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And so it was that on the morn of the 666th Monday Night Football game in the course of mankind, Timothy Richard Tebow noticed this numerical oddity and took to the mount to declare his righteousness against the mark of the beast.
On the second Monday of October, Tebow took a respite from reading his papyrus playbook to declare his intentions for the eve: “Looking forward to giving God all the glory in tonight’s 666th Monday Night Football game. Romans 8:37-39.”
I’m down with Tebow’s religious beliefs and appreciate that he uses his forum to promote them, but I’m not sure what he was going for here. Does playing in a game number that’s identical to the mark of the beast worry him? Or is anything with the number 666 a good way to promote his faith?
The Bible verse Tebow references in the tweet says: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Tebow mentions MNF‘s 666th game, generally implying that it’s tainted by the affiliation with the second beast of Revelation. Then he quotes a passage on how nothing can come between love. If my exegesis is correct (and I did get a C+ in freshman year Bible study at Wake Forest), Tebow’s tweet unintentionally reads like a roundabout diss of Howard Cosell and Jon Gruden.
Now that he plays for the Jets, we’re sure it’s also completely accidental that the Bible verse right before Romans 8:37-39 has to do with sheeps being led to the slaughter. source – USA Today
Crowds in excess of 30,000 expected
Tim Tebow will deliver the Easter sermon on Sunday at the Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, and the expected turnout is one more indication of Tebow’s enormous popularity.
The church told local TV station KVUE that it’s erecting bleachers on its 60-acre outdoor space for what it expects to be a crowd of as many as 30,000 people.
“Obviously it’s our Super Bowl,” said Joe Champion, pastor at the Celebration Church. “Easter is the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate in our faith.
We feel like it’s going to be a testimony to the community. We want it to be a family event.”
Tebow recently got a mani-pedi (first time I’ve ever typed that phrase) to get himself ready for the festivities, but Pastor Champion wants to make clear that it’s not all about glorifying Tebow.
“There will be the sacredness of Easter,” Champion said. “It’s not a Tim Tebow show. It’s not about a celebrity. There’s really only one celebrity that we are going to honor and highlight.” source – NBC Sports
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Pacman finds inner peace and happiness
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7-8
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Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first eight-division world champion with six world titles on his belt, as well as the first lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), and is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, for the years 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Currently, Manny Pacquiao is the WBO welterweight champion (Super Champion). He is dubbed as the best pound for pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, BoxRec.com and Sporting Life. Aside from boxing, Pacquiao is also known for acting, music recording, and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.
Known for his Catholic roots by many, Pacquiao is usually seen making the sign of the cross while on his corner before his boxing matches–a ritual hand motion made by most Catholics before or after praying. But the world’s boxing champion seems to have encountered God’s Truth in the Bible that has drastically and radically changed his life for the glory of God! His official website does not only showcase his work as a boxer and a Philippine Congressman, but has now recently showcased the champ’s new found life in Christ. The website is just plastered with Bible verses and videos of him preaching about the importance of being born again and the value of truly reading the Bible–the Word of God.
Reaching the lost by lifting up christians in the sports limelight
The recent wave of athletes beings raised up by God in the sports world is too much of a coincidence if we sit down and consider each of them today. The world is so ripe for the harvest and time is running short as we see biblical prophecies being fulfilled rapidly before our very eyes today. The urgency of spreading the gospel message of Christ Jesus is real and God made sure to make some attention-grabbing moves in the world today.
Starting with Tim Tebow’s John 3:16 eye-black that triggered thousands, if not millions, of football fans to look up John 3:16 in Google; to Jeremy Lin’s rise to fame in the basketball arena as a very outspoken Christian who has made it no secret that he thanks God for everything in his life; we now see a radically changed, Bible-preaching world boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao.
The Bible Ambassador
“The old Manny Pacquiao is dead and the new one has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) These are the very words of the boxing champ himself found quoted and featured in the main page of his official website. He has recently held a Joint Recollection of the Clergy for the Diocesan of Kidapawan, Marbel, Digos and Cotabato in the Philippines at the Pacquiao Mansion 2 in General Santos City which was attended by Revs. Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D. (Diocese of Marbel); Romulo Tolentino dela Cruz, D.D. (Diocese of Kidapawan) at Guillermo V. Afable, D.D. ( Diocese of Digos, Davao del Sur) and more than 200 Catholic priests from different parts of Minadanao.
Pacquiao boldly shared what he has learned through the Bible and enumerated 10 reasons why it is important for everyone to read the Holy Book.
“The Bible encourages us to read God’s Word in order for us to KNOW THE TRUTH,” he boldly preached in front of the big crowd of Catholic religious leaders. The bishops and priests who attended the recollection were impressed at how well Pacquiao preached about the Bible and marveled at his memorizing Biblical verses that he has shared during his talk. The attendees were even more impressed when the world boxing champ acknowledged his sinfulness and depravity as a Catholic and how he thought to have been a saved soul which he was not. Pacquiao mentioned that it is a life which he has now turned his back on to face the new life he has as a born again Christian in Christ Jesus.
Bible studies in the Pacquiao Mansion
The whole Pacquiao and Jamora families, supporters and friends consistently join with World Boxing Champ and Sarangani lone district Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao in his daily Bible studies’ routine at the Pacquiao Mansion 1 in Barangay Lagao, this city.
Pacquiao’s Mansion 1 seemingly turns into a house of worship by the daily increase of the attendees who are all eager to hear the word of God. – source – MannyPacquio.com
Tim Tebow still sharing the gospel
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
I tuned into the New York jet’s press conference on the recent acquisition of Tim Tebow, and the very first thing I heard was…
…”I am happy to stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ.” God bless you, Tim Tebow. NTEB is happy to continue to report on your football career as you honor the Lord of Glory.
