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Bring it, witches
“The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.” Isaiah 42:13
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may not need the help, but some witches are planning to cast a spell to put an end to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s miraculous season.
“I’m going to raise the energy of the universe and send out all the good mojo,” Lorelei told the Boston Herald. “Lori will call in the Angels.”
The good witches won’t hex Tebow, as it’s “not their way,” but plan on setting up an alter with a hand-sewn Brady puppet and mojo bags filled with herbs and stones for every Patriots team member.
At the alter, the witches will chant, “Tom Brady will see what he needs to see, be where he needs to be and will take the Patriots to another victory.”
Hunky QB Brady, married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, is a bigger draw for the witches of Salem than another recent marquee recipient of their spells, Charlie Sheen.
“You know, when we had our spiritual intervention for Charlie Sheen last year, we had a hard time getting all the girls to come,” laughed Lorelei. “But when we told them this Circle was for Tom Brady, oh, everybody will be there!”
“We want the true champion to come out on Saturday night,” Bruno added. “But since we live in Patriot Land, it’s red, white and blue and make the dream come true!” source – Fox News
We here at NTEB are by turns pleased and amused as we watch the Tim Tebow phenomenom continue to roll across America. What’s especially amusing is how the unsaved world, who don’t know Jesus personally, continue to attempt to ‘explain’ what is behind Tebow’s unprecedented success. But we who are saved know EXACTLY from whence cometh the power behind Tebow, and SPOILER ALERT here it is:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:19
In the story below, Peter King gets 99% of the way to the Answer, lays out his case perfectly that humanly what happened in the game is neither likely nor possible. But then train wrecks at the end by failing to give the glory to the Holy One of Israel – God Almighty. So we do it for him, enjoy!
Following Story by: Peter King / Sports Illustrated
If Merriam-Webster could add the definition of “Tebow,” I predict it would go something like this:
Tebow. TEE-bow. Verb. To defeat an opponent while overcoming a major impediment. Ex.: Despite having a 102-degree fever, Lucy managed to Tebow her competition for the Miss America pageant through her great determination.
Now on with week 14, in which, of course, the Denver quarterback Tebowed the Bears in very Tebow fashion.
He had help. An incredible sequence of events got the Broncos undisputed possession of first place in the AFC West. After starting the season 1-4, Tebow got the quarterback job and has gone 7-1, and this one, in so many ways, was the weirdest — and a game Chicago will kick itself over for weeks. Years, maybe.
Okay. Tebow was 3 of 18 in the first three quarters, and Chicago led 10-0 midway through the fourth. Tebow got hot, though, against a semi-prevent defense and found a wide-open Demaryius Thomas in the end zone for a touchdown to make it 10-7 with 2:08 to go. But the Broncos had no timeouts left. By the time they got the ball back with two minutes left, all the Bears had to do was make one first down to end the game … and even if they didn’t get it, all they had to do was run it three times and stay inbounds.
But Marion Barber ran out of bounds.
Instead of getting the ball with about 20 seconds left at his 20-, Tebow got it at his 20- with 56 seconds left. Plenty of time to get in position to kick a field goal, especially when the corners are giving receivers so much cushion that Tebow can chip away easily. Tebow got Denver just outside the Chicago 40 with eight seconds left. Here came kicker Matt Prater.
“Before the game,” Prater told me afterward, “I kicked one from 70. This was really an unusual day for December in Denver. Usually it’s cold and the ball is hard, and it is usually windy. But it was warm today, and the ball was really traveling. And when I went out to kick, I remember we were supposed to be having 5 to 10 mile-per-hour winds today, but we were really lucky. There was no wind.
And the wind shall be calm, and it shall be warm, and Matt Prater shall be able to kick one from 75.
His 59-yard field goal hit the net behind the goal post. Overtime.
Bears win the toss. Marion Barber, with the Bears probably a couple of yards yards from winning field-goal position, fumbles. Broncos recover. The Coen Brothers rush to LAX to get on the next flight to Denver to beg Tebow for the rights to his life story. At the gate, they discover first-class is taken up totally by Disney execs, racing to do the same thing.
Mayhem in the crowd. Tebow silences the faithful, drives the Broncos 34 yards, and Prater comes on to try his second field goal of longer than 50 yards in seven minutes.
“I try not to overthink,” said Prater. “In fact, I don’t think about anything.”
Timeout, Bears. Icing.
“I don’t care,” said Prater. “Call as many timeouts as you want.”
The 51-yard winner looked like it was a Tiger Woods tee shot on a par-5 hole. It almost drilled a hole through the net behind the goalpost.
“You know what’s fun about this?” said Prater. “Everyone keeps saying what Tim can’t do. And he goes out every week and we win. We love the guy. He’s so real. Now we just feel like anything’s possible.”
To put it mildly.
