Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.”

Psalm 131:3

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 12:01 PM Central

SBC-Logo-Red-400x395.npgFamTeam Weekend/Softball Classic will be held on Saturday evening, September 13 (Paul’s birthday!) and Sunday afternoon, September 14.   The event will unfold on “FamTeam Field,” the softball diamond that sits behind the Arndt family house in southwestern Illinois.

The first Classic was held in 1999.  As time passed, this annual event developed into something that we now call a FamTeam Weekend – a blend of Christian inspiration, indoor/outdoor fun, and friendship.  As simple and “down-to-earth” as these weekends are, God has used them as a way to touch many lives (including our own).

Over the years, several Cardinal baseball players (including Adam Wainwright, Mike Matheny, Mike Easler, Reggie Sanders, Mark Grudzielanek, and others) have attended the Classic and shared, in a heartfelt way, the ways in which God, through the sacrifice of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, has transformed their lives.

This year’s event will open (on Saturday evening) with a picnic-style supper and a time of casual prayer. Tentative plans call for a softball tripleheader (with the Arndts squaring off against a trio of local “all-star” teams and a fourth game in which our guests are invited to take the softball field!  As usual, there will be Christian music, game and food tents, trivia challenges, and a home run derby!

There will be no charge for the event.  (Those who take part in the Classic Eve cookout are invited to simply “chip in” for the cost of the meal.)

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 11:48 AM Central

This high school student was suspended for a rather surprising reason.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 11:06 AM Central

Paul said: Found a new team workout, guys!

Yikes. Do we have to wear the singlets?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 11:01 AM Central

Found a new team workout, guys!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 9:45 PM Central

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We just finished our Monday night playoffs! David hoists the trophy for 2nd place in the playoffs and Peter is holding the trophy for 2nd place during the regular season.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 8:53 PM Central

We won our first playoff game tonight, and now we’re playing for the championship. We’re trailing 10-6 in the 4th.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’”

Mark 16:15-18

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 1:13 PM Central

Yesterday I came across this talk given by Francis Chan.  It was so good, I couldn’t stop watching it!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

John 14:23-26

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 7:54 PM Central

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Peter, clad in our team’s new uniform, waits for a pitch.

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.”

Psalm 103:19

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.”

Luke 22:60-62

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 9:07 PM Central

A big thank you to everybody who braved the rain and came out for the Softball Classic today!

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 7:01 PM Central

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This year’s Softball Classic was held on our family softball field. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”

Psalm 145:4-7

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 1:26 PM Central

I really like the look of the home run fence and the backstop. I’m looking forward to that softball tripleheader.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 12:27 PM Central

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We had some rain this morning, but it has been clear for the last hour or two. Getting ready for the start of the Softball Classic!

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

John 14:21

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 11:32 PM Central

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The Softball Classic is almost here! I will take place tomorrow afternoon on FamTeam Field.  If you need driving directions, please let us know.  ( In the photo, Cathy and some of her helpers are preparing prize packages for the Classic. We have been looking at weather radar, and have solid reason to hope that the precipitation will be out of the area before the event begins!  Our field is all grass, and recovers excellently from rainfall. We will see you all tomorrow!

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 8:46 PM Central

Maybe some of you guys can rest on the way home, and be able to help a bit in the morning. We’ll be praying for your safe return!

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 8:36 PM Central

That’s good to hear. Paul, Mark, Jacob, and I are wrapping up our coverage at this wedding reception in the Chicago area, so we’ll be hitting the road before too long.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 8:27 PM Central

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The Softball Classic setup is coming along nicely!

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

John 14:18-20