Running with Endurance

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Whenever I am asked to be a part of a pastoral Q&A with kids or youth, there is one question that is bound to be asked: “what is your favorite Bible verse(s)?” My usual response: “all of them.” 🙂

Seriously though, there is a set of verses that when I first read them as a teenager, they jumped out at me and I have clung to them ever since. Today I would like to offer some encouragement by pointing out a why these verses are so special to me in my spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.race-track

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Hebrews 12:1-3, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.… Continue reading

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What We Ought To Be Thankful For

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Tomorrow is the holiday we call Thanksgiving. Families all over this country will gather around a large feast that typically includes turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato casserole with little marshmallows on top, and some pumpkin/pecan pie for dessert. You may have some other family tradition foods that you expect to be on the table, such as “green goop” was a family must at my family Thanksgiving meal (though everyone in my family thought it was gross except for my dad).

Many things happen on Thanksgiving that seem to be “traditions,” such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys game, the end of the college football season, a “Turkey Football” game in folk’s backyards, preparation for “Black Friday,” Turkey Night Grand Prix for NASCAR racing, various marathons where people dress up as turkey’s and run a 5K or 10K, etc.,… Continue reading

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Worldview; An Introduction

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worldviewTo start this post off I want to take just a moment to provide a definition of worldview for us to work with, as well as provide a few points were we can be specific about how a Christian worldview is different than the outlook that other religions might have. It is not my purpose in this post to provide an exhaustive defense of the Christian Worldview only to introduce you to the fact that there is such a thing and maybe entice you to learning more on your own.

The term worldview actually comes from a German word which means “to look upon the world,” and as it is commonly used today it is probably best understood as the point of view from which an individual bases his/her understanding of the world.… Continue reading

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