Philly Fans To LeBron: “Don’t Come To Philly”

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Philly fans would rather see LeBron James wear a LA Lakers uniform in the Fall of 2018

What makes anybody think that LeBron James should come to Philly? I mean, why does everybody think that the Sixers need, much less want LeBron James? I mean, do they think we’re desperate or something? Sheesh! Philly doesn’t want LeBron because we don’t NEED LeBron. We don’t. Period. And here’s why:

Number one: LeBron is all about LeBron. Don’t get me wrong; he’s the best player on the planet right now. But if LeBron comes to Philly, the team will be all about him, and to me, that would create a chemical imbalance on the team, and winning is all about creating just the right chemistry.  

Number Two: The Sixers can do just fine without King Janes. We have a few promising princes of our own in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons that are doing just fine. Embiid and Simmons are stars in their own galaxy; introducing the wrong supernova into their orbit might not be such a good idea.

Number Three: The Sixers may have to give up too much to get him, and then how long is going to stay? Championships are NOT, repeat NOT, guaranteed to All Stars who switch teams or to teams with the highest payrolls. Just ask LeBron himself. While he’s won three NBA titles, he’s also lost six, and he’s learned how to lose in the NBA Finals the hard way (Note to LeBron: you still want to defend JR Smith?).

Number Four:  LeBron wants to land in the right “situation.” Well then, go to LA. LeBron should just go on to the Southland where there are plenty of opportunities to diversify his professional portfolio. I’m not knocking my hometown, but Philly is NOT LA. Not hardly.

And Number Five:  I don’t want it to be said that the Sixers “needed” LeBron to win another NBA Championship. We can win it on our own merits and with our own mettle and using our own muster. We can. So let LeBron go to another club where he can take the credit for winning and help them out as they try to win a title.  

Spiritually speaking, sometimes we want to help God out. He can jiggle us out of jams and pick us out pickles with little or no effort. Just ask Moses and the Children of Israel about that whole Red Sea thing. We just need to trust Him and stop trying to help Him. Becasue when God promised Abraham a child in his old age, he consented with Sarah to “help God out” by throwing Hagar into the mix. Bad idea.  Bad, bad, bad idea.

Miriam and Moses and Esther and Elijah give us examples and teach us to have patience and to have faith in the process. And that’s what the Sixers should do. Trust the Process! And LeBron is not a part of Philly’s process.

In other words, Philly fans want to say to LeBron “We got this!”

Do Your Talkin’ On The Court and Prove It On The Field

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Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. I Kings 18:21

Christians say that their God is the real McCoy. Christians say that Jesus Christ is in fact the Son of God. Christians say that their God is the King of Kings and Lord of lords, the King above all Gods. I say, we need to do our talking on the court and we need to prove it on the field.

If our God is in fact “The God,” and the “Only Wise God,” then the proof should be in the pudding. The law and the facts, the evidence and our testimony, the confirmation and the substantiation of our reigning, ruling and righteous LORD God should in fact be our lives. The support for our Almighty, all-powerful, omnipotent and omniscient, terrible and terrific God must be in the life of a sinner turned into a saint.

LeSean McCoy was the NFL’s rushing leader last year. And the Eagles beat Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. That was then; this is now. Now, if my Eagles are to defend their NFC East crown and advance further in the playoffs this year, they’re going to have to do their tailing “on the court” and prove their dominance on the field.

Our God does His talking on the court and He proves Himself on the field. He is the God of upsets, comebacks and turnarounds. And He is the God of victory and triumph. Athletically speaking, in college basketball, Kentucky is No. 1 in the polls. And as long as they keep winning by double-digit margins, they are in fact doing their talking on the court. On the gridiron, Alabama, TCU, Oregon and Florida St. all say that they should be in the college football playoffs and that they in fact will win the National Championship of College Football. (Did I hear someone say Ohio State?) I say, prove it on the field.

Elijah did his talking on the court and he proved that His God was supreme and superior on the field. Elijah declared that Jehovah was God. Not Baal. Not Ashtoreth. Not any other “god.” Only the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had won the right to be called God. And the prophet set out to prove it.

So how about it? Are you up to the challenge? Are you willing to let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify God the Father, the only true God, in Heaven? If God is God, then proving it should be a piece of cake.

When we do our talking on the court and allow God to prove Himself on the field, we do not minimize living a saintly life. When we do things God’s way and run our race in God’s lane, since we are made in God’s likeness, proving His sovereignty and majesty and authority should in fact be easier done than said.

On The Verge . . .

