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Tebow Time

I recently just read an article on my man Tim Tebow.  This article goes into the happenings before the game in which he lead his team to yet another come form behind victory.  His 4th quarter antics are surreal but many still question how long these will last.  I firmly believe that as long as he is seeking God (Matthew 6:33) he will do great things.  Tebow can conquer any adversity he faces because he has curried favor with God.  Now getting back to the article, Tebow’s coach found it necessary for him to give the pregame speech.  Tebow went and did so and inspired his team. They rallied around him to achieve a common goal. Just imagine the impact we can have on each other’s lives of we were to do what Tebow said in his speech. As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.

On the night before he delivered the Denver Broncos to their fourth straight win, Tim Tebow was asked by coach John Fox to address his teammates.

According to the Denver Post, Tebow turned to the Bible, quoting Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Tebow’s motivational message worked. The Broncos put together their third fourth-quarter comeback since Tebow took over for starter Kyle Orton, rallying past rival San Diego for a 16-13 overtime win.

“He said iron sharpens iron and men sharpen other men. And I think that’s totally true,” rookie linebacker Von Miller told The Post. “He gave us a great speech. We came out (for the game) fired up. And that was a wrap.”

Tebow, when told of his teammates’ reaction to Saturday’s speech, was touched.

“It was a huge honor,” Tebow told The Post of being given the chance to speak. “I just tried to share from the heart.”

For the first time all season, Tebow completed at least half of his passes Sunday, going 9 for 18 for 188 yards and had strikes of 39 yards to Eric Decker and 23 to Dante Rosario on the game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter.

“I’ve never seen a human who can will himself to win like that,” Miller told The Post.

The Broncos (6-5) are 5-1 under Tebow and have forced their way into the race for a playoff spot. They face the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7296591/john-fox-asked-tim-tebow-talk-denver-broncos-saturday

9/11 “All God, All the Time”

Hey bloggers!  It has been awhile since I have last posted but a good friend of mine, DJ Damazo, has asked me to forward his take on 9/11 to as many people as possible.  I am going to be honest and say it has changed me!  Take a look below and check it out.  It will be worth your time!

As I was coming home from church today, I could not stop thinking about my Pastor Larry Bettencourt’s message about hope and the tragic events of 9/11.  These thoughts made me realize many things and I feel that God has called me to write them down and share them with whoever may read this. We all know what happened ten years ago.  We all know where we were.  We all know how we felt.  Many people wanted to put a blame on someone or something so they blamed these events on God. “Why would God do this?” or “How could God do this to innocent people?”  Two of the verses that Pastor Larry shared today were Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” and also John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  These verses really hit home and show that if you trust in the Lord, He will get you through anything because He knows what he has in store for you.
While many people put blame on God, many also turned to God in this time of dismay.  On September 12, 2001, many people went to church to pray about what happened and the majority were people that did not attend church on a regular basis.  Also, church attendances for not only the following Sunday but for the following month had sky rocketed.  After this month, however, church attendance went back to the normal numbers.  It is great that people turned to God during these times of need but to develop a real relationship with God you must turn to Him or have Him with you no matter what.  It is easy to turn to God when you have a problem.  The difficult thing is to maintain that relationship with God.  Not to belittle or disrespect the people that died on September 11 but if you think about it, every day is like the horrible day of 9/11, just on a lesser scale.  Obviously there are not always acts of terrorism but there are still thousands of people dying from crazy people, drug usage, and many other horrible things that happen every single day.  In the sinful world that we live in today, God must be the center of everything in life because only He can provide comfort, answers, and love through the good times and through the bad times.
After writing this, I guess the purpose was intended to the people that do not take their faith as serious as they may want or should and want to take it to the next step.  Are you someone that only turns to God in times of trouble or need?  I’m not going to lie, I was once was that guy.  I always loved God and believed in him 100 percent but it was not until I started taking my faith more seriously that i realized how great our God is and the power He has in our every day life.  I realize that you have to glorify Him in everything that you do and trust Him with all of your heart, no matter what.  Sometimes it takes a tragic event like 9/11 to make you realize that you need have God in your every day life.  Do not be a person that only turns to God in times of need.  Be a person that honors God in everything that you do.  I can tell you that ever since I took this next step in my faith, I could not be happier in life.  Sure, there have been many hard times throughout but I know and trust that God has a plan for me and loves me and will help me through any of these troubles.  I don’t know how many people will read this or if anyone will even read this but if you do I challenge you to take the next step in your faith and realize the power of the almighty God and how much He loves you.  If that’s the only thing that you take out of this then I will be a happy boy.  Do not give up hope in God because he certainly will not give up in you.

