Toughness of Training

5. If you have worn a hole in the passenger floorboard attempting to brake for a 15 year old training to drive. 4. If you have gotten car sick from your 15 year old attempting to stay between the lines while training to drive. 3. If your heart rate has increased to the point that […]

5. If you have worn a hole in the passenger floorboard attempting to brake for a 15 year old training to drive.
4. If you have gotten car sick from your 15 year old attempting to stay between the lines while training to drive.
3. If your heart rate has increased to the point that you knew you were having a heart attack due to your 15 year old training to drive.
2. If you have hollered, “Stop, I don’t want to die today!” while training your 15 year old to drive.
1. If your 15 year old, training to drive, has gotten out of the driver’s seat while the car is still in DRIVE.

If you have endured these moments of training a 15 year old to drive, you are proof that it can be done, and I might live another day.

Life is tough. Training is tough. Parents of teens are tough. Satan is tough. Do you know who is the TOUGHEST of them all? OUR GOD. He has trained some of the greatest, most faithful warriors in His army. At times, they fled. They got scared and gave up. When everyone deserted Him, He stayed and remained true to His promises.

When Whitney and I step into our vehicle as our 15 year old son is handed the keys, we sing this little song in our heads. “Be strong and courageous and do not be afraid. The Lord goes with you each and every day.”

I refuse to give up when times get tough. I refuse to give up when fear creeps into our world. I refuse to give up, because my boy is counting on dad to follow through with the training (and I’m not talking about driving a vehicle). I’m talking about the training that is necessary to receive our crown, the training that grows boys into faithful followers of Him, the training that shapes and molds leaders.

I could not be more proud of my boy for the man of God that He is becoming. I am thankful for you, and I thank you all for your love, support, and tireless efforts to help grow the Kingdom of God. Never Give Up the Training. I Timothy 4:8-16

Washington Speaks

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought it would be good to remember some words of final warning given to us by George Washington in his Farewell Address. He spoke of the great care that needed to be taken to guard and preserve the unity of our government....

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not...

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon the nature of the instruction or leading to which a...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37...

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He had already made his choice. He shared it with...

John 17: 20-23

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory...

Thank You, RCOC!

What a turn out Sunday night. What a joyful, fulfilling evening. What an example of organized chaos. But we got it done. Over 150 buckets filled. All delivered to Healing Hands and they should be headed out today to the ship that will deliver them to those in need in...

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the nicest man in his  profession. After reading his...

We Need Your Help

When? Sunday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.   For What? We are loading buckets of essential items to be sent to those fleeing from the war in Ukraine.   Healing Hands International has provided us with a list of essential items that will...

Revival

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? I don’t know what the word “REVIVAL” brings to mind for you. For some people it may bring to mind a very specific picture of a church event. This week I am at a youth minister’s retreat in Columbia,...