Good morning! I’m so glad you are here this morning and look forward to experiencing the presence of the Lord.
I am going to share from Hebrews 12. As this new year gets under way, this scripture encourages us to live a life of faith, run the race of endurance and patience, and to throw off everything that slows us down.
As 2018 has begun—did you make a new year’s resolution, did you select a word for the year, are you looking for a fresh perspective? Maybe you are eager to “throw off” 2017 because it definitely slowed you down, brought difficulty and discouragement and you are done. Don’t lose heart—keep your eyes on Jesus. When you focus on Him and the path He has you on; when you determine to run this ‘race of life’ with perseverance, enduring the difficulty and fatigue, trust HIM!! He is the champion who initiates and perfects your faith as you go.
Jesus was opposed, he endured opposition, he was persecuted, people made fun of him, yet he stayed the course, ran the race, paid the price...and “because of the JOY that awaited Him, he endured the cross.”
Running the race,
Rev. Dr. Sondra