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Gainesville church: 'Why I pray for Tebow'

Churchsign_2GAINESVILLE -- Just when you thought Florida quarterback Tim Tebow couldn't have anymore pressure dumped upon his shoulders, one Gainesville minister posted this sign less than a mile from the Gators' practice field on Monday morning.

Eric Brown, the 31-year-old minister at Gainesville's Campus Church of Christ, says he hopes Tebow sees the sign while the Heisman Trophy winner drives to and from campus. If you're wondering about the Bible verse, Matthew 6:13, you might already know it. It's the final few lines of the Lord's Prayer: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen."

Pause for a moment to let that thought role around in your brain. For some, Tebow is apparently much more than just a leader of the University of Florida football team.

Brown says he has been preparing a sermon for nearly a month about the Bible verse and, after watching ESPN College GameDay a few weeks ago, decided to add a few thoughts about Tebow to his message. Many media outlets have chronicled Tebow's use of fame as a platform for his faith.

While Brown says he did attend Saturday's game between No. 12 Florida (3-1) and Ole Miss (3-2), the minister says the sign, located on S.W. 2nd Avenue only a few blocks west of campus, has nothing do with Florida's 31-30 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels.

"I'm going to pray that [Tebow] is true to his faith because if he falls and gets caught up in some kind of scandal it will be bad for Christianity," Brown said.

Brown doesn't know Tebow but says the quarterback is an important role model. The minister says if Tebow gets into trouble, then the image of Christians could suffer.

"I know the story of David, so we know it's possible for all of us to fall," Brown said.

Brown, a graduate of Texas A&M and a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, is a graduate student studying mental health counseling at the University of Florida when he's not leading worship at Gainesville's Campus Church of Christ. Brown says you can listen to his sermon on the church's website, www.campuscofc.org.

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Hey Joe,

Tell this minister to worship God, not tebow. I'm sick of the tebow worship. GOD DOES NOT CARE ABOUT FOOTBALL TEAMS. HE CARES ABOUT PEOPLE. If tebow falls I'm sure God will get get over it. And tebow can't taint Christianity any more than it has been. Why, because we are all sinners and everyone falls short of the glory of God. We all sin every last one of us. If we say we don't sin then we are liars. What ever we do God will forgive us. Tebow is not God, nor will he ever be (thank goodness.)

Tell that pastor to preach about our relationship with Christ, which is what really matters. This pastor's priorities are way out of order. Leave the kid (tebow)alone. I'm sure he has enough pressure.

Jo's working the ecclesiastical crowd now. Good work.

what a joke.... how about you pray for starving kids, or freakin terrible economy!

Pathetic.

I want to know what happened to Florida having the best O in College FB?

I think it is a good idea to pray for the man (Tebow). Praying for starving kids is good and right, but it is also good to pray for someone who tries to stand upright while in the public eye. It is good for a prominent person to show a good/real example of a Christian in a world where it is mostly the nut jobs that get the spotlight. It is not a matter of priority, it's a matter of illustrating a principle of Christianity which focuses us on remembering whose kingdom we are living for.

I don't know about that priest, but I'm praying for 350 yards, 4 TD's, and 0 int's this Saturday.

Hey TXCane, I want to know what happened to the Canes being back?

GatorAlum,

The Canes are back and looking much improved from last year, a 7 win season will be great. This blog just stated last week that Florida had the best O in fooball and should be ranked #1? I think this team is bad and will lose 4 or 5 games this year. Zook is gone and so is the recruiting.

Yeah, the recruiting's gone. One one-point loss is a complete sample for evaluation of talent.

To Cane fans - you are rednecks who take delight in other teams losing (and people losing) b/c you are LOSERS. Get a life. I am guessing you go home from your little redneck jobs and the refrig is full of beer (budweiser) and you go sit on couch and watch TV all night (and burp in front of your live-in gf).
To Gator Alums / fans / friends - Much rather lose to Ole Miss and Houston Nutt (who is a good man) than to slime-balls like Shannon and Fulmer (such arrogant punks).
As to the facts: Florida's OL is average. Florida play-calling is average over most of the game, but very poor when crunch-time comes in the 4th Quarter (and especially last 5 minutes). Check out the history of this since Mullen arrived. He has never called plays for a WINNING DRIVE in the last 10 minutes of game. Correct me if I'm wrong. He freezes up. He has no "feel" for the game. Too much reliance on Tebow. Need to "spread the wealth; Need to have 2 RB's get at lease 10-15 carries each. Need to limit Tebow to 3-4 runs for entire game. Need to get mulitple passes to 5 WR's every game

To biff441: God cares about people, but I think He is a Gator Fan also. Ever notice the Florida Sunset? It's Blue and Orange. Doc.

We need to remember Tebow is A HUMAN BEING & not Christ ('cause Tebow did not die on a cross for the world.) Everyone makes mistakes (and is entitled to their mistakes) & that's the wonderful thing about God...HE forgives. If you are depending on Tebow to validate whether or not you should be a Christian , you need to check yourself. Because the Bible states depend on NO MAN! (Jeremiah 17:5)

biff,

The sermon wasn't about football, it wasn't about winning games, it was about how he and Tebow are in a position where their lives are under a microscope. He prays that Tebow stays true to his faith and beliefs and isn't swayed by the temptations surrounding a famous football player. As Christians we should delight in the prayers of others, delight in the fact that people care about our salvation. You don't know the sermon in context, so you have no idea what you're talking about.

Being a psycho gator nut, I'm just happy that Tebow and the team are getting all the attention. AND..if he can get help from above to beat Georgia then more power to him.

To Gator Alums / fans / friends - Much rather lose to Ole Miss and Houston Nutt (who is a good man) than to slime-balls like Shannon and Fulmer (such arrogant punks).

He prays that Tebow stays true to his faith and beliefs and isn't swayed by the temptations surrounding a famous football player. As Christians we should delight in the prayers of others, delight in the fact that people care about our salvation.

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