God’s Story: A Foster Child’s Story

The Olympics have started and I’m watching as much of it as I can.  I look forward to the Summer Olympics every 4 years.  It may be because I ran track and cross country and high school.  I just wish more Americans would follow and support the Olympics.  I have also been very very busy with work which is good so I’ve been a little off on posting on this blog.

This blog was created to show how different public individuals such as television shows, actors/actresses and professional athletes are opening showing their faith for God and being Fishers of Men for God in the USA where Christians are being attacked more and more.  This week though, I’m going to do some self publicity.

I have spent several years off and on working on my life story.  It took so long because I just couldn’t figure out how I should proceed when writing it.  Who would actually want to read my life story and what should the purpose of the book be.  Within the past  6 months while listening to a sermon at church, it struck me that my story is not my own but God’s Story.  Another Sunday, the pastor was talking about a new Foster Parent program they were working on starting.  My questions were answered how what I had to do.  So I finished my book with the idea that it would help others by showing that my life story was God’s Story thus the title God’s Story: A Foster Child’s Story.

This past week my book became available on Amazon.  I pray that it helps those who have been not only associated with the foster family system as children or parents but also to those who have had tough times in their life and that I can be a Fisher of Men for God.

” This book is being written from the viewpoint and experiences of a foster child and how I was able to be born into a traumatizing environment that affected me all of my life but because of a strong Christian foster family, I came to Christ as an adult.  Current foster children, those who experienced life as a foster child, potential foster parents and current foster parents can all benefit from this book.  The main thing to remember is that there is always hope and the ability to succeed no matter the situations but only if you remember that it isn’t your life story but God’s story”  It can be purchased at this link Amazon.com

Olympian Jennifer Nichols Shooting Straight for God

I am running behind on posts and the Olympics are only 7 days away.  Work has been crazy and that is no excuse for not keeping up with my blog.  So keeping up with my Olympic theme of Christian Olympians, this week’s athlete is Jennifer Nichols.

Jennifer Nichols is a 28 year old Archer who recently announced that she didn’t even have her first kiss until she was 27 years old.  She saved that for the person who she was going to marry and she became engaged at the age of 27. “I saved my first kiss for the man I knew I was going to marry – my fiancé. I made that commitment when I was about 13-years-old,”  Christian Post  She goes beyond the normal thought of saving one self for marriage because her priority is being a woman of God.  “I knew that I wanted to save my kiss on top of purity. I felt like a kiss was something very special and I wanted to save that.”  

This is Jennifer’s 3rd Olympics and wants to use her talents to glorify God.  She doesn’t know what God’s ultimate plan for her is but she is confident that God has a plan for her and looking forward to the journey while glorifying God at the same time.  When shooting her bow, she speaks quietly to herself, “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” “I memorize a lot of scripture to recite while I’m shooting. I carry a little book in my quiver that has Bible verses that I memorize as I’m walking back and forth to the target. And sometimes I’ll recite them while I’m on the line shooting. It plays a large part.”  USAToday

Jennifer met her future husband while attending college in 2009 and he is a devout Christian as well.  They are looking to get married on  September 1.

Jennifer Nichols joins other Christian Olympians who are using their God given talents to glorify Him and follow his commands.  She will be a great Fisher of Men at the Olympics where I recently read, sex runs rampant so much that 100,000 condoms have been ordered for the Olympic Village.

Allyson Felix – Glorifying God Through Her Talents

22 days and counting to the London Summer Olympics

To continue my Christian Olympic 2012 theme, I’ve chosen Allyson Felix as my focus for this week.  Those who follow the Olympic trials probably recognize her name due to the controversial 100 meter final where Allyson and Jenebah Tarmoh finished in a 3rd place tie for the final spot on the Olympic 100 meter team.  Jenebah relinquished her potential spot to Allyson which was supposed to be decided by a run-off.  Allyson will be competing in the 100 meter, 200 meter and most likely 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays at the Olympics.  This will be her 3rd Olympics and currently holds 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals.

