Take me out of the game coach
I don’t wanna play no mo
If can’t give it all I got and leave it out there on the court
Thank you for the Grace for the will and the desire
Got me
Living for your glory stead of living to retire
But pray I never tire of Going hard for Messiah
I don’t need no motivation You the reason I’m inspired~ “Go Hard” by Lecrae

Recently I had read the book “This Changes Everything: How the gospel transforms the Teen Years” beautifully written by Jaquelle Crowe, a young author, before her release date. And as I was reading this book, I was struck by how many teens I’ve come across personally that don’t have a personal relationship with Christ. Why? From what I can tell, it’s all about peer pressure from friends. So by the time that they’re X years of age, they think they have this unknown sense of entitlement. Instead of pushing them to youth group, why not meet them where they’re at?

On the court

17 years ago, my parents signed both my younger brother and I up for a week long basketball camp during the summer. Those weeks turned into four summers coached under Ray Vasser. Four weeks of drills, fundamentals, games, but most of all, biblical devotions. That is what I remember most about the early days of the Defenders basketball team. Back then, it was known as Fellowship for Athletes.

But to Ray, it’s more than just a game. More than a trophy. More than a championship, or even a competition. It’s a ministry. Yes, having a first place regional champion trophy up on the shelf for display is amazing. But his main focus is reaching not only his team of players with the gospel of Christ; but the opposite teams and their families. I have personally seen the changes in the players, their families, and the other teams because of Christ being shared. Not pushed on by any means, just in casual conversation.

So what does it mean to be a Defender? Webster Dictionary says that a defender is a person who protects someone or something. Like a protector, guard, guardian, preserver, watchdog, overseer, etc. But, I agree with Peter when he said But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1Pet 3:15). The apostle Paul goes on to say in his letter to the Colossians….and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Col 3:10)

Having an answer…….basically what I believe what they’re saying here is defending what we believe and why we believe it. Answering the tough, fundamental questions about Christianity.

That mean that we, should be out up in ok streets
Not just in houses with our bible’s summrizing what we read
Man this aint deep (man this aint deep)
why we aint doing what we read
Its like we sleep (its like we sleep)
But sinners sleepwalk when they sleep
So why can’t we (so why can’t we)
the redeemed of the LORD

Act out, what He said
and make a scene for the LORD
Action-cut, say what, like we was the director
But you better get a Grip like movie sets, and get to stepping
I know you done it
da-done it, da-done-and heard it all
You was going hard for the Lord before you heard this song
But don’t play yourself to save ya self
and walk in fear
Scripture’s like a mirror
the truth is closer than it appears

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