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Lessons From the Long Run
May 25, 2022
Lessons from the long run
I have been training to run a marathon this semester. Race day for me is this Saturday, my 30th birthday. I know that if the Lord allows me to finish this race I will frame my race bib with the phrase “By the grace of God I can do hard things.” I know where I’ll put that in my home to hang as a symbol that reminds me of what the Lord allows us to do. To prompt me to do more hard things for His glory.
I’ve used a plan I found online to map out my runs, strategically building the long run days so that now I’ve run 20 miles twice. All in between are mostly short runs. The longer these ‘long runs’ got, the more prepared I needed to be. As I’ve trained for this race, there are several life lessons from the long run I’ve collected. These are specific to the life of a follower of Christ. Here are my top 10:
1.     Run your race – At the park or in a neighborhood while on a run I’d often pass someone or be passed by someone. A competitive spirit might not sit well with being passed. But then again, are those passing you running 20 miles? Or are they training for a 1-mile sprint? Maybe they’re actually 10 years younger or maybe somehow running is what they do for a living. No matter what, I know that I’m called to stay in my lane and not allow comparison to be a thief of my joy. As Hebrews 12:1b says “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2.     Fix your eyes - If you didn’t know, there are actually classes on how to run. Your form when expending this type of energy for hours matters greatly. Your body can accomplish far more if you conserve energy and spend it well. One simple fix is to keep your eyes straight ahead, not down or elsewhere. I remind myself of this often by quoting Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
3.     Hydrate – Hydration means not just during a race, but for the days ahead always focusing on what you’re consuming, ensuring your body has plenty of water stored up. On certain hot days I would hide small bottles of water in friends’ driveways so I could also be sure to rehydrate as I went. That’s my problem, my water always runs out (literally through sweat). I’m thankful that Jesus already told us this in John 4:13 “. . . Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
4.     The right bread matters – One day I foolishly thought that what I needed for good energy before a 14-mile run was to eat 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches immediately before I started. That’s probably the worst I’ve felt during all the training. I know now to give my body time to digest and to carefully guard what it is I eat before a long run. I’m so glad that Jesus told us He is the bread of life.
5.     Dwell on these things – Philippians 4:8 has been an encouraging verse to remember as I run. Anytime we endure pain we can choose to focus on the pain or to focus on what the endurance is producing in us. I want to choose to think on the latter.
6.     Be alert – When I attempt to chart a course that is 20 miles in our town that stays somewhat circular and near my vehicle, I usually end up for a few miles on a larger road. Even what you think is small when driving is pretty big when on foot. Cars, debris, holes, and other people pop up so quickly that you have no choice but to be alert! It reminds me of the caution in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and sober of mind. Your enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
7.     Soundtracks matter – I recently finished a great book called Soundtracks by Jon Acuff. Essentially, he expounds on how important what we dwell on is to what we believe. As I run, I know this in two ways – what I literally listen to (music, sermons, books, etc.) effects the way I run and that what I repeat in my self-talk greatly effects my effectiveness. I try to say things like “Wow, I’ve gone a long way already!” instead of “Oh my word there is too far left to go.”
8.     Surround yourself wisely – I am an extroverted runner. I need to run in a public park, downtown, or with a friend. If I were to attempt a long run in a remote field I would quickly be discouraged by my isolation. I know this, so I surround myself. Hebrews 12:1a says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. . .”
9.     Freedom comes through discipline – Choosing to use free time to endure physical strain isn’t popular or natural at first, but by repetitively making the choice, I know I can now do more than I could 6 months ago. I have the freedom to lace up and go because I chose to discipline my mind and body along the way. Hebrews 12:10-11 speak to this! Verse 11 says “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Think of the freedom to sprinkle your conversations with salt that you earn by the discipline of memorizing scripture!
10. Integrity matters on race day – There will be a day – Saturday for me – that our training will be tested. If I cut corners all along the way in training, then race day could go poorly: physical injury, quitting, or simply more ailments along the way would be a sure thing. Likewise for the Believer, we will have a day on which we stand before the Lord Jesus. Revelation 20:12 says “Then I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”
Man, on race day I sure hope your name is in the book of life. But I also hope that we will be able to celebrate a life lived full of purpose and with few idle words or deeds. And this Saturday, I’m not trying to accomplish any records or win anything. . . I just want to finish well.
Hope Murphy
Acts 20:24

