You Can Rejoice

Here’s some encouragement from the Bible to help push through life’s struggles! ‘’We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3

38 Powerful Bible Verses for Encouragement

The Olympics vs. Your Spiritual Race

Incorporate Olympic Games training for spiritual growth.. 530 U.S. athletes will be competing in 32 different sports with the hopes of bring the gold home for the red, white and blue.

Ryan Hall, U.S. Competitor in the Men’s Marathon field, didn’t start training yesterday for the event. The 29-year old athlete has been competing since he was a junior in high school. One might say that Hall was definitely a prodigy. Even way back when he was starting out in the field, Hall’s records were impressive. But even Hall, as talented as he is, cannot complete a marathon in 2:04:58 without some intensive, long-term training.

Walking in faith is like training for a race. If we want to score an impressive finishing time, we must practice.
How do we reach the point in our spiritual lives when we can say, as Paul did, Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the church in Corinth: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) Continue reading