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Tebow: Just win, baby

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Tim Tebow with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

By Paul Hughes
Special to Inside The Pew

If Tim Tebow never plays another down as an NFL quarterback it won’t be because he can’t. It will be because they say he can’t.Tim Tebow with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

I don’t even say “because they think he can’t,” since thinking — actually assessing the data they have in front of them — hasn’t been much involved here.

And the bottom line of that data, the evidence people so often claim they “need” before they can “know” what to do, is that when Tebow plays, his teams win.

This has been the flat out facts since before high school for the man, who’s now approaching five years out of college.

But because he doesn’t play what and how they think he should play, and they are in charge, they will continue to ignore those facts.

Despite our vaunted “rugged individualism” and supposedly believing in bootstraps and quality, we Americans actually have a long history of living as if might makes right, and that whoever is in nominal, public, and visible charge has that might.

And is therefore right.

So if the New England Patriots — who just plucked the man out of oblivion — play him in a different role it will be seen as vindicating that pre-conceived, pre-judged (i.e. prejudiced), and unproven notion, that he can’t play quarterback.

Some news stories indicated that Tebow would now be open to playing a new position, where he had in previous instances apparently declined this.

Perhaps he was committed to what he wanted, to what he believed was the correct and only way to do something, and perhaps to a fault. But now fullback or tight end seems open again.

And he may get the chance: Last week, we learned police want to talk to a Patriots receiver; he’s entering some legal trouble, which would affect his availability to play football. A second player has had multiple surgeries.

Perhaps that was the team’s idea all along, since they surely would have known such a need was beginning to churn. Training for a new season, they’d seek someone who knows how to play the game.

Tebow was in Nowheresville.

The team was hedging bets.

He’d become available.

A match was made.

So Tom Brady may be throwing to Tebow — in the same division as the New York Jets and the same conference as the Denver Broncos. The Patriots have epic rivalries with both these teams.

Recent reports have indicated tight end is not an option. But when the Patriots signed Tebow, someone asked Coach Bill Belichick what position he’d play. His response was, “We’ll see.”

A more likely scenario has Tim Tebow available at the right price — no guaranteed cash and the league minimum for two years if he makes the team — simply to bolster their quarterback ranks.

Meantime the Jets jerked Tebow around all last season. They may be paying for that one — and in more ways than one — for the next couple years.

But undeniably, we live in interesting football times, my friends.

In fact, interesting times are commonly a result when one’s cherished pre-conceptions don’t jibe with truth. As Zig Ziglar used to say, we’re like a cross-eyed discuss thrower: we don’t set many records but we do keep the crowd alert.

We’ll have to endure the crowing by the naysayers, convinced they were right about Tim Tebow — when they had decided beforehand, stacked the deck against him, refused the plain proof, and now may have the opportunity to say, “We told you so.”

But we’ve endured worse.

And Tebow has lived in it.

And anyway, it will be fun to see a situation develop where what’s actually happening is what’s been said all along: that Tebow can play, and should play, and will win if he does. Because that, exactly, is what has happened when a team actually, you know, tries it.

In the little ebook I wrote when Tebow was producing the proof while playing for the Broncos, one point was that Tebow would pick up somewhere, with somebody, that could, somehow, see this — and know what no one else would even look at: the simple bottom line results that when Tebow was allowed to play by the powers-that-be, he certainly could play professional football, and his teams won.

And this is a team sport, right?

Here it is in the form of a proof:

When Tim Tebow plays, his teams win.
His team is the New England Patriots.
If they let him play, they will win, too.

Even if it’s not what anybody thought it would look like in the end.


Paul Hughes is a writer in Southern California. The ebook is Tebow: Throwing Stones.


Earl: The five keys to success

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La Vonne Earl

By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

At the root of success lies five essential keys – truth, purpose, plan, action, and reward. This model works in every facet of our lives. Stay inLa Vonne Earl prayer as you keep in step with God’s course of action for you.

