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Praise Team Practice
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The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
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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 68 (Family)

Training for the Race of Life…..Day 68
 Well it was another snowy day here in the Artic.  Oh wait I don’t live in the Artic, I live outside of Johnson City, TN.  It is an amazing winter that we are having.  This one wasn’t a particularly big snow but it did get the schools out, which gave me a chance to head out and get a long run in before a busy evening of wedding rehearsal. 
 I had every intention of getting in around 15 or even 16 miles today but my time simply ran out.  I had a lot to do that evening, so I got in around 12 miles and headed home.  I should have started earlier but I needed some time to play with the kids so I left a little late.  Which was okay because we had a great time together.  Family is extremely important. 
 Or at least it should be.  It should be for everyone of us, our families and our friends and our church families should be a priority in our lives.  Sometimes I am good and making them a priority and other times life gets extremely busy.  I am glad however that today I was able to spend some quantity and quality time with them.  Family time is extremely important. 
 Sometimes we forget that don’t we? Sometimes we get so caught us in our schedules and our to-do lists that we neglect the people who enrich our lives.  Simply put we need to take time to be with those that we love. 
 The Bible tells us that every good gift we have in our lives is a gift from God and certainly our families, our friends, and our church families are a gift from God.  We shouldn’t neglect the gift, but instead we should cherish it.  We should take time to spend with those that we love to make them feel cared about, to make them feel special, to let them know that they are appreciated and to let them know that they are loved. 
 It may take leaving some less important things behind, it may mean saying no to certain things, it may mean compromise and flexibility, but we must do it.  The Bible says, “he who doesn’t provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.”  Strong words aren’t they.  What do they mean? Don’t sell your family short, don’t neglect the ones that you love and the ones that love you.  Make them a priority for in doing so you are honoring God for He is the one who blessed you with them in the first place. 
 So keep running with Jesus and keep loving Him by loving those He has blessed you with.