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Hobby Lobby president to receive business honor from Bible organization

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew

Steve Green, president of arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com), has been named the 2013 recipient of the John M. Templeton Biblical Values Award by the National Steve Green, president of Hobby LobbyBible Association (www.nationalbible.org). The organization will recognize Green’s accomplishment at the annual NBA awards luncheon in New York City on April 15 at the Union League Club.

“I am honored to receive the award,” Green said during an interview with Inside The Pew. “I am humbled to join the ranks of other leaders who are committed to the Bible to guide their spiritual and religious beliefs as well as their business.”

The award is named after John M. Templeton, who successfully integrated work and his Christian faith. By using his investing talents to help ordinary people and practicing biblical values in the work world, Templeton serves as a model to all business executives of faith.

“The honor goes to a nationally recognized business leader who exhibits values the Bible promotes, takes the Bible into the marketplace, and lives it, said Richard Glickstein, president of the New York-based organization.

“Matthew 6:33 says to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. Steve Green exemplifies that in the market place. In business, it is difficult to choose biblical values over the money. With Green and his entire family, it is God first, the company second. They live that out every day.”

Founder in the early 1970s and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Hobby Lobby has 525 arts and crafts retail stores with more than 20,000 employees in the U.S. The decision to close stores on Sundays cost the company more than $100 million in product sales each year. The decision to pay all new employees at least 80 percent more than the minimum wage is a further reflection of the company’s values. Hobby Lobby also offers biblically based spiritual and financial counseling to its employees.

“The guidelines that are given to us in Scripture. We believe they are God given. As our Creator, He knows what works best. Sometimes it is counterintuitive we think to be the most successful we have to be open longer hours, but the guideline the Scripture says to take a day of rest, Green said.

“As we apply the principles the scripture the Bible gives us, we believe this is what is best for the business. Not that we won’t have challenges or struggles and operate the business according to biblical principles that we will find the most success in our lives and in business by doing that.”

Nearly half of Hobby Lobby’s annual profits are donated according to Biblical principles and for the promotion and reading of the Bible itself. These donations have allowed Hobby Lobby to acquire one of the world’s largest private collections of Bibles and Biblical artifacts, a collection that will be housed in a 50,000-square foot Bible museum opening in Washington, D.C., in the near future. Green has been at the forefront of this project since its beginning in 2009.

NBA will also make a $25,000 donation to a nonprofit charity designated by Green that has biblical values.

Glickstein said the NBA was founded 71 years ago during World War II by a group of American business leaders. The mission of the organization is to encourage individuals to read the Bible. Early in the existence of the NBA, the members were asked by NBC radio to read the Bible over the station’s coverage of the Japanese’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Tonya Andris contributed to this report.

Egyptian captors release American pastor, other hostages

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By Michael Ireland
Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS) – Kidnappers in Egypt have released two Americans, one of them a pastor, and their Egyptian tour guide, after holding them hostage for three days, a news source stated Monday.

Mohamed Fadel, writing for the online presence of CNN in a report to which CNN’s Salma Abdelaziz and Ed Payne contributed, cited Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of security in northern Sinai.

“They are at security headquarters with us now, in good condition. The negotiations succeeded, but we did not give in to the kidnappers’ demands,” said Gen. Bakr.

CNN reported the Americans were happy and relieved to be free.

“We are heading directly to Israel to join the members of our church as soon as we get our passports sent to us from Cairo,” said Michel Louis, the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Boston.

“I tell my family I am in good health and in good spirits, but I have not taken my medicine since Friday, so I am a little tired.”

Family members had previously said that Louis suffers from diabetes and they weren’t sure if he had his medicine with him, according to the CNN report.

Lisa Alphonse, a parishioner at another American church, said the group was “treated really well,” the CNN report said.

Earlier Monday, a senior Egyptian government official told CNN that intelligence officers had visited with the alleged kidnapper, Germy Abu Masouh, on Friday and on Sunday, and communicated with him by phone.