1. God said you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:32). He wasn’t just talking about spirituality. Truth is critical for success in every area of our life. We must know the truth about ourselves to begin with. Who are we? We must understand the truth in each and every given situation in order to distinguish what we are to change in order to attain our goal.

2. Purpose is the crucial element that drives us in life. Without purpose we are lost in a world just consuming oxygen and waiting for it all to end. Our energy becomes depleted as the zest for “what could have been” has slowly faded away. If you are finding yourself disheartened, disappointed, and drained from the hours in the day, then it is quite possible that you are not living out your purpose in life.

3. Once the light bulb has gone on and your energy and excitement has returned the next step is creating a plan. God tells us He knows the plans He has for us. Jeremiah 29:11. You see He has laid it all out in detail. When we are walking in His plans for us with clarity and detail the joy and energy returns!

4. Without action, truth, purpose and planning are nothing more than wasted information. The good news is that once you have established what truth is, found your purpose and devised the plan action is easy! With all the new-found energy and excitement that you will gain starting your day will be a joy!

5. The rewards from the first four keys will begin to pour into your life. This is the point where the keys then must be repeated. As you reap your harvest your question becomes, What is the truth of why I have been blessed? What now is my purpose for this harvest? Who will I help? What plan of Action will I take to bless others? And the circle begins as your keys to happiness, joy and success have been given to you.

La Vonne Earl, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., is author of Loved into the Light, Shining God’s Light on Mormonism.  Learn more about her ministry at

Filming of Bob Ladouceur movie takes place in New Orleans

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Bob Ladouceur

By Ginny McCabe
Special to ASSIST News Service

NEW ORLEANS, La. (ANS) — With the cast that stars Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig, When The Game StandsBob Ladouceur Tall is currently being filmed at a high school football stadium in New Orleans, La. Directed by Thomas Carter, the movie is slated to open in theaters on Sept. 19.

Inspired by a book of the same name from Neil Hayes, and based on a true story, the movie is the latest installment from the same company that has delivered a string of successful films like Soul Surfer, Courageous and Fireproof, among others.

Produced by Mandalay for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and its AFFIRM Films division, this inspirational, sports drama draws its material from legendary De La Salle High School football coach Bob Ladouceur, “Coach Lad” (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis), who took the Concord (Calf.) Spartans on a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003, shattering all records.

According to reporter Mitch Stephens, Ladouceur currently coaches varsity running backs for the Spartans. In May, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area’s Mike Maoicco reported that San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh approached Ladouceur about working as a consultant in “team dynamics” for the reigning NFC  champions.

The moving story unfolds as Coach Lad and Eidson demonstrate the power of team building that is founded on strong principles like character, faith, responsibility and commitment, said producer David Zelon. He said, in the end, the team and its players learn to stand for something much greater than winning.

Ladouceur’s achievements span more than three decades with the Spartans and include a historic 12-year, 151-game run of consecutive wins, 20 undefeated seasons, seven national titles, five CIF Bowl championships, 17 state championships and 28 CIF North Coast titles. Ladouceur retired in January 2013 and he holds the title for the highest-winning percentage of any coach (.934) with a 399-25-3 record.

“The story of ‘When The Game Stands Tall’ resonates far beyond football or sports in the way all great sports films do. At its core, this is a timeless and universal story about character, hard work and love. Coach Lad’s inspirational and unyielding focus on building integrity, discipline, faith and commitment above all else is his foundation for excelling in coaching and life, and is what gives this story its unique power and magic,” said Steve Bersch, president, SPWA.

“On the surface, it appears that these players just won a lot of football games, but what makes this story so special is that this is a coach who placed little value on winning, instead focusing his players on giving a ‘perfect effort’ in life,” added Zelon. “Underneath it is a resounding testimonial about how much more kids can achieve when they are challenged with responsibility and commitment.”

