Ryan Shazier joined his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates for practice yesterday as they prepared for Sunday’s playoff game against Jacksonville. This would not have been news a few weeks ago, as Shazier is one of his team’s most disciplined and valuable players. He was a first-team All-American in college and has been named to the Pro Bowl the last two years.
However, on December 4, Shazier suffered a severe injury after a tackle. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery three days later to secure his injured spine and help with neurological recovery.
He explained his presence at Wednesday’s practice: “I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates.” He added, “The Lord has not finished his work yet.”
Shazier suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. He was taunted and ridiculed as a child. His parents helped him develop an altruistic attitude he carries with him to this day.
His father, who is a pastor and a football coach, explains: “My message is always to act like a champion.” His son has Philippians 4:13 written on his left arm: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“There was no king in Israel”
Living by the biblical worldview can be discouraging these days.
Actor Alan Cumming will play the first openly gay lead character in a network TV drama when he stars in CBS’s Instinct this March. Cumming’s character is in a same-sex marriage, as is the actor himself. He told reporters, “I applaud everyone at CBS for having the courage to put that on.”
Which is more courageous in today’s culture–endorsing homosexuality or speaking biblical truth about it?
The Colson Center’s John Stonestreet is reporting on the degeneration of free speech across our country. He quotes New York Times columnist Frank…
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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