The medals are a by product of her talent but not the reason she runs.  As she states, “I’m thankful that I have been given this platform so that I can share my faith with the world!” Beyond the Ultimate  Allyson’s faith is the most important aspect of her life.  She grew up in a strong Christian home where her parents (father is a seminary professor) were strong Christian role models.  She has been driven to have a close relationship with God since she accepted Christ as a young girl.Allyson Felix American Olympic Athlete

“I’m currently a work in progress and like anyone else I face struggles every day. My goal is to be more Christ-like each and every day and that is not an easy task. I know that I’m trying to be something different from [other Olympic runners] and after I run I hope that people can distinguish [Christ-like] character in the way I present myself.” Beyond the Ultimate  Allyson views her running as a special gift from God.  She wants to utilize this gift for the purpose of showcasing and glorifying God for all to see.

Allyson’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7 that says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This verse will serve her well as the pressure of the spotlight of the Olympics has already started and will continue through her races.

She sees her ultimate achievement is not a Gold medal though BUT is to know Christ and have one’s sins forgiven.

Allyson is a true Fisher of Men for God.  Anyone that wants to learn more about her faith or how they can have a relationship with God, she ready to witness.

Lolo Jones – Running for God’s Gold

The summer Olympics in London are only 32 days away.  I am a huge fan of the summer Olympics and not so much the winter ones primarily I guess because I ran track and cross-country in high school.  So I thought it would be appropriate to  find outspoken Christians for my blog.

Lolo Jones a track star and Olympian will turn 30 while she is in London competing for a gold medal in the 100m hurdles.  In Bejing she had a certain gold medal in hand when she tripped over the 9th hurdle and didn’t medal.  Since then she has undergone spinal surgery to fix a problem she had where she couldn’t feel her feet so her brain couldn’t compute where they were so that led to the trip over the 9th hurdle.Lolo Jones Christian Olympic Athlete

This should be the headline and her hard childhood but that isn’t what the media is sinking its teeth into.  Lolo Jones is a devout Christian and a virgin.  In a culture where a beautiful 29 year old woman is still a virgin, she is considered a freak.  It doesn’t matter her accomplishments on and off the track, the media is more interested in the sex life of Lolo Jones.

Lolo Jones though embraces the attention that her Christianity brings.  She can be seen praying often before a race, reads the Bible and talks openly about her Christianity and relationship with God in the locker room. Jones admits thought that remaining a virgin has been the toughest thing she has ever done in her life.  “It’s just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband,” Jones said. “But please, understand, this journey has been hard.” “If there’s virgins out there, I’m going to let them know, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life — harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage.” (Des Moines Register)

Lolo’s Tweets and Facebook are filled with posts praising God for all to read.  Recent posts include “Fear is a sin because it is the forgetfulness of God. If you fear something you place that above God and forget God’s ability to take care of you.” and after qualifying for the Olympics “Wow! Nothing is impossible with God! Honored to represent The United States at the 2012 London Olympics”. Facebook Twitter Christianity is a vital part of her life.

After the Olympics Lolo says she can get back to finding the right man. When asked on Twitter what she’s looking for, Jones listed four basic attributes: “single, Christian, non smoker, no kids with any baby mamas, have a job.” (Washington Post)

Lolo Jones is an awesome role model and example for all women out there and someone to learn from even for men about maintaining your virginity.  She is also a shining example of a Christian woman holding her ground against not only the culture we live in but also the rebuke she recieves from the media for standing up for her Christian beliefs.

And before anyone can say BUT….due to her ESPN Body Issue photoshoot in 2009 where she was wearing no clothes.  Lolo struggled with whether she should participate in the photoshoot because it made her “uncomfortable” and didn’t want it to have a sexual aspect due to her Christian morals.  She was happy with the results and said it, “was very cool where you could see how hard I worked for those muscles.”  Nothing private was showing in the photos and as she said you will find more showing in art museums and it is considered art.

