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Iraq veteran finds security in Christ

BOONE, N.C. (BP)--In dire need of money and discipline, Brian Stokes enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Iraq. He earned a Purple Heart and an achievement medal for combat valor, but knew his greatest security was in Christ.

Atlanta Falcons kicker puts spotlight on Christ

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Eye on the prize
Atlanta Falcons kicker Todd Peterson has been a pro football player for 12 years, and he has kept his focus on his Christian faith. “If we keep our eyes on the Author and the Perfector of our faith, we’ll be OK,” he says.” It’s not about me, it’s all about Him.” Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons.
ATLANTA (BP)--“I don’t have a game plan when I share my faith,” Todd Peterson, a kicker for the Atlanta Falcons, said. “If I act like Jesus, if I’m controlled by the Holy Spirit, and if God is the One who is empowering me, I don’t really have to have a game plan or a strategy for sharing. God will give me that opportunity.”
      Team evangelism is quite familiar to this 12-year NFL veteran after previously playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers. Step aside from his field goal career stats that include an impressive number of long kicks and you’ll catch a glimpse of his much larger career focus -- sharing Christ with his teammates.

First his hearing, now his sight, Jacob, 6, carries on by faith

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Jacob’s help
Even though he is losing his sight, Jacob Seymour, 6, shown here with his parents, Kristina and Brian, and his sister Faith, told his mother after placing his life in Christ’s hands, “I know, Mom, life is hard, but now I have help.”
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (BP)--“You don’t need ears to hear God,” Kristina Seymour said of the miracles she and her husband had experienced through their son Jacob.
      At the age of 1, Jacob’s deafness was confirmed through an Auditory Brain Stem test. Jacob was categorized as profoundly deaf, a condition that hearing aids couldn’t correct.
      Helpless, Brian Seymour, Jacob’s father and a local public school teacher, happened upon a student in his seventh-grade math class whose sibling had just received a cochlear implant, a surgical procedure to stimulate hearing via an electrode device implanted in the inner ear.