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The Broncos have had their ups and downs the last couple of seasons after trading their franchise quarterback, Jay Cutler, and trying to find a new rhythm on offense. Now with rookie Tim Tebow added into the mix, the Broncos will have to reinvent themselves offensively yet again. Here’s a look at their fantasy potential in 2010.
Knowshon Moreno, Running Back:
In his rookie season in 2009, Moreno had a very solid year, though it wasn’t as spectacular as some anticipated. Still, the former Georgia Bulldog racked up more than 1,100 combined yards to go with nine total touchdowns, which was enough to grab some attention for the 2010 fantasy season. A potential concern is that he rushed for just 3.8 yards per carry in 2009 but he should get better at reading the defense and finding holes in his second year in the league. With Brandon Marshall no longer on the team, the Broncos will be looking for Moreno to be the dynamic player they drafted him to be, ensuring that he’ll get the ball early and often in 2010.
Projection: 1,320 combined yards, 10 total touchdowns.
Kyle Orton, Quarterback:
It seems that Orton’s job is safe – for now. Even though the Broncos drafted Tebow in the first round, it doesn’t seem likely that he has a chance at taking over the starting job this season and Brady Quinn is still unproven. The Broncos may have fallen apart at the end of last season but Orton actually put up decent overall fantasy numbers. With 3,802 yards, 21 touchdowns and only 12 picks, Orton actually had his most proficient season in his career. The problem this year, however, is that he no longer has stud wideout Brandon Marshall to bail him out. Orton could be a decent backup, but he comes with some risk even in the late rounds.
Projection: 3,400 yards passing, 17 touchdowns, 12 interceptions.
Eddie Royal, Wide Receiver:
It seems like a long time ago that Royal surprised everybody with a great rookie season in 2008. That year, with Cutler as his starting QB, Royal had 91 catches and 980 yards to go with five touchdowns. Last season, however, Royal’s production plummeted with Orton as the quarterback and he had just 37 catches and no touchdowns. Without Marshall on the other side of the field, Royal should see more targets but it will also be easier for secondaries to cover him. It’s hard to imagine him having another disastrous season, as he had in 2009, but the upside could be limited. In deeper leagues, though, Royal should have some value as a late-round pick.
Projection: 55 catches, 625 yards, three touchdowns.
Tim Tebow, Quarterback:
Tebow is the only non-starting quarterback in the league who still has some value this year and will also probably sell Denver Broncos tickets in the process. Even if you don’t think Tebow will ever be a starting signal caller, the Broncos will likely use him in plenty of wildcat-type formations, which would capitalize on Tebow’s athleticism and mobility. Because of this, Tebow’s main fantasy value will come from his legs, not his arm. Tebow doesn’t have a tremendous amount of upside, simply because he won’t be on the field that much, but he could become a go-to red zone guy on a team that could struggle to score points.
Projection: 350 yards rushing, six rushing touchdowns.
Brandon Lloyd, Wide Receiver:
Lloyd only played two games for the Broncos in 2009, but he did catch eight balls for 117 yards. This doesn’t tell us too much but the Broncos don’t have a lot of options at the receiving position because their number two guy, Eddie Royal, doesn’t have the size and strength to be a number one. Lloyd will at least get an opportunity to step up and be that guy.
Projection: 40 catches, 680 yards, four touchdowns.
Article by Gene Lalor
In the first part of a series titled, “What Sets the Tea Party Apart,” Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks asks, “What is the difference between OWS and the Tea Party?” a rhetorical question tantamount to asking the reader to distinguish a cesspool from a cathedral.
Kibbe might as well have inquired as to the difference between the Occupy Wall Streeters and Denver Broncos’ much maligned quarterback, Tim Tebow, who hasn’t publicly identified himself as a Tea Party member but who clearly shares their philosophy- and their condemnation.
The chief problem with the Tea Party and Tebow in the eyes of their detractors is that they represent everything their detractors are not. As for the OWS mobs, they should study up on the conservative movement and the conservative quarterback after, as Newt Gingrich suggested, they get a job and take a bath.
Many on the Left like to draw parallels between the anti-taxation Tea Partiers and the anti-everything Occupiers in a futile attempt to give a degree of credibility and civility to the latter. The two groups are as dissimilar as cleanliness and dirt.
