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August 16th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Christian pro soccer team: ‘Scoring souls, not goals’

By Elizabeth Johnson, CNN

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - With 12 minutes left in the game, the Charlotte Eagles are losing 2-0. The North Carolina humidity hangs thick in the evening air. The home crowd becomes restless as the opposing team's goalie blocks kick after kick.

But the team gets a big break in the 78th minute and scores twice in two minutes against the Rochester Rhinos. This men’s soccer match ends in a tie.

Did God bless the Eagles with those goals?

“I don’t think God cares if we win or lose,” Eagles captain Josh Rife says, shrugging.

Coach Mark Steffens agrees: “Our No. 1 goal is not winning games. Our goal is to bring glory to God.”

It’s an unusual stance for a sports team, but the Eagles aren’t just any soccer squad. Members of the United Soccer Leagues’ 12-team professional division, they’re the only ones who say they care more about Christian values than about winning.

The team was established in 1993 after a “sports junkie fell in love with God,” Eagles co-founder Brian Davidson says. But if he was going to continue being involved in soccer - where he saw players cheating and sneaking fouls past referees - he needed to find a way to live out his faith on the field.

He had two goals for his ministry. First, teach men to live for God on the field by playing fair. The second: Send team members into the community - both locally and “to the ends of the earth” - to teach impoverished children and refugees about soccer and to use the sport to attract people who wouldn’t normally visit church.

Like any high-level competition team, the Eagles have regular practices. They sweat in the scorching heat. They win games. They miss goals. They hear lectures.

But the organization also focuses on character by investing in the players and the community.

Steffens, Eagles coach for 15 years, uses what he calls an “in-reach” plan, mentoring and building personal relationships with the 26 athletes on his squad and setting up accountability groups within the team.

“My ministry is to grow 26 guys into men,” Steffens says. “Men who do the right thing.”

That goes for both on and off the field.

On the field, the men are expected to be above reproach. They know better than to tug on an opponent’s jersey, run out the clock or take a dive to fake a foul. As Christians, they say they hold themselves to a high standard. They challenge each other to work harder and play better.

But is that enough?

Some observers say Christianity and sports are a questionable mix.

Shirl Hoffman, author of “Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sport,” says Christianity teaches “peace, humility, putting others before yourself,” while athletes are often more willing to cheat, hurt their opponents or take credit for their accomplishments.

“Sports don’t develop character,” Hoffman says. “They teach you to be selfish.”

Rife, 31, an Eagles captain and a midfielder for nine years, disagrees. He says there is a common misconception that Christians should be meek or passive. There were times when Jesus displayed meekness in his ministry, he says, but other times when he was confrontational.

Rife argues that sports are the “greatest teacher for wrestling with one’s faith.” Learning to strive together for excellence and unity in a competitive, challenging environment can help players grow and deepen their beliefs, he says.

As for whether God cares if a team wins or loses, he says that “isn’t a biblical view.” He cites the book of Job, in which God let a righteous man lose his family, livestock and health. God cares more about the bigger picture - the response of a man’s heart, as he did with Job - than he does about making sure they look good, Rife says.

Eagles co-founder Davidson says he realizes there may be few examples of godliness in professional sports. But like Rife, he says there are opportunities in a game when “we as Christians can live out our faith” - such as responding with grace to a ref’s bad call.

And when an Eagles player reacts to such a call with anger? Davidson knows it will be a learning moment and an opportunity for the player’s faith to grow. There’s a lot of grace and forgiveness in the Eagles’ locker room.

“We’re OK with failure,” Davidson says. “We just want to grow from it.”

Bob Schindler is a former pastor and current vice president of church mobilization for Church Sports Outreach, an organization that helps churches use sports as a tool for spreading the gospel. He believes the sports realm has strayed from God’s intended purpose, but that the problem is limited to selfishly motivated individuals. Competition itself is not the problem, he says.

A key question from the Christian perspective, Schindler says, is whether there was competition in the Garden of Eden.

If the answer is no, then sports are a result of sin, and Christians should not partake in competitive activities.

But if the answer is yes - as he believes it to be - then Christians can take part in competition if they use it for the glory of God.

