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Called to Coach by Bobby Bowden

As a diehard Florida Gators fan I grew up pulling against Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles. To me, the perfect weekend included a Florida win and a Florida State loss. I used to hear that Coach Bowden was a Christian. But to be quite honest, in my mind it was hard to accept that someone could be both a Christian and a Seminole. It seemed that the latter meant he was living in sin. In all seriousness, it was always hard not to like Bobby Bowden. He was the epitome of class on the sidelines, and he graciously handled his termination from FSU (he has more wins than any other major college football coach, and he coached on a field that was named after him; how can you fire a living legend?). A few years ago Georgia coach Mark Richt told me about his salvation; he confirmed the rumor that I had heard. A football player at FSU was murdered during a bye week, and Bowden took the opportunity to tell his players that they needed to be right with God because


Dove-Award Winning Christian artist Matthew West has written a wonderful called Forgiveness. This book is based on his hit song by the same name (which is currently nominated for Dove Song of the Year). West invited his fans to submit stories to him for inspiration in his song writing, and that led to his album The Stories of Your Life. One powerful story was submitted by a lady named Renee, and her story led to the song “Forgiveness,” which was saved for West’s next album. Renee recounted how a drunk driver killed her teenage daughter and her daughter’s best friend in a car accident. Anyone would understand if Renee chose to respond in anger, bitterness, or hatred, but instead she chose forgiveness. The drunk driver was convicted and sentenced, but eventually Renee and her family petitioned the judge for his early release. The man has turned his life around through the power of forgiveness, and today is a believer in Jesus. Here are the lyrics to the

Update from Tommy Mann Ministries

Tommy Mann Ministries was begun in 2009 with the release of my first book All the Law . Writing has always been about ministry to me; it is a way to spread the message of Jesus. I never wanted to make money off of writing, so I found a way to give back everything that comes in. Now, a few years and a few books later, I wanted to give an update on what the ministry has been doing. One of my biggest passions has been fighting for the unborn, but it does no good to convince a woman to keep her baby if we do not help her keep her baby. Because of this, a top priority of this ministry has been supporting crisis pregnancy centers. We routinely supply diapers, wipes, baby food, clothes, monetary donations, and other items to pregnancy centers. Aside from pregnancy centers the next biggest ministry has been behind bars. TMM supports Angel Tree Ministries, which provides Christmas gifts for the children of incarcerated inmates. Prisoners fill out request forms for their

What Now? Taking Your First Steps With Christ

     Congratulations! You’ve put your faith in Jesus and you are now trusting in Him for your salvation. But you might find yourself asking, “What now?”      Many times we as the church have been guilty of celebrating when a person chooses to follow Christ, but then we fail to teach them the basic things they need to know. We present the new convert to the church and the church claps, shakes hands, and hugs this new Christian. But that new Christian is often left to fend for himself and figure out the next steps the Lord wants him to take.      The purpose of this book is to help you answer some of the most basic questions that you  may already be wondering. Some of these questions include: *Baptism *Eternal Security *Tithes and Offerings *How to Pray and Read the Bible *The Importance of Church *The Need to Serve What Now? is now available  here.

What Happened to Barbie?

Last week I was pushing my daughter in the shopping cart as we went down the toy aisle. She likes to look at (and ask for) all the Disney princesses and Doc McStuffins toys. As we made our way through the toys and came to the end of the aisle, I was shocked to see this doll: Not only is this doll wearing a half shirt, but that is the shortest skirt I have ever seen on a toy. This doll is showing more “skin” than she has covered up, and the article of clothes with the most material are her socks. This was not in an adult toy store or with the pre-teen stuff, but on the same aisle where my 4-year old finds cloth replicas of cartoon characters. What is wrong with us? I wonder how many fathers were shocked over Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, but would buy this doll for their little girls. I wonder how many mothers think men are pigs for checking girls out, but they let their daughters wear skirts just as short as this doll’s (and thus,