Free2Play on Facebook

In her comment on my last post, Cathy wrote, “Maybe some of us will be reminded to worship, and act, each time you come to the mound.”  Thank you Cathy!  I pray that some of you will remember to pray for me, and I have a wonderful way for you to act each time I come to the mound.  Join me in using my pitches to free slaves!  There’s a Free2Play app on Facebook designed to help us fight slavery together. Opening Day is right around the next corner! Let me show you how fun and easy this app is to use.

When you click this link to the app, you’ll see the following screen:

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If you like, you can explore the features of this page and watch my 2.5 minute video about Free2Play.

Then go ahead and click the large orange button that says, “Get Started!”  That takes you to this screen:

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Check out that black box that says, “Let’s start a roster!”  All the instructions you will need are embedded in the app.  They will walk you through the simple steps you’ll take to get started.  Pick me for your roster!  I’ve pledged to donate $250.00 per strike out, and $250.00 per save or hold, to Free2Play.  Won’t you join me?  Pledge a dime or a dollar, and add it to my $250.00, and together we’ll free our neighbors in slavery.

You’re not restricted to choosing players who have pledged to Free2Play. You can draft any player to your team! Use your baseball smarts to build your roster, and challenge your friends to play with you. This is similar to fantasy baseball, it’s just as much fun, and it’s an awesome way to love Jesus, in the way of Matthew 25.

If you do choose players who have pledged, your pledge is added to theirs, and they are encouraged by your support. That’s something to think about!

Don’t be afraid to give a penny, if that’s what you want to do. Combined with my pledge, your penny has power! Your pledge encourages me to make my pitches! Just remember that your little bit, joined with everyone else’s little bit, becomes a lot. Together, we can do a lot of damage to slavers and to the trafficking industry.

Have fun with this, and let me know how your roster is doing.  See you Monday.

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

I’m not saying that fighting slavery is the only thing you should do if you want to follow Jesus. I don’t want you to feel like that’s what I think. Everyone has commitments. We all have projects that are close to our hearts. We all have passions. I realize you might want to give to AIDS awareness, or contribute to cancer or autism research, or help the troops. I’m not discrediting those things at all. Those are all really important causes, and if you have a heart for one or more of them, or any other, I understand. Continue reading

Justice

So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21

I finished my recruiting talk for the Free2Play team by telling the players and their wives a little bit about the different scenarios. “We need to join together,” I said. Continue reading

Free2Play on Facebook

I’d love to get my readers to use the Free2Play app on Facebook together with their friends. Let me show you how fun and easy it is to use.

When you click the link, you’ll see the following screen:

If you like, you can watch the 2.5 minute video about Free2Play.

You’ll probably have to scroll to see the bottom half of the app’s screen, which looks like this:

On the left, you can read a fast explanation of Free2Play and get a couple of tips on how to use it.  On the right, you can view a slideshow that highlights the Free2Play players and their pledges.

Are you logged into Facebook?  Then go ahead and click the large button that says, “PLAY BALL.”  That takes you to this screen:

This roster belongs to one of the app’s users. Beth has just added Curtis Granderson to her roster, and finished building her outfield.

Now she would like to add Matt Cain.  See how she has clicked the arrow next to Granderson’s name, which launched a search screen.  She typed in “Cai” which returned a list of players, and she can choose Matt’s name from the list.

If she wants to, then right next to that, she can click the arrow next to “pitches an inning,” and select a different accomplishment from the drop-down list, such as “Pitches a Winning Game.

She’s chosen to pledge one dollar, and has set a monthly maximum of $50.00.  After she clicked the large green plus sign, Matt was added to her roster. Once you’re  done building your team, the app will ask you for billing information.

Next, you can post the roster to your wall and challenge your friends. For example, you and your friends can each build a complete team and then compete. Imagine how this can work. Begin by setting some rules. Let’s say no one is allowed to pledge more than $5.00 per player, and no one is allowed to pledge more than $75.00 maximum per month. At the end of each month, the one who comes closest to the maximum wins, and the others have to take him or her to a ball game.

Part of your victory will depend on how good you are at choosing players, and part of your victory will depend on how good you are at selecting the activity for which you’ll donate. For example, right now Josh Hamilton leads the American League in RBIs, while Jason Kipnis leads the league in stolen bases. So you might do better by drafting Kipnis for stolen bases instead of RBIs, and Hamilton for RBIs instead of stolen bases. Challenge yourself! You can play with this all season long, and make changes anytime you want.

You’re not restricted to choosing players who have pledged to Free2Play. You can draft any player to your team! Use your baseball smarts to build your roster. This is similar to fantasy baseball, is just as much fun, and helps free children from slavery.

Of course, if you choose players who have pledged, your pledge is added to theirs, and they are encouraged by your support. That’s something to think about! But just remember this: your little bit, joined with everyone else’s little bit, becomes a lot. It can do a lot of damage.

The app itself has a great “how-to” feature.  At any time, you can click the orange question mark next to “Add to Roster,” and you’ll be given a quick and easy tour of the app.

Have fun with this, and let me know how your team is doing.  See you Wednesday.