Kibbe cites the 18th century English philosopher-economist Adam Smith in presenting his argument that the Tea Party is “set apart,” distinctive from other social movements by virtue of its commitment to what Kibbe describes with a single word, “accountability . . . the moral basis that binds a community, allows for cooperation, and enables human prosperity.”
I would add that the stark absence of a sense of accountability, compounded by an even more gross disinterest in civilized behavior, render the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations irrelevant except, of course, to the lives they have negatively impacted.
Adam Smith expressed that sentiment far more elegantly: “The most sacred laws of justice, therefore, those whose violation seems to call loudest for vengeance and punishment, are the laws which guard the life and person of our neighbour; the next are those which guard his property and possessions.”
Though few are calling for “vengeance and punishment” for OWSers other than the enforcement of existing laws, the accountability factor is key to understanding the phenomenon of relatively small masses of people trampling on the rights of the vast majority.
Matt Kibbe sees the issue as the realization of a concept Tea Partiers genetically inherited from America’s Founders and Occupy Wall Street somehow missed: “Don’t hurt other people and don’t take their stuff.”
The Tea Party respects everyone and hurts no one.
The OWSers respect no one, hurt everyone including themselves and seize whatever “stuff” they can get their socialist, grubby hands on, from public park spaces to the rights of others to property and livelihoods while injuring those parks, those rights, properties, livelihoods, and themselves by their utter contempt for fundamental principles of personal and societal responsibility.
Tim Tebow’s principal responsibility on the football field is to win games for the Denver Broncos and, if he accidentally hurts anyone in the course of executing that duty, he would be contrite and apologetic since, well, that’s Tim Tebow.
He has admitted that he is also accountable to God, religion, and ethical dictates and that antiquated attitude toward morality rankles many in the sports world.
His critics have attacked Tebow’s athletic talents but what evidently bothers them most are other account abilities.
Following the Broncos’ upset win over the New York Jets last Thursday, a victory engineered by Tebow who wins by doing what less-audacious NFL quarterbacks rarely do, running the ball, often for touchdowns, his disparagers came out in force.
Daniel J. Flynn characterizes those carpers as “Tebow haters,” which is only a tad harsh.
They’re more akin to religion and morality haters but, since it’s much more socially acceptable to rip a quarterback, they focused on Tebow’s abilities rather than on his quirk of kneeling to thank God for his accomplishments and his even weirder personality oddities such as his commitment to remain a virgin until marriage.
Flynn quoted a variety of venomous invective, none of which related to Tebow’s religious fervor or his “quirks.”
Internet experts railed against Tebow (“If God really favored him, he would’ve given him a QB’s arm,” “an over-hyped fraud whose time is quickly running out”). Flynn cited a Denver newspaper put-down, “best awful QB in NFL history . . . How can a QB this bad keep winning?”). He quoted Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Rob Ryan who called Tebow’s running game “horse$ #!+” that caused him to vomit, adding after he upchucked, “This is the NFL. Those teams don’t win.”
However, much to the chagrin of upchuckers, Tebow’s teams do tend to win.
Following his Heisman trophy and Maxwell awards and record-setting college career with the Florida Gators, he joined the Broncos and became their starting quarterback earlier this season and has since helped put his team into contention for the playoffs.
But, it’s not Tebow’s unconventional style or unexpected Bronco victories that are tearing up the off-field opposition. It’s that accountability factor, once again.
Although Denver fans love him, although his teammates deeply respect him, although he could and should be lionized by the sports press as a guy who, despite his alleged quarterbacking deficiencies, has quickly evolved into a winner, as Daniel J. Flynn says, a lot of people hate him.
In a normal world, the hatred wouldn’t make sense. In today’s politically-correct world, it makes a ton of sense.
As discussed previously in “Tebowing a PC No-No,” “The Double Standard in Action,” and in other articles in this space, Tim Tebow’s chief offense to “progressives” is not running the football instead of throwing it. His crimes against political correctness are more dire: He’s a devout Christian who actively practices and preaches his faith and who is adamantly pro-life in part because doctors had wanted to abort him.
As with the Tea Party as differentiated from Occupy Wall Street, as with Tim Tebow as distinguished from his detractors, only a buffoon would contend the Tea Party and Tebow are perfect. And only liberals would contend that the Tea Party and Tebow aren’t better Americans than Occupy Wall Street anarchists or Tebow haters.
