From the Pastor's Desk

Olympics a Journey of faith

I enjoy the events of the Olympics. Every two years alternating between winter and summer games, I experience a thrill of watching the athletes from around the world compete to be the best. Some events it’s easy to declare the top three finishers while others are a bit more subjective. I tend to reminisce when the United States’ competitors were truly amateurs, even though other nation’s teams seemed to be professionals. I regret that US Olympic Committee gave into pressure and allowed professional athletes to compete on our teams.

When I think about Olympic athletes, I still like amateur status that gives hope to the star collegiate athlete can achieve success. As they strive for perfection, they work hard and overcome obstacles through commitment and sacrifice.

Similarly, as Christians we strive for perfection. Through our faith journey, we may encounter hurdles and need endurance to finish strong in the race of life. We might need to make sacrifices to accomplish our goals for Jesus.

During the month of August, we will explore our faith as we reflect on stories of Olympians. We train for the Christian life. Proverbs 22:6 “ Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” We will discuss training with Havelyn and Jean Louis Duchenne. We will reflect on the hurdles that impede our progress to live as Christian Disciples in our world. In Job 4:4, “Your words have supported those who were stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.”

“And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-6 helps us to persevere with endurance the marathon race of living for Jesus every hour of every day, every year, until we find our final rest.

And when we come to the end of the race, we will lean for the finish line and reach our eternal goal of rest in Christ’s embrace. I hope you will join us as we reach for the golden crown of our Lord who blesses us.


Faithfully yours,


Rev. Bruce A. Jones

   October 2018   
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