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May 17, 2019, 11:34 AM

May 17, 2019


 
 

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As Christians We Are Running

A Spiritual Race.

 

In Acts 20, we find the apostle’s Paul’s words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. These were things that really mattered to the great apostle. He writes in verse 24, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord.”

Paul used the analogy of a runner in a race many times in his writings. Each of these instances remind us of a different aspect of running the race of life.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize.” In other words, you also must run in such a way that you will win! There is no point in running for second or third place. Go for the gold! Don’t settle for mediocrity as a follower of Jesus.

Understand, however, that your “opponents” are not other Christians. I am not running the race of life to beat anyone else. Our competitors are the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 

Galatians 5:7 says, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?” Sometimes, due to poor choices in friends and companions, we get “off track.” They tend to drag us away from our commitment, instead of encouraging us in it. At the very least, they slow us down. At worst, they sidetrack us.

The best thing for us to do as believers is to keep moving forward in our faith, and don’t let the past or Satan’s reminders of our past trip us up.

 

Philippians 3:13–16 reads, “Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So, let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision — you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”

 

The Message this Sunday, May 19,

is titled “Spiritual Wellness”

 

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May Pot Luck

This Sunday - 11:30

in Fellowship Hall ~ bring a dish of your choice!

Let's Celebrate our Grads!!

 

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Celebrating with Cari Fowler!

For some time Cari has been considering working with one of our

area congregations in need of a minister. She was invited to conduct Easter services at First Christian Church in Portland, near Corpus Christi and she told us this week she has now accepted a call to be their permanent minister, effective this Sunday!

Congratulations Cari!

We continue to be the Fowler family's home church, and we want to keep Cari in our prayers as she serves in Portland. She will have an installation service sometime soon, we will keep you updated on that.

May Cari and the Christian Church in Portland experience

the blessings of our Lord, and together may they bring

hope and joy to their community.

 

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9:00 on Sunday

Discipleship and Mission: studies in Matthew, Luke and Romans with Linda Vetters, Parlor

What is God’s Will? With Gael Thompson, Chapel

All youth and adults are welcome.

 

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Baptism on Pentecost

If you or a member of your family are considering being baptized, please contact Pastor Gregory Ross at 512-619-6349,

or call the church at 512-396-1926, to let us know.

We are planning a baptism service on the Day of Pentecost, June 9. Gregory would like to arrange a Pastor's class in preparation for baptism as soon as candidates are confirmed.

 


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