“I think a ‘perfect effort’ means that you are striving to be the best man you can be on and off of the field. When I was first offered the role and when I read the script, what resonated with me was the coaches’ approach. It not only impacted one group of kids, but generations of kids,” remarked Ludwig, who plays star running back Chris Ryan in the movie.

“Their objective was to turn these boys into men and create a brotherhood. It had nothing to do with winning games and that’s why they were so successful at it,” he continued.

Inside The Pew sports writer Jacob Trimmer contributed to this report.

‘The Father Effect’ allows indie filmmaker to reshape his life

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"The Father Effect"

By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew

Four years ago, John Finch was a broken man. Today, he is a changed man all because he forgave his father."The Father Effect"

When Finch was 11 years old, his father committed suicide. For decades, Finch didn’t understand how to handle life like a man because he didn’t have a male figure in the home to guide him. This loss came to an end when God intervened.

Finch said a friend brought to Finch’s attention that he had some unresolved issues with his father’s death that led to his scattered view of what it is to be a man.

Based on this experience, Finch said he created The Perfect Father. He said the nonprofit organization exists to create awareness in fathers and realize their impact in what they say and do as dads.

To emphasize the role father’s play in the lives of children, Finch created a documentary based on his personal trials, “The Father Effect.”

“The movie came out of my own life story,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I never understood the full impact until a few years ago. I bought into what societyJohn Finch wants for a man.

“Essentially my problems were rooted in anger for my father. I had this father wound and I need to take care of that. I had to practice forgiveness and understand the power of that. Until I forgave my dad, I could not be the man, the husband, and father that God wanted to me.”

The first 30 minutes of the film is Finch’s story and testimony. The remainder of the film showcases counselors, pastors, and ordinary people discussing the importance of a father’s presence in the lives of children. Interviews from John Eldridge, best-selling author “Wild At Heart And Fathered By God” and Meg Meeker, author of “Strong Fathers Strong Daughters” are included in the documentary.

“I feel that other men needed to hear these stories,” the Denton resident said. “Most men don’t understand the power and influence they have as a men. When someone experiences this, you are going to have a wound, whether you are man or a woman.

Finch said the organization is in the process of completing the full-length film, but additional funds are need to make the full-length version a reality.

The documentary’s filming process has helped Finch become more appreciative of his family and his daughters.

“I walk in a daily awareness,” he said.

To view the short film, visit Vimeo or the movie’s YouTube Channel.  Learn more about The Perfect Father and “The Father Effect” at

Titles provide children a view of rescued Gulf Oil Spill pelicans

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By Lynda Deniger
Special to Inside The Pew

Lynda Deniger is president of HIS Publishing Company, a publisher of children’s books. The Abita Springs, La., resident will soon offer ebooks and Christian testimonials.Lynda_@_B&N-1 Deniger is the author of “Salty Seas and His Heroic Friends” and “Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill.”

Why did you create your business?

“I had written a children’s book manuscript in 1988 but kept telling myself I wasn’t a children’s author. I wouldn’t pursue publication until 2008 when I felt God impress me to self-publish. Once the process started I knew I wanted to perform the book for children. I got a mentor who taught me the art of storytelling and thousands of school children later, I found I really could entertain them and entice them to enjoy books and their stories.

When the Gulf Oil Spill happened, my characters ended up in the middle of it. Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill gives children a bird’s eye view of the event and how more than 2,000 pelicans were rescued, rehabilitated and released. It’s a realistic redemption story that provides valuable insight into the need for environmental stewardship.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Judges 18:9: ‘Arise… For we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good. Do not be too lazy to go; enter to possess the land.’ Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Walk in integrity in all you do. Seek God’s guidance for your business decisions and trust Him to direct your path. When you face obstacles, ask God for wisdom to handle it. Just believe that if He called you to step out in faith, He desires to bless you and the work of your hands.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I didn’t do kids. Didn’t have any; didn’t hang around them. Actually, I was afraid of them and didn’t know how to relate. I find it amazing that given my history with children that God would call me to write children’s books and bring them to life through my performances. But then again, I’ve been performing since I was three. God just changed the age of my audience. I find great delight in their awe and wonder about my books, especially when they ask for my autograph. Oh, to be a celebrity for God!”

