Fuel for the Soul
The Bible speaks clearly of various ways we are to
conduct our lives. Most people are aware of the
Commandments and most people follow them rather
well. But, Jesus gives us further instructions or
commandments that are not as often followed. In
the words of
Jesus: “You shall love the Lord your
God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your mind. This is the greatest and first
commandment. And a second
is like it: You shall
love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)
There are still a few people who struggle with these
commandments. Jesus does not stop
there with His
instructions as He gave another command known as
the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven has
been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything that I have
commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20) There
many people who fail to heed this command of
Jesus. Well, the “Sons of Thunder Ministry” is about
going and doing what is commanded of us.
The purpose of the Son’s of Thunder Ministry,
to provide strength and help for anyone
who feels the need for Christ in their lives.
Paul says we are to be “sober, enduring suffering, do
the work of an evangelist, carry out your (our) work
We are called to share our salvation. Everyone is
important to God for
all are created in the image of
God. We must understand the will of God, because
what we believe about God makes a difference in how
we respond to God and the way we live and share
faith with others.
Paul speaks about the race of life. The question we
must ask of ourselves, can we finish our race of life
able to say with confidence that we have fought the
good fight, that we have kept the faith, that we have
finished the race and now we can receive the
of victory? (Are there any doubts?)
The Race of Life
Each of us has a race to run. “Therefore, since
we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance, the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the
sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Situations can quickly change on the racetrack
—a tire pressure change after a few laps, a tire is cut going into the turn, a driver loses control in front of you. Nothing is certain—much
like life itself.
Racing, in it’s own way, parallels life with it’s joyful moments and
moments of feeling defeated. Yet, racing can provide opportunities for success. Racing has a way of testing ones spirit, ones endurance, as the driver cranks the car, puts it in gear, drops the clutch, realizing there is a risk of failure
and also a chance of victory.
Winning a race is about crossing the finish line first, receiving
the checkered flag first! But, as any one who has been in competition can tell you, there is more to racing! Racing is about learning about oneself, it is about looking forward to the next lap, improving the skills necessary
to win a race. It is about having a deep passion for the competition, seeking the thrill of victory, but it is also about knowing how to finish a race with dignity and honor. If the race is run with patience and perseverance, everyone
can cross the finish line and receive the checkered flag. Christ crossed the finish line for all of us and as those who believe in the risen Savior know, we share in the victory He won over death.
It is good to be in the house of the Lord! It is good to be in touch with other Christians. Sons
of Thunder Ministry, Inc. encourages you to get together in worship each week. Nothing is more rewarding than to worship and be in prayer with others. STM encourages you to find new friends
and to fellowship with them. Please learn to include those who may not know Christ. Get out and start looking for opportunities to be in fellowship with others. Don’t deny yourself the value of mutual encouragement that
true Christian fellowship provides.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward
love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..”
Jesus Christ shared God’s love with those around Him as He witnessed upon this earth. Through His witness, as
in yours, we can let others know that God is a loving God and that He desires to be involved with us every day. God is seeking those who have turned from Him. It is our responsibility to “go“ seeking those who are hiding from God, not waiting
on them to come to the church. If you think the church is just for you, you are wrong, it is for all people of God, especially for those who do not belong.
Sharing your faith is a way of strengthening your own faith. Just as the first church was empowered by the Holy Spirit, so are you to be empowered! Be
involved with the work of the church! So, are you a “fan” of Jesus, or are you on His team. Fan’s, just cheer on their favorite driver, but the pit crew works hard to make sure the driver comes out on top. Jesus gave
a command, to “go”. Are you willing to make sure He is on top to the world? He has asked you to be more than a Fan, He has called you to be a member of His pit crew, (a disciple) not just a loyal fan.
God is love, and you are to share it with others. You can begin by quoting the words to John 3:16. (“For God so loved the world,
that He gave…)
The Victory is in Jesus
Rev. Compton would love to come help you or your church to grow in your ability of sharing your faith.
H.R. Compton (Preacher Buddy), president of Sons of Thunder Ministry, Inc., grew up in the Baptist tradition of the Christian faith, but is presently a Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church of the Western North Carolina Conference serving at Pisgah
UMC in Catawba, NC.
Rev. Compton has many years of experience in both the racing community and in
the community of faith. For several years of his life Preacher Buddy raced motorcycles (Flat tracked and Hill Climbed) and has raced Thunder Roadster and now when funds are available the STM ministry has a 1986 Monte Carlo at the Hickory Motor
Preacher Buddy, as many of his friends call him, enjoys comparing his life at the track with his life in
the church and he can truly identify with people who have been a part of the church and with those who have been turned away from or turned off by the church for various reasons. Preacher Buddy has been leading revivals, men’s meetings,
women’s meetings and youth gatherings for a number of years and is willing to come to your church to teach classes on how to share faith in a non-threatening way and how to become a Disciple of Christ. He is willing and able to lead in various
studies of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Compton is a minister that believes that ministry happens outside the walls of the local church and that it is our task as Christians to teach others how to be good disciples.