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In the second chapel service of Spiritual Emphasis week, GCA's Collegiate Academy students heard a convicting message from Pastor Daniel Ethridge, the Worship Pastor of Liberty Greenbrier. Pastor Ethridge proclaimed from his heart the close realities of the continual battle between the flesh and the Spirit. Opening his message, he explained that trying to “hit the mark” as a Christian is impossible without the reliance upon Jesus Christ. Opening God’s Word to Hebrews 12:1-2, he encouraged the GCA community in three commands which, if put into practice, would ultimately lead to freedom from sin and a full life in Christ. The first of which was to “throw off the weight!” To lay aside every weight that is bearing them down and cast it upon Jesus Christ. The second command was to “throw off the sin!” He explained that those two commands are separate from one another in their meaning and in the way they play out in their lives, but that both must happen if we are to do the last command, that being, “Run with endurance toward Jesus Christ!” Pastor Ethridge made the point that walking with Christ is not a checklist of tasks, but rather is all about the intentionality of the heart. He encouraged all to throw of the weight, to throw off the sin, and to run with endurance to Christ, with the intention to know Jesus Christ more! He then asked GCA an intimate question, “When you fail, where do you run?” He emphasized that it is not if we fail, but when we fail. In closing, Pastor Ethridge solidified his point saying that in those times of failure the correct response is not, “try again”, but rather, “run to Jesus!”

Key Passages: Hebrews 12:1-2

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