Blue Mountain Academy (BMA) alumnus Jim Slater (’85) had already completed three IRONMAN events. But this year, when IRONMAN Chattanooga was scheduled on the anniversary of when he broke his neck, became paralyzed, stopped breathing and almost died while a freshman at BMA, he was especially excited to participate.
To be kind to someone who treats us badly is probably the hardest thing to do. When someone hurts you, the first thing you think of is to plan out your revenge. It takes self-control to honor God by learning to “turn the other cheek.”
In 2020, I performed with Takoma Academy’s chorale at the Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C. Earlier that week, I had celebrated my 16th birthday. But sadly, I lost a family member the next day. I walked into church that Sabbath with intense emotions.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think it is impossible to not sin. Temptations come my way, and many times I give in to them. The thing is, when a temptation pops into my head, I tend to think I have already sinned, but nothing could be further from the truth.
This may look like a simple verse. It contains only eight words, but certain carefully-chosen words put together can be very powerful. “We walk by faith” means we can’t get through life alone. We choose to follow God and live for Him.