5th Race Completed

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I completed my fifth charity race today.  The race was called “Out Run Hunger.”  It raised money for House of Harvest, which is a food pantry in Harvest, Alabama.

At the end of a race, I always feel like I am about to puke.  However, there is something about crossing that finish line and hearing people congratulate me for completing the race.  It motivates me to workout more, so I can improve my time.  It also makes me excited for the next race.

This is how my race schedule has gone so far:

  • 1st race was 1 mile and I came in last
  • 2nd race was 5k and I came in last
  • 3rd race was 5k and I came in second to last
  • 4th race was 4k and there were 6 people that finished after me
  • 5th race was 5k and I came in last

 

Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection by Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson

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In the beginning of the book, the authors address the issue of questioning the resurrection of Jesus.  They affirm that it is healthy to research and ask questions.  They feel God is big enough to handle our doubts and willing to help us find truth.

The book also covers the importance of the resurrection and how it benefits humanity.  I have listed a few of those benefits and reasons.

  • Jesus died for all humanity, regardless of age, race, ethnic group, political affiliation, gender, culture, sexual orientation, or any other label people may use to describe themselves.
  • Jesus died to, “bear our sins and suffer our exile.”  We now have forgiveness available to us.  The resurrection of Jesus “restores and reunites humanity with God.”
  • Our purpose was restored by the resurrection of Jesus, “We can now live in joyful gratitude for God’s grace, reflecting God’s image by living in dependence of God’s provision for us in Jesus.”
  • The resurrection reminds us of, “the mercy and grace that is bound up in the cross, grace that has the power to change a person through and through, even if that change is a gradual process.”
  • The resurrection proves Jesus has power over death and, “the power of life.”
  • A resurrected savior, “can satisfy our God-sized desires not only in this life, but also in life after death.”