Everyone is running….except me! People in droves are running 5K’s and Half Marathon’s and Full Marathon’s, and Iron Man and Tough Mudders and Triatholon’s and Color Runs. Everybody is running.

I dropped my son Si off for college last week. College soccer. He had to show up ready to run 2 miles in under 12 minutes. He killed it. Ran 2 miles in 11:36. That is 5:45 minute miles. I do not lie. I am confident that I would be hard pressed to finish 1 mile in that time span. #outofshape

Hebrews 12:1-3 (Message) We’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!


Plan your FALL to Run It With Jesus! (This is your FALL PLANNER / Sept/Oct/Nov)

Between now and Labor Day, pick a day or a half day and get away by yourself – away from the house, the phone, the TV, your “iWhatever” and all other people. Take a Bible and a pad of paper or journal and plan your fall run with Jesus. Sept, Oct, Nov.

On that pad of paper note the entangling sins. Note the seemingly innocent weights and encumbrances that are not condemned explicitly in the Bible, but are holding you back in the race for faith. Note the ways you subtly make provision for these hindrances: computer games, the hidden alcohol, candy, the television including all the internet soap opera series, the videos, the magazines, the novels. In addition, note the people that weaken you. Note the times that are wasted or thrown away.

When you have made all these notations, pray your way through to overcome the unhealthy obstacles on your path and come up with a game plan to dismantle these encumbrances so that you can RUN your race the way that God has prepared.

I have out together a resource that will help you make a difference in your world. Run the race set before you! Don’t stroll, don’t meander, don’t wander about aimlessly. Run hard and in order to do that you have to lose all of the baggage that weighs you down.

Faith believes that God, in his grace, stepped over the boundary into human history and told us some great and very valuable facts. Faith believes them and requires that we adjust our lives to those facts. Our faith is placed onto the person of Jesus. It is “ALL” in. We must choose to run with a focus on the finish line. We must choose to sacrifice the things of this world that are temporarily satisfying for those things eternal. We must take up our cross daily and die to ourselves and live for Him. We must love like Jesus loved. We must give our lives to helping others get in the race and then help them finish the race. We must encourage those already in the race that have fallen get back up to finish the race.

Click here and start to plan your run TODAY! Don’t delay. Do it NOW! Click on the Resources and Then click on the words “Fall Run”

Make this fall count for ETERNITY!


What are the things holding me back?
What are the weights that I need to unload?
What are the habits that hinder me from accomplishing God’s best?
What are the sacrifices that I need to make personally, locally, globally?
What do I believe God wants to accomplish through me?
Who will I run with? (Get a partner)
Who will I encourage to join the (spiritual) race?
Who will I assist in finishing the race? Do I know a brother or sister who has fallen or has been injured?
What activities will I pursue that will allow me to both run and finish the race that God has set out for me to accomplish?

AND AS A SIDE NOTE: Why not plan to join us for a real run. CPR-3 is having its first annual Charity Run for WATER. “GAVEWATERDIDGOOD” November 8. Plan to win your race by running this fall with purpose spiritually and physically.