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Tim Tebow Again Thanks Jesus After Rallying Broncos to Win (not giving in to critics)
Christian Post ^ | 10/24/2011 | By Anugrah Kumar

Posted on 10/24/2011 7:59:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Evangelical football star Tim Tebow thanked Jesus Christ after leading the Denver Broncos to an 18–15 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins in Florida Sunday, not giving in to critics who are averse to his open display of his Christian faith.

“First off, I have to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and my teammates … they believed in me for more than 60 minutes,” Athlon Sports quoted Tebow as saying right after the surprise win.

It was a dramatic victory. During the first 54 minutes, Tebow’s play was far from impressive. But then it was as if Tebow had suddenly realized the expectations his fans have from the National Football League player who does not shy away from giving glory to God.

“You can’t lose confidence in yourself or you’ve lost already,” Tebow, son of missionaries to the Philippines, said. “When you get knocked down, you’ve got to keep getting back up.”

When less than six minutes were left and the Miami Dolphins were focusing on defense, Tebow rose to the challenge, rallying the Broncos to two touchdowns.

When Denver lined up for the 2-point attempt for overtime, the Dolphins spread their defense across the field. Tebow ran off between the players, untouched, for the conversion. In overtime, Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal, sealing the victory.

Two days before the game, Jeff Darlington, a reporter at nfl.com, said Tebow “has become one of sports’ most polarizing figures.” “Thousands love him to a degree rarely seen,” he wrote. “The same, though, can be said about the degree to which a massive group also hates him… There exists a website called ‘TebowHaters.com’ and a Facebook page dubbed ‘I hate Tim Tebow.’”

“It really blows my mind,” the reporter quoted Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, as saying. “You talk about a guy that’s in the church, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t drink alcohol, lives right, won the Heisman, won the national championship in college,” said Pouncey, who spent three seasons as an offensive lineman for Tebow at the University of Florida.

Tebow’s acclaim includes being the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and the first college football player to both rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season.

“Maybe people don’t like the fact that he has accomplished so much,” Dolphins running back Reggie Bush told Darlington. “And maybe some people just don’t think he’s a good quarterback. Everyone has an opinion … People look for a reason to hate you. With Tebow, though, it’s almost like they think it’s too good to be true.”

Tebow has cared little about his critics.

At college in Florida, Tebow frequently wore biblical verses on his eye black. In the 2009 Bowl Championship Series, he wore “John 3:16” on his eye paint, reportedly causing 92 million people to search the verse on Google. Later, Tebow switched to “Proverbs 3:5-6,” again causing 3.43 million searches of the verse together with “Tim Tebow.” The NFL, however, later banned writing on the eye black.


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: broncos; christianathlete; denverbroncos; jesus; moralabsolutes; nfl; tebow; timtebow
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1 posted on 10/24/2011 7:59:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not sure why this open display of faith is a problem now.

David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs used to be quite open about his faith and as far as I can remember, did not get any flak for it.


2 posted on 10/24/2011 8:01:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t care about the Broncos, nor do I follow them - but when I heard he was playing, I wanted Tebow to win it, for this reason alone.


3 posted on 10/24/2011 8:02:29 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: SeekAndFind
After the way that game went for 3 1/2 quarters, he SHOULD be thanking Jesus for that miraculous win.
4 posted on 10/24/2011 8:03:11 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: SeekAndFind
And what will Tim say when he fails in a game? Will he blame God?

Tim, I like you. But I do not believe that God opposed the Dolphins, which is the back side of your claim.

5 posted on 10/24/2011 8:03:31 AM PDT by Loud Mime (The Obama voters are dumber than you think, meaner than you can imagine)
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To: Loud Mime
Tim, I like you. But I do not believe that God opposed the Dolphins, which is the back side of your claim.

Oh my. Is FR getting a little too sensitive lately or what? I will preface my next remark with THIS IS NOT A RACIST REMARK, but black athletes THANK GOD as the answer to almost every interviewer's first question. Is it now a problem that a white athlete thanks God? Not understanding why this is even article worthy.
6 posted on 10/24/2011 8:07:53 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Loud Mime

He thanked God of the ability. Not for defeating the evil dolphins. Tebow would be the first one to tell you that God does not care who wins and loses games. He just gives thanks to God for the ability to play.


7 posted on 10/24/2011 8:07:53 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: Loud Mime

Hey all I can say is I prayed for Tim and his fellow team mates for health, mental clarity and drive. God gave them the ability to win and they did! If they had lost, so be it but they didn’t so Thank You Jesus!


8 posted on 10/24/2011 8:08:44 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: Loud Mime
But I do not believe that God opposed the Dolphins, which is the back side of your claim.

Incorrect.

9 posted on 10/24/2011 8:08:51 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I am glad the Broncos won. It's really a shame that a guy is hounded for his faith in what was once a Christian country, while a dog-killing punk like Vick is lionized.

That said, I doubt that God plays favorites in multimillion dollar sporting events.

10 posted on 10/24/2011 8:09:39 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Loud Mime

“Tim, I like you. But I do not believe that God opposed the Dolphins, which is the back side of your claim.”

