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The Marathon

  • For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness' 2 Timothy 4:6 WEB

    It was late evening and we were having dinner with some friends of our family, who happened to be avid runners. I had never met them before, but I understood the need for speed as I love racing anything. They told us about the marathons they had competed in across the country. After telling us about their last 26 mile run, I learned how to make the husband very angry by using only three words: 'Did you win?'

    Apparently that is a question that you don't ask a marathon runner. The husband took it as a serious insult and looked at me as if I had slapped him across the face. He was Chinese, and after uttering some language that I didn't understand, and probably didn't want to, he explained that finishing a marathon at all is your win.

    You are competing against your own body, fatigue, the weather, and the clock. Everyone there has different bodies, skills, strengths, strides, and finishing a 26-mile marathon at all is considered a victory. When he finished his thirty-minute speech, I agreed.

    As Christians we are all in a marathon. Some people move faster than others, while some hold a slower pace. It does not matter how fast you move along, the goal is staying the course and completing 'your' race.

    You are competing against your own body, its desires, weariness, and not against others. Take your time, set goals, and most importantly, if you fall, get back up. No one finishes a marathon by laying on their face. Get up and keep putting one foot in front of the other one, and you will finish this marathon well just as Paul did. He fought the good fight, he finished the course.

    'Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me today and make me steadfast in this race of life. Help me see the big picture and to be in tune with what You are doing during my generation. Help me finish my race well, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: Happy Sunday :)! For those who would like to join us, we will be hosting our RHM Live Online church service. This is a special time of worship, prayer, fellowship and an inspiring message. All are welcome! Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen
August 16, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark Praise God in jesus name amen
August 16, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I choose you Lord as my running partner. I will win with you in my life. Amen

August 16, 2020
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Denise  Gaines
Denise Gaines

Amen

August 16, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus please give us stgrenth to run our race for you and your glory. Amen 

August 16, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father give me strength for my race with You

August 16, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

August 16, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

August 16, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes Amen. Thank you Jesus. 

August 16, 2020
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you Pastor.

August 16, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 16, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for being with me on this race,I need the strength to keep going and if I  fall help me to get up and keep the running for Your glory. Teach us Lord to stay on tune with You, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

What an awesome message Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

August 16, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

August 16, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God help me to stay the race and not become so discouraged. I know better but I still get dragged down. Strengthen me and make me fearless. Inthe name of Jesus Amen 

August 16, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 17, 2020
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Denise  Gaines
Denise Gaines

Amen Amen

August 22, 2020