Article by Gene Lalor
At the risk of taking issue with the Wall Street Journal’s Patton Dodd, I don’t think Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow is “God’s Quarterback.” I don’t even know if God follows the NFL or if He cares much about football. I do know, however, that Tebow is a religious lightning rod and that much of the criticism surrounding him reflects more on his critics than on Tebow.
Dodd does provide a litany of the quarterback’s altruistic activities both at the University of Florida where he “re-shaped campus culture” and since he joined the Broncos as well as testimonials to his model behavior. Spending his summers working with the poor in the Philippines and raising $ 340,000 for charity while a Gator were prefatory to establishing a charitable family foundation.
Dodd also notes a marked contrast between Tebow and the significant number of star athletes who have recently used their stardom, and wealth, to engage in criminal and anti-social-dare I say immoral?-conduct. Among others, he cites Tiger Woods, Plaxico Buress, and Michael Vick.
Neither his admirable qualities nor contrasts with less admirable athletes qualify Tebow qualify Tebow as a saint or God’s designated quarterback. Neither should they disqualify him from objective recognition of his accomplishments.
Tim Tebow is no Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, or Peyton Manning-not yet, anyway-but he has caused an unprecedented uproar in the sports world that has surpassed few previous uproars, and little of it relates to his athletic abilities.
True, his wobbly passes and unconventional proclivity to run the ball have drawn valid criticism from NFL opponents and sports writers who ostensibly ridicule only his wobbles and unconventionality. However, it’s really the God thing, Tebow’s public affirmations of his religiosity, that seems to bug many in the wide world of sports.
This Sunday’s game with Tom Brady’s New England Patriots is being characterized as Tebow’s biggest challenge to date, with both the Broncos and the Patriots desperate for a victory and Tebow, not desparate after leading the Broncos to seven wins in the eight games he’s started, but entitled.
Tim Tebow is entitled to some respect in addition to recognition.
Whether or not Tebow pulls off another amazing comeback victory and takes his team to the playoffs, it’s doubtful he’ll get it. He just has too many liabilities.
Aside from his unorthodox style of play-acting more like college quarterback than pro and running the ball more often than throwing it-he has this odd quirk of publicly thanking God for his successes, an act now popularly known as “Tebowing.” Denver fans love it and Tebowing has been widely imitated, off the field, and none of his unorthodoxy bothers his teammates.
Others hate it and everything else about Tebow and for unknown reasons. Being too religious in a secular America? Advertising his faith? Suggesting he has an “in” with the Almighty? Drawing unintentional distinctions from the rest of the NFL? Winning?
No less an authority than TMZ.com is reporting a new twist on the Tebow saga: A high priest in another questionable authority, the Church of Satan, Magus Peter H. Gilmore, doesn’t buy into the whole Tebow-God thing.
Making more sense than many NFL players and sportswriters, Gilmore doesn’t believe God intervenes on Tebow’s behalf to enable the Broncos to defeat their opponents since that would mean God wants other teams to lose, which wouldn’t be very fair at all.
Gilmore told TMZ, “Those who have a winning attitude tend to do better, and whatever fuels such team spirit, be it religious fervor or simply an overwhelming desire to succeed, is the real source for success.” Gilmore added, as if we didn’t know, “Satanists are atheists, and we would consider any triumph to rely on a combination of skill and luck-most certainly not in any form of supernatural intervention from either Heaven or Hell.”
Out of the mouths of devils come truths?
Tim Tebow is neither flaunting his religion nor claiming God is guiding his quarterback runs and his wobbily passes or that God is a Bronco fan. He does have a winning attitude and an overwhelming desire to succeed and win. He’s merely thanking God for his good fortune when he Tebows. And is that all so bad?
I don’t get why an atheist-satanist would weigh in on an NFL controversy anymore than I can understand why Tebow would be called “God’s quarterback.” A reasonable assumption might be that he makes people uncomfortable.
(For more details on the Tebow phenonomenon and the discomfort he causes, see “Tebowing, a PC No-No,” and “Religious Hypocrisy and the Denver Broncos,”
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Encouraged by the potential rookie quarterback Tim Tebow displayed during his first NFL start against the Oakland Raiders, the Denver Broncos plan to start the former Heisman Trophy winner again this week.
Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville made the announcement today, citing Tebow’s play and starter Kyle Orton’s rib injury, where to buy Discount NFL Jerseys? maybe Jersey is a good choice.
“The reason right now was that we felt that Tim played well and ran our offensive effectively with the things that we asked him to do,” Studesville said in remarks distributed by the team. “Compounding that was the fact that Kyle still is rehabbing. With where he is right now, we just felt that prolonging this later into the week was not the best thing for our preparation and practice.
So, we decided to make the decision earlier in the week to go and do this.
“Right now, Kyle is in about the same situation as he was last week with his injury. So, that is why we decided to make this decision early, rather than wait and hope at the end of the week because we cannot foresee what the end of the week would give us. We wanted to make sure we got a good week of preparation in and our best chance for Houston.”
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“I think he did a lot of the things we have always thought he could do that you saw him do,” Studesville said. “He made plays scrambling and running the ball on the long draw play. He threw the ball. Even though we did not throw it a lot of times, he did make some nice throws and completions that we needed.
“I think his management of the game, getting us in and out of things, handling that environment is not an easy thing. When those fans get cranked up there in Oakland, it is a difficult environment. We thought he handled that well. His energy was unbelievable that he brought to the sidelines, and those are all things that factor into the play of the quarterback.”
The Broncos plan to add to their playbook after running a limited batch of plays Sunday.
“Certainly, we have more information on Tim,” Studesville said. “We now know more about Tim and what he can do in the game. We can give …
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This really is not about religion, praying, perception or absence thereof. That is not about leadership, comebacks or discovering methods to win. This really is not about underdogs, fuzzy endings or narrative. This is concerning the challenging job of enjoying quarterback in the NFL and why Tim Tebow incorporates a opportunity to be great at it.Go ahead and price reduction this as insane talk. The majority of y’all have.Just do not forget that not everybody they say will fail in the NFL does. Nor does everyone that is supposed to get very good excel. And after that watch the Denver Broncos’ 16-13 overtime victory Sunday once more.The purpose was not that Tebow was truly good Sunday, though he won (his fifth victory in six game titles given that he grew to become Denver’s starter), and profitable is often good. The point is he is finding greater.He is generating progress as a passer. It absolutely was on display late Sunday, within a number of of his longer throws. His passes to Eric Decker and Dante Rosario around the game-tying drive have been sound NFL throws. So was his touchdown pass to Decker proper just before halftime.He’s not Dan Fouts. He also can not be dismissed as only a gimmick.An NFL group can win with this particular man. 1 is, up in Denver.The numbers are what they may be from Sunday: nine of eighteen passing for 143 yards along with a touchdown. The advancement was inside the crucial, big-time throws manufactured by Tebow down the stretch to crucial the victory, such as a 39-yard pass to Decker to put in place the game-tying subject aim that compelled OT.”Getting far better every week,” Decker told reporters when asked about Tebow.The receivers battled for him all day long. The Broncos’ defense — Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil in particular — have been beasts. The offensive line played phenomenally. And the quarterback played his role within the win.Tebow is doing all of the things he did before — the scrambling, the toughness, the ability to engineer comebacks, leadership. What he also is doing is looking far better on the things people seem so 100 percent sure he cannot do. I have said prior to I am not willing to bet against him. What I am seeing now backs that up. He’s learning, and that is what you want inside a young quarterback.Cool QBTake a look at Tim Tebow’s work within the area.And the Broncos are so busy wishing he would hurry up and fail already, these are missing it.Legendary Broncos quarterback and vice president of whatever John Elway seems to get somewhere between distraught and bemused by what Tebow is doing. He practically grimaced when cameras caught him after the touchdown just before halftime.He and Broncos coach John Fox seem to get the only two people in America not mesmerized by Tebow. What I cannot understand is why these are so sure Tebow can never work? Why these are not willing to let this play out? Why they will not at least enjoy the ride?Elway seems content to dump negativity on every bit of Tebow excitement.”When you look at our third-down numbers, those have to improve — and that’s the bottom line,” Elway said on his weekly radio show in Denver last week. “. . . We can’t go 3 of thirteen and win a world championship.”In that same interview, he dropped a “no” on