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September 28, 2014

By Katie Hemp, Middle School Staff Leader

Hebrews 12:1-3

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

We must let go of sin, “Let It Go!” and exchange it for God’s power.

Feeling most alive involves risk, vulnerability. In spite of potential failure, we must have gumption and spirited resourcefulness.

We were made for the race of life. Our story matters and no one else can play our part.

We must fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:2). Jesus tells us that it is the Father in him who is doing the work, and that when Jesus leaves the earth, we will do greater things than even him (John 14:4-14).

We must persevere. It might and probably will hurt (as in my departing from this church), but God wants to use each of us to bring hope and restoration to others.

Somebody needs to watch us love God so much that they believe that they can love God and be loved by him!