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Making a Plan

Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

112015 Ray McDonaldMuch is said at this time of the year about staying physically fit – making New Year’s resolutions.  Gym memberships are pushed – as are diets – and exercise equipment.  Many have made New Year’s resolutions concerning their physical shape.  But what about our spiritual shape?

Do we have an ideal weight for our physical body?  Are we taking steps to reach that ideal weight?  Are we exercising – dieting – working to draw closer to that ideal?

Are there things we would like to be able to do in the physical world?  Would we like to run a marathon?  Would we like to ride in a 100-mile bike ride?  Would we like to hike up a mountain?  If so – folks would usually work up to such an event. Continue reading

December 29, 2015 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Run/Ride/Live With Perseverance

Hebrews 12:1-2

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

profileMy wife is getting ready for a 100-mile bike ride.  She has done this ride before.  Between now and the ride she will be in training.  She rides 25-35 miles regularly – but working up to 100 miles takes some effort.  She said she would like to get in a few 35-50 mile rides before the 100-mile ride.  I’m proud of her because when she sets her eyes on a goal – she goes after it with vigor and determination.  Her brother and a good friend will also be riding with her (maybe next year I will try it if I can get my knee fixed and get a road bike instead of a trail bike).

In order to ride such a distance – she not only needs to train – and be diligent about her training (she is headed out as I type this devotional thought) – she needs special clothing – a good bike – shoes that are comfortable – and more.  She is not going after this goal to fail.  She wants to do the whole 100 miles and live to tell about it! Continue reading

August 28, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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