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Colt McCoy, Austin pastor throw support behind military nonprofit

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Matt Carter, left, and Colt McCoy and

By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

A nonprofit that addresses the needs of active military has received two more celebrity supporters for its boot campaign.

On May 23, the Boot Camp Campaign announced that NFL quarterback Colt McCoy and Matt Carter, pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church, are featured on theMatt Carter, left, and Colt McCoy and organization’s official photo. According to a press release distributed from the Boot Camp, the photo release coincides with the release of McCoy’s and Carter’s book, “The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic Success.”

“The real win means trusting the Lord and walking with Jesus no matter what,” write Colt and Matt. “That kind of faithfulness is possible for any man who follows God with all his heart. No matter what circumstances threaten him, a faithful man is the most truly confident man in the room.”

McCoy was drafted by the Cleveland Browns during the 2010 NFL Draft. In April, the quarterback was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. As a Longhorn, McCoy led the University of Texas Longhorns to the 2010 BCS national championship against Alabama. Carter oversees the flock at the 8,000-member church in Austin and is an author and speaker at conferences around the nation.

The Boot Camp awareness campaign has enlisted more than 300 actors, professional athletes, musicians, politicians, and other celebrities who have laced up combat boots for the cause.

Boot Camp, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, is a patriotic movement raises awareness of the challenges active military men and women face upon returning home. The nonprofit was founded by five Texas women in 2009. Proceeds from sales of the boots help wounded military and their families with job placement, mortgage free homes, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling, and adaptive clothing.

To purchase boots and read information about the needs of active military, visit http://www.bootcampaign.com/.

John Harbaugh slated keynote speaker at FCA Maryland event

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John Harbaugh

By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

John Harbaugh, Super Bowl XLVII winning head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will serve as the keynote speaker of Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquetJohn Harbaugh and fundraiser at 6 p.m. on March 4. The event will take place at Martins West, 6817 Dogwood Road, in Baltimore, Md. Harbaugh, who has been head coach the Ravens since 2008, led the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers (coached by his equally talented brother Jim Harbaugh, on Feb. 3. Learn more about the Central Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes at http://centralmdfca.org.

Harbaugh’s alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University announced Feb. 26 the school will induct John into the “Cradle of Coaches” next year. According to The Associated Press, the statutes honor Miami grads “who have been names a coach of the year at the college or professional level, won a national college or NFL title, or been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or Pro Football Hall of Fame.” More irony, John will join Bo Schembechler, among others, in the “cradle.” Schembechler coached Jim while the younger Harbaugh was a quarterback at Michigan.

Tebow to headline sold-out men’s conference

Where ever Tim Tebow speaks, it is almost always guaranteed to quickly sell out. The 2013 Wildfire “Men’s Impact Weekend” conference in central Virginia is no different.

The New York Jets quarterback will headline the conference on at the Liberty University Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., on March 8-9, starting at 5 p.m. Tim Clinton, founder of Wildfire, said Tebow will share his testimony of faith on March 8.

To get on the waiting list, visit http://wildfireweekend.com/.

Other notable guests slated to speak at the conference include John Smoltz, former Atlanta Braves pitcher; Willie Robertson, star of the reality show, Duck Dynasty; Joe White, president and founder of Kanakuk Kamps; Rick Rigsby, a dynamic motivational and leadership speaker; and more!

This annual gathering will also feature inspirational praise and worship with Michael O’Brien and the Wildfire Worship Band. Attendees can expect a two-day event packed full of workshops, exhibits and fun around the stuff that men love — hunting, fishing, motorcycles, racing, athletics, extreme sports and other outdoor activities — taught by some of the leading experts in the world.

Davis makes history

Congratulations to Texas Wesleyan University distance runner Jessica Davis for becoming the first athlete in the school’s history to make the finals of the NAIA indoor national championships in the 5K-meter run. She clocked a time of 17:57.71. Finals for the 5,000 is March 2. Davis looks to continue her success when she competes in the 3K-meter run on March 1 during the three-day event in Geneva, Ohio.

Contact Trimmer at pewnews@aol.com

‘God has brought me this far’: A glance at Super Bowl warriors Kaepernick, Lewis

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis

By Aimee Herd
Special to ASSIST News Service

NEW ORLEANS, La. (ANS) — “God has brought me this far, He’s laid out a phenomenal path for me and I can’t do anything but thank Him.” — Colin Kaepernick

On Feb. 3, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will wrangle on the grid iron in Super Bowl XLVII.