If you have any questions or need help on staying on fire for Christ email DJ or Pastor Larry:

djdamazo@geneva.edu

larryb@mychampionlife.com

 

 

 

Dexter! aka Greatest Show Ever

I woke up this morning super excited because my dad brought home season 3 of Dexter for me and Jake to watch.  We love this show! The basic synopsis of it (without spoiling it) is a the main character, Dexter, witnessed his mother being murdered at the age of 3.  This made him obsessed with blood and turned him into a serial killer…. but he only kills people who got away with murder, so its ok right?  Ill leave that for you to decide but the reason I lov the show is because of its many many many twists and turns.

Twists and turns can often be entertaining to watch but when you have to live these “entertaining” occurances, things aren’t as fun.  When your life takes a turn for the worst, one thing that stays constant and in control is God. So next time your watching Dexter, or your life has a twist, keep Jesus in control and dont try to live through it by yourself. #winning

Bitter Sweet

It has been a while since my last blog post and I have to owe that to countless hours of baseball and school.  Well anyway our season just ended this week with some last inning excitement in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.  I could go into great detail about how it ended but that would just bring back bad memories. :/  Before the game i got a wall post by a great friend and former teammate TJ Lambert. Here it was…….

“it means we got to give Him our best in every area. If we win, we praise Him. And if we lose, we praise Him. Either way, we honor Him with our actions and our attitudes. I’ve resolved to give God everything I’ve got. Then I’ll leave the results up to Him. thought bout you when i watched this movie hahah good luck brotherrr”

 

This is by far one of the most influential wall post ever put on facebook.  This quote from the movie “Facing the Giants” is very influential and the message is so powerful!  It talks about how in both good and bad times we need to give God the glory and do everything for him!  Immediately I thought of one of my favorite verses, Matthew 6:33.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all things shall be added unto you.”  With this wall post i was pumped to go out and get a win in God’s glory……………

Unfortunately we didn’t win. After the game I was so upset and people were texting me on the bus ride home telling me that we had a great year and what not… I mean I loved these texts but none of it cheered me up, we still lost!  But my mom, like always, saved the day and told me to remember TJ’s wall post (thanks for creeping on my facebook wall to see it anyway mom).  I was instantly renewed and felt real close to God.  It is amazing how God can use just one text to help us remember its all about Him!!!  

 

Here is the link for the full scene from the movie…. PLEASE WATCH IT!!! 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EHvyFfDR_w

They Call Us the Underdog

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Half way through the season and things are heating up in our section. We are in first but not by much.  We have 2 big games that make or break our hopes for section champs this year!

Who would have known that at this point we would be on top?  We are a young team without a lot of experience but we have meshed as a team and are playing solid baseball.  With all of our accomplishments thus far you would think we would have been ranked real high this preseason! But no we are playing better than we thought we would because we are playing strong.

Our season reminds me of a song by Audio Adrenaline called ‘Underdog’.  This song talks about how we are all underdogs but with Jesus we can prevail as champions! Its like the old sunday school songs that say “we are weak but he is strong”. This is so true because without him, nothing we do can be done! Just like we are a close and strong group of friends playing good baseball, we are also strong in Christ as we win!

The Good Out of the Bad

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Its funny how many times something good can come out of something so bad.  About two weeks ago I was in a car wreck.  I jokingly say that I killed the thing I love most in this world; my F-150 known to many as “Big Greenie”.  I had many great  times with this truck that is now gone forever.

