Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thanks be to God!

Thank you for your prayers. By God's grace I was able to complete the Capon Valley 50K. I placed 162nd out of 198 finishers in 7:19:04. (The first male winner's time was 3:52:04 and the first female was 4:30:11)(See http://phdispatch.com/ for complete results). I was able to give away a few of books to the race director, and share with a few runners how the Lord had helped me get through cancer and chemotherapy and return to running. The day was clear and cool and mostly shady until the last hour or so. It was a perfect day for running and communing with God. I made new friends, and reconnected with old ones and fortunately had a great worship song stuck in my head most of the day. I am able to walk fairly well this morning, and Brenda has noticed I am not shuffling around the house, in her comedic dramatization of what I normally walk like.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support for making disciples of all nations through the building of bible schools in some of the most difficult countries of the world.

My friend's offer to match your donations will continue a day or so, and if you feel like giving or have already given, this is my prayer from 2 Cor. 9:6 "whoever sows generously will also reap generously.7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

I stumbled across this promise of God and have fallen headlong into God's blessings in "every good work".

I pray you will discover it and experience it as well. It is an all inclusive promise for "every good work" in one's life.

By God's grace, the next race is the Cheat Mountain Moonshine Madness 50 Miler in late August. It starts at 9p.m. and runs through the night along the high mountain ridges of West Virginia.

May God's blessings abound "so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work",

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fine line between crazy and a faith attempt

Saturday May 19th, I will make another faith attempt at a 50 K (yes, five times longer than a 10K) to raise awareness of the need and finances to make disciples of all nations.

Together… is the theme of the missions team I am privileged to be a participant in.

Together, jointly, as one, collectively so much more can be accomplished than alone. Priority One Missions-(Sam Johnson) trains men and women for the ministry, by building Bible Schools and Training Centers.

In February you helped me run the Holliday Lake 50K by praying and giving to the bible college in Cambodia. Last year you helped me by praying and giving to the bible college for Cuba. Tomorrow, I won't be running alone, for we are together in ministry and the Lord has promised he would never leave or forsake us. As I run, it will be as if you were running with me because we are "together".

Help me as I run the Capon Valley 50K this Saturday by praying for me and visiting ViennaAG.com and make a donation for building bible schools and training centers. If you prefer hard copy and a check, you could write the check to Vienna Assembly of God, and put Priority One Missions in the memo line. The church address is 100 Ayrhill Ave. N.E., Vienna, VA.

Three years ago I was two months into R-CHOP chemotherapy. If I come to mind on Saturday, I would appreciate a whispered prayer. I would hope to finish under the 9 hour time limit.

Together we continue to accomplish great things, and move through lots of stuff, as we prioritize the mission of God.

Your almost holy, and not quite right reverend,

Craig


 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

In the long run…

The long runs of life are foundational for a wonderful life in relationship with God, through Christ Jesus. Thursday afternoon of this week, I began my long run of 20 miles in preparation for a 50K later this month. I normally do an out and back, so the turnaround point is like a 'mid life crisis'. "What was I thinking?", "It will be 10:00 p.m. before I am home?", "Why didn't I bring a back up headlamp?", "Do I have enough water?" "Why didn't I bring more food?", etc., etc., etc. I both like and dislike the out and back long runs, because it makes it less easy to quit. Long runs are accompanied by games the mind plays, which can be influenced by the Holy Spirit, fear, self and/or Satan. As the night grew darker and darker, I was glad that my head lamp had kept working, I had enough water, I had adequate food, by cell phone was able to ease my wife's concerns that I was out too late, and running solo in the moonlight without the distractions of a busy life put something intangible back into my tank.

What games does one's mind play at the middle of something? Quitting is always an option, and what steps can one take to make quitting more difficult than continuing the "race set before you"(Heb. 12:1).

Lord help us not quit the long run of a marriage, ministry, career, parenting, service, health, diet,.. In Jesus name, amen.