August 3, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 32     

What Role Do You Play?

Most of the world knows who Lance Armstrong is, but how many people have ever heard of Pavel Padrnos. Well, if you are an avid Cycling enthusiast you might know who Pavel Padrnos is, he finished in 102nd place, 3:05:34 behind Lance Armstrong. Certainly just finishing this 2,000 mile trek across France is quite an accomplishment, but Pavel played another important role in the Tour de France. Pavel along with Manuel Beltran (14th), Rubiera Jose Luis (19th), Roberto Heras (34th), George Hincapie (47th), Vjatceslav Ekimov (76th), Floyd Landis (77th), and Pena Victor Hugo (88th) were all part of the U.S. Postal Service team that helped Lance win the Tour de France and finished 4th overall in the team standings.

The team was a critical part of Lance's victory. Between his struggles with stomach viruses, falls and a fierce field of competitors, Armstrong was fortunate to be surrounded by eight men who sacrificed individual glory for their team mate. These eight men played an important role in Lance Armstrong's fifth Tour de France win.  They were often used to set the pace, or to put pressure on other top competitor's to tire them, or provide a wind break for Armstrong early in each stage to allow him to conserve valuable energy. Armstrong won because eight other men, coaches, trainer's and medical staff all did their part and contributed at the appropriate time.

When I close my eyes and dream I want to be a Lance Armstrong. The leader, the ironman who over came every obstacle to battle back from cancer, to get up after he has fallen down, to fight through sickness and adversity to be #1. The reality is that I have a much better shot a being a Pavel Padrnos, a member of the supporting cast.

Jesus reminded us in Matthew 23:11, "but he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." My role as a child of God is to serve the greater good. I, like James and John can long to sit on the right or left hand of Jesus, or I can model my life after Barnabas looking for opportunities to be the quiet encourager.
God has called us to bring glory and honor to His son and to His church (Matthew 5:16). Paul so lived that Christ would get the glory. "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death" (Philippians 1:20).

Many of my heroes of  faith are not listed in Hebrews 11. They are elders in the Lord's church, retiree's who serve quietly and humbly without recognition, they are teenagers who have not bowed their knees to the gods of immorality and substance abuse. They are the Pavel Padrnos of the world, willing to accept their roles so that others might ride on to victory and receive that "inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (I Peter 1:4).

Trent H. Wheeler

Other Gods

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not.
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.


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"Being Graceful?"
Matthew 20:1-16
"Biblical Conclusions"
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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  • August 3: Fellowship Meal
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  • August 31: 5th Sunday Contribution for Building Program
  • August 31: Song Service

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Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


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Walt Thompson
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Morning Services


Bible Reading:

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 David Riser  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney


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Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 David Riser



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Trevor Wheeler

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