9 Minute Directions for Halftime
Session 3 - RACE
Basketball is a gateway to character development in young people. At each Buff City Hoops game, 9 minutes will be devoted to teaching a basketball skill, character development, life direction and prayer. Each 9MD will begin with the Weekly Keyword that leads into the message. Each site will provide the 9MD Leader who can be anyone they trust to set a good example for the young folks. After 9 minutes, the group will end the halftime huddle with a prayer. If you have any questions please call Bob Kuebler at 716-830-8240 or email email@example.com
9MD3 Weekly Keyword - RACE
RACE can be defined as: "a competition, to run fast, a narrow channel of water a group of people (the human race,)
RACE in Basketball - Let's use the word "RACE" as an acronym that describes the habits of a great point guard. "R" is for race. A great point guard will race down the court before the defense has time to set up, (unless you need to burn up the clock!) A point guard will look for the fast break first, before he or she settles into a set offense. The "A" in race stands for assist. A point guard's most important skill is probably the ability to know when to pass or not to pass. The point guard is the quarterback who directs the team or better yet, he is the assistant to the coach who's actually in the game. The "C" in race stands for commitment. A tendency among ballplayers is to be the star and attract attention to their skills. A point guard must first be committed to the team. You must be a committed team player to win championships. The "E" in race is emotions. The point guard has to remain in control of her emotions. Control is the key, don't throw the ball away and don't throw your skills away because you lost your poise and focus.
Race in Character – The human race was created inequality. Blood has always been the same color in every human being in the whole human race. Scientists will tell you that over 99% of the population contains the same bases of DNA. Racism was created through the ignorance of man in his struggle for power. Ethnic cleansing, slavery, terrorism, sex trafficking, and discrimination are all forms of unfairness, injustice, and bigotry.
What is Racism? − There is only one race - the human race. All human beings share the same basic DNA. We all share the same emotions and intelligence. We are all equal in every way. Fear-based hunger for power has created an ignorance called superiority. Racism is the plurality of ignorance and encompasses all forms of bigotry and hypocrisy. Just for the record, all of that ignorance was laid to rest at the Cross. Jesus died to pay the price for racism - unfortunately the human race continually resurrects hypocrisy.
Race in Life – "Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?" Acts 17:26-29
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.
The 9MD lessons were created by Bob Kuebler - Youth With A Purpose and may be freely used by anybody.