Tebow, in the fourth quarter and overtime: 18 of 24, 191 yards, one touchdown, no picks. His late-game heroics — there’s really no logical explanation. Other than this one: I’ve noticed Tebow likes the frenzied style of game, when he can play hurry-up, and defenses get back on their heels a bit, making sure they contain him. The Bears changed late in Sunday’s game. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will be sick when he looks at how lax his corners played Bronco receivers late.
That’ll be a great and compelling game Sunday, New England at Denver. The Patriots’ secondary is in terrible shape. But Bill Belichick had a thing for Tebow before the 2010 draft. I’m told he was fascinated by him. They went out to a long dinner in Boston’s North End, and that’s not something Bill Belichick does with prospects very often. Fun to see Belichick match wits with Tebow in Denver — I hope for the first of many meetings. Peter King / Sports Illustrated
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On a brisk Thursday evening in mid-November, I sat high in the stands at a Denver Broncos home game, covering the ears of my 4-year-old son as the fans around us launched f-bombs at Tim Tebow, the Broncos’ struggling second-year quarterback. Mr. Tebow was ineffective and off-target for most of the game, and one of his more voluble and obnoxious critics was standing right in front of us.
And so it was. In the waning moments against the New York Jets, Mr. Tebow manufactured a 95-yard game-winning drive, punctuated by his own 20-yard touchdown dash. He brought the Broncos back from imminent defeat, just as he had done in previous weeks against the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.
And when the shouting was over, Mr. Tebow did what he always does—he pointed skyward and took a knee in prayer. In postgame interviews, the young quarterback often starts by saying, “First, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” and ends with “God bless.” He stresses that football is just a game and that God doesn’t care who wins or loses.
This combination of candid piety and improbable success on the field has made Mr. Tebow the most-discussed phenomenon of the National Football League season. Most expert analysts still consider him poor material for a pro quarterback. An inexperienced passer with awkward throwing mechanics and the build of a fullback, he likes to run over defensive players, which is a no-no in the NFL, whose starting quarterbacks are expensive and hard to come by.
But onward he and the Broncos have marched, winning six of their last seven games and now tied for the lead in their division as they face the Chicago Bears this Sunday. Mr. Tebow continues to defy his critics—and to embody the anxieties over religion that are dividing today’s sports world and embroiling players and fans alike.
Sports culture is among the most fervently religious sectors of American life. If you turn on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” almost any night, you will see baseball players who point to heaven after a clutch hit and basketball players like the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, who once intimated that a playoff series victory against the Boston Celtics was proof of God’s presence with his team.
These claims by athletes—”God helped me do that” or “I thank God that I was able to do that”—are so commonplace that they usually draw little notice. Most sports fans seem to think that such religious talk doesn’t really affect how the games are played or credit it with a powerful placebo effect. So what if Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox has a Bible verse inscribed on his bat? Fine—whatever helps him to hit the long ball.
But Mr. Tebow has never been content to leave his evangelical faith on the field. Well before he became the starting quarterback for Denver, he was a lightning rod in America’s intermittent culture war of believers vs. secularists.
In 2010, while still at the University of Florida (where he won the Heisman Trophy and helped the Gators to win two national championships), Mr. Tebow filmed a Super Bowl commercial for Focus on the Family, the mega-ministry known for its conservative political advocacy. The ad is about how Mr. Tebow’s mother was advised to abort her son following a placental abruption, but she refused and, well, now we have Tim Tebow.
The ad takes the softest possible approach to the subject and never uses the terms “abortion” or “pro-life,” but its intent was clear, and it generated controversy. Since then, feelings about Mr. Tebow have been a litmus test of political and social identity. If you think he’s destined to be a winner, you must be a naive evangelical. If you question his long-term chances as an NFL quarterback, you must hate people who love Jesus.
The intertwining of religion and sports is nothing new in American culture. Both basketball and volleyball were invented by men involved with chapters of the Young Men’s Christian Association in Massachusetts. Or consider the pioneering college coach Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862-1965), who created the batting cage in baseball, five-man teams for basketball and several of the standard aspects of football, from the man in motion, lateral pass and Statue of Liberty play to helmets, tackling dummies and names on uniforms. source – WSJ
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“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
“SAN DIEGO — On Saturday, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow stood in front of his teammates, both offense and defense, to deliver a message that resonated deep into Sunday evening, long after the Broncos battled it out with the Chargers in overtime for a fifth consecutive win.
It was another quote from the Bible, another expression of his religion that many of his critics seem to believe borders on overly pious devotion.
“As iron sharpens iron, men sharpen men,” Tebow told the group, loosely quoting Proverbs 27:17.
Do Tebow’s constant references to his Christianity still bother you? Maybe they do. And that’s your prerogative. For what it’s worth, linebacker Von Miller, the havoc-wreaking rookie with 10.5 sacks who is among the biggest reasons for Tebow’s recent success, was inspired by that quote.
