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NY Knicks Sensation Jeremy Lin Inspired by Lecrae and Hillsong

Football season is over, basketball season is on, and there’s a new sensation praising God! Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks is very open about his devotion to God and his desire to glorify Him as often as possible. Just recently Lin–the cause of “Linsanity”–told Fuse TV that he is inspired by Christian musician Lecrae and the band Hillsong.

Lin’s basketball career has not been much to write about until recently. Now that he’s in the limelight, his fans and others are learning more about him and his Christian beliefs. An evangelical Christian, Lin openly talks about God and even wears faith bracelets bearing the words, “In Jesus Name I Play” (IJNIP).

Lin loves basketball, but he plays for God. He’s also inspired by Jesus through Christian music.

An artist you got to check out is Lecrae…He’s a Christian rapper. Just raps a lot about the Gospel. I really enjoy his lyrics as well so if you’re a big lyrics guy he’s a good fit for you (Jeremy Lin).

Lin also told Fuse that he also enjoys listening to Hillsong, a Christian band, because it calms him down when he’s playing. Apparently Hillsong centers him and prepares him to play his best.

I listen to them to just remind myself why I’m playing the game and remind myself I’m playing to glorify God; I just try to focus on that…I try not to get too hyped up, otherwise I find myself kind of burnt out before the game or going into the game just with a little too much energy playing out of character (Jeremy Lin).

I believe that music is very influential. Just as it can energize you, it can bring you down. Music can influence you negatively, just as it can impact you positively. For Lin, music not only helps his game, but it reminds him why he is playing and who he is playing for.

What do you think about “Linsanity”? Do you listen to Hillsong or Lecrae? Do you listen to certain bands or musicians to evoke a specific mood?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by dmcg5 on March 15, 2012 at 09:49

    I love both Lacrae and Hillsong, I listen to both of them 🙂 they are amazing. Its awsome to hear about Jeremy Lin. It makes my day when I hear things like this from celebreties. The fact that they glorify God! 😀

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Frankie Ann on February 29, 2012 at 12:20

    Dude, I looooooooove Lecrae!!!! And I love some of Hillsongs’ too 🙂 Praise God for people rising and and glorifying God!

  3. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 24, 2012 at 20:18

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.(1 Corinthians 10:31)

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by 88do on February 24, 2012 at 16:39

    Woo Taiwanese people for the win 😀 lol I love Jeremy Lin I knew about him from his Youtube videos with KevJumba and before Linsanity errupted 🙂

  5. alexandrahawes7

    Posted by alexandrahawes7 on February 24, 2012 at 15:07

    AMAZING! I don’t even like sports, but I love Jeremy Lin <3

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Innerbeauty13 on February 24, 2012 at 12:31

    Wow! This is GREAT! We should always put God first..no matter what!!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by bobatea09 on February 24, 2012 at 11:09

    I love Lecrae!! His testimony is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I’m actually going to a concert to see him and alot of other christian bands on March 4th! To me, Lin is like the Tebow of basketball!