Month: February 2017

Juan Martin del Potro shares his faith at Delray Beach Open

2009 US OPEN tennis champion talked about his faith in Christ at the 2017 Delray Beach Open tennis tournament in Delray Beach, FL.

Juan Martín del Potro, born 23 September 1988), also known as Delpo, is an Argentine professional tennis player. His biggest achievement was winning the 2009 US Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and 5-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final. He was the first to defeat both Federer and Nadal during the same major and was the only man outside the Big Four to win a major between the 2005 French Open and the 2013 US Open, a span of 35 tournaments. He is also the second Argentine and the fifth-youngest man to win the US Open in the Open Era. Other career highlights include winning the bronze medal in men’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics and the silver medal in men’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Del Potro achieved a top-10 ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the first time on 6 October 2008. In January 2010, he reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4, after which del Potro had to withdraw from most of the tournaments in 2010 due to a right wrist injury. He returned in 2011 and was back to world No.4 in January 2014 but had to withdraw from competition due to another wrist injury, but this time to his left wrist.

He returned to the ATP World Tour on 15 February 2016, at Delray Beach, after a long injury-induced absence. Del Potro gave one of the strongest performances of his career in the 2016 Summer Olympics by defeating both Novak Djokovic, in straight sets in the first round, and Rafael Nadal, in the semi-finals, before falling in the final to Andy Murray in 4 sets.

Santiago Giraldo shares his faith at the Delray Beach Open

At the 2017 Delray Beach Open tennis tournament in Delray Beach, FL, Santiago Giraldo agreed to share his faith in Christ. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was so kind in arranging this interview when I asked if there were players willing to share their faith in Jesus. Santiago Giraldo Salazar (born 27 November 1987) is a Colombian male tennis player from Pereira in Colombia. He plays on the ATP tour and represents Colombia in the Davis Cup competition. His best tournament result is reaching the final in the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Giraldo’s career-high singles ranking is World No. 28.

How to create a thriving family culture

Many of us feel overwhelmed about the prospect of raising children in our high-performance, rapid-pace culture. Reflecting on difficulties from our own families of origin can increase our doubt and insecurity about being a good parent. Positive examples of family life can seem few and far between.

Authors, Mark and Lisa Scandrette understand these challenges, and in the book Belonging and Becoming they cast a compelling vision of what the family can be. They offer wisdom from the joys and struggles of their own life, and practical guidance for creating a healthy and deeply rooted family culture. Whether you’ve been a parent for some time, you’re just starting out, or you’re only starting to think about it, this book will inspire you to take new steps toward family thriving.

Now more than ever, we need a new vision for family that is creative, intentional, soulful, and globally aware. Whatever the make up of your household, your family can be a space of belonging, where each person feels safe, loved, cherished and cared for, and a place of becoming, where each person is supported to to develop who they are for the good of the world.

Giving up the NFL for Jesus

Our special guest is Rocky Seto, who in January 2017, announced that he would be leaving his position as assistant head coach of defense with the Seattle Seahawks to join the ministry. In 2010, Seto joined Pete Carroll’s coaching staff with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. In 2015, he had been promoted to assistant head coach / defense.

After playing for the Trojans, Rocky Seto joined the coaching staff in 1999 as a volunteer assistant under then-head coach Paul Hackett, working with the defense and special teams. In 2000, he served as an administrative graduate assistant, and with the arrival of head coach Pete Carroll in 2001, he became a graduate assistant involved in the defense, working with the general defense in 2001 and safeties in 2002. In 2003, he became a full coach, in charge of safeties, and from 2004-2005 he coached linebackers. From 2006-2010, he coached the USC secondary.

Get ready to hear an interview that is sure to provide great inspiration toward your walk with Christ.
Visit Rocky’s website at www.thegreatesttreasure.org/

Is kindness a great forgotten Christian virtue?

Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, believes we tend to devalue the importance of kindness, opting instead for caustic expressions of certainty that push people away. We forget that the essence of what God requires of us is to “love kindness.” In this book, filled with stories from his travels around the globe, Barry shows us the forgotten way of kindness. It is a life that calls us to put ourselves at risk. A life that calls us to hope. A life of a firm center and soft edges. It is the life Christ invites us to follow, no matter what the cost.

Kindness is not what we have been taught it is. It isn’t a soft virtue, expressed only by sweet grandmothers or nice Boy Scouts. Kindness is neither timid nor frail. Instead, it is brave and daring, willing to be vulnerable with those with whom we disagree. It is the revolutionary way that Jesus himself called us to live. The way of selfless risks. The way of staggering hope. The way of authenticity.

Christians and the gift of adoption

Shannan Martin is known for her popular blog Shannan Martin Writes (formerly Flower Patch Farmgirl,) is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence. But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.

Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.