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“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightned, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14: 26-31, Amplified)

Good morning everyone. I just wanted to take a moment and speak concerning this scripture reading today. As I was listening to the word as I drove this morning…when this particular passage came up, I could just hear the Holy Spirit begin to speak. If you will read this passage again, I want you to see how FEAR, (or becoming frightened) can hinder you from getting to where God has planned for you to go. Yes, I’m speaking about your God ordained destiny. The disciples were in route to the OTHER SIDE as they were directed by Jesus to go before Him (as He went up into the hills to pray alone). Now understand, Christ gave them a distinct command…”get into the boat and go before Him to the other side…Matthew 14: 22). First off, we all should know and understand that when Christ gives us an instruction..He has already prepared the way and He has taken care of everything that would come against you on the way. The disciples ran into some “troubled winds” along the way..and it caused FEAR to begin to “control” their soul (mind, will, & emotions). How many of us, have gotten a command from God to go down a certain path, but just when the “smooth sailing” stops and the water get’s rough, we forget all about the command and begin to focus on the obstacle before us?

Then there is Peter! I can only imagine what he was thinking when He looked and seen Jesus: WALKING ON THE WATER! Well he had enough faith to at least start the “journey” or “get out of the boat”..which was more than the others, but what happened…HE PERCEIVED (became aware of, identify by means of the senses) and FELT “trouble or fear” and he lost FAITH. See when the Holy Spirit gives us a word from heaven…we receive that word, and we are on fire to get it done, yet at the first (flesh moment..meaning we step out of faith in God, and begin to look at the limits of man) we quickly begin to sink (to death)…because to me…to live this life (according to your own intelligence & abilities) is ignorance..and is the equivalent of SETTLING. When we all know that the plan that God has for our lives is the most satisfying that we could ever enjoy! Jesus wanted them to understand that there is nothing greater than I AM! The fact that He was there…meant FEAR was not…so He told them DON’T DOUBT (FEAR)! CAUSE YES YOU TOO CAN WALK ON WATER IF CHRIST BID YOU TO COME, IF YOU FEAR NOT!




As promised, today’s column is pure basketball, triggered by trade winds.

A Lakers source told me the team had its sights set high, as usual, and planned to target the possible acquisition of Chris Bosh when it got closer to the 3 p.m. Feb. 18 trade deadline, and the Raptors might be more likely to move their Olympian/All-Star while still entitled to compensation.

It commonly is believed Bosh almost certain is to flee Toronto after this season, when he has the right to opt out of the final year ($17.1 million) of his contract.

My source believes the Lakers will offer Andrew Bynum for Bosh (if they haven’t done so already) well before the deadline expires. In itself, the one-for-one swap is impossible to make. Bynum’s “base year” essentially allows L.A. to take back but half of his salary this year ($12.5M). Of course, that restriction is lifted when next year’s salary ($13.7M) activates come July 1, at which time a sign-and-trade transaction would be feasible.

The possibility of such a deal makes sense to me. First of all, Bynum is a legit starting center for the defending champions. He also has three years left on his contract after this one.

As for the Raptors, despite the severe offseason roster renovation, they’re not giving any indication of being more than just a one-and-done playoff group this season and in the foreseeable future.

What’s Bosh’s motivation to stay? Clearly, management’s sense of urgency to protect its principal asset cannot be accentuated enough. If that’s impractical, the organization cannot afford to lose Bosh without receiving equitable compensation.

Asked by e-mail about all of the above and whether the Raptors and Lakers have discussed a Bosh-Bynum proposal, team president Bryan Colangelo, who surely is being contacted on a daily basis regarding the availability of his franchise player — especially when the team was 11-17 — he replied in kind:

“For the record, I am not actively seeking a deal or discussing Bosh with any team, much less the Lakers.

“I haven’t traded him yet and our position has been the same. We will not make a deal just to make a deal. Our intention is to keep him here long term.

“Additionally, I have not yet offered an extension as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both received [from their respective teams]. So technically he has not said no.

“I honestly don’t think C.B. knows what the future holds, or what he wants to do, so I would say we’re still in the game as far as his pending free agency.”

In the meantime, the languishing Lakers may only have the marginal goods to obtain the likes of, say, Hornets’ forward Hilton Armstrong. Friday night they lost again (third straight road loss) to the Blazers (nine consecutive in Portland) and continue to showcase (I’m being kind) Sasha Vujacic (one year left at $5.475M) and free agents-in-waiting Jordan Farmar and Adam Morrison.

What are we to think when the Blazers are able to win minus six rotation players? Either it’s a great compliment to them or a blanket indictment on the Lakers minus Pau Gasol (hamstring).

As you recall, the Lakers were evicted from the playoffs in the first round the two previous tournaments before Gasol arrived Feb. 1, 2008. They’ve been Finalists since and last season experienced ultimate success.


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Posted by on January 10, 2010 in LAKERS, NBA, NYPOST, PETER, RAPTORS, VECESY

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