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Volume 3. 2004

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It's Only A Game
Email: Michael Aubrecht Website: Pinstripe Press

This issue, I'd like to share an experience that some of you parents may (or may not) be familiar with. I have a 12 year-old son who has been playing hockey year-round since he was ten. He is a goaltender and has been blessed with the ability to turn his entire body into a pretzel. Since then, he's managed to go to 5 championships in 3 years and I've managed to spend more money on equipment that I have on my car. During that time, he's started over 100 games, had 2 shutouts, won the Outstanding Effort Medal at the USA Hockey Clinic and attended 2 College Hockey Clinics held at his home rink. Like most "netminders," some games he's great, some games he's not-so-great, but he keeps working and getting better. Still, he continues to struggle with the nervousness and anxiety of playing the most unforgiving position in all of sports. His dad is also still trying to cope. I have been to hundreds of practices, games, scrimmages and a few tournaments and I still cringe with every shot. I try very hard not to be one of those "yelling parents" that pound on the boards, but I have found myself slipping from time-to-time. Recently he asked if I could just drop him off instead of staying to watch his games (he plays on 2 teams now). At first, I was taken aback, but not entirely surprised. He wasn't having fun anymore and it was because of me. After I obliged him, we both felt better knowing that I didn't have to be at every game and that he didn't have to win every one either. Now we are both working on having fun and I have learned that even though winning isn't everything - good parenting is.

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John and his brother James were the third and fourth fishermen of the Sea Of Galilee that Jesus had called to service (Andrew and Peter were the first two). Both had been working for their wealthy father Zebedee but left immediately to follow Jesus. They had probably heard the preaching of John The Baptist, who had just been imprisoned and were aware that a Savior was coming, although they may not have realized that they themselves would be called to service. John eventually became a very close disciple, and friend, of Jesus. After the resurrection, John and Peter were the first people to be told by Mary of Magdala, who had discovered the empty tomb and it was John who was first Apostle to witness the empty burial cloth and strips of linen. Despite the persecution that he faced through the many years of his service and witness, John managed to live to old age while caring for Mary and writing his accounts. While banished to the island of Patmos, after having already written the Gospel of John, he was given to write the Book of Revelation. His personal growth in love is shown in the tradition that even in his nineties, he still tried to preach, sitting in a chair, and repeating over and over, "Children, love one another."

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John Smoltz
Born: May 15, 1967, Warren, MI
Right-handed Pitcher (Relief) Atlanta Braves

John Smoltz was born in Detroit and drafted by his hometown Tigers. Yet in September 1987, Detroit traded him to the Braves in a deal that gave the Tigers the AL East title in the short term, and Atlanta a pitching ace for more than a decade. The right-handed Smoltz was a hard thrower, fanning more than 200 batters four times, leading the league in 1992 and 1996. He won the Cy Young Award in 1996, when he was 24-8 with 276 K's for the pennant-winning Braves. Later, he moved to the bullpen to become the team's closer, a role he gladly embraced. Out of the pen he set a National League record with 55 saves, just two shy of the ML mark, and earned the Rolaids Relief Man Award. A devout Christian, Smoltz also acts as a keynote speaker for many religious organizations. He speaks of his beliefs and values in regards to parenting as Smoltz has learned that raising children according to biblical principles is better than any other method available. His favorite Scripture is John 15:5: "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me as I in him, he'll bear much fruit, and apart from Me he'll bear nothing." It meant so much." he said in an interview with IN TOUCH MINISTRIES "That was my whole verse going through '96. People will say, 'Oh, that's not the reason' I went 24-8, but there is a lot to it. Trust Jesus Christ not only as your Savior but as the LORD over your life."

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