Keep Swimming

Are you tired, discouraged? Fatigued from stress, worry, and anxieties? This season won’t last forever. The blessed hope is ahead.
by Ray Jones on August 31, 2022

hope that keeps you going

“Several years ago, an experiment on endurance was conducted at the University of California at Berkeley involving Norwegian field rats. The rats were placed in a tub of water, where they were forced to swim until they grew exhausted and finally drowned. During the first experiment, the researchers discovered that on the average, Norwegian field rats were capable of swimming for over seven hours before drowning.

A second experiment was conducted, exactly like the first but with one exception. When a rat was getting too exhausted to swim any longer, the researchers would remove the rat from the tub of water for a few seconds, then put the rat back into the water to continue swimming. These rats were able to swim for almost twenty hours before perishing.

The researchers concluded that the rats in the second group were able to swim much longer than the first group because they had hope. They had experienced a rescue--and what kept them going was the hope that they would be rescued again."

Are you tired, discouraged? Fatigued from stress, worry, and anxieties? This season won’t last forever. The blessed hope is ahead.

Here are some scriptures to encourage you to keep on swimming, to keep your eyes on the coming Christ and endure until the day He returns.

1 Peter 1:13Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Ephesians 1:18 Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

Hebrews 10:23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Psalm 33:18–22Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

some good news 

It’s late Tuesday afternoon as I write, and I want to close this column by telling you about one of our 8-year young boys named Gunnar who just stopped by my study to tell me that last evening, he asked Christ to be his Savior! He is so excited about his decision and so am I! In fact, I am baptizing him this coming Sunday. Listen, what’s good news for an 8-year-old, is also good news for an 80-year-old. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Savior? If not, do what Gunnar did, call on the name of the Lord… “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

many things happening at ridgecrest 

There's a lot going on at our church, especially this fall. Be sure to sign up for...

1. RAD courses  

2. Women’s Bible Study groups

3. Man Church groups

4. Prayer Room Warriors 

All sign-ups are available in the Welcome Center.

And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. Have I told you lately… I love being your Pastor!

For God’s Glory Alone,

Pastor Ray

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