Thursday, February 11, 2016

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Thursday, February 11, 2016

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, February 11, 2016

"But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober." (1 Thess. 5: 4-6)

The Middle East in Focus

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

1. Israeli and Turkish teams to meet in Switzerland - Israel National News

Israeli and Turkish negotiating teams will meet in Switzerland on Wednesday for another round of talks in an attempt to finalize a reconciliation agreement, Western diplomats close to the talks told Haaretz on Tuesday night.

Participating in the talks on the Israeli side will be Joseph Ciechanover, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's representative, and acting National Security Adviser Jacob Nagel.

Turkey will be represented in this round by Under Secretary of State Feridun Sinirlioglu, according to Haaretz. The prime minister's bureau declined to comment for this report.

A senior Israeli official said that the agreement has almost been finalized, but that two issues were still open. The first is the Turkish demand to receive free access to Gaza including directly by sea for Turkish vessels, which Israel is not prepared grant, both in order to maintain the naval blockade of Gaza as well as because of Egypt's opposition to Turkish involvement in the Strip.(Read more)

2. A Forceful Voice in Defense of Israel's Image Abroad - NY Times

JERUSALEM - Gilad Erdan is one of the rising stars of the conservative Likud Party: a 45-year-old former yeshiva student, a lawyer and an adviser to two prime ministers, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu. For the March 2015 elections, he was No. 2 on the party list, just after Mr. Netanyahu, whom he now serves as minister of public security, strategic affairs and public diplomacy. But only after Mr. Erdan played hardball and refused initial offers.

Like many aspiring young Likudniks, Mr. Erdan is no shrinking violet. In fact, in an interview in his Parliament office, he spoke so loudly across a modest desk that I thought we were in an auditorium.

He has a lot on his mind - the wave of stabbing and shooting attacks on Israelis by Palestinians; relations with the weakening Palestinian Authority; more effective outreach to young Americans of all kinds; and what he considers the responsibility of social media companies to police themselves against anti-Semitism and incitement to terrorism. (Read more)

3. Netanyahu Goes Full Trump: Surround Israel With Barrier 'To Defend Ourselves Against Wild Beasts' - Breitbart

TEL AVIV - In sentiments that seem to echo one of the main policy aims of Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he is working to surround the entire country with fences and barriers "to defend ourselves against wild beasts" that surround the Jewish state. (Read more)

4. Jerusalem mayor slams Herzog's diplomatic plan - Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat criticized Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog on Tuesday for his diplomatic plan that calls for relinquishing Arab neighborhoods in the capital to separate from the Palestinians.

Herzog told the Jerusalem Conference of the Besheva newspaper Monday that neighborhoods like Shuafat and Isawiya were not what Jews prayed for when they asked God to enable them to return to Jerusalem.

Barkat responded at the conference that it was wrong to divide Jerusalem and build walls within it.

"The idea of withdrawing from different areas inside Jerusalem is a dangerous, slippery slope," Barkat said. "It begins with conceding sovereignty over neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city, continues with concessions in the Old City, and from there it is a short path to conceding sovereignty over the Western Wall and indicating to the Palestinians that we will concede all our rights to this land." (Read more)

5. Exclusive: Damascus vows to recapture Aleppo from rebels- Reuters

Damascus aims to secure Syria's border with Turkey and recapture the city of Aleppo with its latest military offensive, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday.

In an interview in her Damascus office, Bouthaina Shaaban held out little hope for diplomatic efforts to end the five-year civil war, telling Reuters proposals for a ceasefire were coming from states that "do not want an end to terrorism" and wanted to shore up insurgents who are losing ground.

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, has launched a major advance in recent weeks near Aleppo, once Syria's biggest city, now divided between rebel- and government-held sectors. (Read more)

6. 16 Damascus Jews desperately need humanitarian aid: "They are struggling to buy food and medicine" - Jerusalem Online

After all efforts have been made to rescue the last Jews living in Syria since the revolution began, now only 16 Jews remain in Harat Al Yahoud, the Jewish Quarter of Damascus. They consist mainly of elderly people age 70 and over who got used to the situation in Syria and aren't capable of struggling with the hardships that accompany being smuggled through a dangerous route to go all the way to Turkey. Their economic situation is another barrier that blocks the possibility for anyone from the community who asks to leave Damascus. (Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. U.S. Intel Chief: Islamic State Produced, Deployed Chemical Weapons -

In an admission with international security implications, America's top intelligence official on Tuesday confirmed the Islamic State has successfully produced and deployed chemical agents in Iraq and Syria.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that IS had previously utilized mustard gas, evidencing the continued advancement of the terrorist organization's sophistication on the battlefield.