You don’t understand, and rather than project the reason for your shortfall in understanding, I’ll explain.

When we pray in the context of athletics, it’s with the understanding that God doesn’t pick a side. So, we pray for God to keep everyone safe, and to allow us to play to the best of our ability. Nothing more, nothing less.


11 posted on 10/24/2011 8:09:47 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And if an opposing team member also prayed for a win what is he to say, something like”Oh so Jesus, you like Tebow more than me? See if I ever ask for your help again”!


12 posted on 10/24/2011 8:11:55 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: SeekAndFind

Does this mean Jesus doesn’t like dolphins?


13 posted on 10/24/2011 8:12:45 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Loud Mime
Both the Cardinals and the Rangers have several outspoken Christians on their teams; God isn't picking or choosing.

I am, go Cardinals!

14 posted on 10/24/2011 8:16:10 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: eastforker

And you know Tim asked Jesus for the win how? ... Is it possible Tim asked —like the association for Christian Atheletes is known to do— that the game be well played, injury free, and uplifting for both participants and fans? I’m wondering why you jump to such a negative position regarding prayer by Christian atheletes.


15 posted on 10/24/2011 8:16:38 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

The article says he thanked Jesus and his team mates in the same sentence for believing in him.Thats prety much a personal thank you for the win.


16 posted on 10/24/2011 8:20:56 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: WayneS
“Does this mean Jesus doesn’t like dolphins?”

Just like tuna boat captains.

17 posted on 10/24/2011 8:25:40 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: eastforker

No it’s not. You have a burr under your saddle toward God perhaps, to twist the facts to fit a mean-spirited perspective. When I go to bed at night, I open my prayers with ‘Thank you, Lord, for yet another day.’ That in no way affirms anything about your day or your blessings, your failures or your victories. When I won the club championship in Golf years ago, I thanked God for the victory because it was the abilities He blessed me with that allowed me to win, not anything He could be accused of ding to put me in the winner’s circle. Why are you so negative about thanking God for the talents He graces someone with? I would enjoy fishing for catfish with you, but if you catch more fish and bigger fish, do you really think I would be angry that God did not let me catch the bigger fish? THAT is what you imply with this silly negativism.


18 posted on 10/24/2011 8:26:45 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: eastforker; MHGinTN
The article says he thanked Jesus and his team mates in the same sentence for believing in him.Thats prety much a personal thank you for the win.

And thanking God for successes in life is wrong in what way??????

19 posted on 10/24/2011 8:27:41 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: SeekAndFind
Even on the right, some people are seeking victimhood when its not there.

Athletes and musicians have been thanking Jesus or God forever in our society and nobody cares, beyond a few lunatic atheist fringers that are ignored by all.

20 posted on 10/24/2011 8:29:35 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t like the Broncos, but I like Tim Tebow


21 posted on 10/24/2011 8:29:51 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: fungoking

Jesus doesn’t like tuna boat captains?

My cousin Ishmael is going to be disappointed to hear that!

; - )


22 posted on 10/24/2011 8:30:17 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: SeekAndFind

Christ is offensive to the “world” plain and simple,,, Keep it up Tebow


23 posted on 10/24/2011 8:30:33 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: SeekAndFind

[GASP!!]

OH, THE HORROR!!!!

/s


24 posted on 10/24/2011 8:30:39 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: MHGinTN
No, I have a burr under my saddle about people that like to wear their faith on their sleeve for everyone to see. Faith is a personal endeavor,you don't share it like a bottle of wine, it is unique to the faith holder, as no one thinks exactly like you do.
25 posted on 10/24/2011 8:32:31 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: SeekAndFind
I’m not sure why this open display of faith is a problem now.

It's not, black athletes do it all the time and nobody says a word. My theory: left wingers including the media in particular are hostile to religion but also super sensitive to race so when they hear a black athlete praise God they may roll their eyes but they won't say a word. But if a white athlete does it, and worse, if he has the temerity to do a pro-life Super Bowl commercial, well, this has got to be made an issue. Just a theory.

26 posted on 10/24/2011 8:33:36 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Loud Mime

Eh, I think it’s appropriate for Tebow to thank God that He gave him the talent, ability and opportunity to do what he did. It’s not like anybody’s saying God had $50 riding on the Broncos against the spread or anything so He made the Dolphins screw up (they don’t need His help for that this season!).

}:-)4


27 posted on 10/24/2011 8:34:21 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: SeekAndFind

Uh, is Robinson white?


28 posted on 10/24/2011 8:34:21 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: eastforker

Now you’re equivoxating. You started out on a different tack, but now you want to go starboard and address open exhibitions of faith. You have nice day. I’m not up for trying to sculpt jello.


29 posted on 10/24/2011 8:36:26 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

And if the Broncos had lost would he still be publicly thanking Jesus for that?What about a muslim athlete ahouting Allah Akbar after a win, you ok with that too? Or, Heavan forbid, a Mormon praising God for the win?


30 posted on 10/24/2011 8:42:47 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: eastforker
What about a muslim athlete ahouting Allah Akbar after a win, you ok with that too?

Depends. Are there any suicide vests or AK47s involved?

31 posted on 10/24/2011 8:44:11 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: eastforker
Or, Heavan forbid, a Mormon praising God for the win?

They just thank their wives and their holy underwear.

32 posted on 10/24/2011 8:46:06 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: fungoking

Exactly my point, it just shows how silly it is.


33 posted on 10/24/2011 8:47:52 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: SeekAndFind

The world hates Jesus and wants Tim to do bad because of his faith in Jesus. That’s why I’m a Kurt Warner fan.


34 posted on 10/24/2011 8:48:08 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: eastforker
No, I have a burr under my saddle about people that like to wear their faith on their sleeve for everyone to see. Faith is a personal endeavor,you don't share it like a bottle of wine, it is unique to the faith holder, as no one thinks exactly like you do.

How about those who "wear" their hostility to expressions of faith "on their sleeve for everyone to see"? You certainly had no hesitation to loudly complain on this forum about someone mentioning Jesus. Why don't you keep your own views to yourself "like a bottle of fine wine"? After all, your particular views may be "unique" to you, and no one else may "think exactly like you do"?

Those who want people of faith to shut up would be outraged if anyone tried to muzzle their own views.

35 posted on 10/24/2011 8:48:18 AM PDT by tjd1454
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To: SeekAndFind

I like the guy, I think he is a good kid; however, Jesus had nothing to do with controlling the outcome of a football game.


36 posted on 10/24/2011 8:49:48 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: tjd1454

I never said I wanted them to shut up, not at all, just saying how silly I think it is.


37 posted on 10/24/2011 8:50:52 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: fungoking

>> They just thank their wives and their holy underwear.

My wife threw out all my holy underwear. The elastic was losing its stretch, too, so I guess it was time.


38 posted on 10/24/2011 8:51:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: tjd1454

Oh, and BTW, there are plenty on this thread that would love to see the Mormons just shut up and go away, period. I don’t think I need to name names, they know who they are.


39 posted on 10/24/2011 8:53:09 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: SeekAndFind

Albert Pujols thanks GOD everytime he blasts one outa the park, as he passes home plate, and no one complains


40 posted on 10/24/2011 8:57:28 AM PDT by stickywillie
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To: SeekAndFind

Albert Pujols thanks GOD everytime he blasts one outa the park, as he passes home plate, and no one complains


41 posted on 10/24/2011 8:57:39 AM PDT by stickywillie
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To: SeekAndFind

Albert Pujols thanks GOD everytime he blasts one outa the park, as he passes home plate, and no one complains


42 posted on 10/24/2011 8:57:47 AM PDT by stickywillie
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To: SeekAndFind

>The NFL, however, later banned writing on the eye black.<

.
But, I guess, it is alright to get tattood.


43 posted on 10/24/2011 8:59:40 AM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: Loud Mime
And what will Tim say when he fails in a game? Will he blame God? Tim, I like you. But I do not believe that God opposed the Dolphins, which is the back side of your claim.

God may be rooting for TB regardless of what team he happens to plays for. Some people root for the player and are indifferent to the team.

44 posted on 10/24/2011 9:00:40 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: WayneS

I will have to research this but I believe Jesus likes Dolphins normally pan seared in a light olive oil with cuscus and a hint of lemon.


45 posted on 10/24/2011 9:02:23 AM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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To: therightliveswithus

Me too. I hope he does well.


46 posted on 10/24/2011 9:03:03 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: SeekAndFind
Public expressions of faith in Jesus Christ have been a part of the life of America from its earliest days. For any who doubt that fact, I recommend a visit to a collection of such expressions, entitled "A Few Declarations of Founding Fathers and Early Statesmen on Jesus, Christianity, and the Bible" . David Barton at Wallbuilders has provided facts to counteract the fiction which has been perpetrated by revisionist historians about the faith of the Founders.

The kind of ignorance displayed by those who find comments by private citizens like Tim Tebow to be threatening or simply inappropriate is appalling.

America was founded on a philosophy far different than the oppressive, offensive political-correctness-masked-as-progressivism of today.

Shame on our schools and 'public' institutions which promote the idea that freedom of expression about Christian faith is in any way inappropriate or threatening to anybody.

47 posted on 10/24/2011 9:03:23 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: wolfman23601
Jesus had nothing to do with controlling the outcome of a football game. Are you quite sure about that?

In any event the point, ably addressed by numerous replies, is that prayers of thankfulness are appropriate whatever the circumstances (in this case the outcome of the game). The true purpose of prayer is not "Gimme!" but "Here are my requests: thy will be done."

48 posted on 10/24/2011 9:03:27 AM PDT by tjd1454
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To: Darteaus94025
Uh, is Robinson white?

At least his uniform is...

49 posted on 10/24/2011 9:04:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Loud Mime

Thanking Divinity for wins in sporting events always made me cringe, yeah, God had 3:1 on the Broncos so he gave Mr. Tebow some juice.

I wonder what God’s fantasy league looks like?


50 posted on 10/24/2011 9:04:19 AM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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