The Race

The Race: Go!!!

The Race: Go!!!

Series, The Race
The runners are at the line. They have carefully positioned their hands and feet and waited for the starter’s call.  At “set” they have risen from preparedness to readiness; their whole being coiled to spring forward at the next sound.  The starter pulls the trigger, the pistol barks, the runners step, push, and stride forward with all their might. In the two previous sermon articles, we examined 1 Peter 1:13-25 using the metaphor of race and the starter's call of“on your mark” and “get set”.  This article covers the last portion of that passage, verses 22-25. These verses cover the “go” portion. Or to put it another way, the action that all of the preparedness of the previous verses has led up to.   As a reminder, let’s read through the verses that we have covered so far.  “Therefor
The Race: Get Set!

The Race: Get Set!

Series, The Race
This article is the second part of a sermon series based on 1 Peter 1:13-25.  The metaphor for these articles are the starter’s command of “on your marks”, “get set”, and “go”. The first article can be found here. The Race: Get Set! Once again the runners are at the line. At the call of “on your marks,” they have set their feet, placed their hands, and taken a moment of calm before the call to “get set”.  In the race of following Christ, we equated this moment to 1 Peter 1:13-16 where Peter instructs his readers to “prepare their minds for action”, “keep a sober spirit”, “fix their hope on grace through the revelation of Christ”, and “be holy”.  Now comes the call to “get set!”  The runners snap to their launch position. They raise from their almost prayer-like stance to one of readiness
The Race: On Your Mark

The Race: On Your Mark

Series, The Race
Some of you may have noticed that Lambchow has been pretty quiet this week.  Well, I was blessed to give the sermon this morning at New Life Community Church. This meant however that sermon prep time needed to eat into article writing time.  To make up for the quiet week I'm publishing the text of the sermon.  It's longer than my usual articles but, like always, my hope and prayer is that you will find it encouraging, challenging, and inspiring.  - Dale The Race: On Your Mark The scene I’d like you to keep in mind this morning is that of a race.  Specifically, that moment when the starter calls out “On Your Mark.”  Unlike “Get Set”, which coils the spring, or “Go” which releases the energy, “On Your Mark” is a moment of focused calm. When the starter calls “on your mark” the runners plac