FAITHFULNESS

September 9, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

So look at us as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.

~1 Corinthians 4:2-3, NLT

QUOTE

“Three-fourths of ministry is just showing up.”

~Ron Ritchie.

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In the summer of 1995, Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripkin Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record of most consecutive games showing up for work 2,131 times. The ball park thundered with applause and standing ovation which lasted for 22 minutes. How did Ripkin do it? He simply showed up. He played through headache, colds and nagging injuries. I doubt very seriously that he began his career with Gehrig’s record in the back of his mind. The Lou Gehrig record may have motivated him in the end but it was his personal work ethic that made the difference.

Showing up in one part of faithfulness, one very important part–sometimes the hardest part. For those of us who follow Jesus Christ, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the nagging sins that keep hindering us. A big part of life is letting go of things we don’t need. We must be determined to run the race that Christ has laid out for us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. Jesus showed up for us at Calvary and He was suffering more than a headache or a sprained ankle. Jesus made no excuses: He did what had to be done.

We are not going to finish our race by making excuses and evading responsibility. You can’t follow Jesus unless you man-up, show-up and refuse to give-up. How is this possible? There is only one way– we keep our eyes on Jesus. Stay focused on His faithfulness and His ability to complete our faith.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

So turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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  • Gary is still making progress, PTL! Larry talked to the doctor last night and they may take the ventilator out today and wake him completely on Thursday. We do praise the LORD for good news: we love good news…keep praying.
  • Kane is back at St. Jude and if I understand correctly, he will be there for awhile. The sugar issues are from a high dose of Chemo and the steroids. The doctors at St. Jude say this expected and that everything is going according to the plan. I say thank YOU Jesus for St. Jude.
  • Remember Judy Davis in prayer.
  • Becky and Terry’s granddaughter Aurora had a knot on her leg that they were concerned about but Doctors in B’ham said it was a bruise with some bad tissue.
  • Josh and Charity’s baby son Jonah will be having surgery this Monday.
  • If you are a Patriot you will want to click on this link…

Gary, Keri and Kane

A LITTLE EXTRA

In Texas there is a town called New Braunfels, where there is a large German-speaking population. One day, a local rancher driving down a country road noticed a man using his hand to drink water from the rancher’s stock pond. The rancher rolled down the window and shouted: “Froh, dich zu treffen! Trink das Wasser nicht. Die kuehe haben darein geschissen.”  Which means: “Glad to meet you! Don’t drink the water, it is full of manure.”

The man shouted back: “I’m from New York and just down here setting up Hillary’s presidential campaign. I can’t understand you. Please speak in English.”

The rancher replied: “I said, Use both hands.”

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