Good morning,

Pastor Mike asked me to encourage you to be a part of the Colored Up 5K Run this Saturday. He also asked me to share a message from him this morning:

“Hello Church Family – The Colored Up 5K Run is just a couple of days away. It will be held this Saturday beginning at 9:00 AM. This is the single largest and biggest fund raiser that we have all year. This event goes a long way to providing the needed funds for summer camp and our Austin Abernathy scholarship fund. Please consider walking/running/jogging/ crawling whatever means necessary to be a part of this event. You can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Rustburg/ColoredUp If you don’t want to run that day, but still want to help our Children’s Ministry, there is a “donate tab” on that registration sight. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Pastor Mike”.

Dentist: “Just try to relax. I’ll have your aching tooth out in five minutes.”

Patient: “How much will this cost me?”

Dentist: “It’ll be $1000.”

Patient: “That much for just five minutes’ work?”

Dentist: “Well, if you prefer, I could pull it out very slowly.”

There are times in life when we are faced with painful challenges that we wish would go away quickly. Whether it be health related, relationship related, or work or financial related, these challenges will come to us and sometimes even come when it’s the worst possible time. Most all of us could say, “Been there, done that”. So how do we handle those times when life brings us pain? We wish it would pass quickly but many times it doesn’t.

Let me encourage you to stay the course. You see when painful challenges come, they are first an attack on our faith in Christ. They stare us in the face and say something like, “God doesn’t care about you, if He did He wouldn’t let this happen”. The real crises may not be the circumstances but the condition of our heart to remain faithful. Jesus said to us, “He who endures to the end shall be saved”. He was not speaking of salvation but challenging us to keep going and to keep moving forward even when we’re ready to give up. Whatever your challenge, know that His strength is yours and know that He is with you.

I’ll see you Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. for the Colored Up 5K Run and then Sunday as we share a message from Ephesians 2 entitled Pride and Prejudice.

Pastor Carl