any hint that Tebow’s play had helped clarify his quarterback situation.The kid responded by agreeing. Tebow absolutely understands that you do not win in the NFL long term with the read option, with running 22 times in 1 game (greater than any quarterback because 1950), with an inability to make vital throws.What Tebow is doing is what is necessary to win now because winning matters, and learning. RISE UPGuys are taking flight as the NFL hits Week 12, and we have all the best images.NFL GearThe comparison keeps being produced to Vince Young. He had a lot more talent than Tebow, a less-flawed delivery and an owner fighting hard for him in Tennessee. He failed, anyway. The difference was VY was never going to listen to Titans coach Jeff Fisher. It had been not that Vince was a bad kid. He just did not think he needed the help.Tebow appears to be under no such illusions. He is willing to get coached. He does whatever they ask him. The kid knows what he does not know. The kid learns fast. And he has improved since he first took over for Kyle Orton.Of course, that isn’t what the focus was on afterward.It had been all about the prayer he said when San Diego was attempting a 53-yard subject target for the victory. It absolutely was the same jokes about God, faith, football and Tebow. It absolutely was the same debate that former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer stoked last week.”I think he’s a winner, and I respect that about him,” former Plummer said in a very radio interview. Cheap NFL Jerseys “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I’ll like him a little bit far better. I don’t hate him because of that; I just would rather not have to hear that every time he takes a excellent snap or makes a excellent handoff.”GUESS WHO?Oakland tops Chicago. Pats end Philly’s dream. Tebow time in San Diego. Get it all in our Week 12 review.This falls along the same lines as those quoting Matthew 6:5 about Tebow, which exhorts us not to pray “like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing inside the synagogues and within the street corners for being seen by men.”The purpose is missed, of course. The essential word is “hypocrites.”What Jesus is saying is do not be a single way in public and another in private, which nobody can accuse Tebow of being.Whenever I see criticism Tim Tebow Black Jerseys like Plummer’s of Tebow I think of Luke 17:17-18, the story of the 10 lepers. “Had been not 10 created clean?” Jesus said. “But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”But this really is not about religion, praying, perception or absence thereof. This is not about leadership, comebacks or obtaining approaches to win. This is not about underdogs, fuzzy endings or narrative.This really is about Tebow, and how not everyone they are saying is going to fall short within the NFL does.Now look at Sunday and ask yourself if you’re sure. Because I am not. Tebow looks for being turning into an NFL quarterback.
Article by David Burlison
By now most of the world is well aware that Tim Tebow of football fame and his mother will appear in a pro-life super bowl ad. The Tim Tebow super bowl ad is being sponsored by Focus on the Family, the well known Christian and pro-life organization. The super bowl ad will feature Tim Tebow of Heisman and University of Florida fame and his mother, with a pro-life message.
As the Tim Tebow ad is aired during the super bowl it is assured that the abortion debate continues on to the point of redundancy and the super bowl weekend will not only be filled with flying footballs and carryout pizza, but mingled in between the pom-poms and striped suit referees will be the reminder that the abortion issue is still alive and definitely not well.
From the discussions and debates on the national talk shows, like Larry King live, Fox, CNN and all the major networks, it appears that the only ones to have reviewed the Tim Tebow super bowl ad has been the super bowl network,CBS, and the big brass at Focus on the Family. The super bowl ad, as understood, is a pro-life message featuring Tim Tebow and his mother. The ad comments on the decision Tim Tebow’s mother made in the late eighties to go forward with Tim Tebow’s birth, despite warnings from Ms Tebow’s doctors during her pregnancy that she and her fetus son,Tim Tebow, would be subject to life threatening consequences if she continued with the pregnancy.
Obviously, Ms Tebow, was willing to take on a significant risk for herself and her un-born son,Tim Tebow. And as as a result of her faith to continue with the pregnancy, we have all prospered by enjoying the exciting and inspirational college career of Tim Tebow, one of the best college players in the history of the game. Suffice it to say, and regardless what your position on abortion, Ms Tebow’s courage and faith to continue with the pregnancy of her son, Tim Tebow, is worthy of applause.
Abortion is a complicated legal, moral and spiritual issue. In all honesty, a super bowl ad by Tim Tebow or anyone on the subject will probably alter very view peoples opinion as to whether they are pro-choice or pro-life. In all honesty, it is hard to be neutral and really address the issue of abortion, and the gap between the two views is unfortunately far too wide to ever imagine a compromise.
