Archive for January 1, 2008
Crowds roaring with approval. Friends thinking I’m a star athlete. Teachers singing praises about my grades. While growing up, I found my significance in my athletic and academic performances. If I did well, I felt great; if I failed, I felt awful. I put all my efforts into working hard on the basketball court, on the golf course, and in class, thinking that I would be loved if I performed well.
Growing up in rural northern Idaho, I had a good family life and never was in trouble because of drugs or alcohol. Church, however, was not a priority in my family. We were the classic “holiday churchgoers.” My only motivation to stay on track and work hard was my drive to excel as an athlete.
After high school, I earned a golf scholarship to San Jose State University, in San Jose, California. I was excited, but scared. Moving to San Jose would take me more than 1000 miles away from home to a “big” city. I had a lot of time to think on the long drive to school.
I remembered reading a book about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I was nervous about starting this next phase of my life, so as I drove, I began to pray and asked Jesus to come into my life. I told Him that I was far from perfect and needed His forgiveness for my sins. Nothing seemed to happened. I turned my attention back to the radio hoping the rest of the drive would soon be over. (more…)
Tracy Breen makes his living as an Outdoor Writer. In the past several years, he has been blessed to hunt and fish all over North America and at twenty seven years old, he has been able to do things he never thought were possible. This is part of what makes his story unique. In addition to being a diehard outdoorsman, Tracy has cerebral palsy; a disease that affects much of his right side. The possibility of a guy in his twenties with a disability making a living in the hunting industry is almost impossible… unless Christ opens those doors.
When Tracy gives his testimony at outdoor events, he shares hunting techniques and discusses some of the adventures he has had. He also talks about his struggles and disappointments that he has had to deal with while growing up with health problems. He shares how God has used his life and opened many doors that have brought him where he is today. All things are possible through Christ and if you “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) This is what he hopes all people who attend his events will know when they leave. Yes, Tracy gets to hunt all over. Yes, he can teach people how to kill a turkey with a bow. However, more importantly, Christ has opened all of the doors and has allowed Tracy to overcome the struggles that could have destroyed him if it weren’t for Christ.
Tracy usually speaks for about an hour on turkey hunting with a bow and Western elk hunting. He then gives his testimony and ties everything together with a power point presentation to keep things moving and keep the audience interested until the end of the event.
Tracy lives in Muskegon, Michigan with his wife, Angie. He currently writes for most well-known hunting publications and numerous Great Lakes publications. Tracy is the Editor of the God’s Great Outdoors E-zine. Tracy is on the Mathews Archery Pro-staff.
The following is from Jeff Gordon’s personal site. Jeff talks about his faith and MotorRacing Outreach:
I welcomed God into my life a few years ago. I regret that I did not do it sooner. Embracing His faith has made a tremendous difference in my life and my overall well-being.
I pray regularly. I know that God can be a tremendous inspiration through good times and bad. When you are involved in a dangerous sport like auto racing, you rely on a higher power to keep you safe and overcome adversity. Whether I win or lose a race, I am content with the outcome knowing that I can always trust in God’s goodness.
We all have to experience our own spiritual journey. But if you embrace God’s power, I believe you will live your life with a renewed joy and a heightened sense of fulfillment.
Motor Racing Outreach has also been a part of my life. Their mission is to introduce the racing community and its fans to personal faith in Christ. MRO has helped me to develop and continue my relationship with God. Their staff is available to help you as well. You may contact them through the information listed below. You can also learn more about them at http://www.go2mro.com/.
Below is the testimony as told by David Wheaton:
A passage in the Bible perfectly describes the before and after picture of my life:
Before: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
After: But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:1-9). (more…)
If perfect shooting form was not ingrained in him from birth, a love of the game and a heart for others were modeled for Kyle Korver in a family of basketball players and Christian ministers – including a mother who once scored 74 points in a game.
Her son’s ability is more well-rounded, by necessity, but Kyle also understands his strengths. “Shooting’s what I do best,” he said. “It’ll always be what I do best. It better be what I do best . . . but I can do a lot more.”
That’s true beyond basketball. With both of his parents, his father’s four brothers and two of his own brothers having become college basketball players, Korver obviously was motivated by his family’s devotion to the game. Their influence also drives Korver’s humanitarian efforts.
His father, grandfather and two uncles are ministers of the Reformed Church in America. His father, the Rev. Kevin Korver, serves the Third Reformed Church of Pella, where some 2,000 worshipers gather for three Sunday services in a town of 10,000 residents.
“I’m not a really preachy guy with my faith; I just try to live it out, try to show it,” Korver said, describing such involvement as “really easy to do now” with a pro athlete’s forum.
Don Beebe’s message hits home with quiet authority.
Listen closely -– his voice may only reach a loud whisper.
“I rarely raise my voice,” Beebe said, then smirked. “But the kids know when I’m upset.”
A former NFL wide receiver whose nine-year career was spent with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers, this devout Christian now volunteers his time coaching tiny Aurora (Ill.) Christian High School -– enrollment 376 -– because of his faith.
“There’s no money involved,” Beebe said. “It’s my calling. I felt God calling me to coach kids.”
When former Bills coach and current general manager Marv Levy asked Beebe to join Buffalo’s coaching staff in 2006, Beebe immediately turned him down to remain with Aurora Christian.
“Why do something just for money?” Beebe said. “My passion is here and with these kids.”
In four seasons as head coach, Beebe transformed a struggling program into a Class 3A state power by setting examples and building traditions. (more…)
ESPN.com senior writer Bill Simmons posted his annual NBA Trade Value Column today, and in the section on Dwight Howard (who he posits is the second-most untradeable player in the league to LeBron) he writes:
One other bonus with Howard that nobody mentions: Because he’s a devout Christian, even when he turns 35 in 2020, those will be Christian years — he won’t have any of that smoking-drinking-partying mileage on him, which means he could play at a high level until his early-40s (much like how Kurt Warner keeps chugging along at age 36). In other words, Howard could and should shatter nearly every rebounding record if he stays healthy, and even if he averages a 23-13 for the next 12 years (a conservative guess), when you throw in his previous three seasons, Howard would suddenly be in striking distance of two-thirds of the conceivable NBA records that ever meant anything. And to think, just seven months ago, I wasn’t sure if he was better than Al Jefferson.
WCW/NWA/TNA Wrestler Sting (Steve Borden) talks about his faith:
Wrestlers Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase and Nikita Koloff share their testimony:
Part 2 w/Koloff
Part 3 w/both
Former Actor and Wrestler (Zeus) now saved: