Every so often we may see Christian athletes and sports teams using scripture to help encourage them and lead them to victory. There is no better way to get pumped up and inspired before a game than reciting a Bible verse. Below are 5 very encouraging Bible verses that you will love to share with your teammates:
1. Philippians 4:6
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (NIV) more >>
Paul George is reacting after a shocking leg injury caused him to receive prayers and support from high profile people in and around the NBA community.
George, the 24-year-old Indiana Pacers guard, reportedly suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula at the Team USA scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, according to Indy Star reports. After George attempted to defend fellow guard James Harden on a fast break, he ended up jamming his foot on the backboard stanchion in an awkward position that required him to have surgery.
The injury caused a strong reaction from many athletes and fans at the scrimmage, which resulted in George receiving a great deal of support on social media. more >>
The disabled man mocked on social media by celebrities including Shaquille O'Neal is now reportedly suing for emotional distress.
Jahmel Binion, 23, was left devastated in April when O'Neal, one of his idols, ridiculed one of his selfies on social networking site Instagram. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame and Utah Jazz Point Guard Trey Burke also openly mocked Binion, who suffers from Ectodermal dysplasia, and subsequently they have all reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit, according to Macomb Daily.
O'Neal, who is an NBA legend, shared Binion's photo alongside a shot of himself pulling an odd facial expression on Instagram and it garnered more than 14,000 likes before it was deleted. more >>
A boy named Ben Jackson was told by doctors that he would never walk again due to cerebral palsy. But, that didn't stop him from chasing his dreams, quitting was never an option for Ben.
20 years later, Jackson is an athlete for his school and competes in wrestling and weightlifting. Although he suffers from this disease, God has given him many other beautiful gifts.
If this doesn't inspire you to chase your dreams, than nothing will. more >>
Earlier this week, Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller took to Twitter to answer questions about his feelings on Harry Potter, Matthew Vines, and why he's not a sports fan. He also touched on his beliefs on creation and evolution — a larger explanation of which can be found here.more >>
U.S. bobsledder and Olympic hurdler Lori "Lolo" Jones has shared openly of her struggles in prior years of trying to accomplish things by her own strength, instead of relying completely on God. "That exhausted me. It broke me," she confessed to fans, moving many of them to reveal their own struggles.
"Be the kind of person who never gives up hope, regardless of how hopeless things seem, because your hope is in the Lord," Jones wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
She went on to share, "My prayers have been on hope lately. The last few years without me knowing I began to lose hope that God answered my prayers. I continued to worship and love Him but I tried to do things in my own strength. That exhausted me. It broke me. Especially with the taunts of social media always reminding me of things I lacked. A gold medal, a husband, etc etc... But If I never get what I want, I have committed my life to you Lord." more >>