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Our mission is provide a forum for the “restless”. A place where they can tell their story or hear the inspirational stories of others that could provide a reason to hope for eternity or just take another breath for one more day. To share the stories of real people with hearts restless to find what they were made for. We see people's hearts as waves desperate to finally discover rest on an eternal shore.
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Our mission is provide a forum for the “restless”. A place where they can tell their story or hear the inspirational stories of others that could provide a reason to hope for eternity or just take another breath for one more day. To share the stories of real people with hearts restless to find what they were made for. We see people's hearts as waves desperate to finally discover rest on an eternal shore.
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    Knots

    Knots

    Hi this is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On.
    This is called Knots
    I started thinking about Christmas and while the weather is still tolerable putting some lights in our Holley Tree. Thinking about it-sparked a memory of a few years back when decorating that same tree…I pulled out the lights to find them all tangled up…
     
    After spending what seemed like an hour untangling them I finally had enough…a nearby pair of garden shears completed the task. On the ground lay the carnage of a string of lights cut into 30 pieces.
    Truth is one of the things I can’t stand is knots…things becoming entangled. Ever heard the saying "I feel like I'm all tangle in knots."
    That includes life and things like faith. Historically humans have done a great job making that which was meant to be simple…complex.
    For example the Jewish faith, the Torah contained 10 commandments given by God himself. Later 603 additional commandments were added by religious leaders for a total of 613. In time additional commandments were added to clarify the 613. Today there’s over a thousand of them.
    When Jesus came along one of the things that I marvel at is how he began to untangle knots. First he confronted the religious leaders for making believing in God complicated and hard. He said things like my yoke is easy and my burden is light”Found in Matthew 11
     He was talking about the heavy burden of the system of works that the Pharisees laid on the backs of the people that Jesus was offering to relieve.  
    Secondly he began to untangle peoples lives one by one whether it was a women at a well whose life was tangled in knots by multiple failed marriages he offed her a living water that would quench the thirst of her soul or man was crippled who had laid on a mat for 38 years trying to get in a pool that he thought would heal him He said to you want to get well…Jesus untangled his knots.

    Theres much more to this story but for today think about this: Are you all tangled up in knots? Do you want to get untangled Then recall the word Jesus “come to meal who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." He is the great "untangler" ….maybe its time you ask him to untangle you  
    This is Steve and until we meet get again Press On.

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    Portrait

    Portrait

    Portrait of God
    This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This called Portrait 
    Take a look at some of pictures hanging on the walls of your house...why are they there, what to they communicate to you or who do they represent?
    When my wife and I go to colonial Williamsburg the historical actors will sometimes say “would you like to have a quick portrait done with me”? 
    Its their way of saying want to get a picture with me? What are pictures or portraits really…

    Hear the words of the writer of Colossians 1 (Paul)
    Colossians 1:15-19
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
    The Greek word eikon (image) meaning perfect-representation, the very substance or essential embodiment of something or someone.
    The same word is used in Greek to describe a portrait or more familiar to us, the word “photograph.”
    Typically they are representations of a moment in time...nothing else. They are two dimensional only and do not capture the whole context of meaning and it importance to you.
    That’s not what Paul is talking about... we see that in verse 19 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,”
    You see Jesus was not merely a “sketch of God or a lifeless portrait He is the full revelation of God...nothing was left out. 
    Theres much more to the story but for today think about this:
    In the gospel Matthew 6 tells us that if we seek him we will find Him. When you do so God it’s like adding a brush stroke to a cosmic portrait...in time the face of Jesus emerges.

    This is Steve, be of good courage and Press ON

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    SAD

    SAD

    Hey this is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called SAD
    I love the summer…the long days of sunshine, warm temps and variety of colors…it feels like life. 
    Sure the real hot days makes me uncomfortable like most but it’s during this time of the year that my body thrives. 
    At the end of summer I play The Beach Boys song Summers Over as a sad good bye.
    As the days shorten I get anxious about what millions of people suffer with SAD…that is Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s cause is the lack of light and can lead to anxiety and feelings of dread.
    The writer of 1 John (John)
     1 John 1:5-7
    This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all….he continues….But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
    Many theologians believe that prior to the fall Adam and Eve had a physical presence that glowed. You heard it right, their skin had a luminescence. In fact science has photographed the human body giving off a glow caused by excited protons...interestingly the face is the brightest part of the body.
    This is not a coincidence...God made us to be the people of light...physically and spiritually. Light purifies and the darkness can not survive in it.



