Jog-a-thons and Running

jogathon_childrenAs you may know, our church has a Christian school. Today is the annual Jog-a-thon Fundraiser. This is where kids  have gathered pledges for participation and/or laps run. Investment in this day is not only expected, but fun for all the participants and volunteers who help.

There’s something about running.

Running not only wears you out, but it makes you stronger — how does THAT work, right?

In the spiritual lifestyle, we MUST run! We MUST get stronger in order to make it to the end. And the big thing about running the spiritual life for God’s Kingdom is to keep Jesus in FOCUS. And to RUN!! And to NOT GIVE UP!

If you’ve been around this faith life, this is a FUNDAMENTAL — you already know this. But do you actually DO this? Do you actually have a dietary spiritual theme in YOUR life that includes this? It is truly a challenge for EVERY BELIEVER.

Prepare to RUN — get those special shoes on, get up early, discipline yourself, and by all means — DON’T BE LAZY — “Just Do It!”

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

 

Carman Licciardello Updates on His Cancer Battle

Carman influenced my “real” Christian walk right after I got out of high school. In fact, the discovery of some Christian music to replace all of the distracting “other” music was a key to my intense hunger after God’s heart.

The very first song that I loved was one called, “Lazarus” — to me it was amazing!

You can keep up on his recent diagnosis with Multiple Myeloma on his Facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/CarmanLicciardello

 

 

Connecting to People You Love Every Day

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The following is a post that I keep reading over and over from Seth Godin. I wanted to post this list on my blog so I could continue to refer to it often. Do you have something to add? If so, just leave it in the comment section.

The simple power of one a day (by Seth Godin)

There are at least 200 working days a year. If you commit to doing a simple marketing item just once each day, at the end of the year you’ve built a mountain. Here are some things you might try (don’t do them all, just one of these once a day would change things for you):

  • Send a handwritten and personal thank you note to a customer
  • Write a blog post about how someone is using your product or service
  • Research and post a short article about how something in your industry works
  • Introduce one colleague to another in a significant way that benefits both of them
  • Read the first three chapters of a business or other how-to book
  • Record a video that teaches your customers how to do something
  • Teach at least one of your employees a new skill
  • Go for a ten minute walk and come back with at least five written ideas on how to improve what you offer the world
  • Change something on your website and record how it changes interactions
  • Help a non-profit in a signficant way (make a fundraising call, do outreach)
  • Write or substiantially edit a Wikipedia article
  • Find out something you didn’t know about one of your employees or customers or co-workers

Funny Things All Ages Learn in Life

GREAT TRUTHS THAT CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:

~  No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
~  When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
~  If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second
person.
~  Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
~  You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
~  Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
~  Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
~  You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
~  Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
~  The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.

GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:

~  Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
~  Wrinkles don’t hurt.
~  Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
~  Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
~  Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
~  Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD

~  Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
~  Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
~  When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down
there.
~  You get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a
roller coaster.
~  It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask
you the questions.
~  Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
~  Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

From http://www.mikeysfunnies.com

The Bible Epic Series

Absolutely looking forward to this series, not only on TV, but teaching right along side the subject matter at church!

The Bible is an epic five-part miniseries premiering March 3, 2013 on the History Channel. Each episode of The Bible brings Scripture to life with powerful performances and dazzling visual effects to present tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.

Church Attendance Time Off

Ran across this great illustration submitted by Tony Fox. Since we are teaching on BEING PLANTED in the local church, I thought I’d share it.

Dear Pastor:

You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person has a right to miss now and then. I think every person ought to be excused for the following reasons and the number of times indicated.

Christmas Holidays (the Sunday before & after) 2
New Years (the party lasted too long) 1
Easter (get away for the holidays) 2
July 4th (national holidays) 1
Labor Day (need to get away) 2
Memorial Day (visit hometown folk) 1
School closing (kids need a break) 1
School reopens (one last fling) 1
Family reunions (mine & wife’s) 3
Sleep late (stayed up too long Saturday night) 9
Deaths in family 2
Anniversary (second honeymoon) 1
Sickness (one per family member) 5
Business trip (a must) 1
Vacation (three to four weeks) 6
Bad weather (ice, snow, rain, clouds) 2
Ball games 2
Races 2
Unexpected company (can’t walk out) 2
Time changes (spring & fall) 2
Special on TV (superbowl, etc) 3

Pastor, that leaves two Sundays per year. So, you can count on us to be in church on the 4th Sunday in February and the 3rd Sunday in August unless we are providentially hindered.

Sincerely,

A Faithful Member

Bible Verses that the World is Reading

Bible app iconFor the past couple of years, YouVersion has published the top verses being read by millions of people using their app and Web site. The Bible is so powerful and we have favorite passages or life-verses that mean a little more to us personally than others. What is YOUR favorite verse?

YouVersion community’s top 10 most bookmarked verses of 2012:

  1. Philippians 4:6
  2. Proverbs 3:5
  3. Jeremiah 29:11
  4. Romans 12:2
  5. Philippians 4:7
  6. Proverbs 3:6
  7. Philippians 4:13
  8. Matthew 6:33
  9. 1 Corinthians 13:4
  10. 1 Corinthians 13:7