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Do you feel as if you are caught up in a whirlwind of change in this unstable world in which we live?
May 18, 2022
Do you feel as if you are caught up in a whirlwind of change in this unstable world in which we live? That nothing is dependable or trustworthy? Everything including the economy, morals and values, family structure, health, and education of children and young adults to name a few, all seem to be on a downhill slide. A trip to the grocery store or gas station can leave us reeling and wondering how much worse will it be next month. And who would ever have expected mothers in the United States of America to be in a state of panic because the store shelves are empty of baby formula. Crime is rampant and not even churches or schools are a safe sanctuary as we once considered them to be.
In the midst of all this uncertainty, our God is the one constant and unchanging source of hope. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is constant and reliable and because God doesn’t change, He can be trusted and relied upon absolutely. God’s Word gives us many attributes and promises about God’s unchanging, consistent character. Let us consider five of those which give us an anchor of hope during these tumultuous times.
1.     God is Holy
To be holy is to be set apart from sin to righteousness. God is absolute holiness; He cannot sin. 1 Peter 1:16 says “for it is written: Be holy because I am holy.”
Revelation 4:8b tells us “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is and is to come.”
2.     God is Loving
God created us and loves us with an unfathomable and steadfast love. God has compassion for us and cares about every detail of our lives. Romans 8:38 tells us “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
3.     God is Merciful
God’s mercy is extended to us through His son and His death on the cross and resurrection, even though we deserve punishment. God’s unchanging character provides this mercy lavishly. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.
4.     God is Wise
The wisdom of God is beyond the grasp of our human minds. He is omniscient; therefore, He has infinite unlimited awareness, understanding and insight. Jeremiah 10:12 says “But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.” We are bombarded on television and social media with people who flaunt their “wisdom” on every subject imaginable, with many proclaiming the foolishness of those who believe in God. However, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:25, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
5.     God is Faithful
Faithful means remaining loyal, trustworthy and steadfast to one’s trust, word, or promises. “For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 33:4. Hebrews 10:23 says “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
We were so blessed this past weekend at our church conference to be reminded over and over of the unchanging character of God. Pastor Greg Woodard spoke Saturday night on God’s faithfulness as a part of His unchanging character and love. Sunday morning, we sang
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Oh God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.”
Pastor Chad then preached from 2 Chronicles 20 which reminds us that the battle is not ours but God’s. What a relief and peace that brings. Sunday night we sang more about the character of God as our Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper and Light in the Darkness. Then followed a powerful sermon by Pastor Dewand Malone reminding us that God still calms the storms and he holds our hand through those storms in our lives.
Psalm 102:25-27 gives us a steadying comfort in that “In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; They will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing You will change them and they will be discarded. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end.”
May we focus more on God’s unchanging truth during these perilous and precarious times as we attempt, as Pastor Rick Warren says, to replace panic with prayer, worry with worship, and anxiety with adoration.
Becky Daughterty

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How to Study the Bible Effectively
Apr 27, 2022
When I was asked to be the Interim Student Pastor at Woodmont in 2015, all I had was a New American Standard Study Bible and a set of Warren Wiersbe commentaries that Chad bought me before he left. I had no clue how to prepare a sermon, speak, or really study the Bible effectively. Not the most ideal start, but I knew I could depend on God to teach me. I sat in my office with my Bible open and in prayer for God to help me understand Scripture and be able to teach correctly. Nearly seven years later, I look back on that time as a gift from God. I learned to depend on God through prayer and the study of His Word. He had already gifted me to preach (I had no clue), but He used that time to teach me to depend on Him more than any available resources.
A few months ago, I was asked to come and lead a breakout session for the BCM students on “How to Study the Bible Effectively.” I thought back to those first days in my office, and I was overcome with emotions because of how good God has been to me. He called me into Ministry without any degree, any special skills, or any experience, and He taught me how to spend time with Him, study His Word, and understand it. I just wanted to share the steps I shared with those college students on “How to Study the Bible Effectively.”
First, I asked them the question, Why do we need to study the Bible? In Deuteronomy 6, God commands it and tells us that we need His instruction. “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.”
Psalm 19:7-11 Lists seven benefits of studying Scripture:
1. Renews one's life. 2. Makes the inexperienced wise. 3. Makes the heart glad.
4. Gives light to the eyes. 5. Warns us. 6. Causes us to fear the Lord. 7. Rewards us.
Secondly, I asked the question, What are we trying to accomplish?
  1. To Know Him: The more you read Scripture, the better you know God’s character, and the more you know Him, the more you love Him.
  2. To Be Obedient: As Christians, we trust what God commands us to do, and we want to be obedient because we love Him. 1 John 2:3 “This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commands.” This means if you have been saved, God changes your heart, and you begin to love the commands of God and want to obey them. 
  3. Grow in Maturity: Christians want to know how to live the Christian life, and we are always seeking to glorify God. He tells us how we are supposed to live in His Word. We need the Word to live.
Charles Spurgeon said, “Bible study is the metal that makes a Christian. This is the strong meat on which holy men are nourished.”
So, How do we do it more effectively? (This is not groundbreaking, just a few things I have learned to do over the years)
  1. Pray- Before I read a Word, I spend time in prayer. I pray God gives me wisdom and helps me understand His Word, guards my heart against misinterpretation, and removes all the distractions that will flood my mind as I begin to study. Pray that God transforms your heart through the reading of His Word. 
  2. Set a specific time- It takes 7-14 days to establish a habit. By setting a time that you will study your Bible every day, you make sure that it is a priority. Everything else is on our schedules; we should schedule our daily quiet times if it is important. I would tell everyone to wake up a little earlier and start their day off with prayer and studying Scripture. 
  3. Read and then reread it- What is the big idea here? What is the main principle of the passage?
  4. Ask questions- #3 and #4 go together. As you reread the text repeatedly, you want to ask questions. Who was the original author writing to? What was he saying to them? What is the passage teaching? Are there sins I need to avoid? Command? What do I need to do? **Don’t just ask the questions, actually look and find the answers to your questions. Study Bibles are a great help as they provide notes. If you have access to good commentaries, they help a ton. “Ask Pastor John” on YouTube is good to help you understand the meaning of difficult passages also. 
  5. Finish one book of the Bible before starting the next- It helps you fully understand what is going on, and you are less likely to take verses out of context. You read it in the context in which it was written. 
Our study of Scripture should not just fill us with knowledge but should change us and cause us to live out our faith. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only.”
Charles Spurgeon said of John Bunyan, “If you cut Him, he’d bleed Scripture.” Has the Scripture saturated your life that much?
Jarod Grimes
Student Minister

