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  • Rangers' spring training yields 'incredible' ministry

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jason Griffin.
    SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- For Major League Baseball players, coaches and fans, Opening Day is a time to look forward in anticipation of the season ahead. For North American Mission Board church planter Jason Griffin, it's also a time to celebrate the work God has done during spring training.

    Griffin, pastor of Phoenix-area Freedom Valley Church in Surprise, Ariz., serves as chaplain for the Texas' Rangers Arizona facility in Surprise, where some 400 team personnel descend for spring training each February and March. Over four years of ministering to the Rangers, Griffin estimates 25-30 players and coaches have ... Read More

  • Astros' Ensberg: Bible is his daily bread

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, March 30, 2007 (11 years ago)

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--Houston Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg vividly remembers a speaker he heard at the team's Bible study a couple of years ago.

    Nanotechnologist Jim Tour gave his testimony to the team about becoming a Christian during college. Read More

  • Dad's bold decision lifechanging for Houston's outfielder Luke Scott

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 (11 years ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--When Houston Astros outfielder Luke Scott was a boy, his father made a bold decision for his family. It was a life-changing and eternity-changing decision.

          Scott's parents were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses. But Scott's dad concluded that he wasn't on the right path. Scott remembers a conversation his father had with him, his brother and his sister. Read More

  • Indians' Westbrook's consistency: 7 innings, family, prayer & the Word

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, March 26, 2007 (11 years ago)

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (BP)--Jake Westbrook has been a model of consistency for the Cleveland Indians.

          Over the past three seasons, Westbrook has started at least 30 games and pitched more than 210 innings each year. His win totals over the same period have been 14, 15 and 15.

    "Everything that I’ve been given, the success that I’ve had, I know it comes from Jesus Christ."

          Indians manager Eric Wedge knows he can give the ball to Westbrook, who will pitch seven solid innings and give the team a good chance to win most of the time.

          For Westbrook, that consistency doesn’t stop when he steps off the field. He strives for the same outcome when it comes to his spiritual life as well. Read More

  • SPRING TRAINING: Faith, not fame, fuels major leaguer

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, March 30, 2006 (12 years ago)

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (BP)--Bill Mueller doesn’t look like a baseball superstar, mainly because he isn’t one. He doesn’t mash home runs regularly. He doesn’t steal bases. He doesn’t possess loads of athletic ability.

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  • SPORTS: Baseball dads & priceless hugs

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, March 30, 2006 (12 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--We pulled up to the Nashville airport terminal, and I opened the back door to give my 2-year-old son Daniel a good-bye hug.

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