Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Football and Faith... Superbowl 2018 is here!

When the football post season rolls around it always feels very special! Having been the longest tenured chaplain in the history of the NFL - 28 years with the SD Chargers, in addition to other pro sports teams, it truly is one of my favorite times of year.

Undoubtedly, my favorite season of all is football. It brings up thoughts of family (the holidays) and the Lord (not that He’s seasonal). It seems easy to see and feel Him in breezes through trees, cumulus clouds and clear night skies!

At this particular time, I am also excited about all of the plans New Venture Christian Fellowship has coming up just around the corner. 

Programs, activities, and events intended for both families and individuals are on the horizon. I am confident that God is going to use them to reach thousands in our church family as well as in our surrounding community. I can feel it in the air as they say - right now there’s an excitement all around New Venture.  I absolutely love being with our church family!

Ecclesiastes 2:25 says, “For without him, who could eat and find enjoyment?” at New Venture we find our in enjoyment in Him, His blessings and gathering together in His name! Today in prayer, please spend some time thinking about the happiness found in walking with the Lord.

May God bless you and yours.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Give the glory to God!!!

Alabama's Roll Tide won the national college football championship, led by a young man who says everything in life is centered around God, even football.

After Bama's backup quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, came in after halftime and rallied the Crimson Tide to a 26-23 win over Georgia in the College Football National Championship game Monday night, he gave credit to "my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

"Excuse me," Tua Tagovailoa said at his post-game ESPN interview. "First and foremost, I'd just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With him, all things are possible. That's what happened tonight."

Tagovailoa grew up in Hawaii attending a church where his uncle, Tuli Amosa, was pastor, Savali Ole Filemu (Message of Peace) Church in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. After moving to Tuscaloosa, Tagovailoa began attending the Tuscaloosa branch of the Church of the Highlands, Alabama's largest church, led by Pastor Chris Hodges from the main campus in Irondale.

"All glory goes to God," Tagovailoa said. "I can't describe what He's done for me and my family. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment. So, you know, thank God for that, and I'd just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity."

Tagovailoa later on Tweeted the following:

What this young star athlete said couldn't be more admirable- and TRUE! With God, all things are possible in your life as well.