Archive for December 23, 2007

Heisman Trophy Winner Under Center for God

Tim Tebow took a few deep breaths, steadied himself, then plowed through his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech much the same way he takes on tacklers — fast and furious.

In rapid fire, Florida’s sophomore quarterback thanked everyone he could think of, some of them twice. When it came time to take hold of the 25-pound bronze statue, he looked as if he wasn’t sure whether he should run with the prize or throw it. He does both so well.

Florida’s folk-hero quarterback with the rugged running style and magnetic personality became the first sophomore to win the Heisman on Saturday night.

“I am fortunate, fortunate for a lot of things,” Tebow said. “God truly blessed me and this just adds on. It’s an honor. I’m so happy to be here.”

Homeschooled by missionary parents who run an orphanage in the Philippines, Tebow took advantage of a Florida state law to play for Nease, about 90 miles from the University of Florida campus.

Tebow has worked and preached at his parents’ orphanage since he was 15. He regularly speaks at schools and delivered his message of faith at a prison in Florida earlier this year.

“Tim Tebow is the real American hero,” said Tebow’s high school football coach, Craig Howard. “He’s the real deal.”

Source: SI.com

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December 23, 2007 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

Ernie Johnson: “Trust God. Period.”

Has your life been touched by cancer? Has your family’s life been touched by cancer? You have a friend. This is my cancer story.

It was about a year ago, at the All-Star weekend in Houston… I went on the air on TNT and told people I had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003. I had kept it to myself until lymph nodes started to swell and people started wondering what’s up.

So I spent this past summer doing chemotherapy. I had six cycles of that and the cancer’s now in remission. My hair is back, my eyebrows are back, but people have asked me, “How’d you get through that?” I tell them there are three words: “Trust God. Period.” Not “Trust God if this next test comes back the way I want it to. Period.”

The only reason I can have that perspective was because of a decision I made nine years ago when I was 41 years old. Back then I had a great job, I have a great wife, four great kids and life was great! But sometimes even in the midst of that, you get weary. You get tired because it’s all about you. You’re the provider and you’re pursuing happiness, not wholeness…that was my story. I was living a performance-driven life. My identity was tied to what I did. You might as well have put TNT next to my name.

But someone came alongside me and explained that it doesn’t all revolve around my existence—there is more to life. He talked about God having a plan for my life, and how much He loves me. I had never really explored a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew God was there, I knew Jesus Christ was there, but I never put the two together.

Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Oh! I needed rest, I needed that peace.

Since I came to Jesus, my life is no longer a me-centered life, but a Christ-centered life. I look at my life now and what I’ve been through, and I praise God and thank Him because even if He’s somewhere that I may not see right now, I know He’s got a plan for my life. Through my battle with cancer I know God will be glorified. I am weary no longer because I know it’s not about me, it’s about Christ in me.
— Ernie Johnson, TNT NBA Basketball Studio Host
(Source: Beyond the Ultimate)

December 23, 2007 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Amare Stoudemire, Rising Sun Soars for God

Although I didn’t start playing basketball until I was fourteen years old, I’ve been going to church my entire life. I grew up in a Christian family, and my father took us to church every Sunday and Wednesday without fail.

Even though he died when I was twelve, my mother made sure that Christianity continued to be a central part of my family’s life. That’s why I have such a strong faith today. Going to church helped me develop a relationship with Jesus, and that has given me something to lean on as I have worked to reach my goals. Winning Rookie of the Year in my first season with the Suns was an incredible honor, but I know I can’t claim sole credit. I depend on God for everything I do, including playing basketball. Jesus hasn’t just given me talent though. He also gives me direction, purpose, and hope.

Without Him to guide my life, I don’t know where I would have ended up. I still say my prayers every night, and God always gives me confidence and peace of mind as a result. That’s exactly what we need more of these days.

I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian environment. That may not be true for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start living for Christ right now. If you’re looking for someone to lean on, someone to guide and encourage you through these troubled times, I encourage you to begin a relationship with Jesus today.

—- Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns Forward

(Source: Beyond the Ultimate)

December 23, 2007 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

Dallas Clark asks God to make sense of things

Graduating from high school is supposed to be one of the greatest moments of your life. You’re looking forward to college; feeling like you’re on top of the world, all set to run off and explore everything life has in store for you. Four days before my graduation, that’s exactly how I felt.

But then something happened that changed things in a hurry: my mother passed away. Suddenly, my entire future looked a lot different.

I had every reason to sink down into the dumps at that point, to be bitter at the world and everyone in it. But my mother’s death actually pushed me in the opposite direction instead. It helped to strengthen my belief that God is in control of things, and that even though bad things happen, they happen for a reason. In my mom’s case, even though I thought she was the best person in the world, I really feel that her time here was done. She got me through high school, and now it’s my turn to go out and use what she taught me to make the world a better place.

“Bring it to God, and ask Him to help you make sense of things.”

You may be going through a similar loss right now. If so, I feel for you. But I encourage you not to get stuck there. Bring it to God, and ask Him to help you make sense of things. Speaking from experience, I realize such events can feel like the end. But if you give them over to God, He can show you how to make them a new beginning.

— Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts Tight End

(Source: Beyond the Ultimate)

December 23, 2007 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

Accident changed Nascar’s Darrell Waltrip

Darrell was one of the most unliked drivers for sometime. However his faith in Christ taught him to be humble.

December 23, 2007 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

CBS Sports Commentor Clark Kellogg Speaks About Defining A Champion

As a high school All-American, I received a scholarship to The Ohio State University where I would be named the 1982 Big Ten MVP. That same year, the Indiana Pacers drafted me with the eighth pick in the NBA draft. I was on my way to experiencing everything I’d ever dreamed of. But five years later knee trouble ended my career.

Growing up in a loving two-parent household, I don’t recall going to church much but know my four siblings and I were raised with Judeo-Christian values. I acknowledged the existence of God, but had no real concept of what a relationship with Him was about. Like many of us, I thought doing good things and making my parents and others proud would please God.

In 1985, while rehabilitating from a third knee surgery, I began thinking about my purpose in life. A local minister started conducting chapel services prior to games. Curious about the peace he had, I asked him to walk me and my wife through the Bible and teach us about God.

I learned God loves us, gives us life and breath, and has an ultimate plan for our lives. He wants us to know and worship Him, but sin (falling short of God’s mark) creates a gap between man and a holy God. However, God, because of His great love, provides His son, Jesus Christ to bridge the gap. Through faith in Christ all can be forgiven of sin, made new, and eternal life can be yours.
— Clark Kellogg (source: Beyond the Ulimate)

December 23, 2007 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

Jeff Gordon races ahead for the Lord

Jeff Gordon talks about racing and winning championships, but how his faith in the Lord Jesus is the most precious of all

December 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

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