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The Memory Verse for August

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside
every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance
the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our
Hebrews 12:1-2a
I love watching the Olympics! The best athletes in the world coming together to
represent their countries and perform at the highest levels of competition makes
me want to watch every chance I can. It doesn’t matter if it’s Track and Field,
Swimming, or Spelunking, there is something captivating and inspiring about
people giving their all to reach a goal.
This month we will focus on the faith described in Hebrews and running “the
race that is set before us.” For most track athletes, the goal is not necessarily
winning the race, but persevering and improving upon their personal records.
If they win Bronze, Silver or even Gold in the process, that is an incredible
accomplishment that few experience. The winning is actually in giving their
best effort.

There is a prize waiting for us that is more spectacular than any medal.
It is not won by effort, though. It is won by faith… and yet Paul encourages
us to “run!” I pray that in the
days ahead we will grow in our faith and give our best effort in all that we
do - school, work, relationships, worship, service, rest - to the glory of God.

I was so excited to hear that our conference loan for the addition is now under
$400,000! This has been a long time coming and you have worked so hard.
Thank you for your amazing effort, generosity, and praise to God for this

Robin and I also want to thank you again for the wonderful welcome you
gave to our family. July was like a whirlwind with moving, preaching, meeting
new people, Vacation Bible School, Church Camp and a very special wedding.
Your gracious hospitality and understanding have been a blessing!

By the way, if you find out when the Spelunking competition is being held, let
me know.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Eric



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