There’s lots of good news for your Labor Day! Though Tim Tebow was released from the New England Patriots, check out the classy tweets the young athlete tweeted, Diana Nyad becomes the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without a shark cage, a brave 10 year old saves a drowning toddler and there’s lots more!
- Tim Tebow is a class act. After being release by the New England Patriots, he put out a series of tweets. Check these out.
I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity…
…to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit…
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
…of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback. 2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient…
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
…for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather…
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
…boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
- Diana Nyad has officially become the first person to swim the 110 miles between Florida and Cuba without a shark cage.
- The CrossFit fitness community showed the power of unity and compassion by stepping up to help the families of the 19 firefighters who perished earlier this summer while battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz. Athletes and enthusiasts associated with the popular exercise movement gathered Saturday in Prescott for a special benefit event for the families, the Hotshots Memorial Workout. Glenn Beck and Mercury One donated $50,000 shortly after the tragedy. This new CrossFit campaign, as of Sunday night, has raised more than $150,000.
- Officers at a San Francisco police station Friday thanked a homeless man who came to the aid of a colleague who was attacked when she tried to make an arrest. After four days of looking for Ryan Raso, San Francisco police finally found him. The 35-year-old was a wanted man; not as a suspect, but as a hero. It happened last Monday near a small crowd of people who stood by watching. Mr. Raso wrestled the attacker to the ground and later said his father, who was a former NYC detective, would have been proud of him. The officers from the Ingleside Station are now “looking out” for the man, helping him to find shelter.
- When their teacher asks the students in his class, ‘What did you do on your summer vacation,’ ten-year-old Austin Beach will have them all gaping with wide eyes. On July 18, his family was vacationing in Destin, Florida. It was Austin’s birthday and he couldn’t wait to dive into the pool. When he did, he discovered a toddler limp at the bottom of the pool. The hotel’s security video revealed a four-year-old girl had wandered away from her mom and fallen in. She struggled for more than a minute, makes it to the surface and gasps for air, then sinks and becomes still. The Mississippi boy opened his eyes underwater. “I saw her laying right there on the bottom of the pool, by the drain… (and) I went to go save her.” The Inn at Crystal Beach gave the family a complimentary three-night stay and on Friday, the Okaloosa Sheriff’s office honored him for heroism. Watch the surveillance video of the rescue here.
- “Billy Ray Harris-Today his spirit has been rejuvenated,” said Sarah Darling, who accidentally dropped her engagement ring in Billy Ray Harris’ donation cup in February. Harris returned the ring, and the story inspired donors around the world. Since the fateful day that Darling’s ring landed in his cup, Harris’ life has taken a 180 degree turn. After he appeared on TV, his family members were able to find him and now keep in touch. He was able to buy a car with the donations. Darling says he is “someone who really deserves that.”
- Adam and Ashley Kern exchanged vows in a Pennsylvania hospital with only a week’s notice, so the groom’s dying mother could take part in the wedding. Adam’s mother, Anna Mae, experienced a sudden downturn in her health due to advanced breast cancer. The two were not planning to get married anytime soon, but decided to move up the timetable. The ceremony was performed in the hospital chapel and nurses blew bubbles as the couple emerged married.
- 31-year-old Jonathan Stoklosa, who has Down syndrome, is a young man with incredible power – both to lift the spirits of shoppers at his day job, and to bench press 400 pounds, amazing all at a local gym at night. Jon is an incredible powerlifter. Not an incredible Special Olympics powerlifter – just an incredible powerlifter, period. He competes in regular matches, often placing in the top three. “You walk away going, ‘Wow.” Or ‘Did I really just see what I just saw?'” said Brandon McGovern, Jonathan’s trainer.
- For the second consecutive year, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing plans to give away at least $3 million of his bonus to roughly 10,000 of his company’s workers, Bloomberg News reports. Employees across 20 countries will take part in Yuanqing’s wealth with 85 percent of payout recipients working in China. The average payout per worker of $325 is nearly equivalent to a month’s pay for an employee in China.
- Orphans around the world will be getting new shoes from Houston. Volunteers at South Main Baptist Church collected 10,000 shoes for Buckner International’s “Shoes for Orphan Souls” program. They sorted and boxed the shoes, which will be shipped to a warehouse in Dallas and then distributed to children in the U.S. and 70 other countries. The church says they have collected more than 100,000 shoes in the past 13 years.
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Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them. Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost. He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham: But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased. He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men; And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance. The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage. Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation. Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever. He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.