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Summary: Ministry must be build about the long haul not the sprint? Life is a MARATHON... PLOD ON... PREPARE FOR THE GOAL.

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PLOD ON... LIFE IS A MARATHRON NOT A SPRINT...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

MY DAD HAS PASTORED ALMOST 60 YEARS, I HAVE 33 YEARS IN THE FULL TIME MINISTRY...

OFTEN AS I LEAVE MY DAD HE SAYS: LOVE YOU SON! PLOD ON...

PLOD ON IS A OLD MOUNTAIN EXPRESSION...

DO YOU UNDERSTAND IT...

I. HAVE WE LEARNED IN LIFE TO SAVOR THE FLAVOR... ????

WE HAVE A BANQUET SET BEFORE US... COME AND DINE... THE SAVIOR CALLS...

A. WE HAVE A TERRIBLE ENEMY... Temptation comes in short term and long term goals...

THE SATANIC GOAL IS VERY CLEAR.... our enemy is a LIAR...

HE NEVER SHOWS THE BIGGER PICTURE...

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

Nehemiah 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great

mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

B. We so live in a DAY OF FAST FOODS...

We eat in a hurry, we swallow our food whole...

Some say people would loose weight if they would take their time and chew each bite of food 21 times?

C. We seem to eat and run...

We eat while we are watching TV.

D. Ever make a foldy-over... slap the bologna on bread and fold it over... eat and run...

E. IN THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH GOD'S PEOPLE RETURNED HOME TO REBUILD THE CHURCH AND

JERUSALEM...

EZRA READ THE BOOK OF THE LAW TO THEM...

THEY LISTENED AS THE MEN OF GOD READ THE BOOK FOR HOURS AND HOURS...

F. NEHEMIAH AND EZRA SPOKE THE WORD AND THE WORD BROUGHT CONVICTION ON THE PEOPLE.

THE PREACHERS SAID: WAIT A MINUTE... IT IS NOT TIME TO CRY....

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto

them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the

Lord is your strength.

G. THERE HAD BEEN A GREAT BANQUET OF THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT...

NOW ...

II. IN HISTORY OFTEN THE NEWS WAS CARRIED BY RUNNERS, NOT BY NEWSPAPERS, RADIO, TV

OR BY COMPUTERS... NEWS TRAVELED BY WORD OF MOUTH...

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

A. THERE ARE 2 KINDS OF RACES:

1. SPRINT: short, fast, over quickly.

2. MARATHON: long, endurance, pace your self....

B. Most of spiritual battles are marathons...

C. We are in a Christian marathon --- there will be many seasons of testing, you giving will be tested,

are you selfish? genuine? DO YOU REALLY LOVE?

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run,

that ye may obtain.

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible

crown; but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to


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