The faith of a few members of the NFL has been increasingly highlighted in recent years, and it is certainly not lost on some of this year’s players.

Colin Kaepernick is the first. In fact, forget the eye-black-with-Scripture so significant when worn by Tim Tebow in his time as a Gator; 25-year-old Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers has plenty of it-in the form of tattoos on his arms.

Perhaps literally guilty of “wearing his heart on his sleeve” (pun intended), Kaepernick seems to back up the tatt depictions of his Christianity with a personal devotion to the God he follows.

“My faith is the basis from where my game comes from,” Colin explained in a Daily Sparks Tribune interview last year. “I’ve been very blessed to have the talent to play the game that I do and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I’m at. When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I am thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what you do on the field, you can be happy about what you did.”

Regarding his tattoos, Kaepernick told Reuters, “I don’t really care what people think about my tattoos. I got them for me and to show people this is what I believe in. God has brought me this far, He’s laid out a phenomenal path for me and I can’t do anything but thank Him.”

On the young quarterback’s right bicep the word “Faith” is inscribed, and “to God the glory” and a scroll with Psalm 18:39 elsewhere on the same arm.

On the other side of the field, there is equal passion for the Lord, probably most prominently displayed by the Ravens’ defensive leader and linebacker, Ray Lewis.

“I just know that when you put your trust in God, that anything is possible,” Lewis told a CSN reporter about making it to this year’s Super Bowl contest. Earlier this year, after returning from an injury, Lewis announced that he would be retiring at season’s end.

Lewis’ fiery on-field persona is balanced by a strong faith in the Lord, one that has helped lead the Ravens through the season, as Lewis reads and preaches from the Bible in the locker room, prior to games.

While Lewis’ faith has risen out of troubling circumstances and a very different scenario than that of, say, Tim Tebow-Ray is just as passionate, and has had a huge impact on his teammates, especially this year.

Orlando Magic vice president Pat Williams described Lewis’ faith this way, “He’s come from a totally different background than someone like Tim Tebow. He has come to Christ later in life but isn’t that true of so many? The Bible teaches us that not only are our sins forgiven but they are forgotten.”

What does Lewis say?

“Don’t look at my yesterday, look at my tomorrow,” explained Ray in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes interview. “I’ve said it before, God never changes. The relationship was there all along.”

Side of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh we don’t see everyday

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Jim Harbaugh

By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew

By now, you’ve seen the clip.

When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s challenge of the catch made by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas was denied, coach went into a rage. Fortunately, for him, the call had no bearing in the result of the Jan.20 NFC Championship game, as his 49ers held off the Falcons, 28-24, to advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Harbaugh’s sideline rants have been the ridicule of many since he has become the 49ers head coach. Some sports journalists don’t care for the guy, especially since Harbaugh is hush-hush on issues related to his team that would probably make a great story.

Just when the reporters have the chance to learn about a different side of Harbaugh, they sorta passed it by. But I don’t completely blame them. When Harbaugh took his annual trip to Peru to do the Lord’s work in June 2012, the mainstream reporters asked about it, but he didn’t really elaborate.

However, Harbaugh was more than willing to discuss the trip with media that could relate, such as The Catholic News Agency. Judging from the quote, the trip was quiet personal for him. “The doors that God will open for you by the people you meet or by the circumstances you’re in (allow) your character to be shaped and your spirit to grow. Those kinds of doors are opened for (me) here.”

If you want to go back farther, I found a Bleacher Report guest column from 2008 written by Carla Ingle. The column, titled Jim Harbaugh and Jesus Take The Field …, was created while Harbaugh was head coach at Stanford University. Ingle reveals when Harbaugh was quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts from 1994-1997, he would acknowledge God before beginning his press conferences. Ingle wrote, “When he first started playing for the Colts it would warm my heart when a reporter would interview him and the first thing he would say was ‘I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for making all this possible.’ Then he would continue on with the interview and address whatever question that had been posed to him.”

Then, Ingle began to notice when the wins began to disappear, there was no mention of God and some “not-so-kind words” came from Harbaugh’s mouth. Did that make Harbaugh less of a Christian? No – not in the Father’s eyes. If we are honest with ourselves, we are human and guilty of this at times.

As Christians, we should be careful not to assume everyone who doesn’t put their faith on public display every day is a fair-weather Christian. He uses us in different ways. If only Harbaugh’s acknowledgment to the power of God was heard beyond the readers of the CNA others will begin to think a little differently about him.