    There is much more to this story but today Think about this:
    There are two forms of SAD one is Seasonal Affective Disorder and the other is Spiritual Affective Disorder
    We are people built to live in the light, physically and spiritually. If you are experiencing anxiety or feelings of dread then do two things:

    When the Sun is shining get outdoors and some time in it allowing it to rejuvenate your body and secondly,When your soul is darkened by oppressive news or dark memories of your past…then walk towards the light his is name is Jesus who said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

    This is Steve and until we meet again….you know what to do Press On.

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    Hold It Together

    Hold It Together

    This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. 
    This is called Hold It Together.
    I’d like to ask you a question…What holds you together? No really what holds your life together? 
    Seems like a simple question but is it?
    Almost everyday I come across stories of individuals and families that are struggling...the word chaos comes to mind. Look around and listen...it’s not hard to find. In fact try and stomach 5 minutes of the national news…it’s disheartening. I would wager you know exactly what I’m talking about…perhaps your life, family, world feels like chaos. Listen to what the writer of Colossians 1 says:
    Colossians 1:15-17
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

     Now consider what Paul says in verse 17 “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
    Christ is not only the agent of the beginning of creation and the end of it but He is the force in between that holds everything together. 
    William Barclay writes this: “That is say, all laws which govern and sustain order and not chaos in the universe are an expression of the mind of the Son....the laws by which the universe hangs together are not only scientific laws but also divine.
    Simply put, life apart from Christ is chaos...with Christ there is order and thus purpose. 
    Theres much more to this story but for today think about this: 
    It’s easy to look around and see chaos, as the world pushes God out of society chaos abounds but remember, order begins when Christ is in our hearts. When things seem to be falling apart, ask the Lord to reestablish order because “in him all things hold together.”
    This is Steve and until we meet again Press On
    and to Matt H thanks for listening?

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    Paul Revere

    Paul Revere

    Hey this is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is call Paul Paul Revere.
    Not long ago my wife and I along with our good friends hiked a trail between Lexington and Concord Yes, that trail was a portion of the route that Paul Revere took on a dark April night in 1775.
    As we hiked that trail an image that came to mind...one of a guy who braves the possibility of being captured, imprisoned or even killed rides his horse to bring important news to others. In fact Revere was intercepted and detained by a British patrol between Lexington and Concord. 

    Typically we would define persevere as just trying to hang on with the goal of simply surviving...sounds negative but is that the biblical image of persevere? 
    No, perseverance is the act of continuing to do something even though the task is difficult. ... Paul describes perseverance as being "steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
    In James letter he adds these critical details...the promise of "the crown of life" to those who, by their perseverance, show their love for God ( 1:12 ). 
    Here’s why persevering is more than just hanging on.
    First, because there is a finish line and at that line awaits the “crown of life.” The promise that in this life and the next there is meaning, purpose and value...and when that last breath leaves our body there is life eternal.
    Secondly, those who persevere demonstrate their confidence and trust in the Lord.
    There is much more to this story but for today think about this:
    Perseverance is not a desperate act of simply trying to survive...it’s an offensive measure that denies the enemy victory by setting your heart and mind on the eternal not the temporal.

    This is Steve and until we meet again Press On…when you do so you might just start a revolution 

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    Butter Beans

    Butter Beans

    This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Butter Beans.
    Growing up our family faced a number of challenging problems not unlike many families in the 60’s. 
    As a family of 7 there was financial hardship. The majority of my clothing was clothes worn by my brothers the year before. During the summer time meals from the the garden was common such as butter bean stew. It was butter beans with corn, butter beans with tomatoes, butter beans with chicken, butter beans with rice and the list went on. As kids you didn’t know any better you didn’t wonder why you were having so many meals with butter beans. The old man worked hard but was haunted by his past and secret use of alcohol the outcome of his periodic drinking was no secret however...he often became violent which created fear and tension. We all liked to watch John Wayne movies on our black and white console tv. John Wayne’s spirit of “true grit” or resolve and determination by strength of character became our personal rally call. 
    Even with that spirit however there is an obvious question to be asked “to what end”. For purpose make it safely to death at a ripe old age. Does even having this attitude give us meaning, value and purpose. 
    The apostle Paul in Philippians 3 speaks to this unavoidable question: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.... I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
    There’s much more to this story but for today think about this....having resolve to Press On is only sustainable when our purpose for doing so is eternal. 
    The truth is God through Jesus calls all of us heavenward...are you willing to let him take hold of you.
    This is Steve and until we meet again Press On.
    To Dustin a vibrant young man in his 30’s fighting to beat Covid our prayers, thoughts and hopes are with you.

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