“The whole point of sports is to draw the best out of your teammates and opponents,” Schindler says. “I see that as very compassionate and grace-filled.”

The word “competition” is derived from the Latin “competere,” which means “strive together,” Schindler says. But he says athletes are indoctrinated with a self-glorifying mindset that has corrupted the word's original meaning.

Aware of the problem, Steffens, the Eagles' coach, regularly talks to his team about it.

“Guys, it’s not about you,” Steffens tells his players. “It’s about putting God first.”

During one pregame chapel service - a regular feature in the team's locker room - speaker Sam Blumenthal, a local businessman, reminds the team of this principle: It’s about “scoring souls, not scoring goals,” he tells them.

Through prayer - before and after each game - the team refocuses its attention on God.

“I think most high-level athletes pray to God for good individual performances and for their team to win,” Steffens says. “Our main prayer before games is for God to grant us strength and wisdom to play fair and Christ-like."

After the game, the team prays for its opponents and thanks God for the results, regardless of the outcome.

“We honor God whether we win, lose or draw,” Steffens says.

His players feel called by God to play for this team and want to “keep the main thing the main thing,” Steffens says. “And the main thing isn’t winning.”

“Priorities are well set and kept,” says goalie Eric Reed, 27. “It’s about living the gospel in a broken world - like in any job.”

The Eagles’ ministry can be seen in various ways around Charlotte, through weekly soccer camps, church involvement and inner-city ministry - as well as in their overseas tours.

This year, six players will travel to Trinidad to play soccer and do service work in the community. The team traveled to Jamaica last year, playing high-level opponents as well as spending time at an orphanage and a delinquent center.

Other recent destinations include Nigeria, Ethiopia, Colombia, Laos and Thailand. The team members who travel each raise a couple thousand dollars for the trips, believing they are preaching sermons through the way they play soccer overseas.

Locally, four players and two staffers have moved into four urban neighborhoods to lead the Urban Eagles, an outreach program directed at kids living in low-income housing.

“We’re a family,” Eagles forward and Urban Eagles volunteer Ben Page says. “The Lord has created this culture of love and acceptance, and the kids have responded.”

Page, 26, lives in Grier Heights in east Charlotte and has worked with the Urban Eagles since January 2010. Through this work, Page said he has realized that the unconditional love he is developing for the kids “is the love God has for me.”

In addition to soccer, the kids are taught basic manners and respect for one another. They learn how to struggle through difficult times and work hard.

“The world says they’re a statistic,” Page says, “that they’ll go to jail, or won’t graduate, or will cause trouble.” Urban Eagles teaches them that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives by pointing them to Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

“My goal isn’t to see their behavior change,” Page says, “but to see their heart change. And the fruit of a heart change is a behavior change.”

Page has played for the Eagles since 2008. He considers the team a training ground to learn how to care for others and find joy and purpose in investing in eternal things, such as sharing the gospel of Jesus with others.

“This environment where we’ve been coached by men who love the Lord - we’ve been cared about as people instead of just players,” Page says.

It’s an attitude that he hopes to pass along to the kids he works with off the field.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • North Carolina • Sports

soundoff (1,195 Responses)
  1. Saint

    AMEN! Very uplifting and positive, of course they are going to be attacked by non-believers and all the lovely critics on here but they know what time it is. I commend the coach and his team for helping to build the kingdom!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  2. Josh

    I have always felt that there is something quite morally wrong when a team prays to God, to win. Aren't there more important things in this world for God to be concerned over, than any single game of sport?

    And I don't think playing soccer (or baseball or football or ....), is not what Jesus had in mind, when he asked his followers to bring glory to our Father.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • HB

      How do you know that they are praying to win? I have been in prayer circles before a sporting event and I can't think of one time when we prayed to win. We prayed that we would play with honor and fairness, and that no one on either team would be hurt mainly. We thanked God for our abilities and for being blessed for the opportunity to be in community with one another. We always asked for God's Grace on ALL players, coaches, refs, and the fans. We have never prayed to win. There is so much more to life than winning a sporting event.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  3. chris

    I find it very interesting how many atheists read stories about Christianity. Maybe they are searching for something. I hope so, since God promises that if we search for Him with all our hearts, we will find Him.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Cassie

