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9-30-12 Mark 10:13-16

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Parallels Between Running and Following Christ

Tomorrow is an exciting day.

I have the opportunity to run the Akron Marathon with Josh Miller, his first ever.  It will be exciting to see him complete a challenging 26.2 mile course and cross the finish line after training together for a decent amount this summer.

Much has already been written on this subject to be sure, but here are a couple ways where running and following Christ cross paths.

1. Praising God

We’re taught to be thankful at all times as Christians.  Running is something I’m deeply grateful for the health to be able to do.  I praise God for the abilities he gives us and the ways we’re able to use them.

2. Discipline

No one really wants to get up at 4:30 or 5:00 for long Friday runs all summer long.  But you don’t complete 26.2 miles by waking up one morning and deciding to go for a really long run.  Like the Christian life, endurance and patience are required. Fighting through difficulty, injury, pain, discomfort — all require the discipline to stay focused on the ultimate goal.

3. Satisfaction

There is a satisfaction in finishing a race.  Personally, tomorrow will be my 12th full marathon.  Even though I’ve run very few in a way I’d be happy with, there is always some satisfaction in completing a challenging distance.  In Christianity, we should stop at points along the way and be satisfied in what God has done.  This short earthly life should also point us to the satisfaction we’ll enjoy when this life is over and we’re in the presence of our Lord and Savior – FOREVER!

Even if God never prompts you to run a marathon, I want to leave you today with a challenge to do things that require discipline and challenge over a long period of time.  These are not only great character builders – they’re characteristic of the life we’re called to live in Christ Jesus.

Have a great Friday everyone!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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Evolution vs. Creationism (2 videos)

Today I decided to share two short videos of opposing positions on creationism.  Bill Nye, a scientist who hosted a television show for children in the 90s, explains his view on people who do not believe in evolution and the impact he thinks that has on society.  Eye opening for sure.

Bill Nye’s “Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children” video

And here is Ken Ham’s response.

I am reminded of this verse in light of this discussion.

1 Peter 3:14-16 “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

Blessings,

Josh

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09-23-12 Mark 10:1-12

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09-16-12 Mark 10:1-12

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Some Questions on Christian Growth

Here are some questions to think through today regarding Christian growth and discipleship.

As a believer . . .

  • Do you have to have a certain amount of time to disciple someone?
  • Do you have to have certain health qualifications to encourage someone to grow in their faith?
  • Do you have to be a Bible expert to lead someone in a basic study of Scripture?
  • Do you bear the burden of making a disciple all by yourself?
  • Do you remember that Jesus told us He would be with us till the end of the age?
  • Will you follow the same checklist with everyone you encourage in their growth? Or will the needs and growth be unique to each person?

These questions should get you thinking.  We are hopeful that encouraging others in Christian growth is something that becomes natural in our congregation. How can you be used?

Have a great Friday.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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Elihu

In my Bible reading, I have found myself in the book of Job the past couple of weeks.  In reading through the story this time, I am especially struck by the character Elihu.  If you are unfamiliar with the book of Job, I would highly recommend taking the time to read it. 

As many of you know, Job is the story of God allowing Satan to take away almost everything that Job has, including his possessions, his animals, his servants, and even his family members.  Eventually Satan even takes away Job’s physical health by inflicting him with diseases and sores all over his body.  It’s so bad that he sits around in ashes, scraping his skin with broken pottery.  Three of Job’s friends begin to offer their greatest insights to Job as to why this is all happening.  It must be because of Job’s sin, they insist.  After listening to his friends, Job maintains that he is innocent and righteous.

Then Elihu enters the story.

Scripture tells us in chapter 32 that Elihu was angry, younger than the others, and hesitant to speak up due to his age.  It’s almost as if Elihu had reached his boiling point.  He knew that Job’s friends were in the wrong, and he also knew that Job’s thoughts were not correct.  Elihu rightfully exalts God’s power, while lowering Job’s position by reminding him that there is no one who is righteous before God.

I have wondered these questions to myself as a result of studying the character Elihu.

How many of us know what to say, but don’t have the boldness to say it?

Are we willing to say difficult things to people in order to expose the truth?

Do I get angry for the right reasons?  Do I anger over a lack of truth?  Do I get angry when God’s position is lowered in people’s minds and actions?

Do we ever think we are too young to voice our point of view?

May you be challenged as I have been through Elihu’s boldness.

Blessings,

Josh

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