Monthly Archives: August 2009

I’m running again…again

I started running with my dad when I was about 7. We ran 5k’s, 10k’s, 20k’s and my pinnacle the Columbus, OH marathon. After that I quit running for years. But I’ve never gotten over the running buzz.

I’ve started running a few times since then, even got some new shoes a few years ago, but knee problems have grounded me (read: too much too soon). So I’d quit and restart months later.

Part of my struggle with running is that I can remember 8 mile training runs. Today running 1 mile and quitting feels horrible emotionally. Though at this point run-walking 1.7 is near torture. In fact having to walk a few hundred yards just to help my knees during a 1 mile run is killing me.

1 Timothy 6:11-16 Keeping the Passion

Ask almost any guy that I know and they’ll agree that in general explosions are fun and fire is fun. Just watch a bunch of guys around the campfire and you’ll see what I mean. Explosions, because they’re loud, are fun, occasionally useful and generally unsustainable. Fires are fun and because they are sustainable they are inherently useful.

Every once in awhile we have the fortunate pleasure of experiencing the spiritual equivalent of an explosion. These come in the form of revival services or other great worship events. Sometimes they come on the heals of some momentous occasion in life like New Years which motivates us to revive our walk with the Lord in an explosion of Bible reading and prayer but which like most explosions soon dissipate completely sometimes leaving little more than a few straggling embers beneath the ashes. What we really need is not another explosion but a nice roaring fire, something you can cozy up to in the darkness of a cold hard world.

Last week we looked at four principles for pursuing passion from 1 Timothy 6:11-12. Flee from sin; pursue Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness; fight for faith and take hold of eternal life.

This week I want to examine the principle of keeping the fire burning. Or to put it another way, how do you maintain your passion for the Lord? It’s all about staying passionate.

Candlish: The Fatherhood of God

I have created a PBB resource of Robert S. Candlish’s lectures on The Fatherhood of God. You can download it by clicking the attachment link below.

J.I. Packer writes, “What is a Christian? The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father.” (Knowing God, page 200). I don’t know about you, but my experience of the Christian life — both high points and low — is directly related to how deeply I grasp the Father’s love for me at the moment.