      I find the level of hostility to be amazing. All steamed up because a privately-run soccer team competes in the name of God and chooses to serve their community while they're at it... yikes.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • fearisenemy

      We just like watching people make comments that have no basis in reality and then try to use backward logic to somehow convince us there is a magical force in the sky that watches every to make sure they are worshiping their existance.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Goddog

      We read out of curiousity. Even knowledge of untruth is knowlwdge. If believers did a little more open minded reading it might lead to thinking, god forbid.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  4. Dexter Holland

    And the US wonders why people from other countries look at them and shake their heads. Why even connect sports to religion? Why do pro-football players always thank jesus, as if were there truly a diety, said diety would take time out of manipulating the cosmos to take sides and cause one team to win over another. Utterly ridiculous the US can be at times and equally ridiculous that you in turn laugh at other fundamentalist religious nations. There is no such thing as a god and continuing belief in such things simply hold humans back from evolving more as a world community.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Josh

      Dexter Holland, "diety" is when you bring thanks unto Jenny Craig.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  5. Mr. T. Bag

    If these guys were Muslims in Iraq - people would instead call them fanatics. We would probably bomb them!

    But here, they're not considered Taliban-like fanatics... Give me a break!
    –and put your Jesus back in your pants!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Jon K

    "Most educated people are aware that we are the outcome of nearly 4 billion years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are somehow the culmination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. It will not be humans who watch the sun's demise, 6 billion years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae."

    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  7. Mike

    Nice to see a team that emphasises the old fashioned (at least as far as professional sports goes) qualities of sportsmanship. Brian Davidson deserves a lot of credit for that, and I hope the other teams in the league and the spectators see them as role models.
    But, that is sportsmanship, and in extension good citizenship, not christianity. Maybe the team is more open minded than the article indicates, but those values of playing clean and respecting your fellow man or opponent are not exclusive to christianity. Judeism and Mohammedism also promote the same values, as do the Olympics(in theory, and in the majority of practice). So, the belief in any particular god is not needed to justify them.
    I'd like to think I have demonstrated the same values when I compete, and taught the same values to the various youth teams I have coached, and managed to do it without mixing them up with religion.

    More power to clean play and following the spirit of sport that the Eagles embrace!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Yahright

      This is a Terrorist team. Religion kill people, period

      August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Goddog

      Well said Mike.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • HB

      Somewhere I missed where they stated that those things were exclusively Christian. I'll have to go try to find that quote.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  8. callcnn

    Great testimony! A gem in the midst of mediocrity.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  9. General

    Bradley: the league is not funded by tax payer's $

    August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  10. Cassie

    I see a lot of bitter people on here. No focus on the fact that these men are choosing to treat one another well and teach children to do the same. Just s stream of bitter comments mostly by people who don't believe in God and cannot even tastefully profess there views. I think these men should be praised for choosing to put others above themselves, regardless of whether or not you hold the same faith as them. Seriously folks.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • twiddly

      the continuous stream of cnn headlining this belief crap is the issue.
      I don't put my atheism in your face every day; stop putting the christian nonsense in mine.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      "I think these men should be praised for choosing to put others above themselves"
      If only we could get more xtians to act like that, indeed, if we could get ANY in public office to do so, it would be a good thing.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  11. derp

    "If you'll note the page header, you will find that the article is still in the "Belief Blog," regardless of HOW the poster got here. Boy, reading can be hard!"

    Nice try at backpedaling douzchebag. This page is the direct link from the CNN front page lead story. You do not ever have to go to the belief blog to get to the story. The headers says belief blog because that is a subsegment the story is also in.

    You said – "Then drink some pepto bismal and get off the belief blog"

    You assumed that he was on the belief blog. However, he along with many of us could have opened this story directly from the front page without ever visiting the belief blog. This story is not the belief blog, it is linked to the belief blog. Once a story is posted on the main page, you do have to be reading the belief blog to open or comment on it. Are you getting this?

    You made an assumption (which is pretty darn funny given your screen name) that could easily be incorrect. I pointed out what a fool you just made of yourself, and you make a lame attempt at backpedaling.

