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Pat Fraher - Salvation Seed #3

By Jonathan Hodgson Concluding the Salvation Seeds messages at Referees Embracing Faith Conference 2019, Pat Fraher spoke on the instructions that Jesus gave for eternal salvation. This third seed message discussed repentance. It built upon the first two seed messages from Fraher and Darron George, “what is salvation,” and “how do I become saved”. VIEW SALVATION SEED #3 on YouTube Fraher laid the foundation for this third aspect of salvation in simplifying Jesus purpose for h

Salvation Seed #2

In Salvation Seed #1, Pat Fraher and Darron George answered the question, ‘what is salvation’ by providing the illustration of Jesus as our defence lawyer, securing our ‘not guilty’ verdict by His death on the cross. Now, George and Fraher build upon the foundation laid in Salvation Seed #1, by asking the question, “how do I become saved,” in Salvation Seed #2. (VIEW SALVATION SEED #2 on YouTube) They find that the answer for this question comes down to two elements; belief a

The Heart of the Matter - Pat Fraher

by Pat Fraher People, let’s get to the heart of the matter. That’s all God wants; your heart. But He wants all of it. No, we’re not talking about the center of your circulatory system; we’re talking about the center of your inner being... your ‘spiritual heart’. Your spiritual heart is your genuine and authentic self. It contains your conscience, your courage, and your desires and affections. It is the central hub of your emotions, your mind, and your will. It’s the part of y

Salvation Sundays: Relationship

By Pat Fraher In preparation for our upcoming Referees Embracing Faith Conference, where this year's focus is 'Salvation: A gift and a call', we are doing some serious thinking about salvation. We are studying five different aspects of salvation, and doing some critical, honest thinking about where each of us stand. In week one, we reflected on just how aware we really are of what God did for us by sending his only son Jesus to be sacrificed in our place. In week two, we exa

Salvation Sundays: Being In Christ

By Pat Fraher In preparation for our upcoming Referees Embracing Faith Conference, where this year's focus is 'Salvation: A gift and a call', we are doing some serious thinking about salvation. We are studying five different aspects of salvation, and doing some critical, honest thinking about where each of us stand. In week one, we reflected on just how aware we really are of what God did for us by sending his only son Jesus to be sacrificed in our place. In week two, we exa

Salvation Sundays: Evidence of faith

By Pat Fraher In preparation for our upcoming Referees Embracing Faith Conference, where this year's focus is 'Salvation: A gift and a call', I thought that we should begin doing some serious thinking about salvation. Over the next five Sundays, we will be discussing different aspects of salvation, and doing some critical, honest thinking about where each of us stand. In week one, we reflected on just how aware we really are of what God did for us by sending his only son Je

Salvation Sundays: The Courtroom

By Pat Fraher In preparation for our upcoming Referees Embracing Faith Conference, where this year's focus is 'Salvation: A gift and a call', I thought that we should begin doing some serious thinking about salvation. Over the next five Sundays, we will be discussing different aspects of salvation, and doing some critical, honest thinking about where each of us stand. Last week, we reflected on just how aware we really are of what God did for us by sending his only son Jesu

Salvation Sundays: The Sacrifice

By Pat Fraher In lieu of our upcoming Referees Embracing Faith Conference, where this year's focus is 'Salvation: A gift and a call', I thought that we should begin doing some serious thinking about salvation. Over the next five Sundays, we will be discussing different aspects of salvation, and doing some critical, honest thinking about where each of us stand. Before we go any further, please watch the following short video to preface this week's entry: https://www.youtube.c

Pat Fraher - Define Eternity, pt 3

SOS advisor Pat Fraher concludes his series 'Define Eternity' with this entry, delving in to what it means to fully surrender your life to Christ. Watch this video to hear Pat explain his heart and vision for this blog series. --- In part 1, we defined eternity in the worst possible scenario... in Hell.  In part 2, we looked at eternity in the best possible light... in Heaven.  Hopefully by now, you have decided that you would prefer eternity in Heaven over Hell.  Good choice

Define Eternity pt. 2: Heaven!

This is the second of a three-part blog series from S.O.S advisor & NBA referee Pat Fraher entitled 'Define Eternity'. In this this video, Pat explains his heart for this critical message. In my previous post, I asked you to ‘Define Eternity’, and to consider something that we don’t really think about: It’s unending. Specifically, we looked at the reality of Hell’s existence, and the fact that you don’t want to experience one second of that place, or worse yet, unending torme

Pat Fraher - Define Eternity, pt. 1

Over the next few weeks, we will bring you this blog series from S.O.S advisor & NBA referee Pat Fraher entitled 'Define Eternity'. Watch this video to hear Pat explain his heart for this critical message. A friend of mine has a phrase that he uses to provide instant perspective for people in their lives. It’s only two words, but very powerful: Define Eternity. He uses it to help people evaluate their current motives, ambitions and priorities in life. ‘Define Eternity’ assum

Pat Fraher: My 'aha!' moment

By Pat Fraher I was given a book by a friend called ‘Be a Man: Becoming the man God created you to be’ by Father Larry Richards. I didn’t think I needed it so I put it in my backpack and forgot about it for six months. When I finally got around to reading it –out of sheer boredom- it began to smack me in the face. Father Larry challenges the reader to think about what they believe and why. Right from the first chapter, he gets the reader to contemplate their mortality. The

Surrender Stories - Pat Fraher

by Jonathan Hodgson Pat Fraher has found tremendous success in his career as an official, but he knows that it is his surrender to God’s will that establishes the greater plan for his life. Fraher, 44, is a veteran of 17 seasons as a referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA), having worked more than 1,000 regular season games and 35 playoff games. The native of Hastings, Minnesota was a multi-sport athlete growing up. “Living in Minnesota, as the weather changed, s