Baylor University's Isaiah Austin was recognized by the NBA as the league's best pick during the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night, despite having a rare genetic disorder that ended his dreams of playing professionally.
Though Austin will not play, NBA commissioner Adam Silver honored him as one of the nation's best collegiate basketball players in an announcement that was met with an emotional standing ovation.
"For Commissioner Silver to even invite me here was a tremendous blessing and it just shows how much class that man has," said Austin, according to ESPN. "It's really been a tough week for me, and it's been really rough. I've just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they're praying for me and everything. I can't thank everybody enough." more >>
A Tennessee three-year-old claims to have seen Jesus after recently suffering a near-death drowning experience in her family's pool.
Ella Kimbro of Gibson County, Tennessee was riding bikes with her siblings in front of her parents' house recently when she noticed that the family cat had jumped into the pool in front of their home. In an attempt to save the cat, Ella got near the edge of the pool and fell in.
When the girl's mother, Christy, looked outside to check on her children, she did not see Ella on her bike. After running outside with her husband, Johnny, the couple was shocked to find their three-year-old daughter lying unconscious and face up in the pool. more >>
A New Mexico man is claiming he has seen the image of Jesus Christ in a Fuji apple.
David Duran of Albuquerque, New Mexico was reportedly preparing his great-great-grandmother's recipe for apple butter when he noticed a unique image on one of the Fuji apples he was about to peel. Looking closer, Duran saw a classic image of Jesus holding a lamb in the red and yellow markings on the piece of fruit.
The Albuquerque resident then took the apple to the local Sacred Heart church, where a priest blessed the apple and anointed it. Since Duran made his discovery, he tells KOB 4 that neighbors and local residents have been coming by to view the unique piece of fruit. more >>
I have often thought that if the Devil can't make a man bad he'll make him busy. When I am busy or in a hurry it is impossible for me to have quality relationships with God or people.
The Devil knows this and is able to hide behind any man's "busy" schedule to accomplish his goal: the destruction of his relationships. He is very aware of the fact that to really know someone a man must learn to slow his pace down to be present and connect. There are the simple mechanics of healthy relationships that can be easily destroyed through external over-commitment and its partner – hurry.
Satan's scheme gets men playing the "busy" card as a justification for lack of quality in their connections with God and people. A full and robust work life should be an expectation of men not a rationalization for why our relationships are weak – especially when it comes to your relationship with God. Get that. more >>
Scott Eastwood, the son of famed Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood, is set to star in a new Christian film "The Perfect Wave," set for a July 11 release in select theaters.
Director Bruce Macdonald has described the movie as "a 'love story with four pillars:' a mother's love, a young man's love for surfing, first love, and most importantly, God's love."
He added, "This film shares the amazing story of God's plan for Ian's life and reminds viewers that no matter how far you run, you can never outrun God's love." more >>
Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano accepted the head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012; but not long after his first season, he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and was hospitalized for treatment.
His story of faith and recovery, while leading the Colts during his time of crisis, and of the immense support he received from family, friends, and the team are documented in his new book, Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion and Perseverance.
Coauthored by Bruce A. Tollner, in Sidelined Pagano documents his experiences undergoing chemotherapy while leading the Colts to the playoffs, and of being strengthened by the triumvirate of "faith, family, and football." more >>