Two weeks ago we had our Alpha Retreat weekend in Lloyd Harbor where 53 people attended. Alpha is a class for those seeking the Lord, for those who want to move closer to the Lord, or for those who have questions about the Lord or their faith. It is open to anyone. Shelter Rock Church has been running Alpha classes now for several years, and I have been involved in many of those classes. As I reflect back on all the classes I have been at part of, I can honestly say this program never, ever gets old. It is an honor to be used by the Lord to show others a path that leads to the Kingdom, to Jesus and eternal life. As Christians we are called to be in community with other believers, to lift each other up. Proverbs 27:17 tells us, "As Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another." There is no better way to share the grace that God put on my life than by giving it away and helping those that are searching to find their answers in Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.
In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul talks about all the hardship that he endured for the sake of Christ. After listing the hardships and going through all of his pedigree, Paul says that “I consider everything a loss for the sake of Christ.” What struck me about this section of scripture is that in verses 12 and 14 Paul uses the phrase “I press on.” As I reflect on that I think of many of my failures and hardships in my life that could have pushed me into despair. But when I dwell upon all the precious promises of Christ (never leave me or forsake me, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength – to name a few) I am compelled to press on. Forget the things that are past and to “press on towards the goal” – to become more like Christ and one day to spend eternity in His presence. So PRESS ON!