“We saw the hostages, who seemed to be composed, but in a state of shock and fatigue from the grueling heat, especially Michel Louis, who said he had suffered a minor diabetic attack and avoids eating much,” the official said before the hostages’ release.

CNN said that Abu Masouh, a member of a prominent Bedouin tribe in the Sinai, had said he wanted Egyptian police to free his uncle, whom Bakr said had been caught in Alexandria, Egypt, with a half-ton of drugs.

CNN also reported that family members said the two Americans and their guide were taken hostage Friday when gunmen boarded their tour bus, which was on its way to Israel.

Louis offered himself as a hostage after gunmen took the female parishioner, his son, the Rev. Jean Louis, told CNN on Monday.

“Being the leader of the missionary group, my mom said that … he stood up and he just asked that they leave the lady and take him. So this is why there’s two people in addition to the translator detained right now somewhere in Egypt,” he said. Michel Louis’ wife was on the bus when the kidnapping occurred.

Jean Louis told CNN the family was not aware of security concerns about travel across the Sinai, where Americans had been kidnapped and swiftly released in two separate incidents since February.

“If we were aware, I would believe we would use correct judgment not to enter that area,” Louis said.

According to the CNN report, Bakr earlier said the situation was “partially the fault of the travel agency,” which he said had not informed police of their route. If it had, “we would have sent a police escort,” he said.

Kidnappings and armed robberies have increased since the “Arab Spring” popular uprising which ousted Egypt’s long-ruling dictator, Hosni Mubarak, last year.

Eclipse of 2012: Should it remind us of Jesus’ crucifixion?

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By Brian Nixon
Special to ASSIST News Service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – I, like millions of other people-particularly here in New Mexico, had an amazing opportunity to

see the Eclipse of 2012.

As it turned out, Albuquerque, New Mexico was in the direct path for observation of a total eclipse. We weren’t disappointed. Literally thousands flocked the mountains, museums, and mesas to see the amazing natural event.

Throughout history an eclipse has been an event of astronomical fascination-and even fear. At times the Ancients interpreted eclipses as omens and signs.

Even the Bible gives record of events that describe eclipse-type occurrences, connecting it to looming danger or judgment (Amos 8:9).

Many scholars even connect the crucifixion of Jesus to an eclipse-type event.

According to one online site, scientists, Colin Humphreys and W.G Waddington of Oxford University, “reconstructed the Jewish calendar in the first century AD and arrived at the conclusion that Friday April 3 33AD was the date of the Crucifixion. Humphreys and Waddington went further and also reconstructed the scenario for a lunar eclipse on that day.”

In their article, “Dating the Crucifixion,” (Nature 306, December 22/29, 1983, pp. 743-46), they conclude, “This eclipse was visible from Jerusalem at moonrise. …. The start of the eclipse was invisible from Jerusalem, being below the horizon. The eclipse began at 3:40pm and reached a maximum at 5:15pm, with 60% of the moon eclipsed. This was also below the horizon from Jerusalem. The moon rose above the horizon, and was first visible from Jerusalem at about 6:20pm (the start of the Jewish Sabbath and also the start of Passover day in A.D. 33) with about 20% of its disc in the umbra of the earth’s shadow and the remainder in the penumbra. The eclipse finished some thirty minutes later at 6:50pm.”

Fascinating. True, a very “naturalistic” perspective of the event, but still intriguing in that it does correspond to the traditional timeframe attributed to Christ’s death and resurrection.

For my part, I used the Eclipse of 2012 as an opportunity to reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection and thank God for His marvelous creation.

After trying to get in to the Albuquerque Balloon Museum Park with my family (where the line was over ½ mile long-and a two hour entrance wait), we decided to separate: my kids heading to the Bear Canyon in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, and my wife, Melanie, and I heading towards Petropglyps National Monument (ancient art carved on volcanic rock) on Albuquerque’s West Mesa.

For fun, I brought along a Native American flute made by Marvin Toya; Melanie brought her camera. Together, we walked up the hill toward Boca Negra Canyon.

