Message from Olive Chapel

I am a runner. There are days that I love to run and it feels freeing. I feel strong, and energized throughout the run. Then there are the days that it is all I can do to put one foot in front of the other.

Those days I have to talk myself into pressing on in the run without giving up. Those are also the days that the end of my run feels the most rewarding.

I’m not usually one to sign up for races, most of my running is for myself. I’m not a competitive person by any means, but I do compete against my own time and distance. I have noticed that the days I run in a race feel very different. Running with other people, while others are on the sidelines cheering us on has a very different energy and I feel coursing through my body.

We are all in the race of life together. There are times that the race is hard, and it is hard to put one foot in front of the other. During these times we can look to others for some emotional support, but at the end of the day each individual is responsible for running the race him or herself.

The good news is we are not the only ones who have run this race. Hebrews 12:1-3 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Many have run this race of life, many have finished well, and many have finished poorly. We can look to those who have gone before us for encouragement, or for lessons of what not to do. We can look to our own family histories for insight and encouragement. We can read the Bible and learn about the accounts of those who took risks with their faith, struggled in the race, and landed on the other side of this life with their tragedies turning into victories. We can take a firm grasp of hope knowing these things even when the race of life is tough.

Just as I can feel the energy of the crowd when I am in a physical race, we can feel the energy of those who have gone before us cheering us on in with their stories of struggle and successes, but we must listen closely to hear them cheering.

Olive Chapel will be celebrating 150 years since the construction of their building on Sunday October 6th. Dave Brackeen will be leading the birthday service. We can hear the ones who were trailblazers for this little church cheering us on as we continue the legacy started so long ago at Olive Chapel.

Olive has always had a heart to minister to our community, and as the heart of the church lives on, so does the desire to serve New Carlisle and the surrounding community.

We would welcome anyone who would like to join us on this special day to celebrate Olive Chapel’s birthday, and to celebrate the God who we want to honor on this very special day. Services begin at 10:00 AM.

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