    Reading is easy, apparently in your case making a fool of yourself isn't.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  12. Steve

    These ignoramus bible thumpers are the bain of this country. They hold any social progress hostage while they foster persecution of groups of people they don't happen to like. The idea that any possible god would give one big crap whether a sports team wins or loses is totally mindless. I've seen professional football teams do this and it makes me want to barf. People who believe that the Bible is some gods law are a menace and beliefs such as these have been responsible for more mayhem,, persecution, murder and torture than for any other single reason throughout history.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Cassie

      No sir I believe the republican party may be holding the country's progress hostage, but their are plenty of democrats and independents who also fall in your category of faith, however ill-worded. Let's all be a little less ignorant around here please.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • elle

      I'm troubled that CNN is putting this religious stuff on their headline page.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • CRC

      Actually Steve you are totally incorrect on all points. Since you don't honor God I could expect no less from you. The fool has said in his heart there is no God. Guess what that makes you. You could change that if you want to.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  13. Rob L

    To all the haters:
    1) Prove that God is not real – talk is cheap. How are you the only enlightened ones as opposed to millions of believers around the global?! Explain how a "hoax" has existed for centuries without any real evidence to disprove it. Many great thinkers and intellectuals have professed faith in Jesus Christ! Perhaps you should open your mind and explore the option.
    2) Everyone plays a sports for some reason. Why can’t they call out the reason when they succeed??? They aren’t saying God helped them win they are just giving praise and recognition to the one who is the focus of their life, their being.
    3) NO one is trying to force anything on anyone. If your uncomfortable with “ministry” and the preaching of the Gospel I think that might just be your problem. NOT someone else’s.
    4) All the right wingers need to chill on accusing detractors of being “liberals” or worse (being a liberal is not a bad thing – God made them too!).
    5) Praise God for this soccer team. I truly hope they are successful in their mission (Meaning goal, no pun intended…)!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      Read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

      And by the way, it is not science's job to DISPROVE anything. That's not the way it works. Google Russells Teapot or The Flying Spaghetti Monster for a better description of the flaws in your circular argument.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Max in NY

      I am god...and you cannot prove that I'm not.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • derp

      Cool philosophy. I have to assume that you believe in sasquatch, the tooth fairy, unicorns, and Atlantis. Since these myths have been around for years and never ever been proven to be false, using your logic you must certainly believe in them.

      Wait, scratch the tooth fairy from that list, I once found a fiver under my pillow, there actually is evidence of a tooth fairy.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Jon K

      Ever look through a telescope or microscope? Neither did Jesus.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Goddog

      Rob;

      1) "Prove that God is not real" – As much as believers want to believe it, not being able to prove something doesn't exist dose not make it exist.
      2) Everyone plays a sports for some reason. Why can’t they call out the reason when they succeed??? – I agree, but thanking god for your cuccess at the expense of someone elses failure seems counter to a RELIGIOUS VIEW.
      3) NO one is trying to force anything on anyone.- I'm not so certain that this is not true but I agree, I can choose to not let someone elses opinions disturb me.
      4) All the right wingers need to chill on accusing detractors of being “liberals” or worse (being a liberal is not a bad thing – God made them too!).- In my view religion is a scourge on this earth, Republican or Democrat.
      5) Praise God for this soccer team. I truly hope they are successful in their mission (Meaning goal, no pun intended…)!!! – When you deliberately don't use a word as a pun and then you do use it and say that it's not a pun, it's still a pun, good god...(oxymoron intended).

      August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • fearisenemy

      Thank you Pastafarian. I wish they could understand that. You can prove why something happens, but when you can't prove why, it does not mean that there is a god. There are so many religious people in this world because it is something that your parents teach you as fact. Before you know it, you believe it and the pattern continues. Besides, I'm sure the "I don't believe there is a god" group would grow exponentially if people were honest when they were asked (or asked anonymously) if they believe in god. I thought I read a statistic that said that atheists make up like 18% of the world population, but I could be wrong.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Vestram Liberate Mentem

      @Max in NY
      Sorry mate but I'm the god in NY. Let's have a show down in Times Sq and smite each other.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  14. MacK

    What position would Jesus play?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • derp

