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Friday, December 18, 2009

Next year.. OU will make another run


My DAD sent this to me... and you KNOW he loves the SOONERS...
I of course root for the BRUINS and the SOONERS...
Trying to make sure OU stays ahead of USC

Just the facts....................
Victories, 1946-2009
1. Oklahoma 549
2. Penn State 518
3. Texas 517
4. Alabama 516
5. Ohio State 509
6. Nebraska 509
7. Michigan 497
8. Southern Cal 496
9. Tennessee 492
10. Notre Dame 481


Winning Percentage, 1946-2009
1. Oklahoma .7620 (549-167-13)
2. Ohio State .7467 (509-166-20)
3. Penn State .7359 (518-183-9)
4. Michigan .7207 (497-188-15)
5. Texas .7206 (517-197-11)
6. Alabama .7079 (516-207-20)
7. Nebraska .7031 (509-212-10)
8. Southern Cal .7019 (496-204-23)
9. Notre Dame .6941 (481-208-14)
10. Tennessee .6887 (492-216-23)


Weeks Ranked No. 1 in AP Poll
1. Oklahoma 97
2. Notre Dame 95
3. Ohio State 93
4. USC 905. Nebraska 70
6. Miami (Fla.) 68
7. Florida State 59
8. Texas 45
9. Alabama 35
10. Michigan 34

Weeks Ranked Top 5 in AP Poll
1. Oklahoma 368
2. Ohio State 301
3. Nebraska 294
4. Notre Dame 276
5. Michigan 272
6. USC 270
7. Alabama 257
8. Texas 253
9. Florida State 204
10. Miami (Fla.) 201



Weeks Ranked No. 1 in BCS
1. Oklahoma 19
2. Ohio State 15
3. USC 15
4. Florida State 7
5. Miami (Fla.) 7
6. Nebraska 5
7. Tennessee 5
8. Alabama 4
9. LSU 2
10. Texas 2

Weeks Ranked Top 5 in BCS
1. Oklahoma 45
2. USC 36
3. Ohio State 33
4. Miami (Fla.) 30
5. Texas 28
6. Florida 26
7. Florida State 25
8. Virginia Tech 20
9. LSU 17
10. Tennessee 16



AP National Titles (Last)
1. Notre Dame 8 (1988)
2. Oklahoma 7 (2000)
3. Alabama 6 (1992)
4. Miami 5 (2001)
5. Southern Cal 5(2004)
6. Minnesota 4 (1960)
7. Nebraska 4 (1995)
8. Ohio State 4 (2002)
9. FloridaTexas 3 (2008)3 (2005)
10. Six Schools 2 (2007)


NCAA-Recognized Titles (since 1946)
*1. Oklahoma 16
2. Ohio State 13
Nebraska 13
3. Alabama 11

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Letter from Jesus about Christmas

In the midst of this beautiful season that we as believers hold so near and dear to our hearts, I came across this email by an unknown author that I want to share with all of you. It's worth a read...

Letter from Jesus about Christmas:

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just get along and love one another.

Now, having said that, let me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting my birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all my followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.

If you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

• Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me all the time.

• Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

• Instead of writing the president complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year.

• Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of my birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms, and remind them that I love them.

• Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

• Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

• Instead of nit-picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

• If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary — especially one who takes my love and good news to those who have never heard my name.

• There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or some other charity which believes in me and they will make the delivery for you.

• Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in my presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of myself. Just love me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember:

I love you,
Jesus

Saturday, December 12, 2009

From Lou Engle


I have reattached the the document with the email blast. I apologize for sending the document showing the edits. Blessings!
Dear Leaders of America,
Please see below an urgent call to prayer. Please also prayerfully consider calling your networks to join in prayer and also watch the national webcast.
Recently, I sent an E-Blast with Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, calling the nation to join an urgent national webcast prayer convocation (that is taking place Thursday, December 16th at 8:30PM EST) to ask God to restrain federally funded abortion in the healthcare system. We will be joined by key leaders, including U.S. Senators Sam Brownback of Kansas, Jim Demint of South Carolina, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Randy Forbes of Virginia, Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Jim Garlow, and many others.
On that E-Blast I wrote:
On Friday, December 4th, I was awakened early in the morning with a burden to pray, as I considered the consequences of abortion being mainstreamed into the national healthcare system if the senate healthcare bill is passed as it is right now.
I turned to 1 Chronicles 21 where the destroying angel had come to the threshing floor of Ornan. God, in his heart of mercy, restrained the angel of death, saying, “Enough! Restrain your hand.” The angel of death still hovered between heaven and earth with its sword drawn. Even with God’s restraint, the verdict was still in the balance as to whether or not the death march would continue. An earth being, namely David, had to agree with God’s restraint through repentance, paying the full price, and offering up the atoning blood. When David went up to the threshing floor in repentance and erected the altar and offered the sacrifice, God heeded the prayers and the angel of death sheathed its sword.
I believe we have come to the high water mark of the pro-abortion movement in America. At the same time, the nation is shifting dramatically pro-life. The angel of abortion and this plague of death has come to the Senate threshing floor and I believe that God is seeking to restrain it now, but intercessors on the earth must agree with him. But, at this critical moment, a last ditch plot has been hatched to forever seal abortion into the life and soul of our nation.
Possibly in the next week the Senate will “choose life or death” as Senator Sam Brownback proclaimed on the Senate floor during the abortion debate. If this Bill is passed as is, abortion will proliferate in America because of its availability and low costs. Much of the pro-life efforts since 1973 and many of the legal victories restraining abortion will basically be annulled or turned back. There will be no recovery from this defeat until a major Senate shift takes place and 60 votes are garnered to reverse this legislation. This could take decades or may never take place in our lifetime. In the mean time, bloodguilt is heaped up and the lives of babies and mothers are killed and shattered.
Brothers and sisters, I don’t know if we can comprehend the urgency and the implications of this moment. Many of our lives may not be immediately affected and therefore we can carry on as usual and be lulled into a false peace. It is only the oppressed and those about to die that demand a miracle. Maybe it is time we think generationally and not selfishly, and take responsibility for the life and times we have been thrust into.
When the angel of death was at the doorstep of the Jews in Persia, Esther was brought to a defining moment in her life. She could choose silence and self-preservation or risk everything to be the hinge of history. The moment was so desperate that she called the whole Jewish nation to a no food and no water three day fast. Only imminent death creates such desperation. I actually feel we are at such a moment now.
The last thing that I want to do is to call people to fast again. We get weary of these things. But, as I talked to my wife today I said, “I would hate to have been given a position of influence to call for desperate prayer, and not do it, because its Christmas time and its not expedient.” The spirit of Herod is lurking again at the time of the birth of Jesus.
Therefore, we are calling for a three-day fast in whatever small sphere we have. These three days will be prior to the national webcast prayer convocation with FRCAction. To whoever's hearts are stirred, fast these three days Lord leads and dare to believe the God of Esther can give some Senators sleepless nights and shift this public policy of death in such a time as this.
Pray that Senator Ben Nelson will stand like a stonewall for life. Pray for a “Democratic coalition for life” to stand firm. Pray for the influence of the Kingdom over Blanche Lincoln, Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snow. Lift up the victory of the cross over this whole Senate decision. Let us believe that the angel of death will sheath its sword in this moment in American history.
Register for Webcast now at www.frcaction.org/prayercastregistration.
Lou Engle

