The Youth Rally is under way at Bethany Baptist Church with music and games, snacks and a penny race, and most important of all, sound Bible messages. Jimmy Nichols conducts Youth Rallies across America with his wife, Susan. Together they present an exciting and interesting program. Christian Youth can enjoy all these things and not have regrets afterward. In fact, coming to know the Lord and having good fellowship with other Youth is the basis for a very good life.
The Youth Rally will conclude Friday evening. Jimmy and Susan Nichols will be in services with us again, Sunday morning. There will be a lunch in the fellowship hall at 1:00 p.m. and no evening service, Sunday night.
Pastor Bob, Darlene, and Sally Sorensen returned home last Wednesday after their vacation. They had started out with a visit to Darlene’s family in St. Louis where the Taschner Family had gathered for a Reunion. Then they drove to South Dakota and Nebraska area for a visit with family there. We were very glad to see them back home safely.
Darlene and some of the Bethany women worked one day at Camp JOY. They reported that it was a wonderful day.
The Jubilee Singers sang a special song before Pastor Bob brought a message on “Running the Race to the Finish” reading from Hebrews 12:1-3.
The Christian life can be compared to a marathon or an endurance race being run before a crowd of witnesses. The great “cloud of witnesses” may be those who have finished the race having kept their faith and have endured all sorts of adversity.
The men and women who run in the marathons may enter a training program weeks before the big race. They may practice with weights in order to increase their endurance. Christians have a training program at their church where they prepare for their race. Here they are told to lay aside the weights and sin that would hinder them in the race. You cannot expect to run well without exercise. Spiritual victories are not gained in one day. You are strengthened through the practice of faith.
We do have the encouragement to know that Jesus has run the race. He went to the cross, took our load of sin on himself and won the victory over the grave. Keep looking to Jesus Christ, who joyfully took the burden of our sin and made it possible for us to keep the faith and win our victory crown.