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This College Basketball Coach Says One Thing Is Most Important To His Team, And It’s Not The Game

What is the most important thing we do with our lives?

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What is the most important thing we do with our lives?

For husbands, the answer is often related to their careers and providing for their families. This is noble, but incorrect. If you ask wives, more often than not their answer will have something to do with raising their families and keeping their home. Still a wonderful calling, but still not the right answer.

Some seemingly forgotten confessions from churches long ago answered this question beautifully: we were made to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

For Rick Barnes, this timeless truth is a huge motivator in an unlikely area of his life: his career as the head coach of the all-star college basketball team, the Tennessee Volunteers.

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When Barnes leads the Vols to victory on the court, he reminds them that winning isn’t their goal—playing to the best of their ability to the glory of God is.

“It’s important because it’s what we do. I think God has created everything we do. I think He created basketball. I think it’s the platform that we’re supposed to use to be teachers and mentors of young people,” Barnes said in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel.

“I hope we’ve taught these guys how to grow up and be good Christian guys, men,” the 30-season veteran coach said at a recent post-game press conference, explaining to reporters that, to him, the quality of his team’s character is infinitely more important than their moves on the court.

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“[We] want to understand that this is all kind of fleeting, so we’ve just got to take advantage of it while it’s here.”

How true! We need to do the best we can at everything God has set before us, but we must never forget that it’s all temporary. It’s barely a vapor compared to eternity with our Father.

Ultimately, it’s not our careers, our children, or even our own lives that are the most important thing—it’s what we do with them for the glory of God.

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NBA Superstar Banned from Team Over Vaccination Status

This could be a crucial moment for the national narrative regarding vaccine mandates.

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As COVID-19 continues to wane here in the United States, a debate is heating up regarding vaccines for the illness, and whether or not it is appropriate for Americans to be forced into receiving one.

This argument has permeated all echelons of life here in America, from public schools attempting to require shots to be educated, all the way up to the NBA, where one of the league’s most talented players is now facing banishment from his team on account of his personal medical choices.

The Brooklyn Nets won’t allow Kyrie Irving to participate in any team activities until he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Nets general manager Sean Marks released a statement confirming Irving’s status with the team amid controversy that the Nets’ star player is reportedly unwilling to get the vaccine.

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“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” the statement read.

And then…

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”

The news comes amid a national outcry against vaccine mandates, and could become a crucial litmus test in the court of public opinion regarding the discriminatory practices being leveled against the unvaccinated.

As COVID-19 continues to wane here in the United States, a debate is heating up regarding vaccines for the illness, and whether or not it is appropriate for Americans to be forced into receiving one. This argument has permeated all echelons of life here in America, from public schools attempting to require shots to be educated, all the way up to the NBA, where one of the league’s most talented players is now facing banishment from his team on account of his personal medical choices. The Brooklyn Nets won’t allow Kyrie Irving to participate in any team activities until he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, the team announced Tuesday morning. Nets general manager Sean Marks released a statement confirming Irving’s status with the team amid controversy that the Nets’ star player is reportedly unwilling to get the vaccine. “Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” the statement read. And then… “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.” The news comes amid a national outcry against vaccine mandates, and could become a crucial litmus test in the court of public opinion regarding the discriminatory practices being leveled against the unvaccinated.

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LeBron James Vilifies Police Ahead of Highest Murder Rate in U.S. History

Super rich NBA star LeBron James has spent years disparaging police.

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NBA star LeBron James has spent years disparaging police and now, the CDC has announced that the U.S. has suffered the highest murder rate increase in 100 years of record keeping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. homicide rate has risen 30 percent between 2019 and 2020, the biggest spike recorded in 100 years.

But in the face of this dire situation, and despite that only a tiny percentage of Americans have been killed by police, pro athletes such as James have been on an anti-cop tirade for years.

James has repeatedly attacked police with blanket statements, support for anti-cop personalities and causes, and often uninformed criticism over individual situations.

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To name just a few incidents James perpetrated over the last few years, In August of last year James donned a fake MAGA cap that read “Make America Arrest Cops Who Killed Breonna.”

That same month, James jumped to social media to support Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tweeted about a police-involved shooting that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Without any facts about the incident, James went on the attack to tweet, “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!”

The following month, James refused to offer any comment about two police officers where were murdered as they sat in their police cruiser in Los Angeles. James was urged to match the reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. However, James replied that he had “zero comment” on the situation and had no interest in coming to the support of the police.

In Jan. of this year, James attacked the United States saying that we live in “2 Amerikkkas,” one for white people, and one where blacks are “chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of [their] skin.”

In April, James was at it again when he tweeted a photo of a Columbus police officer and added a caption reading “You’re Next.” James took so much criticism for the tweet that he deleted it.

Only weeks later, James took criticism from an LAPD officer who slammed the NBA star’s “irresponsible and disturbing” attacks on police. The officer, Joseph Dion, also blasted James’ demagoguery against the police.

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NBA star LeBron James has spent years disparaging police and now, the CDC has announced that the U.S. has suffered the highest murder rate increase in 100 years of record keeping. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. homicide rate has risen 30 percent between 2019 and 2020, the biggest spike recorded in 100 years. But in the face of this dire situation, and despite that only a tiny percentage of Americans have been killed by police, pro athletes such as James have been on an anti-cop tirade for years. James has repeatedly attacked police with blanket statements, support for anti-cop personalities and causes, and often uninformed criticism over individual situations. To name just a few incidents James perpetrated over the last few years, In August of last year James donned a fake MAGA cap that read “Make America Arrest Cops Who Killed Breonna.” That same month, James jumped to social media to support Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tweeted about a police-involved shooting that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Without any facts about the incident, James went on the attack to tweet, “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!” The following month, James refused to offer any comment about two police officers where were murdered as they sat in their police cruiser in Los Angeles. James was urged to match the reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. However, James replied that he had “zero comment” on the situation and had no interest in coming to the support of the police. In Jan. of this year, James attacked the United States saying that we live in “2 Amerikkkas,” one for white people, and one where blacks are “chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of [their]…

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