Stay the Course

Stay the Course

November 21

Read: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11

Years ago I used to compete in triathlons. I did one race every year where there were almost no fans or supporters on the swim or bike portions. As I transitioned to my running shoes, I often felt like I wanted to give up, losing sight of the finish line. Inevitably, though, as I came out of the transition, I began to see all the fans and supporters holding signs, ringing bells, cheering loudly, and handing out drinks. I remember the boost of energy this would give me and the way it would refocus me on my running form to finish strong.

In today’s text, Paul reminds us to encourage each other as we live our faith out in anticipation of Christ’s return. Without support and encouragement, we often lose our vision and run out of energy. Who can you provide encouragement and support to this week?

Jesus, remind us to be encouragers of others as we pursue your kingdom. AMEN.

About the Author

Nathan Salinas || I serve as co-lead pastor of Sunset Covenant Church in Portland, Oregon, where I do a bit of everything. I am married to Erin, who works as a gynecologic oncologist, and we have a three-year-old daughter, Miah, and at the time of this writing we are expecting a baby boy in September. I completed a year of seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before completing my master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. I am interested in how our theology informs our everyday living and our understanding of how the world should function. Outside of church, I serve as an adviser to the Multnomah County Sheriff, advocating for the increase of community release programs, substance recovery programs while incarcerated, and reentry services. I like to go biking, boat on the Willamette River, visit the park with my daughter, and eat out in the vibrant Portland food scene.

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