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June 2, 2015, 4:16 PM

Run to Finish


Acts 20:24 "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has for me."

2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

On Sunday I struggled to give the lesson on "Finishing the Race." Not that I did not understand what it means to run and finish the race God has gave me at conversion. It was my focus to study and present, that was experiencing stumbling and going down side paths.

Paul warned us of this to keep watch for wolves that will come and will not spare the flock. They are “false teachers” wanting to divide, scatter and devour the true believer.

To finish well, I must set and keep proper priorities, let me share mine here:

  1. Greet God at the start of my day

  2. Be thankful for all He has done and for the life I have

  3. Pray for my spouse and others

  4. Read and study the scriptures

  5. Serve others before self

As I ponder the “finish line” I share with you what it is.

  1. God’s gift of eternal life

  2. Residing in His Heavenly Kingdom for evermore

Thinking of the world we live in it seems more and more pressing that we stay the course, run the race, complete the task at hand.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit speaks to me when I stumble or take a side path on the track to run the race and finish well. Keeping my priorities and finishing the race to eternal life is worth far more than my very life. This prayer is not just for me personally Lord, but for all I can influence.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

BJZ


Comments

06-04-2015 at 11:34 PM
Pastor David Mathis
This ties into many messages. Too many times we see people who make the right decision to follow Christ and then cool off. Many we never see again. Christ told his followers that He was the vine and they were branches. He added that we had the choice to stay attached to the vine. If we leave the vine He told them we would be thrown in the fire. OUCH! If you are reading this and realize your branch is not attached to the vine, stop, and recommit your life to Him. That's all it takes to make the most important graft you will ever make.
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May 28, 2015, 8:11 PM

Walk in My Confidence.


Walk in My Confidence.

CONFIDENCE:

the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.

This picture says it all…….Daddy, I believe in you. Your right behind me, helping me all the way. I feel safe and confident that together we can do this. Your guidance and strength will help me “hit the goal”.

Why don’t I have that attitude when it comes to my Holy Father? I doubt his plan, I try and control my own situations along with the outcome. I question his plan in my life and those I love. I sometimes feel like I am walking this road alone, that he is not behind me.

In this picture of my son Grayson and his daddy, Grayson is confident in his ability to hit the shot, his goal, because the arms of his daddy are close by.

We all need to remember that no matter what goal we are trying to reach or what situation we are in right now that we have that same CONFIDENCE…..our DADDY is right behind us with his arms around us, giving us confidence in his promise to walk with us. We just need to believe and let go of the doubt.

Proverbs 3:26  For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

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Comments

06-02-2015 at 12:29 PM
Beverly Zuvers
This is a great picture of confidence!
05-29-2015 at 7:49 AM
David Mathis
What a positive and thought provoking blog. Just this week I talked to someone who went on a huge job interview. He told me that he prepared by praying for days. When he went he had that confidence you wrote about. The interview went well because he knew God was there.
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May 27, 2015, 10:22 AM

Barb's Notes of Praise


►Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus our Blessed Redeemer!  Sing O' earth His wonderful love proclaim! 

I am proclaiming God's love today.  He is so faithful in His love to me.  I was recently told to be careful with my giving habits because I am not a rich person.  But, I refuted that statement by saying, "Oh yes I am rich!  I have everything that I need!"  I understand what that person was telling me since my only source of income is Social Security and I am a widow taking care of my invalid brother but I can truthfully say, God has blessed me richly.  I can praise Him daily with the roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.  There has always been enough funds to take care of the utilities to keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  AND there is always enough to give my tithe and a little extra to help someone in need. 

God is so Good! God is so Good! God is so Good, He's so good to me. 