Monday, December 07, 2009

Talking to Tiger


I wanted to wait a few days before I commented on Tiger Woods' dilemma. I have to tell you that I am totally shocked by all the revelations that are coming forward. I, for one, KNOW that you canNOT always believe what is in the news, but there is some level of truth, and there are some things that we do know. In his own words, he admitted to "some transgressions" and asked for time to work things out in the privacy of his own home.

I have been thinking WHAT IF I had a chance to talk to him, what would I say? What would I share with him? Obviously, all the money in the world and all the fame in the world has not brought him fulfillment, and at the pinnacle of his career, everything seems to be crashing down around him. Before I get started here, I think it's only right to share with you that I have never been a fan of Tiger's. Yes, I think he and Jack Nicklaus are the two greatest golfers of all time, but I have never rooted for Tiger. This is primarily because if you ever watch him play, whenever he hits a bad shot (which is part of golf), he let's loose with a boatload of swear words, and I'm not talking about the second tier level of swear words. I have seen and heard him use the Lord's name in vain and many other words that should NEVER EVER be uttered. I'm sorry if that offends anyone, but the game of golf itself is to be a gentleman's game, and even in the midst of competition on the highest level, I believe it's NEVER right to curse like a sailor when things are bad.

On to what I would share if given the opportunity... I am not interested in anything but actually helping him and getting him back on the right path. I want him to know that as important as golf has been to him, it has now becomes unimportant as he looks into the eyes of his children and his wife. I am not sure if he will ever ever regain the trust of his wife, but now is the time to begin placing things in their proper priority.

Number 1: Getting things right with God. A man can try in vain to reconstruct his home or his marriage, but it will all be in vain if God does not somehow come into the forethought of your every intention. God is the Author of life, and He is a God who loves. To the degree that He allowed His own son to die on a cross 2,000 years ago, God longs to love and forgive you for every sin and every transgression. The world, the media, your fellow golfers, your mother or your wife may NEVER ever fully understand or totally forgive you, but God LONGS to forgive you and the peace that you have not been able to find through sports, through fame, through riches or relationships can be YOURS if only you will open up your heart to Jesus. God can and will grant you peace, but only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Read John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9,10 as well as Acts 2:38, and ask God to forgive you. Ask Jesus to come into your life and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. You will never regret this decision and it's the most important decision you will ever make in your life.

Number 2: I would ask God, my family, my friends and the world to forgive me. Restoration begins with humbling ourselves and seeking forgiveness from those that we have offended. It begins with true repentance, which is a decision to turn away from sin and to make changes in one's life. Being sorry is not enough. Being repentant is. It's changing the stripes of a tiger, which some will say is IMPOSSIBLE, but with God's help, it IS POSSIBLE. I would know going in that there will be those who will not forgive and who will never forget, but I would lose the PR people, the agents, and the Nike logos, and humbly ask for those whom I have offended to forgive me.

Number 3: I would humbly commit this day and the rest of my days on earth to serving and following God, that my time, energy, and resources would be used to bring honor and glory to God. Whatever that means, wherever God leads, and whenever he needs it, I would simply allow God to use YOU to accomplish HIS will in your life.

Number 4: I would CLING to the Scriptures. I would start in the book of Psalms. I might not ever leave the book of Psalms. Read it and re-read it and get it in your heart. You will find peace, strength, hope and victory within its pages. Gods word is the ONLY thing that can erase all those images from one's mind.

And Number 5: I would seek the advice from Godly counselors and men of God to work through all the issues with your family. I do NOT know enough to tell you anymore than what I've already written above, but I would never swing another golf club, I would never make another dollar, I would never give another interview until I had worked through these five things.

I want you to know that I believe that one day things will be better. It wont be easy and it will NOT happen without God. He alone can save, He alone can redeem, He alone can restore, He alone can offer complete forgiveness. He alone has an ETERNAL love for you. I am praying for you. I really am. Praying for all of us, to do the right thing and keep clinging to Jesus and His grace.