It may appear that the pro-life supporters are callous and insensitive to a desperate and confused young girl faced with the overwhelming decision to give birth and have to deal with a life long burden of an unwanted child. The burden of the decision is compounded many times over if the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or as in Tim Tebow’s mother’s case, when the pregnancy is life threatening. And if you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception there is really no room to compromise.
Maybe the best way to deal with the issue is for both sides to offer compassion and understanding to those faced with these real life decisions, and what makes this decision ever so difficult is that there is a possibility that there is an unborn human child that can not be ignored in this most difficult of issues.
Again, thank you Ms Tebow for giving us your much beloved son,Tim.
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The Will of God and Tim Tebow
“The lot is cast into the lap; but its every decision is of the LORD.” (Proverbs 16:33)
Unless you’ve been out of touch with current events, and I mean really out of touch, you couldn’t help but notice the interest the quarterback for the Denver Broncos is drawing from people all over America and in some cases the world. Nearly everyone is thinking or talking about him. His name is Tim Tebow.
He is the starting quarterback who also happens to be Christian, and one who does not hide his faith. But that’s not the only reason why he is getting so much attention. He is getting attention because he is winning and because of the way he is winning.
Experts say he doesn’t have the skills to win in the NFL, but so far that is exactly what he is doing. As of this blog post he is 7-1 over his last eight starts, something only Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay (arguably best quarterback in the NFL currently) has topped.
Not only is Tebow winning, but he is winning in the most unusual and expected ways, pulling out one last minute victory after another. Last week was another example pulling out a late victory against the Chicago Bears.
This brings us now to the reason for this post. Tebow’s Christian faith and the fact and way in which he is winning is getting even the general public to ask important questions such as, “Does God determine the outcome of games” and “Does God favor one player over another?”
As recently as last week, Bob Costas, an intelligent and eloquent commentator for NBC Sports, made reference to Tebow and the above questions during his weekly commentary as part of the Sunday evening football broadcast. To his credit he was very fair in his assessment and even complementary towards Tebow’s character.
Thankfully, answers to these important questions are not left to the imaginations and opinions of men – not Tim Tebow, not Bob Costas or me. God tells us about His will and what happens in the world. So let’s take a few minutes now to investigate this issue from God’s word.
Concerning the results of football games and everything else, the Bible teaches only one thing – that God determines the outcome. Whether it is something trivial like football or as serious as life or death, God determines what happens.
Take for instance the above verse. Proverbs 16:33 tells us “The lot is cast into the lap; but its every decision is of the LORD.” Casting lots is akin to rolling the dice. We roll the dice, but God determines the results. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on this passage wrote, “Nothing comes to pass by chance, nor is an event determined by blind fortune, but every thing by the will and counsel of God.” (Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary) It could not be summarized in better fashion.
Not only do the Scriptures declare God’s sovereignty over all events trivial and great, but He defines Himself by the fact that He determines the outcome before the thing comes to pass. In Isaiah 48:3-5 God declares:
“”The former things I declared of old; they went out from my mouth, and I announced them; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,I declared them to you from of old, before they came to pass I announced them to you,lest you should say, ‘My idol did them, my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’
And again in Isaiah 42,8-9 as follows:
I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
And again in Isaiah 46:9-11, in one of clearest declarations of His sovereignty over events in the world:
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors,remember the former things of old;for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done,saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country.I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.”
Folks, it doesn’t get much clearer than that.
In other words, there were times when God did tell Israel what He was going to do (and what was going to happen) so that they would know that He is God. What was exceptional in these cases was not that He determined what was going to happen, but rather that He told Israel what He was going to do ahead of time. He doesn’t do this all the time, but there are a couple hundred examples of this in the Old and New Testaments.
In similar fashion, James, the brother of our Lord, comments:
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (James 4:13-16)
James is telling us that God’s will determines if we go into such and such a town (meaning any town anywhere) and spend a year and trade (what we will do in that town) and make a profit (what will be the outcome of our time in such and such a town). Every element of life occurs only when God determines that it will be so. And to presume to know what that is or even if we will do it is called “evil” by the Lord. In other words, know that God determines what will happen and we should not presume to know ourselves.