From MSNBC: Johnson said the purpose of adding Tebow is simple: He can add to what the Jets do on offense.
“I think Tim Tebow will be a good addition to the team,” Johnson said. “From a football standpoint, he adds flexibility, versatility, he’s a great athlete, he’s a big athlete. He can do a lot of things besides being quarterback, besides being the backup quarterback. I think all those things are going to make us a better and stronger team going forward. I’m excited to have him on board.”
Tebow, of course, does a lot more than just add flexibility to the offense. He also adds a whole lot of attention to the franchise. But Johnson denied that the Tebow acquisition was about selling tickets, jerseys or personal seat licenses, and he denied that the Jets are trying to take some of the attention in New York away from the Giants. source – MSNBC
The NFL’s Pigskin Prophet
All last year, there was no escaping the Main Event that was Tim Tebow. Functioning more as an evangelist than a quarterback, Tebow brought revival to Denver and made John 3:16 one of the most re-tweeted topics since Twitter began at 9,240 tweets-per-second. So now he has been traded to the New York Jets and will be a daily fixture on the back cover of the News and the Post. The only question remains is how New York will react to the NFL’s Pigskin Prophet as he continues to lift up his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Tim, NTEB supports you 100%. Stay tuned…
From PFT: One day after the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning as their new starting quarterback, Denver has traded Tebow to the Jets, as first reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Jets will send the Broncos their fourth-round draft pick. Additionally, the Broncos will send a seventh-round pick to the Jets and receive a sixth-round pick from the Jets.
The trade ends a tenure in Denver with Tebow that was one of the most astonishing two-year stints that any player has ever had with any team. Tebow was a surprise first-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft, then surprisingly became the starter in the fifth game of the 2011 season, and then shockingly led the Broncos to a series of improbable comeback victories and became arguably the NFL’s biggest star.
And now Tebow is with the Jets, one of the many teams he beat with a great fourth-quarter comeback last season. It’s not clear whether the Jets plan to allow Tebow to compete for the starting job, or whether they expect him to be a wildcat quarterback, but the player who’s as famous as any in the league is now in the Big Apple.
source – PFT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — This weekend, the long lines, huge crowds and jersey-clad sports fans in Las Vegas were jockeying for a chance to get into church.
An estimated 20,000 people, including one family that arrived at 4 a.m. Saturday to be the first in line, showed up at Canyon Ridge Christian Church over the weekend to hear Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow share about faith and football.
“You get bashed against the rocks sometimes,” Tebow said Sunday at one of the church’s four weekend services. “But when you have a relationship with Christ … One of my favorite quotes is, ‘I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds it.’ I know what my rock is. I know who’s holding my future.”
Tebow has attracted immense media scrutiny for his unconventional throwing style and his outspoken Christian faith. His routine of dropping to a knee after a touchdown has evolved into a cultural phenomenon dubbed “Tebowing.” He coached senior pastor Kevin Odor on how to strike the prayer pose during their interview-style talks on the church stage.
“One of the reasons I get on a knee is because that’s a form of humbling yourself,” Tebow explained. “I want to humble myself before the Lord and say thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for letting me play the game I love.”
The 24-year-old talked about the Bible verses written in the eye black he wears during the game — he said he was shocked that 94 million people did a Google search for “John 3:16″ after he wore it during the 2009 national championship. He talked about his teammates teasing him for not cursing on the field.
And he discussed his visits to orphans, hospitalized children and jails.
He visits death row inmates “just to shake their hand or give them a hug when I’m not supposed to, because the guards get mad, to show them someone still cares and loves them and that God forgives them and still wants a relationship with them. It’s one of the coolest things I get to do.”
Beyond the Tebow-mania in the church auditorium and the overflow tent on the Las Vegas campus, Odor said more than 1,000 people had logged on to the church’s website to watch a live feed of one Saturday night service, hailing from far-flung countries including Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
The honorarium Tebow received for speaking at the church is being donated to his foundation, which is building a hospital in the Philippines. source – CBS Local Vegas
Jeremy Lin says his storybook run with NY Knicks is ‘a miracle from God’
At NTEB, we are more than happy to showcase any athlete who has a strong Christian testimony and witness for Jesus Christ.
From NY DAILY NEWS: TORONTO — Jeremy Lin is calling his rags-to-riches NBA story “a miracle from God”, adding that it is more than just a coincidence that everything is suddenly breaking right for him.
“Anytime something like this happens, a lot of stuff has to be put into place, and a lot of it is out of my control,” the Knicks phenom point guard said on Tuesday. “If you look back at my story, doesn’t matter where you look, but God’s fingerprints are all over the place where there have been a lot of things that had to happen that I couldn’t control.
“You can try to call it coincidence,” Lin continued, “but at the end of the day, there are 20, 30 things when you combine them all that had to happen at the right time in order for me to be here. That’s why I call it a miracle.”
Lin addressed a large media contingent following the Knicks’ morning practice at Air Canada Centre. He was asked everything from his living arrangements to his meteoric rise from bench warmer to international sensation. He was also asked about a comment boxer Floyd Mayweather made via Twitter where Mayweather says that race, and not talent, is responsible for the attention Lin is receiving.
When asked how he is handling his sudden fame, Lin said: “I try not to pay attention to it, spend a lot of time with my family and friends in my free time. When I’m with the team I stay focused, we know what we have to do . . . and just staying in my bible basically.”
Lin, who has remained grounded and humbled over the past two weeks despite his sudden fame, managed to stay clear of the controversy when asked about Mayweather’s comments and if his heritage plays a factor.
Because of his religious references, Lin has drawn comparisons to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that when he was with the Dallas Mavericks and coached Lin in the Vegas Summer League in 2010, Lin told him he wanted to be a preacher. source – NY Daily News