Lolo Jones is using the gifts and position God has given her to exalt his name and how requires us to act as Christians as an example to the world.  She is a Fisherman for God.

 

 

Adrian Gonzalez – Swinging Psalm 27:1 For God’s Homerun

Adrian Gonzalez steps to the plate in Boston with his bat sporting Psalm 27:1 which is “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”  Gonzalez was traded to the Boston Red Sox this year and immediately he become a force for being Fisherman of God.

Gonzalez first became a Christian in 2003 shortly after marrying his middle school sweetheart. Since then his #1 passion and focus has been on God.  “Nothing is mine,” Gonzalez said. “Everything is God’s; everything is Christ’s. No matter what you do, no matter what you obtain, it’s all earthly. It’s not godly.”  Since arriving at Boston, the team’s Sunday chapel service has increased and he insists on doing bible studies with the team when they are on the road.  And due to his influence, the Red Sox hosted their first Faith Night in 30 years.  Gonzalez and several of his teammates shared their testimony to the crowd.  

When Gonzalez is at bat, “There is no pressure,” Gonzalez says. “My stats don’t matter. I’m just trying to use this platform to bring people to Christ.”  Gonzalez’s website states, “I want to be a disciple of Christ and follow his teachings as well as draw others to follow and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Everyday is a new challenge and opportunity to make a difference. Life, baseball and everything is God given and if not for him we wouldn’t be here. That is the reason I will have a weekly bible quotes, and links to the churches and organizations that have helped me with my walk with the Lord.” Gonzalez Website

In the world of professional athletes who are typically viewed as money hungry, partying, and egotistical, Gonzalez has his focus in the right place of being a Fisherman for God.

Mary Mary Displaying the Reality of Christian Living on Their Reality Show

Mary Mary is no longer just the name of a sister gospel group but also the name of a television show on WEtv.

“I think people have a misconception of what a Christian is,” Tina told The Associated Press, after the series debuted on WEtv. “I don’t know, some think we buy Christian soap, or go to like Christian restaurants. Everybody thinks we’re so spiritual, but that’s not the case. We’re gospel artists, but we make mistakes. We’re normal people who praise God and everybody will get to see that on the show.”  Sisters Tina and Erica want to show non-believers that Christians are not perfect and often fall short of the standards God has set for them but that doesn’t change God’s love for them or their Christianity.  

The sisters view the show as an opportunity to demonstrate first hand how the reality of Christian living versus someone sitting in church listening to a preacher.  Christian living isn’t perfect and is equivalent to non-Christian living except that Christians have a support system through their faith in God.  Tina and Erica know that through God their is hope and peace and all things are possible including dealing with the issues that life throws everyone’s way.  Erica says, “The Scripture says to forgive, but what happens when you are really mad? Those are things we will work through.”

Erica and Tina are displaying the truth that being Christians doesn’t mean a perfect life or are perfect such as the world seems to want to belief.  This message and show are their way of being Fishers of Men for God.

The show is on WEtv Thursday nights at 9PM.

Lizard Lick Towing TruTV – Operated by an Ordained Minister

Lizard Lick Towing is another reality television show with Christian ties.  At first glance viewers wouldn’t guess that the 6’5″ tattoo beach blond hair owner of Lizard Lick Towing, Ron Shirley is an ordained minister.  His co-owner and wife Amy is a champion weight lifter.  Ron holds himself accountable for his actions even on television and initially turned down Wife Swap.  ” He points out that in all the dozens of rough-and-tumble TV episodes he’s done over the years, he’s never once been seen cussing or throwing a punch” Indyweek.com  Ron’s job is to repossess vehicles but he does have a soft heart for those down and out.  He holds a barbecue every year for those who’s vehicle’s he had to repossess.

Ron realized that he was going down the wrong path and had wasted his life so far when he picked up the Bible one day and began to read it again.  He had run from God since he was 18 and was awoken to the fact that he was lost.  The following page on his website tells in depth about this awakening.Ron’s Revelation  “We stop in the fields, homes, and workplaces to preach the gospel and bring one sheep at a time back across that pasture. We go into the hills with the protection of our God and snatch victory form the well clamped claws of the enemy’s grip.”

