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Will you finish strong, without regrets?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). ESV

Starting the race is easy. It’s finishing the race that is difficult!

My new favorite writer is Washington D.C. Pastor Mark Batterson. Insightful, inspiring, and challenging that's Mark.

Here are just a few of his book titles:

Wild Goose Chase: Reclaiming the Adventure of Pursuing God
The Id: True you
Primal: A quest for the lost soul of Christianity
In a Pit with a lion on a snowy day.

When I think of the challenge of " Finishing Strong", I am reminded of something Mark wrote, and his thinking as always takes the reader to a place of contemplation, where one must face squarely the decision to remain where you are or believe God for something more:

Here is a challenge from the heart of this writer: There are the reg…

Do you pray for others when asked?

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
(James 5:16).

Will you pray for me?

In my life I have had so many people ask me to do just that. As a minister that is to be expected.

Do the folks that ask, think I have an in with God that they don’t have? Are the prayers of ordained clergy more effective?

I think the vast majority of people who have asked me to pray for them do so, because they truly just want someone, to care enough to walk with them in a difficult time, to join their thorny journey by sharing a burden, and audibly seeking the ear of the only one who can relieve stress, change a life situation and open a new door.

Just today I have had two different people ask me to pray for concerns that are weighing them down. I paused during the writing of this blog entry to pray for them.

When people ask you to pray for them, do you? I try to pray immediately when so…

Four Days!

It was expensive. I knew it would be. Travel always is. Even “Got to get away” airline packages add up. Then there is the hassle of traffic, where did these people all come from? Don’t they have to work somewhere? They probably are thinking the same thing about me!

When you take last minute trips, the expenses pile up like line-backers on a slow running back!

When you factor in the cost of airport parking, gas, snacks (An essential part of the American traveling experience) restaurants, movie tickets and shopping sprees, you,… well, you face certain financial modifications…definite check book shock, serious... fiscal accountability….bottom line… you just might be eatingvariations of spam!

For me it was all worth it!

Just where did I go you wonder?

I, spent four wonderful days with a woman!That’s right a woman…that has been my wife since August of 1981!

She flew via United Airlines, to Salt Lake City, Utah.We drove back to Wyoming (170 miles away) where we worshiped at the wonderful Chu…