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Boston Weekend Roundup/Week Preview 8/30-9/1

On Boston Sports Daily

This weekend the Patriots made some cuts and a trade to finalize their roster for the 2014 season. The Bruins and Red Sox were mostly quiet other than a few Sox battling injuries and recent-signee Rusney Castillo moving up the minor league ladder. The Celtics were greeted, at least in the news, by a Rajon Rondo trade request, which has been vehemently denied by both parties since.

Patriots

Two of the three players I predicted would be released or traded are no longer with the team. Quarterback Ryan Mallett has been traded to the Houston Texans for a sixth round pick, and wide receiver Josh Boyce was waived by the team on cut day. Stevan Ridley dodged the bullet most likely because the Patriots couldn’t find a trade partner willing to part with what the Patriots desired. Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared and has confirmed that he’ll be playing week 1 against the Dolphins. The offensive threat will likely make his presence known in his first game back since he tore his ACL. 5 days, not that anyone is counting.

Celtics

Engage and Win

On Family Minister Wannabe

In the 1997 NBA Finals the Bulls were playing a tough fought game 6 against the Utah Jazz. Wtih 25 seconds to go, the score was tied at 86 and the Bulls had the ball for what everyone thought would be the final shot of the game. Everyone in the world thought that final shot would come from a guy named Michael Jordan (maybe you’ve heard of him). The shot went up and fell in for a 88-86 lead that ended in a 90-86 win and the 5th NBA Championship in 7 years for the Chicago Bulls. But, Michael didn’t take the game winning shot the point guard, Steve Kerr, took it and buried it. Steve Kerr was the hero of one of the best NBA Finals games in history.

This is a great lesson for us as parents! You see, everyone, including the coach, Jordan, and Steve Kerr expected Jordan to take the final shot. Kerr, after passing the ball off to Pippen, could have and maybe should have disengaged. He could have just stood away from Jordan to give him space and time to take the shot. BUT HE DIDN’T! He was fully engaged in the play! He got to a spot where Jordan could pass him the ball if he needed to pass and when Jordan did pass, Kerr took the shot he was presented and nailed it for a win.

We have to be this way as parents in all things with our kids, but especially when it comes to their spiritual lives! We must be ENGAGED! It’s easy to look to the church or the Youth Minister (see what I did there, made myself Michael Jordan in this illustration) and watch or disengage and let others do the work, but that’s not how God designed it! God gave your children to you for you to disciple and that has always been the plan!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

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