As we continue on this year’s theme, I wanted to bring us back to the central Scripture for it and to share a personal response from our friend. Here’s the passage:

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.

Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT

Here’s an encouragement from Cara Kipp for us….

I was just thinking that the quest’s theme for this year is a wonderful one. I just wanted to share that something in the passage that was significant to me.

Verse 3 says “Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.”

Wow that’s a powerful statement for today. Especially now working with the youth of today. So many of my students have already given up on having a future. Some have just given up on trying because they think it will be handed to them later on. But all in turn it really makes me want to give up.

I needed to read this verse this morning because I’m weary and I am on the verge of checking out for the weekend already, but instead if I keep my eyes focused on Jesus I will remember that he has endured much more than a rough school with some kids who have attitudes. He had to endure much more than a few students who choose to act out instead of learn.

Thank you for your thoughtful planning of a theme. They have always been beneficial and I can’t wait to see what God teaches your church through this one, this year.
Cara Beth

Thanks Cara for your kind words and great thought. We love you and Adam and are praying for you!

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