Ron and Amy still work 65 hours a week and don’t view themselves as celebrities.  As Ron puts it “we’re just good ole’ country folk. God opened up the door and we walked in.” And one of his Ronisms, ” “But being on TV don’t make you important any more than being born in an oven makes you a biscuit.”  Ron looks at every time that he arrives to do his job is another opportunity to witness about Jesus and salvation.

Ron works in an industry where the customer is going to angry and hostile, placing his well being at risk almost every time.  But he has the peace of God within him and sees every job as a way to speak to those who are lost and downtrodden in this world.  He has used what God has given him to be a Fisher for Men just as God has commanded.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE BECOME, YOU CAN COME HOME – Ron Shirley

Kylie Biustti – Balancing Christianity with Professional Modeling

I came across an article title about a girl who won the 2009 Victoria Secret Model Search at the age of 19 but also professes to be a Christian.  It was an immediate struggle within my head how a Christian could also be a Victoria Secret model and all that comes with the job.  So, I did some research concerning this girl to find out more.

Kylie Biscutti beat out over 10,000 contestants in 2009 to win the Victoria Secret Model Search.  At the young age of 19, Kylie was also newly married and when asked about the contest she said,  “I have a very sweet personality, but don’t let that exterior fool you. I want this, and I’ll do what it takes to get it.”  Kylie spent the next 2 years attending all kinds of star studded events /  functions and photo shoots for different Men’s magazines. She even admits to doing things she wasn’t proud of as part of the lifestyle.  While most girls would revel in the spotlight of the fame of being a famous Victoria Secret Model and being on the cover of magazines such as Maxim, Kylie’s Christianity got in the way.  “Victoria’s Secret was my absolutely biggest goal in life, and it was all I ever wanted career-wise. I actually loved it while I was there, it was so much fun and I had a blast. But the more I was modeling lingerie, and lingerie isn’t clothing, I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith…I’m Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it.”

So after 2 years of being a Victoria Secret Model, Kylie walked away.  Besides being convicted as a Christian concerning modeling lingerie, her Christian based marriage also played a role. “My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing.”  Kylie wants to be a Christian role model for all young girls and she plans on doing that by standing up and living her life by her Christian beliefs and love of God.

Her website has a paragraph that sums up what Kylie is accomplishing.

I began hosting parties, attending red carpet events, and getting more attention than a young girl could ever want. I posed for various men’s magazines and was on the cover of multiple magazines. I shot for Victoria’s Secret catalogues and attended an autograph signing party at their store in Chicago. I even fell into some things that I’m really not proud of, but at the time thought that it was okay and all about the fame of the industry. The further I fell into the dark hole of “satans playground” the more insecure and unhappy I became, then something amazing happened!!! The Lord graciously opened my eyes and saved me from the love of worldliness that was taking over me. He brought me to a place in my life of realization and truth! He reshaped my desires for my life and showed me that my body is a temple and was created to be honoring to Him in all things, especially in my marriage and in being an example to younger girls! I decided to make some changes in the path that I was headed down. I vowed to never pose for a men’s magazine again. I decided not to be seen in lingerie by any man but my husband. I decided to stop trying to become a sex symbol and to pursue being a wholesome, Godly example! Everything I went through was for a bigger purpose. For HIS purpose. He used my sin to bring me to a better place. A place where I can now be an example to other in the way that I live and I am so thankful for that! My prayer is that the Lord will use everything I have done as a platform to help others through honoring Him and God willing change lives’

Many in this world are going to question and ridicule Kylie for her decision to walk away the lucrative money in posing provocatively but she knows that God has a bigger purpose for her life.  That she can be an example to females young and old who feel pressured by our sexually oriented culture. This is Kylie’s way of using her God given talents to be a Fisher of Men for God.   Kylie still  models but chooses to do it in a Christian way.

