Showing posts with label football. Show all posts
Showing posts with label football. Show all posts

Saturday, January 20, 2018

'The Locker Room's Binding Force:' the Faith of the Philadelphia Eagles - CBN News Mark Martin

Philadelphia Eagles
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'The Locker Room's Binding Force:' the Faith of the Philadelphia Eagles
CBN News Mark Martin
Do faith and football go together? For players on the Philadelphia Eagles, the answer is a resounding "yes."
This Sunday they're in the NFC Conference Championship, and you can bet many on the team will be "prayed up."
In November, the team released a video on its Facebook page entitled, "The Locker Room's Binding Force." It's a look at the Christian faith of three players and how Christianity is a big part of the team.
Quarterback Carson Wentz, wide receiver Torrey Smith and safety/special teams Chris Maragos share their testimonies.
"I was kind of on this downward spiral because the things I was trying to place in my life to give me satisfaction would last for a little bit and then they'd fade away," Maragos said in the video. "And that was my sophomore year in high school."  
"I was really at a crossroads at that point and had to make a decision on where I was going," he continued. "And that's when I gave my life to Christ, and really he supplied that satisfaction and that joy for me." 
Players have the opportunity to attend chapel among other things.
"On every Monday night we have a couple's Bible study. We have a Thursday night team Bible study," Wentz explained in the video. "And then Saturday nights, we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray; talk through the Word; what guy's have been reading, what they're struggling with, and just kind of keep it real with each other."
"To have that here in an NFL facility like this, it's really special," he added.
"As men, you tend to be very sheltered. If I'm going through some things, I may not express that to the next man," Smith shared. "Only you can kind of expose your weaknesses and things you want to work on, whether it's in your relationship or your marriage or your family, whatever it may be."
"When you're able to talk about it amongst your brothers, amongst your family, it helps you grow," he continued. "And when you realize that you can apply Biblical principles to it, it helps us all grow."
"I think the biggest thing that we're always challenging each other with is just to not lose sight of the bigger picture," Wentz said. "I think wins, losses, highs, lows, everything that comes with this game, it's so easy to take your mind and your eyes off of the ultimate prize, and that's living for the Lord."
"And we want to be united," Maragos said. "We want to support each other; we want to support each other in our lives through the difficulties off the field as well as on the field."
"And so I think it's really kind of something to where we're all just kind of binding together to kind of keep each other sharpened and keep pushing forward," he continued.  
That unity has helped propel them to the NFC Championship game this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Tim Tebow’s Shocking Story About John 3:16 ‘Coincidence’ Goes Viral - CBN News

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Tim Tebow’s Shocking Story About John 3:16 ‘Coincidence’ Goes Viral
A video of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow recalling an amazing Biblical ‘coincidence’ in his life is going viral on social media.
The story begins with Tebow in his college football years. It was 2009 and he was weeks away from competing in the highly televised national championship football game.
Tebow said God led him to write John 3:16 under his eyes for all the world to see while he played.
“The next six weeks leading up to the game I was really agonizing and contemplating what verse and God kept bringing up to my heart and my head John 3:16 which is the essence of our Christianity. It's the essence of our hope,” Tebow said in the video.
After winning the championship game he found out something incredible happened- during the game 94 million people googled John 3:16
“Honestly my first thought was ‘How do 94 million people would not know John 3:16?’” Tebow said. “I was just so humbled by how big the God is that we serve.”
But that’s not where the story ends.
Fast forward three years to 2012. Tebow is a Denver Bronco playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs, and after the Broncos won, he headed into the post-game press conference when his public relations representative stopped him in his tracks.
"He says, 'Timmy, did you realize what happened?' I was like, 'Yeah, we just beat the Steelers. We're going to play the Patriots.' And he was like, 'No, do you realize what happened?’" Tebow shared.
"He said, 'It's exactly three years later from the day that you wore John 3:16 under your eyes,'" Tebow continued. "I was like, 'Oh, that's really cool.'" 
"He said, 'No, I don't think you realize what happened. During the game you threw for 316 yards, your yards per completion were 31.6, your yards per rush were 3.16 , the ratings for the night we're 31.6, and the time of possession was 31.06 and during the game 91 million people google John 3:16 and it's the number one trending thing on every platform,’” Tebow shared.
“I was just standing there in the hallway about to do this press conference just thinking that that night was about a football game. It really wasn't... we serve such a big God,” he continued.
Tebow believes God did something miraculous that night.
“The God that we serve is a God of miracles,” he said. “I just have to be willing to step out and say ‘here you go, God I’m going to give you my fish and my loaves of bread and watch what he does with it.”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kirk Cousins Turns Down $54 Million Contract Because 'God Told Him To' - Will Maule HelloChristian

