Sept 26, 2013
To the saints in Christ, a Hymn to sing, May you be blessed.
Sept 26, 2013
To the saints in Christ, a Hymn to sing, May you be blessed.
As the football star attempted to re-enter the league, his journey was cut short even before the regular season started. Tebow, who had been a favorite to dominate the NFL once he got drafted, failed to get signed as the third quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Although the Christian athlete tried to overcome all the obstacles along the way, DeMarco Murray still found him lacking. That is, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly pointed out that Tebow needs more experience to succeed in the NFL.
With the Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, Tebow speaks out to remind everyone to keep in mind what is truly important in their lives. The NFL hopeful, who admits to be a huge fan of sports and celebrities, advised the public to not completely submerge themselves in these things. Tebow calls on everyone to not veer from the more important things in life – that is, to not merely focus on material things and achievements.
“We choose to idolize certain things, and love certain things,” said the Christian star in his speech during an event of the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. The NFL hopeful added, “And I’m not saying it’s wrong to love sports, I love them as much as anybody. But do we choose to really see what matters?”
Tebow then went on to share an experience he had in one of his fundraising events which included a gala and a golf tournament. The football star recalled that the fated night, where he had the aforementioned realization, featured the likes of Deion Sander, Evander Holyfield, Emmitt Smith, Bubba Watson and the Rascal Flatts.
“I was looking at these guys, and it just hit me, because I was thinking about, ‘What am I going to talk about tonight. You know, what is God going to put on my heart?’ I just wanted to share something real, something emotional, something that I was so passionate about,” said Tebow.
He continued, “All these guys are sitting here talking, and all these other people are sitting there watching them. Then, on the very back, were three girls, and they were three of our ‘wish girls.’ All three of them have incredible stories, and I was thinking, ‘How messed up is this?'”
Although Tebow described the celebrities as his good friends and “awesome” people, he noted that not a single person paid attention to the “wish girls.” The football player noted, “I think all of them would agree, these three girls have more character, heart and determination to fight through what they had fought through than any one of those celebrities right there.”
Tebow went on to state, “I was watching them, and it just so struck me that this is what matters. This is what we should be focusing on. Yet, so many times these are the people that are forgotten.” The three girls, who were then the beneficiaries of the events, all suffered from cancer.
The latest project of Tebow is a night dedicated to people with special needs. The event aptly called “Night to Shine” attracted the attention and participation of 200 churches in 48 states and eight different countries. It will be held simultaneously in all venues worldwide on February 12. An initiative of the Tim Tebow Foundation, the event will feature glamorous touches such as hair and makeup beauty stations, red carpet, limousine rides and paparazzi.
By Mitch de Leon
What would you say if God asked you to lead many others, as He asked Joshua? Speak His words to prominent leaders, as He instructed Daniel? Become a traveling missionary like Paul? God wants us to respond with courage when He calls us to tackle something beyond our ability.
Our first step toward bravery is meditation on Scripture—we’re to search for its meaning as if hunting for treasure. With the Spirit’s help, we will understand how to apply the Bible’s wisdom to our situation.
Next is obedience to the Word. As we contemplate God’s truths, they become imprinted on our minds and influence our actions. Scripture is meant to shape our thinking and cause us to follow biblical principles. The more we think God’s way, the closer we’ll follow Him.
Trusting in God’s promises is a third action that builds courage. Joshua crossed the Jordan River towards Jericho because he took God at His word.
The fourth step is to remember past victories. Young David, the shepherd boy, did this effectively. Recalling God’s past protection gave him the courage to fight against the Philistine giant, Goliath (1 Sam. 17). Practicing these steps will empower us to focus on victory rather than defeat, disregard fearfulness in others, and obey God without alarm over possible consequences.
God wants His followers to bear witness of Him to an unbelieving and often hostile world. Will you speak the truth of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, His saving power from sin, and His promised return? The Lord is calling your name. How will you reply?
“That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.” (Luke 11:50-51)
God’s true prophets have been persecuted from the beginning. Abel, son of Adam and Eve, was the first, according to Jesus, for his blood was shed by Cain “from the foundation of the world.” A “prophet” in biblical terms was a man who proclaimed inspired words from God (not necessarily predictions of the future, but words inspired by the Holy Spirit—note 1 Peter 1:10-11; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
Evidently Abel was speaking God’s own words to Cain when the latter slew him in jealous wrath. The Zacharias mentioned is probably “Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest,” who was stoned when he prophesied against the people under King Joash (2 Chronicles 24:20-22), for he was the last prophet actually mentioned in the Old Testament as having been slain for his testimony.
Thus, the period encompassed by the Lord’s statement was the entire Old Testament period, “from the foundation of the world” to the coming of Christ. The same experience awaited most of the prophets used by God to pen the New Testament Scriptures. Thus does the world react to God’s inspired Word!
There is another important truth in this passage. The blood of God’s prophets began to be shed “from the foundation of the world,” not just beginning almost five billion years after the foundation of the world, as modern evolutionists allege! This is striking confirmation that the world was made from start to finish in six literal days. See also Mark 10:6, Acts 3:21, etc., for similar incidental confirmations of this truth. HMM
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last. —Revelation 1:17
Along with John, every redeemed human being needs the humility of spirit that can only be brought about by the manifest presence of God.
This mysterious yet gracious Presence is the air of life eternal. It is the music of existence, the poetry of the Christian life. It is the beauty and wonder of being one of Christ’s own—a sinner born again, regenerated, created anew to bring glory to God. To know this Presence is the most desirable state imaginable for anyone. To live surrounded by this sense of God is not only beautiful and desirable, but it is imperative!
Know that our living Lord is unspeakably pure. He is sinless, spotless, immaculate, stainless. In His person is an absolute fullness of purity that our words can never express.
This fact alone changes our entire human and moral situation and outlook. We can always be sure of the most important of all positives: God is God and God is right. He is in control. Because He is God, He will never change!
I repeat: God is right—always. That statement is the basis of all we are thinking about God.
Lord, I bow at Your feet and acknowledge Your sovereignty. I know You will do what is best for me because You are always right. Amen.
Precious promises, that by these ye might he partakers of the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
Our heavenly Father disciplines us for our own good, “that we may share in His holiness.” God’s motives are always loving!
I have known people who seemed to be terrified by God’s loving desire that we should reflect His own holiness and goodness. As God’s faithful children, we should be attracted to holiness, for holiness is God-likeness—likeness to God!
God encourages every Christian believer to follow after holiness. We know who we are and we know who God is. He does not ask us to be God and He does not ask us to produce the holiness that only He Himself knows. Only God is holy absolutely: all other beings can be holy only in relative degrees.
Actually, it is amazing and wonderful that God should promise us the privilege of sharing in His nature. He remembers we were made of dust. So He tells us what is in His being as He thinks of us: “It is My desire that you grow in grace and in the knowledge of Me. I want you to be more like Jesus, My eternal Son, every day you live!”
Our world has two forces; it has one tendency to run off at a tangent from its orbit; but the sun draws it by a centripetal power, and attracts it to itself. Oh! Christian, thou wilt never walk aright, and keep in the orbit of truth, if it be not for the influence of Christ perpetually attracting thee to the center. Christ is drawing thee to himself, to his likeness, to his character, to his love, to his bosom, and in that way thou art kept from thy natural tendency to fly off and to be lost in the wide fields of sin. Bless God, that Christ lifted up draws all his people unto him.