      Goalie of course, he saves!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Skipjacks

      Easy. He'd be the goalie because 'Jesus saves'.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Bryan

      That's easy. Goalie, because he's the one who saves.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Goddog

      Missionary, most likely 😉

      August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  15. Karl

    If you intentionally play balls with your hand, do you have to confess to the referee or JC?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • john

      no need to confess to either.. theyre BOTH watching very carefully

      August 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  16. Debbie

    As a Christian I do not see advertisement or sponsorships giving any glory to God but to glorify your own agenda. That's is not Christian like or following Scripture but pure Deceiving. I pray your eyes are opened and you stop following the Deceiver.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Aaron

      Why is sponsorship and advertisement wrong? Doesn't the church promote in newspapers and TV ads? Don't other para-church organizations use media and other outlets to promote their cause? That's exactly what this team has done. If people don't know they exist they can't make an impact. If they don't have the funds they will never be viable and last.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  17. Dave

    Competetive sports are nothing but an unchristian religion in themselves derived from the pagan hellenistic Greek and Roman empires. After all, what is the real purpose of competing? To determine who is the BEST. It's a continuing jostling for "I'm better than you" status and position. It's a striving to rise up above others, but only by beating others and defeating them. This is self-centered, selfish thinking and clearly contradictory to the teachings of Jesus, who addressed similar thinking in his day by stating that in his view, the first will be last and the last will be first, and don't take the best seats in the synagogues. This is opposite thinking from our competetive tendencies. Christians are to love, support, care for, and aid one another, not wrestle for the BEST status at the expense of others, which is the nature of sports.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Aaron

      Then why did Paul use countless examples of sports and competing in his letters? You probably are also against drums and guitars being used in church because they have been used by secular artists.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Nick Barnes

    Lovely article, thank you!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  19. Doug Hazen

    Ms Johnson: Please allow me to refer you to Troy Lacey's commentary on the web site 'Answersingenesis.org'. There you will find ample explanation with Biblical references of Satan's influence through the snake in the Garden of Eden, and Eve's fall via temptation perpetrated by this evil influence. Reading one part of Scripture without context and without knowledge of the entirety of Scripture leads to the kind of confusion mentioned in your article, and has led you to a misconstrue that the Bible doesn't tell us it was Satan who tempted Eve.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  20. Thank GOD for His grace

    I pray that all of you receive this TRUTH from God our Creator...........

    Repent of your sins and surrender to, believe and follow Jesus Christ...it is the most important decision you will make while on this earth. We will all have eternal life either with or without GOD. Christianity is not a religion – man reaching to GOD – none of us can attain GOD on our own works – we are all born sinners and cannot stay HOLY on our own, GOD never sins and cannot stand for sin). Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ, the son on God, it is through Him and ONLY Him we are saved from eternal hell. God knows your heart and it will be judged when you pass from this earth.

    And Jesus said....(John 14:6-31)

    6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father (GOD) except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would knowb my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

    8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

    9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

    15“If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

    22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

    23Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

    25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

    28“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

    “Come now; let us leave.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Whos Grace?

      For the record, quoting the bible to non-believers is the single dumbest think you could do as a human. I award you de-evolved status of chimp.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • fearisenemy

      Why can't CNN censor this stuff out?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • James

      Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • derp

      I wouldn't go higher than bonobo.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Jake

      Chimps and bonobos are both too good for this screeching bible thumper. I say he/she has earned the status of "howler monkey".

      August 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Thank GOD for His grace

      “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

      August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • derp

      Flying squirrel?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Vestram Liberate Mentem

      Hey! I can quote too!
      Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo.

      Fletch: Hey! I think our problems may just be solved. Ed McMahon. Think I just won a million bucks. Yeah, Irwin M. Fletcher you choose. Woo-wee! Oh, boy, I lost. Yeah. Sorry.

      [Corrupt police chief Karlin surprises Stanwyk holding Fletch at gunpoint]
      Fletch: Thank god, the... police.

      Gail Stanwyk: I didn't know you knew the Underhills.
      Fletch: Yeah, well, I saved his life during the war.
      Gail Stanwyk: You were in the war?
      Fletch: No, he was. I got him out.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
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