As the eclipse began around 6:28, I started to play the flute, using it as means of prayer. I created notes mimicking the syllable nuances of the Lord’s Prayer.

Folks next to us were using the opportunity as a photographic session, taking pictures in differing clothes. They were kind enough to give us protective sheets of tint so we could view the whole eclipse without burning a hole in our retina.

All around the Mesa cars stopped to view the marvelous experience. People made observation apparatus out of cardboard and tubes; other folks had telescopes and fancy pinhole cameras.

Overall, the encounter was grand affair, bringing people together for a God-given light show. So cool, I thought.

Earlier in the day, I attended a lecture by prominent New Mexico art historian, Dr. Joseph Traugott. Traugott spoke on New Mexico Art Through Time, the title of his newest book and exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art and History.

As Traugott made connections between art and nature, I couldn’t help but reflect-later in the day during the Eclipse of 2012-that this incident was a masterwork of divine origin: God’s artwork displayed through nature for the world to sit in awe.

And sat in awe, I did.

Forgiving your mother in the fashion God commands

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By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, many are able to breathe again. Mother’s Day is filled with mixed emotions for many people who have

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endured relationships that would be considered anything but perfect. In Hector Tobar’s article depicting the play “Cafe Vida,” he conveys the story of three moms that have endured homelessness, prison, and drug abuse. He gives a glimpse of what life was like for them. The guilt and torment that they have suffered knowing that they were not the best of mothers due largely to the life they lived. They are working on changing not only their future, but that of their children. One of the mothers, Alfaro mentions “for all the pain I was in, I knew there had to be something beautiful for me. By the grace of God, I found it.”

These are only but three of many moms that have suffered the painful things in their life that most of their children know nothing about.

Some, like these mothers, have found God’s grace and have changed their lives and continue to break the patterns to improve their children’s lives. Others continue to repeat the patterns by holding onto resentment and pain. In a study I have participated in for sexually abused women, author and counselor John Eldredge reminds us that every woman who is callused and cold on the outside is a woman who has suffered some form of abuse. We must remember that hurt people, hurt other people.

It is not always easy to tap into the pain and seek to console the woman who has the tough outer shell. For this reason most of these women live lonely and desolate lives as many tire of trying to form a relationship. For those of us children that long for that deep relationship with our mothers this is not an easy situation. But God’s grace is sufficient. If you will allow Him to fill you with His love, He will give to your mother what you alone cannot, forgiveness and love. Only He can offer the unconditional love that is life transforming. “Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). We must follow Christ example and offer our Mothers the unconditional love and forgiveness that even we ourselves do not deserve.

In the end, we form our families and create the life that we desire. God tells us in scripture to proclaim that which we desire. “Call those things which be not as though they were” (Roman 4:17). We all create our own reality with our thoughts and feelings, so beware. Using your imagination for God’s glory by creating and seeing in your mind the beauty that is the true identity of your mother will increase the love that she feels coming from you! This is what brings healing and transformation.

Continue to pray, create and transform your relationships and your life! This will bring God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

California resident La Vonne Earl is a certified Christian life coach and counselor. A former Mormon, she has studied neuro linguistics programming, Sozo healing, and other avenues to bring healing into the lives of many. You may contact her at lavonne@yourkingdominheritance.com.

For one mother, the mirror is worth a thousand words

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

The story I am about to tell is two months in the making. I could have told you all the story before Mother’s Day weekend, but it is too good to pass up.

If you have children, you understand the difficulty they can sometimes cause parents. If they don’t get their way, they complain. If you direct them in the right direction they don’t listen most of the time. When they want something, they want it now. Well, I don’t know if this describes your kids, but it sure describes mine.

One morning before school, my 8-year-old son, Torry, overslept and he was running a bit late in preparing to get to school. The more I rushed him to beat the clock I set to notify the kids that I am out the door and down to the car, the grumpier he became. When everyone was piled into the car, he said very little. Once we got to the school, I told Torry and the twin girls, “Bye, have a good day.” The girls said, “Bye.” Nothing came out of Torry’s mouth. I was a little disgruntled. The last thing I wanted was for Torry to have a terrible day at school. Or, was I just worrying too much.