Kirk Cousins Turns Down $54 Million Contract Because 'God Told Him To'

Sep 07, 2017 by Will Maule HelloChristian
NFL star quarterback Kirk Cousins has turned down a massive new contract agreement with the Redskins because 'God told him to.' The team reportedly offered Cousins a long-term deal including $53 million in guarantees, which he denied. Cousins instead elected to play out 2017 on a one-year deal. 
“I prayed about it and said, ‘Lord, what do you want to do?’ I just didn’t feel at peace about signing a long-term contract. I think the Lord communicates with us in many ways, and one of those ways is through his peace. And I just didn’t feel at peace," Cousins said in a speech at Liberty University, reports For The Win.
“And I do believe that the Lord — at least in my life — likes to use one-year contracts and not long-term contracts. He likes to take me to the edge of the Red Sea and have me see there is water in front of me, there are mountains on either side, and there are Egyptians chasing me from behind."
"And He wants me to sit there for a moment and go, ‘God, You better show up.’ And then He parts the Red Sea and He’s done that time and again in my life, on the football field, and off the football field.”
You can watch Kirk's full speech below. 
Source: Kirk Cousins Turns Down $54 Million Contract Because 'God Told Him To'

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles Player Baptizes Five Of His Teammates - HelloChristian

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Philadelphia Eagles Player Baptizes Five Of His Teammates

HelloChristian  12.22.16

The Philadelphia Eagles are seeing something extraordinary happen: Christ is being exalted within their team. Chase Daniel, quarterback hosts a weekly Bible study. There is also a weekly Bible study that takes place at the practice facility, as well as prayer sessions among the teammates the night before they play a game. Daniel told ESPN: "This is by far the most spiritual team I've been on."
Then there is Trey Burton, who is constantly talking about his passionate faith in Christ on his twitter feed. He believes that Jesus healed him from injury after his teammates prayed for him. He had injured his calf and doctors told him that he would miss several weeks of play. So, the team laid hands."I had a couple guys here lay hands on me and pray on me and then I went home and had my wife and my kids and one of our pastor friends come and lay their hands on me, and immediately I woke up the next morning and I was totally fine," Trey said. 
Burton has also led five of his fellow team members to come and be baptized. Mychal Kendricks was one of these individuals. He had taken part in the prayer group and says he never read the Bible, but was encouraged to get baptized as an acknowledgment of his faith in Christ and he did.
"You look at the outside world and where some of us have come from and where our family and friends are or what we're able to do with the sport that we love, with helping people, being in a position to hold platforms that help others or enlighten others, or just make someone's day. There is some weight to it. And it's a blessing," he said.
"And you ask yourself, why? There are a million guys on the street right now that can do the same thing I can do, but I'm here right now because I'm supernatural in my thinking and supernatural in the way I feel. And when you're passionate about something and you can feel it in your heart and your soul, that energy radiates outwards ... and that's the power of God right there. That's something that is to be looked at."
You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire, I'm alive
I'm alive in you! - @jesusculture 🎧
“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13

“The Bible often speaks about living life in community—we can’t do this alone. My brothers...” @TreyBurton8 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


What Tim Tebow Wants in a Wife

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The former football superstar and current commentator is single and ready to mingle, as he told Ellen DeGeneres in a recent interview.
But Tim Tebow's not looking for just anyone to date.
"There has to be more there, there has to be depth" beyond physical attraction, Tebow told DeGeneres.
Watch the video to see what else he said. 
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Facebook Photo of Praying Footballers Sparks Controversy - CBN News/Charisma New

Prayer on the football field in North Dakota.