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Some of us, yea, many of us, are on the verge. Usually the phrase is reserved for those who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown, or on the verge of suicide, or on the verge of something else hurtful or harmful. But here, I want to emphasize that if you are doing your best, trying your best, playing your best and living your best, you may be on the verge of a massive, mammoth miracle.

The Washington Nationals Baseball team is on the verge. They begin the postseason today, and as we speak, they are hosting the San Francisco Giants in a five-game National League Divisional Series. The Nat’s have “Nattitude” and think and feel and believe and imagine that they can go deep into the playoffs. And many hope and yea, even dream that the Nats can win it all. And that belief may not be far from the truth. It’s all a matter of faith and fortitude.

As for me, I believe that my family is on the verge. My wife and sons and I have been fasting and praying and believing and trusting; it seems like we’re just a step and a stride and pace and a rung away from busting the game wide open. Yes we have to hold on and hold out and hang in there but it seems that we’re near the edge and on the border and at the threshold of something very, very special.

So how about you? Do you feel that way too? Have you been struggling and striving and straining only to seemingly be no further along than you were a day or a date before now? No worries. Take courage. There are many who believe that the Washington Nationals are on the verge. I feel that way about them, and about me too. Breakthrough and breakout and a “break” may be just within grasp, and may be just within reach.

So take courage. Like the prophet Elijah of old, I hear the sound of the abundance of rain. The drought is over. It’s about to rain. A downpour is coming. And your epiphany and harvest and the manifestation of the prophecies are about to materialize right before your eyes. And if you keep the faith, your faith is about to become sight too.

Love Your Way Through

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There are no two Biblical characters exactly alike.  The breadth of Christian character runs the gamut from Adam to Zechariah and from Zadok to Abigail; we’re all different, yet we’re all the same. The range of Christian experience spans time and eternity, the now and the not yet — past, present and future.  

The extremities and similarities of spiritual understanding are found and bound in the multiple faces and faculties of the faithful. These included Moses and Miriam, David and Deborah, Elijah and Esther, Rahab and Ruth, Peter and Paul; each were fiercely individual, yet all collectively combined their faith, hope and love to form the Kingdom of God.   Each of these Biblical heroes loved their way through tests and trials, and temptations and transgressions by the power of God.

So as “mortals we join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began.  Father-love is reigning o’er us;  Brother-love binds man to man.  Ever singing march we onward, we’re victors in the midst of strife; Joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life!”

Each Biblical hero loved their way through. Each loved the Lord. Each hoped for abundant and eternal life.  Each had faith for themselves and for others to move mountains. Each had flaws and fallacies, fears and frustrations that forced them to depend on God for victory. Their talents were not enough. Their love was.

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Big Wins and Bad Losses

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Some wins are bigger than others, and some losses are worst than most – in sports and in life.

David defeating Goliath; big win.  Moses and the children of Israel marching out of Egypt and Pharaoh and his army drowning in the Red Sea; big win. Elijah defeating Ahab, Jezebel and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel: big, big win.  When faced with yet another seemingly insurmountable task or challenge, we should always look back and remember how God performed the impossible; and, if He did it before, He can do it again.

The professional football season is about to begin and college football is already under way.  Yet our attention is still captured by the baseball season and those teams who have a shot at winning it all.  Winning is always good, especially at the end of the year when you’re in first place or trying to catch the first place team.  A timely win and a string of wins can keep the first place team on track or put a struggling team in position to play spoiler and beat the frontrunner.

Boston and Detroit seem to be cruising into October. Texas is now tied with Oakland and it’s going to be a dogfight between them as to who wins the Division.  On the NL side, Atlanta and the Dodgers are comfortably in front, with Pittsburg clinging to a one game lead over St. Louis, the World Series winner in 2011.  Which team will continue to win, and which team(s) will stumble and fall?

Losses at this time of year, especially a string or a stretch of them, are never good. These are what we in the sports world call “bad losses.”  While a loss technically is never a “good” thing, there are some losses that you can learn from and others that you struggle to recover from.  And so it is with  life. Continue reading

Champions & The Championship

Championships are won at high price and heavy cost.  Championships are earned by those who are willing to endure great sacrifice.  Championships are claimed after the fulfillment of a number of prerequisites.  The road to the championship begins long before the first game of the season, and starts with desire and determination.

A championship is a series of competitions or contests to determine a champion.  In order to be a champion, you must first be victorious, and then you can graduate to triumphant.  Victors win, champions triumph.  Athletically speaking, many can win, but only a few can triumph.

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