Here is where I get a little personal. After taking my morning walk, I got home and took a shower. I hardly look in the mirror after taking a shower, mainly because it is usually covered with mist. But this time, there was a message in the mist. On the mirror where the words, “I love your mommy.” All I could do was smile and shed a tear. Ironically, although I have cleaned the mirror several times since then, the message still appears when the mirror gets misty. To pick his mind, I asked Torry why he wrote that message on the mirror. He told me, “I love you mom, and you do a lot for me.” That’s my boy!

The greatest example a mother can show her child is love despite the circumstance. As a child of Christ, the love mothers show their kids comes from no other place than Him. We learn how to respect, adore, and guide our children because He does all these things for us (1 John 4:7-8 and Ephesians 3: 16-19).

Let this story become a reminder to all the moms who struggle with their kids. They love you no matter what because they realize the importance you play in their lives. Rough spots occur in parenting. Kids will always remember the good and bad moments in the entire process. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.

Wooding bases ‘Dagger’ on personal experiences

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By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Dan Wooding’s career must rate as one of the most unusual in journalism. For he has gone from being a London correspondent for the National Enquirer and a staffer on the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror, two of Britain’s raciest tabloids, to an undercover reporter and campaigner for persecuted Christians in the restricted countries of the world.

And now international journalist, Dan Wooding, 71, founder of the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), has put his many years of exciting and often dangerous travel to good use in Red Dagger, his 44th book — and his first novel.

The fast-moving book, much of which is based on his many years of traveling to some of the world’s hot-spots, features a Palestinian terrorist who belongs to the Red Dagger terror group from Gaza, a place that Wooding has visited several times, an Irish double agent, and a drunken American journalist who moves to London and spends too much time in a pub called “The White Hart” which had been nicknamed “The Stab in the Back” because that is where tabloid journalist gathered to verbally stab each other in the back.

Wooding knows all about this journalists’ pub as it was there that he recommitted his life to Christ back in the late 1970s and went to Uganda to write “Uganda Holocaust” with Irish-Canadian, Ray Barnett, who later founded the African Children’s Choir.

Each one of the characters finally finds redemption in their twisted lives, but not before much mayhem has been committed and the world had stood on the edge of complete disaster.

“Red Dagger is the result of more than 20 years of loving work,” Wooding told me. “It began when a colleague told me that I should put together a novel that incorporated all the years of personal experiences I have had since I first entered journalism with The Christian in London back in 1968.”

This, said Wooding, has included the time he was arrested and locked up in a cell in Lagos, Nigeria. Also when he and a colleague were in a hotel in San Salvador, El Salvador, when a car bomb exploded in the parking lot and badly damaged the hotel and, finally when he and his wife Norma were held up by terrorists in Bethlehem and were going to be shot by them. That was until a quick-thinking Arab taxi driver saved their lives by explaining they were visitors from the USA.

“Although none of these experiences are used in the book as they occurred, they helped me to imagine many of the scenes included in the book,” said Wooding. “Also, my travels to Gaza were great background to writing up the many scenes there.”

Red Dagger has already received interest from movie producers and praise from various celebrities who have read it.

They include veteran American entertainer, Pat Boone, who said, “Dan Wooding’s latest book, Red Dagger, is a gripping novel about terror, betrayal and redemption. Much of it is set in Gaza, but also features a Northern Ireland terrorist and an American journalist who, after moving to London, finds himself spending too much time in a bar called ‘The Stab in the Back’ with other drunken hacks. The conclusion of the book has a most dramatic twist that held my attention right to the very end. I enthusiastically endorse Red Dagger, which is written by one of the world’s most traveled journalists.”

