When the Game Stands Tall devo


There’s a pretty cool movie coming out on August 22. It’s called When the Game Stands Tall. It tells the true-life story of a California high school football team

Here’s the official description:

Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. All along the way, as Coach Bob Ladouceur builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he has emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them.

posterThe film is filled with all sorts of great fodder for discussion with teenagers, not only because so many of the characters are teenagers, but because they’re wrestling with deep issues of faith. So we were pretty stoked when the people connected with the film contacted us with the idea of being a part of a student devotional based on themes from the film. This 7-day devotional, called STAND TALL, encourages teenagers to think about what it would mean for them to “take a stand” in various aspects of their life–not to become rigid and defensive, but to actively engage the world with faith in action. And since 30 Hour Famine is very much about taking a stand against hunger and putting action to our faith, we thought the connection was really wonderful and natural.

We partnered with our friends at The Youth Cartel, who developed the 7-day student devotional with us. And here’s the icing on the cake (or, the last second winning field goal, so to speak): the STAND TALL devotional is FREE. Yup: you can download it and check out here. It’s the one called STAND TALL STUDENT ACTION KIT. There are scenes from the movie that are referenced in the devotional also; but they’re all waiting for you here. Then consider getting it in the hands of your teenagers.