Huntingville Community Church » Elder’s Thoughts

By: Huntingville Community Church  09-12-2011
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Huntingville Community Church » Elder’s Thoughts

The Olympic Games have, for the past two weeks, captured the attention and imagination of many across our country, and in fact, across the world. The outdoor venues and indoor arenas have been amazing facilities for spectators to enjoy the excitement of the Games. The weather has proven that while we can organize and plan to the best of our ability, we cannot control some factors in life.

The focus of our attention has, of course,  been on the athletes themselves. All forms of media have attempted to present “the story behind the story”. Personal profiles, “difference makers”, families and amazing tales of courage and persistence have all been laid out, so that we might have a better understanding of who these athletes are and how they became Olympians.

We marvel at the performances of these great athletes. The young amongst us dream that some day they too might participate in the Olympics. Those of us that are older prefer a nostalgic view of how “good” we once were ourselves.

It has been estimated that an athlete would have to put in ten thousand hours of practice in order to attain such an elite level of sports performance. The two words that come to my mind are commitment and persistence.

This sounds quite similar to the writing of Paul and other early Christian authors.  While encouraging the churches under their care, the writers of the Epistles remind the readers that their spiritual journey requires constant evaluation of commitment and persistence.

Paul used sporting events as illustrations of how we need to discipline ourselves and our time in order to accomplish our spiritual goals.

The elders are presently evaluating our church programs and resources.  We desire to have as many of our church family involved in activities that spark their interest and challenge their spiritual gifts.  Together, we would like to provide programs that teach and disciple both young and old.  We want to look out into our surrounding community and provide for the needs that we see with the gifts and resources we possess.

The elders would like to challenge each one in our church family to consider what abilities and resources they possess and how together we might work for the benefit of both those inside and outside our church walls. We desire to serve God by showing His presence to those around us.  After all, our goal is not to win a short-term race, but to honour an eternal God. (Steve King)

The Olympic Games have, for the past two weeks, captured the attention and imagination of many across our country, and in fact, across the world. The outdoor venues and indoor arenas have been amazing facilities for spectators to enjoy the excitement of the Games. The weather has proven that while we can organize and plan to the best of our ability, we cannot control some factors in life.    The focus of our attention has, of course,  been on the athletes themselves. All forms of media have attempted to present “the story behind the story”. Personal profiles, “difference makers”, families and amazing tales of courage and persistence have all been laid out, so that we might have a better understanding of who these athletes are and how they became Olympians.    We marvel at the performances of these great athletes. The young amongst us dream that some day they too might participate in the Olympics. Those of us that are older prefer a nostalgic view of how “good” we once were ourselves.    It has been estimated that an athlete would have to put in ten thousand hours of practice in order to attain such an elite level of sports performance. The two words that come to my mind are commitment and persistence.    This sounds quite similar to the writing of Paul and other early Christian authors.  While encouraging the churches under their care, the writers of the Epistles remind the readers that their spiritual journey requires constant evaluation of commitment and persistence.    Paul used sporting events as illustrations of how we need to discipline ourselves and our time in order to accomplish our spiritual goals.    The elders are presently evaluating our church programs and resources.  We desire to have as many of our church family involved in activities that spark their interest and challenge their spiritual gifts.  Together, we would like to provide programs that teach and disciple both young and old.  We want to look out into our surrounding community and provide for the needs that we see with the gifts and resources we possess.    The elders would like to challenge each one in our church family to consider what abilities and resources they possess and how together we might work for the benefit of both those inside and outside our church walls. We desire to serve God by showing His presence to those around us.  After all, our goal is not to win a short-term race, but to honour an eternal God. (Steve King)

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