Rock keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, about whom Wooding penned his biography called “Rick Wakeman – the Caped Crusader” – foreword by Elton John – wrote, “Terrorism is a dangerous subject both in reality and in fiction. To bring Christianity in as a major part of the plot is potentially even more dangerous, but Dan Wooding portrays all his characters as both very real and very believable in this novel that literally sets off at a tremendous pace from the very first page. I found myself thinking very visually whilst reading it and that’s the secret of any good novel.”

So if you want to enter the dark and dangerous world of international terrorism and be inspired with its conclusion, this is the book for you, or even for a friend who loves good novels.

To purchase a copy of “Red Dagger” (Tanswell Books), go to: http://www.lulu.com/shop/dan-wooding/red-dagger/paperback/product-11050174.html;jsessionid=89997AD165003FF2695A468AB262C07D
It is also available as an e-Book file download.

You can also get it at http://www.amazon.com/Red-Dagger-Dan-Wooding/dp/0578056534

If you live in the USA and would like an autographed copy of the book, just send a check for $20 (which includes postage) made out to Dan Wooding, and mail it to Dan Wooding, PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609. For overseas orders, please add a further $3 USD. Also, please put in the memo section of the check, “For Red Dagger.”

Caruso: God’s ideal contemporary woman

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By Beverly Caruso
Special to ASSIST News Service

Can a man find an honorable and commendable wife? She is far more precious to him than wealth or status. He can trust

Beverly and Pete Caruso

confidently in her. She will so satisfy him, he will have no longing to turn to another. She will be an asset to him socially, spiritually, and vocationally.

She is a diligent worker at home and in her career. She shops wisely, looking for quality products she can afford. Early each morning she spends time alone with God, then plans the day’s tasks for herself and her children.

She is frugal with her time and energy, evaluating her current obligations before committing herself to new areas of responsibility. Through physical exercise she maintains fitness; through mental and spiritual discipline she gains wisdom to do all that is required of her.

Because she first takes care of her own household, frequently evaluating the results of her efforts, she is able to provide not only for her own family, but also share food and clothing for those in need. Her home is decorated with loving care, providing a haven for her family and guests.

With her many responsibilities, she still remembers she is first a homemaker. She is confident and fit, looking forward to the future. Drawing upon her relationship with God, she speaks only words of kindness, instruction, and healing.

Mindful that idleness encourages discontent, she disciplines her mind and spirit, even when providing rest and recreation for her body.

She knows that while her children are still young they are by nature self-centered; but that one day they will express their love and admiration for her.

Her husband also, will speak words of praise, “Compared to all the women of acclaim and renown, you my dear, are the loveliest of all. Though your outward beauty may one day fade, the radiance created by your love and devotion to God will shine forever. Any thinking person can see the fruitfulness of your life. And any one of worth can see your glory.”

NFL wide receiver launches clothing line to give glory to God

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Editor’s note: This story originally ran April 8, 2010. At the time, Mark Clayton was a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. As of April 25, 2012, Clayton is a receiver for the St. Louis Rams.

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton has found faith in fashion.

With the creation of MyChristianT, Clayton said the line is here to set a new standard in the fashion world by displaying the

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton launched MyChristianT two years ago.

word of God through apparel. It will hopefully serve a ministering tool to nonbelievers and a daily reminder of God’s grace to believers.

The line was launched last month, the Dallas-area native and 2005 first-round draft pick of the Ravens said.

“Wear the shirt or hoodie and it allows you to be true to yourself and not be afraid to proclaim Christ,” Clayton told Inside The Pew while on location in Norman, Okla., watching a pre-NFL Draft practice held by fellow Oklahoma Sooner, quarterback Sam Bradford. “MyChristianT speak to my identity and my purpose, why I am breathing and who I am in Christ. Being a Christian is not just a list of beliefs, it’s a way of life. We understand what Christ has done for us, and we should not be ashamed of it.”

Youth and young adults (men and women) can adorn trending t-shirts, with slogans such as “Property of Jesus” and “Team A and Ω” (Alpha and Omega). The clothing, he said, allows people to look and feel good at the same time while showcasing their faith.