Joe Gibbs – Develop Your Game Plan For Life

I usually spend some time every week researching ideas for this blog and once in awhile I come across an unexpectant gem.  This week was Joe Gibbs’ personal website, Game Plan For Life.   Joe’s 2009 best selling book covers 11 topics from the Bible that men should be aware of.  He goes beyond the book though and has a full set of materials to supplement the book which include: Group Study Guide, Joe’s Chalk Talks Devotional, Game Plan for Life Bible and New Testament Bible.  The Bible is FREE to anyone that likes Joe Gibbs on Facebook and fills out the delivery form.

For those of you who do not know who Joe Gibbs is; he is probably the most famous head coach in the history of the Washington Redskins winning 3 Superbowl titles and is a member of the Football Hall of Fame.  Joe also owns Joe Gibbs Nascar racing team which includes Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Lagano and others.  He has always been known for his hard work ethic and openess about his Christian Faith.  From his website, “Serving others through Christian ministry has always been close to Joe Gibbs’ heart.

Joe Gibbs has been involved with professional football and Nascar where Christian beliefs are not typically priority one.  These arenas are filled with individuals out for their own personal gains in every aspect of life and the fans indulge in excessive drinking, foul language and worshiping their team or driver.  Gibbs though remained true to his Christian belief that the head coach is always God and the playbook for life is the Bible and making both a priority in life will help people to live successfully.

Be sure to check out Joe Gibbs’ website and share it with others.  It is a good resource to send your non-believing sports fans to that isn’t an in your face type of religious site.  If nothing else, everyone likes something free and maybe your friends will take advantage of the FREE Bible.

Kirk Cameron – Atheist Turned Dedicated Fisher of Men for God

Kirk Cameron was a  teenage atheist when filming the popular television show Growing Pains during the late 1980’s.  Kirk became a born again Christian at the age of 17 in 1987 and during the next final 5 years of the show, he insisted all adult themed material be stripped from the scripts.  His acting career continued with Christian themed movies with the most recognizable probably being  Fireproof in 2008.

What makes Kirk Cameron’s conversion such an example of not just saying he was a Christian but living out what God commanded is his commitment to being a fisher of men for God.  He has partnered with Ray Comfort in training Christians evangelism.  Their website “The Way of the Master” is filled with training materials in assisting Christians at every growth level on how to approach others and bring non-believers to Christ.  The Mission Statement and Statement of Faith reads as follows:

“150,000 people die every 24 hours—most without the Savior. We are deeply concerned that so few Christians reach out to the lost. Statistics show that this is as low as 5%. One of the reasons for this is that many don’t feel equipped. As a ministry, our sole purpose is to inspire and equip Christians—to teach them how to share the gospel simply, effectively, biblically . . . the way Jesus did. “The Way of the Master” is non-denominational. We believe and preach that the Bible is the Word of God, and that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, crucified for the sin of the world, and that He rose again on the third day. We believe and teach that salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works.”

That is a staggering thought that 150,000 people die every day and most don’t know our Lord and Savior.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am lacking in my skills of reaching non-believers and that is why I developed this blog to help myself and others see that there is a movement in the 21st century to remedy the fact that so many are dying without salvation.  But we all must be willing to step up and be willing to proclaim our beliefs such as those I have written about so far and plan to write about in the future.

Kirk travels the country bringing the story of the Gospel to as many people as he can.

His most recent endeavor is a documentary on the faith of America’s founders called “Monumental”.  It demonstrates Cameron’s rage over the systematic removal of religion’s role from American history.  He understands that instead of pointing blame at all that is wrong, we need to become active in resolving the issues and look at America’s Christian beginnings.  I agree with him that America has lost its way and its Christian historical background has been removed from the history books.

Kirk Cameron has come under fire for some of his strong statements against homosexuality but he is being brave enough to stand up and teach the Bible as it is written in a society that wants to live without the rules and teachings of God.  Kirk and his wife Chelsea Nobel (actress from Growing Pains) have a living relationship with God and are following his command to be Fishers of Men.

 

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