three thoughts.Minute One: People love stories, so why not start with a fun or personal story?Minute Two: Tie in a relevant story from God’s Word that relates to the theme.Minute Three: Drive home an idea that reinforces the theme for that halftime. Avoid preaching, but don’t shy away about making a spiritual point.
Game 1 December 4, 2009 
What does God Want? Kindness 
Week’s Memory Verse: 
 And what does the L
require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and towalk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:8b
)Mystery word: kindness
This week: 
Everyone is expected to do their best. Satan is unfair. Some players weretold to do jumping jacks while others just watched. This unfair scenario set the stage for talking about being kind to each other.
Suggested Halftime Devotion: 
Hello, my name is ____________________ and welcome to another season of UpwardBasketball! If this is your child’s first season with us or this is their last season, eachcoach is EXPECTING your children to do their best in practice as well as games. Now, we all know that doing our best IS possible. However, they sometimes fall short.The way I heard it, one time out here during a game, one of the new players ran out onthe court and played hard. But after a while he stopped playing and just stood over by the bleachers. The other players yelled for him to get back in the game. The ref yelled for him to get back in the game. Even some cheerleaders yelled for him to get back in thegame. Finally, the coach called timeout and asked him why he was standing on thesidelines. The little player said, “I got hot, so I wanted to stand over here by the FANS.”One day Satan arrived at the gates of heaven and challenged St. Peter to a basketballgame. Peter looked around and said, “Okay, we’ll play you. We have some of the best basketball players who ever played the sport. What makes you think you can win?” Satanwinked and said, “We have all the refs.” Now, I think you’ll agree with me that the devil plays unfair. However, God does playfair with each of us, despite the fact that we often do not act our best. One time Goddecided to send an email to everyone on earth who consistently showed kindness towardothers. Do you know what the message of God’s email said? (Pause) Oh, you didn’t get iteither, I see! Seriously, we CAN know what God wants and we don’t have to wait onemails from anybody. The Bible tells us what God wants.This week your players were given a sentence from the Bible to memorize. We call it amemory verse.
(Note: Memorize the verse and recite it!)
 And what does the L
require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and towalk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:8b
We can know God and He invites us to have a personal relationship with Him. God wantsus to show kindness. God wants us to do our best and part of doing our best is treatingothers – and God – with kindness.Thank you for listening!
(Keep this devotion fun and SHORT. Parents will get used to these devotions as pithythoughts that challenge them and will like that they are not lengthy sermons.)

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