Clayton said he describes MCT is a cross between Ed Hardy, Affliction and Aeropostale but definitely carries its own identity and purpose.

“We are not here to sell God or conform to traditions or customs,” he said. “Nonbelievers think that being a believer is boring.

Mark Clayton

Actually, we have peace, love and joy.”

MyChristianT has a non-profit branch, MCT Ministries. Some of MCT Ministries programs include the college scholarship fund, Missionary Rewards program, Performing Arts League and the Outreach Activities Group.

“MCT believes such opportunities will not only be instrumental in helping people on their journey but will also create a divine movement of Christ followers and Christ-like leaders.”

To learn more about MyChristianT, visit www.mychristiant.com

Watergate figure, Christian leader Chuck Colson dies

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By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

LANDSDOWNE, Va.Evangelical Christianity has lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices with the death of

Charles W. “Chuck” Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died April 21 from complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage. Colson was 80.

According to a statement on the Prison Fellowship website, Colson was a “Watergate figure who emerged from the country’s worst political scandal, a vocal Christian leader and a champion for prison ministry.”

Colson spent the last years of his life in the dual role of leading Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, and the Colson Center, a teaching and training center focused on Christian worldview thought and application.

Colson was speaking at a Colson Center conference when he was overcome by dizziness. Quickly surrounded by friends and staff, Colson was sent to the Fairfax Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. On March 31, he underwent two hours of surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain.

At times, Chuck showed encouraging indicators of a possible recovery, but his health took a decided turn, and he went to be with the Lord.

“His wife, Patty, and the family were with him in the last moments before he entered eternity,” said the Prison Fellowship statement.

Revered by his friends and supporters, Colson won the respect of those who disagreed with his religious and political views thanks to his tireless work on behalf of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. Colson maintained that the greatest joy in life for him was to see those “living monuments” to God’s grace: Prisoners transformed by the love of Jesus Christ.

And thanks to the work of Colson and Prison Fellowship volunteers across the country, there are thousands of those living monuments among us today.

Colson’s autobiography, “Born Again,” first published in 1976, sold millions of copies over the years and in 1978 was later made into a movie starring Dean Jones as Colson.

In 1993, he was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize, worth more than $1 million, which is given each year to the person who has done the most to advance the cause of religion.

The Colson family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Charles Colson Legacy Fund. Condolence cards may be sent to Prison Fellowship Ministries, 44180 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176.

For more information, and to offer thoughts and condolences to the Colson family, please visit www.chuckcolson.org.

Dan Reeves to receive Tom Landry Award at FCA benefit dinner

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Former NFL head coach and NFL player Dan Reeves will receive the Tom Landry Excellence of Character Award during a dinner benefiting Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes on April 22.

The dinner and program are slated to begin at 6 p.m. at the Westin Stonebriar Resort, 1549 Legacy Drive, in Frisco.

Dan Reeves

Reeves, who played and coached under Landry’s Cowboys, coached the Denver Broncos for 12 seasons, the New York Giants for three, and the Atlanta Falcons for seven. As head coach of the Broncos, Reeves took the team to six post-season appearances, five divisional titles, three AFC championships, and Super Bowls XXI, XXII, and XXIV. He led the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII where Atlanta lost to his former team, the Broncos, 34-19.

“This special evening will include a Q&A panel with Dallas Cowboy tight end, Jason Witten, as well as Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett,” said Rick Bowles, FCA executive director, Dallas. “Also, Benjamin Utecht, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, will provide the music. This is a favorite of many athletes and one of Dallas’ best events of the year.”

Former past recipients of the honor include Bobby Bowden, Pat Williams, S. Truett Cathy, Roger Staubach, Kenneth Cooper, James and Shirley Dobson, Howard Hendricks, coach Grant Teaff, the Rev. Billy Graham, and coach Jim Myers.

A silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind items up for bid include a cruise with Michael W. Smith, major trips, sports packages and autographed memorabilia.

To purchase tickets for the event, visit www.fcadallas.org/tlo or call 214-739-8003.