"[The Syrian government] has used chemicals against the opposition on multiple occasions since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. ISIL has also used toxic chemicals in Iraq and Syria, including the blister agent Sulfur mustard," stated Clapper. Fox News quoted Clapper stating IS' use of the mustard agent marked the first time an extremist group has produced and used a "chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995 (in the Tokyo subway terror attack)."

Clapper's statements to the committee were based on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2016 released on Tuesday. That 29-page report, reviewed by Breitbart Jerusalem, states, "Use of chemical weapons in Syria by both state and nonstate actors demonstrates that the threat of WMD is real." (Read more)

- Lord we are aware that it is You that has kept the USA thus far. We asknowledge that You have answered our prayers. Now with this admission form America's top intelligence official concerning international security implications we watchmen must continue to stand before You alert in prayer.

- Until our porus borders and gates of entry are properly managed, we watchmen must heed the words of Nehemiah, "I said to them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while the watchmen are still on guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from the people of Jerusalem, each to his watch [on the wall] and each opposite his own house." (Neh. 7:13)

2. Ignoring Obama, Iran upgrades its nuclear-capable Emad missile -

In open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles.

The "next generation of Emad with improved precision" will be unveiled in the next Iranian year which starts on March 20, Dehghan said as cited by the semi-official Fars News Agency. Emad is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range, putting Israel and much of eastern Europe squarely in its sights.

"The missile is being mass-produced but its precision-striking power will improve and its second version will be unveiled next year," Dehghan added. He went on to claim the missile was not a violation of the nuclear deal or UN sanctions because "we will never use a nuclear warhead (on it)." (Read more)

- "Open defiance" i.e. rebellion, noncompliance, disregard, insolence. Lord, we look to You to deal with the obstantly insubordinate actions of Iran. While we do not know how to effectively rein in such blantant disregard for sanctions and ultimately human life, our hope and expectation is in You.

- "But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Hab. 2:14)

" . . . My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." (Is. 46:10)

3. Iran, Hezbollah Return to 'Terrorism' Subsection of Intelligence Threat Report -

After a conspicuous absence last year, references to Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah returned to the "Terrorism" subsection of the intelligence community's 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment, presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

"Iran continues to be the foremost state sponsor of terrorism and exerts its influence in regional crises in the Mideast, through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, its terrorist partner Lebanese Hezbollah, and proxy groups," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the committee, reading from his submitted assessment. "Iran and Hezbollah remain a continuing terrorist threat to U.S. interests and partners worldwide," he added.

Last year's Worldwide Threat Assessment - unlike those in earlier years - omitted any reference to Iran and Hezbollah from the subsection on terrorism. (Read more)

- Thank You, Lord Jesus, for James Clapper. His assessment tells the truth that Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah and other groups are using their influence to encourage terrorism as a continued threat to the U.S., to Israel and to our partners worldwide. We ask You to stop the sinful actions of these groups, Lord. Let those plotting wickedness be sent back to You to do with as You will. Our prayer is that Mr. Clapper will be strongly supported, and others will be encouraged to take their stand for truthfulness. We put a hedge of protection around these men and women that no repercussion nor harm will come to them or their families. Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayer, in Jesus' name, Amen.

- "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)

4. Iraq: Former ISIS Slaves; Now Female Fighters against the Terror - BCN

According to a report from Fox News, a number of the 2,000 Yazidi women who escaped ISIS after their mountain stronghold was attacked in August 2014 recently signed up to fight against the jihadist group. So far, 123 women-dubbed the "Force of Sun Ladies"-are officially fighting alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces, while another 500, ranging in age from 17 to 37, are waiting to be trained.