Facebook Photo of Praying Footballers Sparks Controversy

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A Facebook photo of North Dakota high school football players praying on field is creating a controversy.
The post by a local Bismarck resident says the North Dakota State Activities Association said there can be "no prayers before the game."  The post has been shared more than 2,000 times.
The association says it has not issued a new rule banning prayer at sports games.
Executive Director Matt Fetsch said opening prayers haven't been held since the Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional 15 years ago.
He also said prayers can't be broadcast over loudspeakers at postseason games because those games are sponsored by the association and not the home team.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

You Are The One - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

You Are The One
- Now Think On This
by Steve Martin

 “I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine, because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven.” (Philippians 3:14 ERV)

Hanging in our former car garage, which is still attached to our house, though not used for the original purpose intended, is what some would call a “man cave”. (No, there is not a husky man with furry fur on his body and meatless bones sticking out of his mouth living there.) And within this cozy dwelling hangs an NFL football jersey. This specific piece of clothing sticks out among the other shirts I have hanging from one of the also former garage door rails. (It is still a rail, but now serves with a different purpose, as noted.)

This specific blue, orange and white team shirt, with the number 15 sewn onto it, also bears the name of Tim Tebow. Because I admired the courage and skill Tim had while playing for the Denver Broncos (and for another undisclosed reason), I purchased it in April of 2014 on eBay. It was a bit cheaper at that time, being he no longer played with the Broncos. 

Going back to his Heisman Trophy winning days while a Florida Gator, Tim Tebow exemplified someone I wanted to imitate, in the realm of using what you have been given by your Creator to do. Even though some would say his playing style didn’t fit the traditional drop-back quarterback mold, he was faithful to use the talent, discipline and heart that God had given him. He was the one his teams needed to win the games and a championship.

There is not another Tim Tebow. Our good Lord only created one of him. Our Father put within Tim his unique spirit, soul and body. With that came desire, commitment and connection to the Lord, giving Tim the ability to accomplish his purpose at that moment in his football life. He achieved the goal because of the grace given to him, and his acceptance of that fact, to faithfully use that grace. Thus the college team, and later the big boys’ team, achieved spectacular heights. In that world of sports, as a team they together made it to the top of their game.

Now the percentage of us who have played sports, and then who later filled a role at the professional level, is very, very small. My guess would say that probably 99.99% of you reading this have never qualified for the starting position of a sports team. But being that is beside the point, you and I have been called to a higher calling, to fill a position that no one else but you can fill.

We are each unique. We have each been created in such a way that if we don’t do what we have been called to do, not only will we ourselves be hurting in our spirit, soul and body, but our families, friends, co-workers, and even the people of the world will be missing out.
No one else can be the person you and I have each been called to be. You have to be you. You are the one the good Lord has created to fill a specific plan and purpose in His eternal plan and purpose. Yes, you are the one.

The Lord isn’t expecting you to be another Tim Tebow. There already is one. He isn’t expecting you to be another “high profile” person who gets a lot of news coverage, unless He has intended  that you were created for that purpose. But He is expecting you to use the gifts, talents and every created cell in your being, beginning with the day you were conceived in your mother’s womb, to be what you are to be.

The nations are desperately in need of people who know who they are and are simply, but obediently, walking in His plan, which has been carefully crafted for His creation. These are ones like you and I, who are willing to give themselves in obedience to His calling.

As Christians, seeking and  keeping our eyes on Jesus (Yeshua), who have been chosen along with our friends the Messianic Jews, we will rise up in Messiah’s power and strength, fulfilling our purpose as the Lord’s Body of believers. We will, as One New Man doing our part together as a team,  manifest His glory on the earth. We will be the light to the nations.

And each of you are the one to help do it.

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
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Now Think On This #186 “You Are The One” by Steve Martin 
Date: In the year of our Lord 2015 (10.11.15) Sunday at 5:30 am in Charlotte, NC

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