Consider what we ought to say. ” “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” What in your life is not covered by “this or that?” If it is covered by “this or that” then God’s will determines it. This is precisely the point of James’ passage above.
Certainly football is covered by “this or that.” And so is Tim Tebow.
The Denver Broncos did “this” – they drafted Tim Tebow. And Tim Tebow did “that.” He moved to Denver, became the starting quarterback and is for the time-being, winning football games. He is playing the games, but God determined the outcome of each one long ago.
Consider also the words of our Lord. There was nothing ambiguous in His comments regarding events and the will of God.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:29-30)
The little sparrow flies through the air and does not fall to the ground apart from God in heaven willing it. God even determines the number of hairs on our head. How’s that for trivial? We care that we have hair and how it looks. Meanwhile God is determining the number of them.
To those of you who believe in Christ, God’s predestination (let’s call it for what it is) is taught to us by God for our good and for our comfort. That’s precisely the point. Things don’t happen randomly in life, not the least of them, because God has determined them for your good.
You see, God knows that if we don’t believe He determines the small things in life, like the number of hairs on our head, or how we do in our job, we won’t believe that He determines the big ones either. So He made certain long ago that we know for sure that nothing, absolutely nothing occurs under the sun that He has not decreed from long ago.
After telling us about the little birds that stay in the sky by the will of God, Jesus says, “Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31) Get the point?
Any number of things can happen in a person’s life, from winning football games to losing one’s life. And they are all determined by God. (He goes further than this in Romans 8:28 telling us that they are all working together for our good. Only a God who determines outcomes can make that claim.)
And this finally leads us to why Tim Tebow is winning now. He is winning and the Denver Broncos are winning because that is what God decreed long ago. This weekend they play another quarterback with some notoriety, Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots. They will play the game, but God will determine the outcome.
Tim Tebow is winning because that is what God wants him (and all the other players on the Broncos presently) to do. But it is not because God favors Tim Tebow. And it is not because God is suddenly a Denver Bronco fan. And neither is it because the outcome of football games is the most important thing in life.
It is because God determined, after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11) that winning, at least in the short term, is what He wants Tim Tebow to do. No one, no Christian and no pastor anywhere can tell you why God wants this to happen now except for this. He is molding Tim Tebow and every other Christian football player in the NFL into the image of Christ, which, by the way, He also predestined. And He is using all of the wins and all of the losses to do just that. Paul declares this in Romans 8:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28-29)
Make no mistake, if God decreed that the Patriots will beat the Broncos this weekend, there is nothing on earth Tim Tebow or anyone else can do to change it, whether he is a Christian or not.
And should Tim Tebow start losing, the world’s infatuation with him will come to an abrupt halt. And many who are heralding his name now will turn on him in a flash. But God will not turn on him, for in both winning and losing, God is carrying out His will in Tim Tebow’s life. “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:19)
And as Bob Costas rightly said in his commentary, there are Christians on the other teams too. What about them? Are they to believe that God doesn’t love them and want the best for them? After all, they’re getting beat by Tebow.
No – God loves all of His children playing football in the NFL and He is working out everything in their lives, every win, every loss, and everything else they can think of, for their good in Christ. He is molding them into the image of Christ, which supersedes the outcome of any game they might play here on earth.
And so it is with you Christian. You may not be winning football games and maybe you’ve taken a few losses in life yourself lately. But know this – God determined every one of them. And if He cares so much about and determines the outcome of little sparrows, or little football games, how much more you who believe in Him? For you are worth more than many of them.
For those of you who do not believe in Jesus Christ, maybe now is the time to take a look at the one who came, lived a perfect life, died on a cross and rose again. For if you put your faith in Him, the one who governs the events in your life as it is now, you will be saved from your sins. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:18)
One day in the future we will all see with complete clarity what God told us plainly in His word. He is the LORD and that means that He governs all things, whether they be little sparrows or little games in the NFL.
His will, will be done in Heaven and on Earth.
Albert Rommal is the co-pastor of Northwest Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been an Elder/Pastor for over 16 years and helped plant two churches in Maryland. He is author of FAITH: What Happened to You the Moment You First Believed?. You can find articles, podcasts and information about his book at http://www.thesovereigngod.com.