"Now we are defending ourselves from the evil; we are defending all the minorities in the region," said Capt. Khatoon Khider from the unit's makeshift base in Duhok, Iraq. "We will do whatever is asked of us.

"We have a lot of our women in [nearby] Mosul being held as slaves," she added. "Their families are waiting for them. We are waiting for them. The liberation might help bring them home." (Read more)

- Heavenly Father, we humbly come before You as we thank You for helping these women escape from ISIS slavery and its unspeakable brutality. We know that You LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Now FIGHTERS AGAINST THE TERROR of ISIS, these women have joined forces to push back and eradicate the evil ISIS system. Our prayer is that these women make Jesus Lord of their lives, and take up His cause for life by prayimg for the salvation of the ISIS men that abused them. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

- "He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man." (Psalms 18:48)

5. Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea - AFP

Moscow on Wednesday warned that Washington's deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region. South Korean and US defence officials said last week they would begin formal talks on the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) system in response to North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests.

"The appearance of elements of the US global missile defence system in the region -- which is characterised by a very difficult security situation -- can provoke an arms race in Northeast Asia and complicate the resolution of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula," said the Russian foreign ministry. "On a more global scale, this step can increase the destructive influence of the US global missile defence system on international security and stability." (Read more)

- Father we thank You that the U.S. is standing with South Korea to protect our countries against North Korea's recent action of "testing" these missiles and satellites. As talks begin on the deployment of the THAAD system, may those involved be guided by Your Spirit to make the right decisions. Sweet Jesus, You are the King of Kings. Let Your light shine for the world to see your power and glory through events resulting from these talks. We pray for peace on earth in Your Holy name. Amen.

- "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." (Matthew 24:6)

6. Justice Dept. Enters Ferguson Court Case in Strong Position - ABC News

The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

In suing the city, which took a high-stakes gamble by rejecting a settlement with the federal government, the department will look to prove in court the same constitutional violations it's already alleged on paper: Baseless stops and searches of black drivers, excessive use of force by officers and a profit-driven court system reliant on fines for petty violations.

"They have a very solid case," Samuel Bagenstos, the former No. 2 official in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said even before the lawsuit was filed Wednesday. "If they were forced to litigate this, they have a very strong basis to show that there is a pattern and practice of constitutional violations in Ferguson." (Read more)

- Father God, we ask that justice be served in this delicate matter. We come against any spirit that would try to stir up trouble in Ferguson, as in days past. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.

- (For this court case) " And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:22)

- (For the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri) "Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you." (2 Corinthians 13:11)

7. Kim Davis Defeats ACLU Attempt to Force her to Violate her Conscience - LifeSiteNews

Although Governor Matt Bevin granted a religious accommodation for the county clerk to issue altered marriage licenses to homosexuals, the ACLU brought a lawsuit seeking to force Davis to issue the old forms with her full name on them.

"There is absolutely no reason that this case went so far without reasonable people respecting and accommodating Kim Davis' First Amendment rights," said Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, who is defending Davis. "Today's ruling by Judge Bunning rejected the ACLU's request to hold Kim Davis in contempt of court." (Read more)

- Father we say Hallelujah! Kim Davis is an example to all Christians to stand on biblical law. She has not succumbed to those forcing her to violate her conscience while issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Thank you for protecting Kim and her family as she stands firm on your commandments. In Jesus' name, amen.

- "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." (John 14:21)

8. Hawaii's Big Island declares emergency over dengue fever infections - Reuters

The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months. As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires which are left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.

There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials. Dengue fever causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a statement he supported the efforts on the Big Island but would not issue a statewide emergency declaration unless the outbreak spread to other islands or expanded to include other diseases, such as the Zika virus.(Read more)

- Aloha Keakua, we thank You that this information has been made public and ask that You supply the leadership on Hawaii's Big Island, the wisdom needed to protect those residing there from the growing outbreak of dengue fever, and its spreading to other Islands in the 50th State. Oahu has reported a case of Zika virus, and here too we ask in Jesus' name that safeguards are taken to halt any further spreading of these viruses. We pray that Public awareness be forthcoming as communities come together in unity to clean up the items that collect water that these mosquitos need for breeding. We trust You for the complete eradication of dengue fever and the Zika virus in Jesus name, amen.

