Three avid runners were interviewed after a week of hard, daily 5 mile runs while training for a race. The first said that he runs so that he does not get a heart attack like his father and so that he can be alive to retire. The second replies that he runs so that he can eat whatever he likes, sleep well each night and not gain weight. The third explains that he feels most alive when his legs glide over the ground, his heart beats like thunder in his chest and the wind blows upon his face. The first man is motivated by the fear of what will happen if he stops running. The second runs for the reward of what he can get out of it for his own needs. The last runs because he actually loves it! Many of God’s men run their race in life out of fear or reward but not in response to the Father’s gracious love in Christ. What motivates you to run the race of life to which God has called you? Do you run out of fear for His judgment? Do you run for His blessings or benefits to you? Or do you run simply because you are consumed by His love? Only men motivated by the love of God in Christ and overwhelmed by His grace will finish well their race this year and in life. It might be wise to stop and take a pulse to determine the current motivation of your heart. (Adapted from an idea by Dan Dorinani)
We have 90 men from 33 churches involved our fall season of GRIP Discipleship. Pray for authentic and transparent relationships between GRIP partners, laser-like focus on 3 Key Action Points, and that the Father would daily grip each man’s heart.
YTD through August 2019 our shortfall revenue to expenses is -18% ($-32K). We look to God for his provision as we approach year-end and we praise Him for our donors’ partnership with us in the Gospel!
3 Wired events being planned before yearend: 1 Father Forum, 1 Stress Forum, and 1 other.
Perry – Pray for wisdom and endurance as the Lord seems to have put me in a variety of men’s lives who are going through great adversity here in the city. Also, pray for my Brother, Kenny, as he walks his beautiful bride, Rachel, across the finish line of life as she battles cancer and is now in hospice. Kenny’s first wife passed away due to cancer.
Janet – continued focus on prayer with thanksgiving & praise each & every day! Remain healthy with stamina & energy to assist Hunsakers with their move to GA. Wisdom & energy to love those God calls me to love.
Joy & Eddie
Megan & Marc – Pray as we move to GA later this month. Marc becomes Dean of Personal & Professional Development at Berry College in Rome GA. We are grateful and excited about this new adventure which includes being closer to family. Prayers for safe travels and all details to come together for a cross country move.
David – My mom who has been in a memory care facility has been moved to a skilled nursing hospice. Late-stage Alzheimer’s with other physical ailments. Praying for peace from above for her. For me, I covet prayers for balancing life’s demands (personal and work) while wholly and practically depending on Jesus.
Katherine - Thankful for a smooth start to another school year. Several students have many other needs besides academic learning… pray that I will lean on the Holy Spirit to love them with His love. Pray that I will balance wife and mom roles and love the men in my life with Jesus’ love.
Austin(21) – Join us in praising God for Austin’s post high school set of tracks. He is involved in two community Day Programs and has a job he loves at the local Rec Center cleaning aerobic equipment. Starting in Dec, he will be performing a monthly concert (singing) at a local nursing home. We’re thankful for the dependable team of Christian people meeting his transportation and mentoring needs!
Cameron(16) – Praise for a good start to his important junior year in High school. Pray for his time management as he balances studies, orchestra, social life and college search. Join us in praying for an adult mentor who can make a connection with Cameron.