Daily Archives: January 30, 2012

In God’s eyes, underdogs always have their day

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By Pastor Grelan Muse
Founder, Inside The Pew

BATON ROUGE, La. – Another great weekend of NFL playoff action has come and gone. The San Francisco 49ers shocked my New Orleans Saints on Jan. 14 to advance to the AFC Championship Game against the New York Giants on Jan. 22. And, I cannot go without mentioning the Jan. 8 heroics of one Tim Tebow, who led the Denver Broncos to an overtime victory against the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers.

Many felt the underdog 49ers would collapse to the offensive onslaught the Saints orchestrated during the season. In the end, the underdogs had different plans. Forty-niners coach Jim Harbaugh gave his players the greatest words of inspiration before the game. He told his men the team they were not supposed to be in the playoffs. Essentially, the 49ers were cast off. Excuse after excuse was given by naysayers, including the 49ers early dominance of their division, the NFC West.

Now that the dust has cleared, the underdog 49ers is still in the game. Just like the 49ers had their doubters, there are so many people in our society who have been pushed aside. But, God has not. The Almighty will never doubt our abilities. God’s children are not powerless, for it is He who is with us always. In Romans 8:31, it is declared that He is for us, therefore who can be against us. I am sure we all can relate to the story of an individual who overcame obstacles in life despite a sub par start to life. God’s unwavering love is what allows the underdog to keep going.

It is no mystery as to why God finds favor in the underdog. There are endless examples of how God used those who were not expected to push forward to do so. He took care of the Israelites in their despair, made Abraham the leader of nations, allowed Moses to part the Red Sea, used Joseph to save Israel’s sons from starvation, and chose David to be king.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:28-29, “God has chosen what is low and despised in the world, things that are not to reduce to nothing the things that are, so that no person might boast before God.”

Tarry on underdogs! Harsh life circumstances and critics who favor worldly thoughts will never dictate your story. God always has the final say.

Pastor Grelan Muse Sr. is founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries Inc. (www.emmnetwork.org), a Baton Rouge, La., 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and Inside The Pew. Connect with us @PewTalk on Twitter and @Inside The Pew on Facebook.

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Church planter, church leaders kidnapped in India

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By Michael Ireland
ASSIST News Service

LACANADA, CA (ANS) — A staff-member and two church leaders from a California-based church planting ministry have been captured in western India.

Over this past weekend an Empart church planter and two church leaders were taken by force on their way to an evangelistic outreach event. The name of the kidnapper is withheld for security reasons.

Empart (www.empart.org) transforms communities by training local people to start local churches in the local community. The ministry is focused on empowering the local believers to take up the work of reaching their own people. The ministry says this is the most effective and efficient use of training, time and money.

According to the ministry, the kidnapping occurred in the Udaipur Region, Rajasthan, India in an area dominated by militant Naxalites – a Maoist party considered to be the most dangerous terrorist organization in India. Many people suspect that the Naxalites were responsible for the abductions.

“At this stage, we do not know who took them or what their demands are. Local witnesses were unable to identify the perpetrators as their faces were covered,” said Jeff Cannon, US director if Empart USA.

“While this is a serious situation, we serve a mighty God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:19-21), ” Cannon said in an e-mail to ANS.

Cannon added: “This is the first time any of our workers have been kidnapped. Please also pray for God’s divine wisdom and direction for Jossy Chacko and the Indian leaders.”

Cannon asked that concerned believers join the ministry in prayer for their safety, protection and for God’s comfort, and peace to rest with their terrified families until their safe return.

Perspective on Tebow

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Author releases eBook centered on quarterback’s influence

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Can he play?

Should he pray?

What’s his future?

If you think Tebow mania is history because the Broncos will not play in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, guess again.

"Tebow: Throwing Stones" is now available on Amazon.

NFL Network plastered Tebow’s image in its promotion of the station’s upcoming NFL Draft coverage. Then, on Jan. 27, NBC announced programming that coincides with the 18-plus hours of Super Bowl coverage planned to run on all of its networks. The Broncos quarterback is scheduled to appear on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Feb. 1.

For Tebow enthusiasts and NFL faithful, a new eBook on Tim Tebow picks up where the hype leaves off.

He’s not going away, and the draft – where the Broncos will either build a team around Tebow or trade him – is right around the corner.

“Tebow: Throwing Stones” takes this moment to take a fresh look at the patron saint of the NFL.

Paul Hughes, author of the eBook, reviews Tebow’s playing and praying, and tries his hand at prognosticating the young quarterback’s future.

Available exclusively as a Kindle eBook, “Tebow: Throwing Stones” is available for sale now. Readers with a Kindle device and Amazon Prime Membership can borrow the book for free.

Hughes said the book is short – less than 50 pages – and can easily be read in the run-up to the big game on Feb. 5.

“It’s ‘conversational and accessible,’ as the kids say, with a tone that balances edge with respect,” Hughes said.

And the book is cleverly priced at $3.16. The book is available for purchase at www.amazon.com/dp/B0070HDZOE.

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Cooper leads OLLU past Wiley College

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Our Lady of the Lake men’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers en route to its 15 consecutive victory, as the Saints edged Wiley in Marshall, 96-88, on Jan. 28.

Marco Cooper scored 23 points for the surging Saints (14-0, 17-3). AJ Govan and Mike Brown added 12 points. Josh Orta added 7 assists and four steals.

The Saints, ranked seventh in the NAIA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll, are three games ahead of second place LSU-Shreveport (11-3, 13-6) and three-and-a-half games ahead of Texas Wesleyan University (10-3, 15-4).

Freddie Haynes led the Wildcats (7-6, 11-7) in scoring with 21 points, followed by Michael Evans and Richard Simon, who both finished the game with 13.

OLL will next head to Shreveport to face LSU-Shreveport on Jan. 30. Tip-off against the Pilots is slated for 7:30 p.m.

In women’s hoops action, the Lady Wildcats silenced the Lady Saints, 74-73. Shakendra Moore led Wiley’s charge with 20 points, followed by Alieshia Carruthers with 12. Carruthers, Latika Smith, and Kyniddia Purdy each net five assists. Smith led Wiley in steals with five.

High scorers for OLLU were Jasmine Fuller with 20 points, Chelsea Kellogg and Nashae Owens each scored 12 points, while Kellogg added four steals and Owens added four assists.