Both books by Deniger are available at Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to



Davis: Tithing is not a law … kind of

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By Ahmad Davis
Special to Inside The Pew

My first experience with tithing was when I was homeless sleeping out of the back of my 1991 Ford Explorer. I heard Dave Ramsey on the radio and his show gave me hopeTithe and inspired me to get out of debt and start to tell my money what to do.

As I gained composure and wrote my first budget on a yellow pad and starting to see some traction in my finances, he was also inspiring me to tithe because of some of the testimonies and experiences I was hearing on his show. So I begrudgingly wrote my first tithe check to a church that I had only visited once, but they were kind to me.

I soon recognized that my own inner struggles with writing the tithe check was not isolated, many people have a tough time giving 10% to God for various reasons. But, one reason was reconciled with me a while back and I wanted to share it with you.

Tithing was pre-law. The very first tithe was performed by Abram to Melchizedek. According to Genesis 14:18-20 (NKJV), the author wrote, “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemiesAhmad Davis into your hand.’ And he gave him a tithe of all.”

This scripture shows that Abram gave a tithe to honor God who has already blessed him. There was no commandment given by God prior to this event to give ten percent of your earnings, it was done because it was the right thing to do.

As a rule of thumb, the first actions in the Bible set the precedent.

You might have a few reasons why you do not tithe, but read over the entire Genesis 14 chapter and pray over what God’s word is saying here. Prayerfully, you will feel a sense of peace about this piece of the great debate.

Ahmad Davis is a coach with Victory By Design, a firm based in Beaumont, Texas, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Ahmad provides solutions for individuals, couples, and businesses who are overwhelmed and stressed financially. Ahmad’s typical clients’ are pastors, single parents, lawyers, couples, doctors, business executives, newlyweds, business owners, and others who want a simple solution with remarkable measurable results. For more information, visit To get your questions answered on the Inside The Pew Forum, email Ahmad at


The First Born Son Inc. helps restore individuals and families

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By Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo, Jr.
Special to Inside The Pew

Through The Firstborn Son, Inc., Bambolo and his staff delivers motivational talks to elementary, junior and senior high schools, college groups, family advocate groups, Ezechiel "Zeke" Bambolo churches, and corporations. The focus of their presentations is improving family dynamics across all of these demographics by introducing or enhancing the understanding of multi-generational family legacy.

Why did you create your business?

“Our culture is riddled and crippled by the promotion of individualistic pursuits. We have greatly lost the understanding and exhibition of true family unity (love, strength, commitment, purpose, perseverance, etc.) within the confines of traditional family. However, corporations have adopted the traits (family branding) which ought to make families powerful and are successfully piling billions of dollars in their bank accounts. In short, the principles work greatly if applied properly and purposefully to our traditional families.

We deliver speeches, but most importantly seminars which allow individuals and family to acquire strategies, purpose, motivation, and more, as well as implement them. By implementing these principles we are able to securely set a winning multi-generational legacy which is sustainable long after we are dead and gone from this Earth. OurThe Firstborn Son logo dependents are then able to eliminate destructive familial occurrences such as divorce, child abuse, domestic abuse, infidelity, alcoholism, self-centeredness, and many more.

Since studies show employees leave corporations more for personal reasons than for any other (financial, promotions, etc.), companies greatly impact turnover and other negative trends by investing in the personal lives of their employees. Companies will also realize increase revenue generation by improving the personal lives of their staff. A stable home life most frequently generates a long serving and productive employee rather than the contrary.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“We seek greatly to serve and restore our fellow man, even in the midst of doubt and failure, much like Jesus Christ restores Peter after the resurrection. As such, the scripture which most empowers us and also reminds us to introspectively look at ourselves is John 21:15-17, The Love Motivation.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Your greatest investment and ultimate road to success (professional, financial, spiritual) rest in the heart and souls of your people (employees or clients). Invest authentically!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“My life has been an amazing journey of a pretty healthy familial upbringing, lost it all to a tragic and treacherous African civil war, and received the mandate in my teenage years to restore the family to prominence. All of this has become the motivation for my current book, ‘The Firstborn Son: a Curse, a Gift, or a Calling.’”

Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo Jr., a resident of Seattle, Wash., is founder of The Firstborn Son Inc.. He is also a public speaker and author. Visit the his website, at Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to

Davis: How to stop living from paycheck to paycheck

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To avoid living paycheck to paycheck, set a budget.

By Ahmad Davis
Special to Inside The Pew

According to the Wall Street Journal, 70 percent of people in North America live paycheck to paycheck. There are a few great timeless pieces of knowledge to avoid living To avoid living paycheck to paycheck, set a budget.this way.

1. Set clear written goals

According to Proverbs 13:16, “Wise people think before they act; fools don’t – and even brag about their foolishness” (NLT).

Keep your goals simple, but precise. If you have a savings goal, then it might look like this – $1,000 for my emergency fund by June 20.

The major keys to this goal is that there is a specific target ($1,000), a specific goal name (emergency fund), and a date to achieve it. First, keep your goals simple and to the point, then work out a way to achieve them. If you challenge yourself during the goal setting process, you will find that you can achieve a lot more than you thought in a shorter period of time.

2. Create a written budget

“And the Lord answered me and said, ‘Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as heAhmad Davis hastens by’” Habakkuk 2:2 (AMP)

A written budget is the key to gaining control over your finances and start telling your money what to do instead of wondering where it went. Once again, keep it simple. You can have a spreadsheet, a yellow pad, a piece of paper, or whatever makes you comfortable. Work these basic steps every month and you will see results:

  • Write a monthly budget before the month begins (October budget written before October)
  • Start with your expected income at the top
  •  Subtract out expenses by priority (giving, saving, food, housing, transportation, medical, clothing, creditors, debt snowball, entertainment, other)
  •  Spend all of your income down to zero
  • Walk out your budget to
  •  Make adjustments the next month to fit your life and habits better

3. Save money for the expected and the unexpected

“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get” Proverbs 21:20 (NLT)

One of the keys to building wealth is the ability to delay gratification. Saving and investing are the foundation of this principle. Now saving is for short term things that may occur within 5 years, while investing is long term five years or more. The very first thing you must do is start saving for things that you know are coming like:

  • Car repairs/maintenance
  • Non-monthly bills
  • Non-monthly memberships

In order to save for the unexpected you should have an emergency fund. I recommend three to six months in a non-investment account that is easy to get to, but not under your pillow.

4. Get Out Of Debt

“Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another” Romans 13:8 (AMP)

Debt robs you of your ability to give, save, and invest. Every dollar in a loan payment is a dollar that could have brought you from broke to cash in the bank. Get out of debt as quickly as humanly possible, because you can slip into debt with credit cards, car notes, student loans, mortgage, and the like, but you have to be very intentional on getting out.

  •  Keep the process simple when killing debts.
  • Organize your debts from smallest to largest balance
  • Pay the minimum payment on all of the debts except the smallest
  • Send all extra monies to the smallest and pay it off quickly
  • Take the money you were using on the smallest debt and combine it with the next smallest debt to pay it off quickly
  • Repeat process until all of your debts are eliminated

Overall, the key to stop living paycheck to paycheck is to have cash in the bank. So work this process and I guarantee results.

Ahmad Davis is a coach with Victory By Design, a firm based in Beaumont, Texas, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Ahmad provides solutions for individuals, couples, and businesses who are overwhelmed and stressed financially. Ahmad’s typical clients’ are pastors, single parents, lawyers, couples, doctors, business executives, newlyweds, business owners, and others who want a simple solution with remarkable measurable results. For more information, visit To get your questions answered on the Inside The Pew Forum, email Ahmad at