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Jim’s older brother and opponent on Feb. 3, was quite open about his team’s inspiration after they defeated the Denver Broncos in overtime, 38-35, in the AFC Divisional Playoff on Jan. 12 and in the win against the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Jim Harbaugh open a press conference in 2013 in the same fashion he did during that great 1995 he had with the Colts? Either way, we know there is more than rage that sits in the heart of Jim Harbaugh.

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Harbaugh finds gratification helping others in Peru 6/27/2012

Harbaugh finds gratification helping others in Peru

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside the Pew

During the 2011 NFL season, San Francisco 49er fans saw miraculously how first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh turned an off track 49er team into a squad that was one step away from representing the NFC in Super Bowl XLVI.

But, on-the-field successes cannot compare to the work one can do in His name. According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), the former NFL quarterback was one of a several volunteers who traveled to Piura, Peru, on an eight-day mission trip to assist Most Blessed Sacrament Parish. The parish’s outreach, according to CNA, a women’s shelter, an orphanage, a drug rehabilitation center, a hospice facility and, most recently, tuition-free Catholic school for kindergarten through 11th graders.

According to Harbaugh, the Catholic school was opened in 2011, and has approximately 600 students in attendance.

“Every desk was full,” he said. “Three years ago when we came down here, the school was just an idea.”

The coach told news agency reporters volunteers helped build 20 homes and packaged and delivered rice and beans to supplement meals to 1,400 families.

Harbaugh, who recently completed his third trip to the impoverished town, said he learned about the trip through acquaintances at his parish in Menlo Park, Calif.

“It’s incredible the amount of work they do and they joy that they do it with,” the 48-year-old coach told the news agency.

An aspect of the trip that brought the reigning NFL Coach of the Year pride is the steady growth of the parish, headed by Father Joe Uhen since 1993. Harbaugh noted the abundance of individuals who participate in Mass.

“I’ve always been struck by the attendance and the joy they have for Mass,” Harbaugh said. “You can only describe that as the fruit of the Holy Spirit.”

Outreach to the residents of Piura doesn’t end with the trip. According to the report, Harbaugh said the Santisimo Sacramento helps American families and those in Peru connect through an “adoption.” The program – which Harbaugh is a participant – allows American families to supply scholarships, food, and basic housing items to needy Peruvian families.

Harbaugh said the mission trips are gratifying and allows him to put grow as a believer.

“The doors that God will open for you by the people you meet or by the circumstances you’re in (allow) your character to be shaped and your spirit to grow,” he said. “Those kinds of doors are opened for (me) here.

Peyton Manning in at Denver, Tim Tebow likely to be traded

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Peyton Manning, left, and Tim Tebow in 2010.

By Mark Ellis
ASSIST News Service

The Denver Broncos quarterback who stole the hearts of believers around the country with his bold witness for Christ on and off the field, will be traded by the Broncos after they finalize contract negotiations for quarterback Peyton Manning.

The legendary Indianapolis Colts QB delivered the news to Broncos vice president of operations John Elway on March 19,

Peyton Manning, left, and Tim Tebow in 2010.

according to ESPN. Manning also called the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans to inform them of his intent to play for Denver, they reported.

Manning will be the next quarterback of the Broncos, unless there are unforeseen problems in final contract negotiations. Once the Manning deal becomes official, Denver will initiate efforts to trade Tebow, ESPN noted.

Denver’s team was 1–4 before Tebow became the starter, but immediately began winning with him on the field, often by coming from behind late in the fourth quarter in spectacular –even “miraculous” ways, until they won the AFC West title.

Tebow, the son of missionaries in the Philippines, has evoked strong emotions from critics and fans — ranging from adulation to disdain – but it never fazed him. Some criticize his throwing motion, some his reliance on an unorthodox option offense. Some believe the attacks may have been a thinly veiled response to his bold proclamations of faith.

Off the field, Tebow’s foundation is partnering with CURE International to build a 30-bed surgical facility for children focusing primarily on orthopedics on the island of Mindanao, where his parents are based.

No glitches are expected in the final contract details between Manning and the Broncos.  Elway and Manning first discussed the parameters of a five-year, $95 million contract during their March 9 meeting in Denver, the first time the quarterback visited a team during his free agency, ESPN reported.

ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth maintains the Broncos were never sold on Tebow. Many seem to think Manning will be a better fit – “a kindred spirit” – with Elway and the Broncos.

Some Broncos players celebrated the news on Twitter; other analysts thought Manning should have picked the 49ers instead.

Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an 8-8 finish, an AFC West title and a first-round playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

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.