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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

RUNNING THE RACE BEFORE US







SIX NECESSARY ELEMENTS IF WE ARE GOING TO EFFECTIVELY PURSUE THE PRIZE OF SPIRITUAL PERFECTION.
1A    AN AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO PURSUE A BETTER CONDITION.
2A    YOU MUST GIVE MAXIMUM EFFORT IN PURSUING THAT CONDITON.

“But I follow after,” vs. 12
·       i.e. Press on “I am pursuing.” Press forward; try to achieve something, run after.
·       Verb. Indic pres. action. A continuous action or result.
·       An expression for the quest of Christian values. Romans 14:19; 1 Timothy 6:11.
·       To aspire, to seek, to go after something.
·       The pursuit of Christian objectives.
o   Romans 12:13            Hospitality
o   Romans 14:19; 1 Peter 3:11; Hebrews 12:14 Mutual Peace
o   I Corinthians 14:1 Holiness and Love
o   I Thess.5:15 Doing Good.
o   1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22  Righteousness
·       Paul sees the Christian life as ultimately directed to this goal. He presses on like a runner set on winning the victor’s prize. Knowing Romans 9:16, 30.
·       Paul says this not because he is discouraged but he’s encouraged.
·       A sprinter in this race.
·       An aggressive, energetic endeavor.
·       I Corinthians 9:24-27, I Timothy 6:12, Hebrews 12:1-2 Running the race to win.
·       Serious and earnest in his desire to “follow after.”
·       Not being content just to be merely saved.
·       The race is a long-distance race.   

Why all this continuous all-out effort?
·       Jesus is coming
·       People are dying, 6,000 each day.