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Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
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Training for the Race of Life.....Day 38 (Uphill)

Training for the Race of Life……Day 38 (Uphill)
 Today’s run featured some uphill running on the treadmill.  I ran for an hour or so and about 4 minutes had to be uphill time according to my training manual, so I did just that.  I didn’t set the treadmill on an extreme incline, yet its amazing just how much difference a little bit of an incline makes.  When I run through my neighborhood there are a few small slopes and these tend to slow me down just a little bit.  In short it’s harder to run uphill.
 Since its Christmas week I’ve been thinking about a lot of the people in the Christmas story and the wise men have been on my mind a lot lately.  I wonder as they made their journey from “the east” to Jerusalem and then ultimately to Bethlehem, if they had to go up any hills?  I am sure that they did.  I am sure that sometimes their journey was physically tough.  Some scholars suggest that it may have taken them up to 2 years to make the trek.  So I am sure that sometimes their journey was hard.  It was demanding.  It was tiring.  It was probably even dangerous from time to time as they journeyed through bad areas with robbers and wild animals. 
 It was also mentally demanding as well.  Day after day following a star, looking for a child.  There had to be times when they wanted to quit.  Whether from the physical strain or the mental toil or both.  At times they had to contemplate giving up, but they never did. 
 As they journey in dangerous territory they kept on.  When faced with difficult characters on the way…..they kept on.  When their legs felt like they couldn’t go on….they kept on.  When they had no idea where they were going….they kept on.  When the met Herod, they kept on.  They stayed faithful to the journey no matter what.
 They kept their eyes on the prize.  And we must do the same.  As we are running we must keep our eyes on the goal.  As we are journeying through life we must also keep our eyes on the goal.  What is the goal? We have the same goal that the wise men had 2000 years ago, and that goal is Jesus.  We must keep our eyes on Him, the author and finisher of our faith.  He must be our focus.  Yes sometimes the journey will seem long, sometimes it will feel like we are traveling uphill, sometimes we will be fearful or anxious, or confused (I’m sure the wise men felt all of these emotions), yet we must always be faithful to the task.
 So keep running with Jesus and be faithful to the task.