Thursday, June 30, 2016
I ran the first 1.5 miles in about 17:16, then walked a quarter, then ran a half, then walked a quarter, then ran .6.
So, the good news is that I'm stretching out that first running segment; the bad news is that I was slower overall from Saturday. BUT, what I didn't tell you is that on Saturday, I had a 4 minute gap between miles 1 and 2, so, I'm counting this run as progress.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
This is an estimate. I know the first mile is correct and the total time is correct, but the other three miles are an educated guess. I know that mile 3 was the slowest as I had a quarter mile walk to start and end it. The even miles had just one quarter mile walk in them.
So far so good. $10.24 committed to debt so far for June, and I plan on running tomorrow!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Although, I wish it were a pie run; then again, that's how I got here in the first place!
So, as if I didn't have enough motivation, along comes the idea (not mine) of having a "Biggest Loser" contest at work. I plopped my $5 down faster than you can say donut! Now, I just have to eat as much as I can before the weigh in, and I'll be a sure winner!
This run was indoors at The Gathering Place. They have a 1/7th mile indoor track. And AC. Looooove the AC. I'm all about the AC. Especially in 90° F heat.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
So, my cholesterol is up to 251. That's some motivation to start running.
My weight is still hovering around 210 lbs. That's some motivation to start running.
I'm not in very good shape. That's some motivation to start running.
But all of that isn't enough! So, I made a deal with Brandy: For every mile I run, we allocate $1 to debt. Now there's some motivation for running!
Monday, I'm scheduled for 500 miles.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Dear Friends and Family,
I have the great privilege of being part of the Grace Bible Church mission team headed to Guyana, South America coming up in July 2016. This is the fourth summer mission team our church has been able to send. The previous mission teams from 2007, 2010, and 2013 witnessed the Holy Spirit working in every aspect of the Guyanese individual lives. Grace Bible Church and I appreciate your commitment to carry out a part of the great commission from the book of Matthew chapter 28. You can participate in this great commission by keeping us in your prayers.
You may ask yourself, 'what happens during the mission trip?' We as a group will conduct Vacation Bible School for young children that will include Bible stories, singing, skits, and crafts for girls. Junior aged to teen age boys will participate in soccer skills clinics, scrimmages, team building and a healthy dose of exercise.
Each evening we will have crusades in a local village which include fellowship, singing, drama, testimonies, and preaching.
Today, the logistics of putting together a mission trip can be daunting. Packing items, securing transportation and passports, each person for this trip will have to raise up to $1200 for plane tickets and lodging, $50 for meals while traveling, as well as expenses for VBS crafts, materials, and soccer equipment.
Prayerfully consider if you are able to meet any of the needs stated above and if God lays on your heart to help out monetarily, please send those donations to Grace Bible Church at the address above, with a note in the memo of checks: Guyana Mission Team.
One final note: In John 15:5, Jesus lays out how we are to engage in ministry: I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
In 2 Corinthians 1:11, Paul lays out the importance of prayer: you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.
More than anything, I ask you to pray.
Pray for the mission team for purity, for strength in resisting temptation and enduring the trials that will prepare us for this work.
Pray for the Guyanese people that God would call many brothers and sisters into His kingdom during our time there.
Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:37-38: Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Chapter 1 Notes and Summary
God moves the pressure to conform to His will from the general (the storm) to the specific (Jonah as the cause of the storm) to the pinpoint (isolation) (only Jonah gets put into the crucible of the fish).
God also uses humans to bring the pressure to repent, starting with the captain's (one) call to prayer and following with the sailors' (many) confrontation in v.8 and intense confrontation in v.10 "HOW COULD YOU DO THIS???", which should be taken in its proper context of imminent, intense danger in which the sailors are in fear for their very lives. A direct, personal, in your face confrontation produces no repentance from Jonah.
We all know of believers that have been through this sequence of God's discipline; perhaps we recognize it in our own lives. What are we holding onto right now that God is prying our fingers off of by bringing His loving hand of discipline into our lives? How long will we "kick against the goads", as Paul recounts his own struggle against God in Acts 26:14.
A final comment from this chapter on the stubbornness of Jonah: it stems from the fact that he would rather die (with the sailors in a sunken ship or by himself if thrown overboard) than do the will of God. I think we often underestimate God's tenacity in disciplining us to do His will.
Wayward believers may think of 1 John's "sin leading to death" (1 John 5:16-17) and take comfort in the fact that eventually God will give up and kill them. God will exhaust every single tool at His disposal to bring back His running sheep, and remember, God always uses His tools like a master craftsman - with precision, accuracy, and wisdom. No, God will take a long time engaging His son in discipline to finally allow a sinning believer the comfort of death.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Jonah 1:17 and Paragraph Summary
1:17 - And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
Continuing from vs. 12, God had Jonah exactly where He wanted him in order to apply pin-point pressure on him to obey. Is that where you are? Has the general call to repentance, the confrontation by one, and the confrontation by many all been applied in your situation by God to turn you from your willfulness? The next step is isolation, isolation from God, from believers, from a lot of the goodness that flows from God.
Now the sinning believer is put into the crucible in order to turn him from his own way to God's way. It took three days of being in the dark, acid filled belly of the fish for Jonah to come to his senses. Most likely, when he saw that he wasn't going to die, like he wanted to, Jonah responded to God's will.
What about us? Is the only time we respond to God's will is under the threat of endless discipline without the escape of death? Are we so hard hearted and stubborn that we will only relent when the pressure becomes more than we can bear?