My Three Sons

Frank McGuire – Gamecock legend

The first high profile head coach to be hired at the University of South Carolina was not a football coach, but rather a basketball coach.  His name was Frank McGuire, and he was head basketball coach at USC from 1964-1980. Frank McGuire ushered South Carolina athletics into the national spotlight as it never had been before:

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David Meece – Seventy Times Seven

David Meece (born May 26, 1952) is a talented contemporary Christian musician who enjoyed success in the mid-80s throughout the early 2000s with more than 30 Top 10 hits (several reaching No. 1). This is a personal favorite of the songs that he wrote and recorded; it has a powerful message:

Christopher Carpenter’s successful 8th grade Football season

Christopher Carpenter recently completed 8th grade football season where he demonstrated significant improvement in his overall skills level at playing the offensive line. This was only his second season, as 7th grade was his first year for playing football.

A common mistake that a newcomer to playing the position of offensive line will make will be to hit/block the defender, but then release the defender after initial contact and not ‘hold the block’. My insight comes from personal experience as I too played offensive lineman for only one season, which was during my Senior year of high school.

This season Christopher showed much greater ability to not only hold the block, but also to drive the defender backward and/or away from the ball carrier. On pass blocking plays Christopher had greater awareness of where the Quarterback was behind him so that he would better position his body in between the defender and the Quarterback. He also utilized a slightly lower crouch position in order to lower his center of gravity thereby increasing his leverage against a defender. He also has learned to tuck his elbows in closer to his body in order to reduce the possibility of being called for a holding penalty. Excellent job Christopher at learning and improving at your position!

Here is a video of Charlotte Christian running three straight running plays to the left side behind Christopher (#66) while he was playing left tackle, and all three plays result in solid gains in yardage for the team:

 

Dillon Carpenter – Anderson University Trojan!

Dillon Carpenter has committed to attend and play baseball at Anderson University! I knew that this day would come and I am so very proud of you Dillon!!

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Crossing home plate after hitting his first Home Run  – Ten year old All-Star

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Home Run in the playoffs – 2014 NCISAA State Championship

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Proverbs 24:16 – For the righteous falls seven times and rises again…

The Righteous Falls and Rises Again

For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. Proverbs 24:16

Whether it’s managing your time, being a godly spouse, or being faithful in your ministry, one of the hardest things to do is get back up after you fall.

It’s difficult enough to keep your momentum when everything’s going well. But to get back going after failure is a challenge that derails the best of us. The wasted time between failure and trying again is the killer of our days and dreams.

Proverbs 24:15-1615 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous;
do no violence to his home;
16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

The traditional interpretation of this verse is that adversity comes upon a righteous man, but he triumphs eventually.

Based on verse 15, it seems that the righteous man falls because of the plots of the wicked. But is that the only reason that the righteous could fall? Perhaps we can apply this verse to a man’s failures – even failures due to his own sin.

The standard for righteousness in this verse is not the absence of failure or trials. Failure, in some sense, is inevitable. It’s how you react to it that matters.

The righteous man gets back up. Again and again, the righteous man rises. The wicked stumbles and stays down.

The Source of Rising Again

Why does the righteous man rise?

Is the man righteous because he gets back up? Or does he get back up because he’s righteous?

Or a better question – whose power is causing the righteous man to rise?

This verse is not indicating that the righteous man pulls himself by his own bootstraps and keeps going, going, and going. No – it is God who works within the man to give him the strength to continue. It is God who orients the circumstances around the righteous man to make a comeback possible.

Action on Our Part

But notice this verse doesn’t say that the righteous man sits in a lounge chair while troubles come and go. Despite the fact that the Lord is at work to raise the man up again, there is nothing passive about this verse.

This man fell. This man got back up. There is action. There is movement. There is some form of involvement and participation on the part of the righteous man.

Jesus healed a crippled man, telling him to take up his mat and walk. The healing came from Jesus, but it was the man that got up. It was the man that rose.

What if the man had waited a week to get up?
The power to rise was given to him immediately. Why would he delay claiming that healing?

It’s the same with us. The God who healed the lame gives us the power to rise again from our failures. Why put that off?

Take up your mat and walk. Right now.

http://www.lifeofasteward.com/rise-again/

Fall seven times, stand up eight. -Japanese Proverb

fall seven stand up eight

Matthew Carpenter – Junior Year at USC

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Matthew Carpenter has begun his junior year at the University of South Carolina, where he is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Russian. Here are his cumulative academic results so far:

Freshman Fall semester – 4.0 GPA
Freshman Spring semester – 4.0 GPA
Sophomore Fall semester – 4.0 GPA
Sophomore Spring semester – 4.0 GPA

Proud of you Matty, keep it up!