“If you’re not first, you’re last!” That’s what Rob (or was that Ricky Bobby?) told me to say as I remind you about the Pinewood Derby this Sunday afternoon starting with the weigh-in at 3:30pm. It’s going to be great time of fellowship as we watch our children, both young and old , enjoy the great tradition that are these annual races. If you aren’t competing, then there is plenty of popcorn available for you as you enjoy the races. If you aren’t racing in this pinewood derby, I hope that you are at least committed to participating in a much bigger race.

In several places in the New Testament, various w riters refer to living for faith as a race. This race is always forward-looking towards Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2) with an invaluable reward – a
crown of life that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). God’s race of faith is not a spectator sport. All are called to run the race.

Sometimes, you may not feel like you belong in the race. You may doubt yourself, your abilities, or your stamina. If that is you, then you are not alone. In fact, every hero in Scripture fits that bill to some extent or another. In that comes a reminder, God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. We are going to look at that very subject together over the next four weeks as we consider the miraculous making of Moses. God called him to do unbelievable things despite his own shortcomings, but through God’s transforming power, Moses was used for purposes far beyond his own possibilities.

I pray that you open yourself to the refining power of God to qualify you after he’s called you. As always, that begins with prayer. We’ll join in that prayer as a church this Sunday. See you then!

Expecting His Best,

Stephen V. Allen, Senior Pastor