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Manchester United’s Tim Howard testimony

Source: Beyond The Ultimate

Tim Howard (Soccer Goalie – Manchester United)

Having spent the first ten years of my life with an undiagnosed case of Tourette’s syndrome—a neurological disorder characterized by physical and verbal tics—I did not experience a lot of peace. But even though my life often seemed chaotic, I knew I could always count on at least one person to provide calm and stability: my grandmother.

Nana’s sense of peace was so powerful because it came from her faith in the Lord. Through her, God revealed His love for me as well. It wasn’t long before I was following in her footsteps. I wanted the same kind of faith and peace she had, and that is exactly what God gave me.

That said; living with Tourette’s is not easy. But God has blessed me with the gift of athleticism as well. He has done some powerful things in my life through the combination of these two gifts. Not only has He helped me earn a position with Manchester United; He also has shown me ways to use my position as a professional athlete to encourage others with Tourette’s syndrome.

Today, I am blessed to be living a dream. And yet, if it all went away tomorrow, I know I would still have peace. That probably sounds crazy to most people, but that’s the kind of peace Christ gives. It is rooted in His love, and it surpasses all understanding. You can experience this same sense of love and peace, too. All you have to do is ask for it.

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January 4, 2008 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

Felipe Alou speaks about what Christmas means to him

Source: MLB.com

Giants manager Felipe Alou grew up in poverty at the seaside town of Haina in the Dominican Republic, and Christmas was always a time of celebration, family gatherings, good food and Christian fellowship. As for presents and Santa Claus … the first were minimal, the latter was non-existent.

MLB.com: What does Christmas mean to you?

Alou: I’m Christian. I know the word Christmas comes from Christ. I imagine so and hope so. Even though there have been — I would say controversy — differences in whether Christ was born during that type of year.

Myself, I don’t really care if he was born this time of year — we’re celebrating his birth. We don’t know for sure the time of year, but we do know he was born. We know that for sure.

It is important to us. He’s the savior of the world and we celebrate that. We believe he is the son of God. The importance to me and to my family is we celebrate the birth of the child, Jesus Christ. (more…)

January 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

Mike Piazza talks about God and Baseball

Source: Seattle Times

Article from Seattle Times July 24, 2007

After starting his career as the 1,390th player chosen in baseball’s 1988 amateur draft, Mike Piazza has gone on to become one of the top major-league catchers of all time.

Piazza won the 1993 Rookie of the Year Award, has been chosen for a dozen All-Star games and holds the record for most home runs by a catcher.

Piazza is also a devoted Catholic and appears in the documentary “Champions of Faith,” which profiles Christian baseball players. Currently playing for the Oakland Athletics, Piazza spoke about forgiving his opponents, praying (or not) for home runs, and passing judgment on baseball’s steroids scandal.

Q: What role does faith play in your career — and your life?

A: I truly believe my whole professional career has been a blessing from God. And it’s been a great gift. I know I worked hard, and you have to apply yourself, but I still feel that you have to have a lot of blessings from above. And anybody who plays this game, you have to be very spiritual, because it’s very frustrating at times. (more…)

January 4, 2008 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

The biggest influences in Vladimir Guerrero’s life are faith and family, with his mother guiding him to greatness

Source: Los Angeles Times

This article is from latimes.com on October 3, 2007:

Two hours before taking the field for the game that would give his team the division title, the Angels’ best hitter is sitting on the floor in a tiny room behind home plate at Angel Stadium, a Bible in his lap.

Vladimir Guerrero may fear no pitcher, but he’s a little nervous about God.

“I comfort myself with the Bible,” Guerrero says. “It’s like having my family there.”

In that case, Guerrero is truly blessed on this morning because he has both: the good book and members of his extended family, namely the handful of Spanish-speaking teammates he gathers every Sunday for a short chapel service led by broadcaster Jose Mota.

Today’s reading comes from Galatians 2:20, in which Paul talks about commitment and example. So Mota asks the players to name the person whose example they’ve followed in life. (more…)

January 4, 2008 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Integrity, Christian faith guide Colorado Rockies

Source: Raleigh News & Observer from NY Times

Article from October, 2007 about Colorado Rockies faith:

As a Jewish player who attended a Catholic high school and a Lutheran university, Jason Hirsh knows what being a religious minority feels like. So last December, when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies, Hirsh wondered if what he had heard about his new organization was true.

Now, Hirsh said not once during the season had he felt uncomfortable with the place Christianity occupies within the organization.

“There are guys who are religious, sure, but they don’t impress it upon anybody,” Hirsh said. “It’s not like they hung a cross in my locker or anything. They’ve accepted me for who I am and what I believe in.”

The role of religion within the Rockies organization first entered the public sphere in May 2006, when an article in USA Today described the organization as adhering to a “Christian-based code of conduct” and the clubhouse as a place where Bibles were read and Maxim and Playboy were banned. (more…)

January 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Baseball’s Rockies seek revival on two levels

Source: USA Today

Here is an article from June 2006 about the Colorado Rockies’ faith:

No copies of Playboy or Penthouse are in the clubhouse of baseball’s Colorado Rockies. There’s not even a Maxim. The only reading materials are daily newspapers, sports and car magazines and the Bible.

Music filled with obscenities, wildly popular with youth today and in many other clubhouses, is not played. A player will curse occasionally but usually in hushed tones. Quotes from Scripture are posted in the weight room. Chapel service is packed on Sundays. Prayer and fellowship groups each Tuesday are well-attended. It’s not unusual for the front office executives to pray together.

On the field, the Rockies are trying to make the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons and only the second time in their 14-year history. Behind the scenes, they quietly have become an organization guided by Christianity — open to other religious beliefs but embracing a Christian-based code of conduct they believe will bring them focus and success.

From ownership on down, it’s an approach the Rockies are proud of — and something they are wary about publicizing. “We’re nervous, to be honest with you,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd says. “It’s the first time we ever talked about these issues publicly. The last thing we want to do is offend anyone because of our beliefs.”

Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings says: “They do preach character and good living here. It’s a must for them, and that starts from the very top. But we’re not a military group. … Nobody is going to push their beliefs on each other or make judgments. We do believe that if you do things right and live your life right, good things are going to happen.” (more…)

January 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment


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