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Hess's Headlines April 2022
Apr 20, 2022
“While he was with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise.”
Acts 1:4
Dear Church,
Waiting is hard. After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people for forty days. The Bible tells us that he instructed his followers to wait in Jerusalem. Over 100 people gathered together in the upper room, what some people believe was a house that belonged to Mark’s mother. Can you imagine how hard it was to wait after seeing the resurrected Jesus? I am sure that many wanted to go back to their families, but they waited. I’m sure that many wanted to sleep in their own homes, but they waited. I’m sure that many wanted to see their children, but they waited. I’m sure that many wondered how they would make ends meet since they were missing work, but still, they waited. How quickly after Easter do things go back to normal for you? How fast do you slip back into your routines, your work, your day-to-day, or the concerns of this life? How fast do you forget the joy and celebration of Easter?
For these 120, they waited. Acts 1:14 explains, “they all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” Wow, did you catch that? Not only was there a large crowd devoted to prayer, but they also joined with Mary, and Jesus’ brothers!!! This was the same brothers who thought Jesus was crazy and causing riots in Mark 3 and Mark 6. Now they are gathered in prayer waiting on what Jesus had promised! Sometimes, when we are waiting, we forget to look around at the testimonies of transformation that the Lord has put right in front of us. In your times of waiting, how much time are you devoting to prayer? How much time are you investing in those around you, learning their stories, and hearing how God changed their lives through Jesus Christ?
Here we are church! Acts 1 is a picture of encouragement for us. We are waiting. We are not waiting on the coming of the Holy Spirit, for all believers are filled with the Holy Spirit. We are waiting now for the second coming of Christ Jesus! While he came in humility of flesh, we are waiting for his coming in victory! While he came to suffer and be the sacrifice, now we are waiting for him to rescue us as Savior! While he came to redeem us through his blood, now we are waiting for our glorification in eternity! While he came to defeat sin and death through the resurrection, now we are waiting for him to defeat evil for all eternity, wipe every tear from our eyes, and remove all pain and suffering! As we wait, we gather. As we wait, we pray. As we wait, we praise the one who cancelled our debt. As we wait, we have work to do! I hope you had an incredible Easter! I hope you will gather with us Sunday as we worship the resurrected King who will come to claim his bride! Let’s be found like those in Acts 1, obediently waiting, praying, serving!
In Christ,
Pastor Chad Hess

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He is Risen
Apr 13, 2022
He is risen!
Did you say it? Did you? You know, did you say, “He is risen indeed!”? I love hearing young children enter on Resurrection Sunday every year and their parents have told them they can expect to hear it. You’ll hear excited extroverted kids just wiggling waiting to hear you greet them with this traditional phrase. They just can’t wait to say it back. You’ll have to lean in to hear some anxious, reserved friends whisper back “He is risen indeed.”
We teach our children all sorts of things. Whether it’s word for word scripture, traditional ways Christians celebrate holidays, how to fold towels, wash dishes, throw a curve ball, or use their manners. Parents, teachers, the whole “village” of a community is constantly teaching the next generation.
We teach the lost world around us all sorts of things as well. What we prioritize, how we love one another and the world, what we post, how we spend our money. . . it is all teaching.
If we aren’t careful this week, we might find ourselves accidentally teaching what we do not mean to. Are we excited to gather for worship or to take a family picture? Are we so excited as a church family to share the Gospel with a crowd that we pray all week for an outreach event – or are we competing for best egg hunt? Is the matriarch more concerned about sweet potatoes, ham, and desserts or with the souls who don’t yet believe?
I truly believe there is half of a generation walking around unsure that they could really say with confidence “He is risen indeed.” In part, because of the half-hearted discipleship of those who parented, led, and taught them. In part, because they saw more of a show than living by faith. Maybe they heard more about the details or religion and less than they should’ve about the Word and the Lord. In whole because of schemes of the prowling enemy.
We sure hope you’ll join us this week as we do our best to center our focus on the cross. On Jesus’ sinless life, His death, and His resurrection. He is risen!
Hope Murphy

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