- ". . . for He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease." (Psalm 91:3)

"Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday." (Psalm 91:6)

9. Israel's "Treasure" Just Became an Official World Treasure - JNS News

(Israel)-Israel's Aleppo Codex, believed to be the world's oldest copy of the Hebrew Bible, has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a unique world treasure.

The Aleppo Codex, which was written in Tiberias around 930 AD and is currently held by the Israel Museum, was officially recognized by UNESCO as a unique item with universal characteristics and will be listed among the organization's registry of 300 items and collections that have been compiled since 1995, Haaretz reported.

The more than 1,000-year-old manuscript was smuggled out of Aleppo, Syria, where it had been in the possession of that city's Jewish community for centuries. It eventually made its way to Israel in the 1950s. Originally 500 pages long, 200 pages had gone missing by the time of its arrival in Israel. (Read and view a photo of this treasure by going here)

- Father, we thank You that this Hebrew Bible has been preserved. Your Word is now being recognized as a world treasure. Bless those who have taken care to preserve this Bible in its travels before arriving at its resting place in Israel. In the name of Yeshua, amen.

- "The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8)

10. Senate unanimously backs tougher North Korea sanctions - Reuters

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, as U.S. lawmakers sought to crack down on Pyongyang for its nuclear tests.

The House of Representatives passed a similar bill last month. Differences between the two are expected to be resolved quickly and Senate Democrats said they expected President Barack Obama would sign the measure into law.

The White House has not threatened a veto, but a spokesman told reporters he did not have a response to the bill.

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments, especially China, North Korea's lone major ally and main business partner. (Read more)

- Father, we end our report today by offering a great chorus of PRAISE to You, King of Glory, for this amazing news! It is so rare that the U.S. Senate will bring in a unanimous vote on any issue, but they have done that this time. We praise God that our Congress is now standing strong against the threats of a dictator in North Korea. We ask that Kim Jong Un would "get the message," and back down from his own threatening actions. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.

- "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise Ye the LORD!" (Psalm 150:6)

The Daily Jot

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Halftime show controversy

Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show has stirred an incredible controversy nationwide about political support of Black Panthers, Malcolm X, and radical organizations at the expense of police officers and law and order. In reading some of the comments about the stories, there is a great divide between Whites and Blacks on this issue. Many Christians are also extremely upset about the message of Beyonce's performance and the platform on which it was delivered. Most articles are saying that football, especially the Super Bowl, is a celebration of sport, not a political forum. It is a place where people are brought together, transcending politics, religion and other issues that divide folks. Did Beyonce' cross the line?

The UK Sun reports: "In front of a TV audience of one billion, her dancers paraded in outfits similar to controversial activists the Black Panthers. They also raised their fists in an apparent tribute. The half-time show at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, was branded "ridiculous" and "anti-police" by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Members of the National Sheriffs' Association also turned their backs as they watched on Sunday at their Washington base." Lyrics to her song, as posted on, are so vulgar they can't be printed in this column. describes the song as "a Black-power anthem, a fitting contribution to Black History Month and an important conversation piece in the Black Lives Matter movement."

For all these reasons, Beyonce' crossed the line and has caused a national, perhaps international, incident on the most visible platform in the world. Trouble is, the race issue has become more divisive in the last seven years than since the 1960s. A better approach than glorifying Malcolm X and Black Panthers, who wanted to violently overthrow the US government, was that of Martin Luther King, Jr. King sought to have respectful dialogue based on Biblical foundations. He stood firm when laws and people were unjust, and repeatedly exhorted his followers to acts of non-violence. He was considered too soft by the likes of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X, who called for a violent revolution outside the law.

There are certain things I don't understand. I will never understand hating based on the color of skin. While Beyonce's performance was offensive to many, I am not sure I fully understand the Christian outrage. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 says, "For what have I to do to judge them also that are outside? do not you judge them that are within? But God judges them that are outside." We are often far more offended by what the world does, than with what Christians do. Should we not be more outraged with false teachers who misuse the Word of God than condemning those who are in darkness? The offense is obvious, but we should use the controversy to speak light rather than become entangled with the darkness.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

The Persecuted Church

Christian Leaders Kept in Sudan Since December Uncharged, but Incommunicado

Sudanese authorities have been keeping two Christian pastors in an unknown location since mid-December, with no official charges yet filed against them.

