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David - Keeping It Real (1 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
I Samuel 18:16


8.2.10 - A professional angler found to have stuffed lead sinkers down the throats of fish he submitted for weigh-ins during a prestigious bass-fishing tournament has been banned for life from that and other competitions in a scandal that has rocked the tight-knit and passionate bass-fishing community.

Mike Hart, a successful Southern California pro whose career earnings total more than $200,000, was accused of cheating in this manner during the recent $100,000 U.S. Open held at sprawling Lake Mead on the Nevada-Arizona border. An official with the Western Outdoor News bass tour said Hart confessed after he was caught virtually red-handed.

Catching a cheat is difficult because tournaments are catch-and-release; so bass are kept in aerated wells on the boats and weighed live at the end of each fishing day, then released.

However, sometimes the bass die after being caught and Hart had offered three dead fish during the weigh-in on the second-to-last day of the U.S. Open. They were filleted so the meat could be delivered to a charity, and found to contain weights.

Officials waited until the final day to confront Hart, who turned in a full limit of five bass. All five were found to contain lead sinkers. In all, nine sinkers were removed from bass turned in by Hart.

That's not what I would call, "keeping it real."
Today, I'm going to start a series of sermons on the life of David. David was Israel's greatest king and the ancestor of Jesus Christ. My big message in this series is - keeping it real. What does keeping it real mean? It means that we are grounded, focused, authentic Christians.

Now I know what you're thinking. I can see it on your faces. Your thinking, "Steve, how is a study of someone who lived three thousand years ago supposed to do ANYTHING for me today, much less help me to keep it real? I don't even care ab ...

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