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  • 07 Apr 2019
    What Makes Christianity Different? By Billy Graham   •   April 7 Share22K+ Tweet Home Daily Devotion What Makes Christianity Different? He is not here, but is risen.—Luke 24:6 Something distinguishes Christianity from all the religions of the world. Not only does it carry the truth of the redemption, by the death of our Savior for our sins on the cross, but it carries the fact that Christ rose again. Only the Christian faith claims that its Leader died and rose again and is alive at this moment. Many gravestones carry the inscription, “Here lies . . . ,” but on Christ’s tomb are emblazoned the words, “He is not here.” Christianity has no shrines to visit, no dusty remains to venerate, no tombs at which to worship. Many good men have lived, and still live, in the memory of those who knew them, but there is only one Man who conquered death—Jesus Christ—and He will live forever. Listen to Billy Graham explain the resurrection in one minute. Prayer for the day The account of Your resurrection never ceases to bring me joy, Lord Jesus.
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  • 02 Aug 2019
    Friday, August 02, 2019 The Holy Spirit Is Your Helper 2       JOHN 15:26 NKJ 26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. Never forget that the Holy Spirit's desire and purpose is to help you -- not to hinder you. Also, remember that the Holy Spirit is a person, and should be treated with the utmost respect. Here are some ways the Holy Spirit desires to help you, and will help you when you allow Him to. Teaches Us All Things JOHN 14:26 NKJ 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things . . . . Tells Us Things To Come JOHN 16:13 NKJ 13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, . . . He will tell you things to come. Abides With Us We are not facing life all alone -- as an orphan would. The Holy Spirit is with us continually -- living with us. When we need help He is never far away, but always right with us, waiting for us to call on Him for His help. Empowers Us To Be Witnesses ACTS 1:8 NKJ 8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Brings Life And Healing To Us ROMANS 8:11 NKJ 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Encourages Us ROMANS 8:16 NKJ 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJ 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. SAY THIS: Thank You Holy Spirit that You are my Helper! Thank You for helping me!
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  • 03 Jan 2020
    A Simple Message By Billy Graham   •   January 3 Share Tweet Home Daily Devotion A Simple Message As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.—John 15:9 The great Swiss theologian, Dr. Karl Barth, was probably in his generation the greatest theologian in the world, and a great philosopher as well. I did not always agree with him, but he was my friend and I respected him. While he was in this country, a student at one of the seminaries said, “Dr. Barth, what is the greatest truth that ever crossed your mind?” All the seminary students were sitting on the edge of their seats to hear some great, profound, deep, complicated answer. Dr. Barth slowly raised his great shaggy gray head and looked at the student and said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Have you accepted this simple truth? Follow these simple steps to peace with God. Prayer for the day Lord Jesus, may I always keep the knowledge of Your love in true simplicity—unencumbered by much learning. Thank You for loving me.
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  • 05 Dec 2018
      December 5 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  -Isaiah 9:6 Government restrains the chaos the serpent lets loose in the world. But government, too, can be caught in the deadly vortex if it has the wrong foundation. Law easily slides into force and tyranny. The only hope for liberty in a world gone mad is government based on love and grace. The Promised One will come bearing the government of the Kingdom of God. As Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God and Eternal Father, He will be strong enough to restrain evil, but gentle enough to be the Prince of Peace.
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Mighty Men of God in the World of Sports

 

Some of Today’s Mighty Men of God in the World of Sports

Let’s start with Clayton Kershaw, the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers, since he just won the 2013 Cy Young Award as best National League pitcher of the year. 

1.  Clayton Kershaw: If you attend Calvary Chapel South Bay, then you may have heard Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, speak about their charity, Kershaw’s Challenge, and their ongoing mission work in Africa.

Kershaw donated $500 for every one of his 232 strikeouts he threw in 2013 to charity work ($116,000).

Check out his website video for a complete total and an introduction to their great work.

2.  R.A. Dickey: Another of baseball’s Cy Young award winners (2012), Robert Allen Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays has an amazing story to tell as a born-again Christian:  Molested at the age of 8, early failure as a ball player, a suicide attempt. (See the spellbinding video of his testimony as he explains how God prevented his suicide).

His first game in 2001 with the Texas Rangers was a nightmare. He tied a modern league record of giving up the most home runs in a game (6).

It wasn’t until he almost drowned in a river that he completely surrendered his life to God, and from that point on has never looked back.

