The Point Of It All

September 8, 2013

PrayFit Faithful,

As we’re about to resume devotions on a daily basis, I wanted to help set the stage for those who are new (and there are a lot of you, so welcome and thank you). And to those who have been with us for weeks, months or years, you know how much I cherish you; not sure there’s a word I can type that can best express it.

But put plainly, Jesus is the point of our story. He’s the point of our ministry. And the PrayFit veterans among you know that it’s not simply a catch phrase. Amidst the waves of an out-of-balance fitness industry, we treat that truth like the life-preserver it is. We cling to it. Eyes closed and white-knuckled, we clutch it. He’s the point of our health we can’t miss.

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Out of the Wilderness

September 2, 2013

IMG_4821Hey Everyone!

I sure have missed my time with you and I’m hoping you feel the same. I hope you and your loved ones are so healthy and so happy. And while we’re still not ready to resume daily devotions, I wanted to give you an update.

If you’re new to the site, you may not know that I recently underwent an intensive, lower back surgery. I saw the doctor on Thursday of last week to check the progress of my recovery, and grace happened. He told me that the hardware in my lower back is fusing nicely with my bones and I’m healing as fast as any patient he’s ever seen. Isn’t that a blessing?!? I can’t tell you how amazing we feel. I can’t express how grateful I am to you for remembering me in your prayers. I’m not done, bless God. I’m not done writing. I’m not done speaking. I’m not done living. This week I’ll start a 10-week, intensive physical therapy program. I can’t wait. I feel like a kid who’s dad just bought him a new baseball glove. My face is in the mitt and I’m smelling the leather. I’ve gotta get on the field.

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Into The Wilderness

August 8, 2013

What a neat week studying Paul, right? (Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4)Thank you for being a part of our daily lives by inviting us into yours. It’s not something we take lightly or for granted. With the myriad of voices clamoring for your attention at every moment, we’re grateful that you take a few minutes each day to hear ours.

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Falling for Grace

August 8, 2013

Not sure about you, but we sure have enjoyed spending a few days focusing on a single verse. (Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3) I know Paul’s use of an athlete has a special place in many of your hearts, but do you know the rest of the verse? That’s right, there’s more. I, for one, would have been fine had Paul stopped right there. “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.” Simply incredible. But Paul went a step further.

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Live, Eat and Sleep

August 6, 2013

There he is. He’s been up all night. If you’ve been with us the last couple of days, you know what he’s writing and to whom. He’s almost to the end of one of his letters. The rhythmic regularity of the occasional drop of water echoes off the cold walls of the prison, and the light of the lamp is now competing with the small ray coming from a window near the ceiling. Staring at the new patch of light on the floor, he finishes this sentence.

“…training it to do what it should.”

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The Athlete

August 6, 2013

Where were we? Oh, yes. Under the light of the lamp; mid-letter. As we look over his shoulder, we find Paul telling the people of Corinth about the need for self-discipline. Not in order to earn salvation, but for the eternal rewards of reflecting the Lord in life.

“I discipline my body like an athlete…”

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The Light of the Lamp

August 4, 2013

You like themes? We like themes. Every once in a while we’ll begin on Monday by talking about a principle — such as grace or faith — and we’ll embrace it all week, infusing it into each day’s message of health. Welcome to such a week. But rather than circle our wagons around a singular truth or Godly characteristic, a verse will be our central theme. And while there are no ordinary verses, this was no ordinary verse. I’m even guessing some of you know it by heart.

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Distance Yourself

August 1, 2013

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but he who walks with fools suffers harm.” –Proverbs 13:20

Read: Proverbs 13

Leading up to her third marathon, my wife had a simple plan: find her pacer and stay close to him or her no matter what. See, most marathon organizations provide the runners with all sorts of tools and techniques to help them through the grueling course — from seminars on stride, tactics for tackling hills, and perhaps most notably, they offer the runners a pacer.

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Just Because

August 1, 2013

“Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as unto the Lord, and not for men.” –Colossians 3:23

Read: Colossians 3

The last two days have been special in the Peña household. My beloved Yankees came to town to play the Dodgers. But stay with me, you football fans, it gets better. See, it’s because I wasn’t able to actually go to the game that I had the honor of listening to the legendary Vin Scully broadcast it. To hear him welcome “The Great Derek Jeter” to the plate (his words) was, well, was just about perfect.

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Can Anything Good Come Out Of This?

July 30, 2013

“‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Nathanael asked. ‘Come and see,’ said Philip.” –John 1:46

Read: John 1

What a verse. What a story. (If you haven’t already, I urge you to read John 1 before continuing. I’ll wait.) Like I said, what a story. Oh, I’m sure Nathanael meant well. After all, so do you and I, right? We’ve asked the same. Just replace Nazareth with your hurt. Can anything good come out of your diagnosis? The unemployment? The heartache? Lord knows I’ve asked this year. Can anything good come out of this?

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