Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Addison, Barnes named ASC division MVP’s

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

University of Hardin-Simmons guard Matt Addison and University of Texas at Dallas forward Chris Barnes were named American Southwest Conference MVP’s for the West and East divisions, respectively, on March 1.

Addison, a Killeen native, averaged 28.6 points per game and led the Cowboys to an ASC-era school record for wins as HSU went 21-7

Matt Addison

and lost in overtime to McMurry University in the ASC Final. In that game, Addison had a career-best 41 points and he was named to the all-tournament team. Addison averaged 4.7 assists and also led the league with 2.5 steals per game. He scored a league record 744 points this season.

Barnes has earned the accolade for the second consecutive season. The San Antonio native averaged 15.6 points and six rebounds per game. Barnes also knocked down 54 three-point shots and recorded 21 blocks in leading the Comets to their fourth consecutive division title.

Addison and Barnes join Marlon Miller (Belton) of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Jeremy LaGarde (New Orleans) of East Texas Baptist; and Kyle Schleigh (Houston) of Texas-Dallas on the all-ASC team. Addison, Miller, Brandon Irwin (Thorndale) of Howard Payne, Steven Jones (Compton, Calif.) of McMurry and Travis Pflughaupt (El Campo) of Schreiner on the all-ASC West first team.

In other all-conference accolade Brian Todd (Pfluegerville) of UMHB was the defensive player of the year in the ASC West, while Greg Chiasson (Austin) of Texas-Dallas was named defensive player for the East. Mary-Hardin Baylor’s Ken DeWeese and Terry Butterfield were named coach of the year for the east and west, respectively.

The most valuable player award is as voted on by the league’s coaches.

Knowing the difference

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By Pastor Grelan A. Muse
Inside The Pew

When I was a boy growing up in Amite, La., my siblings and I had friends that would come over and play. We would always like to play games, especially with the ones we hadn’t seen in a long time. Calling myself funny, I would love to trick the younger kids. The older buds would not fall for it, but the less experienced children would. The question was, “If you had to believe in someone would it be

Grelan Muse

Satan or the devil?”  My brothers and sisters would stand around that kid looking and waiting for the answer so we all can laugh and talk about it to others.

Not comprehending the difference, the kid would stand there thinking, and he would say “Satan.” We would laugh at the answer provided and every time we seen that kid, we would make fun of him until it was not funny anymore. I believe some of us are just like that kid – confused. They don’t know the difference between loving the things of the world and the love of the Father.

At first, I didn’t understand why we allow our kids to walk around with their pants below their waist, let the youth get tattoos on their body and just about every youth that you see wants to rap. This is the ways of the world. Christian parents are working hard to buy the pants and shirts for the youth to wear, giving them money to buy music and all other things of the world. So this is why one kid kills another for the shoes that is on his feet. Parents cry and tell the youth that they work hard to give them the things they want and they repay them by disrespecting them by talking back and not going to church and getting involved in drugs and alcohol. But there is one thing the Bible says about worldly love. In 1 John 2:15-16, the author says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

When it comes to the Scripture, it is a clear-cut line. Some Christian parents try to keep their children up with the Joneses when God doesn’t want this for anyone. Instill in your children that things of the world are not the true treasures to strive for. Make the Almighty the ultimate gift. Lust of the flesh and eyes divides homes and families. Pride of life drives corporations into the ground. All these misfortunes are not an imagination of one’s mind. These things are not of the Father, and we need to avoid them at all costs.

I go back to the young child back in Amite, La., who was fooled mainly because he didn’t know better. My fellow Christians, don’t be blinded by Satan. Ignorance is not bliss. Stand behind the truth. What might look good isn’t always what it seems. I heard a sermon one time that being a God-fearing person is one of the hardest things. We are bombarded with images and news that takes away from God’s law. What are we to believe? Remember, culture changes. God’s word doesn’t. Amen.

Grelan A. Muse Sr. is founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries Inc.. and Inside The Pew, a nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, La. Follow him on Twitter @gremuse.