God was sovereignly at work in my life and all the while I was completely unaware of His guiding, protecting hand.
- My Texas basketball abilities in college were considerably inferior to my teammates who were from well known basketball centers like the Bronx in New York (where street ball was something everyone did -- and they were good!
This is a question I have received frequently over the past 10 years, so first let me say that I have no affiliation with any other ministry.
By God's grace and the enablement of His Spirit, humanly speaking, is a solo project.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God; I became very motivated to disprove my step father's "prophetic pronouncement" and worked like a self "possessed" young man to perfect my skills in basketball, which (by God's grace, even in the face of my wrong attitude) landed me a college athletic scholarship.I was still a totally depraved, unregenerate, "young" old man (old self) in Adam (Ro -note, Ps 51:5-note) and outside of the "Ark" of Christ, without hope and without God in the world (Ep , 12-note).It was also during this period of my life that I narrowly escaped death on two separate occasions (cp Ps 23:6NLT-note, Ps 19NLT-note), once when a huge semi-trailer truck was passing another car on a very narrow two lane bridge and was in our lane headed straight at my mother (who at that time also was as still unsaved) and myself (also not regenerate).There is no greater joy, then having the opportunity to tell others what great things God has done in your life (1Jn 1:4). My father was an alcoholic, a gambler and a womanizer.Thus, I had my first experience with rejection by an earthly father.