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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: “I Am a Christ-driven Human Being” (Gospel Light Minute #217)

Mike Rawlings

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He is the 61st mayor of Dallas, Texas and has been mayor since 2011. He is a graduate of Boston College. Before becoming mayor, he was the CEO of Pizza Hut. He was also a chief executive officer of the advertising agency, Tracy-Locke. Since his election, Dallas has seen increased economic growth and a significant drop in unemployment over the years. Along with running the city, he fights to improve public education, combat poverty, is also a prominent opponent of domestic violence, and pushes to elevate the city’s international profile. Recently, he was called a “natural, national leader”, by Black Christian News Network One (BCNN1.com), in light of the strong leadership he provided in the wake of the tragic police killings in Dallas, Texas.

He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Dallas and said of his faith in an interview with the Dallas Voice, “I am a Christ-driven human being.” Similarly in a 2013 discussion about faith being interjected into public schools, he said, “One of the first big words I learned in Sunday school as a kid was ‘omniscient’. I went on to learn ‘omnipresent’ which led me to think that if God was indeed everywhere, then he is in schools too. Surely we can create a new way to educate, to fund the best and the brightest in this country. For me, it starts with God being omnipresent in lives across this country.”

His name is Mike Rawlings. Continue Reading…

Dallas Police Chief David Brown: ‘A Strong, Christian Man who Relies on his Faith to Get Through Each Day’ (Gospel Light Minute #216)

David Brown

David Brown

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He is the chief of the Dallas, Texas Police Department since 2010. He holds degrees from Dallas Baptist University, Amberton University, and the FBI National Academy, and is certified by the State of Texas as a master peace officer and a police instructor. He has been praised for his efforts to reform the police department to reduce violent confrontations between police officers and the community.

While he is an intensely private person, he is a dynamic leader as was evidenced in recent tragic events in Dallas with the shooting of five police officers. Anna Hill, president of the Dolphins Heights Neighborhood Association in Dallas, said “He takes his job seriously. He takes community seriously. If we have a problem in our neighborhood and we contact him, he answers.

Former Lancaster Police Chief Keith Humphrey said about him during a time of personal tragedy surrounding his own son, “He was very humble. You know, he never made any excuses for his son. He’s a strong, Christian man, and so he relies on his faith to get through each day, and that was demonstrated during the whole incident…It’s not about him, it’s about others. He is an amazing leader. What you see is what you get on TV. He’s not putting on an act, and he’s definitely not performing for the media. He cares.”

His pastor, Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, said, “He believes in bedrock Christian doctrine — faithful submission to God’s plan followed by an eternal reward. He sees his job as a “divine assignment” and brings a Biblical perspective to all his decision-making. He doesn’t compartmentalize his personal life and his professional life — he brings the same awareness of God to both. And he’s been able to keep leading the department despite his son’s death, through repeated calls for his ouster from his own officers, and now, this ambush. That’s because he has a “faith comfort level” that God has a reason for making things happen — even horrific things. There are innocent people who suffer for the wrong that people do. How God calculates that, I don’t know. All I do know is that nothing happens by chance. He sees himself as a representative of good fighting evil. That’s what keeps him grounded during tragedies and crises.”

His name is David Brown. Continue Reading…

How David Tyree ‘Cried Out to God from a Jail Cell’ and Later Gave his Life to Christ (Gospel Light Minute #215)

David Tyree

David Tyree

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He is a former wide receiver who played for seven seasons in the National Football League from 2003 to 2010. He played college football for Syracuse University. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens. In 2005, he earned a Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player.

He is best known for the miraculous Helmet Catch in 2008 which helped the New York Giants defeat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (42). He is currently the Director of Player Development for the New York Giants. He retired from football in 2010.

In 2006, along with his wife, he started Next In Line, a project that counsels teenagers in his hometown. In 2011, he became an advocate against legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.

He says of his journey to faith in Jesus Christ: “The environment where I grew up was ‘anything goes.’ My mother was a Christian but she never pressed it upon us, and I was not interested in hearing about it. I started drinking at age 13. During college I was getting drunk every weekend and blacking out from too much alcohol, not knowing what happened. Basically, I was a functional alcoholic. I also began using and selling marijuana.

“When I began playing in the NFL I had a lot more money, which made things worse, as the addictions were easy to satisfy. After my first season, I was pulled over and arrested for possession of marijuana. At the time, I was dating my girlfriend — now my wife — and she was pregnant with our second child. I cried out to Christ from the jail cell and confessed that I needed him to forgive me and change me.

“On March 14, 2004, I walked back into my church to get my life right. I saw a woman at church who was so happy, but I didn’t know why. I discovered that she had also been forgiven by Jesus Christ. She had true freedom and peace with God. I wanted that too and gave my life to God.

“Now I’m all about getting to know God more intimately and allowing my life to be a testimony that he still lives today. I can’t separate any portion of my life from Christ because He is living in me.

“I now have a life with endless possibilities. God allows me to live a life of freedom, hope and joy. I had fallen victim to the surroundings that our society is engulfed in — money, pleasure, fame — that’s what I sought after and football was my pinnacle. But now I strive to know God and His attributes so I can show them to others. God continues to blow my mind by giving me an opportunity to know Him.”

His name is David Tyree. Continue Reading…

Chris Conley: Being a Christian is an ‘Every Day Lifestyle’ (Gospel Light Minute #214)

Chris Conley

Chris Conley

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He is a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He played college football for the University of Georgia and was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft.

He said of his faith, “I grew up in a Christian home with parents who took me to church, and we grew up reading the Bible. I accepted Christ at a young age but I really didn’t know what it meant then. Knowing what it means and living a Christian lifestyle has really only been since middle school.

“I was involved in the church youth group and went on a number of mission trips and other ministry opportunities. I was taught what it really means to be a Christian, not just in title but a real relationship. All those things helped my understanding grow, and I realized it was a lifestyle I would have to work on every day of my life. Continue Reading…

Nick Hundley: ‘No Matter What is Going On, Jesus is in Control’ (Gospel Light Minute #213)

Nick Hundley

Nick Hundley

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He is an American professional baseball catcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. He played three seasons with the University of Arizona Wildcats and was named by Baseball America to the second All-America team in 2005. He has also played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles. Continue Reading…

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