Today he dedicates off-season time to Bombay Teen Challenge, a group involved with ending human trafficking, and he helps run the Ocala, Florida-based Honoring the Father Ministries which provides medical supplies to the impoverished in Latin America.

You can read more about this role model in his book, “Wherever I Wind Up.”

3.  Eric Liddell (1902-1945): For me, there is no higher example of an athlete running after God and dedicating his whole life to Him than the Flying Scotsman. He 100 percent exemplifies 1 Samuel 2:30 where the Lord says, “…Those who honor me I will honor…”

This Olympic runner is immortalized in the superb true-life movie “Chariots of Fire,” and his heart for God is legendary. And he literally ran after Him, giving up the chance to win a 1924 gold medal in his best race, the 100-meter, because it meant racing on a Sunday.

There is a quote in the film that cements Liddell’s relationship with God when he says, “… I believe God made me for a purpose … He also made me fast. When I run I can feel His pleasure.”

Who isn’t humbled by this mighty man of God?

Liddell was the son of missionary parents in China and used the publicity he garnered in racing to promote the Gospel of Christ. He died as a POW in Japanese controlled China in 1945.


4.  Jackie Robinson
(1919-1972): The UCLA and Brooklyn Dodgers great (1947 to 1956) was chosen by Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey to break the country’s baseball color barrier because of Robinson’s devotion to God.

Although abused by other players for being black in a white man’s game, he didn’t fight back.

It’s noted that Robinson kept his reliance on God and prayed every night for strength. The rest, as they say, is history.

5.  Mariano Rivera: Keeping with the baseball theme, the recently retired Rivera was an outstanding pitcher with the New York Yankees.

He glorified God in an interview, noting: “Everything I have and everything I became is because of the strength of the Lord, and through him I have accomplished everything. Not because of my strength. Only by His love, his mercy, and his strength.”

Today, he is establishing a church in New Rochelle, N.Y., called Refugio de Esperanza, where his wife, Clara, is serving as pastor.

6.  Derek Fisher: The former Los Angeles Lakers star guard and four-time NBA champion is quoted as saying, “I just totally put everything on my faith in God. If I concentrate on something and work hard at it, something good will come out of it.”

In an interview with the 700 Club, Fisher says, “God blessed me with an ability to play this game very well.  So then, in response to that, to show Him that I appreciate that blessing, I’m supposed to try to be the best at playing the game of basketball. I know all of it is because of Him. There’s no question about it. The source of my power and strength is God, and I know it, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Now that’s a role model. You can read about Derek and his faith in his book, “Character Driven.”

7.  Allyson Felix: This gold-medal Olympic runner and daughter of an ordained minister uses sports as a platform to promote the gospel.

One of the fastest women in the world, Allyson has won a 2012 Olympic gold medal, two Olympic silver medals and three world championship golds.

Felix describes her running ability as a gift from God, “For me, my faith is the reason I run. I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it’s all about using it to the best of my ability.”

Who’s your role model? Miley Cyrus smoking a joint on the televised MTV Awards or Allyson Felix running after the heart of God? 

8.  Tim Tebow: Without a doubt, the most maligned Christian athlete in modern times. The 2007 college Heisman Trophy winner has had a checkered career as a pro football player with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

He is known (and predictably ridiculed by many in the media) for his outspoken Christian faith and his unwavering devotion to God. He would bend a knee to pray on the field before a game so much it gave rise to the term Tebowing.

Read more about this mighty man of God in “Through My Eyes.”

9.  Manny Pacquiao: Totally idolized in his native Philippines, “Pacman” is called “the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world.” 

The recent 2012 convert to Christianity was asked in an ESPN interview if his becoming a Christian would hurt his boxing instincts.

The champ replied, “If God be for you, who can be against you?” (Watch his Pacman Bible Study in Las Vegas video).

After years of sinful living, Pacquiao was convinced God was talking to him in his dreams, and turned his life around.

Converting to Christianity in and of itself doesn’t make Pacquiao a mighty man of God. But his potential to be a wonderful role model for young and old around the world is great.

His love for his people is legendary, and it is not unusual to see him go out of his way to aid those in distress and hand out money to those in need.

He recently won a unanimous decision against Brandon Rios.

That’s Not All

This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list as there are many other athletes of valor. But the handful mentioned here are great examples of how God lifts up those who have a heart for Him and run after Him.

    “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)

Want to have a life of purpose in Jesus? Want to make a difference in someone’s life?

Then have a heart for God and run after Him so that you, too, as Eric Liddell so wonderfully put it,  feel His pleasure.



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