The accident was actually pretty wild.  I wasnt even looking at the road for 3 seconds and then BOOM: air bags, screams, and a totaled car later I found myself feeling mixed emotions.  At first I couldn’t believe it happened, then I was angry.  And finally the 20 minutes of tears came.  Bottom line, I cried like a baby.
Through all of this pain good came out of it.  On impact my phone was lost somewhere in the mess I called my backseat.  I instructed my brother (in between my tears) to call my phone so I could find it.  When he called my ringtone went off and it was “Savior” by Aaron Shust.  I suggest listening to it! Its talks about of God is always with us and that he suffered on the cross for us.  God showed me through this experience that he is always with me and always there for me!
Below are the lyrics for my ringtone that went off in a moment I will never forget.
My Savior loves, My Savior lives My Savior’s always there for me My God: He was, my God; He is My God is always gonna be.

Tyler Thellman? Or Samson?

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This blog is going out to my fellow teammate and his nice hair style!  He once used to be like me- a young attractive male with the only thing missing being a nice head if hair.  That all has changed now that he has beautiful, almost 24k gold, long hair.  I could go into details about his new hair but hey, a picture tells 1000 words! And good thing too because I don’t feel like typing 1000 words!
Judges 14 talks about a guy named samson.  You are more than welcome to read it but its a little lenghthy.  Bottom line, dude is like superman with long hair and like pee wee herman with it short.  My boy Thellman reminded me of sampson with his long hair.  He looks solid in the cage and like #hanleyramerize in the field.  Keep that hair going so we can win states baby!!

The Coin Flip

March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year- period.  Yes Christmas is nice but there is nothing like the NCAA tournament.  The adrenaline you get while watching a group of young men take the court with one thing in mind… a national championship ring.  I get goosebumps this time of year and since the brackets came out yesterday, I spent a lot of time thinking about my picks for the brackets.  I have multiple brackets and i don’t know which one to use quite yet.  I think a few more hours of Sports Center will clear my mind and allow me to finally publish my bracket.  There is a lot of uncertainty in what I should do!

Now naturally, comparing my life or death situation of which bracket to chose may be a stretch to compare to how God wants us to pray, but hey, I’m doing it anyway. 🙂  In Matthew, God tells us to ask for something as long as it is seeking God and the door shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

(I thought it would be awesome to use the King James version)

So when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, no one is better at giving advice than God himself!

Bracketology Is Madness

I am sitting here watch the release of the brackets for this year’s March madness. And let me tell you, it is straight up madness! VT did not get in and VCU did?  Its amazing how nothing is guarenteed.  No even top teams like VT are guarenteed to make the NCAA bracket!
The same goes for those wishing to make it to heaven.  Not the fact that nothing is guarenteed, but the fact that nothing we do can guarentee a spot in heaven (or the ncaa tournament).  That is why we need Jesus’s blood on our heart to make it to the big show!  No matter what good deeds we do or how many games we win against top 50 ranked opponents, we are only saved through God’s salvation.

John 14:6 NIV

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Seniority Rules…?

Some of the guys on our baseball team just got done taking some batting practice and it went great! Other than the fact that my chest is SO sore from the 500 push ups we did yesterday at practice (and no, that number doesn’t get bigger every time I say it).  Us varsity guys came in toward the end of the JV/freshman practice to take some swings.  We just finished up and we were about to leave when coach asked where we were going.  We said that we were done and that we were heading out.  He asked why we didn’t put up the net and clean everything up.  We were puzzled because we had the seniority, right?  We have been playing for 3 or 4 years and it was the JV/freshman’s first or second year so it was their job to clean up right?  Isn’t that how seniority works? 

With God, there is no seniority!  In the parable of the vineyard worker (Matthew 20:1-16), the owner of the land promises the people who came to work early in the morning the same wages as the people who came later and worked less.  The same works for people who go to heaven.  Whether you were a christian your whole life or you became a christian a week before you die, God “pays” us the same love and a one way ticket to heaven.  So sorry seniors and juniors of the baseball team- it looks like we will be cleaning the gym anyway.

Matthew 20

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

   3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

   “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

   7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

   “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

   8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

   9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

   13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

   16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”