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Upcoming Events
OCT

22

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.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
OCT

25

WED
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.
Bible Search
Training for the Race of Life.....Days 69 and 70 (Impact)

Training for the Race of Life……Days 69 and 70
 The busyness of this Saturday and Sunday left no time to run, but that was ok because my body needed some recovery time after putting in a 40 mile plus week.  Saturday was filled with going to Knoxville to visit a friend whose father was in the Hospital in bad shape and Sunday was dedicated to worship, Bible study, and then an afternoon wedding.  I was able to get in a lot of walking both of these days at the Hospital and back and forth between the chapel where the wedding was held and the fellowship hall where the reception was held.
 Both days I was able to spend time with friends and family that I love and care about very much.  And as I reflected on all of that I couldn’t help but be thankful.  God has really blessed me and I am thankful for that.  The wedding was filled up with people, many of whom I hadn’t seen in almost 20 years, and yet as I saw them all I was thankful for them and the impact that they had had on my life during my childhood and teenage years.
 Its amazing the impact someone can have isn’t it?  To take that to the next step on this journey of life (this race of life if you want to call it that), its amazing to think about the impact that we can have.  For the truth is that all people impact the world around them.  Some for good and some for bad.  These folks had impacted my life in a good way and I was thankful.  But even as I think about that from the ones that encouraged me at church, to the ones who taught me in Sunday School, to the ones who just simply took time to talk with me when I was younger, I am challenged.  Challenged to have that kind of impact on those that God has placed in my life. 
 God has given each of us a calling.  The Bible says, “for I know the plans that I have for you….”  God has plans for us.  He wants to use us to impact the world for His glory.  Again God’s word says, “that He has good works prepared in advance for us to do.”  He wants us to be people of influence.  As we take this journey of life, as we run this race, He wants us to be His vessels and impact the world around us.
 How? Maybe through teaching a class, maybe through praying for a child or a teenager, maybe through taking time to listen to the hurting, or maybe through taking time to visit with someone, or to cook a meal for someone in a tough time,…….There are all kinds of things that we can do to impact the world and to expand God’s kingdom. 
 I’m thankful for the people who impacted me and for those who impact me today.  I hope you are as well, and I hope that as your thankful you are challenged to be God’s vessel to those around you.
 Keep running with Jesus and keep serving Him as well.