Kel Mitchell: Finding Clarity with Christ (Gospel Light Minute #208)

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He is an actor, comedian, rapper, screenwriter, director, and producer. He is perhaps best known for his work as a cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series “All That”, as well as for playing the Invisible Boy in the 1999 Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush superhero film “Mystery Men.” In addition to that, he portrayed Kel Kimble on the Nickelodeon sitcom “Kenan & Kel” and was the voice of Jay Jay in the Nicktoons cartoon “Wild Grinders.” He currently stars on the new Nickelodeon sitcom “Game Shakers” and tours doing stand-up and motivational speaking.

In an interview with PEOPLE Magazine, he shares how he struggled after his six-year marriage ended. He said, “I felt like I’d hit a wall. I was like, ‘Okay. I need to figure out what I need to do in my life.’ I have been through so many ups and downs in my life.. Suicidal, divorce, drug and alcohol usage, deep in sin, dealing with the lost of love ones to gang violence, debt, hurt, pain, vanity, lust, heartbreak, feeling LOST looking for answers. I have seen, felt, and been in all types of sin and have been done wrong by others. I was trying to figure it all out on my own. But what I needed to do was turn to Him. Once I found that clarity with Christ, I knew everything would work out. Now, I enjoy living this life. I don’t let things frustrate or worry me anymore. I don’t do that because I have peace in my heart. I have God.”

On his blog, he shares with his readers and followers how to become a Christian. He writes, “If you are ready to admit your need for a clean slate in life, the God of second chances is waiting to give it to you. All you have to do is start with the Sinner’s Prayer. The “Sinner’s Prayer” is a term that describes the words spoken by a person when he or she has recognized their sin and their need for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If you are desiring to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, Please repeat these words below out loud from the bottom of your heart:

‘Father, I know that I have broken you laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray Amen.’

“If you decided to repent of your sins and receive Christ today, welcome to God’s Family! Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment. Below are the ways that you can!

“- Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
– Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
– Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
– Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
– Find a local Bible based church where you can worship God.”

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Lovie Smith: “Everything that I am is based on my faith in Jesus Christ” (Gospel Light Minute #207)

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He is the current head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before taking over the Buccaneers, he was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2012. He has been to the Super Bowl two times with the St. Louis Rams in 2001 and the Chicago Bears in 2006. Three times, his team won the NFC North in 2005, 2006, and 2010 and once in 2006 won the NFC Championship. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Continue Reading…

NFL Coach John Harbaugh: ‘I Surrendered My Life to Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #VA9)

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He is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, he coached the defensive backs for the Philadelphia Eagles and served as the Eagles special teams coach for nine years. While leading the Ravens to 71 wins since 2008, he is considered one of the best head coaches currently in the NFL. His 9 playoff wins are the most by any head coach in the NFL since 2008. He led the Baltimore Ravens to win Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans in 2013.

In an article for BeyondtheUltimate.org, he said of his faith: “I had always been more fascinated by church history than the Bible itself. When I arrived at Miami University (Ohio) as a freshman defensive back, two teammates invited me to a Bible study. I was intrigued by the Bible’s logic. Things started clicking about God, the universe, sin and Christ’s death on the cross. Before long, I surrendered myself to Christ. I remember walking home thinking, ‘If I fall on the ground and die right now, I’m right with God.’ I felt a real freedom.”

He went on to say, “My Christian faith brings me peace. It brings a certain peace that surpasses all understanding. I think if you have that, it gives you a chance to accomplish whatever it is you are supposed to accomplish. I think it’s critical to make time for God; it’s a way to honor and praise God. You just humble yourself before God and let Him know that these things that we do are for Him. The biggest thing I’ve learned faith-wise is that God is in the driver’s seat. That is what faith is. It’s the belief in the things that are unseen. It’s a certain trust in life and in God, our Creator.”

“More than anything else, I want God to stay close to me so I don’t get caught up in myself and basically embarrass myself. I used to pray for other reasons, and every now and then I’d pray for a turnover. But that’s selfish behavior. When you make yourself small and raise up the other people around you, that’s the Christian message.”

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Chris Paul says he’s Thankful his Parents Taught him to Have Faith in God (Gospel Light Minute #VA8)

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He is a professional basketball player who currently plays the point guard position for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets and played there from 2005 to 2011 before joining the Clippers. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and an Olympic gold medal with USA Men’s basketball team in 2008 and 2012. He also led the NBA in assists four times and steals six times from 2008 to 2015. He has also been selected to eight NBA All-Star teams, six All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams. Since 2013, he has served as the National Basketball Players Association president.

He said of his faith: “I am a Christian. I grew up in the church and still go to church every Sunday if we don’t have practice. It’s always something that my parents instilled in me. I’ve grown to be pretty devout in my faith. I am so thankful that my parents raised me and my brother, C.J. to depend on God’s guidance and our faith in Him, and to always be thankful for what we receive. As I went through the past year, I just kept trying to have fun, knowing that I was playing basketball at the highest level, and remain humble, keeping in mind that all this [I have received] could be taken away from me as fast as it was happening.”

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Soccer Star Eddie Pope: “Life is Too Short to Live Without God. He is a Necessity.” (#VA7)

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He is a retired American soccer player. He last played for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. Although he spent eleven years as a defender for the United States national team, he spent most of his career playing for D.C. United. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. In 1998, he helped United win both the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Champions Cup and the InterAmerican Cup. In 1997, he was named the MLS Defender of the Year.

He said of his faith, “I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family. Although church was meaningful to me, it soon became more of a routine than a heartfelt faith. That began to change during my freshman year at the University of North Carolina. I was playing both soccer and football. It was a grueling time because I had two practices a day for each sport I was playing. It wasn’t long before I was exhausted. Then a teammate gave me a card that contained some Psalms from the Bible. They made a lot of sense to me. They also provided me with the peace and strength I needed to get through each day.”

He went on to say, “I came to realize that God is a ‘personal’ God. His Word can be applied in every situation. I also realized it was time to quit going through the motions, to stop treating my relationship with God as a routine and to start making it the foundation of my life. So, in a strange way, soccer has forced me to develop a relationship with God. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. With all the traveling and being away from family, having God as part of my daily routine is essential—even though He is anything but routine. Life is too short to live without God. He is a necessity.”

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