Pastor Delivers Sermon on Why LeBron Should Stay

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An associate pastor has come up with a way for LeBron James to stay in Cleveland and become the "most dedicated and loyal athlete in the history of sports." Christopher Benek recently gave a sermon at Provdience Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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Wow

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preacher where did you get this from !!!!!!

not from God!!!!!!

I thought you preacher, had some good news to give or say to encourage still a young man lebron james.

you sound crazy !!!!!!1

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Not sure why asking me me about Lebron's tithing practices is a "gotcha" miss Palin. Besides, I thought this was part of the rev's challenge... You seem to be locked into what is, and not what could be. Don't worry though, the rev gave out a suggestion for donations- auction off the 3 one dollar bills for charity. He also states that with the 35 million in endorsements Lebron should continue to give back to the community. Seems to me that it's a reputable call to action.
Why is it so wrong to want a public figure to actually do something good and meaningful? I think if you'd listen to the whole sermon you'd get a little more out of it that what you seem to be arguing with.
Name isn't Palin. It's the meaningful things that are done without the press coverage that matter. Otherwise it is just done for show. I don't need to listen to this pastor. I have my own and he doesn't worship pro athletes.
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<quoted text>Name isn't Palin. It's the meaningful things that are done without the press coverage that matter. Otherwise it is just done for show. I don't need to listen to this pastor. I have my own and he doesn't worship pro athletes.
I'm not going to argue that a good deed done without anyone knowing is better than one that is done specifically so people will know, but I realize too that actions speak louder than words. Taking a salary cut, giving to the church, and lifting people's spirits says a lot. Nothing has been done, these are all just recommendations unfortunately. To say that the Rev worships pro players is ridiculous. You obviously don't get the humor at play.... and if you'd watch the last part of his sermon you'd see the shift in tone to a serious message that isn't about sports. If you think this sermon is about basketball, or solely about Lebron you're missing some good insight.

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I'm not going to argue that a good deed done without anyone knowing is better than one that is done specifically so people will know, but I realize too that actions speak louder than words. Taking a salary cut, giving to the church, and lifting people's spirits says a lot. Nothing has been done, these are all just recommendations unfortunately. To say that the Rev worships pro players is ridiculous. You obviously don't get the humor at play.... and if you'd watch the last part of his sermon you'd see the shift in tone to a serious message that isn't about sports. If you think this sermon is about basketball, or solely about Lebron you're missing some good insight.
When did Lebron take a pay cut? Come on. Any church he went to would be improved (to look at) immediately if he tithed. No, sorry, any pastor worth their salt would tell him he is living in sin.
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NO collection plate for 1yr and no salary for u. Be Fair
Did you even read the article? He is giving up his salary, too!
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<quoted text>When did Lebron take a pay cut? Come on. Any church he went to would be improved (to look at) immediately if he tithed. No, sorry, any pastor worth their salt would tell him he is living in sin.
Lebron has never taken a pay cut. Hence why I stated unfortunately nothing has been done yet in my last post. This is the point of the sermon. Take a pay cut. Give back to the community. Humble yourself. Set an example for your followers. Lift people's spirits.-Most importantly, do it all in the name of God.

I'm unaware that being rich makes you a sinner. I know for a fact though that Lebron sins. We all do. Even the good rev. Why isn't his message enough? Must he use fear nonstop to get his point out? Again, if you'd listen to the last few minutes of his video you'd see that indeed, there is a message of urgency given. One of deep consequences.

You seem more locked into arguing your old points rather than advancing the discussion. Good day to you.
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I think it's a great idea! Hopefully LeBron takes the bait and agrees to the challenge!

Sacrificing for the betterment of the team. besides, it will only make him a better paid, more desired player when the team wins the championship!
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who cares
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Well, when LeBron start passing teh ball and relize there is no such thing as a one man team. he can be a good playerbut he has to play team ball, that is why his azz is sitting at home now sitting at home now because he didn't pass the ball. Kobey and Jordan didn't start winning championships until they started psaaing the ball. LaBron is a joke he is over rated there are a lot of better players around
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What an abomination for a Christian pastor to give a sports talk instead of a sermon. We have the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, and this hireling is preaching about the gods of professional sports. When the church stops being the pillar and support of biblical truth, it's ceased to have a reason to exist. Those vestments make me want to laugh.
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Someone should tell the good pastor the titles "The King" and "The Chosen One" apply to only one person--Jesus. And why give a sermon about LeBoob in church in the first place. Pastor not appropriate in my opinion sir.
So, Jesus can give the ultimate sacrifice- his life- for all of us... but discussing LeBron giving up his paycheck for the team & fans is inappropriate? It's a modern day example of how difficult such a decision would be for our selfish, money loving selves, but Jesus paid the price with a loving, willing heart. It's a good message if you ask me.
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Fortunately, we weren't in church the Sunday that Chris delivered this diatribe. We definitely would have walked out. God forgive us for putting up with "wasting time" in the pulpit during these crucial days.
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Amen
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it is to grab attention of people, and relating the bible to current times so why hate? this is what makes kids want to go to church, and learn more about god. my pastor never relates things to current times , and is partly why our church is loosing its crowd.
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lol... wow
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Two words.... He's staying.
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Kevin wrote:
Two words.... He's staying.
Sorry dude.

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