Happy 2016!

Greetings!

The year 2015 is now in the history books and we are all making plans for the new year upon us. Many of us are making plans to become better people, better employees, better bloggers (such as myself included!) and maybe better bosses too.

Just remember though – whenever we make a resolution – we have a great opportunity to fail if we don’t stick with it. The reason I bring this up is simple. If we had the same type of measurement scale put on our faith, we could be labeled failures in many ways. How many of us actually finished our Read the Bible in a year goal for 2015? Probably a handful at best. I’m not trying to shame anyone for it but that’s the easiest way for us as Christians to stay fueled up in God’s Word and not let our defense down in a fallen world. The Word gives us strength to keep on keeping on when things seem impossible!

We should remember to get on our knees and thank God that we are still loved amidst our failures! God loves us regardless of how versed we are in Scripture or how many Scriptures we have memorized for that matter. He loves us in our failures as well as our victories. I think we just feel that love more-so in  our low times as followers because we are humble enough to hear God at that point.

I want 2016 to be a year that no matter how well we hold to our resolutions, we all realize that only one thing matters in the end…our relationship with God and that He loves us regardless. We can lean  on Him for strength when the going gets tough and if we continue to tap into that kind of power then it will be almost impossible not to realize our goals!

2016 will be a great year for us no matter what happens.

I pray you are all enjoying the off season and having fun with your family and those winter projects!

Rev. Randy

Into the Swing of DragRacing!

Mother nature has had a pretty good laugh with all this rain over the last 10 weekends at Byron Dragway, the home base for Sanctuary of Speed Ministries.  As I sat down last night after all the race action of the day, after watching BJ, Jim Laughlin , Mr. Bill and Dakota burn and scrape the excess rubber from the launch pads until late into the night, I realized I hadn’t wrote a sermon for this morning.

Normally, I have a good idea where to take the message after listening to the hearts and minds of our racing community on Saturday but last night I really didn’t know what the message would be. I could only hear one distinct thing, REST. Upon waking up at 5:15 am to the sound of my awning starting to rumble with the inherent loom of a thunder storm approaching in the horizon, I realized that Chapel service was not going to happen this morning so I went back to sleep to REST.

Some of you are aware that I have had to take a position that I never dreamed I would be doing in my life, learning the art of carpentry from Rick Roberson. After volunteering to work with him on the tower project and the many other volunteers such as Super Bill and others, Rick offered me a job and I decided I would try it out. As a minister, I have learned that we must do what we need to do in order to sustain ourselves financially while working to serve our God. I keep thinking about how our Lord was also a carpenter. Jesus was predominantly known as a fisherman….a fisher of men but His trade before he started His ministry was carpentry. So in my mind is it was good enough for Christ then it is also good enough for me but I gotta tell you, there have been those days in which I thought I got steam-rolled like While E Coyote after a hard day of work! 8-)

My message this morning is really simple. “Rest in the Lord” no matter what obstacles seem to cross your path. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

Psalm 37:7 says “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.”

David as well as many others in the Bible found rest in the presence of our Lord when they faced trials of life. In particular, I think about what David must have been thinking right before he went into battle against Goliath. Knowing that the strength of God will help you along the way is a key attribute of Christianity. Without that strength to help us through tough times would be a sure fire way to failure. And when we think we have failed, I’m always quick to press into the Lord to find out what lesson can be learned from the setback. You see, life is not always a box of chocolates like Forest Gump said but there is truth in knowing that life can throw you for a loop every now and then. The key to it though is getting back up like Rocky did to keep fighting the good fight!

Please take a moment to watch the clip below.