On 12. Dec., members of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) visited the family home of Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata, a leader of the Fellowship of University Christian Students and a leader of Khartoum North Evangelical Church, sources close to the detainees said.

Telahoon (also known as Telal) Rata was told to "report" to the local NISS office north of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. "He went to the NISS office behind the airport at al-Mashtel the next day, and he has been detained ever since," the sources, requesting anonymity, said.

Meanwhile, two pastors from the Sudan Church of Christ, a denomination whose members originate predominantly from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, were arrested by the NISS on 18 December. (World Watchman Monitor) Read more.

Classic Hymns

Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:


"O Lord . . . I hide myself in Thee." (Psalm 143:9)


O safe to the Rock that is higher than I, My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly; So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine, would I be; Thou blest "Rock of Ages," I'm hiding in Thee.


Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest "Rock of Ages,"
I'm hiding in Thee.

In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow's lone hour, In times when temptation casts o'er me its power; In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea, Thou blest "Rock of Ages," I'm hiding in Thee.


How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe, I have fled to my refuge and breathed out my woe; How often, when trials like sea billows roll, Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.



Please go here.

About the Author:

Words: Will­iam O. Cush­ing, 1876.

Music: Ira D. Sankey, 1877.

About the Hymn:

"'Hiding in Thee' was writ­ten in Mo­ra­via, New York, in 1876," writes Mr. Cush­ing. "It must be said of this hymn that it was the out­growth of ma­ny tears, ma­ny heart-con­flicts and soul-yearn­ings, of which the world can know no­thing. The his­to­ry of ma­ny bat­tles is be­hind it. But the oc­ca­sion which gave it be­ing was the call of Mr. Sank­ey. He said, 'Send me some­thing new to help me in my Gos­pel work.' A call from such a source, and for such a pur­pose, seemed a call from God. I so re­gard­ed it, and prayed: 'Lord, give me some­thing that may glor­i­fy Thee.' It was while thus wait­ing that 'Hid­ing in Thee' pressed to make it­self known. Mr. Sank­ey called forth the tune, and by his gen­i­us gave the hymn wings, mak­ing it use­ful in the Mas­ter's work."

Signs and Wonders

London on emergency flood alert as Thames Barrier is raised
to protect capital
Storm Imogen has seen heavy rain lash the country causing river levels to rise dramatically. The high river flow coupled with rising tide has forced the Environment Agency to shut the barrier today. Tide alerts have been issued for riverside properties and it is expected to remain high all week.
Rising water levels have coincided with spring tides - when levels are usually at their highest during the tidal cycle - increasing the risk of flooding.

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world, protecting 125 square km of central London and 1.25 million people.

It stretches 520m across the River Thames at Charlton and each steel gate takes 10 to 15 minutes to close. The control room is manned 24 hours a day, every day of the year. (Express Co. UK) Read more.

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)

The Good News Corner

Tony Dungy Delivers Powerful Faith Message at Super Bowl Breakfast

During his address at the Super Bowl 50 breakfast, 2-time Super Bowl Champion and TV analyst Tony Dungy opened up about how his faith has influenced his impressive career and exhorted his fellow athletes to make their spiritual lives the ultimate priority. . .

Speaking as part of a panel moderated by three-time Super Bowl winner Brent Jones, Tony Dungy, who has won Super Bowls as both a player and a head coach, revealed that playing for Steelers head coach Chuck Noll in the 1970's transformed his outlook on life.

"He was a great role model for me... He taught us how to play well and all that, but he taught us about living and doing things the right way in the community," he recalled of his former coach. "Playing for [Noll] changed who I was as a person."

. . . He quoted Mark 8:36, which states, "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?"

"If football is your entire life, and you don't have a relationship with the Lord, you're going to be messed up, no matter how your life turns out," he stressed. "Even if you achieve fame and riches, if you forfeit your soul, it won't profit you.

"Where are you in terms of the Lord spiritually?" he asked before concluding in prayer. "That's the most important thing in life." (The Gospel Herald) Read more here.

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