Fighting the Good Fight …

Hey Ya’ll –

Long time no blog … betcha this entry will shock you … in regards to what I mean by “fighing the good fight” …

We were honored to have a special guest with us this week at our church and in our schools. His name is Ebo Elder – and he’s a professional boxer. (FightNews.Com | Google Search ).

Here’s a funny pic of our Youth Pastor, James Sellers, “in the ring” w/ Ebo – landing a fatal blow (yeah right) …
James Sellers and Ebo Elder Pretend to Box

Ebo has quite a story – and he’s going for the World Lightweight Championship Title at Ceasar’s Palace in a couple of months. He is trained by his dad, and both love the Lord with quite a passion.

Ebo shared his testimony with the church and has been hitting the schools to speak to the youth this week here in Glynn County. Sunday evening he had a small gathering of our youth and adults and asked and answered lots of questions.

There is a stunning DVD (wish I had the movie to put online) of Ebo’s last fight where he was beaten up pretty badly. In the 12th round, he won with a KO and immediately gave God the glory and went over and prayed for his opponent in the corner and witnessed to him. All of this live, on Showtime. One of the boxing magazines reviewed the fight and wrote “Jesus watches Showtime – who knew!”.

One parent asked “Ebo, how do you reconcile the aggression of fighting with Christianity and the love and meekness of Christ”. Ebo was quick to respond that he has to continually keep the context that “boxing” is a sport for him and a job. He said he’s never “angry” at his opponents and doesn’t box with anger. He also reminded us that he’s quick to pray for his opponent, and they pray that none of the opponents will have serious or lasting injuries.

The bottom line was that he’s taking the gospel into places where it usually doesn’t go. Like in his bout in a big casino in California – he was the outsider and everyone in the casino wanted the “other guy” to win. As the fight progressed, they began to cheer for Ebo, and when it was finally over and Ebo testified for Christ, the casino crowd was cheering “Jesus, Jesus”.

No matter how “outside the box” it may be (or should I say outside the ring) – I found it refreshing to see someone in the sport proclaiming Christ. Moreso, he lives it.

For the Kingdom,
Fred

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5 comments on “Fighting the Good Fight …

  1. I did write a comment… pretty long… probably too long… on your last entry, but I “jumped” over to another site for a moment or an email or something and lost everything I had written and was, sorry to say, too lazy or impatient to do it again. Not your fault… I just need to pay more attention to what I’m doing.

    I think this is very interesting about the boxer, Ebo. Glad you chose to share it. I shall definitely check it out! Nice to hear something good on Showtime. It seemed like one of the “risque” movie channels when I remember checking them out.

    What a wonderful testimony for Jesus. Keep up the good work in sharing. I believe we’re (Christians) taking the Word not only to the “streets”, but to all avenues and walks of life.

    d

  2. Rob McKinnon says:

    I just love stories like that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Chris Moncus says:

    Yo Fred. I got $5 on James winning a match betweeen him and Ebo. Anyone with me? *silence*

  4. "Dis-com-bob-u-lating" Jones says:

    Bro. Fred:

    I am a pro boxing ring announcer out of the Nations Capital of Washington, DC. The unique ring name comes from Divine Inspiration, how HE has empowered me to KNOCK OUT the enemy -and his minions- who comes to kill, steal and destroy!

    I have been announcing for 17 yrs now, appearing on the old USA Tues. Nite Fite shows, ESPN and HBO KO NATION. In fact, don’t take this to be self-serving, but I blessed to be recognized as the Pioneer of Black Ring Announcers, the 1st in the entire history of pro boxing. I also have a Masters degree in Social Work and assist Teen Parents with becoming self-sufficient, a challenge indeed. I’ve written a spiritual, non-fiction novel, autobiogrpahical in nature, entitled “It’s More Than A Notion!” (Foreword written by my mentor, the most renown ring announcer, Michael Buffer). You can obtain a complimentary copy by calling to the Authorhouse Publisher at 1 800 839-8640 ext5244. You must indicate to them that it is for REVIEW on your website, magazine, column, etc.

    More than any of that is that I am a BELIEVER, the son of THE KING, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I just came across your great article on Bro. Elder and am contacting you at this time to invite you, he and others in your church family to an event scheduled for June 17th and 18th in Atlanta.

    My 19 yr old son and I are being flown in for me to be the Keynote Speaker at a Father-Son Prayer Breakfast in Decatur on the 18th. There will be a Father-Son Basketball Tournament the previous night. Other boxing celebrities from the ATL area will be honored and I wanted to extend the same to Bro. Elder, as I see he is more spiritual than most and doesn’t mind letting the world know. I’ve left several messages with his wife and father a couple of months ago but heard no reponse. Please forward this request to them.

    I may be reached at (202) 549-3587. I look forward to hearing from you soon, as we continue to do HIS WIll, HIS WAY.. in FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT together for our children. GOD Bless.

  5. Krystal Jeffers says:

    i use to watch u box all over georgia and we were pen pals at one time. I have lost touch with u over the years i was from carrollton, would like to here how u are doing, please email me i would like to watch u fight again i stil have your towel from a match your dad gave me….krystal jeffers

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