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What Are We Feeding Our Spiritual Bodies?

John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

RayMcDSix guys from our church have joined together to lose weight. We support one another. We text and e-mail one another. We weigh in on Sunday mornings at church. It is working. As of our last weigh in the six of us have lost a combined 69 pounds. One brother has lost 17 pounds. Two others are in double digits. And reports from home scales indicate we will have a new combined total this Sunday – well into 70+ pounds.

We set goals of losing 5% of our body weight by Labor Day (we began on July 15th). We have additional goals of 8% by Thanksgiving and 10% by Christmas (for a man weighing 280 pounds that would be a 28 pound lose by Christmas). Two brothers have already met their 5% goals – and another is very close – they are working toward their 8% goal already with a couple of weeks to go on Labor Day. We may need to adjust the goals. Continue reading

August 16, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Serious Are We About Our Faith?

Matthew 5:30

And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

profileHow serious are we about things in our life?  For most of us – if we were more serious – we would be the correct weight for our height and age.  Most of us would rather eat what and when we want rather than be healthy.  Sorry – but that is just the honest truth – isn’t it?  I know – some of us have medical issues – but I’m talking about most of us who are overweight (and don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re in that medical issue list).  How serious are we about things in our life?

I read about a mountain climber who had his arm trapped by a huge boulder one day while climbing by himself.  After days of trying to get his arm loose – he decided that the only way to save his life was to cut off his arm.  He did and lived.  Now that is determination.  Now that is focus and clarity of purpose.  He wanted to live more than he wanted to keep his arm – his right arm at that!  How serious are we about things in our life? Continue reading

August 13, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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