“What he said really stuck with me,” said Miller as he walked toward the team bus. “Just having that guy around, it makes us better men. I think he plays for us, and he makes us want to play for him.”
But this ongoing debate isn’t just about the things Tebow says. It is about the way Tebow plays. On Sunday, as has been the case more often than not during his five wins, Tebow started slow. He was 0-for-3 passing after the first quarter, and by the end of regulation in a 16-13 overtime win, he’d completed just over 50 percent of his passes.
It wasn’t until Denver’s defense forced San Diego to punt in overtime, not until a wide-right kick by Nick Novak then provided renewed life, that Tebow took advantage of his third overtime possession to get his kicker into range for the game-winning boot.
Tebow, of course, got loads of credit.
Does that bother you, too? Is it irritating to hear those cheers still directed at No. 15 after all of that help? For what it’s worth, safety Brian Dawkins, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who started his NFL career when Tebow was nine years old, prefers it that way. After the game, when a reporter said, “It’s time to start giving the defense credit,” Dawkins politely but bluntly cut him off.
“No, you can continue to talk about the offense; continue to talk about those guys,” Dawkins said. “To be honest with you, we don’t care. We’re going to do our part, and as long as they continue to pull out victories and lead game-winning drives, I don’t really care who gets the credit.”
Tebow’s teammates are relentlessly supporting his cause, and if they’re inspired by his leadership, then who else matters? If they don’t mind the credit he gets, then why should anyone else?
In Denver’s locker room, where the loyalty to Tebow is growing stronger with each win, you don’t hear the questions. You don’t hear debates. Or the long-term wonders. You only hear the celebrations, which these days seem to be drowning out the doubts more audibly by the day. Nobody can say with certainty where this road will lead. But the Broncos, each one helping to sharpen the other in his own productive way, seem very clear about their desire to keep enjoying the ride.” source – NFL
Something is happening in the Mile High city of Denver
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phillipians 2:10,11
I saw something on televsion last night, that in all of my years of watching professional football I have never seen. Last night during Denver’s miracle win against the Jets, and immediately following the game, I watched a movement of the Holy Spirit of the God of Israel. Right there on the field.
I know we live in a cynical world. We have seen it all, done it all, won it all, lost it all. We are a people who are not easily impressed anymore. It is fashionable for athletes and movie stars to win the game or receive the award, and start the “I just want to thank Jesus” speech. Most of the time it fails to ring true. We usually see people who don’t live a Godly life, thanking God for His blessing, and paying what amounts to mostly lip service. Our ears have grown numb to it, for the most part we have stopped listening.
Then someone like Tim Tebow shows up, and everything changes.
By now, we all know his story. When his mom was pregnant with him, complications arose and she was urged, at the risk of her own life, to not bring the baby to term, but to abort it. She chose to trust God, and Tim Tebow was born. He was raised by Godly, Christian parents, and along the way rose to fame as a college football player in Florida. He seemed to be the Next Big Sure Thing. Then he got to the NFL and hit a brick wall that was wrapped in concrete, and reinforced with re-bar. Everything came to a grinding halt.
Drafted to the Denver Broncos by a coach who then got fired, Tim Tebow seem banished to the Phantom Zone behind quarterback Kyle Orton. Then Orton imploded, and John Elway was forced to use Tebow. Only problem is Tebow is extremely shaky as a passer, with a 44% completion rating. Everyone in the league “knows it”. Even his own coach says it. But a funny thing happened on the way to “what everybody knew” would happen – Tebow is on one, wild hot streak, and winning like crazy. Huh?..how does that happen?
But this is not an article about football, this is an article about the Holy Spirit.
Tim Tebow is a lot of things. He is a football star, he is a son, he is a virgin, but most importantly he is not ashamed of the testimony of a life lived for Jesus Christ, his Saviour. He is a Christian in the biblical sense of the word. Not paying mere lip service, but backing up his words with the actions of a life being lived for God. He has brought the Lord he has served all his life along with him to the 50 yard line, and the world all of a sudden is getting a dose of the old-fashioned Gospel. God can be funny like that.
It may be too early to tell, but it looks to me like God is sending the beginning glimmers of spiritual revival. After the game was over, players from both teams went on the field, and in full view of millions of football fans glued to their sets, they kneeled and gave real thanks to the Holy God of Israel. (see above photo). When was the last time you saw that happen?
As I watched last night’s game, I didn’t so much see a contest as I did a leading of the Holy Spirit, parting the Red Sea of opposition in a way that can only be described as miracolous, In the end it wasn’t even about the victory, it was about giving God the glory. It was a most unusual game. Maybe God is getting ready to remind people what Sunday is really for. Maybe it’s time to put down the beer, take a knee and get saved. Only time will tell…
But something is happening in Denver, and it’s not about football.