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 In every human soul whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, is a God-given awareness that there is “something more” than this transient world. And with that awareness of eternity comes a hope that we can one day find a fulfillment not found in the temporal. 


Secondly installed deep into our souls is a compass that can distinguish between right and wrong and because of it as Paul tells us in Romans 1 “people will be without excuse.”

We will talk more about justice next time but for today think about this:


Before we can understand what it is that God wants from us , such as to act justly we must acknowledge that there is “something more” it’s the God given awareness that He made us for himself and our hearts will remain restless until they find rest in Him.


This is Steve and until we meet again Press On.

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8/15/2021

Butter Beans

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This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Butter Beans.Growing up our family faced a number of challenging problems not unlike manyfamilies in the 60’s.As a family of 7 there was financial hardship. The majority of my clothing was clothes worn by my brothers the year before. During the summer time meals from the the garden was common such as butter bean stew. It was butter beans with corn,butter beans with tomatoes, butter beans with chicken, butter beans with rice and the list went on. As kids you didn’t know any better you didn’t wonder why you were having so many meals with butter beans. The old man worked hard but was haunted by his past and secret use of alcohol the outcome of his periodic drinking was no secret however...he often became violent which created fear and tension. We all liked to watch John Wayne movies on our black and white console tv. John Wayne’s spirit of “true grit” or resolve and determination by strength of character became our personal rally call.Even with that spirit however there is an obvious question to be asked “to what end”. For purpose make it safely to death at a ripe old age. Does even having this attitude give us meaning, value and purpose.The apostle Paulin Philippians 3 speaks to this unavoidable question: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me....I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.There’s much more to this story but for today think about this....having resolve to Press On is only sustainablewhen our purpose for doing sois eternal.The truth is God through Jesus calls all of us heavenward...are you willing to let him take hold of you.This is Steve and until we meet again Press On.To Dustin a vibrant young man in his 30’s fighting to beat Covid our prayers, thoughts and hopes are with you.
7/27/2021

Finish Line

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This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Finish Line.Over the last several weeks I’ve talked to a number of people who are struggling emotionally and physically....and heard of many more.As I reflect back on my growing up years I remembered a game my brothers and I would play. One at a time each of was given a football and we would run full speed at the others in an effort to cross a line considered the end zone. It was less about football and more about pumling the guy with the ball...it was brutal.. I remembered being massacred by my brothers. We would laugh, fight and sometimes cry in pain but the finish line always stayed in sight. Then it meant something else now it means something epic. Our lives...and what happens after that last breath leaves your body.Hear the words of the writer of Hebrews 12Since 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”The truth is all of us have a race marked out before us and yes there is a finish line for some it will be the temporal things that this life momentarily offers.For others though that will not be enough because they reject that theirs lives are momentary and meaningless.There is much more to this conversation but for today think about this.You will get pumbled get in life and it’s going to hurt but when your finish line is the eternal rather then the temporal it’s a life changer.So what do you do:1. As we run, we must “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” He’s the finish line.2. Surround yourself with those who don’t take theirs eyes on the finish line Christ. I have a long time friend and group of guys who’s motto is “we get each other to the finish…even if it's ugly.This Steve and until we meet again Press O
7/21/2021

Stiff Necked

Season 1
Stiff NeckedThis is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This called Stiff Necked.Usually every morning I wake up with a sniff neck and body because of arthritis i and of course theres that thing called gravity and age.Ive often complained that I "feel like the tin man" from the wizard of Oz caught in a rain storm without an oil can. In Micah 6:8 God answers the Jewish people regarding what he wants from them: He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of youBut to do justice, to love kindness (mercy), And to walk humbly with your God?God was clear about what was important to Him and it wasn't their ritualistic practices it was the attitude of their hearts and in this He wanted them to walk humbly with God.So what does humility and being stiff necked have to do with each other...they are the polar opposites. Throughout the OT God often referred to the Jews as stiff necked people this was figure of speech when describing the attitude of Israel toward God.The term stiff neckedwas originally used to describe an ox that refused to be directed by the farmer…it refused to turn the head or was very slow in order to take a different path.Sound familiar...perhaps it should. Pride, arrogance, and yes being stiff necked exist in abundance first in our own heart, particularly my own, Yet God Identifies it as an obstacle in walking with Him.Jesus in the sermon on the mount brings attention to it when he said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This was not about material possessions He was speaking tospiritual realities: He always did:To be poor in spirit is to recognize our utter spiritual bankruptcy before God.There is much more to this story but for today think about thisUnlike this worldin Gods economy humility is not a weakness its a strength, and more than that the kingdom of God is only accessible when our hearts our right before God.This is Steve and until we meet again Press ON