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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Olympic athletes train tirelessly in order to win the gold medal. It is unfortunate that many train but only one can win the medal. There are many who do not even have the opportunity to compete. They lost long ago in the qualifying events. 

We Christians are also in a race and must discipline ourselves just as the athlete disciplines himself. There is one great difference, however. We do not have to finish first. We just need to finish. If we finish the course, we will win the crown. 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.  2 Tim 4:7-8 ESV 

As you run the Christian race each day, do not give up. Keep running. Never quit. The crown that awaits you is worth the effort. Stretch forward toward that goal and finish the race, no matter how hard or how long it takes.  

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It saddens me when I hear the news and learn how our society has come to view the loss of life. It seems that there is little respect for life. Every day you can read and hear of senseless murders. God will call to account all those who have killed and continue to kill the innocent, unborn children. God will call to account all those who senselessly take the lives of others. Murder is wrong. It is a sin. 

Yet, I call you today to become a murderer. Of course, I do not mean in the literal sense, but God wants you to become a murderer. He wants you to put to death the sin in your life. 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Col 3:5 ESV 

Once you have put to death the sin in your life (repent), yield to Jesus so He can free you from the consequences of those sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). If you have already done that, let God cleanse you of that sin. As His child, acknowledge your sin before, requesting forgiveness.

I am glad I serve a gracious and merciful God. I know I have not lived perfectly before Him. 

TLM

Sermon Outlines

What Must I Do...?

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The New Birth

What About the Resurrection

A Way of Life

It Is a Tight Squeeze

The Day I Die

You Can Make a Difference

Equipping the Saints to Bear One Another's Burdens

I'll Do It Myself

Why Should We Preach...

Jesus Christ: The Prince of Peace

The Good Shepherd

What Is Fellowship?

I have Found the Book

How the O.T. Helps Us Today

Motivation for Christian Living

The Faith to Endure

The Bases of Fellowship in Jesus

The God that Sees

The Humility of Jesus

Jesus: The Great I AM

Committment in Marriage

Jesus' Passion for the Lost

When Time Ends

A Seperate People

Christians Are Special

Who Is Satan Part I?

You Have no Right to Judge!

Why Be a Leader?

Developing Wise Leaders

The Mighty One of Jacob

Who Is Satan Part II?

Feelings Felt by a Suffering Servant

Why Are There So Many Churches?

Value of Fellowship with Deity

I'm too Young

Running the Race of Christian Faith

Made in the Image of God

Is the Bible You Use Reliable? Parts 1 & 2

Is the Bible You Use Reliable? Parts 3

Healing from Hurt

Inherited Sin

How They Viewed Jesus

Why Do We Believe Jesus Is the Christ?

Why We Believe in One Faith?

The Thief on the Cross