Comments

05-29-2015 at 8:02 AM
Dave Mathis
Whoops, I am the guilty person who told you that. You are right. I was wrong. Here's the scripture that came to my mind this morning. It fits in perfectly with this blog."Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7
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May 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Philippians 4:8 by Natasha Turner


          "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things." How many of you are early birds? I usually wake up around 5 a.m. and start my day pretty early. There are some days that I am in high gear rearing to go and then of course I have my days where I just want to continue to lay in that soft comfortable bed and let the day drift by. Our attitude can affect our whole day from start to finish. Have you ever heard the saying " He/ She woke up on the wrong side of the bed today." Our attitude's not only affect ourselves, but they affect the people around us wether it be at work, your spouse, children, a man/woman on the street you just met, or the cashier at the end of the counter waiting to ring you up. How many people have been affected by someone who just seemed really grumpy, down, and in the end it kinda just put a damper on your day and brought you discouragment? Did you know that there are many benefits to staying positive? Here are some of the statistics I have found.

1. Positive people Live Longer

2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments

3. Positive people are able to make better decisions under pressure

4. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress

5. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions whereas when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce.

        These are just a few things I have found about positive attitude. Paul tells us whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy then to think of such things. I know at times it is hard to be positive all the time, but we are strongly encouraged everyday to stay positive no matter what circumstance we face wether it be big or small. God is bigger than our problems we face today. I just encourage you this week as you wake up if you are having a rough morning and cant seem to get it together to start each morning with thinking of one positive thing and focus on that. If you cant think of anything I have one for you. You are alive! That is a gift from God in itself. He has a purpose for your life. He is not done with you yet. Give him the praise and glory for your gift of life today. He deserves it and he is looking forward to hearing from you.

 



Comments

06-04-2015 at 10:54 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Philippians 4:8 is one of the most important scriptures in my life. I refer to it with the children I teach as well. Telling them in a little jingle, "What goes in, must come out" What we see and think about will surely come out of our mouths at some point in our life. Will it be good or not so good?
06-02-2015 at 12:29 PM
Beverly Zuvers
Love the blog and the points shared.
05-28-2015 at 12:14 AM
David Mathid
Great positive piece. Thanks for sharing this verse and what it means to you.
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May 20, 2015, 5:56 PM

Pastor Dave on the PEW STUDY America's changing religious landscape


Lately, I have heard many Christians worrying about a recent PEW RESEARCH STUDY that found that those who describe themselves as Christians dropping  nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% to 70.6%.

 

More alarming for those same people is the growth of those who say they have no religious ties- atheist , agnostic or just unaffiliated- a six point jump from 16.1% to 22.8%

 

I am not worried or alarmed. I have seen the signs coming.

 

Let’s take the positive first. Things are not hopeless. No country in the world has a bigger Christian population.  We are still a Christian nation. Our political leaders still quote Bible passages. Christian voters are still sought after by both parties. We still are able to say what we want, worship where we want and do not fear persecution.

 

Yet, Christian principles are under attack. What has been accepted as right for over 200 years is now considered wrong- marriage before sex….a family before marriage…. marriage instead of living together….a marriage definition that is a covenant between a man and a woman….

 

Since the Word of God is contradicting current thought, the Bible is under attack. Many consider the morality of the ancient world to be archaic. The modern world knows more now. They believe that it’s time to change the rules.

 

All this is shoddy reasoning. Deep down, everyone knows it. It’s expressed everyday- at home, at work, at play. People are yearning for the “old” days. They look around and see the results of changing public policy and don’t like what they see- unwanted pregnancies, higher divorce rates, child abuse, pornography and conflicted children.

 

I don’t have a solution for America. I am only one person in a wider world. For me, the only avenue open is the people I see. That’s why I will continue to share the Word of God, love the Lord and take on the armor provided to me by the Holy Spirit. 

 

My plan is a simple one. Since the change in America is taking place “one person at a time” that’s how I want to spread the gospel. You guessed it “one person at a time”.

 

In Williams County, Ohio I am ready for war. I will continue to  go out into the world and fight for one soul at a time. Are you joining the “one person at a time” army?



Comments

05-24-2015 at 10:31 PM
Bob Etzel
Amen!! I have enlisted!
05-21-2015 at 10:10 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Working on that also. It only takes a spark to get a fire going!
05-20-2015 at 8:11 PM
natasha
Couldn't have said it any better! Agree 100% with you.
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